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Wed
09
Oct

Regional housing study to be presented

A presentation of the Regional Housing Study for Crawford County will take place on Monday, Oct. 21 at the Leisure Time Sports Bar and Bowl. A free social half-hour and buffet dinner will commence at 5 p.m., with the presentation starting at 5:30, followed by a discussion and Q&A. An RSVP is required to attend.

The event will provide information from the Crawford County Housing Study that Driftless Development Inc. commissioned in collaboration with Prosperity Southwest Wisconsin and Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Plan Commission (SWWRPC), who conducted the study. Troy Maggied, Executive Director of SWWRPC, will present the findings and guide a discussion on the next steps to seek residential development solutions. 

Tue
08
Oct

Sharon Ann Nolan

Sharon Ann Nolan, 76, of Rochester, Minn., passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Hospital. 

Sharon was born May 9, 1943, in Prairie du Chien, to Dorothy (Woods) and Francis “Ding” Smith. 

She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1961. Sharon married Gene M. Nolan on Oct. 21, 1961, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Sharon and Gene lived in southwest Wisconsin before settling in Rochester, Minn., in 1969. Sharon was an avid reader, especially of religious and political content. She loved tending to her flowers, listening to music, had a lifetime love of boating on the Mississippi River, and enjoyed evening happy hours with her husband. Sharon’s love for her family was as big as her love for the Lord. 

Tue
08
Oct

James 'Jim' 'BJ' Keeney

James “Jim” “B.J.” Keeney, 70, of Mt. Hope, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. 

Tue
08
Oct

Doris E. Clark

Doris E. Clark, 87, of Wauzeka, passed away on Thursday Oct. 3, 2019, at home with her loving family by her side. 

She was born on Oct. 19, 1931, in Basswood, the daughter of Myron and Anna Freeda (Hughbanks) Richardson. 

Doris had a varied career history. She was the lead cook at Riverside Supper Club and a production worker at Advance Transformer for many years. Her last position prior to retirement was as a supervisor at a mental health hospital in Meridian, Miss. Doris was a single mother who raised five deeply devoted children. She took great pride in her expertise in the lost arts of knitting, embroidery and crocheting. She especially enjoyed crocheting afghans for wedding and baby gifts. Doris was a fan of classic film noir and western movies, but most of all she loved to visit with her grandchildren. 

Tue
08
Oct

JoAnne Peters

JoAnne Peters, 72, of Bagley, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at the Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. 

She was born on April 26, 1947, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Mason and Kathryn (Degenhardt) Evans. 

She married Richard Peters on June 5, 1965, at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. JoAnne worked several years at MPC until her retirement. She enjoyed many hobbies, small projects, traveling, and most of all spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Tue
08
Oct

Charles H. Morel

Charles H. Morel, 89, formerly of Muscoda, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Schmitt Woodland Hills. 

He was born March 26, 1930, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Herman and Mabel (Gokey) Morel. 

Charles served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Theresa Fritsche in Prairie du Chien, and they shared 63 wonderful years together before her passing in 2016. He was a postal clerk and then postmaster serving the Muscoda area for 34 years. 

Charles is survived by children, Steven (Betty), Marilyn Pettit, Michael (Diane) and Cynthia (Michael) Schultz; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He is further survived by sisters, Wanda Stitely, Gloria (Don) Jones; and extended family and friends. 

Mon
07
Oct

Citywide fall cleanup in PdC next week

The Prairie du Chien Street Department has scheduled its citywide fall cleanup. 

Property owners on Blackhawk Avenue North will have pickup Monday, Oct. 14. Those on Blackhawk Avenue South, east of Marquette Road, will go on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Then, those on Blackhawk Avenue South, west of Marquette Road, will have items cleaned up Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Street crews will pick up brush, appliances and metal recyclables. Town and Country Sanitation will pick up all other remaining items on the following Saturday, Oct. 19. There will be no return trips. Please make sure to have items out on the appropriate day your location is scheduled for cleanup. 

Here are a few additional tips:

Mon
07
Oct

Prairie Industries sells majority interest

Prairie Industries informed its workers on Sept. 23 and 24 that a few days earlier it had sold a majority share of both Prairie Industries and Nu-Pak, in Boscobel, to the Halifax Group.

The approximate 900 jobs are secure and operations are expected to remain the same at the three Prairie du Chien and one Lansing, Iowa, Prairie Industries plants, as well as at Nu-Pak. 

