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South Korea offers free book to Korean War veterans

To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War, the Wisconsin Departments of Military Affairs and Veterans Affairs are partnering to distribute a special book to those veterans who served in that conflict.

“Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans for 60 Years of Growth” is available for free to Korean War Veterans or family members as a gift of gratitude from the Korean government. The hardbound, full-color, 175-page commemorative is provided to honor these great veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.

Nearly 1.8 million Americans served in Korea from 1950 to 1953, and over 36,000 were killed. More than 132,000 men and women from Wisconsin served in the war. Today, there are over 40,000 Korean War veterans living in Wisconsin.

The book was published in Salt Lake City and was paid for by the South Korean public and private sectors. The free book is available to be picked up at the following locations:

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Four new personnel fill vacancies on Prairie du Chien Fire Department

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Police and Fire Commission approved, at its Jan. 9 meeting, the hiring of four new fire department personnel.

According to Fire Chief Harry Remz, there were six vacancies in the Prairie du Chien Fire Department.

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Peoples State Bank gives $100,000 to hospital foundation

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Just before the holidays, members of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital Foundation and hospital leadership joined together to thank Peoples State Bank for their major gift to the capital campaign. Pictured (from left) are Paul Ginkel, hospital board chair; Sasha Dull, foundation director; Mark Forsythe, president of Peoples State Bank; Duane Rogers, senior vice president of Peoples State Bank; Fred Huebsch, foundation board chair; Maria Brummel, foundation board member; Bill Sexton, hospital chief executive officer.

Peoples State Bank recently made a major contribution toward the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital Foundation’s capital campaign. Peoples State Bank’s gift of $100,000 will help to fund the construction of the new state-of-the-art hospital, which will serve the region of southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa.

Fred Huebsch, foundation board president, commended the bank for the great level of involvement and support they provide to the region.

“As a locally-owned bank, Peoples supports our communities at a truly extraordinary level. The foundation board and I thank Peoples State Bank for their investment toward the new hospital project, which will have a great and lasting impact on our communities,” Huebsch said.

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New Crawford County Fairest to be named Jan. 24

The Crawford County Fairest of the Fair Gala will be held in Eastman on Friday, Jan. 24, at the Friendship Hall of the Eastman United Methodist Church on Main Street. The pre-gala reception will start at 6 p.m. and include music and a dessert auction preview. The dinner and awards gala start at 7 p.m., followed by the fundraising dessert auction. Dinner is being provided by the Steuben River Runners.

Tickets can be purchased at the UW-Extension office in Prairie du Chien or they can be reserved by calling the office at 326-0223.

This year’s contestants in the Crawford County Fairest of the Fair will be Sarah Achenbach and Mikaela Baker. Marie Achenbach is also running to be the Crawford County Future Fairest of the Fair. The Fairest of the Fair and her attendant will be announced at the gala.

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Crawford County Fairest takes Wisconsin crown

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Crawford County Fairest of the Fair Kaitlyn Riley, of Mt. Zion, was named the 2014 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair at the 91st Annual Convention of Fairs held at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Riley will now embark on a year of promotions and appearances around the state as the official hostess of the Wisconsin State Fair, the first from Crawford County. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Crawford County Fairest of the Fair Kaitlyn Riley went into Wednesday’s 2014 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair competition at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells feeling it was a long shot to attain the title of the 48th Wisconsin Fairest. She was up against 39 other contestants from all over the state who were just as deserving of the honor.

“It’s a competition, but we all became friends,” she said, “so I think we were all just happy to be there and excited about what a wonderful opportunity we had been given.”

But by the end of the night, Kaitlyn was named to the top 10 and the top five, eventually emerging as the winner of the crown, the sash and the title. She will now embark on a year of promotions and appearances around the state as the official hostess of the Wisconsin State Fair, the first in Crawford County’s six-year history in the program.

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Pretty in pink: New Year’s baby has arrived


Proud mama Angela Benish shows off her new bundle of joy Jaelynn. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

On the coldest day in January, a precious new baby girl was welcomed into the world at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital, and her name is Jaelynn.
Jaelynn Autumn Faulkner was born through an emergency C-section on Monday Jan. 6, 2014, at 9:58 a.m.

Mom Angela Benish and dad Josey Faulkner were happy to hold their new daughter who was 7 pounds, 5 ounces and 19.8 inches long.

The family’s doctor who oversaw the process was Dr. Robert Key.

Being Angela’s third child, Jaelynn will join two siblings, Brittany, 15, and Tyler, 13, at home in Monona, Iowa.

With a lot of family birthdays in December, Jaelynn almost ending up sharing her birthday with someone, including her sister Brittany.

“She just had to have her own day,” Angela commented, who wished Jaelynn could have arrived on a somewhat warmer day. “I was even hoping she’d come before the end of the year.”

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"Fun"-Raising Follies an entertaining dream to benefit Sculpture Park


Aunt Marianne LaBuche, Prairie du Chien’s first female doctor, walked about the “Little Theatre” in the Prairie du Chien High School and told audience members about herself while they were waiting for the “Fun”-Raising Follies to start on Saturday night. LaBuche was played by Sarah Ronnevik-Barootian.

Keep your eyes on the road if you’re driving with “Seven Little Girls and Fred.”

Dan Harwood wonders why his wife, who later accompanied him on the Johnny and June Carter song “Jackson,” just can’t love him like his dog does.

Assisting Cindy Hertrampf with her song “Looking Through the Eyes of Love” were the Dream Dancers including Mike McCoy, Tom Nelson, Mike Valley, Kurt Jorgenson, Eric Temte (left), Ken Stoeffler (center) and Dave Hemmer (right).

In the spirit of the season, (front, from left) Eric Temte, Norb Aschom, (back) Terri Connell, Nancy Becker and Cathy Swenson sang “Let it Snow.” (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

Nick Barootian offers his advice that all men marry “up” with the help of the song “Take a Sparkly Pair of Eyes.”

Uncle Cletus, played by Mike McCoy, told the audience how he learned to tell time by lifting a cow’s utter.

The grand finale of the follies featured the entire cast of the show in one big performance starting with the Kazoo marching band and ending with a bow from the show’s hosts Cindy Hertrampf, Tom Nelson and Mike McCoy. After the show’s conclusion, it was announced that fans could look forward to future follies, which you will not want to miss.
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John Marvin

 

John Herold Marvin, 85, of Madison, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 8. 

He was born on April 24, 1928, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Gladys and Allen Marvin. John was a longtime resident of Madison. He went to UW-Madison and continued to work as the Art Director at the university until his retirement. John travelled extensively to Easter Island, China, and Czechoslovakia. He was also an expert in the field of genealogy. 

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Virginia Eichmann

 

Virginia T. Eichmann, 77, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Postville passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born June 19, 1936 in Milwaukee, the daughter of Arthur and Cecelia (Weis) Drefahl. She married Edgar Eichmann on June 3, 1961 in Milwaukee. Virginia was a librarian for the Postville Public Library for 15 years. She was a devoted member of St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Postville, and an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross. She was a member of the Quilters Guild and involved with Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien. 

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Bernice Cathman

 

Bernice E. Cathman, 91, of Prairie du Chien passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born Oct. 15, 1922 in Lancaster, the daughter of Joseph and Clara (Hoffman) Esser. She married Cletus Cathman on Jan. 17, 1944.  Together they farmed in the Glen Haven area until Cletus’ death in October of 1987. Bernice then moved to Prairie du Chien where she became the gardener at the Villa Louis. She loved to garden and had quite the “green thumb.” Bernice was also a great cook and enjoyed crocheting. 

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