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Wed
07
Oct

Advisory task force seeks input on school district upgrades, possible referendum

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School District is in the midst of a planning effort to assess facility and space needs required to deliver current and future curriculum at all grade levels.  A condition assessment report has been completed to evaluate code, maintenance and American Disability Act (ADA) issues that may need to be addressed over the net 10 years so that capital budgets can be planned for in advance.  

Wed
07
Oct

WS and PdC Cross Country


Wauzeka-Steuben's Joel Martin and Zach Lomen run along a flat part of the course Tuesday afternoon at the Boscobel Invitational. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Hornets' Tyler Walters runs on an early portion of the course.

Prairie’s Josh Lenzendorf (back left) and Jacob Lenzendorf (right) run with a Southwest-Cuba City runner.

Prairie du Chien’s Kelsey Achenbach (left) and Madeline LaRocque run side by side in the Boscobel Invitational Tuesday afternoon.

 

WS, PdC harriers 

run in Ryan Zimpel Invitational

The Wauzeka-Steuben and Prairie du Chien cross country teams competed in the Ryan Zimpel Memorial Boscobel Invitational Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 6.

The Prairie du Chien boys finished third with 112 points. 

Wed
07
Oct

Crash results in injuries, OMVI charges

An Iowa man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Saturday night that resulted in an OMVI and possible other charges, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On Oct. 3, at about 7:15 p.m., the sheriff’s department was notified of the crash on State Highway 35, about two-tenths of a mile north of Caya Road in the township of Seneca.

Steven Welch, 47, of Fairfax, Iowa, was operating a 2006 Ford Mustang north on Highway 35 when he lost control and struck a guardrail, causing the vehicle to overturn multiple times and come to rest in a creek. Fifty feet of guardrail was damaged during the crash.

Welch sustained several injuries in the crash and was transported to Crossing Rivers Health by TriState Ambulance for medical treatment and later transferred to Iowa City Hospital for continued treatment.

Wed
07
Oct

City opts for new health insurance under regional municipality consortium

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien city employees will transition to a new health insurance program beginning Jan. 1, 2016, as the common council approved a new two-year contract Tuesday night with the Western Wisconsin Municipal Consortium (WWMC). Until coverage under the consortium begins, the city has renewed with Network Health for November and December at a 1.4 percent reduction in the current premium.

WWMC is an association of about 40 municipalities in the region that have come together to achieve improved health insurance options for their employees. Jerry Den Boer, owner and president of Benefit Advisors Insurance Agency, of the Coulee Region, has worked with many municipalities for the past two years to create the consortium.

Wed
07
Oct

Pilgrimage to see Pope Francis unforgettable for local group


The group traveling to the East Coast to see Pope Francis included 15 students and three adults from Holy Family Parish, as well as two residents from Eastman, two from Bloomington and 20 from Boscobel. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

When Pope Francis made his historic visit to the United States two weeks ago, a group from Holy Family Parish in Prairie du Chien made the trip to the East Coast to experience the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle surrounding the visit and to catch a glimpse of the pope himself.

Fifteen students and three adults from Holy Family Parish, as well as two residents from Eastman, two from Bloomington and 20 from Boscobel, boarded Minnesota Coaches Thursday, Sept. 24, at 9 p.m., for a four-day excursion.

Wed
07
Oct

Lend a ‘hand’ and some ‘hope’ via Catholic Charities program


The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting at the new Catholic Charities office at 104. E. Blackhawk Ave. Present for the ceremony were (from left) Paul Ginkel, Tom Nelson, Father James Weighner, Phyllis Leith, Geri Russell, Catholic Charities Executive Director Roberto Partarrieu, Sandy Marx, Jamie Stram, Lou Davis and Bob Moses. Missing is Randi Harris of Catholic Charities. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Now that Catholic Charities has relocated to a more accessible location in downtown Prairie du Chien, the number of potential clients stepping inside the office has grown significantly. After 16 years in the community, many residents are just now realizing the organization exists locally.

Catholic Charities officially moved Aug. 25 to Blackhawk Avenue. The office was previously located inside the Catholic church rectory on Perry Street.

“We’re more visible now. That is the most exciting part about moving to downtown,” said Sandy Marx, financial wellness advocate for Catholic Charities in Prairie du Chien. “If people are curious, we invite them to stop in and see what we’re all about. We still have all the same services.”

