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Mon
23
May

Gervase A. “Gerry” Arndt

 

 Gervase A. “Gerry” Arndt, 98, formerly of Markham, Ill., Framingham, Mass. and Chelmsford, Mass., passed away on May 19, at the Life Care Center in Billerica, Mass. He was the husband of the late Marie M. (Stoehr) Arndt, who passed away in 1987.

Born in Kendall, Wis. on March 28, 1918, he was a son of the late Walter W. and Myrtle (Abbott) Arndt. 

Mon
23
May

Ethel Laufer

 

Ethel Laufer, 88, of McGregor, Iowa died Friday, May 20, at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse. 

Ethel was the daughter of Clarence and Edna (Drahn) Henkes and was born on Feb. 21, 1928 in McGregor, Iowa. She graduated from McGregor High School in 1946. Ethel was united in marriage with Donald LeRoy Laufer on April 16, 1948 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in McGregor, Iowa. Six children were born to this union, Donald Jr., Susan, Lynn, Mark, Karen and Michael. Ethel was a homemaker for her family. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, cooking and gardening in her younger years. Most of all, Ethel enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. 

Fri
20
May

Elmer Dirksen

 

Elmer Dirksen, 85, of Eastman passed away Thursday, May 19, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, after a brief illness. 

He was born Aug. 19, 1930 in Lennox, S.D. the son of Henry and Fannie (Mundhenke) Dirksen. He married Mary Ann Kelly on Feb. 7, 1957 in Bryant, S.D. Elmer loved farming and tending animals. He was a good mechanic and enjoyed fishing. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be sadly missed by all. 

Fri
20
May

Ruth Zlabek

 

Ruth Zlabek, 76, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, May 13, at the Great River Care center in McGregor. 

She was born Aug. 21, 1939 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Russell and Marie Jacobs. She married Richard Zlabek on June 12, 1963 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on May 9, 2002. Ruth worked as a bookkeeper for the Brisbois Motor Inn in Prairie du Chien.

Wed
18
May

Prairie du Chien Wins


Prairie’s Hunter Sheckler rounds third and heads for home. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Zach Neisius of Prairie du Chien gets a jump off of second base against Platteville.

The Blackhawks’ Jack Wasechek gets a good lead off of third base.

Brogan Potter heads home for 1 of 11 runs for Prairie du Chien Tuesday afternoon.

Chas Sagedahl eyes home plate as a Platteville runner leads off of second. Sagedahl went on to pitch a 2-hit shutout in 5 innings. He struck out 7 and walked none.

 

Prairie boys 

down Platteville

Prairie du Chien blanked visiting Platteville 11-0 in 5 innings in an SWC baseball game Tuesday afternoon.

The Blackhawks scored 3 runs in the bottom of the second inning and erupted for 8 big runs in the third as they cruised to the win. 

Chas Sagedahl hurled a 2-hitter in 5 innings. He fanned 7 and walked none.

Wed
18
May

Military History Gallery of Crawford County


This is a Bronze Star that was donated to the Military History Gallery of Crawford County. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

These are just a few of the artifacts and photos that will be a part of the Military History Gallery of Crawford County in the Crawford County Administration Building.

 

Gallery to share story of Crawford County’s military

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A new permanent gallery coming to the Crawford County Administration Building will offer visitors an insight into the rich military history of the county. 

Wed
18
May

Prairie du Chien man charged with intent to deliver methamphetamine

A 34-year-old Prairie du Chien man was charged May 16 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Eric Allen Schultz faces up to 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, following a traffic stop on April 25 near the intersection of Highway 18 and Vineyard Road in the town of Bridgeport, a search was conducted of the vehicle Schultz was driving.

Among the items seized were several individual bags, each containing a quantity of crystalline substance, the complaint said. A small digital scale was also seized. A chemical field test on a portion of the suspected methamphetamine tested positive.

Wed
18
May

Train derailment outside Wauzeka

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying corn on Wisconsin Southern rail line derailed Tuesday evening about two miles east of the village of Wauzeka, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. Just after 8:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office was notified of the four rail-car derailment, in which an estimated 150 to 200 tons of corn were spilled onto the ground and river bank. The Department of Natural Resources was contacted to determine any hazard to the Wisconsin River. It was determined that the corn poses no threat to humans or wildlife. A cleanup plan is set in place and should be completed within 72 hours. The cause of the derailment is under investigation. (Photo provided by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department)

Wed
18
May

Hundreds attend PdC Main Street’s ‘Journey’


Judy Wall gives a tour of Wyalusing Academy/St. Mary's Academy to Journey Through Time visitors.

Rachel Standorf, PdC Main Street volunteer guide, took Journey Through Time visitors through the old Crawford County Jail, aka the dungeon.

At the Dousman House, Mark Twain impersonator Jim Post drew a nice crowd to culminate the downtown open house. (Photos by Marlene Dyer)

By Correne Martin

For a first-time event, it’s often hard to know what to expect. PdC Main Street, Prairie du Chien’s refortified downtown group, understood that in the planning stages of the recent Journey Through Time downtown open house. But the organization was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who came out with interest in the community’s fascinating history.

“It was a much better turnout that we expected,” said Marlene Dyer, PdC Main Street president. “The former Wyalusing Academy property was probably the biggest draw. We’ve estimated about 500 people went through there Saturday.”

Costumed PdC Main Street guides led event-goers through the storied building, which was St. Mary’s Academy before it was Wyalusing Academy. Former students also shared their experiences from classes at St. Mary’s in the late 1960s.

Wed
18
May

FirstMerit Bank’s local branch closing in July

By Correne Martin

FirstMerit Bank announced last month that, as of July 22, at 5:30 p.m., its branch at 300 E. Blackhawk Ave., in Prairie du Chien, will permanently close. Accounts will be moved to the FirstMerit Darlington branch, located at 207 Wells St.

Customers of the Prairie du Chien branch were notified of its upcoming closure via an April 19 mailed letter, signed by Doug Young, senior vice president and director of retail banking, at FirstMerit. The letter explained that, with banking features such as online bill pay, paperless statements, external transfers, mobile deposits and person-to-person payments, access to customers’ needs would remain at people’s fingertips.

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