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Richard C. Stark

A longtime Prairie du Chien businessman, Richard C. Stark, 82, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Mayo Health System, in La Crosse, following a brief illness. 

Tue
23
Jan

Janet Mary (Hampton) Kirschbaum

 

Janet Mary (Hampton) Kirschbaum, 51, died surrounded by her loving family, after a valiant two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer, at Crossing Rivers Health on Monday, Jan. 22, in Prairie du Chien.

 

Tue
23
Jan

Richard “Dick” LeRoy Dagnon

 

Richard “Dick” LeRoy Dagnon, of Prairie du Chien, formerly of Platteville, died Jan. 18, at the age of 78. 

 

Mon
22
Jan

PdC council approves continued agreement for SMRT Bus management

By Correne Martin

In October, the SMRT Bus Service, for which Prairie du Chien is a grant sponsor, began to serve a fourth county. More specifically, it added a route between La Crosse and Tomah/Sparta, connecting Monroe County to the corridor of Crawford, Vernon and La Crosse counties. So now, a passenger could essentially ride from Prairie du Chien to Tomah (or to Viroqua or La Farge) and back for $6 (Monday through Friday).

According to SMRT’s website (ridesmrt.com), the focus of this regional bus transit service is for commuters, elderly and disabled residents, the general public and potential tourism related travel. Each time you board the bus you pay only $3 one way, no matter how far you ride.

Mon
22
Jan

Car goes down embankment

On Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 5:20 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle accident on Quarry Road in Freeman Township with minor damage and no injuries.

Gregory R. E. Gens, 67, Ferryville, was traveling north on Quarry Road in a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The Gens vehicle was negotiating a sharp curve when it started to slide on the snow-covered and slippery roadway. The Gens vehicle slid across the southbound lane of traffic, continued off the left side of the roadway, went down a small embankment, struck a tree with the driver’s side door area and came to rest.

Gens claimed no injuries on scene.

Assisting at the scene was Scott’s Towing of Ferryville.

The Gens vehicle was pulled out and was able to be driven from the scene.

Mon
22
Jan

Vehicle damages football field at Wauzeka-Steuben

Crimestoppers seek information

On Friday, Jan. 12, at approximately 8:21 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of criminal damage to property to the Wauzeka-Steuben football field.

A vehicle was driven onto the football field and then it crashed into a chain-link fence. The incident occurred sometime during the night hours of Thursday, Jan. 11 or early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 12.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or (866) 779-PAYS.

Mon
22
Jan

Eagles telethon is this Saturday


Whether it’s hosts Tom Stram, Natalie Stram and Tom Nelson, performers like Autumn Kivi or donors like the Girl Scouts appearing on the broadcast, the telethon goal is to raise money toward cardiology and cancer research. (Courier Press file photos)

Every dollar makes a difference

By Correne Martin

Every year, the objective of the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon is to raise just $1 toward cardiology and cancer research. Though, truly, by the end of the eight-hour, local broadcast tradition, a figure much larger than that is reflected on the fundraising board.

“We are very proud of that number. People always want to know that total. That’s their connection to what their $10, in memory of grandma, went toward,” professed Tom Nelson, telethon co-host and esteemed Prairie du Chien personality. “The part of this that makes the entire telethon so special—from the viewer to the contributor to the participant—is that every little bit makes a difference from our little corner of the world.”

Mon
22
Jan

Community support needed to improve senior living


Pictured are Alesha Erdenberger, assistant administrator at Bluff Haven and LaBatisse, and Dr. Mark Grunwald, retired geriatric medicine doctor and current member of the board of directors for Community Health Services Corporation. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

By Rachel Mergen

Finding a place to live is normally not the problem for senior citizens, according to Dr. Mark Grunwald, who is a local retired geriatric medicine doctor and current member of the board of directors for Community Health Services Corporation. Buildings are created regularly that include small, easily-accessible apartments for low rent that enable the elderly to live comfortably. The real problems facing senior citizens vary and can have ramifications on their futures.

A large number of senior citizens, approximately a third, in the United States, has been declared vulnerable. To be defined as so by the government, the person is unable to complete daily tasks, like bathing themselves and balancing their checkbook. These inabilities lead to a higher rate of accidents, leaving these men and women in need of government and citizen protection and support for years to come.

Mon
22
Jan

Driftless Development

 

Developing communities where the Wisconsin, Kickapoo 

and Mississippi rivers meet is the goal of Driftless Development

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
22
Jan

RRC Wrestling


River Ridge-Cassville Middle School wrestler Owen Bedward (right) gets ready Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge-Cassville’s Gavin Esser goes for the single leg take down versus Cezar Garcia of De Soto High School in their 182-pound match.

Myles Wehrle (right) looks to gain an advantage over Alex Scoville of De Soto in their 138-pound match Thursday night.

RRC’s Brendan Jentz gets his game face on versus his De Soto counterpart Thursday night.

 

RRC matmen 

defeat De Soto

The River Ridge-Cassville wrestling team defeated visiting De Soto 36-12 in a Ridge and Valley meet Thursday night. 

There were numerous forfeits in the match and only two high school matches because De Soto has only two varsity wrestlers.

In addition to the varsity matches, the crowd enjoyed six middle school matches.

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