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Wed
05
Apr

Seneca announces top two graduates


Valedictorian Jena Konichek and Salutatorian Samantha Boland

The Seneca High School has recognized its valedictorian Jena Konichek and salutatorian Samantha Boland for the Class of 2017.

Valedictorian Jena Konicheck, the daughter of Doug and Susie Konichek, of Steuben, will attend Southwest Tech in Fennimore this fall for ag business. Being part of the FFA and National Honor Society at Seneca are activities she believes will be helpful for her in her future endeavors. Jena also pursued softball and basketball in high school and played volleyball through her junior year.

Over the last four years, Jena has appreciated every interaction with her teachers and classmates and the opportunities she’s had to be outgoing among her peers. She’s proud that she’s remained committed to her small school environment, which has helped her become a better person overall.

Wed
05
Apr

Home-cooked meals ‘Turnip the Beet’ at Wauzeka-Steuben


Wauzeka-Steuben Food Service Director Jannette Ward is proud of the top-notch quality meals and efforts provided to youth in the school district during the school year, as well as the summer. And, rightfully so, since the district was named a Turnip the Beet Gold Award recipient by the USDA. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Letters like the one above are the reason “lunch ladies” like those at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools love what they do.

By Correne Martin

The Wauzeka-Steuben School District has been recognized for its efforts to “Turnip the Beet.”

Its food service staff participated, for the first time last summer, in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Meal Program, serving free meals to anyone ages 0-18. And, just last week, administration was informed it had been validated by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service program as one of the nation’s first Turnip the Beet Gold Award winners.

“The (new) award program recognizes summer meal [providers] who have worked hard to serve nutritious and appealing meals during the summer months,” said Amy Kolano, DPI summer food service program coordinator. “Three Turnip the Beet award levels were available and nominations were evaluated based on a wide range of nutrition and meal quality criteria. Three in Wisconsin have earned awards in this first year (of the program).”

Wed
05
Apr

Cafe Hope Getting Ready


Mark and Andrea Oppermann display some of the tasty treats that will be available in the retail section and/or the restaurant section of Cafe Hope which should be open sometime this summer. Cafe Hope will feature homemade soups, salads, pizza, crepes, cakes, cupcakes, panini sandwiches and many other items with ingredients sourced from local producers, including the Sharing Spaces Kitchen and Greenhouse. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Sharing Spaces Kitchen and Greenhouse grows basil plants (above), along with tomatoes, peas, cucumbers and kale.

Here are four examples of the gourmet cupcakes that will be offered at Cafe Hope.

 

Café Hope to offer numerous delicious, homemade items

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Work is being done in the north half of the former Kozelka’s Men’s Wear building, and it is hoped that a new cafe along with an adult day care center will be open sometime this summer. 

Tue
04
Apr

Man charged in drug bust

A 36-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of the manufacture of marijuana, one count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Steven L. Mahlstedt faces up to 10.5 years in prison and $30,000 in fines if convicted of all three counts.

According to the criminal complaint, during a search of the Mahlstedt residence, police seized two baggies of marijuana along with several small “gem” sized baggies containing methamphetamine.

Tue
04
Apr

Gays Mills man arrested for another OWI

A 54-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while revoked and one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense in five years). On Jn. 22, he was charged with OWI as well.

David S. Rasch faces up to 7 years imprisonment and $12,500 in fines if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Rasch was seen by a Crawford County Sheriff’s Department deputy driving over the centerline on Highway 131. The deputy activated his emergency lights and siren and pursued the vehicle. Rasch then accelerated and drove between 48 and 50 mph on a wet, gravel road called Sand Creek Road. The pursuit went on for two miles.

Rasch was then arrested for OWI and transported to Crossing Rivers Health for a blood draw.

Rasch has previously been convicted of OWI three times.

Mon
03
Apr

Wyalusing State Park's 100th Anniversary


Wyalusing State Park has several overlooks with magnificent views. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

This is just one of the 109 regular campsites that are in high demand at Wyalusing State Park.

