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Wauzeka grocery store closing after decades in one family


Al and Mary Stuckey are retiring from running Stuckey’s Market in Wauzeka for 26 years. Their last day of business will be Friday, June 30. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Al and Mary Stuckey stand in front of the meat case inside the grocery store they’ve run most of their lives. With no buyers prepared to take over, the community’s mom and pop market will close for the unforeseen future and remain for sale.

By Correne Martin

Al and Mary Stuckey have owned Stuckey’s Market in Wauzeka for 26 years. Friday, June 30, at 6 p.m., they will close the store’s doors one last time.

“It’s going to be sad to lock up,” Mary confessed.

Wauzeka’s mom and pop market has been for sale for years and, though there’s been some interest in buying it, nothing ever panned out. The last couple of years, Al and Mary have become more serious about retirement. Yet, the decision to close was not easily made. The Stuckeys feel concern that their regular local customers will need to find another shopping destination, and they said they’re going to greatly miss visiting with everyone.

“It was time,” Al said of the announcement made just after Memorial Day. “I just gotta recharge my batteries. I’ve slowed down over the years and it’s hard to keep up with technology. It’s always changing.”

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Teen invited to prestigious acting camp


Kerrigan Trautsch, 13, was invited, after portraying Rumpelstiltskin last fall, to attend a Missoula Children’s Theatre performing arts camp. She is the daughter of Adam and Rita Trautsch, of Eastman, and the granddaughter of Ann Wallin, of Mt. Sterling, and Faye Trautsch, of Eastman. She’ll be a freshman at River Ridge this fall. (Photo by Correne Martin)

As a dorky guard in "Robin Hood"

As Spot the Dog in "Sleeping Beauty"

As Rumpelstiltskin

With her family: dad Adam, mom Rita and brother Landon, 11

By Correne Martin

Kerrigan Trautsch is turning 14 next month. Other than her youthful appearance and delightful giggle, you would never know she’s barely a teenager.

Well-spoken, poised and perceptive, Kerrigan is especially wise beyond her years when it comes to acting and writing plays.

The Eastman resident and soon-to-be River Ridge freshman, and daughter of Adam and Rita Trautsch, was invited by the esteemed Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) to attend its North Shore Performing Arts Camp July 30 through Aug. 12, 100 miles north of Missoula, Mont., on Finger Lake. Only 115 youth ages 13-15 are accepted into the camp. Each Missoula director group, which travels to all 50 states and several countries, is given only one or two nominations to present to aspiring and talented students participating in their shows, and Kerrigan is the only one in River Ridge history to receive the honor.

All this prestige began at a young age for Kerrigan.

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Xtra Discount Grocery burglarized, 2 arrested

On or about June 6, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a burglary that occurred at the Xtra Discount Grocery store located on County X in Clayton Township. Entry was made and an undisclosed amount of cash stolen.  

In the early morning hours of June 15, the owners and a neighbor awoke to a suspicious vehicle parked outside the store. The sheriff’s department was notified that the owners observed two males exiting the store.

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Driver fights with passenger, hits three vehicles, flees, fights with deputies

On Thursday, June 22, at approximately 9:10 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a disturbance and a hit and run crash of two parked vehicles on Cypress Lane in Prairie du Chien Township.

A 2006 Chevrolet Impala operated by Gary J. Siegworth, 31, Dubuque, was attempting to back out of a driveway and onto Cypress Lane. Siegworth got into a physical altercation with his passenger while operating the vehicle.

The passenger was attempting to stop Siegworth from driving due to his level of intoxication. Siegworth continued to operate the vehicle and struck parked cars at a nearby residence. Siegworth then fled the area on foot.

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Ethel Lorenz

 

Ethel Lorenz, 95, of Eastman, died Thursday, June 22, at Sannes Skogdalen Heim Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove. 

 

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Dennis P. Jackson

 

Dennis P. Jackson, 59, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, June 24, at his home. 

 

He was born Aug. 20, 1957, in Cuba City. Dennis worked as an industrial mechanic for years until his health forced him to retire. 

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Mark S. Tessmer

 

Mark S. Tessmer, 61, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Tuesday, June 6. 

 

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Fort Crawford Museum proud to preserve area history


Campion Jesuit High School, along with St. Mary’s Academy, is featured within the museum. (Photos by Rachel Mergen)

Fort Crawford Museum’s Pattern 1827 Cannon was used in 1861 to call the Prairie du Chien men to arms. Still to this day, it is periodically fired.

Located in the medical museum’s Beaumont room, where most of the information about him is found, a hospital ward room from 1832 is available to view. Multiple different hospital settings are shown within the museum.

Michael Haefer dresses in Fort Crawford-period clothing every Saturday to help bring history to life.

By Rachel Mergen

 

“Prairie du Chien is a part of a larger picture,” Carolyn Sand, tour guide at the Fort Crawford Museum, said. Fort Crawford Museum is forever changing. With history lessons being formatted differently in schools as years go by, it is important for families, both locally and from around the country, to learn about the nationally-important narratives that are held within the walls of the museum. One time is never enough to experience the rich history that rotates through the museum. 

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Prairie du Chien may be Nature’s (next) Playground


These are just two of a half-dozen potential community logo examples created and shared with the Prairie du Chien Common Council Tuesday night. They both feature the tagline chosen by PdC Main Street, the mayor and city administrator but the final artwork isn’t yet complete. Once done, the intent is for a citywide, cohesive brand to be implemented.

By Correne Martin

“Prairie du Chien: Nature’s Playground” is a new tagline chosen by PdC Main Street to present  to the city as a potential, more cohesive, community-wide brand. Coming to this conclusion was a process that began in 2015 under the leadership of PdC Main Street, which the city selected to lead the development of a visual identity project for the city.

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Fr. Paul’s Tanzanian surgical suite project to be highlighted via local man’s media work


Local natives Fr. Paul Fagan (left) and broadcast journalist Ryan Skaife (center) joined forces in Nkololo, Tanzania, in late May, to record video and tell some of the stories of the Songambele Health Center that Fagan has spent years fulfilling.

By Correne Martin

Some $395,000 in medical equipment is needed to open the Songambele Health Center surgical suite and serve over 150,000 inhabitants of the Shinyanga Region in Tanzania. These people currently drive over 10 hours to the nearest surgery/trauma center.

Father Paul Fagan, a Patch Grove native and Catholic missionary priest who’s served 57 years of his life in Tanzania, has infinitely given himself toward this effort in Nkololo, Tanzania. The construction of the center is complete, yet supplies and equipment are needed to outfit the surgical suite, located inside the largest hospital in northern Tanzania.

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