According to their website, “The Halifax Group is a private investment firm dedicated to partnering with founders and managers of lower middle-market businesses with total enterprise values generally between $50 million and $300 million.” The company has 100 years of combined experience and $1.5 billion under management.

Mon
07
Oct

Prairie du Chien chamber recognizes business community


The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Program was held Wednesday night, Oct. 2, aboard a cruise on the Celebration Belle. Business honorees included (front row, from left) Nancy Ashmore, public library director; Bobbi Jo Reames, Muddy Waters Pizza Pub; Deidre Stark, Stark’s Sport Shop; Paul and Colleen Gokey, Pete’s Hamburgers; (back row) Chuck Blaschko, Supreme Graphics owner; Gary Wynos, Supreme Graphics PdC manager; Brenda Anderson and Jill Doll, public library; Curt Zinkle, Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly owner; Theresa Mezera, Panka Shoe Store owner; Robert Vavra, Maiden Voyage Tours owner; Todd Crotty, Muddy Waters Pizza Pub and Leaf Chief; Chamber President/CEO Bob Moses; Randy and Alex Stark, Stark’s Sport Shop; Nick Haug, school district representative/Bluff View principal; Mary and Bill Huser, Pete’s Hamburgers; and Ron Stark, Stark’s Sport Shop. Missing from the photo are Paper Moon owners Louise and Jen White. For individual award pictures, visit pdccourier.com. (Photo by Correne Martin)

C.F. LaPointe Award presented by Chamber Director Bob Moses, given to Curt Zinkle. Also pictured is his wife, Shelly Zinkle.

Entrepreneur of the Year Todd Crotty, of Muddy Waters Pizza Pub, Leaf Chief and developer of the old Fort Crawford Hotel.

Presidents Award went to Robert Vavra, of Maiden Voyage Tours.

Mary and Bill Huser and Colleen and Paul Gokey accepted a 110-year anniversary award

Panka Shoe Store, represented by owner Theresa Mezera, was awarded for 100 years in business in Prairie du Chien.

Randy, Deidre, Libby, Alex and Ron Stark accepted the 75 year Diamond anniversary award for their business, Stark's Sport Shop

Community Investment Awards went to the Prairie du Chien Area School District and the Prairie du Chien Public Library. Receiving their plaques from Chamber CEO Bob Moses (right) were: (from left) Nicholas Haug, PdC Schools representative/Bluff View Principal; Brenda Anderson, a school district and library employee; and Jill Doll and Director Nancy Ashmore, also representing the public library.

Supreme Graphics was named New Business of the Year by Chamber Director Bob Moses. Pictured are Chris Blaschko, Chuck Blaschko, Mary Ellen Hornseth and Gary Wynos (tourism council vice chair) with Bob Moses

By Correne Martin

The 2019 Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Program brought about 150 business professionals together for an elegant night Oct. 2, on the Celebration Belle paddlewheel boat. A night cruise on the Mississippi River was enjoyed along with a buffet-style meal and beverages. Chamber President and CEO Bob Moses emceed the event and, along with chamber board president, Nick Coffield, presented the night’s awards.

Mon
07
Oct

Area runners at Kickapoo Invite — Prairie boys eighth


Jacob Reichmann of Wauzeka-Steuben took second at the Kickapoo Invitational Thursday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Brad Hoffman of River Ridge finished fifth at Kickapoo.

Max Anthony of Prairie du Chien (181) runs alongside of Sam White of River Ridge (275). They are followed by Ryan Wall (187) and Spencer DeHart (182) of Prairie du Chien.

Kolton Chambers of Seneca nears the bottom of a hill.

Seneca’s Maxine Grover competes at Kickapoo Thursday.

Tova Lindberg follows River Ridge teammate Jessica Patterson at Kickapoo.

Maureen Cooley of Wauzeka-Steuben runs on a relatively flat part of the course.

 

Wauzeka-Steuben, River Ridge and Seneca competed in the Kickapoo Invitational cross country meet Thursday afternoon.

The Wauzeka-Steuben boys team took third out of 10 teams. Jacob Reichmann finished in second place overall with a time of 17:26.2 over the 5,000-meter course to lead the Hornets. Zach Martin was 12th in 18:29.7. Reed Stenner was 16th in 18:45.4. Isaac Reichmann was 19th in 18:52.8. Nate Martin was 25th in 19:22.9. Chris Reising was 30th in 19:44.2. Jonah Reichmann was 32nd in 19:45.8.

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