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Frank Allen (Butch) Ellis

 

Frank Allen (Butch) Ellis, 66, of Portage, formerly from Prairie du Chien, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 1, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien, with a 12 p.m. funeral service. 

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Jeffery Lynn Frieden

 

Jeffery Lynn Frieden, 53, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Elkader, died suddenly at his home on Saturday, Feb. 15. 

He was born on Aug. 16, 1960, at the Postville Hospital, to Milo and Marilyn (DeWitte) Frieden of Elgin, Iowa. Jeff graduated from Valley of Elgin High School, in 1978. Jeff attended Lincoln Tech in Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated from the Auto Mechanics program. He worked in the parts department at John Deere for several years. He also worked as an auto mechanic and most recently as a service manager for a truck repair business in Dubuque. He enjoyed going to car races, fishing trips to Canada, boating, working on his house and spending time with family and friends.

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Catherine Mezera

 

Catherine E. Mezera, 88, of Prairie du Chien passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

She was born Aug. 12, 1925 in Murdock, Minn. the daughter of Leo and Ruby (Rosemeier) Gerlach. Catherine earned a B.S. degree in elementary education with a minor in history from Platteville State Teacher’s College and later became a middle grade school teacher in the Sheboygan Falls and Sparta Public Schools. She married Clement C. Mezera on Oct. 9, 1952 at St. Wenceslaus Church in Eastman. Together they farmed in rural Prairie du Chien where Catherine enjoyed the dairy cows and doing the farm records and bookwork. Clem preceded her in death on Aug. 25, 2008. 

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Robert "Bobby" William Connell

 

Robert “Bobby” William Connell, 79, of Marquette, Iowa, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at the Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa. 

Robert was born on Jan. 8, 1935, in Iowa City, Iowa, to Frank and Elizabeth (Gallagher) Connell. Robert’s father passed away before his birth.

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Walter Skaife

 

Walter D. Skaife, 96, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

He was born Aug. 23, 1917 in Waterloo Township, the son of Jesse and Carrie (Wilhelm) Skaife. He married Arleen Nagle on April 7, 1945 at St. Mary’s Church in La Crosse. Together they farmed for many years in the Patch Grove area and Walt later retired from 3M Company in Prairie du Chien. He was a talented woodworker and craftsman. 

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PdC man makes life changes after heart issues

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Mark Gilberts takes part in an exercise sessions while being monitored by cardiac rehab staffer Patrick Stovey.

Just a few days ago, when asked how he was feeling, Prairie du Chien’s Mark Gilberts smiled and said, “Better than normal.” Mark has a new normal, and he credits his faith, his family and his health care team for helping him return to an active life.

On Friday, June 28, 2013, Mark was helping his mother clean up her yard after a heavy summer rain when he grew exhausted and weak, and then a tight squeezing feeling gripped the center of his chest.

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Three arrested during meth bust in Fairview

On Feb. 13, following an eight-month investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department obtained and executed a search warrant at 13812 Highway 27 in Fairview in Utica Township.

At 5:25 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, members of law enforcement began the execution of the search warrant at the home occupied by Vincent and Andrea Dahlberg. While doing so, numerous items associated with the manufacturing, delivery, and sale of meth were located in and around the residence. The remnants of several “one-pot” meth labs found at the scene suggests that the manufacturing practices had been taking place for some time, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

Three people were taken into custody during the execution of the search warrant: Vincent Dahlberg, 51; Andrea Dahlberg, 37; and Kellene Cull, 41.

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Hoffman Hall the newest site of a locally-built Little Free Library

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Officials from the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution recently presented Hoffman Hall with its very own Little Free Library, which will give visitors to the recreational facility yet another activity to enjoy. Pictured with Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich (second from right) are (from left) PDCCI representatives Dan Winkleski, deputy warden; Gary Boughton, warden; Chad Cline, carpentry instructor; and Ron Brewer, education director. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Over the past two years, around 120 Little Free Libraries have been constructed by inmates in the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution’s carpentry class and distributed all over the world. Though there are already two such libraries in Prairie du Chien and more in other local communities, one of the small, wooden book boxes was delivered right next door to the medium-security prison last month.

Hoffman Hall was the recipient of the locally-made library. To get the Little Free Library there, Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich contacted PDCCI and requested it. Officials at PDCCI were all for it and a few of them personally delivered it in late January. Warden Gary Boughton, Deputy Warden Dan Winkleski, Educational Director Ron Brewer and Carpentry Instructor Chad Cline were there for the presentation.

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Frozen pipes a problem area wide

By Correne Martin and Audrey Posten

Extreme weather conditions and deeply driven frost have been wreaking havoc on water and sewer pipes in communities throughout the region for weeks now. With frost reported to be at least four and a half to five and a half feet deep in areas not covered by snow, these lines, especially those buried shallowly, are susceptible. Area public works employees are working around the clock to help residents unthaw services if they can. However, in some cases, in some communities, unfreezing the line might be impossible, leaving the owner stuck until the spring thaw.

The Courier Press has confirmed that residents in the communities of Prairie du Chien, Wauzeka, Gays Mills, Bloomington, Bagley, Monona and Guttenberg are being advised, until further notice, to run a continuous pencil-sized stream of water in their homes to prevent frozen laterals (pipes) to their homes.

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2019 Hwy. 27 reconstruction project topic of public meeting

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will hold a public involvement meeting to discuss proposed alternatives and improvements for Wisconsin Highway 27 between Prairie du Chien and Eastman. The meeting is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Friendship Hall in the Salem United Methodist Church, 112 S. Main Street, Eastman.

The project will involve reconstruction and rehabilitation on 9.94 miles of Highway 27 between Cipra Road in the town of Prairie du Chien and Water Street in the village of Eastman. Several horizontal curves in the rural portion will be reconstructed to current standards; the alignment of the remainder of the roadway will generally follow the existing alignment. Side road intersections, driveway entrances, and culverts and storm sewer will be replaced. The project is currently scheduled for 2019.

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