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Always a great time at the Prairie Villa Rendezvous


Colorful characters abound at the Prairie Villa Rendezvous. Buckskinner Bob Zuidema takes a break along with Aspen and Takota Friday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Josie Kramer takes her turn at “nails” while Karly Kramer looks on Friday afternoon.

Lindsey Nolan and Madeline Fisher of Prairie du Chien enjoy a unique tug of war Friday afternoon. The girls were evenly matched, with each winning about half the time.

Jeremy Heisz of rural Prairie du Chien stands next to his BMW motorcycle with sidecar during the Flea Market Friday. Heisz purchased the BMW (circa 1950s) from a World War II museum in Portage.

The face might be a warning as to the contents of this jug displayed at Dakota Stoneware of Bushnell, S.D.
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Taxi driver found dead in trunk following crash

LA CROSSE—Police found a taxi driver dying in the trunk of his car after a high-speed chase ended in a crash early Friday in Holmen.

Authorities said Timmy Lansing Johnson Jr., 25, of Lancaster, abducted and beat the 79-year-old Platteville taxi driver Thursday, just hours after Johnson was released from Grant County jail.

A La Crosse officer tried to stop the unmarked cab, which had been reported stolen, about 1:10 a.m. at Second and La Crosse streets when the driver did not match the victim’s description.

Johnson sped north through La Crosse and Onalaska on Hwy 35 and reached nearly 115 mph before crashing into another car and rolling near the junction with Highway 53, according to La Crosse police.

Authorities tried to revive the victim, who was found in the trunk of the 1994 Ford Taurus. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim’s injuries suggested he was beaten prior to the crash, police said. An autopsy is underway.

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Woman allegedly possesses meth

A 32-year-old Prairie du Chien woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Tamara Messler faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Messler was pulled over by a Prairie du Chien police officer for a defective license plate lamp on May 16 at approximately 11 p.m.

During the traffic stop, the officer performed a chemical field test on the contents of one of several baggies that he found in the vehicle and also on a smoking device found in the vehicle. The samples tested positive for the presence of meth, according to the complaint.

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New unclaimed property lists published statewide

The Wisconsin Unclaimed Property Program is publishing the new names received in 2014 in newspapers statewide now through the end of June, according to Wisconsin State Treasurer Kurt Schuller.
Each year, corporations turn over cash, securities and the contents of safe deposit boxes to the state. The unclaimed property unit helps reunite Wisconsinites or former Wisconsin residents and businesses with lost funds.

“We want people to have their money,” Treasurer Schuller said. “We have more unclaimed property valued at more than $400 million in our treasury account. Unclaimed property staff work hard to get these financial assets or items back to rightful owners and heirs.”

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Former Olympic rower hopes to raise $1 million by traveling the Mississippi


John Pritchard has a nice visit with Richmond.

These are what the Victorian skiffs look like that John and his Challenge Crew will be rowing down the Mississippi River.

By Ted Pennekamp

It’s not all that unusual anymore for someone to paddle the length of the Mississippi River from its source in Lake Itasca to New Orleans. A trip planned to begin in August by John Pritchard of England does have its unusual features, however, along with a local connection.

Pritchard is the husband of Julie Williamson Pritchard, who is a cousin of Angie Finney of Wauzeka. Pritchard, a former Olympic and Cambridge Blue rower, will row in a wooden Victorian skiff on his journey down the Mighty Mississippi.

In addition, Pritchard is attempting to raise $1 million for the charity “Right to Play,” and will take people with him along the way. Pritchard will be in one skiff and another experienced rower will be in another skiff. People can join them in their skiffs at numerous points on the journey for two days of rowing which will consist of about 30 miles per day.

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Children can eat free this summer at Bluff View


This poster, which hangs in the cafeteria at Bluff View Intermediate School, provides children a visual example of the basic food groups. Those participating in the free Summer Food Service breakfast and lunch programs are expected to take food from at least three of the different food groups for each meal.

By Correne Martin

Free meals are available to children 18 and under this summer at Bluff View Intermediate School in Prairie du Chien through the Summer Food Service Program, funded by the USDA. There is no sign up or personal information needed to participate, and the meals are provided to all children, regardless of need.

“Don’t sign up, just show up,” said Donna Heilmann, food service director for Prairie du Chien High School.

Since 2009, free lunch has been provided in the district during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are unavailable, according to Heilmann. This will be the third year for the free breakfast program.

“Helping parents meet the nutritional needs of their children is the strength of this program,” Heilmann said.

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Jun

Kathy Rosauer

 

Kathy A Kelly Rosauer, 58, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, June 12, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, following a brief illness. 

She was born May 14, 1956 in Wabasha, Minn. the daughter of Arthur and Marvel (Meyer) Wagner. She married James Kelly on May 27, 1972, who preceded her in death on March 26, 1992. She later married Bernard Rosauer on April 20, 2002. Bernie also preceded Kathy in death on April 14, 2010. She worked for the Opportunity Center for many years and most recently for Miniature Precision Components in Prairie du Chien. Kathy loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping and fishing. 

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Elizabeth June Schwarzhoff - Berns

 

Elizabeth June Schwarzhoff-Berns, 94, of Prairie du Chien, died Saturday, May 31, at Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born March 18, 1920, to Gephardt and Reva (Gilson) Meskimen in Waukon, Iowa. Elizabeth graduated from Waukon High School in 1938, and Beauty School in 1940.

Betty was united in marriage with Aloysius “Scoop” Schwarzhoff in January 1941, at St Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, Iowa. He passed away Aug. 16, 1980. She later married Roland Berns in March of 1987, and he passed away in May of 2003.

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Construction Cash winner - week 3

Maria McFarland, of Prairie du Chien, was the Courier Press’ Construction Cash winner for week three of the promotion. She registered at Coaches’ Family Restaurant. Molly Wasecheck, of Coaches, presented McFarland with $50 in Construction Cash to be spent at any of the 27 participating businesses. McFarland also received a Coaches’ gift certificate. Be sure to register at one of the local Construction Cash participating businesses, and you could be our next winner.

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Etha Geraldine "Gerry" Blank

 

Etha Geraldine “Gerry” Blank, 83, of Guttenberg passed away Wednesday, June 11, at the River Living Center in Guttenberg. 

She was born Nov. 27, 1930 in Chariton, Iowa the daughter of Clint and Stella (Steele) Foster. 

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