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09
Feb

Howard J. Gillitzer

Howard J. Gillitzer, 80, of Prairie du Chien, died on Wednesday, Feb. 7. 

He was born Feb. 3, 1938, to Carrie (Ocenosak) and Lawrence Gillitzer. Graduating from Campion in 1955, he entered the novitiate of the Order of the Holy Cross in Hastings, Neb. Two years later was sent to Our Lady of the Lake Seminary in Syracuse, Ind., and four years later to Crosier Seminary in Onamia, Minn. The next twenty years were spent in Administration, college financial aid and fundraising. 

Wed
07
Feb

Prairie du Chien businesses make it easy for community to support animal shelter


Aron Cavanaugh, of Prairie du Chien, took his pup to the Pet Expo, sponsored by Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter at Nelson True Value, Feb. 3. True Value recently started its Partnering for Pets program, which gives 10 percent to the shelter for all pet products and Wild Bird Food products purchased at the store. (Nelson True Value photo)

By Correne Martin

Two local businesses are making it easy for community members to support the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter in Prairie du Chien and shop at their retail establishments at the same time.

Nelson True Value has begun an ongoing program, Partnering for Pets, through which shoppers can help support the animal shelter. According to Bev Pozega, RABAS vice-president, customers at True Value who purchase pet products or store brand Wild Bird Food products will have 10 percent of those purchases gifted to the shelter.

“They’ve been trying to come up with a way to help us and we’re so grateful,” Pozega said. “This is a great way for customers who already buy their pet products from True Value to give back to us at the same time.”

Wed
07
Feb

PdC river wall damage to be assessed

By Correne Martin

Damage sustained to the river wall at Prairie du Chien’s Lawler Park last fall will be assessed by an engineering firm experienced in port facility repair needs, since the Prairie du Chien Common Council approved a professional services agreement (PSA) with the company Tuesday night.

According to City Planner Garth Frable, last year, a tow boat had docked along the river wall to take on water, which is a relatively common occurrence.

“The boat was tied to one of the large bollards affixed to the wall. After the tow boat left, city staff noted that the bollard had been partially pulled from the wall, which resulted in the wall bowing out,” Frable said.

Wed
07
Feb

River Ridge Dance Team at State


The River Ridge Dance Team and their fans were very excited to perform at the State Championship on Saturday in La Crosse. (Photos submitted)

The River Ridge Dance Team poses backstage.

 

River Ridge Dance Team 

performs at State Championship

On Saturday, Feb. 3, the River Ridge Dance Team attended the WACPC State Championship held at the La Crosse Center. The team competed in the Division 5 Pom category and placed 11th in the state for their division.

Qualifying and dancing at state for the dance team is a great accomplishment for such a young group of girls. The team this year consists of two freshmen, five sophomores, and five juniors.  

Wed
07
Feb

Addiction Town Hall Event

 

Public encouraged 

to attend Addiction Town Hall Tuesday

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Everyone is invited to an Addiction Town Hall event which will be held on Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m., in the George Family Education Center at Crossing Rivers Health.

Tue
06
Feb

Floyd L. Drake

 

Floyd L. Drake, 82, of Steuben, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 4, at the Good Samaritan Society in Fennimore.

 

He was born on March 27, 1935, on Nyland Ridge, Crawford County. The son of Clifford and Clara (Heisz) Drake. He married Delores Curtis on Sept. 10, 1955, at the Congregational Church in Steuben. Floyd was a lifetime farmer and avid fast pitch softball player. 

Tue
06
Feb

Michael Reed

 

Michael Reed, 69, of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien. 

 

Mon
05
Feb

Lessons in Learning - Copsey

“I feel such a close connection with my students and their families.  I want to see them succeed here at St. Mary’s and beyond.  They are all a huge part of my life,” Kelly Copsey, St. Mary’s teacher of 11 years, exclaimed.

Copsey, a native of Bloomington, attended St. Mary’s and River Ridge. She remembers having several teachers who brought positivity to her years of schooling, inspiring her to teach also.

She recalled, “During my senior year of high school, I did my school-to-work in the River Ridge Elementary. I knew at that point that I wanted to work with kids and help them to have a positive school experience just as I had.” Copsey attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to receive her teaching degree.

Mon
05
Feb

Lessons in Learning - Tolle

Originally from Nekoosa, Laura Tolle’s top priorities in life today are her family, which includes her husband and their seven children, and her career as an educator at St. Mary’s School in Bloomington.

“When I graduated from [the University of Wisconsin-Platteville], I had a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I worked at James River in Green Bay as a Maintenance Project Engineer. I planned on designing and repairing paper machines for a few years. However, God had other plans for my life. I met Darren Tolle,” she told her story leading up to her career at St. Mary’s.

Mon
05
Feb

Associated Bank donates $15,000 to support public library


Associated Bank donated $15,000 towards the Prairie du Chien Public Library. Shown with the check are, from left, Marketing Manager Tim Medinger, Mayor Dave Hemmer, Branch Manager Mary Sweezey, Library Board President Linda Munson and City Administrator Chad Abram.

On Feb. 1, Associated Bank announced a $15,000 gift to support the renovation and expansion of the Prairie du Chien Library. Ground breaking for the project occurred on Oct. 16, 2017, and construction is well underway with completion scheduled for late 2018.

“Fundraising continues for the project and Associated Bank’s generous donation moves the library that much closer to its goal,” said City Administrator Chad Abram.

Local citizens, businesses, industries and institutions have so far pledged more than $1.3 million toward the project, which will more than double the library’s size as well as expand its resources and programs.

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