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Tue
30
Jun

Local girl a state finalist for Junior Pre-Teen Miss Wisconsin pageant

Junior Pre-Teen Miss Wisconsin
Junior Pre-Teen Miss Wisconsin Pageant state finalist Alexis Feran smiles pretty and stands in her “pretty feet” position. (Photo by Addison Mumm)

By Addison Mumm

With poise and pep, Alexis Feran was named a state finalist for the junior pre-teen age division in the National American Miss Wisconsin Pageant. Her outgoing attitude, sweet demeanor and many talents got her an invitation to participate in this Miss Wisconsin pageant. Alexis is the daughter of Michael Feran and Brittany  Myers, both from Prairie du Chien.

At 8 years old, Alexis will travel to Wisconsin Dells, Aug. 20 and 21, for the state finalist round of the pageant. Already, Alexis completed interviews and volunteered to assist in a presentation in front of the entire pageant group. If Alexis wins the title of National American Miss 2015 Junior Pre-Teen of Wisconsin, she will travel to Hollywood, Calif. and partake in the national level competition.

“She was very outgoing, not like the other contestants there,” said Reni Feran, Alexis’ step-mother.

Mon
29
Jun

Four run for Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair Royalty, fair is July 16-19

 

Four area high schoolers are competing to become the king and queen of the 2015 Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair, which will be held at the fairgrounds in Bloomington, July 16-19.

 

Mon
29
Jun

New, safer debit cards to help prevent fraud

 

By Correne Martin

 

Thu
25
Jun

River Ridge graduate named state FFA officer

Beth Zimmer State FFA Officer
River Ridge FFA adviser Kory Stalsberg (left), newly elected Section 4 State FFA Officer Beth Zimmer and 2014-2015 Section 4 State FFA Officer Danielle Jentz, from Platteville, pose after Zimmer was named state FFA officer. (Submitted photo).

By Addison Mumm

Agriculture to some may mean cows, dirt and crops, but to Beth Zimmer, four-year FFA member and recent River Ridge graduate, it means so much more. Her parents are Gerard and Theresa Zimmer. Beth Zimmer joined FFA when she entered high school; her older sister and father were both involved in FFA as well. Zimmer felt it was expected of her to join the club considering her family history, she lives on a farm and has an active love for horticulture.
“I really like horticulture; I have three flower gardens at home,” said Zimmer.

Thu
25
Jun

WE BIKE to come to area this weekend

 

Solo tandem bicyclists, Peter and Tracy Flucke of WE BIKE, etc., LLC, plan to continue their bicycle adventures in 2015. After successfully bicycling 4,362.5 miles across the country in 2014 (WE BIKE Across America Blog) the couple is excited to announce their next adventures.

 

Wed
24
Jun

Tornadoes likely spawned from storm


Clean-up continued Tuesday after a line of powerful thunderstorms with strong winds and hail moved through Wisconsin Monday morning. As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, there were 3,600 customers without power statewide, down from 54,000 at the height of the storm, according to Wisconsin Emergency Management. In Crawford County, one mobile home was destroyed in rural Wauzeka. Another home lost part of the roof and is not inhabitable at this time. Flood water damaged Bob & Lou’s Bar and Grill in Steuben as well. Pictured above, two-inch hail was reported in Steuben, and nearly a mile of trees were wiped out on a hillside on Plum Creek Road, in rural Wauzeka. Below, power poles were snapped at their base along Highway 27 between Eastman and Prairie du Chien. In neighboring Grant County, an estimated 20 homes along with 30 agricultural buildings were destroyed or severely damaged primarily around Cassville, Lancaster, Platteville, and Hazel Green. An additional 300 homes had moderate to minor damage. At this time, emergency declarations have been issued for Cassville, Lancaster, Platteville and Grant County. (Photos by Kim Wagner, Frankie Mezera and Randy Martin)

The National Weather Service of La Crosse reported Tuesday that Monday mornings storms may have also brought along several tornadoes. It said the bulk of the damage in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa came from strong straight line winds from what’s called a bow echo, named because the shape of the storm on radar resembles a bowling line.

NWS La Crosse Meteorologist Andrew Just said, “Occasionally these bow echoes can produce very brief tornadoes along them.” He noted that there may have been one in Crawford County, based on radar data. “We have not been able to completely verify [this]; we are working with emergency management,” he added.

The NWS planned to survey the damage and conclude its report on Wednesday.

Wed
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.”

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.

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