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Mon
17
Aug

Pair of grants continue efforts of enhancing La Riviere Park


Dennis Kirschbaum, volunteer naturaxlist at La Riviere Park, holds a new sign to be placed with money the park received from grant funding. The signage to be placed will help to explain geological and biological aspects of this part of the park. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

If you go to the park at the right time of the year, you might just see thousands and thousands of black-eyed Susans.

As a natural area, there is a myraid of wildlife that call the park home just like this deer.

Milkweed plants are very popular for people who wish to have butterfly gardens and there are many people who wonder what the seeds look like. “They come in pods like these,” explained Kirschbaum.

Another rare plant found within La Riviere Park is poppy mallow. The last recorded case of a natural poppy mallow growing in Crawford County was more than 100 years ago in 1870.

Queen Anne’s lace is an invasive species that grows in La Rivere Park, and without proper maintenance, Kirschbaum said it could easily overwhelm and choke out smaller plants.

This prickly pear cactus can be seen in a few areas of La Riviere Park. Although rare, cacti are able to grow in the sandy soil of this area of the park. Volunteer naturalist Dennis Kirschbaum hopes that more cacti will continue to grow in the area. (Photo by Dennis Kirschbaum)

By Caitlin Bittner

As a natural place where wild flowers and wildlife are abundant, La Riviere Park is a cherished part of the Prairie du Chien community.

Within the past year, La Riviere has received two different grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and the Upper Iowa Audubon Society.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant was for $1,000 and it assisted in the purchase of prairie plants seeds. The park received this grant as part of an initiative to help restore habitats for the benefit of federal trust species. Some of the species classified as federal trust species are monarch butterflies, lark sparrows, north flickers and field sparrows. According to Dennis Kirschbaum, a volunteer naturalist at La Riviere, butterflies, moths and birds may all benefit greatly from the initiative.

Mon
17
Aug

Karen Ann (Wolford) Althof

 

The world may seem a little less warm and loving to those who knew Karen Ann (Wolford) Althof. Born March 10, 1947, Karen was 68 years old when she passed from a massive stroke on Monday, Aug. 10.

Fri
14
Aug

Sharron Mary Surovy

 

Sharron Mary Surovy, 72, passed away Wednesday, June 17, in Waterloo, Iowa. 

Sharron was born Oct. 3, 1942, in Barnum, daughter of Howard and Flossie Mae (Nutter) Dalton. She was raised and attended schools in Barnum. Sharron married Paul Surovy on Dec. 30, 1959 in Waukon. They raised five children with Sharron as a full-time homemaker and mom. Sharron will be remembered as a good-hearted, joyful person who was fond of dancing around the house, singing and mystery novels.

Fri
14
Aug

Georgia (Bunts Hubbard) Wepking

 

Georgia (Bunts Hubbard) Wepking peacefully departed this world on Aug. 12, with family by her side. During her last days at Kindred Hearts Senior Living in Cottage Grove, she gifted family and special friends with goodbye showers of kisses to their cheeks and hands. 

Born in 1929, Georgia was the second of 13 children born to Harmon and Sarah (Tittle) Bunts, and was named for George Washington, whose February 22 birthday she shared. She grew up on the family farm near Woodman, where she learned to deeply love nature, birds and animals. 

Thu
13
Aug

School continues work on new gymnasium


St. Gabriel’s new gymnasium will have a daycare and office spaces attached to it. (Photo by Addison Mumm)

By Addison Mumm

 

As hammers and nails build up walls, St. Gabriel’s Catholic School remains in the process of getting a new gym. The idea for a new gymnasium was introduced 12 to 13 years ago, according to St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church Father James C. Weighner, before he arrived in Prairie du Chien. The administration continued to talk about additions and a new gym until funding and timing made the project a reality.

 

“The new, full-size gymnasium will have a daycare and office center attached to it,” said Weighner. “It will have seating for about 100 to 150 people.”

 

Ground was broken in April of this year, but the construction has gone a little bit longer than expected and has no official end date yet.

 

Thu
13
Aug

Visit the local farmers markets for fresh fruits and vegetables


Kathy Moczulewski sells and educates customers about her delicious heirloom vegetables. She also provides herbs for purchase at the Prairie Street Farmers Market. (Photos by Addison Mumm)

Jim Fox has been growing produce his whole life. Fresh fruits and vegetables are available every weekend at the West Side Farmers Market.

Prairie Street Farmers Market is open every Saturday starting in May and ending in October.

By Addison Mumm

 

With growing health concerns, many people have turned to organic foods. What better place to get healthy fresh fruits and vegetables than at local farmers markets.

 

For years, farmers markets have been available to Prairie du Chien and the surrounding areas. Depending on the growing season, fruits, vegetables, baked goods and meats are available for the choosing.

 

Wed
12
Aug

Steuben Veterans Memorial completed, dedication held


Jim Atkinson (left) and Fritz Curtis stand proudly with the newly finished Steuben Veterans Memorial. The memorial was dedicated on Tuesday night. For more photos from the event, find the Courier Press on Facebook.

Tim Hazen (left) sings “The Star-Spangled Banner,” while Steuben Legion members Fritz Curtis and Ken McCormick salute the American flag. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, the Steuben Legion Daugherty Larsen Post 446 and Auxiliary dedicated its official veterans memorial. Among the speakers for the event were Bob Scallon, Ken McCormick and Fritz Curtis.

Before Scallon read the list of charter members, he noted that without Curtis, the memorial would not have been possible. “Most of it is done because of him,” said Scallon.

The Steuben Legion post began on Oct. 5, 1952, and had approximately 15 members on its charter. Jim Atkinson was one of the founding members who was still able to be present at the dedication. Many laughs and memories were shared by all who were present.

During the evening, Tim Hazen sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” with the crowd joining in for the latter.

The total cost of the veterans memorial was about $1,250, according to Curtis.

Wed
12
Aug

Charity Bowl


Bryce Bedward (18), Hardees of Prairie du Chien Owner Dave Bowar and Aaron Neisius (43) serve up some delicious meals at the 2015 Charity Bowl at Prairie du Chien High School Tuesday evening. An intra-squad scrimmage was held following the meal. Bowar and Hardees donate all of the meals. Football players and parents help to serve the meals at the popular event which raises money for the Prairie du Chien Football Program. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

This is just part of the crowd enjoying a nice, breezy evening and a great meal courtesy of Hardees of Prairie du Chien at the 2015 Charity Bowl Tuesday. Patrons also donated numerous nonperishable food items which will be donated to the Prairie du Chien Food Pantry.

 

Serving up a good 

time at 2015 Charity Bowl

Tue
11
Aug

Pickup truck causes damage to two other vehicles

On Aug. 7, at 8:44 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a two-vehicle car crash on County Road E near Easter Rock Lane in the township of Marietta. During the investigation, it was determined there were three vehicles involved in the crash.

Aspen S. Jacobson, 38, Steuben, was operating a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck westbound on County Road E. The Jacobson vehicle struck a legally parked 2012 Dodge Ram pickup truck, which was pushed into a legally parked 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck. Both of the legally parked vehicles were owned by Bradley E. Wellner, 58, Boscobel.

Jacobson was cited for failure to maintain control and operating a motor vehicle without proof of insurance.

Assisting the Sheriff’s Department was Terry’s Tire and Tow.

Tue
11
Aug

Man faces drug, disorderly conduct charges

A 30-year-old Eastman man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with several counts including the manufacture of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor bail jumping (two counts), disorderly conduct (domestic abuse), and resisting an officer.

Pierre Diante Gardner faces up to six years and three months imprisonment and fines totalling $41,500 if convicted of all counts.

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