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Garry Michael Berger


Garry Michael Berger, 59, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 in La Crosse, surrounded by his children in prayer and worship. 

He was born Thursday, June 21, 1957 to Charles and Mary (Richter) Berger in St. Charles, Ill.


Constance Lee Wagner


Constance Lee Wagner, 68, of Jacksonville, Ark., formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away Sept. 22, at her home following a brief battle with cancer. 

She was born Nov. 13, 1947, the second oldest of five children to Merrill and Wanda (Thompson) Rutter.


Julie K. Bruegmann


Julie K. Bruegmann, age 52, of Wauzeka, passed away suddenly on Monday, Sept. 26, at Gundersen-Boscobel area Hospital.

Julie was born on Aug. 4, 1964, at Blue Island, Ill. to Dale and Gayle (Kay) Bruegmann. She was a graduate of Wauzeka High School. She attended UW-La Crosse, Southwest Tech, and Madison Vocational School.


Seneca Versus Wauzeka-Steuben

Seneca’s Liv Swanson skies for the spike against host Wauzeka-Steuben. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Amari McCarthy pops the ball over Seneca’s Erin Sime in Ridge and Valley action Monday night.

Seneca’s Erin Sime hits the ball to the Wauzeka-Steuben side as Emily Garfoot (4) gets ready.

The Hornets’ Tatem Baures slams the ball back to Seneca during the first game.

Erin Sime of Seneca (3) hits the ball back to Allison Oswald (6) and Molly Heisz (1) of Wauzeka-Steuben Monday night.


Seneca sweeps Wauzeka-Steuben

The Seneca volleyball team defeated host Wauzeka-Steuben three games to none in a Ridge and Valley contest Monday night. 

Seneca has a 6-2 overall record and a 3-0 conference record. Wauzeka-Steuben is 2-7 overall and 2-4 in the Ridge and Valley. 

Wauzeka-Steuben will travel to Kickapoo on Sept. 29. Seneca will travel to De Soto on Sept. 29.


Multiple citations and injuries consequences from accident

A one-vehicle crash in Patch Grove Township Friday, Sept. 23, resulted in multiple citations for a Bloomington man, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office reported.

At about 9:35 p.m., the sheriff’s office was notified of a crash near Harville Road, from which several occupants of the vehicle were being transported to the hospital via private vehicle for injuries sustained in the crash.


Driver crashes into house in Bloomington

One man was cited for numerous operating violations after a car versus house crash in Bloomington Sept. 16, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 7:40 a.m., that Friday, deputies responded to a report of the crash at 525 Canal St. Authorities said, Jacob Johnson, 23, of Bloomington, was traveling southbound on Highway 35/Canal St. in his 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. He left the roadway while negotiating a curve, hopped the curb, and struck the front porch of a house at that location. After the crash, Johnson fled the scene, according to a sheriff’s office report.

Residents were home at the time of the crash, but were not injured. The house sustained damages to its front porch. Johnson’s vehicle sustained heavy front end damages and was removed from the scene by B&M Towing, of Bloomington.


Special night for Prairie du Chien chamber

Louanne Davis, who owns The Pickett Fence along with husband Ken, received the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce’s most prestigious and longstanding award during the annual meeting Tuesday night. The C.F. LaPointe Award, named after Fred LaPointe, who was the Chamber’s executive director from 1976 through 1994, is given to an employee of, or an owner of, a Chamber member business who goes above and beyond their normal job-related duties to enrich the Prairie du Chien business community. Louanne and Ken are pictured with Chamber Director and CEO Bob Moses.

