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Fri
19
Sep

Allen LeRoy Koecke

 

Allen LeRoy Koecke, 88, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 10. 

He was born on May 14, 1926, in Prairie du Chien. Allen was united in marriage to Loretta Barrette. She preceded him in death. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps proudly serving towards the end of World War II. Allen worked at various grocery stores and was a very loyal member of the Teamsters Union. He enjoyed traveling, exploring Europe and Alaska but truly treasured most the times spent at their summer lakeside home on Winter Lake. 

Fri
19
Sep

Ronald Paul Martin

 

Ronald Paul Martin, 68, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sept. 17 after a courageous battle with cancer. 

Ron was born Christmas day, 1945, in Prairie du Chien to Paul and Cleo (Groom) Martin. 

Ron leaves behind is wife, Ana; daughter Terri; sons Steven (Jenny) and David (Katie); grandsons Braylon and Jacob; and siblings Frank (Sue), Terri (Rich) Messling, Linda Messling, Mike (Deb). He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Rita and brother Steve. 

Fri
19
Sep

Francesca Elise Brown Santoro

 

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 3:01 p.m. our beloved Francesca Elise Brown Santoro was stillborn and left this world at 36 weeks of pregnancy. The Sunday prior, her heart stopped beating for no known reason and she was born a beautiful, perfect angel at 5 lb 14 oz, and 18 inches long. We were blessed to be able to give her the natural birth we had envisioned for her- it was peaceful and silent. 

Thu
18
Sep

Phyllis M. Gokey

 

Phyllis M. Gokey, 88, of Prairie du Chien passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at her home. 

Wed
17
Sep

Lady Hawks win


Prairie’s Brooke Moret smashes the ball past the Lancaster defender for a point in the first game Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Brooke Moret taps one past Ashton Doll of Lancaster.

Members of the Prairie du Chien team celebrate winning a tough point versus Lancaster.

Courtney Pattison smashes the ball back to the Lancaster side Tuesday night.

 

Prairie girls 

sweep Lancaster

Prairie du Chien swept visiting Lancaster three games to none in an SWC volleyball match Tuesday night. 

Prairie won a hard fought, back and forth first game 25-21. 

The Lady Blackhawks won the second game 25-19.

Wed
17
Sep

Vermin complaints at Blackhawk Junction addressed


Complaints of vermin, such as rats and skunks, at Blackhawk Junction mall due to the remaining debris from the April 13 Slumberland fire are being addressed by the Crawford County Public Health Department and other local authorities. The vermin have yet to be substantiated but are said to be nesting in the fire debris. The mall’s owner, Thomas Gialamas, said he is seeking exterminators and a definite start date for cleanup. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Complaints of a vermin problem at the Blackhawk Junction mall in Prairie du Chien prompted the Crawford County Public Health office to send a letter of concern to Thomas Gialamas, the owner of the mall, earlier this month.

The letter, dated Sept. 5, inquired about the cleanup efforts of the fire debris and informed the owner of the possibility of vermin, referring to both as environmental hazards. Gialamas responded to the letter on Sept. 9, noting that exterminators are being sought and cleanup of the debris should begin within weeks.

Crawford County Public Health Director Gloria Wall confirmed last week that her department has received several complaints of rats and skunks going in and out of the debris that remains from the April 13 fire, which destroyed Slumberland Furniture and caused smoke and soot damage to a number of other businesses in the mall.

Wed
17
Sep

Pizza Hut closed for expansion, rebranding


Pizza Hut in Prairie du Chien is closed for four to six weeks for a remodel. The current building will expand and the brand will become Pizza Hut and WingStreet, which will offer new chicken wing selections in addition to the current menu offerings.

By Correne Martin

Pizza Hut in Prairie du Chien closed its doors on Sunday, Sept. 14, for four to six weeks of remodeling. According to Manager Cindy Spiker, the whole interior of the restaurant will be transformed into a more modern-looking establishment before reopening to the public in its current location, 1501 S. Marquette Rd.

“We are also becoming a Pizza Hut and WingStreet,” Spiker said.

This means customers can expect the pizza dishes to remain virtually similar to what has been offered in the past. The WingStreet label will offer customers three chicken wing styles—traditional, breaded bone-in and breaded bone-out—tossed in one of eight signature sauces: buffalo burnin’ hot, buffalo medium, buffalo mild, spicy Asian, spicy BBQ, honey BBQ, lemon pepper and garlic Parmesan.
The most noticeable change to the bricks and mortar will be an expansion.

Wed
17
Sep

Harvest of the Month featured in county grocery stores


The Harvest of the Month program features one product each month in the locally-owned grocery stores in Crawford County. For September, tomatoes are featured on fliers and recipes handed out at the stores, as well as samples if the store so chooses.

By Correne Martin
 
It can be fun to try new things, particularly if they are healthy for you. And if your child is excited about it, even better.

Starting this Friday evening, Sept. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m., all the locally-owned grocery stores in Crawford County will host a Harvest of the Month promotion. New and loyal families of customers are invited into the stores, where they can sample fresh and tasty produce, learn about how it’s grown locally and take home fun facts as well as easy recipes featuring the products.

Stores participating include: in Prairie du Chien, Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly, The Local Oven and Driftless Edibles; in Wauzeka, Stuckey’s Market; in Seneca, Johnson’s One Stop; and in Gays Mills, Kickapoo Exchange Natural Foods Co-op and The Marketplace.

Tue
16
Sep

Ann Forbes

 

Ann Forbes, 87, of Manawa, went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Bethany Home in Waupaca. 

Mon
15
Sep

Fur trade through Civil War era tasks


Keith and Verta Kerr, of Postville, incorporated the young students attending Cannons at the Fort Friday, Sept. 12, into their rope-making demonstration. The Kerrs have participated in the annual Cannons event for many years and enjoy sharing their craft with the youth on Friday as well as the adults who attend on Saturday. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Prairie du Chien’s own Jean Titlbach (left) and high schooler Chloe Lorenz (center) showed Jackson and his classmates how to felt wool at this year’s Cannons at the Fort, hosted by the Fort Crawford Museum in Prairie du Chien, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12 and 13.

Interpreter Mary Ann Carolan and her sister Virginia Antoine (right behind her) teach youngsters from MFL Mar Mac how to dance to period music at the annual living history event.

Kay Tesar gets the flame started in the open fire cooking booth, as students gather in close to watch and keep warm on the cool and wet Cannons at the Fort gathering Friday.

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