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Wed
28
Dec

Catholic education offered in Prairie du Chien for 150 years


Sisters Angeleen, Therese, Mary Neva and Mary Faith, who are all in their late 80s and early 90s, live at the mother house of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Elm Grove. Recently, Pat Coorough, a Catholic parishioner from Prairie du Chien, visited the sisters and took this picture. All of these sisters once taught at St. John’s School in Prairie du Chien.

The 2016-2017 Prairie Catholic School teachers and staff include (front row, from left) Principal Wade Marlow, Jean Pelleymounter, Michelle Kapfhamer, Mary Huser, Clarissa Russell, Jenni Nack, Mike Wallace; (back row) Connie Lessard, Joahn Post, Julie Schwager, Jennifer Wachuta, Lori Hemmer, Kathy Igou, Rachel Felten, Luana Stiemke, William Huser, Janet Steiner and Judy Gillitzer.

By Correne Martin

A Catholic education was first offered in Prairie du Chien in 1866, through a parochial school at St. Gabriel’s Church. Still, 150 years later, that faith-based light of knowledge has fostered a whole child concept, top-notch academic standards and family values for masses of local students who’ve gone on to become model members of society.

Little information is available about the first years of that Catholic education. But, according to a chronological history of St. Gabriel’s and St. John’s churches in Prairie du Chien, the School Sisters of Notre Dame began 120 years of teaching primary school in the city in 1872. St. Mary’s Academy, a girls school under the direction of Catholic nuns, existed in Prairie du Chien from 1870 to 1968. Campion Jesuit High School was founded in 1880, and operated as a boarding school for boys until 1975.

Wed
21
Dec

Christmas Cards to U.S. Armed Forces


Eighth-grader Abby Feye and seventh-grader Audrey Wayson stand in front of numerous Christmas cards that will be sent to United States Armed Forces personnel. (Photo by Tracy Moravits-Feye)

 

Bluff View students 

send Christmas cards to 

service men and women

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
21
Dec

Crawford County Board


Awards totalling $6,000 were made from the Crawford County Community Fund to four organizations during Tuesday morning’s Crawford County Board meeting. Seated are Rachel Jovi (village of Gays Mills/Stump Dodger Trail); Nancy Ashmore (Ready, Set, Grow/Prairie du Chien Memorial Library); and Rick Lange and Carol Abrahamzon (Kickapoo Indian Caverns/Mississippi Valley Conservancy). Standing are Kile Martz (village of Gays Mills/Stump Dodger Trail); Larry and Sherry Quamme, Jeanne Rutter and Marsha Stross (village of Ferryville/Sugar Creek Playground). (Photo by Barb Daus)

 

County Board authorizes 

$2.04 million in notes to pay for 

several projects and refinance debt

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
21
Dec

Prairie du Chien takes on $2.1 million loan for library project

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien is obtaining $2.1 million in loan financing to move forward with its public library renovation and expansion project, which is slated to begin in 2017.

A resolution authorizing $2.1 million in general obligation bonds was approved Tuesday night by the common council for the construction work and new library equipment and materials.

Wed
21
Dec

Carpfest a busy week in Prairie du Chien, capped off with carp drop

Prairie du Chien has made quite a celebration out of dropping a carp on New Year’s Eve for the past 16 years. Carpfest, as it’s affectionately tagged, is weeks long, leading up to the official turn of the calendar.

A carp coloring contest is complete and winners were recognized Monday, including Leola Ledesma, Kaydence Comer, Zackkary Suthers. A total of 54 entries were submitted in three age groups.

The bulk of the Carpfest activities begin Monday, Dec. 26, and take place the week before the new year. the schedule includes:

•Monday, Dec. 26—Euchre tournament, city hall, 1-4 p.m.; family open gym, swim, rec room, Hoffman Hall, 1-4 p.m.

•Tuesday, Dec. 27—Bowling party, Leisure Time, 12-3 p.m.; family open gym, swim, rec room, Hoffman Hall, 1-4 p.m.

•Wednesday-Friday, Dec.28-30—Family open gym, swim, rec room, Hoffman Hall, 1-4 p.m.

Wed
21
Dec

Community Christmas dinner at high school

Prairie du Chien’s free Community Christmas Dinner will be held on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, at noon, at the Prairie du Chien High School, 800 E. Crawford St. On the holiday menu will be turkey and ham, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, squash, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and homemade pies. There will be plenty of Christmas decorations and good company for families of all sizes, regardless of need.

Dine in or carry out. Reservations are appreciated either way. Carry-outs will be available for pick-up between 11:30 a.m.and 1 p.m. Deliveries are also available and must be ordered in advance by calling 326-8321.

For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, call 326-8321, (608) 306-6120 or (563) 880-8469.

Mon
19
Dec

Driftless Documentary


Duke Welter fly fishes on a Driftless Region trout stream as part of the filming of Decoding the Driftless. (Photos courtesy of Sustainable Driftless)

Academy Award winning Prairie du Chien area cinematographer Neil Rettig films a scene.

 

Driftless Region documentary raising funds

Filming nearly half finished

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
19
Dec

Vehicle goes over embankment in snowstorm

The beginning of the snow storm Friday evening appeared to be a factor in a one-vehicle crash on Shortcut Road, about a mile off Highway 27, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On Dec. 16, at 5:22 p.m., the snowstorm was in progress, making for poor road and weather conditions. Chad Jelinek, of Seneca, was northbound on Shortcut Road when he saw headlights lights over a steep embankment. He notified the sheriff’s department and checked on the driver.

A 2003 Ford F-150, owned and operated by Donald Gantz, 67, of rural Eastman, had run off the south side of the road and came to rest against a group of trees. Gantz declined medical treatment. The vehicle had heavy damage.

Seneca First Responders, Ocooch Mountain Rescue and Bob’s Towing assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

Mon
19
Dec

Driver hits utility pole

A local woman was arrested for operating while under the influence, among other charges, after she crashed her vehicle into a utility pole in Prairie du Chien Friday evening, Dec. 16, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.
The sheriff’s department and Prairie du Chien Police Department responded to the scene just after 7:30 p.m., and found a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix with heavy front end damage as a result of striking a utility pole, along the northbound shoulder of County K, just south of Cliffwood Drive. The driver, Sandra Guritz, 55, of Prairie du Chien, and passenger, Gregg Johnson, 52, of Onalaska, had left the scene and were later located at a nearby residence.

Guritz had been driving south on County K when her vehicle began sliding sideways across the northbound lane of traffic, exited the roadway and struck a utility pole. There were no injuries and both occupants were wearing their seat belts.

Mon
19
Dec

94 years experience resigning from city

On Jan. 6, the Prairie du Chien city office will see 94 years of experience and service walk out the door, as two employees retire and another moves on to a new opportunity. City Clerk Barb Elvert (right) is retiring after 42 years working for the city. She started her duties at the old city hall down Blackhawk Avenue. Terry Meyer, wastewater treatment manager and public works co-manager, is also retiring after 28 years. He started with the city driving the sludge hauler and worked his way into administration. Zoning Administrator Julie Jackson (left) is leaving her position with the city after 24 years to take a different position with Crawford County. “It is with a great sense of sadness that we bid Barb, Terry and Julie farewell. It is not just the loss of their experience and professionalism that will be felt, but more importantly their sense of dedication to the residents of the city that we will hope to carry forward,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said.

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