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Seneca over Wauzeka-Steuben


There were several fumbles by both teams on a rainy and slippery night. Seneca recovered this one in the first half in Wauzeka. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Wauzeka-Steuben defense gang tackles the Seneca ballcarrier Friday night.

The Seneca defense moves in to make the tackle.

 

Seneca’s speed 

defeats Wauzeka-Steuben

Seneca defeated host Wauzeka-Steuben 46-6 in a Ridge and Valley football game on a rainy Friday night. 

Seneca scored on a 62-yard run by Brady Fernette to go ahead 6-0 in the first period. Wauzeka-Steuben answered with a 71-yard TD pass from Jeramiah Huber to Turner Krachey to tie the game at 6-6. 

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Sep

South half of Marquette will open to local traffic on Sept. 22

By Correne Martin

The southern two of the three planned roundabouts on Prairie du Chien’s Marquette Road are nearly complete and expected to open to local traffic on Monday, Sept. 22, in addition to the stretch of highway from Wisconsin Street south to Mooney Street.

“We have some retaining wall work and some landscaping to finish yet but, with the exception of a few possible lane restrictions, everything from Wisconsin Street south should be open,” stated Randy Henkel, superintendent for contractor H. James and Sons. “It will be open to local traffic only, and the detour will remain in place for through-traffic until the entire project is complete.”

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Sep

Videos on roundabouts offered online, at tourism center

By Correne Martin

“We’re not here to debate the pros and cons of roundabouts. They’re here and we need to be educated about how to navigate them,” Prairie du Chien City Administrator Aaron Kramer said Wednesday evening, Sept. 10, at a public meeting affectionately dubbed “Roundabout 101” at City Hall.

The Marquette Road/Highway 35 Wisconsin DOT reconstruction project in Prairie du Chien includes three roundabouts at the intersections of Iowa Street, Wisconsin Street and Blackhawk Avenue. The roundabouts will be closely coordinated with the nearby railroad with special signing and signals. Several informational animation and traffic simulation videos were developed to acquaint road users with driving around and understanding the roundabouts.

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Sep

MaryEllen Klein

 

MaryEllen Klein, 65, passed away peacefully at Gundersen Lutheran Memorial Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 6, after a courageous battle with cancer. 

She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Nov. 18, 1948. A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at Eastman Salem United Methodist Church. Luncheon to follow. 110 South Main Street. Eastman, WI. 54626.

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Mary Ann Glesne

 

Mary Ann Glesne, 86, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend to many passed away Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Unity Point St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. 

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Sep

Keith Kozelka

 

Keith L. Kozelka, 74, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, Sept, 11, at home surrounded by his family following a brief illness. 

He was born May 21, 1940 in Prairie du Chien the son of Raymond and Marjorie (Daily) Kozelka. Keith served in the U.S. Army National Guard for over eight years. He married Lynn Trautsch on April 16, 1966 at St. Wenceslaus Church in Eastman. Keith worked as an independent electrical contractor and later owned and operated Keith’s Electric for over 17 years. He then worked for H & H Electric for several years until his retirement. He was an active member of St. Gabriel’s Parish and the Prairie du Chien community. 

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10
Sep

It’s not Menards, it’s economic development to attract industry


Earthmoving activity has taken place in Prairie du Chien’s North Gateway Business Park this summer. The work is being done so the property can be developed to attract new industry to the city. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

It’s not Menards. It’s not Home Depot. It’s not a new waterpark.

The earthmoving activity you’ve noticed in Prairie du Chien’s North Gateway Business Park this summer has not been to make way for any of these entities. Instead, it’s simply economic development involving the preparation of a piece of property, just in case a large company would be interested in locating its business in Prairie du Chien.

“The genesis for this project goes back to 2011, when several council members approached me discussing economic development,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “We don’t have large amounts of readily developed property and companies today want something ready to go. They don’t want to wait for construction, purchasing land and putting in the roads and utilities. In some cases, they even want a building.”

Wed
10
Sep

PdC volleyball


Prairie du Chien’s Brooke Moret (6) sets the ball up as Kelly Check (5) and Faith Gurske (3) look on Tuesday night against visiting River Valley. (Photos by Todd J. Knapp)

Prairie du Chien bumps the ball to the front row against visiting River Valley Tuesday night.

 

River Valley 

tops Prairie du Chien

River Valley defeated host Prairie du Chien three games to none in an SWC volleyball match Tuesday night. 

River Valley won the first game 25-17. River Valley went on to win the next two games 25-12 and 15-17. 

Brooke Moret had 4 kills, 1 block and 2 aces for Prairie. Courtney Pattison had 8 assists. 

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10
Sep

Recovery program in jail

Drug, alcohol program in County Jail
Bill Miller, who will run the jail’s drug and alcohol program, and Jail Administrator Russell Wittrig stand in front of some of the book shelves in the jail’s library.

 

Crawford County Jail continues to expand programs

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Jail is starting up a new drug and alcohol program for the benefit of its inmates and is striving to continually improve in other areas as well.

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10
Sep

Novel explains unexpected story of the prominent Jane Fisher Rolette Dousman


Author Marilyn Leys first found the story of Jane Fisher Rolette Dousman to be an unexpected one when she toured the Villa Louis for the first time several decades ago. Then, a Milwaukee resident, Leys didn’t know she would eventually reside in the hometown of her main character in the novel, “Madame Jane.”

By Correne Martin

Local author Marilyn Leys felt it was a peculiar story that must be told. The life of Jane Fisher Rolette Dousman, the first woman in Wisconsin Territory to file for a divorce, intrigued Leys initially almost three decades ago—many years before she herself would move to Jane’s hometown of Prairie du Chien. Finally, in December of 2013, Leys’ novel, “Madame Jane,” was published.

Just after the War of 1812, 14-year-old Jane married Joseph Rolette, the most powerful, ruthless fur trader in Prairie du Chien, the western outpost of the American Fur Company. After she was separated and widowed by Rolette, Jane married a second wealthy fur trader, Hercules Louis Dousman, who built a mansion that preceded the Villa Louis.

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