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Pucker up for a ‘lucky’ kiss at Droppin’ of the Carp


“Lucky, the Carp” is the center of attention at the annual Droppin’ of the Carp. She will be sparkling in all her glory once again this year, at Lucky Park, Tuesday night for New Year’s Eve, waiting for all superstitious event-goers to plant kisses on her lips in exchange for good fortune in 2014. If you can’t pass up the opportunity to capture that special moment with “Lucky,” dress up in your warmest, most creative and amusing outfit and join in the fun in downtown Prairie du Chien. (File photo by Randy Paske)

By Correne Martin

Whether you believe the number 13 is lucky or not, the 13th annual Droppin’ of the Carp at Lucky Park in downtown Prairie du Chien could bring you a little good fortune in the new year. This is only if you buy into the superstition and plant a kiss on the world-renowned local fish, “Lucky, the carp,” on New Year’s Eve Tuesday night. It would make for a good photo opportunity, if nothing else.

Of course, there’s much more to the Droppin’ of the Carp and Carp Fest than the lowering of “Lucky,” but the famous frozen fish is certainly the most felicitous aspect of the entire celebration. Between 2,500 and 3,500 fans attend the carp drop from year to year, and this holiday, despite a chilly New Year’s forecast, an enthusiastic crowd is expected yet again.

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Wendy Kotte

 

Wendy P. Kotte, 49, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 27, at the Mayo Franciscan Health Center in La Crosse. 

She was born Oct. 27, 1964 in Milwaukee, the daughter of Patrick and Judy (Wagner) Benish. She married Chris Kotte on Oct. 16, 1999 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien. Wendy owned and operated the Windy Cove Shops in Prairie du Chien and Platteville. She was involved as a Cub Scout den leader, parent teacher organizations along with several other volunteer groups. 

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Kathryn Evans

 

Kathryn M. Evans, 93, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

She was born June 29, 1920 in Mt. Hope, the daughter of Louis and Kathryn (Elliott) Degenhardt. She married Mason Evans on April 13, 1940 in Elkader, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 12, 1993. Kathryn was an active member of St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. 

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Flynt Kussmaul

 

Flynt Nancy Kussmaul passed away on Dec. 9 at her home in Sarasota, Fla. due to heart disease.

She was born Nov. 5, 1948 in Prairie du Chien to Allen and Dorris Kussmaul. She graduated from West Grant High School in 1966 and then attended 4 year at the University of La Crosse.

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Mary Roach

 

Mary Ann Roach, 78, longtime resident of the Wauzeka area passed away Dec. 25, at her home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mary was born Sept. 30, 1935, the youngest of four children to Leo and Ruby (Rosemier) Gerlach. Her parents held a farm on Wall Ridge in Eastman for many years.

She enjoyed working with animals and planting and harvesting the crops.

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Cara Foster

 

Cara LaVerna Foster, 83, Postville, Iowa died Sunday, Dec. 22, at her son’s home in Ogden, Iowa. 

She was born on July 4, 1930 to Cleveland Justice and Minnie Ethel (White) McCormick in Holland, Mo. Cara graduated from Patterson High School in Missouri and attended The University of Missouri and graduated from Cape Girardeau School of Beauty Culture at Cape Girardeau, Mo. She owned and operated a beauty shop in Piedmont, Mo.

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Maxine Golbach

 

Maxine A. (O’Brien) Golbach, 93 years young, and a resident of Madison, died peacefully on Monday, Dec. 23, at Agrace HospiceCare.

She was born in Antigo, on Aug. 30, 1920 to Martha (Soman) and James O’Brien. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Henry Golbach. 

She is survived by children Mark Golbach (Linda Brazill), Marsha Belisle (Joe), Brian, Sara, Elizabeth, and Gregory Golbach; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Dale McCullick

 

Dale L. McCullick, 70, of Steuben, passed away on Monday, Dec. 23, peacefully at home in Steuben with his wife of 51 years beside him. 

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UW-P student accused of computer crimes

PLATTEVILLE—A UW-Platteville student faces 13 charges after police said he illegally accessed the computer data of five professors and stole keys from a campus building he broke into.

Neel V. Patel, 21, who is from Janesville but lives in a UW-P dorm, faces felony charges of burglary and possession of burglary tools, as well as misdemeanor charges of criminal damage to property, theft, computer crimes-modify data and eight counts of computer crimes-access data.

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Bagley man accused of injuring wife, children

A Bagley man faces five charges after authorities said he uninjured his wife and children, threw a family dog down a flight of stairs and then resisted arrest.

Shawn J. Martin, 37, was arrested Saturday. He was booked into Grant County Jail on charges of domestic abuse related disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, maltreatment of animals, physical abuse to a child/reckless causation of bodily harm and causing mental harm to a child, according to a press release for the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

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