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08
Dec

PdC Holiday Parade


Santa and Mrs. Claus (aka Matt and Rhonda Stubbe) made it to downtown Prairie du Chien Friday night just in time for the annual Holiday Parade, sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce. Thanks to Sut Hill, they rode in style too. See more parade photos on the Courier’s Facebook page. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Standing out among the crowd, members of the Prairie du Chien High School band wore ugly Christmas sweaters, peculiar masks and even shorts and sandals through the Holiday Parade. They also adorned their instruments with garland, Christmas lights and other festive decorations in the spirit of the season.

Instead of the typical candy, Mike Valley, of Valley Fish and Cheese, strung dollar bills on his fishing pole and offered them up to youngsters along the parade route Friday.

Ruth Skelly, Partners of Crossing Rivers Health co-president, hands out goodies for the hospital.
Mon
08
Dec

A Light For All Seasons enters its 15th year

By Correne Martin

At Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, a radiant light shines from the rooftop all year long in memory of the loved ones of our community. Sponsored by the Partners of Crossing Rivers Health, the year-round fundraiser, “A Light For All Seasons” publicly recognizes four individuals every month as its honorees. Each is honored and remembered by way of the large star that is lit from dusk till dawn on the roof above the hospital’s emergency room, a photo of him or her displayed in the hospital lobby, a keepsake card mailed to a person of choice informing them of the recognition, and notification in the Courier Press and WQPC Radio.

“We will begin our 15th year in 2015,” stated Lorna Davis, Partners’ chairwoman of A Light For All Seasons and one of the founders of the program. “It has grown since we had 12 per year in 2001. In 2004, we went to recognizing two a month and, in 2010, we went to four a month.”

Mon
08
Dec

Local photographer


This cover image for Viroqua trout fishing writer Jay Ford Thurston’s newest book, “Spring Creek Reward” was made by Prairie du Chien photographer Jerry Cummings of Cummings Photography. Thurston is shown fishing the West Fork of the Kickapoo River in Vernon County.

 

Local photographer published in trout fishing book

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Longtime local photographer Jerry Cummings has recently lent his talents to something new. Cummings has combined his love of trout fishing and photography by having several of his photos published in the new book “Spring Creek Reward” by author and trout angler Jay Ford Thurston of Viroqua. In fact, one of Jerry’s photos adorns the complete cover of the book, front and back. 

Thu
04
Dec

PdC council narrowly denies WSOR rezoning

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council voted 6-5 Tuesday night to deny a rezoning request from Wisconsin and Southern Railroad (WSOR). The request would have rezoned the railroad’s loadout location along the Highway 18 Bypass (700 to 900 block of South Main Street) from R-2 medium density residential to I-2 industrial/manufacturing. The narrow margin of the vote seemed to be indicative of just how controversial a topic this has been for the council and area community members. It comes after several years of intense debates over the operations conducted there, which have mainly involved Pattison Sand Company.

Thu
04
Dec

Brother donating kidney to sister


Tim Nagel will donate a kidney to his sister, Racheal (Nagel) Breuer, on Dec. 10 at UW-Hospital in Madison. Racheal was diagnosed with lupus at the age of 17. The disease eventually became systemic (internal) and, now, with stage 5 chronic kidney disease, Racheal’s kidneys have weakened and are only functioning at around 8 to 10 percent. The siblings’ blood types are identical matches and the kidney transplant is expected to go well.

By Correne Martin

Racheal Breuer has been on the waiting list for a kidney at the UW Hospital in Madison for the past three years. But she doesn’t have to wait for a perfect match anymore because, on Dec. 10, she will receive a kidney donation from her brother, Tim Nagel.

Racheal, 53, is a Crawford County native who now farms in rural Glen Haven with her husband, Stan Breuer. She is one of many Nagels originally from the Eastman area. She has been a familiar face among the staff at Spring Lake Inn in Prairie du Chien for the past 21 years (bartending, waitressing, etc.).

Racheal was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic, autoimmune disease, at the age of 17.

“I had a skin rash and then, one day, I couldn’t straighten my elbow. My muscles were tight and it was very painful,” she recalled. “So I went to the chiropractor and he actually found [the lupus].”

Wed
03
Dec

Prairie restoration


This is the beginning of the public hiking trail through a 23-acre property along County C in the town of Millville that is being restored to native prairie, oak woodland and oak savannah. A small sign on a tree in the background helps to mark the beginning of the trail.

 

Two prairie restoration 

projects in town of Millville

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board recently approved permits for two prairie restoration projects in the town of Millville in Grant County. 

Mon
01
Dec

Wyalusing goats


A group of Hazelton Brush Goats move and graze in a field at Driftless Land Stewardship along County X near Wyalusing State Park in Grant County.

 

They’re solar-powered, quiet and effective

Goats help clear brush and

invasive species from Wyalusing State Park

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
01
Dec

Holiday Train will roll into Marquette Dec. 6


The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will once again stop in Marquette at the marina parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 p.m. All attendees are asked to make a monetary donation or bring non-perishable food items, paper products or toiletries, which will go to the Clayton County Food Shelf. (North Iowa Times file photo)

By Audrey Posten

Adorned with thousands of lights depicting holiday designs on 14 rail cars and equipped with a stage for musical performances, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will make quite a sight as it rolls into Marquette at the marina parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 p.m.

But the train, which celebrates its 16th anniversary this year, is about much more than a dazzling light display. For the Clayton County Food Shelf, the Holiday Train is one of its biggest donation campaigns. Since 1999, the Holiday Train has raised over $9 million and more than three million pounds of food for North American food banks. Last year, Clayton County’s stop netted the Food Shelf $7,515.75 and 5,515 pounds of food.

Mon
01
Dec

Carbon monoxide issue closes PdC library temporarily


The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library has been closed since Monday, Nov. 24, as the furnace’s heat exchange is broken. Parts are on order but were delayed last week due to the holiday. Reopening of the library will hopefully be early this week, but a date is not known at this time. Visit pdclibrary.org or the library’s Facebook page for immediate updates.

By Correne Martin

When staff of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library went to work last Monday, Nov. 24, they smelled an unusual odor, which prompted a call to the local gas company and eventually caused closure of the library for the week. It was found that the furnace had a broken heat exchanger and that was the origin of the carbon monoxide.

“They called us as soon as they smelled the odor,” said Shelly Mergen, of MG&E, Prairie du Chien. “Whenever someone calls with that, I ask a series of questions and tell them to open windows and evacuate immediately. Then we send someone out right away to make sure it is safe.”

Mon
24
Nov

First Impressions


Lake Mills has a very nice and interesting looking city council chamber. (Photos submitted)

This clock tower in Lake Mills draws the eye.

 

PdC, Lake Mills do ‘First Impressions’ exchange activity

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The cities of Prairie du Chien and Lake Mills are engaged in a “First Impressions” program by which each city is trying to find ways to improve. Several residents of Lake Mills toured Prairie du Chien in early October and representatives of Prairie du Chien went to Lake Mills on Nov. 11. 

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