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02
Feb

Too many stray cats a concern


Tammi, an adult female tabby cat, is just one of the friendly felines Crawford Area Shelter for Animals took in last fall. According to Dhjana Franson, of CASA, Tammi is still available for adoption. For more information about her, visit her Petfinder page: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/28889271/.

Crisse Reynolds is Crawford County’s first state-certified humane officer, appointed by the county board in October. She, along with a number of area resources, have been working together to decrease the overpopulation of stray and feral cats in the county.

Professionals push spaying, neutering

By Correne Martin

The overpopulation of stray and feral cats in Crawford County has led to frustration and concern for residents, veterinary clinics and county officials. Unprecedented numbers of unwanted cats are being taken in by the Crawford Area Shelter for Animals (CASA), local vet clinics and sympathetic volunteers connected to the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS) effort. Though such havens are overcrowded and underfunded for these in-kind services, each resource is determined to work where it can toward lessening this public nuisance and providing avenues through which the public can help as well.

Thu
29
Jan

65th Annual Ice Fisheree Feb. 7-8


One never knows what the big catch will be at the annual Ice Fisheree. (Courier Press file photo)

This Coleman Outfitter 700 Utility Vehicle is the top raffle prize for the 65th Annual Prairie du Chien Ice Fisheree to be held on Feb. 7-8. The top prize can be viewed and raffle tickets purchased at Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly.

The 65th Annual Prairie du Chien Ice Fisheree will be held Feb. 7 and 8 with headquarters at Lakeview Marina Bar.

Fishing is open to bodies of water in the Prairie du Chien area, with concentration on Gremore Lake. Fishing will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday with weigh-ins from 9 a.m.  to 6 p.m. Fishing on Sunday will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with weigh-ins from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Raffle drawings and door prize drawings will be held on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. (need not be present to win).

A euchre tournament will be held at the Lakeview Marina Bar from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6. A gun raffle will be held all weekend at the Lakeview.

Registration and raffle tickets will be available at the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber Office, Lakeview Bar, Stark’s Sports Shop and Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly. Raffle tickets are also available at several locations throughout Prairie du Chien and from the Jaycees and American Legion Baseball representatives.

Wed
28
Jan

Ruck march raises PTSD awareness


Wisconsin Winter Ruck March and Polar Plunge participants included (front row, from left) Matteline Benoit, Scott Kolp, Gunner the dog, Joe Fridley, Herb Raasch, Jake Beiber, Kent Stark, Lloyd Seawright II, Scott MaCallister; (back row) Sarah King, Amanda Peters, Joe Carey, Mandy Jean, David Peters, J.P. Neugerber, Erin Caroline, Dan Borchers, Travis Birr, Sean Dekok, Matt Birr, Dallas Crawford and Brian Kerkow.

By Correne Martin

About 25 individuals participated in the first ever Wisconsin Winter Ruck March and Polar Plunge in Millville Jan. 10.

According to Organizer Kent Stark, of Prairie du Chien, 19 participants finished the six-mile march through Grant County’s hills and bluffs and six plunged into the icy waters of the Wisconsin River at the Millville Boat Landing.

“It was a wonderful turnout. A number of people who’ve battled post-traumatic stress disorder showed up and marched shoulder-to-shoulder with their fellow men,” Stark said. “Plus, we raised awareness and that’s what we set out to do.”

Wed
28
Jan

Bull riding in Seneca


These are just a few of the bucking bulls on the Curt Check property near Seneca. The top bucking bull of the group is second from the left.

 

Cowboy’s Arena holds bull riding on Saturday nights

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Cowboys, cowgirls and spectators have been having a great time in recent years at bull riding events at the Cowboy’s Arena near Seneca. The bull rides are held every Saturday night beginning at 7:30 p.m. from September through May.

