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Wed
18
Jun

Auction to liquidate Wyalusing Academy furnishings Friday


Parts from this old Honda Trail 70, which was found behind an interior wall at the former Wyalusing Academy, will be among the items for sale at the liquidation auction Friday, June 20, at 11 a.m.

These commercial washers (on the right) and dryers are part of the auction listing for the Wyalusing Academy liquidation, set for this Friday morning on Beaumont Road in Prairie du Chien.

By Correne Martin

A liquidation auction of Wyalusing Academy’s school equipment, commercial kitchen and laundry equipment and other special items is set for Friday, June 20 at 11 a.m.

Kramer Auction Service will lead the sale of the interior furnishings at the former Wyalusing Academy property on Beaumont Road in Prairie du Chien.

“This sale includes pretty much anything they used to teach, house or feed the students there. There may be very few items from when it was St. Mary’s Academy, but most of it is from when it was Wyalusing Academy,” said Curt Kramer, auctioneer.

Wed
18
Jun

Price Is Right for PdC man who wins ‘a brand new car’


Kevin Tesar and his sons, Kristian and Kirk, attended a January taping of the Price Is Right game show in Los Angeles. Kevin, who lives in Prairie du Chien, was selected from a crowd of 300 to be a contestant on the show. He was one of the first four to “Come on down!” to the front row, he won a new car in the Money Game and got to spin the Big Wheel. The show featuring his enthusiastic antics will air on CBS Monday, June 23 at 10 a.m. central standard time.

By Correne Martin

The Price Is Right studio was so noisy from the enthusiastic crowd, that when Kevin Tesar was summoned to “Come on down!” during a taping this winter, he didn’t even hear of his fortune. It wasn’t until he saw his name on a white poster board held up by a stagehand that Kevin realized he had been chosen from the audience as a contestant for the famed game show’s front row.

“When they call your name, your heart drops. I just went irate down the aisle,” Kevin said.

The Prairie du Chien resident attended the January taping with his two sons, Kirk and Kristian, as part of a fun, four-day trip the three took to Los Angeles. The show, on which Kevin makes his small screen debut, is expected to air on CBS on Monday, June 23, at 10 a.m. central standard time.

Tue
17
Jun

Otto Francis Svacina

 

Otto Francis Svacina, 92, passed away on May 13, with his daughters by his side. 

Mon
16
Jun

Suttons married 70 years

George and Adeline (Chamberlain) Sutton
George and Adeline (Chamberlain) Sutton

 

George and Adeline (Chamberlain) Sutton were married on June 17, 1944, in Prairie du Chien. They have lived in Prairie du Chien for most of their married life, where they raised their seven children. George was owner of Sutton Insurance before his retirement. They have been active members of ARC, and were instrumental in developing services and programming for the developmentally and physically disabled, including building the Opportunity Center. They continue to advocate for those in need and serve their community in any way possible. George and Adeline are also proud grandparents and great-grandparents of 34.

 
Mon
16
Jun

Area teacher receives Crystal Apple honors

Deb Benish and Crystal Apple Honorable mentions
Seneca kindergarten teacher Deb Benish (pictured right, front) was nominated by parent Holly Liedtke to receive one of five Crystal Apple awards. Out of about 300 nominees, Benish received one of 10 honorable mentions for her outstanding work with the students of her district. Other teachers receiving awards or nominations were (pictured above in no particular order) Janet Shuda, Lisabeth Langer, Heather Schmitz, Katherine Wallace, Dale Schulz, Nicole Kartman, Marc Heuer, Tony Cina and Robert Bramlett, along with Leigh Mills and John Stofflet of NBC15 News. (Photo submitted)

 

By Caitlin Bittner

 

In an area full of small town spirit, we find ourselves surrounded by all-around good people. One such person, who was recently recognized for her excellence, was Seneca kindergarten teacher Deb Benish.

Mon
16
Jun

Always a great time at the Prairie Villa Rendezvous


Colorful characters abound at the Prairie Villa Rendezvous. Buckskinner Bob Zuidema takes a break along with Aspen and Takota Friday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Josie Kramer takes her turn at “nails” while Karly Kramer looks on Friday afternoon.

Lindsey Nolan and Madeline Fisher of Prairie du Chien enjoy a unique tug of war Friday afternoon. The girls were evenly matched, with each winning about half the time.

Jeremy Heisz of rural Prairie du Chien stands next to his BMW motorcycle with sidecar during the Flea Market Friday. Heisz purchased the BMW (circa 1950s) from a World War II museum in Portage.

The face might be a warning as to the contents of this jug displayed at Dakota Stoneware of Bushnell, S.D.
Mon
16
Jun

Taxi driver found dead in trunk following crash

LA CROSSE—Police found a taxi driver dying in the trunk of his car after a high-speed chase ended in a crash early Friday in Holmen.

Authorities said Timmy Lansing Johnson Jr., 25, of Lancaster, abducted and beat the 79-year-old Platteville taxi driver Thursday, just hours after Johnson was released from Grant County jail.

A La Crosse officer tried to stop the unmarked cab, which had been reported stolen, about 1:10 a.m. at Second and La Crosse streets when the driver did not match the victim’s description.

Johnson sped north through La Crosse and Onalaska on Hwy 35 and reached nearly 115 mph before crashing into another car and rolling near the junction with Highway 53, according to La Crosse police.

Authorities tried to revive the victim, who was found in the trunk of the 1994 Ford Taurus. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim’s injuries suggested he was beaten prior to the crash, police said. An autopsy is underway.

Mon
16
Jun

Woman allegedly possesses meth

A 32-year-old Prairie du Chien woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Tamara Messler faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Messler was pulled over by a Prairie du Chien police officer for a defective license plate lamp on May 16 at approximately 11 p.m.

During the traffic stop, the officer performed a chemical field test on the contents of one of several baggies that he found in the vehicle and also on a smoking device found in the vehicle. The samples tested positive for the presence of meth, according to the complaint.

Mon
16
Jun

New unclaimed property lists published statewide

The Wisconsin Unclaimed Property Program is publishing the new names received in 2014 in newspapers statewide now through the end of June, according to Wisconsin State Treasurer Kurt Schuller.
Each year, corporations turn over cash, securities and the contents of safe deposit boxes to the state. The unclaimed property unit helps reunite Wisconsinites or former Wisconsin residents and businesses with lost funds.

“We want people to have their money,” Treasurer Schuller said. “We have more unclaimed property valued at more than $400 million in our treasury account. Unclaimed property staff work hard to get these financial assets or items back to rightful owners and heirs.”

Mon
16
Jun

Former Olympic rower hopes to raise $1 million by traveling the Mississippi


John Pritchard has a nice visit with Richmond.

These are what the Victorian skiffs look like that John and his Challenge Crew will be rowing down the Mississippi River.

By Ted Pennekamp

It’s not all that unusual anymore for someone to paddle the length of the Mississippi River from its source in Lake Itasca to New Orleans. A trip planned to begin in August by John Pritchard of England does have its unusual features, however, along with a local connection.

Pritchard is the husband of Julie Williamson Pritchard, who is a cousin of Angie Finney of Wauzeka. Pritchard, a former Olympic and Cambridge Blue rower, will row in a wooden Victorian skiff on his journey down the Mighty Mississippi.

In addition, Pritchard is attempting to raise $1 million for the charity “Right to Play,” and will take people with him along the way. Pritchard will be in one skiff and another experienced rower will be in another skiff. People can join them in their skiffs at numerous points on the journey for two days of rowing which will consist of about 30 miles per day.

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