Wed
07
Oct

Prairie du Chien Vietnam veteran receives Quilt of Valor


Prairie du Chien veteran Terry Seeley proudly displays the Quilt of Valor he recently received from the Quilts of Valor program in Garnavillo, Iowa. The quilt was made by Wendy Kuhse and presented to him by Wendy and her husband, Lanny, in a special presentation. Some of his family attending the honorable presentation were (from left) his sister, Patti Johnson, of Garnavillo; his wife, Vicki Seeley; and another sister, Chris Foley, of Prairie du Chien. (Submitted photo)

Terry Seeley, of Prairie du Chien, was awarded a Quilt of Valor at the Corner Shoppe in Garnavillo, Iowa, recently. The quilt, made by Wendy Kuhse, was presented to Seeley by Wendy and her husband, Lanny, in a ceremony attended by a few close friends and family members on Aug. 2.

Seeley, who enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966, was a member of the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Division, and earned the rank of Corporal (E4). He spent four months in the Republic of Vietnam, where he was wounded twice in Khe-Sanh and, as a result, earned two Purple Hearts. He recovered at a Japanese hospital and was subsequently moved to Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Illinois.

Ninety-five percent of the battalion (named The Walking Dead) in which Seeley served were either killed or went missing in action. He was one of the 5 percent who lived to tell about his war experience.

Seeley received an honorable discharge on April 24, 1972.

Tue
06
Oct

Lawrence D. “Larry” Colsch

 

Lawrence D. “Larry” Colsch, 52, of Wauzeka passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Oct. 5, at the Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

He was born July 21, 1963 in Waterloo, Iowa the son of Lawrence and Ruth (Paris) Colsch. He married Leanne Groom on June 9, 1984 at the United Methodist Church in Wauzeka. Larry worked as a truck driver and enjoyed farming. He and Leanne own and operate the Main Street Bar and Grill in Eastman. 

Tue
06
Oct

Lorraine Lorretta Shulka

 

Lorraine Lorretta Shulka, 81, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Oct. 4, surrounded by her family at Agrace Hospice in Madsion. 

She was born Nov. 7, 1933 in Boscobel, the daughter of Eldon and Nellie (Ward) Wayne. She married Clarence Shulka on July 31, 1965 in Caledonia, Minn. He preceded her in death on Jan. 29, 1994. Loretta worked in nursing for the old Beaumont Hospital and later for Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien spanning 40 years. She belonged to the Apostolic Lighthouse Church in Prairie du Chien where she taught Sunday school. 

Mon
05
Oct

Chamber presents annual awards


The C.F. La Pointe Award, the Chamber’s most prestigious and longstanding award, was presented to Charlie Connell on behalf of Crossing Rivers Health. He is pictured (left) with Chamber President Bob Moses.

The Crawford County Dairy Breakfast committee was recognized for promoting agri-tourism in our community. Pictured (from left) are Curt Zinkle, Royce Havlik, Bob Standorf, Jane Achenbach, Ken Johnson and Bob Moses.

The Opportunity Center was awarded for providing 50 years of service. Pictured (from left) are Crystal Alexander, Angie Engrav, Bob Moses, Pam Ritchie, Dolores, Wiedemann, Betty Broadbent, Jesse Aspenson, Deb Reed, Andrea Panka, Karen Cooper and Curt Zinkle. (Photos by Gary Howe)

Pat Balk (center) accepted Homeward Bound’s plaque for 30 years of service to the community from Board President Curt Zinkle and Chamber President Bob Moses.

Bob McDonald (center), Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation director, was selected for this year’s Chamber Board President Award. He is pictured with Board President Curt Zinkle (left) and Chamber President Bob Moses.

Sue Tiller and her dad, Frank, accepted a plaque for 65 years of retail service to the community from Chamber Board President Curt Zinkle (right).

Taking home the Chamber’s Community Investment Award was Nelson True Value and the Kanis family. Pictured (from left) are Chamber representatives Curt Zinkle and Bob Moses with Dan Kanis, Jake Kanis, Mark Brueggen, Donna Teynor and Oscar Eastman.

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and awards banquet aboard the Celebration Belle on Wednesday, Sept. 30. About 220 attended.

“An important reason our area is able to continue to grow and prosper is due to the solid foundation that has been built by so many faithful, dedicated individuals who have been in business in the community for so many years,” Chamber President and CEO Bob Moses said. “We are also very appreciative of investors for the support, encouragement and commitment they have shown this past year.”

Award winners included:

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