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28
Jan

Joy and memories for 44 years


Having local youth like the Girl Scouts participate in the telethon is part of the organizers’ strategy to continue the longevity this fundraiser has had in the Prairie du Chien community. Entertainment, stories and hard-earned funds have made an enormous difference in heart and cancer research through several key medical institutions across the region.

Gretchen Faulkner is the epitome of the annual Prairie du Chien telethon. She’s demonstrated her love of dancing and singing during the live broadcast for most of her life. She exemplifies the joy the telethon can bring to audiences locally and far away—the happiness and good memories it’s brought viewers for 44 years now.

Lucy Anderson and Betty Cejka enjoyed a dance on the telethon stage as host and friend Tom Nelson looked on. (Photos by Randy Paske)

The Prairie du Chien High School wrestlers have been a staple on the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon for many of its recent years with their popular Pushups for Pennies fundraiser. They perform their promised pushups in front of the memory wall each time and, this year, were part of the $46,697 that was pledge by the time the broadcast went off the air.
Mon
28
Jan

Counterfeit bills passed around


This counterfeit $100 bill was attempted to be passed at a local restaurant. (Photo courtesy of the Prairie du Chien Police Department)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Recently, there was a counterfeit $100 bill that was attempted to be passed at a Prairie du Chien restaurant.

Police Chief Kyle Teynor said the investigation is ongoing, and that a woman (the suspect) was photographed but she has not been found or identified from the photograph.

Mon
28
Jan

Crooked Oar ready to host 69th Ice Fisheree


Crooked Oar Bar and Marina owner Paul DeVoss stands in front of the stone fireplace.

Numerous children enjoy the family-friendly Ice Fisheree each February. (Courier Press file photo)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce will welcome area ice fishing enthusiasts to Prairie du Chien for the 69th Annual Ice Fisheree weekend to be held Feb. 1, 2 and 3 with headquarters at The Crooked Oar Bar and Marina just north of Prairie du Chien on County K. 

Wed
23
Jan

Bell Center, county in dispute with federal emergency management

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The village of Bell Center and Crawford County are in a dispute with FEMA over funding for the costs of damage to the bridge over the Kickapoo River on Sand Creek Road during the 2016 Kickapoo River flood.

Wed
23
Jan

The new epidemic of gender dysphoria

 

By Guest Columnist Dr. Mark Grunwald

 

Introduction

Wed
23
Jan

Iowa man arrested for methamphetamine possession

On Jan. 21, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit observed a 1984 Chevrolet C30 truck swerving over the shoulder of the road several times, and had an equipment violation. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on the Highway 18 bypass and Rice Street in the city of Prairie du Chien. The driver was identified as Daniel Trappe, 55, Colesburg, Iowa.  In speaking with Trappe, the deputy observed him to be exhibiting signs of nervousness and signs of drug use. 

K-9 Breck was utilized for an open free air sniff of the vehicle, alerting to the presence of one or more controlled substances in the vehicle. In the vehicle, deputies located a false compartment cylinder, which had crystal like substance inside. The crystal substance field tested positive for methamphetamine. 

Wed
23
Jan

PdC drowning lawsuit appealed

The parents of a drowned Prairie du Chien boy have appealed the dismissal of their wrongful death lawsuit. 

Kurt and Rachael Warrington filed their lawsuit after their son Kashton, 4, was found unresponsive at Wacouta Aquatic Park in Prairie du Chien during a swimming lesson on Aug. 2, 2017. 

The lawsuit had alleged that the death occurred because city and Prairie du Chien School District personnel were negligent in their supervision and custody of Kashton.

In November, Judge Craig Day dismissed the case in Crawford County Circuit Court. Day cited Wisconsin’s “recreational immunity” statute which limits a property owner’s liability for an injury to, or caused by, a person engaging in recreational activity on the owner’s property.

Wed
23
Jan

Local Knights of Columbus earn top council honors in diocese


Knights of Columbus Campion Council leaders Brian Dillman and Scott Kennedy greet one another at the 100 year anniversary celebration at the Dousman House in December.

Prairie du Chien’s Opportunity Center was just one of several organizations benefitting from the Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll drive locally this past year. Representing the Opportunity Center at the recent KCs banquet are Kari Kossman and Pam Ritchie. Other entities gaining funds were Prairie Catholic special education, Wisconsin Badger Camp and the Special Olympics. (Submitted photos)

By Correne Martin

The Knights of Columbus Campion Council 1840 has gone from near extinction to a position of distinction, having increased its membership 350 percent this past year—just in time for the council’s 100 year anniversary. 

“I don’t know what it is; it’s a spark that hit around here. But it was time,” said Steve Mercaitis, grand knight of the Prairie du Chien men’s volunteer service organization. 

Wed
23
Jan

44th Eagles Telethon ‘A Family Reunion’ this Saturday


This wishing well, made by Scott and Tom Paulson, from an idea of Gail Zirngibl’s, will be at the Eagles Telethon for youth to bring their wishes and coins and drop them in.

Hosts Dan Moris (left) and Tom Stram announce the telethon’s efforts of surpassing a major milestone during the 2018 telethon.

By Correne Martin

“Forty-four years speaks volumes for our community—that it’s willing to have this telethon and showcase what Prairie du Chien really is and what we have done.” The never speechless Tom Nelson said this about the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon and its dedicated committee, talent and viewers who’ve, together, brought a “breath of fresh air” to the middle of winter and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for medical research since 1976.

“It’s an opportunity to spotlight our youth, our working class and us old timers who still choose to live in Prairie du Chien. Through that process, we raise a little money,” Nelson added.

Mon
21
Jan

Wauzeka-Steuben looking at future very carefully

By Correne Martin

The Wauzeka-Steuben School District is in the midst of collecting bids as part of its 10-year building and grounds maintenance plan. The school board has discussed areas of concern and what appears to be a future funding cliff, at recent meetings and, according to Interim Administrator Gary Albrecht, the board’s goal is to be as responsible as possible to taxpayers so as not to become burdensome. 

“The taxes are going to go way down but we’re still going to have to keep the building going,” Albrecht stated. “We have to be careful of not running a referendum for maintenance and, then, a few years later, needing another referendum for the building. If we don’t mind our business, we could be in dire straits.”

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