Courier Press

Error message

  • Warning: array_merge(): Argument #1 is not an array in _simpleads_render_ajax_template() (line 133 of /home/pdccourier/public_html/sites/all/modules/simpleads/includes/simpleads.helper.inc).
  • Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in _simpleads_adgroup_settings() (line 343 of /home/pdccourier/public_html/sites/all/modules/simpleads/includes/simpleads.helper.inc).
  • Warning: array_merge(): Argument #1 is not an array in _simpleads_render_ajax_template() (line 157 of /home/pdccourier/public_html/sites/all/modules/simpleads/includes/simpleads.helper.inc).
Mon
05
Jun

State Track Meet


Allison Oswald gets over a hurdle in the 300-meter hurdles in Division 3 competition at the State Track and Field Meet Friday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Eric Nolan lets fly in the Division 2 shot put Saturday afternoon.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Tatem Baures competes in the 3200-meter run Friday morning at the State Track and Field Meet in La Crosse. Baures also ran in the 1600.

Prairie du Chien senior Evan Teynor clears a hurdle in the 300-meter high hurdle preliminaries Friday afternoon at the State Track and Field Meet.

River Ridge’s Taylor Langmeier passes the baton to Riley Klein during the 3200 relay Saturday morning at the University of La Crosse.

 

Area athletes at 

State Track Meet

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Several athletes from area schools competed in the Wisconsin State High School Track and Field Championships at the University of La Crosse Friday and Saturday. 

Mon
05
Jun

Grant County Dairy Breakfast on the farm once again Sunday, June 11


Todd Fischer (right) and his son Marty, along with the whole Fischer family, will welcome people to their farm at 10690 Maine Rd., Bagley on Sunday, June 11, for the Grant County Dairy Breakfast. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

By Rachel Mergen

 

The Lancaster FFA Alumni are changing their Grant County Dairy Breakfast tradition this year. They are moving it from the Lancaster fairgrounds, where the breakfast has occurred for over a decade, to a Bagley farm. Todd and Julie Fischer and family will host this event, one which may begin the return of the on-farm tradition, on Sunday, June 11, from 7 a.m. to noon.

 

Mon
05
Jun

St. Mary’s Academy and College placed on the State Register of Historic Places

The Wisconsin Historical Society placed St. Mary’s Academy and College, in Prairie du Chien, on the State Register of Historic Places on May 19.

St. Mary’s Academy and College was significant as an all-female Catholic school between 1872 and 1961. St. Mary’s was one of the only Catholic girls’ schools operating in the region during the late 19th century and drew students from throughout the Midwest, particularly Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. In 1913, the school became the first four-year Catholic college for women established in Wisconsin. St. Mary’s College relocated to Milwaukee in 1929 (with the new name Mount Mary College), but the complex in Prairie du Chien continued to serve as a preparatory high school for girls until 1961.

Mon
05
Jun

Drowning indicated in autopsy


The Highway 82 Lansing bridge approach was repaired late last week after it eroded May 30, causing a fatal car accident. Crawford County Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock said the county hauled in heavy riprap Thursday, June 1, installed new guardrail Friday morning, and reopened that stretch of roadway by midday Friday. (Photos by Dennis Pelock)

County personnel worked hard to get the stretch of road reopened to the public.

BRIDGE APPROACH REOPENED

The victim of last week’s bridge washout, James Walleser, 59, of Lansing, Iowa, died as a result of drowning, according to autopsy results received by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department late last week.

Walleser was driving to work in his 2000 Jeep and heading east on the Highway 82 bridge when part of the approach span eroded and washed away into the Mississippi River on May 30. His vehicle became completely submerged in the river, which was 40 feet deep, reports said.

The La Crosse Dive Team and Milo’s Towing Service pulled the vehicle from the water. Walleser was pronounced dead at the scene.

Walleser’s funeral service was held Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lansing, Iowa. An obituary is available at the Thornburg-Grau Funeral Service website (graufuneralhomes.com).

Mon
05
Jun

PdC native, former curatorial assistant, named Villa Louis manager


Josh Wachuta officially started his duties as Villa Louis site manager on Friday, June 2. He will work part-time through December, until he finishes his dissertation, and then he will become full-time.

By Correne Martin

A fresh, but familiar, face is fulfilling the Villa Louis site manager role.

Josh Wachuta, born and raised in Prairie du Chien, and a former Villa staff member, officially started in the manager’s position Friday, June 2. He will work under Susan Caya-Slusser, Wisconsin Historical Society southwest sites regional director.

Wachuta first started employment at the Villa Louis as a guide for a couple years in high school. He then went to college at UW-La Crosse and eventually returned to the local historic site as a curatorial assistant for a few more years before heading off to graduate school at Loyola University Chicago.

Thu
01
Jun

EDITORIAL: Reporting hometown tragedy all too real

By Correne Martin

It was a scene similar to those you only view on the nightly television news. A school bus crunched up off the road, and emergency personnel hurrying to pull kids out for medical attention. Frantic parents wander about searching for their own children. Stunned onlookers stand aside, talking about the injured and guessing at what happened.

