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Couple finishes Boston Marathon


Husband and wife runners Patrick and Alli Klein, of Prairie du Chien, participated in the Boston Marathon April 17. He finished as the first Wisconsin male runner and 111th overall. Alli crossed the finish line 324th among females and 3,196th overall. She bested her personal record by two minutes.

Alli Klein, a kindergarten teacher at Prairie du Chien’s B.A. Kennedy, waves to her sister around mile 21 of the Boston Marathon two weeks ago.

Patrick Klein (in blue) comes off the starting line at the Green Bay Marathon, at which he qualified for the Boston Marathon.

By Correne Martin

You may have seen them running around town. In fact, they’ve run long distance nearly all their lives.

Husband and wife duo Patrick and Alli Klein, of Prairie du Chien, both completed the illustrious Boston Marathon on Patriots’ Day, April 17. Patrick finished as the first Wisconsin male, taking 111th overall, while Alli achieved a two-minute personal record, earning 324th among females and 3,196th overall. She was the fourth Wisconsin female. In total, over 32,000 athletes participated.

Patrick and Alli met while running cross country and track and field at UW-Platteville. They come from families of runners—his from Monroe and hers from Dodgeville. They’ve both coached other enthusiasts and literally put in years of their own training for moments like Boston.

“My mom ran it in 2003. It was something that motivated me to get there myself someday,” Alli shared.

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May

One of Eastman’s oldest buildings comes down


An excavator knocks down the final walls of the bar that stood at 113 Main St., Eastman. This view is from behind the building. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The front of the building comes down.

Piece by piece, the bar was demolished.

The living quarters came down

Rubble remains.

By Correne Martin

The former KC’s Bar and Grill at 113 Main St., in Eastman, was demolished Tuesday, April 25, by West End Salvage, of Lancaster. After Corey and Kally Hammond closed their business, the building, said to be one of the oldest in Eastman, sat vacant for three years and was in declining shape.

Leanne Colsch, who owns the Main Street Bar across the road, purchased the building through a foreclosure sale nearly a month ago. She intends to rebuild a bar and reception hall on the site, which she and her son, Larry Jr., will own. She said the new facility is going to be the same width as the previous structure but extend to the back of the lot about 72 feet.

Colsch said all the work is being locally-contracted. Tug Sprosty Construction, of Steuben, will be the builder. Swats Concrete, of Eastman; Lomas Electric and D.A. Digger Excavating, both of Wauzeka, are also working on the project.

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May

Darleen L. Knapp

 

Darleen L. Knapp, 90, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, April 29, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa. 

 

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May

Marvin Charles Schaal

 

Marvin Charles Schaal, 80, of Hamtramck, Mich., formerly of Prairie du Chien, died Saturday, April 22, at home with his family after a brief illness.

 

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May

Carl G. Thompson

 

Carl G. Thompson, 82, of Wauzeka, passed away on Tuesday, April 25, at the Good Samaritan Society in Fennimore. 

 

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Apr

Marjorie Ann Rice

 

Marjorie Ann Rice, 56, of McGregor, Iowa, died Monday, April 24, at Crossing Rivers Health Systems, Prairie du Chien. 

 

She was born May 10, 1960, to Doug and Helen (Helms) Rice in Boscobel. Margie graduated from Wauzeka High School in 1978, and Southwest Tech in Fennimore, with a LPN Degree in 1986.

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Apr

Maag, Mayne to wed

Announcing the engagement of Cayla Maag, daughter of Carol Maag, of Prairie du Chien, and the late Alvin Maag, to Ryan Mayne, son of Wendy Mayne, of Prairie du Chien. Cayla works full-time as a CNA at Crossing Rivers Health and also part-time as a night auditor at Country Inn and Suites. Ryan works at Pattison Sand Company. They will be getting married Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Prairie du Chien.

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Apr

Fritsches married 50 years

Pacita and Roland Fritsche were married March 28, 1967. They will celebrate 50 years of marriage on Sunday, May 21, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Fr. Baer Hall/St. Wenceslaus Church in Eastman. All are welcome; no gifts please.

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Apr

Couple enjoys 64 years of marriage memories

Johanna and George Wertwijn, of Bagley, are celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary. They were married on April 28, 1953, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. They met during ballroom dance class, when they were both 18 years old. George’s nickname was “Beethoven” because of his then plentiful, wavy hair. He was smitten with beautiful Johanna and after a three-year courtship, they were married. They have shared and enjoyed a lifetime of memories, including three children, their spouses and four grandchildren. They enjoy living in this most beautiful area of southwest Wisconsin. For their anniversary, their family will be visiting early and often.

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Apr

Family copes with loss of home, possessions in fire


Gerard and Barbara Sprosty sit outside of Country Inn & Suites with their dog Raiden. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

The inside of the Sprosty’s home sustained heavy smoke and water damage. The vinyl siding and the outside of the back portion of the house was also damaged greatly. (Photo by Donna Reed)

One of the two surviving cats received oxygen immediately following the house fire. (Photo by Donna Reed)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Gerard and Barbara Sprosty lost their house, nearly all of their possessions and two cats when their house caught fire the morning of April 17. Fortunately, nobody was hurt and the family has each other. 

“It was the worst day of our lives, very traumatic,” said Barbara. “But, thank God we have each other. That’s the main thing.”

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