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24
Jun

Community feels impact of teen gone too soon


Bridget Achenbach passed away from injuries she sustained in a car crash on May 24. The 19 year old left quite a joyful legacy and impacted many community members in her time.

By Correne Martin

“The little town with a big heart” lost a small piece of it May 24 when one of its own, Bridget Achenbach, died in a car crash just a few miles from her rural Eastman home. Those who knew her will remember her as someone who accomplished more in her short 19 years than some do in a much longer lifetime.

Wed
24
Jun

Area man hunts, films for new Wild TV show


Jordan Mulrooney, a Mount Hope native and current Bagley resident, is one of the pro staff featured on the “Wicked Tine Outdoors” show online and new to Wild TV beginning July 3.

By Correne Martin

Starting July 3, some 19 million people will be able to watch a new hunting show, “Wicked Tine Outdoors,” featuring Mount Hope native and Bagley resident Jordan Mulrooney, on Wild TV-Canada’s Hunting and Fishing TV Network. The formerly Internet-based show captures the full story about what hunting is truly about for blue-collar Americans like Mulrooney who juggle family, friends and work along with their passion to get out into the woods.

“Every one of us has a job, juggles kids around and rushes out of work to get to their tree stand,” said Mulrooney, who’s married with one young son. “We make hunting fun to watch. We enjoy being out there and we joke around but we also have some really awesome videography and first-hand footage.”

Wed
24
Jun

Charles E. Shinko

 

Charles E. Shinko, 74, of Platteville and formerly of Eastman passed away Monday, June 14, at Manor Care in Platteville. 

He was born Jan. 20, 1941 in Prairie du Chien, the son of Thomas and Lola Mae (Bright). He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a welder for American Motors in Janesville. 

Tue
23
Jun

Sabrina C. Langmeier

 

Sabrina C. Langmeier, 58, of Patch Grove, went to Heaven on Sunday, June 21, at home surrounded by her loving family. 

Sabrina was born June 15, 1957, in Mesa, Ariz. to Casimiro “Cas” and Dorothy (Christ) Hurtado. On April 4, 1981, she married James G. Langmeier at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. As a loving wife to Jim and beloved mother of three sons, Joseph, Michael, and Keith, family was her heart and joy. Farming with her family brought her much happiness. Sabrina was a patient and kind friend to all. A woman of strong faith, Sabrina was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed watching the Milwaukee Brewers and a good fish on the end of her line.

Mon
22
Jun

Three inches in an hour


Numerous streets in Prairie du Chien were flooded Monday morning after a reported 3 inches of rain fell between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. They were Marquette Road as well as Dousman, Webster, Fillmore and Fremont Streets, among others. Motorists are pictured making their way through deep water on Dousman Street. In addition to the rain that inundated the area, severe weather passing through included hail measuring as large as 2 inches in diameter (in Steuben), wind gusts as high as 60-plus miles per hour, mud slides, debris on roadways, downed power lines and trees, inoperable stop lights and more. Emergency crews stopped traffic due to hazardous traveling conditions in various locations across the region. Residents getting pictures of the storms Monday are encouraged to share them on the Courier Press’ Facebook page. (Photo by Correne Martin)

One of the larger trees in Prairie du Chien that fell down in Monday morning’s storm was this one, on Blackhawk Avenue across from the Mayo Clinic. (Photo by Correne Martin)
Mon
22
Jun

Drama camp is for all kids, from the dramatic to the shy


At last year’s Drama Hawks Junior Camp, activities included games such as “statue,” where the youth learned how to show a character with their body, expression and poses. Pictured (from left) are Avery Shefland, Madi Heyn, Emmy Schroeder and David Riniker. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Looking for a uniquely entertaining and educational activity for your kids to experience this summer? Consider enrolling them in the week-long Drama Hawks Junior Camps at Hoffman Hall, sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department. There are two sessions that meet June 29 through July 3; 5-8 year olds are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and the 9-12 year olds meet from noon to 3 p.m. Practices are Monday through Friday with a final performance planned for Friday evening at the Prairie du Chien High School theater.

