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Catholic Charities takes on former Faith In Action services

By Correne Martin

Eight months after the closure of Faith In Action, another non-profit has stepped forward to revitalize many of its assistance programs to fill a need in the area. Though the services will be virtually the same, the program has a new name, Hands of Hope, and Catholic Charities is the organization coordinating the mainly volunteer effort.

“When Faith In Action closed, our phone started ringing,” said Geri Russell, representative payee in the Prairie du Chien Catholic Charities office. “I know there was a real void in our communities.”

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17
Nov

Cleanup of the Blackhawk Junction fire ruins underway

Cleanup efforts of the fire ruins at the Blackhawk Junction site in Prairie du Chien seem to have finally begun. Most of the work up to this point has taken place inside the facility; however, reports last week said demolition is set to begin today (Monday, Nov. 17).

According to a Nov. 12 update from Justin Kompa, chief investment officer for Newmark Grubb Gialamas, a real estate company out of Madison, workers have been on site since Oct. 27 when Krantz Electric began restoring the parking lot lighting. Abatement work began as scheduled on Nov. 3.

Tom Gialamas’ property manager was at the site Nov. 5 along with the maintenance manager and local technician. That day, they spoke to the workers who were doing the cleanup inside the building, including Field Supervisor Jacobo Jop, from Robinson Brothers contractors, and a project supervisor from Engineered Construction. They were assured everything was moving along on schedule.

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Wear orange Friday to help kick hunger

By Correne Martin

Crawford County Fairest of the Fair Sarah Achenbach is ready to give hunger a good, swift kick in the [you know what]. Through her platform, she has the opportunity to make a difference and, after brainstorming how she could help her Crawford County neighbors, she and her family and friends are inspired to do something that can benefit families who utilize local food pantries.

Going off the notion that Crawford County is one of the poorest counties in Wisconsin, Achenbach, with assistance from her fellow Fairest and Dairy royalty, has formed the Crawford County Kicks Hunger campaign.

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12
Nov

Marquette Road ribbon cutting Monday

The public is invited to participate in a short ribbon-cutting program ceremoniously opening Marquette Road on Monday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. The event, which will take place in the pocket park on the southeast corner of the Marquette Road/Blackhawk Avenue intersection, is co-sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and city of Prairie du Chien.

According to Chamber CEO Bob Moses, Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb have been formally invited to the ceremony. Also, Senator Jennifer Shilling and Representative Lee Nerison have also been invited. Citizens and area business owners are encouraged to attend.

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12
Nov

Wachter survived Korean War grenade explosion


Louie Wachter, 84, of Millville, was one of seven Wachter brothers from the Mount Hope area who served in the military. He is the second youngest of the seven and served in the Korean War for 21 months, beginning Sept. 5, 1951. He is shown with the book, “Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans for 60 Years of Growth,” which was distributed free to Korean War veterans last year by the Departments of Military Affairs and Veterans Affairs. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Pictured is Louie Wachter more than 60 years ago in his Army uniform.

By Correne Martin

Louie Wachter vividly remembers the night he was wounded on Heartbreak Ridge Hill in the Korean War.

He was 22 years old and it was the first week of November 1952. He and a couple Army comrades were sitting in the trenches in the North Korean hills, with their steel helmets off, eating rations. A few feet in front of them, sandbags sat three or four rows deep, and there was a cliff behind them. The first sign of the enemy arrived when a mortar round hit their trenches. All of the men put on their helmets.

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12
Nov

Railroad crossing work may hold up finalization of Marquette Road project

DOT portion done, road will still open Nov. 17

The Prairie du Chien Common Council learned Tuesday night that the railroad crossings at Blackhawk Avenue and Washington Street, as well as the spur that runs across Marquette, have not been completely repaired by Burlington Northern Santa Fe, in correlation with the Marquette Road project. Even though the Department of Transportation’s portion of the project appears as though it will be finished around Nov. 16, city administration has heard the crossings may not be done until December. Due to the delay, the DOT and city staff are exploring options that would open them up prior to the permanent repairs being completed.

If a solution is determined, more information will be reported in next week’s issues of the Courier Press and on the Courier Press’ Facebook page.

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10
Nov

Prairie du Chien man guilty of child sexual assaults

A 32-year-old Prairie du Chien man was found guilty in Grant County Circuit Court Wednesday, Nov. 5 of four counts of repeated sexual assault of a child, three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, two counts of child pornography and one count of first degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. The abuse alleged in the criminal complaint goes back as far as 2008.

Aaron L. Bouzek was found guilty per a plea agreement approved by Grant County Circuit Court Judge Craig R. Day. The agreement included dropping 23 other felony counts against Bouzek, who also won’t face federal charges. Bouzek faces a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and a maximum of 147 years.

Day ordered a pre-sentence investigation and a sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 18 in Grant County Circuit Court.

Bouzek remains in custody in the Grant County Jail.

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10
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Catholic Charities now coordinating former Faith in Action services

Catholic Charities is excited to let the public know that its organization will be assuming the coordinating role of the former Faith in Action program, now known as Hands of Hope. They are looking forward to coordinating and providing services by offering a helping hand, a compassionate ear, and a helpful connection to community residents.  They are happy to be able to offer an avenue for these services to continue.

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10
Nov

Alternate side parking in effect Nov. 15, avoid a ticket this winter

Don’t let the snow lead to a ticket or a tow. Alternate side parking is in effect in the city of Prairie du Chien from Saturday, Nov. 15 through March 31. And with winter on its way, drivers need to be aware of snow emergencies within the city as well.

If you would like to avoid a ticket or a tow this winter, follow these guidelines:

1) Park on the even house numbered side of the street on even numbered days from 12 to 7 a.m.

2) Park on the odd house numbered side of the street on odd numbered days from 12 to 7 a.m.

Some streets in the city are regulated for alternate side parking from 2:30 to 6 a.m. (including the downtown). For specific rules and regulations, visit prairieduchien.info, click on Municipal Code, and then find Chapter 7.05.

According to the Prairie du Chien Police Department, the most common issue in Prairie du Chien involves people parking in a no parking zone.

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10
Nov

Design unveiled for Seneca Area Veterans Memorial


Krause Monument recently released this depiction of how the Seneca Area Veterans Memorial will look once complete. No anticipated timeline for the project has been reported.

The Seneca Area Veterans Memorial Committee recently erected a sign at the site, in the heart of Seneca, to give people an idea an idea how the memorial will look and a running tally of funds raised toward the goal of $150,000. As of this week, about $40,000 has already been raised. (Submitted photos)

By Correne Martin

A little more than two months after the ceremonious groundbreaking for the Seneca Area Veterans Memorial, which took place Aug. 14, the organizing committee has erected a sign revealing the design at the future memorial site, across from Greener’s Corner in Seneca. The hope is that the sign, visible in the heart of Seneca, will give community members and passers-by an idea of how the memorial will look, a running tally of funds raised toward the goal of $150,000, and how people can become a part of the project.

All County Signs (the Showen family) donated the sign for the site.

Working with Krause Monument Company, of Viroqua, to design the veterans memorial, the Seneca Area Veterans Committee consists of Chairman Bob Ostrander, Tom Olson, Larry Kelley, Cliff Tollefson, John Swanson, Carol Crusan and the late Jerry Johnson (honorary chairman 1944-2014). Johnson is the one who spearheaded the memorial project.

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