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Wed
14
Jan

Amundson

 

Overflow crowd at school 

board meeting, no action 

taken regarding principal

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Tue
13
Jan

Roberta M. Marfilius

 

Roberta M. Marfilius, 79, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, Jan. 12, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital. 

She was born July 15, 1935 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Robert and Carmen (Campbell) Gillitzer. She married Lyle Marfilius on May 5, 1954 at St. Gabriel’s Church. She and her husband farmed in rural Prairie du Chien and were active members of St. Gabriel’s Parish. Roberta was a member of the Farm Bureau and enjoyed knitting, crocheting and most of all spending time with her family. 

Tue
13
Jan

Eugene J. Ackerman

 

Eugene J. Ackerman, 82, of Daytona Beach and formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, Jan. 12, at the Florida Hospital in Daytona Beach. 

He was born Nov. 24, 1932 in Glen Haven, the son of John and Alvina (Krogman) Ackerman. He married Mary Lou Ingham on Jan. 3, 1953 in Madison. They were eternally devoted to one another, living their marriage vows every day of their lives; and celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary just last week. 

Mon
12
Jan

Prairie over Richland Center


Prairie’s Jacob Schneider waits for the play to develop against Richland Center in first half action in the SWC match-up. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Connor George comes to an abrupt stop and looks for a cutter through the lane against visiting Richland Center.

Casey Hogenson works to defeat a double team along the right baseline.

Prairie du Chien’s Nick Weber works for an opening Thursday night.

 

Big fourth period propels PdC boys

Prairie du Chien sent visiting Richland Center packing 54-41 in SWC boys basketball Thursday night. 

After a slow first period, Prairie led 7-4. 

Center came back to take a 19-18 halftime lead. 

Mon
12
Jan

Principal disciplined

 

Principal placed 

on disciplinary leave

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
12
Jan

Richard J. “Dick” Pellock

 

Richard J. “Dick” Pellock, 80, of Cassville, passed away Sunday, Jan. 11, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. 

Mon
12
Jan

Principal placed on disciplinary leave

By Ted Pennekamp

Bluff View Intermediate School Principal Aaron Amundson has been placed on unpaid disciplinary leave for five days (Jan. 7-13) for using inappropriate language while addressing a group of students who were getting ready for a merit party on Dec. 23, 2014. Amundson will have no contact with any students or be on school grounds during the leave.

Shortly after the Dec. 23 incident, two complaints were filed by parents with the school district stating that Amundson called some students idiots and also used the word “kill” while addressing students in anger because they weren’t listening to his instructions.

Mon
12
Jan

Comedic madness at "Fun" Raising Follies


Tom Nelson and Cindy Hertrampf fronted a musical number alongside the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages. This was just one of many highlights from the “Fun” Raising Follies event, in support of the local Mississippi River Sculpture Park, this past weekend. (Photos by Randy Paske)

The Extreme Synchronized Swim Team shared their talents with the Follies audience. They included (front row, from left) Pauline Clanton, Suzette Cunningham, Lori Beckum, Randi Kleusner; (back row) Mike Rider and Dave Hemmer.

Mike McCoy and Erin Sanders put on a charming performance as the beloved Sonny and Cher during the “Fun” Raising Follies for the Mississippi River Sculpture Park. Visit sculpturepark.org for more information.

“Gene, Gene the Dancing Machine,” Ken Stoeffler, bravely went solo on the Follies stage, shaking his money maker.

Baton Twirlers were Mary Novey, Randi Kluesner and Cathie Sutton.

Randy and Kathly Paske took advantage of a photo opp with the three Klement's Famous Racing Sausages who attended the Follies.

The National Brass group included Bob Meyer, Kurt Kuenzel, Doyce Huebsch, Jim Klosterboer and Steve McCorkindale.

Hosts Tom Nelson, Cindy Hertrampf and

The audience was full for each of the three performances.

Cathie Nelson presented the pot to the winner of Saturday night's 50/50 raffle.

Mayor Dave Hemmer tries to sneak out of a picture with the Klement's sausages.
Mon
12
Jan

PdC Historical Society gains $7,000 in grants


This is one of three scenes painted on a 17-foot-long panel on one wall in the former music room at Wyalusing Academy. The title of the scene is “La Salle at the Mouth of the Mississippi 1682.” Water streaks can be seen on the right side of the painting as well as paint loss in the upper right corner.

The title of this scene is “Father Hennepin at the Falls of St. Anthony 1680,” painted by Sister Mary Gertrude (Ida Mary Klein) around 1910.

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Historical Society is the recipient of two grants, from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) and the Alliant Energy Foundation, totaling nearly $7,000. The NEH Project Assistance Grant for $5,999 will be used toward planning, supplies and staff training for the preservation of a photographic collection documenting community history. Alliant’s $1,000 community grant will assist in the conservation of several murals removed from the former Wyalusing Academy/St. Mary’s Academy in Prairie du Chien.

Included among the approximately 10,000 photographs in the historical society’s collection are images of the community’s schools, churches, homes, railroads, downtown street scenes and businesses; events such as floods, fires and parades; economic activities such as commercial fishing and clamming; and particular areas such as the Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Fort Crawford Hospital and Mississippi River.

Mon
12
Jan

Richard (Dick) Aschom

 

A former Lansing resident, Richard (Dick) Aschom, 73, passed away Jan. 9 at his home in Brookfield after a long illness.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons Stephen and Chris and one daughter, Melissa and several grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Norb of Prairie du Chien and Mickey of Rushford, Minn.; and three sisters Kathy Christopherson of La Crosse, Susan Ekern of Rushford and Julie Buel of Florida.

Funeral services are Wednesday, Jan. 14 in New Berlin, Wis.

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