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Wed
03
Jun

Mary Jo Cody crowned 2015 Crawford County Dairy Princess


Posing together at the Crawford County Dairy Kick-Off Banquet May 31 are (front row, from left) 2015 Little Miss Squirt Lindsey Nolan, 2014 Little Miss Squirt Grace Zinkle; (back row) 2014 Dairy Princess Autumn Moret, 2015 Dairy Princess Mary Cody, 2015 Dairy Princess Attendant Amari McCarthy, and 2014 Dairy Princess Attendant Brooke Moret. (Submitted photo)

By Addison Mumm

Mary Jo Cody, 16, the daughter of Bryan and Martha Cody, rural Seneca, was named Crawford County Dairy Princess, Sunday, May 31, at Eastman UMC Fellowship Hall.

About 100 people came out for the Crawford County Dairy Kick-Off Banquet, where Cody was crowned. She will serve as Crawford County’s 59th Dairy Princess.

The Cody family owns and operates a 450-acre dairy farm with a 35-cow herd. Mary will be a junior at North Crawford High School this fall and plans to pursue a veterinary degree at UW-River Falls. She is excited about her princess title and the responsibilities it entails.

Unlike many of her fellow princess candidates, Cody lives and works on her family’s dairy farm daily. With no hired help, Cody and her brother, Matt, tend the calves, milk the cattle and complete tractor work.

Wed
03
Jun

St. Feriole Island Improvement Fund could utilize tariffs for revenue

By Correne Martin

A St. Feriole Island Improvement Fund is being created by the city of Prairie du Chien, with plans for revenue to come from an increase in the island tariffs. A new tariff agreement is also being drafted. The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved moving forward with these actions during its regular meeting Tuesday night. A second and final reading of the proposals will be up for council approval on June 16.

Under the proposal, the tariff would be increased 100 percent over the next five years, in annual increments of 20 percent, with the majority of the new revenue going to the island improvement fund. After 2020, half of the new revenue would go into the fund and the other half would be placed in the city’s general fund.

Wed
03
Jun

St. Mary's Academy Murals


Standing in front of an exhibit about St. Mary’s Academy at the Fort Crawford Museum in Prairie du Chien are Terry Meyer of the city of Prairie du Chien, donors to the conservation of the murals Mark and Kati Wanek Forsythe, Prairie du Chien Historical Society President Mary Elise Antoine, donor Sally Kaber White, donor Mary Beth Specht of Clinicare, Inc., and conservator David Spangler. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Historic murals to be restored

By Ted Pennekamp

 

In 2015, through the generosity of several people, funds were donated for the conservation of several murals which had been displayed in the former Wyalusing Academy, 601 S. Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien. The murals will now be restored by painting conservator David Spangler of De Soto.  

Mon
01
Jun

Seneca grads turn tassels, set sight on bright futures


As the ceremony ended on Friday night, Seneca’s Class of 2015 threw their hats into the air. (Photos submitted)

On Friday, May 29, the Seneca High School seniors took their final steps as high school students. Paige Forde (left) moves Morgan Payne's tassel to the other side as the Seneca Graduation ceremony concludes.

Graduate, Sarah Shepard shares a moment with her mom during graduation.

With big smiles and eyes facing the future, Seneca graduates, Dani Boland and Tristain Sparks, march down the aisle.

This year's graduating class includes (front row, from left) Sarah Shepard, Morgan Payne, Michaela Chambers, Morgan Wall, Taylor Redman, Paige Forde, Dani Boland, Katie Baker; (back row) Eric Konichek, Jordnan Gardener, Nathan Withey, Tyler George, Tristain Sparks, Jake Whiteaker, Adam Aspenson, Jeffery Driskill, Caleb Anderson.

Graduate, Taylor Redman, gives the valedictorian speech.
Mon
01
Jun

Grand opening Saturday at new Crossing Rivers


One of the beautiful features of the new Crossing Rivers Health medical center is a stained glass window in the non-denominational meditation room. A stained glass window is the centerpiece of the room, helping to create a calming space for family and visitors to retreat or find peace. The custom glass was created by The Vinery Stained Glass Studio of Madison. (Submitted photo)

Area residents are invited to attend the grand opening of the new Crossing Rivers Health medical center in Prairie du Chien on Saturday, June 6. A ribbon cutting is scheduled at 8:45 a.m. and an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The new two-story, 137,000-square-foot facility is located at 37868 Highway 18, across from the Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport.

Tours will give visitors the opportunity to see the significant enhancements over the current hospital facility at key locations: private inpatient rooms each with a bathroom and shower, emergency department with ambulance garage and dedicated helipad, surgery, obstetrics, medical imaging with new in-house MRI and CT scanner, rehabilitation, homecare and HME retail store.

Mon
01
Jun

Prairie du Chien is ‘Queen’less


Top Notch works on the remodel of Dairy Queen. (Photo by Addison Mumm)

By Addison Mumm

No need to worry, the PdC Dairy Queen is just getting a new look! Dairy Queen on Marquette Road closed Tuesday, May 26, but hopes to reopen its doors around Father’s Day.

The remodel will include new furniture, new bathrooms, new dining room and more space for equipment to accommodate new menu items. Some new items include a warm Apple Tart a la Mode, Fudge Filled Cookie a la Mode, Triple Chocolate Brownie a la Mode, Chicken Bacon Ranch Bake, Turkey BLT Bake, Chicken Mozzarella Sandwich on focaccia bread, Bacon BBQ Snack Melt, Buffalo Chicken Snack Melt and more.

Don’t worry, Prairie du Chien will see the Jurassic Smash Blizzard when the upgrades are finished at Dairy Queen.

“Thanks to everyone for their business and we look forward to seeing you soon,” said PdC Dairy Queen owner Cindy Sinram.

Mon
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.

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