A trio of cyclists enjoy an outing at Wyalusing State Park.

 

 

 

 

Wyalusing State Park 

has much to offer for everyone

 

Mon
03
Apr

Top 2 Wauzeka-Steuben seniors have been busy bees


Valedictorian Katherine Friar and Salutatorian Sadie Hooker

Katherine Friar has been named the valedictorian and Sadie Hooker the salutatorian of the Wauzeka-Steuben High School 2017 graduating class.

Katie is the daughter of Jim Friar and the late Kari Friar. She plans to attend UW-Platteville next fall to major in elementary education.

Katie has been very active throughout her high school career while excelling academically. Katie has earned distinguished/high honors all four years, earning herself an academic letter and four pins for her excellence in the classroom.

Mon
03
Apr

Farmers deliver hay to Kansas area destroyed by wildfires


Two semi loads of hay were delivered Thursday, March 30, to Ashland, Kan., one of the worst hit areas for last month’s wildfires.

The local hay will be used by farmers in need of the hay for their animals.

The driving crew of Evan and Ian Dudenbostel, David Smiley, Derek Petersheim, Luke Adams and Matt Kearns left Wisconsin at midnight Thursday, drove straight there and back.

By Correne Martin

Kansas wildfires destroyed more than 650,000 acres in 21 counties last month, according to the Kansas Farm Bureau. In hopes of helping their fellow farmers, a group of young men from Steuben and Seneca came together last week to deliver two semi loads of hay to those affected by the disaster.

Leading the volunteer charge, brothers Evan, 23, and Ian Dudenbostel, 25, coordinated a 700-mile, overnight trip to Ashland, Kan., where the two semi loads of hay, a trailer load of fencing supplies, feed and cow water were taken as a goodwill gesture from southwest Wisconsin. They got online and found a feed company, which then directed them with further details.

“We had been hearing it on the news and thinking about it and we just decided we had to help,” Evan said, noting that Ashland was hit the worst. “Eighty percent of that county was burned—around 480,000 acres.”

Mon
03
Apr

Gilberts running as write-in for PdC school board

Nicholas Gilberts, of Prairie du Chien, has decided to run as a write-in candidate for the Prairie du Chien School Board.

In a letter to the Courier Press Sunday, April 2, he explained, “Although my current term on the board expires April of 2018, I would resign off of my current term if I get enough write-in votes. There is currently only one candidate, Kyle Kozelka, on the ballot and there are two open spots. As long as Kyle gets one vote, he is automatically re-elected, but that still leaves one open seat. Normally, I could not run because I am already in a term, but since the person with the most write-in votes will take the second seat, I am eligible, according to state law.”

Gilberts said his new term would be for three years and that he’s chosen to run in this capacity because he would like to follow through on all aspects of the building project additions.

Mon
03
Apr

Train carrying sand derails in Prairie du Chien


Five train cars carrying sand derailed in Prairie du Chien Wednesday night, March 29. Though the cause is under investigation still, emergency management believes it may have had to do with poor soil conditions underneath the track. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The derailment occurred between the Pattison Sand loading site and the city wastewater treatment plant. (Photos by Correne Martin)

A piece of track was shredded in the crash. The railroad company is in the process of cleaning up the debris and replacing the rail at the site.

By Correne Martin

Five train cars carrying sand derailed on Wisconsin and Southern Railroad (WSOR) track in Prairie du Chien late Wednesday night, March 29. No injuries were reported and the cause remains under investigation.

“If I had to guess, I’d say it had to do with the condition of the soil underneath,” Crawford County Emergency Management Director Jim Hackett surmised, noting last week’s rainy weather. “We talked to the engineer and believe it had nothing to do with the train itself.”

The Prairie du Chien Police Department said, around 11:15 p.m., Wednesday, a WSOR train left its line between Pattison Sand Company’s loading site along the Highway 18 Bypass and the Prairie du Chien Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Hackett said the train had over 100 cars, two locomotives and was traveling at a speed of 10 mph or slower when the accident occurred.

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