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09
Aug

Florence V. Hurda

 

Florence V. Hurda, 89, of Wauzeka passed away on Monday, Aug. 8, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.

She was born on Jan. 14, 1927 at Barnum, Wis. to Ole and Jane (Dilley) Copus. She attended West Fork School. She was married on Sept. 14, 1946 in Wauzeka to John G. Hurda and he preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 1990. Florence was an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Wauzeka and was a member of the women’s Bible study there.

Mon
08
Aug

Sara J. Ryan

 

Sara J. Ryan, 73, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Aug. 7, at Bethany Riverside Care Center in La Crosse, after a brief illness. 

Mon
08
Aug

Woman presumed drowned at the Wyalusing Beach

Official recovery efforts called off, volunteers continue search

Since Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 2:48 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Bloomington Fire Department, have conducted recovery efforts for a presumed drowning victim in the Mississippi River at Wyalusing Beach. The victim has been identified as 29-year-old Virginia Ann Aberle, of Chicago, Ill.

After four days of recovery efforts, the difficult decision was made to call the search off, Sheriff Nate Dreckman said.

The sheriff’s office is grateful for the many volunteers who spent countless hours searching for Virginia in the Mississippi. Each day of the recovery, there were 10 to 15 boats and jet skis on the water with over 40 volunteers.

Mon
08
Aug

City’s concentration on flood mitigation continues

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien continues its efforts to address flood and flash flood conditions on the east side of the community.

A contract with Gerke Excavating, of Tomah, has been approved to remove silt from Nommenson pond this fall. The pond affects water south of the Godden Pit watershed at the intersection of 22nd Street and Campion Boulevard, according to City Administrator Aaron Kramer. During its regular meeting Tuesday night, the common council voted to move forward with the $18,000 project, with about $8,000 in funds coming from excess money in the 2014-2016 capital projects fund and the remaining $10,000 coming from reallocated funds previously earmarked for the Old Rock School.

Mon
08
Aug

Restorative justice benefits community

Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram (second from left) and Detective Stacy Polodna (left) visited the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution on April 29 to present to the Restorative Justice Class and receive a donation for the K-9 unit. They spoke to about 45 inmates and several staff about their perspectives on how crime affects the community as a whole, individual crime victims and themselves as police officers. Their message was well received by all who attended. Prior to the officers’ visit, PDCI staff led two fundraisers in which both staff and inmates participated, raising a total of $925.27. The money was donated to the K-9 unit for the purchase and training of the city’s new drug dog. Pictured, handing Abram the check is Brandie Wagner, along with Michelle Gieseke, both social workers at PDCI. (Submitted photo)

Mon
08
Aug

Historical society members to celebrate 20th anniversary

The Prairie du Chien Historical Society plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the society during its membership picnic on Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Fort Crawford Museum.

In the 1980s a small group of people began to discuss the formation of a historical society to preserve and interpret the rich and varied history of Prairie du Chien. While there was the interest in the formation of an organization, the question always was where to have a museum to display objects and present programs. The community had always supported the Villa Louis and the Museum of Medical Progress, but neither interpreted the history of Prairie du Chien. Then, in 1994, the State Medical Society of Wisconsin offered an opportunity.

Mon
08
Aug

Football Practice Underway


Let’s get ready to rumble! It’s that time of year already and area high school football teams have been hard at practice in preparation for the upcoming season. Above, a group of Prairie du Chien football players participate in a tackling drill Friday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

New this season at Prairie du Chien are tackling rings, which are popular among coaches and players.

A player lifts the blocking dummy high Friday.

The blocking sled was a popular place for Prairie du Chien players Friday morning.

Several Prairie du Chien athletes participate in receiving and defending drills.
Mon
08
Aug

Effigy Mounds Plans


The above photo shows Fire Point Overlook during a ranger-guided hike before the railing was built. (Photos courtesy of Effigy Mounds National Monument)

This is the railing at Fire Point Overlook as it is today.

 

Public meetings will help decide the fate of 

boardwalks and other structures at Effigy Mounds

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
08
Aug

Helen L. Stade

 

 

Helen L. Stade, 95, died Friday, Aug. 5. Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. with a 4 p.m. Rosary at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, McGregor, Iowa and one hour before Mass at the church on Friday.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, at St. Mary Catholic Church, McGregor, Iowa. Burial will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, McGregor, Iowa.

Mon
08
Aug

Lorenzo “Louie” Sutton Jr.

 

 Lorenzo “Louie” Sutton Jr., 81, of Prairie du Chien, died Friday, Aug. 5, at Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa. 

He was born Jan. 26, 1935 to Lorenzo Harold and Iona (Benhart) Sutton in Prairie du Chien. Lorenzo graduated from Seneca High School in 1952. He entered into the United States Marine Corp, served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged.

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