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Wed
02
Oct

Soldiers Grove artist wins People’s Choice and Committee’s Choice Awards

John Craig has a rare ability to combine art and humor and he demonstrated that again at the ninth annual Driftless Area Art Festival Sept. 14 and 15 in Soldiers Grove.

“Hilarious!” “Thought-provoking!” “What an interesting way to look at it!”

People were commenting on Craig’s exhibit of photo collages and brief stories, titled, “Lost Treasures from the Heart of the Driftless.” They liked it so much they voted him the 2013 People’s Choice Award winner. The day before he had received the 2013 Committee’s Choice Award, given to a single artist whose booth display and body of work is judged to be exemplary in design and artistic merit.

Wed
02
Oct

Goodman-Simon say vows

Julie R. Goodman, Prairie du Chien, daughter of Elinor Nelson, Readstown, became the bride of Christopher M. Simon, Prairie du Chien, son of Joan Simon, Guttenberg, on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at a 4 p.m. ceremony at the residence of Tom and Andrea McElwaine of McGregor. Rev. Ben Bradley officiated at the ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her three daughters, Brianna Goodman, Ashley Goodman and Cassandra Simon. Pam Montgomery, McGregor, was maid of honor. Attendants were Jennifer Lessard and Lacey Gordon, both of Prairie du Chien. They wore purple tea-length gowns and carried matching bouquets. Best man was Jason McCullick, McGregor, and groomsmen were Warren Scott, Oklahoma, and Ryan Whalen, Prairie du Chien. Ringbearer was Gavin Whalen, and flower girls were Aubrey Fish and Alexandrea McElwaine. Following the ceremony, a reception for 200 guests was held at the McElwaine residence. Kristin and Joe Becker cut and served the cake.

Wed
02
Oct

Couple set Oct. 12 ceremony

Jim and Sherry Ariss, Prairie du Chien, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Jaimie Ariss to Demetri Andrews, son of George and Karen Andrews, Dodgeville. The couple is planning an Oct. 12 wedding ceremony at St. John Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. The bride-to-be is 2008 graduate of Prairie du Chien High School and a 2012 graduate of UW-La Crosse. She currently works as a third grade special education teacher at Mount Horeb Intermediate Center. The groom-to-be is a 2004 graduate of Wauzeka High School and a 2008 graduate of UW-Whitewater. He is currently a business education teacher at Mount Horeb High School. The couple resides in Mount Horeb.

Wed
02
Oct

Wauzeka couple to marry Saturday, Oct. 5

Heidi Krachey and Eddie Mezera, both of Wauzeka, are happy to announce their upcoming wedding. The couple will be married on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish in Prairie du Chien. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Monica Krachey and the late Ken Krachey, of Wauzeka. The groom-to-be is the son of the late Ed and Ellen (Pat) Mezera. Friends and classmates are invited to attend the wedding dance at The Barn Restaurant, starting at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tue
24
Sep

Couple marries in Denver

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Sheila (Thomas) Kautman, Prairie du Chien, is pleased to announce the marriage of her daughter Christine Elaine Thomas, to Brian Carlyle Sharp. They were married on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Mile High Station, in Denver, Colo. Shawn Marie Thomas, sister of the bride, was her maid of honor.

Wed
11
Sep

Root, Pierce to exchange vows Sept. 28

Root-Pierce Engagement

Emily Rose Root and Anthony Carl Pierce will celebrate their wedding day on Saturday, Sept. 28. Emily is the daughter of Curtis and Shelly Root, Prairie du Chien. Carl is the son of Randall and Vicki Goeke, Waterville, Iowa. Both Emily and Ben are employed at 3M. Their wedding celebration will take place at St. John’s Nepomuc Church of the Holy Family Parish, Prairie du Chien.

Wed
28
Aug

Appreciation supper held for Crawford County Meat Animal Auction

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Lonnie Achenbach (right) receives the Friend of Youth Award presented to him by Olivia Dudenbostel. (Photo submitted)
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From left, Leonard Zabel presented Swine Award to Drew Mezera; Amy Mitchell presented Beef Award to Olivia Dudenbostel; and Tyler Nagel was presented the Sheep Award by Greg and Amy Oppriecht. Not pictured is Amy Oppriecht. (Photo submitted)
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The following exhibitors were winners of the Carcass Show, from left, McKenzie Olsen—Beef Champion; Casey Ostheimer—Sheep Champion; Rachel Nolan—Dairy Steer Champion; and Joey Oppriecht—Swine Champion. (Photo submitted)
Wed
21
Aug

Schneiders celebrate 50 years, Aug. 24

Schneider Anniversary

 

Robert and Linda (Welch) Schneider were married at St. Gabriels Parish, Prairie du Chien on Aug. 24, 1963. Bob and Linda hve three children: Randy (Kathy) Schneider of Prairie du Chien, Alan (Cheryl) Schneider from Indiana and Sherry from Florida.

Mon
19
Aug

40 years for Sue & Steve Weipert

Sue Luster of Harpers Ferry married Steve Weipert of McGregor on Aug. 25, in 1973 at the St. Anne’s-St. Joseph’s Church in Harpers Ferry, Iowa. In honor of this milestone anniversary their children would like to invite friends and family to send the couple well wishes and congratulations to PO Box 266 in Marquette, IA 52158.

Thu
15
Aug

Birthday bash a ‘beary’ good time for Smokey Bear


Logan Paske gets a “bear hug” from 69-year-old Smokey.

Tristan Pozega poses with Smokey Bear.

Because of the high number of candles, Smokey Bear needed a little help from his birthday attendees to blow them all out. (Photos by Randy Paske)

More than 70 people helped Smokey Bear celebrate his 69th birthday at Wyalusing State Park on Saturday, Aug. 10. Smokey’s birthday was Aug. 9. Smokey led a parade of children and adults on foot, bikes and in wagons through the scenic Wisconsin Ridge Campground.

Following the parade, children were invited to have their pictures taken with the famous bear and played Pin the Hat on Smokey. Rachele Breuer delighted the children by reading “The True Story of Smokey Bear” from a large picture book. Smokey and the children gathered around a beautiful birthday cake, donated by Ma’s Bakery of Bloomington.

On the count of 3, they blew out all 69 lit candles and enjoyed cake and lemonade. Each child in attendance received a Smokey Bear canvas tote bag filled with Smokey memorabilia.

Smokey’s birthday party was sponsored by the Friends of Wyalusing State Park, Wisconsin DNR, and the USDA.

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