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Timberwolf Touchdown Club hopes to rally more interest in football

By Caitlin Bittner

The Timberwolf Touchdown Club, an organization that got its start a little over six months ago, is finally coming to life. “Our goal is to get more interest in football in the River Ridge school district. We really want to get the youth into it,” said Justin Campbell, president of the Timberwolf Touchdown Club.

Although one of the major goals of the program is to get more kids interested in playing football, the Timberwolf Touchdown Club is a nonprofit organization, which is not associated with the school. “We wanted to provide assistance to the football program and help with the learning of fundamentals,” explained Campbell.

Before the club could start teaching the building blocks, however, it first had to learn a few fundamentals of its own.

“I have to credit Aaron Amundson and Torey Bartels with helping us get organized with the flag football league,” said Campbell.

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Get your vehicle registration notice via email and an optional text message

You get emails and text messages from your doctor’s office, your hairstylist, and your favorite retailers; now you can add the Division of Motor Vehicles to that growing list. Part of a broader strategy to move toward electronic applications and online services, DMV launched eNotify to respond to the needs of its customers.

“More and more, our customers expect to do business online. It’s where they are, so it’s where we need to be,” said Mitchell Warren, DMV Bureau of Vehicle Services director. “People are busy; we want to make their lives a little easier.”

How eNotify works:

Once subscribed, DMV will send you electronic license plate/registration renewal notices for all eligible vehicles. You can receive them in an email. A text message option is also available.

Electronic license plate/registration renewal notices will include a link to renew your registration online.

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Lions Club pays tribute to city’s heritage with McGregorFest

By Audrey Posten

On Saturday, Aug. 31, the McGregor Clan Lions Club invites community members to McGregor for the first club-organized McGregorFest.

The event will feature a number of activities, beginning with the 5K Fun Run/Walk in the morning. The Labor Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. and include a kilted Scottish bagpiper. The bagpiper will also put on a concert in the park following the parade.

The Hole in the Sock Gang 1880s street theater group will perform in the afternoon.

Throughout the day, visitors will also find a number of bargains at some of the city’s shops, as well as lodging and boat rental deals. Many bars and restaurants will offer food and drink specials.

Both Marquette and McGregor residents will have items for sale in the citywide garage sale.

With that full slate of activities, it is hard to imagine that more was planned.

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Highway 18 will be widened to four lanes in Bridgeport in 2016


A group of citizens analyze a map of the proposed Highway 18 improvement project during an informational meeting Thursday evening at the Bridgeport Fire Station. The project is for the section of Highway 18 from South Town Lane to Highway 60 in the town of Bridgeport.

By Ted Pennekamp

Approximately 35 people attended a public information meeting Thursday evening at the Bridgeport Fire Station to learn about the proposed improvements to Highway 18 from South Town Lane to Highway 60.

Project Manager Jeremy Krachey, a civil engineer with the Department of Transportation, said that CBS Squared Inc. of Chippewa Falls is conducting the design of the project. The project will widen Highway 18 to a four-lane divided roadway between South Town Lane and Highway 60. The roadway’s median between South Town Lane and Ward Road will consist of a 30-foot-wide raised curb median and there will be a 45-mph speed limit. The median between Ward Road and Highway 60 will have a 50-foot-wide grass ditch median and the speed limit will be 55 mph.

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Bagley breaking ground for tornado safe house soon


After massive storms furiously swept through the Bagley area on May 29, several campers were left overturned by the EF0 tornado that struck. Even though no one was hurt, David “Buck” Schott, Bagley Village President hopes to be proactive by developing a tornado shelter to protect area residents should another event like this occur. (Courier Press file photo)

By Caitlin Bittner
Although the stormy summer season will be coming to a close in September, the Bagley area is already working ahead on a project to develop a tornado shelter.

The $400,000 project will be funded by a grant from the federal government through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). With this grant, 75 percent of the project will be funded by the federal government, and the remaining 25 percent will be split between the state of Wisconsin and Bagley. “We applied for the grant a year and a half ago,” said David “Buck” Schott, village president.

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Dakota Unity Ride comes through PdC 150 years after Davenport Prison Camp

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Communities in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota are invited to participate in a ceremony to honor and remember the Dakota men and families imprisonment following the Dakota-U.S. War of 1862, at Fort McClellan in Davenport, Iowa. The ceremony is an opportunity to remember and reflect on a horrific part of history that is rarely told or taught, and to pray for healing between Dakota people and those who now call this region home.

The horse ceremony will travel through Prairie du Chien. Riders will begin Sept. 2 in Davenport, Iowa, and travel northwest through various Mississippi River communities before ending Sept. 19 at the Fort Snelling State Park Visitors Center in Mendota Heights, Minn.—the site of the Dakota concentration camp of 1862-63. The riders will travel 25 to 40 miles a day.

Organizers of the event would like to make it clear that this is not a “parade,” but a spiritual ride to honor the rider’s Dakota ancestors who died in Davenport.

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Mary Jane Hermsen

 

Mary Jane Hermsen, 85, of Bloomington, died Saturday, Aug. 17, at Orchard Manor in Lancaster. 

She was born in rural Glen Haven on May 8, 1928, the daughter of Dennis and Harriet “Sis” (Hochhausen) Rogers. Mary Jane graduated from Bloomington High School in 1946. She married Roy F. Hermsen on November 9, 1950, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bloomington. She enjoyed bowling, dancing, bingo, playing cards and working at the family business, Hermsens Ace Hardware. Roy and Mary Jane were founders and co-owners of Holiday Haven Campground for five years, which is known today as Jellystone Campground in Bagley.

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Duane Charles Delbert Lamker

 

Duane Charles Delbert Lamker, 84, of Monona, Iowa died Thursday, Aug. 15, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, Iowa. 

He was born on March 10, 1929 to Alvin and Cora (Breitsprecher) Lamker in Monona, Iowa. Duane was baptized on March 31, 1929 and confirmed on March 10, 1943 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona, Iowa. He graduated from Monona High School.

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Doris DeMuth

 

 

Doris A. DeMuth, 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 14, at home, surrounded by her loved ones. 

Doris was born April 7, 1930, in Minneapolis, Minn., the daughter of Leonard and Stella (Straiton) Husted. She graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1948. Doris met and fell in love with Robert R. DeMuth, and they were married on Sept. 25, 1948, in St. Gabriel’s Church, Prairie du Chien. Their 65th wedding anniversary would have been next month.

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William Beckett

 

 William “Bill” Beckett, 76, of Prairie du Chien, died Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Lancaster Care Center.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo, Iowa Monday, Aug. 19.

 

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