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Rita Lester

 

Rita Lester of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday April 5, at the Prairie Maison Healthcare Center. 

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Jeanne Novey

 

Jeanne M. Novey, 87, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, April 4, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

She was born April 3, 1927 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Clarence and Wilhelmina (Campbell) Welsch. She married Edward Novey on Nov. 30, 1946 at St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on June 11, 1990. Jeanne was devoted to her family and over the years enjoyed hosting many holidays and family events. Jeanne loved playing cards, fishing and was an avid Wisconsin Badger, Green Bay Packer and Tiger Woods fan.

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Ritters celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Sam and Marsha Ritter, of Prairie du Chien, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on April 11 with family and a trip to Ireland. Sam and Marsha were married April 11, 1964, at Free Methodist Church in Waterloo. Sam is retired from the CN Railroad after 44 years. Marsha is retired from Ameriprise Financial. Their family includes Jeff and Sue Ritter, of Prairie du Chien, and Michele and Tim Hanson, of Waterloo. They have five grandchildren, Chelsey and Carley Ritter, of Prairie du Chien, and Whitney, Katelyn and Sam Hanson, of Waterloo.

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Klemas honor 50 years of marriage

John “Jack” and Virginia (Breuer) Klema, Eastman, celebrated their 50th anniversary earlier this year. Jack and Virginia were married at Holy Mary Help of Christians Church, Glen Haven, on Jan. 7, 1964. They have six children, Don, Chris (Nissa), Dan (Maria), Carolyn, Kevin and Pat; and 10 grandchildren. The couple will celebrate their anniversary with a get-together at the Wauzeka Century Hall, April 12 at 5:30 p.m.

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Burke and other Democratic candidates featured at forum April 16 in Wauzeka

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke will be accompanied by a host of other Democratic candidates at a public forum on Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. at Century Hall, 213 E. Front St., Wauzeka. The public is welcome to attend this South West Education Association hosted event.

Prior to the forum, attendees are invited to enjoy a brat feed at 5 p.m. and socialize with the candidates, including Burke. The forum will start at 6 and is anticipated to last a couple of hours.
In addition to Burke, those sharing in the rally will include:

Senator Jennifer Shilling, District 32;
Pete Flesch, candidate for Assembly District 96;
Pat Bomhack, candidate for Assembly District 51;
Ernie Wittwer, candidate for Senate District 17; and
All three Democrats running for Attorney General: Ismael Ozanne, Jon Richards and Susan Happ.

For more information, please call (608) 348-2234, ext. 3.

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Possible inappropriate conduct by Crawford County employee being investigated

During an emergency meeting of the Crawford County Personnel Committee April 2, the committee voted unanimously to hire Attorney William E. Morgan to investigate allegations of conduct by a county employee that may be contrary to county personnel policies, or otherwise inappropriate. Morgan is to report his investigative findings to the Personnel Committee along with any recommendation he may have for corrective action.

Personnel Committee members present were Greg Russell, Wade Dull and Mary Jane Faas. County Board Chairman Pete Flesch, along with Finance Committee members Duane Rogers and Tom Cornford were also present.

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Traffic stop leads to cocaine arrest

On April 2 at 11:45 p.m., a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with expired registration plates.  

This vehicle was stopped at East Blackhawk Avenue and Saint Lo Drive in the city of Prairie du Chien. Driving the vehicle was Erin M. Peterson, 22, McGregor, and her passenger Nathaniel Bueno, 29, Postville. Deputies located drug paraphernalia on Bueno’s person, that he admitted he used for smoking “crack” cocaine. Bueno was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine.  

Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department were the Prairie du Chien Police Department and Clayton County’s K9 Unit.

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Prairie du Chien man announces run against Ron Kind

Tony Kurtz, of Prairie du Chien, has announced that he has filed to run as a Republican in Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District, which runs across western Wisconsin. Kurtz said he is motivated to run due to the incumbent Representative Ron Kind’s (D, La Crosse) inability to address job creation, quality health care, a balanced budget, and deficit reduction.

“I am running for a few simple reasons. For the past few years, like so many others, I believe that our federal government has not been working for the people of western Wisconsin. Too many special interest groups have soured our political process and have made our federal government, for lack of a better term, dysfunctional,” Kurtz stated. “This is not targeted at a specific party. Both parties have caused this tone in Washington to deteriorate to such a point that our nation stands still, waiting for the next political shoe to drop. Frankly, I am tired of these games and am ready to get some work done.”

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Hospital progress benefits the local economy

crane
Six air-handling units were crane-set on the rooftops of Prairie du Chien’s new health care center a little more than one week ago. The largest weighed around 27,000 pounds and measured 50 feet by 20 feet. The units were custom-fabricated and delivered from Michigan. They will provide an economical way of heating, cooling and humidifying the facility. Also, by being on the rooftops, they will not take up square footage inside the facility. (Provided photos)

In quite the impressive site, one of the air-handling units for the hospital was loaded onto a crane recently so it could be set on the rooftop of the facility.

The back of the new health care center shows varying heights and depths, which add to the appeal of the design. The Medical Office Building, where the professional office space of the hospital will be located, is shown encapsulated in plastic on the north end of the facility.

By Correne Martin

The new, state-of-the-art hospital in Prairie du Chien will be quite the statement piece when it’s completed around late February of 2015. The local workforce behind the $50 million construction effort has been a strong part of creating that eventual statement—an attractive and modern health care center that will significantly transform the visual landscape and the resources of the community.

General contractor Market & Johnson, and its subcontractors—many of which are locally established or hire local labor—have made it through the hard winter in stride with the project schedule.

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Road work ahead

Highway 35 project
Near Picatee Creek Road on Friday afternoon, a truck drives over one of the bridges that will be repaired on Highway 35 from Prairie du Chien to Lynxville this summer. The bridgework is needed because of damage caused by flash flooding last year. The project began on Monday, April 7. The highway will be one lane at the project sites. The Wisconsin DOT is doing the project.

 

Spring road 

projects ahead

By Ted Pennekamp

 

In addition to the Marquette Road project in the city of Prairie du Chien, there will be various other road projects in Crawford County this spring. 

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