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Two summer interns with local ties join Courier Press staff

Addison Mumm (left), of Bloomington, and Caitlin Bittner, of Prairie du Chien, are both interning at the Courier Press this summer. Both will conduct interviews in the community, write articles and take photographs for the newspaper. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin and Caitlin Bittner

Two enthusiastic interns have joined the staff at the Courier Press for the summer of 2015—one for her sixth summer and another for the first time. Caitlin Bittner, a graduate student from Prairie du Chien, and Addison Mumm, a college sophomore from Bloomington, will both conduct interviews, write and take photographs regularly for the hometown newspaper.

Caitlin Bittner, 23, just finished her first year at New Mexico Highlands University, in Las Vegas, N.M. The daughter of Theresa and the late Dale Bittner, of Prairie du Chien, is also a 2009 PdC High School graduate and a 2013 UW-Eau Claire graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a creative writing emphasis.

Caitlin began her journey with the Courier Press in the summer of 2010, after her first year back as a UW-EC undergraduate. She responded to an ad looking for interns in the newspaper.


First year of Silver Cord Service students graduate at Wauzeka-Steuben

Silver Cord Service Program participants Jadyn Sander (left), and Sophia Sander pose with District Administrator Michael Garrow. (Photo by Addison Mumm)

By Addison Mumm

Wauzeka-Steuben High School is pushing for its student body to be more involved in the community. The Silver Cord Service Program encourages students to go above and beyond with their volunteer hours. With a set goal of hours of volunteering and community service, students are honored with a silver cord upon graduation if they complete the minimum hours.

In the transition years to come for this program, the class of 2015 is expected to have a total of 70 hours of service, class of 2016 needs to have 110 hours, class of 2017 needs to have 150 and class of 2018 and beyond will have the minimum of 160 hours. Starting after the completion of eighth grade, students can start keeping track of their volunteer hours.


Seneca softball season ends

Seneca’s Haley Wall whips a pitch to the Ithaca batter. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Becky Trautsch awaits the ball (upper left corner) as the Ithaca runner heads back to third base.

Jena Konichek hits a triple in the first inning against visiting Ithaca.



stops Seneca girls

Ithaca defeated host Seneca 9-1 in second round Division 4 regional softball action Thursday afternoon. 

Seneca ended its season with a 12-11 overall record.

Seneca was 7-5 in the Ridge and Valley Conference.


Wyalusing State Park fun run to support visitor center

Participants will be running on the White Tail Trail at Wyalusing Park. (photos by Addison Mumm)

The Homestead Picnic area at Wyalusing State Park is located via the Homestead Campground. The picnic area has a accessible bathroom, water, and a picnic shelter with a fireplace. The playground features a log jam climb, slide and two swings.

By Addison Mumm

Friends of Wyalusing State Park are working toward an improved visitor center. In doing so, Friends of Wyalusing State Park (FOW) are hosting a 5k Fun Run Saturday, June 20, on the hiking trails at the park. This will be the first run to appear on the grounds, but intentions are to make the event annual.

FOW member Rachele Breuer presented the idea of a fundraiser run after she participated in a mud run last year. All proceeds from this event will go to the construction cost of a visitor center addition, which is set to start in 2017, the 100-year anniversary of the park.

All are welcome to join the fun; children 8 years of age and under run/walk for free. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. The first 50 registered receive a free water bottle.


State Track qualifiers

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Tatem Baures, shown here at the Boscobel Regional, won the 1600 and 3200 at the Division 3 Bangor Sectional Friday to qualify for the State Track Meet in La Crosse June 5-6. (Photo submitted)


Baures, Bloom on to State Meet


Two area athletes earned a trip to the State Track Meet to be held in La Crosse June 5-6. Tatem Baures of Wauzeka-Steuben won the 1600 in 5:23.58 and the 3200 in 11:51.39 at the Division 3 Bangor Sectional Friday to qualify for the State Meet. Sydney Bloom of River Ridge tied for third in the pole vault at 8-6 to qualify for State.


Dorothy Halverson


Dorothy Halverson, 87, of McGregor, Iowa, passed away suddenly Tuesday, May 26.

