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Wed
23
Apr

Democratic candidates rally in Wauzeka


Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Mary Burke walks to the podium at Century Hall April 16 as Senator Jennifer Shilling and a room full of ralliers applaud. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

About 175 people filled Century Hall in Wauzeka on the evening of April 16 for a Democratic Candidate Forum, featuring Mary Burke, Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate. Additional dignitaries included 32nd District Senator Jennifer Shilling, who emceed the event; 96th Assembly candidate Pete Flesch, who hails from Crawford County; three candidates for attorney general, Ismael Ozanne, Jon Richards and Susan Happ; and 51st Assembly candidate Pat Bomhack.

Each of the speakers addressed the group—as citizens applauded, cheered and shouted comments—during the one-and-a-half hour rally. The South West Education Association sponsored the event, which also offered a brat feed and social hour.

Wed
23
Apr

Marquette Road, from Mooney to La Pointe, will become three lanes

By Correne Martin

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation was noticeably absent at the Prairie du Chien Common Council meeting Tuesday night, in spite of council action to amend a contract for the 2017 Marquette Road project, calling for a three-lane road to be constructed from Mooney Street to La Pointe Street. The section of road will include two driving lanes and a center turn lane, along with eight-foot shoulders for right-hand turns.

“The DOT does not plan to have anyone at tonight’s meeting, as they feel they’ve made their case,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said.

Wed
23
Apr

Bicentennial Celebration to honor the War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien


The War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien is commemorated every year on the historic Villa Louis grounds on St. Feriole Island. This year, in celebration of the bicentennial of the 1814 battle, the historic re-enactment will take place (July 19-20) at the Villa Louis once again. But also, a multitude of unique and historical events are being planned or restructured this year to honor the bicentennial and involve the public in the enjoyment.

By Correne Martin

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814), which was the only battle of the 32-month War of 1812 to be fought on Wisconsin soil. The British won the battle but eventually lost the territory that became the state of Wisconsin.

“This is one important aspect of our state history that the residents should be proud of and should want to honor,” said Susan Caya-Slusser, site director of the Villa Louis Historic Site in Prairie du Chien.

To commemorate the city’s role in this historic conflict, a local Bicentennial Committee is planning events and awareness efforts for the public to enjoy this spring, summer and fall. The committee consists of officials from the Fort Crawford Museum, Villa Louis, Prairie du Chien Memorial Library, City of Prairie du Chien, Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Council, and Parks and Recreation Department.

Wed
23
Apr

Track team hosts 61st Annual Prairie Relays

Prairie Relays
Prairie’s Liz LaHaie races in the 1600-meter run Monday. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

The Prairie du Chien track team hosted the 61st Prairie Relays Monday afternoon.

Prairie du Chien finished 10th in the boys meet out of 14 teams with a team total of 19 points. Platteville won with 131.

Prairie du Chien’s Alex Chandler finished second in the 400-meter dash in a time of 53.26. 

Brady Powers took third in the pole vault at 13-0.

Wed
23
Apr

Community Garden

 

PdC Community 

Garden getting ready

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Now that gardening season has arrived, prospective gardeners in the Prairie du Chien area may wish to join the Prairie du Chien Community Garden at the Faith Evangelical Free Church, 1110 E. Cass Street. 

Wed
23
Apr

Skate Park

 

Skate Park to get 

equipment May 19

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There’s good news for skateboarders in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area. Six or seven skateboarding units will be installed on May 19 and 20 by the American Ramp Company of Joplin, Mo. at the Prairie du Chien Skate Park. 

Tue
22
Apr

James Wager

James R. Wagar, age 46, of Beetown, passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Grant Regional Health Center, Lancaster.

Tue
22
Apr

James Reising

James Eugene Reising, 83, of Wauzeka, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the Prairie Maison Healthcare Center in Prairie du Chien.

He was born April 22, 1930 the son of Eugene and Francis (Fitzmaurice) Reising. James started as a first generation farmer in Harvard, Ill., later moving to Wauzeka to continue farming in 1973. James was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed spending his winters in Florida after retiring and loved golfing and his John Deere tractors. He married Dorothy Weidner in Harvard, Ill., on Sept. 5, 1953. She preceded him in death on May 9, 1987.

Tue
22
Apr

Theresa Marso

Theresa Marie Marso, born Aug. 5, 1940, in Prairie du Chien, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 1, at her home in Ocala, Fla., as a result of ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease. 

She was the daughter of Vencil G. and Mildred M. (Mara) Forst.

She graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1958. Theresa worked at National Decorated Metal, in Prairie du Chien, after graduation.

Tue
22
Apr

John Wolfram

John J. Wolfram, age 78, of Prairie du Chien, died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 16, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital.

John was born Nov. 19, 1935, in Warren, Ill., the son of Cletus and Florence (Murray) Wolfram. He married Glenda Bennett on June 1, 1957, in Shullsburg. 

He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Glenda Wolfram of Prairie du Chien, his daughter Deborah (Dean) Eckhoff, of Oxford, Ohio; his sons, Steven (Karen) Wolfram of Menomonee Falls, and Daniel (Patcharee) Wolfram, of Bangkok, Thailand; his sister Marge (John) Thornton, of Marshfield; along with six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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