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Wed
11
Dec

Carp Fest a cheerful countdown toward New Year’s


A family enjoys fresh carp samples, while Lucky Carp Jr. stands happy and ready to greet everyone at the Family Droppin’ of the Carp Party last New Year’s Eve. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

It’s the time of year when even Lucky the Carp, Prairie du Chien’s famous fish, feels frozen. 

But with Carp Fest, community members are invited to warm up with some free or low-cost programs, Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-30 across the city, in celebration of the impending New Year.

“Everybody’s invited, families young and old. Calls are already coming in about Carp Fest,” said Mike Ulrich, Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director.

Wed
11
Dec

It’s a wonderful Christmas time for children at local library


When browsing the children’s library collection, kids may spy Pippin SugarCookie, a very special elf from the Elf on the Shelf Squad. Be sure to say “hi,” and be good for goodness sake.

When stopping by the PdC library for the upcoming children’s holiday programming, consider taking along some fuzzy hats, mittens, scarves or socks for the giving tree in the front entryway. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Hark! The library angels are singing a Christmas tune. The message is that children’s programming for the holidays will help to make the season bright. 

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library elf librarians and assistants have planned four free events, geared toward tiny tots and their families, that are sure to make their eyes all aglow. 

Thursday, Dec. 12, is A Beary Christmas Sleepover. Oh, what fun children’s teddy bears, action figures, dolls, or plush snowmen and Santas will have at the library. 

Wed
11
Dec

Blackhawk matmen win Cramer/Brown Duals


Members of the Prairie du Chien wrestling team pose with their first-place trophy after winning the Cramer/Brown Duals hosted by Janesville Parker. In the championship match, the Blackhawks defeated the #5 ranked Random Lake team by a score of 41-29.

Matt Rogge works over his Random Lake opponent with an arm bar in the 138# weight class. Rogge would record a technical fall with a 16-0 win in the second period.

Tyler Hannah puts the hurt on his Janesville Parker opponent with a tight headlock in the 195# weight class. Hannah would pin his opponent in the second period.

 

On Saturday, Dec. 7, the PdC Blackhawks traveled to Janesville Parker for the Cramer/Brown Duals. The Duals are an eight-team event, with the first three rounds being pooled before separating into championship and consolation brackets. 

In the opening round, PdC would take down Monroe by a score of 58-15. The Hawks took advantage of six falls and one major decision. In round two, PdC would battle with host Janesville Parker, and come out on top 48-30. The Hawks had four falls, one technical fall, and a major decision. 

Tue
10
Dec

Carl J. Kasparek

Carl J. Kasparek, 79 of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health.

He was born Oct. 6, 1940, in Wyalusing, the son of Frank and Nina (Clark) Kasparek. 

Carl farmed, worked for the State of Wisconsin for five years, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office for 38 years, and retired from the 3M Company after 25 years. He enjoyed gambling, hunting and riding his four-wheeler on his farm in Bagley. He was a member of St. John’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, the Knights of Columbus, and the Eagles Club Aerie 1502 in Prairie du Chien.

He is survived by his brother Russell Kasparek; his sisters Barbara (Clifford) Stram, Marie Lilo, Shirley Bruckner and Frances (Scott) Gilbert; along with numerous nieces and nephews. 

Mon
09
Dec

PdC man arrested on drug possession charges

A Prairie du Chien man is facing multiple drug possession charges after a verbal argument led officers to a residence yielding illegal substances and paraphernalia, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

On Thursday, Dec. 5, at about 9:35 a.m. the police department was notified of a verbal altercation on the 900 block of South 1st Street. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the individuals involved. During the course of the investigation, officers identified a suspect to have a valid warrant through probation and parole. 

A subsequent search of a residence yielded methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and marijuana, authorities said.

Mon
09
Dec

3 county board supervisors file non-candidacy papers

Janet Geisler, Crawford County Clerk, has received a notification of non-candidacy for the position of county board supervisor for the first, second and third districts in the city of Prairie du Chien. The current county board supervisors for the first, second and third districts are Geri Kozelka, Henry “Buzz” Esser and Kersten “Rocky” Rocksvold.

Anyone wishing to run for the position of county board supervisor in those districts should come to the County Clerk’s Office to pick up an election packet. Please call 326-0201 if you have any questions.

Mon
09
Dec

Become a certified Master Gardener, make a difference in the county

By Correne Martin

 

The weather will soon be more frigid and snow will blanket the ground, making winter the perfect time for indoor activities, personal education and gathering opportunities.

The Level 1 Master Gardener training offered through the Crawford County UW-Extension rolls all that into one 10-week course, from Feb. 4 through April 8.

“You’re not going to leave with a PhD in horticulture, but you’ll leave with research-based knowledge of how to find gardening answers and you’ll be excited about new ideas and volunteering around the county,” said Master Gardener and facilitator Donna Teynor.

Mon
09
Dec

Lady Hornets stop Silver Eagles


McKenzie Olsen of Wauzeka-Steuben grabs a rebound against Weston Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Maddy Reichmann of the Lady Hornets drives the right baseline to the hoop.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Kayden Groom eyes the basket versus Weston Friday night.

 

Wauzeka-Steuben stopped visiting Weston 65-34 in a Ridge and Valley girls basketball game Friday night. 

The Lady Hornets improved to 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in conference action. 

On Dec. 12, Wauzeka-Steuben will travel to De Soto.

Mon
09
Dec

River Ridge to hold $2.3 million referendum for athletic fields project

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The River Ridge Board of Education voted unanimously at a special meeting Dec. 4 to approve of a referendum not to exceed $2.3 million to go toward the athletic fields project which is still under construction at the Patch Grove site.

Thu
05
Dec

Mavis M. Jeidy

Mavis M. Jeidy, 92, of Boscobel, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at Divine Health and Rehab in Fennimore. 

She was born on Sept. 1, 1927, in Crawford County, the daughter of Charles and Sadie (Comstock) McCullick. She married Earl Jeidy on Oct. 16, 1966, in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 1980. 

She is survived by several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Max, Fay, Ivan, Arnold and Charles Jr.; three sisters; Naomi, Delores and Betty.

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