Dorothy Rosemary Pfiffner was born Sept. 10, 1927, the daughter of Edmond and Clara (Miller) Pfiffner of Lansing, Iowa. Dorothy married Roger Halverson of Waukon, Iowa, and the couple moved to McGregor where they raised their three daughters. Dorothy was a housewife and businesswoman, operating Dorothy’s Beauty Salon out of her home in downtown McGregor for many years. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Church, and enjoyed crocheting, dancing to big band music and spending time with her family.


River Ridge seniors walk at graduation

After turning their tassels, the confetti officially fell on the River Ridge Class of 2015 at the graduation ceremony Friday night in Patch Grove. (Photos by Addison Mumm)

Ame Knapp and Kristee Champion snap a selfie after River Ridge’s graduation ceremony Friday night.

River Ridge grads Seth Williams (left), Mason Weaver and Alex Udelhoven ham it up for their family and friends.

Bridget Kazda and Alex Udelhoven

Back row: Marty Fischer, Bea Mumm, Kari Breuer, Ashley Ploessl Middle row: Sarah Breuer, Beth Zimmer, and Michelle Cliff Front row: Armella Recker

Armella Recker, Sarah Breuer, Kari Breuer and Beth Zimmer

Adam, Brad and Riley Klein

Ashley and Allison Ploessl hug it out as Emma Mergen and Shane West walk down the aisle.

Prairie du Chien holds commencement

(Above) Brooke Moret (left) and Jessica Steger spoke at Prairie du Chien High School’s graduation on behalf of the NHS members. (Photos by Heather DeBruin)

After the ceremony, graduates Shanice O'Connell, Lanie Trautsch and Robert Poots took a chance to preserve a few of their new treasured memories and posed for a picture.

Prairie du Chien High School’s graduation Sunday, May 24, featured many proud memories for the family and friends of the graduates.(Left) Graduate Holly Connor is shown with her proud parents, Milo and Donna Connor, receiving a medal for her academic achievements during her high school years.

(Right) Parents Fritz and Wanda Tippery also presented their graduating daughter, Rachel Tippery, with her medal for academic achievement.

Memorial Day services in PdC, Wauzeka, Bloomington, Glen Haven

Former Crawford County Veterans Service Officer Jim Hannah of the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard addresses those gathered in the Bluff View gymnasium as part of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Day Ceremony Monday morning.

Ruth Taylor plays ‘Taps’ while other members of the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard salute the United States Flag.

These two Cub Scouts were among several who attentively watched and listened to the Memorial Day Ceremony.

In between showers the morning of Memorial Day, May 25, Wauzeka’s annual parade went on as planned. These men and women proudly represented the local American Legion post. The community’s Memorial Day festivities also included a program at the school and a chicken dinner, which was moved indoors due to the rain.

Joanne Peloch (left) and Dana Knutson pass out stars and stripes pencils to Wauzeka parade attendees Monday morning in honor of Memorial Day.

Brendan Jentz decorates the grave of Joseph Jacco, who served in the Mexican War, while the Abraham Hickok Wetmore American Legion Post stands in the background during the Bloomington-Glen Haven Memorial Day ceremonies Monday, May 25. As is the tradition each year, memorial services were held at 10 different cemeteries in the outlying countryside of the two communities.

Though the rain did fall, the brave stood tall. American Legion Post 148 Abraham Hickok Wetmore, Bloomington, is pictured standing solemnly during the drizzly and chilly Memorial Day observances in the Bloomington and Glen Haven area Monday.

Connor Mumm (left), Faith Schier and Bill Schier set the wreath for the fallen soldiers at sea in Glen Haven.

Photos by Ted Pennekamp, Correne Martin, Addison Mumm and Sue Kuenster


WS track at Regional

Joel Martin of Wauzeka-Steuben runs in the 3200 relay Tuesday at Boscobel. (Photo submitted)

Tatem Baures qualified for the Sectional Track Meet in Bangor in the 800, 1600 and 3200-meter runs.


Wauzeka-Steuben does 

well at regional track meet

The Wauzeka-Steuben track team turned in a sterling performance at the Boscobel Regional Track Meet Tuesday night. The Hornet boys’ team qualified individuals in three different events for the sectional track meet at Bangor on Friday. Connor Stenner qualified for sectionals in the pole vault. Drew Zimmerman qualified in the high jump and the 3200 relay team consisting of Joel Martin, Logan Lomen, Marti Soaquin Fluis and Drew Zimmerman also qualified. 


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