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12
Jun

Amundson pleads not guilty

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Bluff View Principal Aaron Amundson entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment in Crawford County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon to a charge of child abuse-recklessly causing harm.

Tue
12
Jun

Shirley Davis

Shirley Davis, 82, of Guttenberg, Iowa, died Monday, June 11, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa.

Services will be at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, 207 S. 1st St, Guttenberg, IA. 

 

Mon
11
Jun

Be aware of elderly self-neglect

By Rachel Mergen

June is awareness month for elderly and vulnerable people self-neglect. To help the community become more aware of the warning signs and what to do if they are concerned self-neglect may be occurring, a panel will be held on Wednesday, June 27, from 9 to 11 a.m., with registration at 8:30 a.m., at the Crawford County Administration Building in Prairie du Chien. 

The panel will feature Drs. Ann and Mark Grunwald, Ryan Fradette, of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, and Dan McWilliams, of the Crawford County Health and Human Services Department. Refreshments will be offered, along with door prize drawings. 

Mon
11
Jun

Soldiers Grove foster family reminds all that it takes a village to raise a child


Pictured, Colleen and Wade Dull, at their Soldiers Grove home, have raised biological, foster and adopted children for more than two decades. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

By Rachel Mergen

As the biological parents of four children—three sons and a daughter—Colleen and Wade Dull had experienced both the joys and the hardships of parenting. They knew it wasn’t easy to be everything that a child needed, but they gave their children safe, happy lives. 

The couple wanted to be certain more children had the same happiness their own children had, which led to opening their seven-bedroom home and farm for foster children for the past 20 years. 

Mon
11
Jun

Driftless Development creating ‘Pathway to Progress’

By Ted Pennekamp

Mon
11
Jun

Rotary Club taking over Jaycees' Op Santa

Though the Prairie du Chien Jaycees recently disbanded, the remaining club members realized how important the successful continuation of the Operation Santa project is to the community. With that in mind, the Rotary Club of Prairie du Chien has agreed to take the lead on organizing the event moving forward.

Operation Santa has assisted hundreds of families in the area around Christmas time with a food box, gifts for children, personal hygiene products, hats, mittens, gently-used coats, etc. This community project and the need for it is why many of the Jaycee members were members in the first place. 

Mon
11
Jun

Michigan Street construction underway

The city of Prairie du Chien is beginning the Michigan Street reconstruction project. The project includes street and utility replacement on North Michigan Street, from Blackhawk Avenue to Perry Street; Haydn Street, from Michigan Street to Illinois Street; and Park Street from Michigan Street to Illinois Street. The street construction will include removing the existing street and installing new sanitary sewer, water main, storm sewer, base course, curb and gutter, asphalt pavement, concrete sidewalk and driveway aprons.

Mon
11
Jun

Rendezvous to bring fascinating history alive


All camp participants of the Prairie Villa Rendezvous are dressed in primitive, period attire, from adults to children. The 43rd annual event in Prairie du Chien will once again bring an educational glimpse into the region’s history. (Courier Press file photo)

The Big River Long Rifles will host the 43rd annual Prairie Villa Rendezvous June 14-17 on St. Feriole Island. Admittance is always free.

Lots of great foods like fry bread, kettle korn, homemade rootbeer, Indian tacos and much more are available for purchase. Trader’s row is filled with many period items to see and buy. 

The entire family can enjoy events such as the black powder gun shoot, children’s games, women’s games, primitive bow shoot, flint and steel competition and the knife and hawk throw for men, women and children.

The Rendezvous truly is a family-oriented, learning experience, portraying an educational part of the region’s history. 

Mon
11
Jun

Betty Chase

Betty Chase, 79, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018. 

She was born Sept. 17, 1938, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Hawley and Hazel (Fransham) Steggall. Betty attended and graduated from the Fairbank High School in 1957. She married Ray Chase on May 9, 1970, at the Schuyler County Court House in Missouri. Betty and Ray lived in Fairbank until 2002, when the moved to Prairie du Chien to enjoy retirement. Before moving Betty worked in the repair department as an operator for Northwestern Bell for 20 years. She loved spending time with Ray, going fishing, going on long drives to see the country, listening to country music, going to antique stores and spending time with family and friends.

Mon
11
Jun

Peter Charles Klema

Peter Charles Klema left us unexpectedly and much too soon, at the age of 54, on June 8, at home with his mother at his side.

Peter was born Dec. 25, 1963, to parents Michael and Edith (Zeeh) Klema of rural Wauzeka and what a wonderful Christmas present he was! He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Wauzeka High School in 1982. He then continued his education and attended Fennimore Vocational School.

He was currently working the last 16 years at EMC in Fennimore. He enjoyed auctions, fishing, riding his Harley, watching NASCAR and Packers, and just spending time with his family and friends.

Pete is survived by his mother, Edith Klema; a family of brothers, Kim (Cinda), Wauzeka, Edward (Deb), Wauzeka, and James, Gainsville, Fla. He is also survived by a daughter, Amber Houston, Dearborn Heights, Mich.; sister-in-law Michelle Klema, Prairie du Chien; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

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