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History comes to life at PdC City Hall, Author to give tribute to Civilian Conservation Corps

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In Wisconsin, The CCC planted 265 million trees, built 483 bridges, erected over 4,000 miles of telephone poles, constructed 4,300 miles of truck trails, stocked half a billion fish, fought forest fires, and built several state parks including Rib Mountain, Interstate, Devil’s Lake, Pattison, Peninsula Park, Copper Falls and Wyalusing. The CCC worked with hundreds of farmers, terracing hills, putting up fencing, repairing gullies and providing fertilizer. The camps not only revitalized Wisconsin’s natural resources but also turned the boys into men by giving them discipline and teaching them work skills. (Photo courtesy of the Friends of Wyalusing State Park)
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By Caitlin Bittner

On Sept. 12, the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library is bringing Bill Jamerson, a Michigan based author/songwriter, to talk about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of The Great Depression. During its nine year run beginning in 1933, ninety two thousand young men worked in Wisconsin camps. There was an average of 46 camps in operation for each year. The enrollees were paid $1 a day with $25 sent home to their families each month. The money kept many families from starving.

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09
Sep

Robert Check

 

 A well known local businessman, Robert John “Bob” Check, 81, of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

He was born Nov. 19, 1931 in Eastman, the son of John and Amelia (Berntgen) Check. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Janice Faye White on Nov. 17, 1954 who later preceded him in death on Feb. 20, 1999. Together they owned and operated Check’s Antiques in Prairie du Chien. Bob also worked as a foreman for Design Homes in Prairie du Chien for 26 years. He loved to fish and was known for his homemade soups. 

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Sep

Katherine Klema

 

Katherine A. “Kathy” Klema, 50, of Wauzeka passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, after an extended illness. 

She was born April 23, 1963 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Ronald and Carol (Sebastian) Ore. She married Ed Klema on Oct. 24, 1981 in Prairie du Chien. She worked at several grocery stores in the area and enjoyed bartending at the Sportsman’s Lounge in Wauzeka. Kathy volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader and helped with the Boy Scouts. 

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Sep

Jack Williams

 

Jack D. Williams, 83, of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital in Prairie du Chien.

Wed
04
Sep

Car collides with cement truck

On Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 1:30 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a crash involving a car and a cement truck. This took place on Highway 18 on the south side of Prairie du Chien. Gwendolyn Barker, 64, from Woodman was driving a 2006 Chevrolet and was leaving the Aldi store. Barker was making a left turn and did not see a cement truck going north. Barker drove into the side of the truck. The driver of the truck was Robert Cauffman, 41, Wauzeka. Cauffman was driving a 2003 cement truck owned by Prairie Ready Mix.

There was no damage to the truck and minor damage to the Barker car. There were no reported injuries.

Barker was charged with failure to yield while making a left turn.

Wed
04
Sep

Labor Day celebrated in Wauzeka, many come out for parade


The young and the young at heart enjoyed Wauzeka’s annual Labor Day celebration last weekend. Monday’s parade was short and sweet, yet hometown focused and very patriotic. Of course, the youngest attendees were highly interested in collecting some candy to satisfy their holiday craving. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Firetrucks were the main attraction in the parade, led of course by the hometown fleet from Wauzeka.

Justin Check was one of the few tractor drivers to roll through main street Wauzeka for Monday’s festivities, showcasing his 1953 Minneapolis Moline UB.

This pair of youngsters happily took to a big rig to promote Wauzeka’s Lomas Electric in Monday’s annual Labor Day parade.

What’s a Labor Day parade without music devoted the grand old flag? Clad in their school colors, the Wauzeka-Steuben band kicked off their parade season by marching to some patriotic tunes.

These lovable companions sat comfortably by their family while viewing the parade entries Monday. (Photo by Correne Martin)
Wed
04
Sep

Former Prairie Maison property gets new direction

By Caitlin Bittner

At the Aug. 28 meeting of the Prairie du Chien Redevelopment Authority, several plans for the former Prairie Maison property were discussed.

Dale Klemme, the executive director of Community Development Alternatives, Inc. (CDA), opened the meeting with some background on the project, reminding attendees of the goals of this particular property.

“We want what is developed to be inviting and an asset to the community, but we don’t want it to compete with other projects,” said Klemme who then referred to the ongoing 22nd Street project.

Wed
04
Sep

Two killed in truck versus motorcycle crash

POTOSI—On Aug. 28, at approximately 8:09 p.m. the Grant County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a truck versus motorcycle accident at Stage Road and British Hollow Road in Potosi Township. The preliminary investigation found that Joseph P. Stelpflug, 21, of Potosi, was traveling north on Stage Road in his 1992 Dodge pickup approaching the intersection with British Hollow Road.

David Edge, 59, of rural Potosi, was traveling west on British Hollow Road with Joan Edge, 59, on their 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Edge pulled onto Stage Road to head south and Stelpflug attempted to avoid the motorcycle, but a collision occurred. David and Joan were both ejected from the motorcycle.

Joan was pronounced dead at the scene by the Grant County Coroner’s Office. David was transported to Grant Regional Health Center by Potosi EMS, but later died as a result of his injuries. Neither were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

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04
Sep

2012 drought was a record-breaker for crop loss, Crawford County farms come through OK

By Ted Pennekamp

Crawford County was part of record-breaking pay outs by the Federal Crop Insurance Program due to the drought conditions of 2012. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Wisconsin farmers were paid $372,295,195 for crop losses due to drought, heat and hot wind.

Crawford County’s top planted crops are:
Corn – 41,000 acres
Soybeans – 17,800 acres
Oats – 3,500 acres
Total – 63,920 acres

In 2012, the farms in Crawford County lost some of these key cash crops due to extreme weather. The total amount of Federal Crop Insurance claims money paid out to Crawford County farmers was $2,045,836 of the $17.3 billion in total crop losses nationwide. Of the crops that were lost in Crawford County, $1,989,289 can be blamed on drought, hot wind, and heat impacts.

Wed
04
Sep

Citizens urged to be aware of lost strangers entering unlocked houses

By Police Chief Chad Abram

Over the past several months the Prairie du Chien Police Department has responded to multiple reports of strangers walking into homes in the early morning hours believing they are at a different address or completely incoherent as to their location. This poses significant risk to both the lost person and the home owners. In all cases the person walking in uninvited has been under the influence of alcohol and possibly other substances. In all instances, entry was gained using an unlocked door. It is believed other doors in the neighborhood were attempted to be opened but found to be locked.

This is of great concern to the police department because of the risk to both the lost and the home owner. If you plan to take part in adult functions that may involve over indulgence in alcohol, please stay with a group of people and keep track of your friends.

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