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05
Feb

Stoefflers presented Danny Ruehlow Award at telethon


Community volunteers Mary and Ken Stoeffler received the 14th annual Danny Ruehlow Award at this year’s Eagles’ Heart and Cancer Telethon in Prairie du Chien. The award, presented by emcee Tom Nelson, is given each year by Don and Jean Ruehlow, whose son Danny died at age 15. Danny was an emcee on the telethon. (Photo by Randy Paske)

For their volunteer work in the community, Mary and Ken Stoeffler, of Prairie du Chien, were presented the Danny Ruehlow Award at the Eagles’ Heart and Cancer Telethon held Jan. 25.

Don and Jeanne Ruehlow, of Prairie du Chien, gave the annual award to the Stoefflers in memory of their son, Danny, who died at the age of 15 in December 2000 due to complications from a second bone marrow transplant in his fight against leukemia. Danny was a popular figure in Prairie du Chien and an emcee on the telethon. It was the 14th presentation of the award that recognizes caring and compassionate work in the community.

The award was presented by telethon emcee Tom Nelson in the Ruehlow’s absence because Jeanne Ruehlow had a kidney transplant at UW Hospital in Madison earlier in the week. She is now recuperating at home.

Don Ruehlow explained how the Stoefflers’ traits are very similar to Danny’s. They have showed compassion and volunteer to help others.

Wed
05
Feb

Hawkettes take eight place at recent state competition

Hawkettes at State
The Prairie du Chien Hawkettes are (in no particular order) Becky Welsch, Kelly Mezera, Lindsey Frazier, Alora Babb, Cali Collins, Brianna Herreid, Katie Zahara, Lindsey Ohlert, Stephanie Elmquist, Mariah Slaght, Katlyn Grondin, and MacKenzy Slaght. (Photo by Kelssi Copus)

On Saturday, Feb. 1, the Prairie du Chien Hawkettes made their first ever Wisconsin Association of Cheer and Pom Coaches (WACPC) State Dance Competition appearance at the La Crosse Center.  

The girls performed in the Division 2 High Kick Category.  The team had earned their way to state by being one of the top three teams competing at the Southern Dance Regional competition. Three teams from each regional, western, eastern and southern, advanced to state.  

The team finished in eighth place overall at the state competition. 

Wed
05
Feb

The sport of skeleton

 

Let’s get to know Olympic skeleton

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Whooshing down an ice-covered track at more than 80 mph with your chin an inch above the ice while facing numerous treacherous twists and turns. This is just an inkling of what the winter sport of skeleton is all about. 

Mon
03
Feb

Tree of Life

dinosaur bone
This is a polished cross-section of femur bone from Diplodocus, a 90-foot long, 30-foot high, 28-ton herbivorous dinosaur from the Jurassic-age rocks of Utah’s desert. The museum-specimen bone has been replaced with gem-quality, blood-red agate and shows the spongy internal structure.

 

Where do you 

rank on the family tree of life?

By Phil Burgess

 

Mon
03
Feb

Open enrollment

 

Open enrollment very important for all school districts

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Now that the open enrollment period has begun for the 2014-2015 school year (Feb. 3-April 30), let’s explore the history of open enrollment in Wisconsin and how open enrollment has affected area school districts over the last several years. 

Mon
03
Feb

Build your new or existing business with 10-week course in Gays Mills

“Building Your Business” classes that are perfect for new start-up businesses or small businesses already in operation who want to review current business practices will start on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the Kickapoo Community Center in Gays Mills and run from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

At the end of the course, all participants will have a useful resource manual covering such topics as business plan, advertising, taxes, resources for a small business, insurance, financial recording keeping, social media, technology, and much more.

There is a cost per person to participate in the 10-week course. Class size will be limited to 20 people, enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in participating may reserve a seat for “Building Your Business” by calling the Gays Mills Village Office at (608) 735-4341.

Mon
03
Feb

Area old-timers’ stories about personal memories wanted

Hometown Memories Publishing Company, a North Carolina Company, has contacted the Courier Press to spread the word about its intentions to save a big slice of local history before it’s lost forever.

Karen Garvey, senior editor at Hometown Memories Publishing, is asking local old-timers to share their memories for a living history book. She invites anyone over age 60 with yarns about the “good old days” in southwest and south central Wisconsin to write them down and mail them to her for possible publication in the book. The hardcover coffee table book will contain tales of bygone years from people who actually lived them.

To encourage participation, Garvey is offering a $250 award for the most appealing story. There will also be three $100 runner-up awards and a cash award for best picture.

Wed
29
Jan

Jaycees grant $1,000 to Hoffman Hall

The Prairie du Chien Jaycees, represented by Treasurer Jamie Stram, recently presented a $1,000 donation to the Hoffman Hall improvement project. Accepting the donation is PdC Parks and Rec Director Mike Ulrich. The Jaycees’ main fundraiser, the Rendezvous flea market (and the associated beer tent and famous buffalo burger stand), has allowed the organization to benefit the community through its service and monetary donations such as this one to Hoffman Hall. In addition, the Jaycees have also contributed to the city’s youth sports programs and summer Concerts in the Park series. “This donation to Hoffman Hall continues to show their organization’s support of another important community-based function and it is very much appreciated,” Ulrich stated. On behalf of her organization, Stram added, “The PdC Jaycees are very proud to offer this contribution to Hoffman Hall.

Wed
29
Jan

Check your free credit report on 2/2

Much like efforts that encourage people to get a medical check-up or a flu shot, a campaign by University of Wisconsin-Extension educators urges people to check their credit report to improve their financial health.

The “Check Your Free Credit Report: 2/2, 6/6 10/10” campaign aims to make it easier for people to monitor their financial well-being. UW-Extension educators around the state are reminding people to view their three free reports each year on Feb. 2, June 6 and Oct. 10.

Consumers are responsible for checking the accuracy of credit reports prepared by the private firms Equifax, Experian and TransUnion and sold to other businesses.

Wed
29
Jan

Flesch running for 96th Assembly District

Flesch running against Nerison
Crawford County Board Chairman Pete Flesch speaks during the open house for the remodeled courthouse this past May.

 

County Board Chairman to run for 96th Assembly District seat

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County Board Chairman Pete Flesch has decided to run for the 96th Assembly District against incumbent Lee Nerison (R Westby) in the November election. 

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