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Tue
04
Nov

Freda May McCracken

 

Freda May McCracken, 90, of McGregor, Iowa passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 3, at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien. 

Freda was born Nov. 28, 1923 to Roy Robert and Louise Christina (Harter) Dickson in rural Decorah, Iowa. She attended Franklin Township No. 9 School and graduated from Waukon High School. She was united in marriage with Wayne McCracken on Feb. 25, 1946 in Waukon. He preceded her in death on Aug. 21, 2001. To this union four children were born, Waneta, Yvonne, Phyllis and Carrol. 

Tue
04
Nov

Virginia Rose Elvert

 

Virginia Rose Elvert, 89, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Prairie Maison Health Care Center. 

Mon
03
Nov

River Ridge volleyball


Roni Zinkle of River Ridge skims one past the Southwestern player Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Amber Patterson of River Ridge goes high for the kill against Southwestern.

Bridgette Myers slams the ball away from the outstretched arms of Southwestern’s front line in Sectional action Thursday night in Shullsburg.

 

Southwestern tops River Ridge

Number 1 seeded Southwestern defeated Number 2 River Ridge three games to none in a WIAA Division 4 Sectional semifinal volleyball match Thursday night in Shullsburg.

Southwestern won the match by scores of 25-10, 25-21 and 25-12 to advance to the Sectional final. 

River Ridge ended its fine season with a 18-6 overall record. The Lady Timberwolves won the Six Rivers West Conference outright and were also regional champions. 

Mon
03
Nov

Wauzeka youth group fundraising for 2015 mission trip


Members of the Mission Possible Youth Team and Wauzeka community who took a mission trip to Dallas, Texas, in the summer of 2014 included (front row, from left) Phyllis Groom, Macy Curtis, Jadyn Sander, Siena Krachey; (back row) Sammi Groom, Nicole Dable, Jerica Rush, Avery Wilepski, Allison Oswald, Dayne Krachey, Nellie Groom and Lynn Schreck.

By Correne Martin

For eight years, youth from the Wauzeka Methodist Church have taken summer mission trips around the United States to help repair and reconstruct property damaged by natural disasters. By partnering with Sidekick Missions, they have been assigned to Mississippi, Montana, Kentucky twice, Georgia, West Virginia, Arkansas and Texas to assist homeowners in mostly low-income neighborhoods. The summer of 2015 will be the group’s ninth mission.

Mon
03
Nov

Updated schedule on Blackhawk Junction cleanup released

By Correne Martin

Little action toward the clean up of the fire ruins at Blackhawk Junction in Prairie du Chien took place last week. According to the most up-to-date schedule from the project manager, parking lot light installation was to occur last week through today (Nov. 3).

Posts on a Facebook page dedicated to “Gialamas’ mess at the Slumberland site” noted that trenching was done last week for the parking lot lights.

As of Friday, approximately 625 people followed the Facebook page, where visitors can also link to a petition at www.change.org asking Gialamas to get the site cleaned up as soon as possible. The page was started by Joey and Leah Renner, residents who live adjacent to the site.

Also according to the most recent schedule, abatement work is expected Nov. 3 through Nov. 14, while the building demolition is slated for Nov. 17 through Friday, Dec. 26.

Mon
03
Nov

Operation Santa accepting donations for families in need

The Prairie du Chien Jaycees are sponsoring Operation Santa once again this year, with generous support from the public.

In 2013, over 200 Crawford County families in need were served. Each family receives toys (or chamber bucks) for each of their children. Each child receives a toothbrush, a blanket, hat, mittens, scarf and either a coat or some new clothing. Each family receives fresh oranges and apples, butter and free coupons for bread, milk and a ham. These items helped to make their holidays a little brighter.

Please consider making a donation to Operation Santa 2014 this holiday season. Monetary donations help with the cost of providing fresh food items and purchasing toys and chamber bucks. Non-perishable food items; new or gently used coats, hats, mittens, scarves, and snow pants; and new or gently used toys, are also good donations.

Thu
30
Oct

Lorraine Phyllis Granzow

 

Our loving wife, mother, and grandma, Lorraine Phyllis Granzow, 81, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, Oct. 29. 

Lorraine was born on Dec. 29, 1932 to Nora (Hiam) and Hilmer Lee and was raised on a tobacco farm in Buckcreek Hollow in Ferryville.

Thu
30
Oct

James "Jim" H. Mayne

 

James “Jim” H. Mayne, 68, of Prairie du Chien and formally of Boscobel, passed away on Saturday Oct. 25, at the Crossing River Health Care in Prairie du Chien. 

He was born Jan. 29, 1946 in Dubuque Iowa. The son of Harland and Alice (Wilson) Mayne. He married Wendy O’Kane on March 16, 1989 in Lancaster. 

Wed
29
Oct

Godden Pit dredging is underway

Construction on the dredging of Godden Pit in Prairie du Chien is underway this week.

With the amount of water still located in the pit, the contractor, Rule Construction, will need to pump some of the water out prior to starting excavation in the low areas. The plan is to pump water out of Godden Pit to Taylor Street, just west of the Fremont/Taylor intersection. The water will drain west along the curb and gutter until it reaches the storm inlets at the Ohio/Taylor intersection (and continue heading west in the storm sewer). The pumping will be done at a low rate so the water stays mostly within the curb and gutter and does not cause any drainage issues at the Taylor/Dousman intersection. No pumping will occur while it is raining.

Wed
29
Oct

Longtime U.S. House Rep. Kind challenged by Army veteran Kurtz


Ron Kind and Tony Kurtz

The race for U.S. House of Representatives District 3 is intensifying as Ron Kind, a Democrat incumbent from La Crosse who is seeking a 10th term, is challenged by Tony Kurtz, a Republican Army veteran from Prairie du Chien. The two were recently asked the same set of questions and their responses follow.

 

RON KIND

Why are you running for a 10th term?
I still feel there’s unfinished business, work that needs to be done. I want our children’s future to be as bright as what you and I dreamed of as kids. We need to strengthen and grow the middle class. We need to make sure we can compete globally in areas such as affordable quality health care, education and personal safety. I’m very concerned about the hyper-partisanship we are experiencing. I would like us to find common ground; I know it exists. This “my way or no way” attitude is not the way to approach politics. We need compromise.

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