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05
Nov

Momentum building for multi-use Great River Road trail

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The proposed multi-use trail along the Great River Road (Highway 35) in Crawford and Vernon counties is making progress.

Mon
05
Nov

Richard J. 'Dick' Fernette

Richard J. “Dick” Fernette, 56, of Prairie du Chien, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Saturday, Nov. 3, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, following a courageous and heroic 10-year battle with cancer. 

Dick was born May 16, 1962, and raised in Prairie du Chien, the son of Dick and Marie Fernette. He graduated from Prairie du Chien High School and remained in the area, where he worked and established strong relationships at DH Satellite, River Town Ironworks, and the Department of Corrections in Boscobel and Prairie du Chien. 

Dick was an avid Packer fan and had a passion for the outdoors. He loved to hunt, fish, and help his good friend, Dave Huser, on his farm. However Dick’s greatest love was for his son and best friend, Brady. 

Mon
05
Nov

‘Seussical’ opens in new PdC auditorium


It’s all because of JoJo’s “thinks” that The Cat in the Hat comes to life in “Seussical the Musical.” The Cat creates a “Seussian” world and characters around himself and JoJo (Alaina Lenz pictured with cast), then tells a story about someone as imaginative as JoJo: Horton the Elephant. The main story of the musical centers around that of “Horton Hears a Who,” which even includes JoJo as the child of the Mayor of Who-ville. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Horton the Elephant, portrayed by Dylan Skime, discovers a speck of dust, places it on a soft clover. He discovers that the speck is actually a microscopic planet populated by creatures called Whos, citizens of Who-ville. The Whos are on the brink of war and their entire population of Truffula Trees has been cut down. The Whos thank Horton for his protection, and he agrees to guard their planet.

“Oh the Places You’ll Go” with beloved Dr. Seuss characters The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and more during Prairie du Chien High School’s production of “Seussical the Musical” Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10. This year, there will be three shows: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and an 11 a.m. matinee Saturday. 

Tickets to attend a show in the brand new high school auditorium are available for purchase in advance at the high school, or at the door.

This family-friendly, delightful journey imagined by Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is a whimsical ride through the land of Seuss, featuring the tall and the small. Join the mischievous narrator, The Cat in the Hat, as Horton, JoJo and Gertrude embark on a zany and heartfelt adventure to discover the power of friendship, community and imagination.

Mon
05
Nov

Lending library available once again in PdC


The toy and child care equipment lending library is once again available for Prairie du Chien area residents. Catholic Charities took on the program after the Crossing Rivers Health Family Resource Center closed in August. Rent any of the above toys, as well as larger child care needs like exersaucers, strollers, pack and plays and more at no cost, regardless of income, faith or community of residence. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The Giving Shelf is also a new offering Catholic Charities in Prairie du Chien took on from the Family Resource Center. Through this program, parents, grandparents and caregivers in need may access diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, clothing, blankets, breast pumps and other infant/toddler necessities.

Stop by the Catholic Charities office in downtown Prairie du Chien to find out about the many community services they offer for all incomes and faiths.

Area parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and babysitters will be pleased to know that Catholic Charities in Prairie du Chien has taken on the lending library, formerly run by the Family Resource Center if Crossing Rivers Health. The lending library rents toys and child care equipment to all community members either for free or a small deposit. 

Catholic Charities has taken on the Family Resource Center’s Giving Shelf as well, with intentions to assist those in need of diapers, wipes, formula and other baby or toddler necessities. 

Mon
05
Nov

SBA doles out flood assistance

By Correne Martin 

Business owners and non-profits, homeowners and renters in Crawford and Vernon counties affected physically or economically by the Aug. 17-Sept. 14 severe storms, floods, landslides and winds have a new type of assistance available to them. These entities may qualify for low-interest loans to repair or replace disaster damage not covered by insurance, or to meet financial obligations during this disaster recovery period. These opportunities are made possible through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which works hand-in-and with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in times of declared disasters. 

Fri
02
Nov

Clifford L. Ray

Clifford L. Ray, 95, formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, Oct. 27, in Waupaca. 

He was born May 15, 1923, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Ora and Lenore (Halverson) Ray. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He married Ruby Shedivy on Feb. 24, 1946, at St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. After his service, Clifford worked for Oscar Mayer in Prairie du Chien and later retired from General Motors in Janesville. In 1984, Clifford and Ruby retired to Las Vegas, Nev. Ruby preceded him in death on Feb. 14, 2015.

He is survived by his children, Sheila Ray, of Seattle, Wash., and Thomas Ray, of Vietnam; his grandchildren Lisa and Scott. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a sister Adeline Ray.

Fri
02
Nov

Ann Weldy

Ann Weldy passed away peacefully on Oct. 18, supported by the prayers of her family.

Ann was born Ann Joyce Seely, on the Seely family farm outside of Wauzeka, on April 21, 1934. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Rodney, her parents William and Gunda Seely, older sister Ruth, and younger brother Dale. 

Fri
02
Nov

Frances Lucile Stencel

Frances Lucile Stencel, 81, of McGregor, Iowa, passed away Monday, Oct. 22, at Great River Care Center in McGregor. Her body is gone, but her spirit is in heaven with Jesus. 

She was born Feb. 20, 1937, to Francis Baird and Lula Irene (Ferguson) Gunn. Frances graduated high school in Jacksonville, Ill. and continued her education at Illinois College in Jacksonville,  and Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., obtaining her master’s degree in education. 

Wed
31
Oct

Semi driver escapes rollover

A semi driver ended up with minor injuries after the truck and tractor he was driving rolled over in Woodman Township Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

Just before 10:15 a.m., a semi, driven by Darrin Christen, 52, of Argyle, was operating a 2015 Western Star semi, owned by Klassy Trucking, of Monticello, and negotiating a curve when he attempted to avoid hitting several deer in the roadway. Christian was unable to maintain control of the semi, hit the guardrail and overturned, according to officials. He was transported to Gundersen Boscobel Area Health Care by the Boscobel EMS for treatment of his minor injuries. 

Wed
31
Oct

Citation issued after 2-vehicle crash

On Oct. 27, at  5:35 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a two-vehicle traffic crash on State Highway 60, just east of Mara Lane, in the village of Wauzeka.

Cory D. Flesch, 43, Platteville, was operating a 1999 Jeep Wrangler westbound on State Highway 60. Christine Ohlhauser, 44, Wauzeka, was operating a 2009 Kia Optima westbound on State Highway 60, behind the Flesch vehicle. Flesch was slowing his vehicle while approaching multiple vehicles traveling at a slow rate of speed who were following a tractor. While slowing, the Ohlhauser vehicle struck the rear end of the Flesch vehicle. Flesch and his passenger, Mystique L. Bennett, 34, Platteville, were uninjured and were both wearing their seat belts. Ohlhauser was uninjured and was also wearing her seat belt. Both vehicles were driven from the scene of the crash.

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