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Wed
03
Sep

Former Olympic rower passes through Prairie du Chien

Positive strokes
The two Victorian skiffs of the Mississippi Million Challenge row past Lawler Park in Prairie du Chien on Saturday afternoon. More than $250,000 has been raised so far. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On Saturday afternoon at about 3 p.m., people along the beach on St. Feriole Island, at Lawler Park or on the water had the opportunity to see a pair of Victorian skiffs rowing steadily along through the slow-no-wake area. 

The large wooden skiffs were about 20 feet long and each had three occupants including two rowers and a coxswain. 

Wed
03
Sep

Something to bear in mind

Bearish in Eastman
This bear was seen at 59378 Lucky Lane, Eastman, the home of Jack and Betty Olson. It was spotted by Betty at about 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29. (Photo by Jack Olson)

 

Eastman couple surprised by big back yard visitor

By Ted Pennekamp

 

An Eastman couple got quite a large surprise on Friday afternoon when they saw a big black bear in their back yard. 

Tue
02
Sep

Santos T. Luna

 

Santos T. Luna, 81, of Cuba City, died Saturday, Aug. 30, at home. 

Santos was born May 11, 1933, in Chloride, N.M.,
the son of Santos V. and Rafealita (Trujillo) Luna. He married Elizabeth M. Webster on Dec. 23, 1955, in Waukegan, Ill. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Santos worked at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works.

Santos loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed horses. Music was everything to Santos and he played in numerous bands. He enjoyed being with family at all of their get-togethers.

Tue
02
Sep

Cecelia A. "Penny" Walz

 

Cecelia A. “Penny” Walz, 75, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, Aug. 29, at Bluffhaven Assisted Living in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Aug. 8, 1939 in Milwaukee, the daughter of George and Eva (Fuchak) Gosseck. She married Thomas Walz on May 1, 1965 in Chicago, Ill.. He preceded her in death on Dec. 31, 1993. 

Tue
02
Sep

Scott M. Maurer

 

Scott M. Maurer, 41, of Eastman and formerly of Bay City died unexpectedly Tuesday, Aug. 26, at his home surrounded by his family. A celebration of Scott’s life was Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Salem United Methodist Church in Eastman. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien assisted the family.

 
Tue
02
Sep

Dorothy Doan

 

Dorothy Doan, 84, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Fennimore, died on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Society. 

Dorothy was born on June 26, 1930 in Werley, the daughter of J. Leonard and Monica (Meinertz) Fry. She married Royce Doan on July 17, 1948. 

Thu
28
Aug

Robert Gerald Karnopp

 

Robert Gerald Karnopp, 78, of Lancaster and formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, Aug. 25, at the Orchard Manor Care Center in Lancaster. 

Thu
28
Aug

Winsome "Winnie" Halverson

 

Winsome “Winnie” A. O’Brien Halverson, 68, of McGregor died on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. from complications of a recent heart surgery.

She was born Nov. 28, 1945 in Boscobel, the daughter of Everett and Helen (Olson) O’Brien. She grew up on the family farm and worked in Human Services for Crawford County for many years. She married William Halverson on Sept. 19, 1997 in Prairie du Chien. Winnie worked at the Coaches Restaurant and Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly in Prairie du Chien. She then managed the Alexander Hotel Café for several years. She was always active in her community and family life, and enjoyed her membership in the First Lutheran Church of McGregor. 

Thu
28
Aug

Florence Erickson

 

Florence C. Erickson, 86, of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Prairie Maison Health Center. 

She was born March 1, 1928 the daughter of Francis and Orella (Cox) Layde. She married Gayhart “Bart” Erickson on June 19, 1948 at the St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Florence spent her career as the Crawford County Register of Deeds until her retirement. She was an active member of St. Gabriel’s Holy Family Parish and truly enjoyed her trips to Lady Luck in McGregor. 

Thu
28
Aug

Cabela’s Campfire Committee gives back in a unique way

By Ted Pennekamp

Various businesses in Prairie du Chien make an effort to give back to the community, and Cabela’s is no different in this regard. Cabela’s is perhaps unique, however, in that its employees democratically choose which charitable project to work on from year to year.

This year, for example, approximately 100 Cabela’s employees voted by secret ballot to raise money for new dugouts at Bluff View. Cabela’s Powersports Administrative Assistant Kay DeLanzo said the dugout project was chosen from a group of seven proposals submitted.

“We’re always trying to give back to the community,” said DeLanzo, who is a member of the Cabela’s Campfire Committee, a group of 10 employees who volunteer their time to fund-raise for various causes. “This year, we reached out and will raise funds to build new dugouts for the Prairie du Chien High School girls softball team, which will be built next year.”

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