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16
Jul

Crossing Rivers partners with area agencies in wake of announcement

“We’ve made great progress since the announcement a few weeks ago regarding the strategic discontinuation and restructuring of a number of our services,” said Bill Sexton, Chief Executive Officer at Crossing Rivers Health. 

Sexton said the organization is eager to share more information with the community and its collaborative partners. Administration would also like to extend its sincere gratitude to all who have come forward in support since the announcement.

Wed
11
Jul

Community opinions welcomed by Gundersen Clinic and Healthy Roots

By Rachel Mergen

 

Gundersen Clinic in Prairie du Chien is currently working with Crawford County Healthy Roots to determine the main needs in the community. The two groups are collaborating to look at the homeless population of the area, which is present to the surprise of many, according to Gundersen Regional Manager Crystal Goltz. The project is in the early stages of development, as it is important to determine if it is the necessary subject to be putting resources toward at this time. 

These two organizations are welcoming community opinions and believe community involvement is the only way to create successful programs an opportunities.

Wed
11
Jul

Smoking Gun Showdown making singing dreams a reality


Pictured above are the members of Smoking Gun Showdown. In the picture below, Leigh Vorwald (left) is shown performing with fellow lead singer April Bouzek. (Photos by KG Photography)

By Rachel Mergen

 

The union of Leigh Vorwald and April Bouzek into one duo was a unique decision. After competing against each other for years in singing competitions, the two powerhouse vocalists realized there was only one perfect answer: they had to join forces to be a band that could get everyone on their feet dancing. In 2015, the Prairie du Chien area women did so, with the help of musicians David Borys, Jeff Goettel, Jeff Gaunitz and Jeff Hanson. Together, they became Smoking Gun Showdown. 

Bouzek started her love of singing at 3-years-old, performing on many telethons in her youth and simply growing her career from there. Her family embraced her singing skills, often watching her belt out tunes in the living room.

Wed
11
Jul

Double trouble times 2


Pictured are the Trappe family's two sets of twins. (Photos by Missy Trappe)

By Rachel Mergen

 

Most couples feel fear when they think about having twins with their first pregnancy, with the thought of that first child being overwhelming enough. Nathan and Missy Trappe, of Monona, Iowa, had a response defined by excitement when they learned the news. Their first two beautiful daughters were born six years ago, named Kinley and Trinly.

The second pregnancy they were overjoyed to welcome another pair of twin girls, Emerie and Kelbie, to their growing family.

One more addition came later, an opportunity for the four girls  to be “mother hens,” according to Missy, when a baby boy, Braycn came along. He is now 18-months-old. 

Wed
11
Jul

Publicly planted trees a growing opportunity in PdC


Members of the Cabela’s wellness team planted nine trees along the north end bike trail on St. Feriole Island this spring. Pictured (from left) are Chad Everson, Nick Coffield, Tiffany Pettera, Daisha Beaty, Cathie Nelson and Tom Nelson. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

By Correne Martin

For years, people have had the opportunity to plant trees in public areas around Prairie du Chien, through a special city garden program. But 2018 has proven to be a more extraordinary year of tree planting enthusiasm for different purposes, such as wellness, personal recognition, trees in honor and in memory of loved ones. 

These additions to city green space are not only a good way to pay tribute to someone or something, but they are also a benefit to those who live and breathe the very air the trees provide.

Wed
11
Jul

Tour PdC gardens in support of library updates, set for July 14


Sixty varieties of day lilies planted by Gary and Kathy Koch provide blooms all summer at just one of the six private gardens featured on Saturday’s library benefit garden tour from 1 to 4 p.m. in Prairie du Chien. (Submitted photo)

The Friends of the Prairie du Chien Public Library are excited to present a Garden Walk on Saturday, July 14, from 1 to 4 p.m., featuring two community gardens and six private-home gardens throughout the city.

This fundraiser will support the library’s capital campaign to completely update, renovate and expand the existing facility scheduled to reopen this fall.

Tickets are a small fee paid by cash or check only, and will be available at the first stop, the perennial garden at the Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center, 211 S. Main St., by the US Highway 18 bridge to Iowa. Note that strollers will not be allowed in the private gardens.

Wed
11
Jul

Motorcyclist airlifted after crash

A motorcyclist was airlifted for treatment of his injuries after crashing his Harley Davidson into a trailer pulled by a tractor on Highway 61, July 6, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

At 9:37 p.m. Friday, the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a motorcycle crash with injuries on Highway 61 at the intersection of Coalburn Road, in the township of Scott.

Kenneth Mohr, 72, of Blue River, was operating a 2007 Harley southbound on the highway. Brent Childs, 53, of Boscobel, was driving an Allis Chalmers WD45 tractor with a wagon hooked to the back of it. Childs attempted to cross 61 from Coalburn Road to Cadoma Road, but he entered the highway in front of Mohr. Mohr struck the right side of the trailer and was ejected from the motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet in the crash. 

Wed
11
Jul

Large carnivore specialist says ‘black panther’ is a case of mistaken identity


This photograph was taken with a smartphone from about 75 yards on the Larry Stluka farm, by Stluka's neighbor. Stluka believes this is a male adult black panther. Though, Scott Walter, a large carnivore specialist with the DNR, said he firmly believes it's a house cat, for several reasons, but mainly because there has never been a documented wild melanistic black panther in the U.S. (Photos by Austin Mezera)

By Correne Martin

Local farmer Larry Stluka believes he’s seen a black panther on his property outside Prairie du Chien off Highway 27. The Courier Press was the first to report his experiences, as well as those of his family, in two recent articles. Many readers from around the community and on social media have weighed in with opinions—particularly after seeing two photos Stluka provided—about what animal might be preying on Stluka’s livestock.

On Tuesday, within 24 hours of the second Courier article being published, Scott Walter, a DNR large carnivore specialist from Viroqua, reviewed the photos of the animal and contacted the newspaper to share his professional opinion. 

Tue
10
Jul

Donald P. Cooley

Donald P. Cooley, 77, of Bagley, passed away on Sunday, July 8, at his home on the farm in Bagley with his loving wife Carol by his side. 

He was born on July 23, 1940, in Lancaster, to Allen and Helen (Meier) Cooley, the second oldest of four children. Don grew up milking cows on the family farm and working at the Hazelton Cheese factory. He enlisted in the Army and served in the National Guard for six years. 

In 1962, he married Marcia Moore and had two daughters, Angela and Christine. Marcia tragically died in a fire in 1973. Then, in 1978 Donald married Carol Achenbach and together they had a son Stuart and he became a father to John and Alan Achenbach. 

Tue
10
Jul

Kenneth J. “Neighbor” Kennedy

Kenneth J. “Neighbor” Kennedy, 89, of East Dubuque, Ill., passed away Saturday, July 7, at the Bell Tower Retirement Community.

Ken was born in East Dubuque on July 25, 1928, the son of Dennis and Rosalia (Thole) Kennedy. He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1947. He was united in marriage to Jean Peterson on Sept. 20, 1958, at St. Raphael’s Cathedral in Dubuque.

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