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Wed
26
Jul

Michael Wayne McFadden

 

Michael Wayne McFadden, 82, of McGregor, Iowa, and longtime resident of Rockford, Illinois passed away Thursday, July 13, at Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa. Heaven rejoiced as it welcomed Mike to his eternal home. 

 

Born April 28, 1935, in Dante, Va., the son of John and Nora McFadden. 

Wed
26
Jul

Roger Dale Witter

 

Roger Dale Witter, 72, of McGregor, Iowa, died Friday, July 21, at his home in McGregor, Iowa.

 

Tue
25
Jul

WWII plane severely damaged at airport


Pictured is the aircraft prior to the storm. (Submitted photo)

Frank Weeks (right), of Prairie du Chien, surveys the damage done to his prize possession, a WWII defender, when three hangars at the Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport were pummeled in last week’s chaos. Weeks has owned the aircraft for over 50 years.

A 1942 Aeronca Defender aircraft was severely damaged in the straight line winds that destroyed three Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport hangars. 

During World War II, there were no helicopters. Civilian aircraft were modified for military use. The L3 can take off and land in about 500 feet and were used for many purposes but primarily for artillery spotting. 

The N48014 was purchased by Jim La Bonne, Earl Nicholson and Frank Weeks in the early 1960s for $750. All three took lessons, and their first solo flight in this aircraft locally was called the Chickenhawk. 

It was vandalized and sold to a mechanic who repaired it. When fixed, it was purchased by Frank Weeks. 

Tue
25
Jul

Memorial weekend burger sales benefit local charities, programs


Mary (Gokey) Huser hands a donation for $500 to Jann Sturmer, Couleecap Food Pantry director. The funds will help stock the pantry for area individuals and families in need. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Pete’s Hamburger Stand employee Ryan Schickert presents a $500 donation to Mike Ulrich, Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation director. The money is earmarked for the city’s special needs outdoor programming at Washington Street Park.

By Correne Martin

 

Pete’s Hamburger Stand in Prairie du Chien recently distributed donations in the amount of $500 apiece to the Couleecap Food Pantry and the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department’s special needs programming at Washington Street Park. The money came from proceeds made during its Memorial Day weekend sales. They also contributed $500 to several other local charities. 

The Gokey family started its annual fundraiser in 1975, on Labor Day, with the intent of raising money to donate locally in honor of their father, Robert. 

“We were only thinking it would be a one-time thing,” said Paul Gokey, Robert’s son.

Tue
25
Jul

Two injured in rollover

On Monday, July 17, at 12:10 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a one-vehicle crash with injuries on Norwegian Hollow Road in Utica Township.

Kevin L.E. Burke, 18, rural Viroqua, was driving a 2006 Chevy Equinox south on Norwegian Hollow Road when he lost control while negotiating a curve. The vehicle went off the roadway and overturned four times, coming to stop on the vehicle wheels. Burke and his passenger, Skyler Britt, 18, Gays Mills, were both ejected from the vehicle.

Both were taken to Vernon Memorial Hospital. Britt was treated for a broken arm.  Burke sustained some broken bones and a head injury and was later transferred to Gundersen Health in La Crosse.

The vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene.

Burke was cited for failure to keep the vehicle under control and no seat belt use.

Tue
25
Jul

Man injured in motorcycle accident

On July 16, at 7:42 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a motorcycle crash on Dutch Ridge Road at the intersection of Rhien Hollow Road in Wauzeka Township. 

John Kuntz, 66, Fennimore, was traveling west on Dutch Ridge Road and operating a 2011 Can Am Spider motorcycle. Kuntz lost control of the motorcycle while negotiating the curve and went into a corn field on the north side of the roadway. Kuntz was transported to Crossing Rivers Health by Tri State EMS for further treatment of his injuries. Kuntz was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash.

Tue
25
Jul

Mosquito species capable of transmitting Zika virus found in Dane County not concerning

MADISON—Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Medical Entomology Laboratory and health officials from the Department of Health Services and Public Health Madison-Dane County announced this week that the Aedes albopictus mosquito has been found in Dane County. This is the first documentation of this species of mosquito in Wisconsin. 

Aedes albopictus is one type of mosquito that is capable of spreading Zika virus; however, there is no evidence of Zika-infected mosquitoes in Wisconsin. 

The discovery of Aedes albopictus is unlikely to indicate an elevated risk of locally-transmitted Zika virus in Wisconsin. Zika virus is primarily spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which survives in warmer climates, and has not been found in Wisconsin or any neighboring states. 

Tue
25
Jul

$28k short of bringing Aunt Marianne sculpture to PdC park


The sculpture torso has been covered with the silicon rubber mold material. The bumps embedded in the mold are there to register with the plaster backing which will be applied in sections to keep the mold firm. When this is done and all sections are complete, they will be removed from the clay model and the sections will be ready for receiving the sculpture wax. (Submitted photo)

The life-sized clay sculpture of Aunt Marianne LaBuche, the next statue planned for the Mississippi River Sculpture Park in Prairie du Chien, has been taken to the bronze foundry in Milwaukee.

To achieve the complete foundry processes, along with shipping and insurance, $28,300 is yet needed to bring the Aunt Marianne LaBuche statue to the park. Her arrival is highly anticipated. To donate, visit http://mrspfundraising.blogspot.com or contact the sculpture park committee at Mississippi River Sculpture Park, P.O. Box 395, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821, or mrsppdc@gmail.com.

Mon
24
Jul

Prairie Legion is Statebound


Jon Dyer scores on a squeeze bunt by Drake Coleman in the fourth inning against visiting Viroqua in the regional championship game Sunday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Peyton Hall scores in the fourth inning versus Viroqua in the regional title game.

Gavin Greene fires in a pitch in the championship game while Cory Check plays short.

Chas Sagedahl defends at first base against Viroqua.

 

Grasshoppers on a roll, 

excited about state tournament

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
24
Jul

Blues fest marks 20 years with ‘The Voice’ finalist, ZZ Top tribute band


Laith Al-Saadi was a 2016 finalist on TV’s “The Voice.” He will perform Friday, July 28, at 7 p.m., at the Prairie Dog Blues Festival in Prairie du Chien.

Eliminator, a ZZ Top tribute band, will undoubtedly enliven the blues fest crowd with its spot-on reproduction of the classic songs and costumes—beards and all—as well as a show that includes the famous spinning guitars.

By Correne Martin

From the iconic, spinning fuzzy guitars of Eliminator, a ZZ Top tribute band, to the powerful and soulful vocals of Laith Al-Saadi, 2016 “The Voice” finalist, the 20th annual Prairie Dog Blues Festival is a party that won’t disappoint, set for this weekend in Prairie du Chien. In addition, 10 vibrantly stylistic music acts will play the perfect mix of global blues varieties that you’ve come to expect from the blues festival.

This year’s event is Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29, on St. Feriole Island. Tickets for one or both days, as well as on-site camping passes, can be purchased at the gate.

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