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18
Apr

Jo Ann Hermsen

 

Jo Ann Hermsen, 64, of Woodstock, Ga., passed away Thursday, April 14, in Woodstock. 

She was born April 16, 1951 in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Ivan and Gloria Schmidt. She married Philip Hermsen on Dec. 16, 1972 at St. John’s church in Patch Grove. She was a member of the Auburn Civitan Club, a non-profit organization that works with children with disabilities, in Auburn, Ala. for many years where she also served as treasurer during that time. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Auburn. In her spare time, she enjoyed working on home projects, re-modeling homes, and helping others.

Thu
14
Apr

James Leland De Long

 

James Leland De Long, 71, of Trempealeau, and formerly of Stoddard, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. 

Jim was born in Allamakee County, Iowa on July 20, 1944 to Leland and Theadora (Ferring) De Long. He was joined in marriage to Linda Kastroll on May 25, 1968, at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif. 

Thu
14
Apr

William L. “Bill” Rice

 

William L. “Bill” Rice, 70, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Wednesday, April 13, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center due to a sudden illness. 

Thu
14
Apr

Edward Prew

 

Edward Prew, 72, of McGregor, Iowa passed away Tuesday, April 12, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

He was born July 1, 1943 in Eastman, the son of Paul and Laurayne (Phillip) Prew. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War in bridge construction and as a demolition expert. He married Christine Preston on Feb. 24, 1968 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. He worked for Stark’s Sport Shop and built silos with Jones Construction. Ed later farmed in the Prairie du Chien area. Chris and Ed then owned and operated a cleaning service in Prairie du Chien for several years. Chris preceded him in death on Sept. 10, 2015.

Wed
13
Apr

Welcome to Prairie du Chien Prairie du Chien

Mayor Dave Hemmer (right) welcomed Prairie du Chien’s newest business, Solomon Corporation, to the North Gateway Business Park on Tuesday, April 12, following a ribbon cutting at the industrial facility. Tom Hemmer, company president and CEO, said “Prairie feels like home for us. We operate in several small towns and the people and culture here are exactly what we wanted.” Tom’s dad, Gene Hemmer, founded Solomon Corp. 45 years ago in Solomon, Kan. In addition to Kansas and now Wisconsin, the company has regional locations in Colorado, Texas and Tennessee. In total, Solomon has 560 employees, including 16 who started April 7 in Prairie du Chien. The local employees were hired as mechanical and electrical technician work, dismantlement and materials handling, receiving as well as paint and finish work. At least another eight employees are anticipated, as 24 is the number Solomon committed to with respect to incentives it received from the state of Wisconsin.

Wed
13
Apr

Test drive a Ford to benefit PdC High School, PdC K9 unit

By Correne Martin

Blackhawk Motors in Prairie du Chien is hosting two unique opportunities for people interested in test driving a brand new Ford vehicle and, at the same time, raising money for Prairie du Chien High School and the Prairie du Chien Police Department’s forthcoming K9 unit.

First, on Monday, April 18, from 3 to 8 p.m., in the Prairie du Chien High School parking lot, drivers age 18 and older are invited to stop by and spend some time behind the wheel of a Ford vehicle as part of the Ford Drive 4 UR School. For every valid test drive taken, Ford will donate $20 to the school district, up to $6,000. The goal is to raise the maximum amount. The donation from Ford will go into the high school’s general fund and dispersed as determined by the school.

About 10 vehicles will be on site for test driving, including an Edge, Focus, Fusion, Escape, F-150, Mustang, etc.

Wed
13
Apr

Garage and shed from Hwy. 18 moved to Mt. Hope, house will be torn down

By Correne Martin

Drivers who were out and about in Bridgeport Sunday morning may have found themselves behind a slow-moving, oversized load being hauled by Heritage Movers to its business in rural Mt. Hope.

The garage and shed, previously owned by Von and Jean Denlinger and located at 38374 Highway 18 on the east side of the highway, was moved around 7:30 a.m. to Heritage Movers’ property at 12527 Garthwaite Lane, Mt. Hope.

“It took us two hours and 15 minutes to go 18 miles,” third-generation Heritage Movers Owner Russell Childs said. “We had four state patrol cars escort us.”

Wed
13
Apr

Flags and banners bring color to the downtown


American and British flags from the 1800s and banners once created for a local art contest fly in downtown Prairie du Chien to add some color and additional interest to the area.

By Correne Martin

Visitors to downtown Prairie du Chien recently may have noticed some additions on the light poles overhead. American and British flags from yesteryear fly on one side of many of the poles, while banners of various artwork are afixed to the other side of the poles as well.

The flags, according to local historian Mary Antoine, represent those that flew over Ft. Crawford (American) and Ft. McKay (British) during the War of 1812. The ones displayed downtown currently were leftover from when Prairie du Chien celebrated the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812, she said.

The banners, which were originally created as part of a local art contest sponsored by the former PDRI, were located collecting dust in storage by Chris Mara, past president of PdC Main Street, and Mike Ulrich, parks and recreation director.

Wed
13
Apr

Timberwolves Beat Hornets


Wauzeka-Steuben’s Clayton Beers takes a lead off of first base as River Ridge defends. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca’s Dylan Hazen fires in a pitch as Clayton Beers dances off of second base.

The Hornets’ Jacob Bird lets a pitch fly against the Timberwolves Tuesday afternoon.

Wauzeka-Steuben first baseman Brad Swatek defends as River Ridge’s Ben Ertz takes off for second base Tuesday afternoon in Patch Grove.

 

River Ridge blanks 

Wauzeka-Steuben

River Ridge blanked visiting Wauzeka-Steuben 8-0 in a nonconference baseball game in Patch Grove Tuesday afternoon. 

The Timberwolves scored 6 runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 6-0 lead. 

River Ridge scored twice more in the fourth inning en route to the win. 

Wed
13
Apr

RRC Wins Twinbill


Seneca’s Haley Wall fires in a pitch in the second inning versus River Ridge-Cassville in Patch Grove.

Andrea Okey picked up two wins in a twinbill versus Seneca and Wauzeka-Steuben.

The River Ridge defense records a ground out against Seneca. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Andrea Okey singles to right-center against visiting Seneca Tuesday afternoon.

Katelyn Quick of River Ridge-Cassville gets a hit to score a run in the third inning.

Verity Johnson scores in the third inning for River Ridge-Cassville.

 

RRC girls 

beat Seneca and 

Wauzeka-Steuben

The River Ridge-Cassville softball team played a doubleheader against two area teams Tuesday afternoon in Patch Grove. 

In the opener, RRC bested Seneca 12-8. Seneca led 2-1 after one complete inning. 

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