Mon
26
Jan

Community invited to ‘Shoot for a Cure’ games in support of Carl Shedivy


During his bone marrow transplant, Carl Shedivy, a Prairie du Chien native, received new stem cells, which flowed through an IV into his body. Everything went according to plan during his November transplant, but he still has a long road ahead of him. Carl is pictured with his wife, Denise, and children, Dan and Elise, the day of the transplant. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien High School boys and girls basketball teams are gearing up to Shoot for a Cure on Saturday, Jan. 31 and create greater leukemia awareness in honor of one of Prairie du Chien’s own, Carl Shedivy.

Shedivy, a 1979 graduate of Prairie du Chien and a member of the school’s all-athlete Hall of Fame, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in July of 2014. He lives in La Crosse with his wife Denise (Schauff, also a Prairie du Chien native), and works as an engineer for Trane. He has received a bone marrow transplant and is working toward recovery.

“He’s at day 68. We’re hoping he can make it to day 100,” stated his sister-in-law Paula Shedivy, girls basketball coach and PdC teacher. “He is making some strides. He’s really hoping to make the games on the 31st.”

Mon
26
Jan

Train strikes car, no injuries


This 1999 Honda Civic, driven by Kathryn Banasik, 65, La Crosse, was only minimally damaged after being clipped by a moving Burlington Northern Santa Fe train Wednesday evening, Jan. 21, in Prairie du Chien.

By Correne Martin

A La Crosse driver and her passenger safely escaped her vehicle before it was struck by a train in Prairie du Chien Wednesday evening, Jan. 21, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At 5:37 p.m., Officer Tony Berg responded to the East Blackhawk Avenue intersection with the railroad tracks to find a 1999 Honda Civic that had been struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train. The driver, Kathryn Banasik, 65, and her male passenger had exited the vehicle prior to the collision.

According to the Prairie du Chien Police Department, Banasik was driving eastbound on Blackhawk Avenue when she realized she was operating her car without headlights. She attempted to pull to the side of the roadway to turn on the lights but mistakenly drove off the road’s surface onto the tracks. A northbound BNSF train then hit the vehicle, causing minimal damage to the driver’s side front end.

Mon
26
Jan

Villa Louis Pond Restoration


A restoration project has begun for the Villa Louis duck ponds. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Villa Louis Historic Site pond 

restoration project in fund-raising, planning stage

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
26
Jan

Eagles Telethon achieves 40 years, looks to exceed $750,000 this year


It wouldn’t be the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon without the locally-famous Ding-a-Lings. These lovely ladies have been performing on the telethon stage since the very first year of the event in 1976. (Photo by Randy Paske)

By Correne Martin

The Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon will reach a major milestone on Saturday, Jan. 31. Not only will this be the 40th year of the community celebration in support of heart and cancer research, but it will also be the year in which donations exceed $750,000. That’s three-quarters of a million dollars!

The 2015 talent show, live auction and eight-hour spectacle will begin at 5 p.m. at Bluff View Intermediate School in Prairie du Chien and last until 1 a.m. Up to 15 raffles and live auction items will include a 2014-15 mens’ Wisconsin Badger basketball, signed by all the players and coaches; a 2014-15 Packer football signed by the team; a Robin Yount signed print; a Corey Hart signed print accompanied by two Brewers club seat tickets.

Wed
21
Jan

Eastman man charged with fifth OWI

A 45-year-old Eastman man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth offense).

Corey Lee Hammond faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Hammond was driving in Prairie du Chien when he attempted to make a turn, missed the street and ended up in snowbank in a nearby yard. Hammond then backed up and proceeded down the street, the complaint said.

A Prairie du Chien Police Officer then stopped Hammond and subsequently placed him under arrest.

Hammond has previously been convicted of an OWI four times.

Wed
21
Jan

Where do your taxes go in the city of Prairie du Chien?


TOTAL TAXES ON A $100,000 HOME

By Correne Martin

Full payment or at least the first installment of property taxes in Prairie du Chien are due to the city by Saturday, Jan. 31. (Second installments must be paid to the county treasurer by July 31.) Prairie du Chien tax bills are around $2,890 per $100,000 of property value, which equals a decrease of about $5.39 over the previous year.

A breakdown of the 2014 tax bill, generated by City Administrator Aaron Kramer, can help property owners understand exactly where their money is going.

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