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01
Jun

Two summer interns with local ties join Courier Press staff


Addison Mumm (left), of Bloomington, and Caitlin Bittner, of Prairie du Chien, are both interning at the Courier Press this summer. Both will conduct interviews in the community, write articles and take photographs for the newspaper. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin and Caitlin Bittner

Two enthusiastic interns have joined the staff at the Courier Press for the summer of 2015—one for her sixth summer and another for the first time. Caitlin Bittner, a graduate student from Prairie du Chien, and Addison Mumm, a college sophomore from Bloomington, will both conduct interviews, write and take photographs regularly for the hometown newspaper.

Caitlin Bittner, 23, just finished her first year at New Mexico Highlands University, in Las Vegas, N.M. The daughter of Theresa and the late Dale Bittner, of Prairie du Chien, is also a 2009 PdC High School graduate and a 2013 UW-Eau Claire graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a creative writing emphasis.

Caitlin began her journey with the Courier Press in the summer of 2010, after her first year back as a UW-EC undergraduate. She responded to an ad looking for interns in the newspaper.

Mon
01
Jun

First year of Silver Cord Service students graduate at Wauzeka-Steuben


Silver Cord Service Program participants Jadyn Sander (left), and Sophia Sander pose with District Administrator Michael Garrow. (Photo by Addison Mumm)

By Addison Mumm

Wauzeka-Steuben High School is pushing for its student body to be more involved in the community. The Silver Cord Service Program encourages students to go above and beyond with their volunteer hours. With a set goal of hours of volunteering and community service, students are honored with a silver cord upon graduation if they complete the minimum hours.

In the transition years to come for this program, the class of 2015 is expected to have a total of 70 hours of service, class of 2016 needs to have 110 hours, class of 2017 needs to have 150 and class of 2018 and beyond will have the minimum of 160 hours. Starting after the completion of eighth grade, students can start keeping track of their volunteer hours.

Mon
01
Jun

Wyalusing State Park fun run to support visitor center


Participants will be running on the White Tail Trail at Wyalusing Park. (photos by Addison Mumm)

The Homestead Picnic area at Wyalusing State Park is located via the Homestead Campground. The picnic area has a accessible bathroom, water, and a picnic shelter with a fireplace. The playground features a log jam climb, slide and two swings.

By Addison Mumm

Friends of Wyalusing State Park are working toward an improved visitor center. In doing so, Friends of Wyalusing State Park (FOW) are hosting a 5k Fun Run Saturday, June 20, on the hiking trails at the park. This will be the first run to appear on the grounds, but intentions are to make the event annual.

FOW member Rachele Breuer presented the idea of a fundraiser run after she participated in a mud run last year. All proceeds from this event will go to the construction cost of a visitor center addition, which is set to start in 2017, the 100-year anniversary of the park.

All are welcome to join the fun; children 8 years of age and under run/walk for free. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. The first 50 registered receive a free water bottle.

Thu
28
May

River Ridge seniors walk at graduation


After turning their tassels, the confetti officially fell on the River Ridge Class of 2015 at the graduation ceremony Friday night in Patch Grove. (Photos by Addison Mumm)

Ame Knapp and Kristee Champion snap a selfie after River Ridge’s graduation ceremony Friday night.

River Ridge grads Seth Williams (left), Mason Weaver and Alex Udelhoven ham it up for their family and friends.

Bridget Kazda and Alex Udelhoven

Back row: Marty Fischer, Bea Mumm, Kari Breuer, Ashley Ploessl Middle row: Sarah Breuer, Beth Zimmer, and Michelle Cliff Front row: Armella Recker

Armella Recker, Sarah Breuer, Kari Breuer and Beth Zimmer

Adam, Brad and Riley Klein

Ashley and Allison Ploessl hug it out as Emma Mergen and Shane West walk down the aisle.
Thu
28
May

Prairie du Chien holds commencement


(Above) Brooke Moret (left) and Jessica Steger spoke at Prairie du Chien High School’s graduation on behalf of the NHS members. (Photos by Heather DeBruin)

After the ceremony, graduates Shanice O'Connell, Lanie Trautsch and Robert Poots took a chance to preserve a few of their new treasured memories and posed for a picture.

Prairie du Chien High School’s graduation Sunday, May 24, featured many proud memories for the family and friends of the graduates.(Left) Graduate Holly Connor is shown with her proud parents, Milo and Donna Connor, receiving a medal for her academic achievements during her high school years.

