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Wed
31
Jan

Animal shelter finally open after decade of fundraising


Above: Weston Cejka, his younger sibling and their mom stopped by the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter in Prairie du Chien a few weeks ago to visit with the dogs and cats. They were interested in taking a pet home.

Several dozen cats and kittens are currently living at Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, playing and looking cute, in hopes of finding their “furever” home.

Shelter Manager Staci Roth plays with some of the animals while talking to a potential adoptive family.

By Correne Martin

As the adage, “If you build it, they will come” implies, the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter facility has been 10 years in the making, but it’s finally complete and open in Prairie du Chien, and volunteers have shown up. So have the cats and dogs.

Two months after the shelter officially opened Dec. 4, an average of two dozen cats and kittens along with about 10 dogs and puppies are living at the shelter. It seems, when some are adopted, others often arrive. Most have been surrenders thus far, though a few cats have been strays.

The important thing is that, now, if people have to give up a pet, there’s a place for them to go, be cared for and treated with love.

Wed
31
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Wachuta

By Rachel Mergen

Since she was in first grade, Jenny Wachuta, third grade teacher, along with second and fifth grade religion classes at one point, for the past 35 years at Prairie Catholic School, knew she wanted to be a teacher. She remembers loving her teacher, being around kids her age and learning new things as she attended St. Mary’s Ridge Catholic School near Cashton.

Her love for teaching was also inspired by her admiration for her older sister’s teaching career, along with her experience with babysitting neighborhood children and spending time with her three younger siblings.
She attended Viterbo College in La Crosse to major in Early Childhood Education, because, according to Wachuta, “being with young children always brought me joy.”

Wed
31
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Hemmer

By Rachel Mergen

For the past 36 years, Lori Hemmer has been teaching elementary students at Prairie Catholic School, including first graders presently and, in the past, second and third grade students. The school has been a part of her life long before those 36 years though, as she attended St. John’s Catholic School as a child, which eventually became a part of Prairie Catholic.

She recollected some of her fondest memories from her education at the school, “My favorite teacher was Sister Angeline. I remember her as being very kind. You just knew she cared about you. I remember always hanging by her on the playground. Back then the nuns wore full habits. My friends and I were very curious about what Sister Angeline’s hair looked like under her habit. She always told us she had purple and pink feathers for hair. We were always hoping to catch a glance.”

Tue
30
Jan

John Francis Patterson

 

John Francis Patterson, 87, died Monday, Jan. 29, of congestive heart failure at Grant Regional Health Center, Lancaster.

 

Tue
30
Jan

Eric L. Bedward

Eric L. Bedward, 22, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 28. 

 

Mon
29
Jan

Annual fisheree an outdoor activity for the whole family


Adults as well as children can get outdoors this weekend and enjoy some local recreation at the 68th annual Ice Fisheree, Feb. 2-4, headquartered at The Crooked Oar Bar north of Prairie du Chien. (Courier Press file photo)

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and Jaycees will host area ice fishing enthusiasts for the 68th annual Ice Fisheree Feb. 2-4, with headquarters at The Crooked Oar Bar and Marina just north of Prairie du Chien on County K.

Festivities will begin Friday evening, Feb. 2, at The Crooked Oar (formerly Lake-view Marina), with a dart tournament beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be an entry fee with competition starting at 7 p.m. Those who wish to take a chance at cards instead of darts, registration for the euchre tournament starts at 6:30 p.m. as well, and cards will be shuffled at 7. A 52-card gun raffle will also be held on Friday evening and continue throughout the weekend.

Mon
29
Jan

Courier Press to publish keepsake Matt Antoine posters

By Correne Martin

In Prairie du Chien, we’re PdC proud, or #pdcproud—in terms of hashtags.

The Courier Press has adopted the hashtag #pdcproud as a means of collectively showing our pride and support for our hometown Olympian skeleton slider Matt Antoine. The hope is that, as some of Matt’s biggest fans, community members can jump on board and start taking and posting pictures on social networks, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and then include #pdcproud with those posts. Examples might be pictures of you cheering him on; displaying USA or red, white and blue colors; holding signs you made for him; or perhaps posing in front of his street sign in Prairie du Chien, his picture at the high school, or the posters you’re going to start seeing in business places around town.

Mon
29
Jan

PdC EMS looks to let ambulance license lapse


Since 1965, the Prairie du Chien EMS has provided services in the Crawford County area. But, due to declining membership, loss of a medical director, a downgraded license and a lack of calls received, the organization has come to the point of surrendering its ambulance license. (Photo by Correne Martin)

A corkboard in the PdC EMS building displays some of the fun memories members have had.

By Correne Martin

Since 1965, Prairie du Chien EMS has provided services in the Crawford County area. But, due to declining membership, loss of a medical director, a downgraded license and a lack of calls coming in, the organization has come to the point of surrendering its ambulance license altogether.

“We all feel deeply disappointed,” said Joe Morovits, PdC EMS president.

“We worked so hard to keep this business going for the public,” added Jerry Barrette, former 34-year member. “I feel like we were taken for granted. People thought we’d always be here.”

Mon
29
Jan

Fredrick “Fred” Everett Huff

 

Fredrick “Fred” Huff, 63, of Farmersburg, Iowa, died Sunday, Jan. 21, at Veterans Memorial Hospital, Waukon, Iowa, after a brave battle with cancer. 

 

Fredrick Everett was born on Aug. 22, 1954, to Everett and Dorothy (Seitz) Huff in Waukon, Iowa. He graduated from MFL High School in 1973.

Mon
29
Jan

Proposed Great River Road Trail

 

Proposed trail 

along Great River Road taking its first steps

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There is a movement afoot for a proposed multi-use trail along the Great River Road (Highway 35) in Crawford and Vernon counties.

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