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Dec

Local photographer


This cover image for Viroqua trout fishing writer Jay Ford Thurston’s newest book, “Spring Creek Reward” was made by Prairie du Chien photographer Jerry Cummings of Cummings Photography. Thurston is shown fishing the West Fork of the Kickapoo River in Vernon County.

 

Local photographer published in trout fishing book

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Longtime local photographer Jerry Cummings has recently lent his talents to something new. Cummings has combined his love of trout fishing and photography by having several of his photos published in the new book “Spring Creek Reward” by author and trout angler Jay Ford Thurston of Viroqua. In fact, one of Jerry’s photos adorns the complete cover of the book, front and back. 

Thu
04
Dec

John N. Schantz, Sr.

 

John N. Schantz, Sr. of Waukesha, formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away on Dec. 3. 

John was born on July 28, 1931 in Bismarck, N.D. John served his country in the US Air Force.  

He was preceded in death by his wife Lillian; granddaughter Jennifer Schmitz and son Robert John Schantz.

Thu
04
Dec

PdC council narrowly denies WSOR rezoning

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council voted 6-5 Tuesday night to deny a rezoning request from Wisconsin and Southern Railroad (WSOR). The request would have rezoned the railroad’s loadout location along the Highway 18 Bypass (700 to 900 block of South Main Street) from R-2 medium density residential to I-2 industrial/manufacturing. The narrow margin of the vote seemed to be indicative of just how controversial a topic this has been for the council and area community members. It comes after several years of intense debates over the operations conducted there, which have mainly involved Pattison Sand Company.

Thu
04
Dec

Brother donating kidney to sister


Tim Nagel will donate a kidney to his sister, Racheal (Nagel) Breuer, on Dec. 10 at UW-Hospital in Madison. Racheal was diagnosed with lupus at the age of 17. The disease eventually became systemic (internal) and, now, with stage 5 chronic kidney disease, Racheal’s kidneys have weakened and are only functioning at around 8 to 10 percent. The siblings’ blood types are identical matches and the kidney transplant is expected to go well.

By Correne Martin

Racheal Breuer has been on the waiting list for a kidney at the UW Hospital in Madison for the past three years. But she doesn’t have to wait for a perfect match anymore because, on Dec. 10, she will receive a kidney donation from her brother, Tim Nagel.

Racheal, 53, is a Crawford County native who now farms in rural Glen Haven with her husband, Stan Breuer. She is one of many Nagels originally from the Eastman area. She has been a familiar face among the staff at Spring Lake Inn in Prairie du Chien for the past 21 years (bartending, waitressing, etc.).

Racheal was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic, autoimmune disease, at the age of 17.

“I had a skin rash and then, one day, I couldn’t straighten my elbow. My muscles were tight and it was very painful,” she recalled. “So I went to the chiropractor and he actually found [the lupus].”

Thu
04
Dec

Ardys S. McCullick

 

Ardys S. McCullick, 73, of Steuben, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at her home in Steuben surrounded by her family. 

She was born on Feb. 26, 1941 in Stoughton. The daughter of Clarence and Anna (Offerdahl) Leikness. She married Dale L. McCullick on April 28, 1962 in Stoughton. He preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 2013. 

Wed
03
Dec

Seneca girls win


Morgan Wall eyes a shot close to the basket against De Soto.

Seneca’s Morgan Payne drives the right baseline Tuesday night against visiting De Soto.

Seneca’s Michaela Chambers goes up with a shot in the lane against visiting De Soto Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Morgan Wall drives for 2 points against the De Soto defense Tuesday night.

 

Seneca girls 

throttle De Soto

Seneca overwhelmed visiting De Soto 54-34 in a Ridge and Valley girls basketball game Tuesday night. 

Seneca took a commanding 16-4 first-quarter lead and never looked back. 

Seneca increased the margin to 29-13 at the half. 

Wed
03
Dec

Prairie restoration


This is the beginning of the public hiking trail through a 23-acre property along County C in the town of Millville that is being restored to native prairie, oak woodland and oak savannah. A small sign on a tree in the background helps to mark the beginning of the trail.

 

Two prairie restoration 

projects in town of Millville

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board recently approved permits for two prairie restoration projects in the town of Millville in Grant County. 

Wed
03
Dec

Florence A. Finney

 

Florence A. Finney, 74, of Prairie du Chien passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 2, at her home. 

She was born Aug. 13, 1940 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Martin and Helen (Cejka) Mezera. She married Ivan Finney on May 3, 1957 at St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Florence worked hard her entire life starting with her job at the Checkerboard, then McGregor Loudspeaker and later National Decorated Metals. She retired from 3M Company in Prairie du Chien after nearly 32 years of service. She was an active member of St. John’s and the Holy Family Parish. 

Wed
03
Dec

Dolores H. Zenz

 

 Dolores H. Zenz, 91, passed away Nov. 19, at the home of her son, Kelly, in Kingston, Wash. 

She was born April 21, 1923, the daughter of John “Jack” and Edith (Kellogg) Edwards. Dolores graduated salutatorian from Mt. Hope High School and attended college in Madison. She enlisted in the United States Army Women’s Air Corp where she was a court reporter. Dolores married William “Bill” Zenz on Oct. 4, 1947. She was a member of the Bloomington United Methodist Church and the Abraham Hickok Wetmore American Legion Post No. 148. Dolores enjoyed going to their cabin in Hatfield and playing cards with family and friends.

Wed
03
Dec

Raymond L. Lochner

 

 Raymond L. Lochner, 84, of Waukegan and formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, Nov. 29. 

He was born Nov. 5, 1930 in Prairie du Chien the son of Louis and Emma (Bay) Lochner. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He married Victoria Pribyl on April 23, 1955 in Prairie du Chien. Ray worked his entire career for Orkin Pest Control throughout the Midwest. 

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