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Thu
28
Apr

St. Peter co-pastor inspired to lead people through journey with Jesus


Associate Pastor Kyle Svennungsen started with St. Peter Lutheran Church in March 2015. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

After just one year as associate pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien, Kyle Svennungsen is very much a leader in the parish and the community. But, he and his young family are also dedicated members of both entities, and they’re thankful for the opportunity.

“I was called here because the congregation was starting to get some younger families and my skills are geared toward educating young people,” said Pastor Kyle, who along with Pastor Joe Irvin, shares leadership duties over worship services, funerals, weddings, baptisms and other fellowship activities.

Kyle grew up in Kalispell, Mont., near Glacier National Park. He’s one of seven siblings. Church has been a central part of his family his entire life. In high school, he also participated heavily in sports, played the cello and guitar and loved to sing. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., on a music scholarship.

Thu
28
Apr

Reap the best varieties at Memorial Gardens Plant Sale


Don’t be a pansy! Make plans to attend the sixth annual Memorial Gardens Plant Sale on Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to noon. And if you have perennial plants and flowers at home you wish to donate, dig them up, box or bag them, label them with variety and color, and drop them off at the gardens any time the Friday before. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

You may buy or donate your perennials Mother’s Day weekend, at the sixth annual Memorial Gardens Plant Sale and help enhance the beauty of St. Feriole Island too.

From 8 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, May 7, rain or shine, area residents can purchase perennial plants and flowers of many varieties, some bagged and some potted, that are all hearty to this region.
Organizers Cathie Nelson and Barb Toberman noted that, for certain, there will be coneflowers; assorted lilies; plants and flowers that attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds; and hostas.

“We have lots of hostas. You wouldn’t believe it; they’re such a hot seller,” Barb said.

Cathie added, “We’ll also have rhubarb for sale for top price.”

Wed
27
Apr

Former Wasabi Restaurant owner killed in accident

By Ted Pennekamp and Correne Martin

The former owner of the Wasabi Japanese Restaurant in the town of Bridgeport was killed when he was struck by a vehicle early Monday morning, April 25, in Clarksville, Tenn.

Young Su Kim, 43, of Clarksville, formerly of the Prairie du Chien area, was identified as the pedestrian in the accident, said Officer Natalie Hall of the Clarksville Police Department. He stepped out into traffic and was struck near the intersection of Fort Campbell Boulevard and Eva Drive at 4:49 a.m.

Kim died at the scene, Hall said Tuesday afternoon.

As the Courier Press has reported, Kim was the victim of a severe beating at the restaurant he owned in October 2015. He sustained critical head and brain trauma, along with other injuries, as a result of the incident.

According to sources close to Kim, he had family in Tennessee. His most recent physical and mental state was unknown.

Wed
27
Apr

Wauzeka-Steuben High School announces valedictorian, salutatorian

Kylie Zimmerman has been named the valedictorian and Joel Martin has been named the salutatorian of the Wauzeka-Steuben High School 2016 graduating class.

Kylie is the daughter of Dean and Kim Zimmerman. Kylie has been very active throughout her high school career while excelling academically. Kylie has earned academic honors all four years, earning herself four academic letters/pins for her excellence in the classroom. During her junior year, she attended Badger Girls State.

Wed
27
Apr

Nagel continues family farming tradition her own way


“I don’t live on a farm but I have a great opportunity working at Achenbach’s Hy-View Dairy Farm,” Brooklynn Nagel said. “Some of my daily tasks are feeding calves, treating sick calves by giving antibiotics and giving them fresh bedding.”

Brooklynn Nagel, 16, is from Eastman and works at Achenbach’s Hy-View Dairy Farm. Since she was 3 years old, her life has revolved around agriculture.

Brooklyn Nagel joined the ring, showing both pigs and lambs at fairs and specialty livestock shows at a very young age.

By Abrielle Backhaus, Agri-View newspaper, www.agriview.com

Brooklynn Nagel, 16, from Eastman, is continuing generations of family farming in her own way.

“I don’t live on a farm, but I have a great opportunity working at Achenbach’s Hy-View Dairy Farm,” Nagel said. “Some of my daily tasks are feeding calves, treating sick calves by giving antibiotics and giving them fresh bedding. Also every year for the county fair I purchase a few pigs and lambs that I keep at my grandpa’s farm. I am responsible for caring for them and working with them to become a show animal.”

With a family rooted in the agriculture industry, Brooklyn, at the young age of 3, joined the ring, showing both pigs and lambs at fairs and specialty livestock shows. Her agricultural interest only progressed from there.

Tue
26
Apr

Man convicted of beating Wasabi Restaurant owner

 

Man convicted of beating local restaurant owner

Charges against 

another man dismissed

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Tue
26
Apr

Wasabi Restaurant owner killed

Man was severely beaten in 2015 incident

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The former owner of the Wasabi Japanese Restaurant in the town of Bridgeport was killed when he was struck by a vehicle Monday in Clarksville, Tenn.

Mon
25
Apr

Dancing with the Hawkettes sure to be entertaining

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien High School’s Hawkettes dance squad is back for a second season of dancing with local celebrities to raise funds for cancer research. Dancing with the Cancer Kickin’ Hawkettes will take place on Wednesday, April 27, at the Dousman House in Prairie du Chien. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the dancing starts at 7 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to come out to support their favorite dancing duo.

Community participants include Max Erickson, Prairie du Chien Police Department; Nathan Gevlinger, Prairie du Chien Schools; Jimmy Jones, Edward Jones Investments; Dan Moris, Q94 Radio; Paul Morovits, Crawford Chiropractic; Tom Nelson, community volunteer; Dr. Michael Rogge, Mayo Clinic-Franciscan Health Care; Brent Sheckler, Suppz Gym; Jan Waller, Peoples State Bank; Tony Wedgeworth, Lori Knapp Companies; Bob Witt, community volunteer.

Mon
25
Apr

Citizens air disgust about lost river access


About 70 citizens shared their opinions and stories about public access to the Mississippi River by crossing the railroad tracks during one of two listening sessions at the De Soto Community Center Thursday morning. Sen. Jennifer Shilling hosted the session along with Wisconsin Railroad Commissioner Yash Wadhwa and Deputy Manager of the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge Tim Yager. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Sen. Jennifer Shilling ridiculed the absurdity of the railroad trespassing law now enforced for Wisconsin sportsmen desiring to access the Mississippi River during a listening session she hosted regionally at the De Soto Community Center Thursday morning. Living in La Crosse near the railroad tracks by the golf course, Shilling sarcastically wondered if golfers unintentionally hitting a ball over the tracks would not be able to cross to retrieve it.

A change in 2006 to Wisconsin state law removed an exemption allowing people to walk directly across railroad tracks in order to fish, hunt and trap along the Mississippi River. Shilling is among those state legislators in favor of keeping public river access available to the people.

Mon
25
Apr

New Scoreboards


Above is an example of what the two new scoreboards for Cecil Smith Field will look like.

 

Cecil Smith Field to be getting 

two new electronic scoreboards

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Cecil Smith Field in Prairie du Chien will soon be getting two new electronic (LED) scoreboards. 

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