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15
Dec

Crawford County K-9 team settling in


Deputy Joe Breeser and 20-month-old Belgian Malinois, Breck, have been patrolling Crawford County as a unit since earlier this fall. You may have noticed them in their new squad, complete with an Ultimate K-9 Kennel, which keeps the dog’s space cooled and warmed in the back of the vehicle. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Crawford County Sheriff’s Department’s first K-9 team, Deputy Joe Breeser and Breck, a 20-month-old Belgian Malinois, have been on duty since mid-September and, so far, hard-core activity has been slow but their days have been full of learning opportunities.

Breeser and Breck first met at Southern Police Canine in Nashville, N.C., during six weeks of handler training, which started in July. Breck was 14 months old at the time.

“The first couple weeks were rough,” Breeser said. “There was a lot of bonding with the dog. He  was already well-trained when I got there, but working with me was what he needed to learn.”

Wed
10
Dec

Annual Wake Up Santa is fun for area children


Santa Claus goes over Lacey Skime’s good girl list with her, regarding all the good things she’s done this past year and what she wants for Christmas. For a minimal fee, children attending Wake Up Santa every December have the opportunity for such a one-on-one experience with Santa. (Photos by Brian Cipra Photograhy)

Katie Rogers wasn’t afraid at all to pose with Santa Claus (aka Randy Paske) at the annual Wake Up Santa fundraiser, Dec. 6, for Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter.

Santa Claus has been so busy this year that he fell asleep on the job. But on Dec. 6, local youths, with their parents and grandparents, participated in the annual Wake Up Santa event at City Hall. Shaking noisemakers as loud as they could, they shouted “Wake Up, Santa!” and the jolly, old elf himself woke with a cheery greeting in front of everyone in attendance.

Saturday, Dec. 6 was a special day for many local children. News of a slumbering Santa in the community room of Prairie du Chien City Hall spread quickly in the early hours of the morning. Children, afraid that Santa would sleep through Christmas, arrived at city hall with their parents and grandparents. Armed with an assortment of noisemakers, they silently tiptoed into the Community Room precisely at 8:30 a.m. At the count of three, they excitedly shouted “Wake Up, Santa!” accompanied by the noisemakers. A sleepy and surprised Santa awoke from his nap and invited the children to spend the morning with him.

Wed
10
Dec

Foodbank distributes to families experiencing any financial stress

The Second Harvest Foodbank’s mobile food pantry will visit Gays Mills earlier than normal in December. Food will be distributed from 212 Main St., on Friday, Dec. 19, from 2-3 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to arrive for registration no later than 2:30 p.m. People wishing to take advantage of Second Harvest’s services but unable to come to the mobile pantry themselves may have someone pick up their allotment for them.

Second Harvest’s mobile food pantries distribute food to households experiencing financial stress. Patrons must initial a sheet indicating that they need food assistance. They also need to provide the check-in volunteer with the number of people (including children and senior citizens) in the household and the name of the post office that delivers mail to the household. First-time patrons will be asked how they learned about the mobile food pantry.

Wed
10
Dec

Clay Target Team

 

Prairie students 

may be part of new clay target league

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Beginning in April, students at Bluff View and Prairie du Chien High School may be able to compete on a clay target shooting team. 

Mon
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. 

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