(Right) Parents Fritz and Wanda Tippery also presented their graduating daughter, Rachel Tippery, with her medal for academic achievement.
Thu
28
May

Memorial Day services in PdC, Wauzeka, Bloomington, Glen Haven


Former Crawford County Veterans Service Officer Jim Hannah of the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard addresses those gathered in the Bluff View gymnasium as part of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Day Ceremony Monday morning.

Ruth Taylor plays ‘Taps’ while other members of the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard salute the United States Flag.

These two Cub Scouts were among several who attentively watched and listened to the Memorial Day Ceremony.

In between showers the morning of Memorial Day, May 25, Wauzeka’s annual parade went on as planned. These men and women proudly represented the local American Legion post. The community’s Memorial Day festivities also included a program at the school and a chicken dinner, which was moved indoors due to the rain.

Joanne Peloch (left) and Dana Knutson pass out stars and stripes pencils to Wauzeka parade attendees Monday morning in honor of Memorial Day.

Brendan Jentz decorates the grave of Joseph Jacco, who served in the Mexican War, while the Abraham Hickok Wetmore American Legion Post stands in the background during the Bloomington-Glen Haven Memorial Day ceremonies Monday, May 25. As is the tradition each year, memorial services were held at 10 different cemeteries in the outlying countryside of the two communities.

Though the rain did fall, the brave stood tall. American Legion Post 148 Abraham Hickok Wetmore, Bloomington, is pictured standing solemnly during the drizzly and chilly Memorial Day observances in the Bloomington and Glen Haven area Monday.

Connor Mumm (left), Faith Schier and Bill Schier set the wreath for the fallen soldiers at sea in Glen Haven.

Photos by Ted Pennekamp, Correne Martin, Addison Mumm and Sue Kuenster

Wed
27
May

First Impressions

 

Lake Mills residents give their 

‘First Impressions’ of Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
27
May

Prairie du Chien will be a host community in 7-day marathon series

By Addison Mumm

Prairie du Chien will host a Heartland Series Marathon, sponsored by Mainly Marathons, Saturday, June 6, on St. Feriole Island, beginning at 5 a.m. The traveling marathon will start its seven-day series on June 1, in Bryan, Ohio.

The two-year-old Mainly Marathons company puts on traveling marathons for runners who have goals of competing in different states, local community members and other aspiring runners. Mainly Marathons has 40 states they will visit this year. Usually, small towns in each state host a race and all runners are welcomed to travel to the next location to finish all seven races.

Wed
27
May

Bluff View students to host golf outing, raise funds for trip to capital


Bluff View Intermediate School 7th graders Brandon Hanger (left) and Maggie Dobbs would love to see as many people as possible at their golf fundraiser at the Prairie du Chien Country Club on Saturday, May 30, at 10 a.m. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

Even though the school year is starting to wind down, the students of the 7th grade class at Bluff View Intermediate school are ramping up their efforts to raise money for their 8th grade Washington D.C. trip.
“They’ll be taking the trip in June of 2016,” said Chad Abram.

As one of the parents who helped orchestrate the trip and plan the stops along the way, Abram is very familiar with how much a trip like this will cost. “It’s about $1,200 a child, which is why we’re trying our best to offset some of the costs with fundraising,” stated Abram.

So far, the students have hosted a bowling tournament and a car wash. In addition, they have sold PdC Blackhawk yard signs. Their newest fundraiser is set to take place on Saturday, May 30, at the Prairie du Chien Country Club at 10 a.m. Students Brandon Hanger and Maggie Dobbs are encouraging anyone and everyone to come support their class.

Wed
27
May

River Ridge seeks to exceed revenue cap, make mandated repairs

By Correne Martin

In an effort to address building safety and compliance issues mandated by the state, the River Ridge School District is seeking a state trust fund loan not to exceed $2 million. The money would finance energy efficiency projects and be repaid over five years.

“When you go outside the revenue cap, although we would receive some aid, the majority of it comes from the tax bills,” explained Interim Superintendent Tom Andres regarding repayment of the potential loan.

On May 13, the school board voted to begin application paperwork for the state trust fund loan and, on May 26, the board approved a resolution authorizing the loan, also levying a tax in connection with it. Next, the resolution must be published within 10 days of the May 26 meeting. Then, there will be a 30-day period during which those who wish to petition the action can do so.

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