Mon
22
Jun

History made in Crossing Rivers births


Lillian Jasmine Beall was the last baby born at the old Crossing Rivers Health, on June 10, at 8:32 a.m. Holding her is proud mother Roseann Beall, of Prairie du Chien, with (from left) Chris Schroeder, RN, OB director; and Cheri Berntgen, RN. Lillian’s family includes sister, Angelina (left); sister, Chavon; and brother, Anthony. Older brothers, Victor and Ricky, were not available for the photo.

Casen Richard Johnson was born to Serita and Rob Johnson, of rural Wauzeka, at the new Crossing Rivers Health five days after it opened June 11. The happy family also includes big brother Chanse. Pictured with them are (from left) Rachael George, RN; Julia Nelson, RN, chief quality officer; Ellen Zwirlein, RN, chief nursing officer; and Chris Schroeder, RN, OB director. The delivering physician was Dr. Sara Mees, of Gundersen Clinic-Prairie du Chien.

Two area families experienced historic births at Crossing Rivers Health in the days surrounding the hospital’s big move from its former facility on Taylor Street to its new location, which opened to patients on June 11, along Highway 18.

Just one day before Crossing Rivers Health moved into the new medical center, Lillian Jasmine Beall made history by arriving at 8:32 a.m. on June 10. The baby girl is the daughter of Roseann Beall, of Prairie du Chien. The delivering physician was Dr. Chris Mees, of Gundersen Clinic-Prairie du Chien.

Casen Richard Johnson was the first baby born at the new Crossing Rivers Health, just five days after the state-of-the-art facility opened. The baby boy is the son of Serita and Rob Johnson, of rural Wauzeka.

Mon
22
Jun

Play ball!


Coach Drew Scott meets with some of the instructional league players before a catching drill. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

Adam covers first base and fields a grounder with a smile on his face. (Photo by Addison Mumm)

Cael Koenig waits for the ball at second. (Photo by Addison Mumm)

The instructional baseball league, for ages 7 to 9, drew many enthusiastic players, one of which is 7-year-old Wesley Corlett from Farmersburg, Iowa. (Photo by Addison Mumm)

Zac (left) observes as Dawson uses the throwing techniques they’ve been practicing to get the ball to first. (Photo by Addison Mumm)
Mon
22
Jun

Area teams face off in little league softball


Wauzeka Coach Bree Groom (left) makes sure that her player gets down before Prairie du Chien’s third baseman Mackenzie Knapp gets the ball to tag her out. Other coaches for Wauzeka’s team include Kirk Beers and Jason Hurda.

In a fifth and sixth grade little league softball game on Wednesday night, Prairie du Chien’s Gundersen team faced off against Wauzeka. Gundersen’s team is coached by Scott Kennedy, Jason Knapp, Keith Hill, Matt Keene and April Krahn. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

Gundersen’s third base player Mackenzie Knapp jumps to snag the ball at the top of the third.

Prairie du Chien’s pitcher Allison Kennedy winds up to throw for the waiting Wauzeka player.

Wauzeka’s pitcher Riley Groom fires the ball to first base, helping to seal the 0-1 win for Wauzeka.
Mon
22
Jun

Five receive all-conference honors for Prairie du Chien softball


Five Prairie du Chien softball players earned all-conference for the 2015 season. Pictured from left are Jacqueline LaHaie (1st team all-conference outfield along with the team most improved award), Kelsey Achenbach (1st team all-conference infield along with the team MVP award. Achenbach also received 1st team all-district, being the first softball player ever from Prairie to do so), Laura DuCharme (honorable mention all-conference infield), Lauren Nicholson (1st team all-conference pitcher) and Kelly Check (1st team all-conference infield along with the team most improved award).

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