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Evaline G. (Holliday) Hewitt


Evaline G. (Holliday) Hewitt of Menomonie, age 84, passed away Friday September 9, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Eau Claire.

She was born July 27, 1932, in Barnum, to Johnethy Blaine and Agnes Ella (Johnston) Holliday. She married Earl D. Hewitt on Dec. 14, 1949, in Prairie du Chien. She worked in retail and restaurant establishments, and with her husband and family on the farms near Sheldon and then Bloomer. In her free time, she enjoyed reading, quilting, knitting and crocheting and annual family trips to South Dakota and Wyoming.  


Flooding, Train Derailment, House Crashes onto Highway

These two engines, along with five other railroad cars derailed just north of Ferryville at approximately 5:45 a.m. Thursday. There were no injuries. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Volunteers fill sand bags in the village of Steuben near the flooded Kickapoo River Thursday morning.

The Kickapoo River is well over its banks at Steuben.

Sugar Creek Park at Ferryville is flooded.

Work was being done Thursday to repair damage to the southbound lane of Highway 35 north of Ferryville.


Heavy rain causes train derailment, house to crash 

onto highway and many other areas of damage in Southwestern Wisconsin

By Ted Pennekamp



Prairie Volleyball

Alexis Nolan of Prairie du Chien goes up for the block. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Brytta Sagedahl battles at the net against Katie Valeria of Dodgeville Tuesday night.

Kylee Weber pounds the ball back to the Dodgeville side while Caitlin Pattison (6) gets ready.

Emily Groom hits the ball past Katie Valeria of Dodgeville Tuesday night in SWC action.



defeat Lady Hawks

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks took on Dodgeville Tuesday night for Parents’ Night.  

The freshmen-sophomore team won the first set, really coming together as a team.  Then they lost the next two.   The varsity reserve went 3-0 over Dodgeville, showing great teamwork.  


Prairie Catholic pavilion, playground move is next week

Employees of various local contractors were working near the new pavilion site at St. Gabriel’s School Tuesday morning.

By Ted Pennekamp

Prairie Catholic School of Prairie du Chien, 515 N. Beaumont Rd., is in the process of moving their pavilion and playground. The pavilion and playground had to be relocated because of the construction of the new gymnasium, day care and office building, part of which remains under construction.

The pavilion has been set up in its new location south of the school, but work is still being done under and around it by various local contractors, said Father James Weighner.

Weighner also said that the relatively new playground equipment that the school owns will be reinstalled south of the school near the pavilion.


Meet historic people on annual Prairie du Chien cemetery tour

A “soldier and a widow” greet visitors at the Fort Crawford Military Cemetery.

“Joseph Rolette” at the old French Cemetery on County Highway K. (Submitted photo)

A memorial for John Lawler stands in the St. Gabriel's Cemetery.

It is fall, so it is time for the popular event sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Historical Society. Visiting Our Ancestors is a tour of Prairie du Chien’s six historic cemeteries.

On Saturday, Oct. 1, there will be a guided tour of Prairie du Chien’s six historic cemeteries, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Fort Crawford Museum. All will gather at the museum, then board vans to travel to the cemeteries, beginning with the Old French Cemetery and ending at the Brisbois Cemetery high above on the bluffs. At each cemetery, the costumed host of the tour will give a short history of the burying grounds and then she will introduce the resident.

The French Catholic Cemetery is the oldest cemetery still in existence in the state of Wisconsin and may be the oldest cemetery in the upper Mississippi Valley. Few of the graves are marked but much is known about the people who are buried there, beginning in 1816.


Rev. Janice “Jan” Rose Trautsch McGrath


Rev. Janice “Jan” Rose Trautsch McGrath, of Fredericksburg, Texas, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the age of 72 years. 


Marjorie “Peg” Chunat


Marjorie “Peg” Chunat, 94 years, of Prairie du Chien, died Saturday, Sept. 17, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.

Peg was born July 15, 1922, in Hannibal (Taylor County); the daughter of William C. and Alta (Lemke) Jones. She graduated from Wauzeka High School in 1940. She was married to Gilbert (Gib) Herold and had two sons; they later divorced. On Sept. 29, 1946, she was united in marriage with Orlyn Chunat at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Wauzeka. 


Sandra K. “Sandy” Baughman

Sandra K. “Sandy” Baughman, age 73, of Harpers Ferry, Iowa, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center following a four year battle with multiple myeloma. 

She was born Sept. 23, 1942, in Glendale, Calif., the daughter of Henry and Juanita (Williams) Burchfield. 

She married Conrad Baughman on Sept. 2, 1972. Sandy worked at the Metro Theater, Specht’s IGA, J & L Office Equipment and for many years at the Peoples State Bank in Prairie du Chien. She enjoyed bowling and loved to dance. 


Man charged with stealing truck

A 29-year-old Dubuque man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jason Ryan Feuerhelm faces up to $10,500 in fines and six years and 30 days imprisonment if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, an Allamakee County, Iowa resident reported to the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department that his truck had been stolen from his residence on Aug. 25.

On Aug. 26, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a call from another man who said that he had seen the stolen vehicle being driven  on Highway 35 in the town of Seneca in Crawford County. The man knew the vehicle was stolen because he had been informed by his friend from Allamakee County that his friend’s truck had been stolen. The man also knew what his friend’s truck looked like.


Attempted homicide charges filed after 3-year investigation

Man allegedly left unconscious at Rock on the River campground

A Dubuque man has been apprehended in association with a three-year investigation involving the assault of another man at Rock on the River in Bridgeport.

Charges have been filed with the Crawford County District Attorney’s office against Anthony Runde, 34, for attempted first-degree intentional homicide and aggravated battery with intent to cause great bodily harm, according to a news release Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick issued last Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 14.

The sheriff’s department and Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, for the past three years, have been actively investigating the assault of Joshua Milligan, 30, of Dubuque, Iowa. In July of 2013, according to the release, Milligan was assaulted while attending the Rock on the River music festival in the township of Bridgeport. The assault took place in the campground associated with the event.


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