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May

Jerry P. "Blackie" Lessard

 

Jerry P. “Blackie” Lessard, beloved brother, father and grandfather, 64 of Prairie du Chien passed away peacefully Monday, May 26, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.

He was born Jan. 2, 1950 in Prairie du Chien the son of George and Marie (Andrews) Lessard. Blackie worked for Farm Service Company in Prairie du Chien, but his real passion was fishing the Mississippi River, working as a commercial fisherman. 

Thu
29
May

Donna J. De Groot

 

Donna J. De Groot, 59, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, May 26, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

She was born Jan. 7, 1955 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Lester and Christie (Aspenson) Nagel. She was a graduate of Wauzeka High School in 1973. She married Dale De Groot on Sept. 6, 1980 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien. 

Thu
29
May

John R. Kernan

 

John R. Kernan, 97, of Cambridge, Minn. passed away Sunday, May 25, at Grace Pointe Living in Cambridge, Minn. 

He was born July 18, 1916 the son of James and Mary (Shields) Kernan. He married Iona Coorough on May 3, 1943 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. She preceded him in death on Oct. 21, 2002. 

Thu
29
May

Avis J. Connell

 

Avis J. Connell, 98, of Marquette, died Friday, May 23, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor. 

Avis Jean, the daughter of Alvin and Alvina (Gossman) Breitsprecher, was born Aug. 5, 1915 in Elkader. Avis moved with her parents to Luana, in 1921. She graduated from Luana High School. Avis was united in marriage with Gerald Francis Connell on Jan. 4, 1939. To this union two children were born. She and Gerald moved to Marquette, and lived there for many years. Avis went to work for the U.S. Post Office in Marquette in 1955 and retired in 1975.

Wed
28
May

Cassville-River Ridge

CRR versus Boscobel
Cassville-River Ridge catcher Sabrina White makes a play at the plate against host Boscobel in Division 3 Regional action. (Photo courtesy of Boscobel Dial)

 

Boscobel 

blanks Cassville-

River Ridge girls

Boscobel blanked visiting Cassville-River Ridge 5-0 in Division 3 Regional softball Thursday afternoon. 

The Bulldogs scored 2 runs in the bottom of the first inning, 1 in the fourth, 1 in the fifth, and 1 in the sixth en route to the win. 

Wed
28
May

Lady Blackhawks

Regional softball
Jacqueline LaHaie gets a jump off of first base against visiting Mount Horeb. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Vikings blank Lady Blackhawks

Fifth seeded Mount Horeb shut out host and fourth seeded Prairie du Chien 10-0 in a Division 2 Regional softball game at Bluff View Thursday afternoon. 

Mount Horeb scored a run in the top of the first inning, 2 in the fifth, 3 in the sixth and 4 in the seventh while blanking Prairie. 

Lauren Nicholson fanned 5 and walked 10 in the loss. 

Wed
28
May

A good crowd for highly-anticipated premiere of ‘American River Renegades’

Mississippi Mike
Members of the audience enjoy viewing the world premiere of “American River Renegades” during the premiere party at Old Man River in McGregor Monday night.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The highly-anticipated new reality show featuring local commercial fisherman and entrepreneur Mississippi Mike Valley and his sidekick Brooks Niedziejko was quite a hit with the near capacity crowd at the world premiere of “American River Renegades” at Old Man River in McGregor Monday night. 

Wed
28
May

Memorial Day: Commemorating the brave


Members of the Seeley-Onstine American Legion Post 458 rode solemnly through the Memorial Day parade in Wauzeka Monday morning in deference to their fallen military comrades. The crowd along the sidelines paid their respects with applause. (Photos by Correne Martin)

In the very seasonal temperatures Monday, there was a good turnout for Wauzeka’s Memorial Day celebration, which included a Sunday night luminary service and then a parade, program and chicken dinner Monday, as well as a ball tournament all weekend. Those pictured on this parade poster, “Remember Not To Forget,” are Jim Atkinson, Dale Harvat, Raymond Young, Maynard Parks, Chris Ward, Stephanie Onstine, Cory Peloch, Fritz Curtis, Carl Harvat and Rick Johnson. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The Wauzeka-Steuben first and second graders soared while singing “If I Could Be an Eagle” and “My Flag” during Monday’s Memorial Day program dedicated to the honor of all Americans who have paid the ultimate price while in the military. The annual program, in the Wauzeka-Steuben School gymnasium, featured musical selections and spoken essays by a range of the school’s students. The several hundred in attendance left with warmed hearts and fueled souls to go out into their communities and show increased gratefulness to our veterans, American flags, cemeteries, laws, rights (to speech and suffrage) and freedoms. May we all be reminded, as student Megan Walters read in her “How I show my pride being an American” essay: “Freedom is important enough to live for and precious enough to die for.” (Photo by Correne Martin)
Wed
28
May

Local veteran appreciates Honor Flight


World War II Army veteran Fay McCullick, 94, of Wauzeka, and his son Tom were welcomed home from the Badger Honor Flight May 17 by an overwhelming crew of 5,000 family, friends and supporters, who were lined up eight deep in the Madison airport to greet the veterans. Fay is pictured shaking hands with his granddaughter’s husband. (Submitted photo)

Upon disembarking from their Badger Honor Flight at the Madison airport, Fay and his son Tom walk through a rousing crowd of about 5,000 who welcomed them home.

Each veteran on the Badger Honor Flight received a hat, coat and T-shirt as well as their picture in front of the stars and stripes. A group picture was also taken in Washington, D.C.

By Correne Martin
 
At 94 years young, World War II veteran Fay McCullick, of Wauzeka, took the trip of a lifetime on Saturday, May 17. For the first time, he saw with his own eyes the World War II Memorial erected in honor of his service and the service of his fellow comrades. He was one of 85 WWII veterans (plus guardians and medical/support staff) to experience the most recent one-day Badger Honor Flight, from Madison to Washington, D.C.

“It was a long day. I’m still recovering,” Fay said with a smile, just three days after his memorable tour of honor. “I very much appreciated it.”

Wed
28
May

Prairie du Chien man faces meth manufacturing, other drug charges


Prairie du Chien police were sent to this house at 409 E. Webster St., Monday evening for a possible meth lab. Following execution of a search warrant Tuesday, Kyle L. Vanderbilt, 27, of Prairie du Chien was arrested on a probation violation and is charged with manufacturing meth along with other drug crimes pending. (Photo by Correne Martin)

 A Prairie du Chien man is in Crawford County jail today on charges of manufacturing meth along with other drug crimes pending, according to Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram.

On Monday, May 26, at around 5:15 p.m., the police department was sent to 409 E. Webster St. for a possible methamphetamine lab. Upon arrival, officers were shown items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The suspect had fled on foot prior to officers arriving on scene. The officers secured the residence from the outside and administration was notified of the incident. Additional officers were called to assist with the investigation and search of the suspect.

Members of the department who are trained and certified in meth investigations arrived on scene. After an initial assessment of the items discovered by the reporting party, investigators decided to apply for a search warrant for the residence.

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