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06
Jul

Less than a brushstroke


While demonstrating some of his techniques, Andrew Wroble explained that he keeps two things in mind while painting: water seeks its own level and little lines build the narrative. With this in mind, onlookers could start to see the painting’s story being formed before their very eyes. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

Andrew Wroble uses a technique he learned from his days as an undergraduate studying printmaking to help make his ink wash work special.

Wroble shows off two of his remaining plastic building costumes including a barn, complete with cows and pigs, and a library.

This india ink painting is called “Winter: (Nobel’s Island)”.

By Caitlin Bittner

On the top of the hill just past Effigy Mounds, there is a basement studio full of artwork that follows the life of its creator, Andrew Wroble.

Born in Casper, Wyo., Wroble had a long trek to becoming a resident of Harpers Ferry, Iowa. Yet, his love of art has made most of the journey with him. Wroble said his first real interest in art came out of being drafted into the United States Army and sent to Europe in the 1970s. “I love being an artist,” said Wroble. “Ever since then, I’ve always painted and I’ve always drawn.”

Wroble recalled his days spent at the Top Hand, Cate and O’mea Cattle Company, in Libby, Mont. “The environment controls art,” said Wroble.

And, in Montana, Wroble’s art was confined to what he described as “saddlebag drawing.” “It was on the back of those U.S. Forest Service posters,” laughed Wroble. “I’d take one down and then someone would put one back up. I had a lot of paper.”

Wed
06
Jul

Weekend single-vehicle crash takes life of Bagley man

On Saturday, July 2, at approximately 4:12 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff`s Office Communications Center was notified of a one vehicle crash on Ready Hollow Road near Gifford Lane in Wyalusing Township.

It was reported there was one occupant trapped in the vehicle and the occupant appeared to be deceased. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Erasmo Gonzalez, age 28, Bagley, was southbound on Ready Hollow Road in a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am. It appears as if Erasmo failed to negotiate a turn and left the roadway on the south side.

After leaving the roadway, the Gonzalez vehicle turned sideways down a steep embankment thus going air-born and striking two trees with the roof of the vehicle before coming to rest on its wheels in the ditch. Erasmo was pronounced dead at the scene. West Grant EMS, Bloomington Fire and JAWS Unit, Bagley First Responders, and B+M Towing assisted at the scene. The case remains under investigation.

Wed
06
Jul

Ideal Decorating


Ideal Decorating offers a variety of furniture, accessories, rugs and home decor.

 

Ideal Decorating store opens in Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A new furniture and home decorating store is now open in Prairie du Chien. Ideal Decorating, housed in the south half of the former Kozelka’s Men’s Wear building, opened on Monday, June 27. 

Wed
06
Jul

Council votes to move phase two of Marquette Road construction ahead to 2017

By Correne Martin and Caitlin Bittner

The second phase of the Prairie du Chien Marquette Road reconstruction, from Mooney Street to La Pointe Street, originally scheduled for 2017, was pushed back one year, to 2018, due to indications of funding issues from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The city was informed in October that the DOT had delayed the project, along with many others across the state, and that planning would also be delayed.

Since then, Prairie du Chien’s public works staff and administration have reworked the city’s construction and finance plans to anticipate a 2018 Marquette Road schedule. A reconstruction of North Michigan Street was moved ahead on the calendar and a Community Development Block Grant to fund part of the Michigan Street project was submitted.

Wed
06
Jul

Bagley Parade


A girl peeks through patriotic glasses and wears colorful head gear while riding in a boat float in the Bagley Independence Day Parade Sunday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Two girls patriotically peddle along as representatives of Clarkview Farms Sunday morning in Bagley.

The water man, as always, was quite popular during the Bagley Parade.

The driver for Southwest Collision Center gets ready to toss a handful of candy.

Great guitar pickin’ is always a hit at the Bagley Independence Day Parade.
Tue
05
Jul

Larry John “Whitey” Lessard

 

With his family’s love surrounding him, Larry John “Whitey” Lessard, 66, of Horicon, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 1, at Carson Tahoe Continuing Care Hospital in Carson City, Nev. 

Tue
05
Jul

Beverly D. Wallin

 

Beverly D. Wallin, 86, of Lancaster, passed away on Monday, July 4, with her loving family by her side. 

Tue
05
Jul

Fredric George Huebsch, Jr.

 

Prairie du Chien and its neighboring communities lost a long-time servant and leader when Fredric George Huebsch, Jr. passed away on Saturday, July 2, at the age of 85. Fred had lost his wife of nearly 58 years, Barbara, just 26 days earlier.

Fred was born in McGregor, Iowa on Oct. 1, 1930. At the age of nine he started helping out at his father’s McGregor car dealership, sweeping the floors and washing cars. After graduating from McGregor High School he attended the University of Iowa, where he earned a degree in business.

Tue
05
Jul

Mrs. Sandi Stewart

 

Mrs. Sandi Stewart passed away June 29, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. 

When she was able, Sandi loved to cook for her family. Every holiday she enjoyed preparing large meals for anyone that came to visit. Yummy treats was her favorite thing to make for her precious grandchildren. Giving them a true sugar high and then sending them home. Always known to have a full coffee cup in her hand no matter what she was doing. A dedicated Facebook fan, she was able to stay in touch with her home town of Prairie du Chien. Sandi treasured all her friends. 

Tue
05
Jul

Roberta L. “Bertie” Dillman

 

Roberta L. “Bertie” Dillman, 77, of McGregor, Iowa and formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, July 1, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, after an extended illness. 

She was born Aug. 7, 1938 in Marquette, Iowa the daughter of Delmar and Alberta (Rigdon) Burroughs. Bertie was very proud of attaining her Master of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She worked as a guidance counselor for the Prairie du Chien School District for 20 years. Bertie was very active in the United Methodist Church in Prairie du Chien, Lutheran Social Services and the United Way. She enjoyed playing tennis and golf.

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