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and awards presentation Tuesday evening at Lady Luck Casino’s Lone Wolf Bar in Marquette. Over 150 Chamber members and guests attended. Board members, ambassadors, tourism council members and economic development board members were recognized for their contributions toward the business community of Prairie du Chien. Special recognition was given to a number of local businesses that hit milestone years of being in business, while others were honored for going above and beyond for the community. Those businesses were represented by the people pictured (front row, from left): Ross Ritchie, son of Don and Edith Ritchie, Ritchie’s Jewelry Store, 65 years in business; Curt Zinkle, chamber president; Louanne Davis, The Pickett Fence, C.F. LaPointe Award; Bob Moses, chamber director and CEO; Rick Morovits, Cabela’s, 20 years in business; (back row) Rick Powell, Walmart, 30 years in business; Steven Lidberg, Solomon Corporation, New Business of the Year; Mike Valley, Valley Fish and Cheese, President’s Award; Randy Weeks, Design Homes, 50 years in business; Brent Posten, Spahn and Rose Lumber Company, 25 years in business; and Mike Garrity, Garrity Funeral Home, 70 years in business. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Chamber Board President Curt Zinkle (left) presented the 2016 President's Award to Mike Valley of Valley Fish and Cheese for his contributions to both the board and the business community.

The crowd that attended was over 150.

The Lady Luck Casino Lone Wolf Lounge hosted the evening's meeting and dinner.

Door prizes were donated by local businesses.

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and awards banquet at the Lady Luck Casino Lone Wolf Bar in Marquette Tuesday night. Over 150 members and guests attended from the membership of 350.

Chamber Director and CEO Bob Moses emceed the event and shared some information about the organization’s past year.

“Because Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce members invest in the organization, opportunities such as new programs, services, member referrals, events, networking opportunities, marketing strategies and sponsorships are available as a return investment,” he said.


Eastman native awarded Quilt of Valor

Eastman-born, Vietnam-era serviceman Terry Kramer recently received a Quilt of Valor He is pictured with his family, including his siblings and his wife (from left): Gaylord, Cal, Terry, Corinne, Bud, Linda, Karen and Duke. (Submitted photo)

Sue Lynch (left), a Prairie du Chien resident and member of the Northeast Iowa Quilter’s Guild, presented Terry Kramer with his Quilt of Valor and certificate of significance. He is pictured with Mary Lynn Quamme, a classmate who requested Kramer receive the honorable award.

By Correne Martin

Eastman native Terry Kramer was among the American prisoners of war captured in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. He spent 157 days, mostly in captivity.

“There were 11 of us. We weren’t physically tortured at all. They did feed us. We had fish, rice, dog—if you can believe it—and green bananas.”

Kramer went into the service in January 1967. He went to Vietnam in January 1968 and his unit was in charge of distributing supplies along the Mekong River.

“We went into Cambodia and took a wrong turn. That’s when we were captured,” Kramer said.

The Australian Embassy ambassador negotiated for the release and repatriation of Kramer and his fellow detainees in December 1968.

A book was even written by Neil Manton in 2007 about these prisoners of war, called “Strange Flowers of the Diplomatic Vine: U.S. Detainees in Cambodia.”


Heaps of damage revealed after waters recede

Numerous roads throughout Crawford County sustained major damage due to the heavy rain of Sept. 21 and Sept. 22. This is County B near Star Valley Road. (Photos by Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock)

The bridge on West Point Road in the town of Utica was damaged.

A large hole was created next to the bridge on West Point Road in the town of Utica.

West Point Road in the town of Utica suffered various areas of damage.

Debris was removed at the bridge on County H west of Highway 131.

A large amount of debris and road upheaval occurred at this location on County C.

All bridges in the county held but many sustained major damage.

There was undermining and debris at several bridges.

A raging Rush Creek north of Ferryville took out a large section of Rush Creek Road.

By Ted Pennekamp


Heavy rains that began the night of Sept. 21 and lasted until the early morning hours of Sept. 22, led to raging, flooding streams and a flooding Kickapoo River. In the aftermath, Crawford and surrounding counties are dealing with numerous areas of damage to roads, bridges, crops and private residences. 


Dennis Roland Andert


Dennis Roland Andert, 72, of Ferryville, passed away Sept. 27, from pancreatic cancer.

Dennis was born in Milwaukee on March 24, 1944. He graduated from Custer High School, class of 1962. Dennis joined the Army Reserves completing six years of service.


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