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Dec

Pick-a-Pack introduced at PdC schools

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Prairie du Chien High School FFA adviser Diane Colburn and the FFA have introduced what they call the Pick-a-Pack program that all students can participate in which will help families with school-aged children during the holiday season and beyond.

Mon
16
Dec

Repairs have begun on Lock 9 near Lynxville


Repair work began on Lock 9 near Lynxville on Dec. 10. The repairs will involve removing old, damaged concrete and replacing it. It will also involve repairs to the tow haul rail system. Last winter, repairs were done to the lock extensions. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On Dec. 10, repairs began on locks 6, 8 and 9 to ensure they continue working as designed for the next navigation season. Lock and Dam 6 is near Trempealeau, Lock and Dam 8 is near Genoa, and Lock and Dam 9 is near Lynxville. The maintenance work is expected to continue through March 13.

Mon
16
Dec

PdC Historical Society eyes large projects, as Gift Giving Campaign runs


The St. Germain dit Gauthier House, aka Gremore-Coorough House (top), and the Antoine LaChapelle Cabin, aka Erdenberger Cabin (bottom), are both located on St. Feriole Island. They are part of the Prairie du Chien Historical Society’s strategic plan to renovate historic structures within the city of Prairie du Chien.

By Correne Martin

 

The Prairie du Chien Historical Society (PDCHS) has embarked on four monumental projects as part of a 20-year strategic plan to foster perpetual appreciation of historic structures within the city, according to a letter PDCHS submitted to city parks officials Dec. 9. The entity is also looking to draw new advocates of all ages to the museum, as an educational center for local history of the Prairie du Chien area. 

Mon
16
Dec

Prairie du Chien matmen third at Devils Duals


Freshman Rhett Koenig puts the hurt on his GET/Melrose Mindoro opponent. Koenig would pin his opponent.

Senior Traeton Saint earns near fall points in his match versus GET/Melrose Mindoro. Saint would go on to win by decision.

 

The #8 ranked Blackhawk grapplers traveled to Wisconsin Dells to wrestle in the Dome on Saturday, Dec. 14 for the 2019 Devils Duals hosted by Adams-Friendship. 

PdC received the 6th seed in the 32-team field. The Blackhawks finished third.  

The field was very deep, with 10 of the 32 teams ranked in the state. In the opening round, PdC would dismantle Wautoma/Wild Rose by a score of 73-6. The Hawks had seven pins and one major decision in the match.  

Fri
13
Dec

Mary 'Lou' (Weighner) Dretzka

Mary Louise “Lou” (Weighner) Dretzka, 91, formerly of Prairie du Chien, Cudahy and South Milwaukee, passed away at her home in Greenfield. 

She was born in 1928, in Prairie du Chien, to Wilbur and Anna (Zweifel) Weighner. She married Kenneth M. Dretzka, Sr. in 1954, and the two were together until his death in 1998. 

Lou attended Mount Mary and Cardinal Stritch colleges, earning a degree in elementary education. She went on to teach kindergarten in Richland Center, Plymouth and Cudahy and later again at St. Sylvester and APL schools in South Milwaukee. An avid reader, she also loved to play bridge, do jigsaw puzzles, go to rummage sales and antique stores and travel. Lou was a proud member of the Cudahy Historical Society, helping to preserve the historic Cudahy Train Depot.

Thu
12
Dec

John C. Mundt

John C. Mundt, 54, of Prairie du Chien, passed away at his home Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.

Wed
11
Dec

Carp Fest a cheerful countdown toward New Year’s


A family enjoys fresh carp samples, while Lucky Carp Jr. stands happy and ready to greet everyone at the Family Droppin’ of the Carp Party last New Year’s Eve. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

It’s the time of year when even Lucky the Carp, Prairie du Chien’s famous fish, feels frozen. 

But with Carp Fest, community members are invited to warm up with some free or low-cost programs, Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-30 across the city, in celebration of the impending New Year.

“Everybody’s invited, families young and old. Calls are already coming in about Carp Fest,” said Mike Ulrich, Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director.

Wed
11
Dec

It’s a wonderful Christmas time for children at local library


When browsing the children’s library collection, kids may spy Pippin SugarCookie, a very special elf from the Elf on the Shelf Squad. Be sure to say “hi,” and be good for goodness sake.

When stopping by the PdC library for the upcoming children’s holiday programming, consider taking along some fuzzy hats, mittens, scarves or socks for the giving tree in the front entryway. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Hark! The library angels are singing a Christmas tune. The message is that children’s programming for the holidays will help to make the season bright. 

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library elf librarians and assistants have planned four free events, geared toward tiny tots and their families, that are sure to make their eyes all aglow. 

Thursday, Dec. 12, is A Beary Christmas Sleepover. Oh, what fun children’s teddy bears, action figures, dolls, or plush snowmen and Santas will have at the library. 

Wed
11
Dec

Blackhawk matmen win Cramer/Brown Duals


Members of the Prairie du Chien wrestling team pose with their first-place trophy after winning the Cramer/Brown Duals hosted by Janesville Parker. In the championship match, the Blackhawks defeated the #5 ranked Random Lake team by a score of 41-29.

Matt Rogge works over his Random Lake opponent with an arm bar in the 138# weight class. Rogge would record a technical fall with a 16-0 win in the second period.

Tyler Hannah puts the hurt on his Janesville Parker opponent with a tight headlock in the 195# weight class. Hannah would pin his opponent in the second period.

 

On Saturday, Dec. 7, the PdC Blackhawks traveled to Janesville Parker for the Cramer/Brown Duals. The Duals are an eight-team event, with the first three rounds being pooled before separating into championship and consolation brackets. 

In the opening round, PdC would take down Monroe by a score of 58-15. The Hawks took advantage of six falls and one major decision. In round two, PdC would battle with host Janesville Parker, and come out on top 48-30. The Hawks had four falls, one technical fall, and a major decision. 

Tue
10
Dec

Carl J. Kasparek

Carl J. Kasparek, 79 of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health.

He was born Oct. 6, 1940, in Wyalusing, the son of Frank and Nina (Clark) Kasparek. 

Carl farmed, worked for the State of Wisconsin for five years, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office for 38 years, and retired from the 3M Company after 25 years. He enjoyed gambling, hunting and riding his four-wheeler on his farm in Bagley. He was a member of St. John’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, the Knights of Columbus, and the Eagles Club Aerie 1502 in Prairie du Chien.

He is survived by his brother Russell Kasparek; his sisters Barbara (Clifford) Stram, Marie Lilo, Shirley Bruckner and Frances (Scott) Gilbert; along with numerous nieces and nephews. 

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