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W-S school board will have 2 seats up for spring election

The school district of Wauzeka-Steuben has announced that two school board seats will be up for election in the spring on April 2. These seats are currently held by incumbents Tom Martin and Nikki Asleson. The term for office is three years, beginning April 22, 2019.

The district requests a campaign registration statement and declaration of candidacy from any interested parties by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2, in the office of the school district clerk. If nominations papers are required, the first day to circulate them is Dec. 1, and the final day for papers is Jan. 2.

For more information, call the school at (608) 875-5311. A description of the school district boundaries, if desired, may be obtained from the school office.

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19
Nov

Vernon County SBA recovery center to close for Thanksgiving

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that SBA Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) in Wisconsin will close on Thursday, Nov. 22 in recognition of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The Vernon County BRC will reopen and resume normal operations on Monday, Nov. 26.

SBA representatives at the center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and help businesses in completing the SBA application. The flood disaster occurred in August and September of 2018.

The center is located as indicated below:

Vernon County

Vernon County – Basement Conference Room

318 Fairlane Dr.

Mon
19
Nov

Howe inducted into Hall of Fame


Bill Howe speaks about his time as part of the smalltown news industry. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Joining Bill Howe at his Wisconsin Newspaper Association Hall of Fame induction Nov. 15, were son Gary and Joan Howe, Donna Kinley and daughter Rita Cooper.

Two generations of the Howe family pictured include Bill Howe with children Gary and Rita.

By Correne Martin

Courier Press patriarch Bill Howe was inducted into the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Hall of Fame Nov. 15, at The Madison Club in Madison. He attributed his years of success and knowledge, gained from giving 51 years to the family business, to all the people he met and relationships he built.  

Howe was accompanied at the Hall of Fame banquet by his family, three other inductees and about 65 newspaper professionals from across Wisconsin. 

Mon
19
Nov

Crawford County seeks new bridges across Kickapoo

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County may be getting a much needed, new bridge or two across the Kickapoo River. Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock said the county is applying for a FEMA hazard mitigation grant through the Wisconsin Division of Emergency Management for bridges on County B in Clayton Township and County S in Haney Township near Petersburg.

Wed
14
Nov

Men struggle over gun, bullet goes through man’s thumb

On Nov. 4, at 1:15 a.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a man with a gunshot wound at 306 S. Rebecca St. in the village of Gays Mills.

Deputies responded to the residence and identified the victim as Thomas A. Pettit Jr., 37, Gays Mills. It was determined that Pettit sustained a gunshot wound to the thumb of his left hand. A second individual involved was Jody E. Pitz, 42, Gays Mills. 

Deputies conducted interviews with both parties and determined Pitz recently moved out of Pettit’s residence and into 306 S. Rebecca St. After consuming alcoholic beverages throughout the day, Pettit entered the residence with a Warthog .45 caliber pistol in a holster attached to his right side and awakened Pitz. 

Wed
14
Nov

Town of Bridgeport starts incorporation process once again


Bridgeport wants to avoid further property loss to annexation by adjacent communities.

By Correne Martin

For the second time since 2015, Bridgeport Township has  filed, with Crawford County Court, a petition to incorporate as a village. A hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 3 p.m., of the county courthouse’s second floor courtroom. 

John Karnopp, town chair and representative of 111 petitioners, explained the township’s principal reason for the proposed incorporation is to protect its borders from further loss of annexed property to the city of Prairie du Chien. 

Wed
14
Nov

13 Quilts of Valor presented on Veterans Day


Local veterans covered in their Quilts of Valor, presented on Veterans Day Sunday, included: (front row, from left) Edward Strand, C.R. Baker, Paul Ginkel, Paul Manders; (back row) Butch Pedretti, John Howe, Gayle Hillman, Wendi Baker, Joe Prew, Olin Anderson, Rick Brown, Buzz Esser and Steve DuCharme. (Photo by Sue Lynch)

Quilters and members of The Pickett Fence Patriotic Piecers honored 13 local veterans Sunday, Nov. 11, by awarding them Quilts of Valor and a “thank you” for their service. The ceremony at The Pickett Fence in Prairie du Chien was one of several hosted by the Northeast Iowa Quilters Guild in recent weeks.

The NEIQG follows the Quilts of Valor Foundation mission, which is “to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.”

Surrounded by about 40 family members and friends, the 13 local veterans received their quilts on a very fitting Veterans Day. Recipients included Steve DuCharme, John Howe, Paul Manders, C.R. Baker, Wendi Baker, Buzz Esser, Paul Ginkel, Edward Strand, Joe Prew, Butch Pedretti, Olin Anderson, Rick Brown and Gayle Hillman. 

Wed
14
Nov

Hoffman Hall work to be done

By Correne Martin

The council also authorized repair work to be done on the Hoffman Hall north wall and acceptance of a bid from Darold Berger Masonry, of Waukon, Iowa, in the amount of $16,600. The work  would be completed yet under 2017-2018 capital funds, according to Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich. Berger Masonry provided work at the new library and, according to City Planner Garth Frable, the company’s workmanship was excellent and recommended, especially since it is able to do the job still this year.

Sun Environmental Group, of Waukesha, reviewed the issue at Hoffman Hall, finding that the 4-inch face brick veneer wall is out of plumb to a degree that has resulted in a minor safety concern. 

Wed
14
Nov

Scoreboards, bleachers and theater director position topics at school board meeting

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At the Prairie du Chien School Board meeting Monday night, the board approved of having High School Principal Andy Banasik pursue funding options for the purchase of scoreboards and bleachers for the new, big gymnasium that was part of the $19.7 million facilities upgrade project.

Wed
14
Nov

Satter Building sold at auction

 

County gets $285,750 for 

31 tax delinquent properties

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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