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Wed
03
Sep

Rare, white hummingbird in Prairie du Chien

Extremely rare hummingbird
This white ruby-throated hummingbird was photographed by Gary Benish of Prairie du Chien. Fewer than 100 white hummingbirds have ever been reported in the Americas.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Gary Benish of Prairie du Chien recently had a strange visitor to his backyard hummingbird feeder. On Wednesday, Aug. 27, Gary noticed a white hummingbird at his feeder, got his camera and began snapping numerous photos.

Wed
03
Sep

Former Olympic rower passes through Prairie du Chien

Positive strokes
The two Victorian skiffs of the Mississippi Million Challenge row past Lawler Park in Prairie du Chien on Saturday afternoon. More than $250,000 has been raised so far. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On Saturday afternoon at about 3 p.m., people along the beach on St. Feriole Island, at Lawler Park or on the water had the opportunity to see a pair of Victorian skiffs rowing steadily along through the slow-no-wake area. 

The large wooden skiffs were about 20 feet long and each had three occupants including two rowers and a coxswain. 

Wed
03
Sep

Something to bear in mind

Bearish in Eastman
This bear was seen at 59378 Lucky Lane, Eastman, the home of Jack and Betty Olson. It was spotted by Betty at about 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29. (Photo by Jack Olson)

 

Eastman couple surprised by big back yard visitor

By Ted Pennekamp

 

An Eastman couple got quite a large surprise on Friday afternoon when they saw a big black bear in their back yard. 

Thu
28
Aug

Cabela’s Campfire Committee gives back in a unique way

By Ted Pennekamp

Various businesses in Prairie du Chien make an effort to give back to the community, and Cabela’s is no different in this regard. Cabela’s is perhaps unique, however, in that its employees democratically choose which charitable project to work on from year to year.

This year, for example, approximately 100 Cabela’s employees voted by secret ballot to raise money for new dugouts at Bluff View. Cabela’s Powersports Administrative Assistant Kay DeLanzo said the dugout project was chosen from a group of seven proposals submitted.

“We’re always trying to give back to the community,” said DeLanzo, who is a member of the Cabela’s Campfire Committee, a group of 10 employees who volunteer their time to fund-raise for various causes. “This year, we reached out and will raise funds to build new dugouts for the Prairie du Chien High School girls softball team, which will be built next year.”

Wed
27
Aug

Construction Cash winner

Susan Johnson, of Prairie du Chien, was the winner of $50 in Construction Cash this week. She registered to win at Tender Care Animal Hospital in Prairie du Chien. Pictured, Johnson and her canine Rascal receive their “cash” as well as a gift basket full of dog treats, Heartguard, Frontline and other pet care products from Ken Quick, co-owner of Tender Care. Construction Cash is a Courier Press promotion running in conjunction with the Marquette Road construction project. The cash can be spent at any one of the 27 participating businesses in the community. Be sure to sign up for your chance to be the next winner.

Wed
27
Aug

Local man charged with substantial battery

A 24-year-old Prairie du Chien man was charged on Aug. 20 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of substantial battery.

Joshua A. Moeck faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a witness saw Moeck on Aug. 9, at approximately 2 a.m., hit a man on the back patio of Bob’s Bar for no apparent reason. The man fell to the ground apparently unconscious. The witness later told investigating officers that he saw Moeck strike the man several more times in the head while the man was on the ground. The witness said Moeck then ran from the area, according to the complaint.

The victim later told officers he was outside the bar when he was blind-sided by someone and does not remember much after being hit, the complaint said.

The victim sustained lacerations to the head and a broken nose. He was taken to Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital.

Wed
27
Aug

Stubbe’s purpose has been ‘Jest For Kids’ for 25 years


Rhonda Stubbe and her day care students from last school year are pictured on Zebra Day. “Z is for zebra. Run, run, run. Having lots of fun in the sun, sun, sun.” Pictured with Rhonda are (from left) Brianna, Bella, Deven, Kadyn, Parker, Madie and Zach.

Rhonda Stubbe started the Jest For Kids licensed day care center 25 years ago in her Prairie du Chien home.

By Correne Martin

Someday, the children Rhonda Stubbe has cared for at Jest For Kids Family Child Care Center may come back as adults and express their gratitude for giving them a good start in life.

“For a minimal part of the day, I get to be the parent they can’t have while mom and dad are working,” Stubbe said. “That’s my purpose. I’ve always loved children and I’ve enjoyed my job providing care for hundreds of children over the years.”

Rhonda, with support from her husband, Matt, started Jest For Kids 25 years ago. She remembers the day remarkably well.

“Jim and Cheryl Trentin were my first day care parents. I remember her handing me a $10 and a $5 and, I said, ‘What is this for? You mean I get paid to do this?’” she recalled.

She had been working as a computer operator for Peoples State Bank and was frustrated going to work knowing her two young daughters weren’t happy at their day care.

Wed
27
Aug

Boat landing improved

Parking lots are better
The parking lots on both sides of the tube at the Ambro Slough Landing have been improved through a shared project between the Wisconsin DNR and the Gremore Lake District. Another photo of the project is on page B2.

 

DNR, Gremore Lake Disrict team 

up to improve Ambro Slough Landing

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
25
Aug

Bull Bash held this weekend


The Children’s Ranch Bull Bash is Saturday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome to check out this high-energy, edge-of-your-seat style event. It’s the only area event offering bull riding, mutton bustin’ and barrel racing all in one night. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

For the third year, thrill seekers will have the opportunity to watch bull riding, mutton bustin’ and barrel racing all in one night at the Children’s Ranch Bull Bash, Saturday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m.

Each year, about 300 spectators experience the bash from the bleachers as about 30 cowboys (adults and juniors), 15 barrel racers and 15 mutton busters demonstrated their riveting skills. All ages are invited to come out and enjoy the event again this year. The Children’s Ranch is located at 61011 Sebastian Lane (off of Vineyard Road), Prairie du Chien.

“Concessions will be available, so make sure you come hungry,” said Gracie White, president of the Children’s Ranch. “All the proceeds go to Children's Ranch's kids programs and other community events.” No carry-ins are allowed.

Tickets for children and adults are sold in advance at BP south or at the gate for an increased admission.

Mon
25
Aug

Stay tuned as radio station embarks on new era


This is what remained of the studio at the former radio station building on St. Feriole Island before it was torn down the week of June 27.

The new Q94/WPRE building at 132 N. Prairie St. is equipped with four studios, two on-air and two production/multi purpose rooms.

Current Q94 staff includes (from left) Kelly Renner, Greg Bender, Dan Moris, Dave Storkson, Laurie Wild, Gabe Buch and Todd Crotty.

By Correne Martin

WQPC and WPRE radio have officially broadcast in their new studios for three months. The staff moved its offices on May 8 and its studios on May 27, without missing a beat on the air. Now it’s time for a grand opening/open house at their new location, at 132 N. Prairie St., Prairie du Chien, and the relaunch of WPRE on 104.3 FM.

The public is welcome to celebrate with the radio station and local dignitaries at the grand opening on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m.

“We’re just happy to be downtown,” said Dan Moris, station manager/news director. “On the island, we were out there enough where we felt disconnected sometimes. We already feel so much more integrated with the town.”

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