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Wed
05
Apr

Senior Rec adds to offerings for PdC area aging population


Pat Collins (left) and Ron Leys engage in a friendly game of pool in the basement rec room of Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien. There, Senior Rec will be offered free Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9 to 11 a.m., to area community members, especially seniors, who wish to socialize and simply gather to relax and enjoy others’ company. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Ping pong, pool, foosball, cards, puzzles, games, newspapers and magazines, TV and Internet are just a few of the many possible activities seniors may enjoy while passing the time among friends at Senior Rec.

By Correne Martin and Preston Crowley-Lee

Being a senior citizen in Prairie du Chien just got better.

Hoffman Hall has introduced Senior Rec, a free opportunity for seniors 60 and older to gather at a common site and engage in socialization, relax and enjoy activities with other friends and acquaintances from area communities. They can have a cup of coffee, read the newspaper, maybe play a game of pool, browse the Internet and check emails, watch TV and perhaps even listen to a speaker or join a group class on occasion.

“We felt it was important we had not only an area to do things but also a set time where people were welcomed to engage with one another,” explained Ron Leys, a senior Hoffman Hall user from Prairie du Chien. “I swim here daily and I saw this nice space and thought we should make use of it.”

Wed
05
Apr

Good Friday Crosswalk tradition welcomes all to carry, reflect upon cross


The April 14 Crosswalk in Wauzeka welcomes people of all ages and faiths to carry the cross, reflect upon Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and proceed solemnly for a memorable moment on Good Friday. (Submitted photo)

Kristine Hanson (left) and Darlene Reichmann, parishioners of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Wauzeka, are among those who proudly advocate for the Crosswalk and the significance it can have for people of all faiths who choose to participate. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

To Christians, Good Friday is more than just another day off work or school. It’s a time to reflect upon Jesus Christ’s suffering at will and death by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for people’s sins. To give prominence to the Friday before Easter, the annual Crosswalk in Wauzeka will be Friday of Holy Week, April 14, promptly at 12:30 p.m. This is the 23rd year the solemn ritual will be observed in the community.

“The Crosswalk is a silent procession led by a lone drummer who is followed by a crowd of Christians carrying a large cross,” St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Pastor Lynn Schreck cited. “The walk is intended as a public witness of faith to awaken people to the true meaning of Good Friday.”

Wed
05
Apr

Evers earns most votes across county and state

Tony Evers has secured his third term as state school superintendent in Wisconsin, defeating Whitnall School District Superintendent Lowell Holtz. Statewide in Tuesday’s general election, Evers earned 70 percent of the vote. Crawford County voted along with the state’s constituents, casting 1,424 votes for Evers, or 78 percent, and just 394 for Lowell.

Locally, the non-contested election for at-large representatives on the Prairie du Chien Common Council saw incumbents Nate Gilberts and Edward Hayes-Hall voted back in, with 65 and 41 votes, respectively.

Also, a number of school board and township board seats were on Tuesday’s ballot.

Wed
05
Apr

Seneca announces top two graduates


Valedictorian Jena Konichek and Salutatorian Samantha Boland

The Seneca High School has recognized its valedictorian Jena Konichek and salutatorian Samantha Boland for the Class of 2017.

Valedictorian Jena Konicheck, the daughter of Doug and Susie Konichek, of Steuben, will attend Southwest Tech in Fennimore this fall for ag business. Being part of the FFA and National Honor Society at Seneca are activities she believes will be helpful for her in her future endeavors. Jena also pursued softball and basketball in high school and played volleyball through her junior year.

Over the last four years, Jena has appreciated every interaction with her teachers and classmates and the opportunities she’s had to be outgoing among her peers. She’s proud that she’s remained committed to her small school environment, which has helped her become a better person overall.

Wed
05
Apr

Home-cooked meals ‘Turnip the Beet’ at Wauzeka-Steuben


Wauzeka-Steuben Food Service Director Jannette Ward is proud of the top-notch quality meals and efforts provided to youth in the school district during the school year, as well as the summer. And, rightfully so, since the district was named a Turnip the Beet Gold Award recipient by the USDA. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Letters like the one above are the reason “lunch ladies” like those at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools love what they do.

By Correne Martin

The Wauzeka-Steuben School District has been recognized for its efforts to “Turnip the Beet.”

Its food service staff participated, for the first time last summer, in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Meal Program, serving free meals to anyone ages 0-18. And, just last week, administration was informed it had been validated by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service program as one of the nation’s first Turnip the Beet Gold Award winners.

“The (new) award program recognizes summer meal [providers] who have worked hard to serve nutritious and appealing meals during the summer months,” said Amy Kolano, DPI summer food service program coordinator. “Three Turnip the Beet award levels were available and nominations were evaluated based on a wide range of nutrition and meal quality criteria. Three in Wisconsin have earned awards in this first year (of the program).”

Wed
05
Apr

Cafe Hope Getting Ready


Mark and Andrea Oppermann display some of the tasty treats that will be available in the retail section and/or the restaurant section of Cafe Hope which should be open sometime this summer. Cafe Hope will feature homemade soups, salads, pizza, crepes, cakes, cupcakes, panini sandwiches and many other items with ingredients sourced from local producers, including the Sharing Spaces Kitchen and Greenhouse. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Sharing Spaces Kitchen and Greenhouse grows basil plants (above), along with tomatoes, peas, cucumbers and kale.

Here are four examples of the gourmet cupcakes that will be offered at Cafe Hope.

 

Café Hope to offer numerous delicious, homemade items

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Work is being done in the north half of the former Kozelka’s Men’s Wear building, and it is hoped that a new cafe along with an adult day care center will be open sometime this summer. 

Tue
04
Apr

Man charged in drug bust

A 36-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of the manufacture of marijuana, one count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Steven L. Mahlstedt faces up to 10.5 years in prison and $30,000 in fines if convicted of all three counts.

According to the criminal complaint, during a search of the Mahlstedt residence, police seized two baggies of marijuana along with several small “gem” sized baggies containing methamphetamine.

Tue
04
Apr

Gays Mills man arrested for another OWI

A 54-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while revoked and one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense in five years). On Jn. 22, he was charged with OWI as well.

David S. Rasch faces up to 7 years imprisonment and $12,500 in fines if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Rasch was seen by a Crawford County Sheriff’s Department deputy driving over the centerline on Highway 131. The deputy activated his emergency lights and siren and pursued the vehicle. Rasch then accelerated and drove between 48 and 50 mph on a wet, gravel road called Sand Creek Road. The pursuit went on for two miles.

Rasch was then arrested for OWI and transported to Crossing Rivers Health for a blood draw.

Rasch has previously been convicted of OWI three times.

Mon
03
Apr

Wyalusing State Park's 100th Anniversary


Wyalusing State Park has several overlooks with magnificent views. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

This is just one of the 109 regular campsites that are in high demand at Wyalusing State Park.

A trio of cyclists enjoy an outing at Wyalusing State Park.

 

 

 

 

Wyalusing State Park 

has much to offer for everyone

 

Mon
03
Apr

Top 2 Wauzeka-Steuben seniors have been busy bees


Valedictorian Katherine Friar and Salutatorian Sadie Hooker

Katherine Friar has been named the valedictorian and Sadie Hooker the salutatorian of the Wauzeka-Steuben High School 2017 graduating class.

Katie is the daughter of Jim Friar and the late Kari Friar. She plans to attend UW-Platteville next fall to major in elementary education.

Katie has been very active throughout her high school career while excelling academically. Katie has earned distinguished/high honors all four years, earning herself an academic letter and four pins for her excellence in the classroom.

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