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Wed
03
Jun

St. Mary's Academy Murals


Standing in front of an exhibit about St. Mary’s Academy at the Fort Crawford Museum in Prairie du Chien are Terry Meyer of the city of Prairie du Chien, donors to the conservation of the murals Mark and Kati Wanek Forsythe, Prairie du Chien Historical Society President Mary Elise Antoine, donor Sally Kaber White, donor Mary Beth Specht of Clinicare, Inc., and conservator David Spangler. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Historic murals to be restored

By Ted Pennekamp

 

In 2015, through the generosity of several people, funds were donated for the conservation of several murals which had been displayed in the former Wyalusing Academy, 601 S. Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien. The murals will now be restored by painting conservator David Spangler of De Soto.  

Mon
01
Jun

Seneca grads turn tassels, set sight on bright futures


As the ceremony ended on Friday night, Seneca’s Class of 2015 threw their hats into the air. (Photos submitted)

On Friday, May 29, the Seneca High School seniors took their final steps as high school students. Paige Forde (left) moves Morgan Payne's tassel to the other side as the Seneca Graduation ceremony concludes.

Graduate, Sarah Shepard shares a moment with her mom during graduation.

With big smiles and eyes facing the future, Seneca graduates, Dani Boland and Tristain Sparks, march down the aisle.

This year's graduating class includes (front row, from left) Sarah Shepard, Morgan Payne, Michaela Chambers, Morgan Wall, Taylor Redman, Paige Forde, Dani Boland, Katie Baker; (back row) Eric Konichek, Jordnan Gardener, Nathan Withey, Tyler George, Tristain Sparks, Jake Whiteaker, Adam Aspenson, Jeffery Driskill, Caleb Anderson.

Graduate, Taylor Redman, gives the valedictorian speech.
Mon
01
Jun

Grand opening Saturday at new Crossing Rivers


One of the beautiful features of the new Crossing Rivers Health medical center is a stained glass window in the non-denominational meditation room. A stained glass window is the centerpiece of the room, helping to create a calming space for family and visitors to retreat or find peace. The custom glass was created by The Vinery Stained Glass Studio of Madison. (Submitted photo)

Area residents are invited to attend the grand opening of the new Crossing Rivers Health medical center in Prairie du Chien on Saturday, June 6. A ribbon cutting is scheduled at 8:45 a.m. and an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The new two-story, 137,000-square-foot facility is located at 37868 Highway 18, across from the Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport.

Tours will give visitors the opportunity to see the significant enhancements over the current hospital facility at key locations: private inpatient rooms each with a bathroom and shower, emergency department with ambulance garage and dedicated helipad, surgery, obstetrics, medical imaging with new in-house MRI and CT scanner, rehabilitation, homecare and HME retail store.

Mon
01
Jun

Prairie du Chien is ‘Queen’less


Top Notch works on the remodel of Dairy Queen. (Photo by Addison Mumm)

By Addison Mumm

No need to worry, the PdC Dairy Queen is just getting a new look! Dairy Queen on Marquette Road closed Tuesday, May 26, but hopes to reopen its doors around Father’s Day.

The remodel will include new furniture, new bathrooms, new dining room and more space for equipment to accommodate new menu items. Some new items include a warm Apple Tart a la Mode, Fudge Filled Cookie a la Mode, Triple Chocolate Brownie a la Mode, Chicken Bacon Ranch Bake, Turkey BLT Bake, Chicken Mozzarella Sandwich on focaccia bread, Bacon BBQ Snack Melt, Buffalo Chicken Snack Melt and more.

Don’t worry, Prairie du Chien will see the Jurassic Smash Blizzard when the upgrades are finished at Dairy Queen.

“Thanks to everyone for their business and we look forward to seeing you soon,” said PdC Dairy Queen owner Cindy Sinram.

Mon
01
Jun

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.

Mon
01
Jun

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.

Mon
01
Jun

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.

Thu
28
May

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.
Thu
28
May

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.
Thu
28
May

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

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