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Mary Ann Glesne

 

Mary Ann Glesne, 86, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend to many passed away Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Unity Point St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. 

Mon
15
Sep

Keith Kozelka

 

Keith L. Kozelka, 74, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, Sept, 11, at home surrounded by his family following a brief illness. 

He was born May 21, 1940 in Prairie du Chien the son of Raymond and Marjorie (Daily) Kozelka. Keith served in the U.S. Army National Guard for over eight years. He married Lynn Trautsch on April 16, 1966 at St. Wenceslaus Church in Eastman. Keith worked as an independent electrical contractor and later owned and operated Keith’s Electric for over 17 years. He then worked for H & H Electric for several years until his retirement. He was an active member of St. Gabriel’s Parish and the Prairie du Chien community. 

Wed
10
Sep

It’s not Menards, it’s economic development to attract industry


Earthmoving activity has taken place in Prairie du Chien’s North Gateway Business Park this summer. The work is being done so the property can be developed to attract new industry to the city. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

It’s not Menards. It’s not Home Depot. It’s not a new waterpark.

The earthmoving activity you’ve noticed in Prairie du Chien’s North Gateway Business Park this summer has not been to make way for any of these entities. Instead, it’s simply economic development involving the preparation of a piece of property, just in case a large company would be interested in locating its business in Prairie du Chien.

“The genesis for this project goes back to 2011, when several council members approached me discussing economic development,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “We don’t have large amounts of readily developed property and companies today want something ready to go. They don’t want to wait for construction, purchasing land and putting in the roads and utilities. In some cases, they even want a building.”

Wed
10
Sep

PdC volleyball


Prairie du Chien’s Brooke Moret (6) sets the ball up as Kelly Check (5) and Faith Gurske (3) look on Tuesday night against visiting River Valley. (Photos by Todd J. Knapp)

Prairie du Chien bumps the ball to the front row against visiting River Valley Tuesday night.

 

River Valley 

tops Prairie du Chien

River Valley defeated host Prairie du Chien three games to none in an SWC volleyball match Tuesday night. 

River Valley won the first game 25-17. River Valley went on to win the next two games 25-12 and 15-17. 

Brooke Moret had 4 kills, 1 block and 2 aces for Prairie. Courtney Pattison had 8 assists. 

Wed
10
Sep

Recovery program in jail

Drug, alcohol program in County Jail
Bill Miller, who will run the jail’s drug and alcohol program, and Jail Administrator Russell Wittrig stand in front of some of the book shelves in the jail’s library.

 

Crawford County Jail continues to expand programs

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Jail is starting up a new drug and alcohol program for the benefit of its inmates and is striving to continually improve in other areas as well.

Wed
10
Sep

Novel explains unexpected story of the prominent Jane Fisher Rolette Dousman


Author Marilyn Leys first found the story of Jane Fisher Rolette Dousman to be an unexpected one when she toured the Villa Louis for the first time several decades ago. Then, a Milwaukee resident, Leys didn’t know she would eventually reside in the hometown of her main character in the novel, “Madame Jane.”

By Correne Martin

Local author Marilyn Leys felt it was a peculiar story that must be told. The life of Jane Fisher Rolette Dousman, the first woman in Wisconsin Territory to file for a divorce, intrigued Leys initially almost three decades ago—many years before she herself would move to Jane’s hometown of Prairie du Chien. Finally, in December of 2013, Leys’ novel, “Madame Jane,” was published.

Just after the War of 1812, 14-year-old Jane married Joseph Rolette, the most powerful, ruthless fur trader in Prairie du Chien, the western outpost of the American Fur Company. After she was separated and widowed by Rolette, Jane married a second wealthy fur trader, Hercules Louis Dousman, who built a mansion that preceded the Villa Louis.

Tue
09
Sep

Marion Lucille Welsh

 

Marion Lucille Welsh, 89, of Mount Hope, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 7, at The Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mon
08
Sep

Black River Falls stops Prairie

Prairie at home
Prairie quarterback Brogan Potter rolls out and looks for a target downfield against visiting Black River Falls Friday night in nonconference action. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Black River Falls 

defeats Prairie du Chien

Black River Falls defeated host Prairie du Chien 48-7 in a Coulee/SWC football game Friday night. 

Black River Falls scored on a 7-yard run, a 4-yard run and two 2-point conversions to grab a 16-0 first-quarter lead. 

Mon
08
Sep

Five teens injured in an accident outside Monona

Five local teens were injured in a vehicle accident outside Monona just after 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, according to a report from the Iowa State Patrol.

A truck, operated by Dylan Oelke, 17, of McGregor, was headed north on Hickory Avenue, north of 120th Street, when the driver lost control. The report said the vehicle entered the west ditch and vaulted over a field drive before coming to rest on its top.

According to authorities, Oelke and his four passengers—Carl Nagel, 15, of Monona; Vanessa Loera, 15, of Monona; Schylar Nieland, 16, of McGregor; and Tessa Eick, 17, of McGregor—were injured in the incident and transported to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. Oelke, Nagel, Loera and Nieland were later transported to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Iowa State Trooper Garry Hahn said. Eick was released from the hospital.

Authorities reported that three of the five individuals were not wearing seat belts.

Mon
08
Sep

Farm to School nourishes W-S kids and community


Accepting the $1,500 Driftless Wisconsin Grown grant recently were (from left) School Nurse Deanna Wallin-Sander, support staff member Kim Zimmerman, Farm to School volunteer Kathleen Hein, Culinary Director Janette Ward, retired Culinary Director Monica Krachey and District Principal Robert Sailer. (Submitted photo)

One student’s vibrantly-colored, healthy tray of lunch looks mighty tasty.

An array of vegetables, fruits and other nutritious foods are offered to Wauzeka-Steuben students in the cafeteria daily.

By Correne Martin
 
Pumpkin soup, roasted beets, and salad with kale and watercress are healthy, tasty, yet uncommon local foods many adults haven’t eaten. But most of the students at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools have tried them and even liked them thanks to the district’s thriving culinary program.

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