As a 13-year community journalist, I’ve witnessed so many accidents of varying degrees of gravity that I’ve lost count. I’ve chronicled and photographed fatalities involving Amish buggies, semis blasting through a home or down an embankment into the woods, motorcycles, tractors and one particular rollover in which I believe a greater power saved lives.

But this accident, the one a few miles down County P from River Ridge High School Tuesday afternoon, has particularly broken my heart. Young children were injured and, as of press time, the full extent of those injuries isn’t yet clear.

Wed
31
May

Prairie Baseball Wins


Prairie du Chien’s Andrew Waller hits a hooking double down the left field line in the bottom of the second inning against visiting Westby in regional baseball action Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Drake Coleman hits an RBI single down the right field line to score Andrew Waller in the bottom of the second inning versus Westby.

Cory Check unleashes a pitch versus Westby Tuesday afternoon.

Josh Lenzendorf bobbles a high hopper momentarily before gunning the Westby runner out at first base Tuesday afternoon in regional play.

 

Prairie boys blank Westby

Top seeded Prairie du Chien blanked visiting and fourth seeded Westby 10-0 in five innings in regional baseball action Tuesday afternoon. 

The Blackhawks scored 1 run in the first inning, 1 in the second, 2 in the third, 3 in the fourth and 3 in the fifth to earn the victory. 

Prairie du Chien pounded out 17 hits and committed 1 error. Westby managed 2 hits and committed 2 errors. 

Wed
31
May

State Track Meet Qualifiers


Wauzeka-Steuben’s Allison Oswald (right) clears a hurdle in the 300-meter hurdles in a meet earlier this season at Viroqua. (Photo courtesy of Wauzeka-Steuben High School)

River Ridge’s Faith Schier runs in the 3200 relay in a meet earlier this season in Boscobel. (Courier Press file photo)

The River Ridge 3200-meter relay team finished second at the Bangor Sectional to qualify for the State Track and Field Meet. The team is Faith Schier, Rachael Herrick, Taylor Langmeier and Skylar White. (Photo courtesy of the River Ridge Facebook page)

The River Ridge 1600-meter relay team took fourth at the Bangor Sectional to qualify for the State Track and Field Meet in La Crosse. The team is Karli Jandro, Faith Schier, Rachael Herrick and Skylar White. (Photo courtesy of the River Ridge Facebook page)

 

Area track 

and field athletes 

headed to state

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Several area high school track and field athletes have qualified for the State Track and Field Meet to be held at UW ­– La Crosse on June 2 and June 3.

Wed
31
May

Fatality occurs when high water washes out bridge


A portion of Highway 82 at the Lansing bridge eroded and washed away early Tuesday morning. A vehicle driven by James Walleser, 59, of Lansing, Iowa, drove into the undermined area and became submerged in the Mississippi River. Walleser was pronounced dead upon being pulled from the river. (Crawford County Sheriff’s Department photo)

By Correne Martin

An area man died Tuesday morning, May 30, when his vehicle fell into a washed out portion of roadway at the Lansing bridge and became submerged in the river, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed.

Emergency officials from Crawford and Allamakee counties were called to Highway 82, a half-mile west of Highway 35, in Freeman Township, just after 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, for a reported traffic accident. Authorities found that James Walleser, 59, of Lansing, Iowa, had been operating a 2000 Jeep east on Highway 82, when his vehicle crossed a bridge span and drove onto a part of the roadway that had washed out. The vehicle fell into the Mississippi River and was completely submerged.

Authorities said a witness, who was a quarter-mile behind Walleser when the incident happened, contacted Crawford County. Walleser was said to be going to work at the time of the accident.

Wed
31
May

Dairy royalty to begin journey pouring their hearts into the industry


Crawford County’s 2017 dairy royalty, crowned May 21 at the dairy kickoff banquet, are (from left) Rita Sime, Lil Miss Squirt Attendant; Sarah Kearns, Dairy Princess; and Grace Callahan, Lil Miss Squirt. (Photo by Donna Hartley)

Strong support for the dairy industry brought out a “full house” for the Crawford County Dairy Kick-Off Banquet Sunday night, May 21, at the Eastman United Methodist Fellowship Hall, where Sarah Kearns was crowned the 2017 Crawford County Dairy Princess.

Sarah, the 17-year-old daughter of Tom and Beth Kearns, will serve as Crawford County’s 61st Dairy Princess. She grew up on her family’s 150-cow dairy farm near Seneca. She is homeschooled and will graduate this spring.

Sarah is involved in 4-H dairy judging, the dairy and livestock quiz bowl team and is a club officer. She is also active in the junior Holstein and Crawford County state fair dairy team. Sarah’s duties on the farm include calf barn manager, registering calves, keeping cow records and milking. Her favorite activities are showing Holsteins and driving tractor.

Pages

Subscribe to Courier Press
Comment Here