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Former Governor Lucey has died

Former Wisconsin Gov. Patrick Lucey died Saturday at the age of 96.

Lucey, who was born in La Crosse, grew up in Ferryville and graduated from Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, died Saturday night at the Milwaukee Catholic Home after a brief illness.
Lucey was a hard-nosed Democratic politician who was elected twice as the 38th Governor of Wisconsin, from 1971 to 1977, and later as the United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1977 to 1979. He also ran for vice president of the United States as an independent in 1980.

His best known accomplishments in office included the formation of the University of Wisconsin System, an overhaul of the state shared tax formula, the strengthening of ethics laws, mental health treatment reforms, and progressive land conservation initiatives.

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Event displays importance of Scouting

After the presentation of colors, Tyler Steiber (left), Aiden Thomas (center) and Wesley Mink saluted the American flag Thursday for the second annual Taste of Scouting Luncheon, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. The program brought together friends of the local Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops to understand more about what Scouting represents for over 70 youths in the Prairie du Chien area. Scouting programs help shape the hearts and minds of young men, develop character, teach interpersonal and life skills, instill values, prepare them to make choices, provide a positive environment, allow quality family time and much more. “Today’s Scouts will be tomorrow’s leaders,” Emcee Timothy Brom stated. About 25 young men have achieved the Eagle Scout rank over the years in Prairie du Chien, and there are two more working toward the accomplishment this year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

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PdC boys win

Prairie wins
Prairie pitcher Peyton Hall watches as shortstop Taylor Elliott scoops up a grounder and fires to first base for the out against visiting Dodgeville Friday afternoon. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Blackhawks 

blank Dodgers

The Prairie du Chien baseball team blanked visiting Dodgeville 7-0 in SWC action Friday afternoon. 

The Blackhawks scored 1 run in the bottom of the first inning, 1 in the second, 1 in the third, 2 in the fourth and 2 in the sixth to earn the shutout victory. 

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Unique firearms business

Stark Armament Company
Stark Armament Company owner Kent Stark holds one of the semi automatic rifles that he manufactured.

 

Local man operates unique firearms business

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Stark Armament of Prairie du Chien, a part of Kstarky Enterprises, is a somewhat unusual business for a small community. Stark Armament Company sells firearms, parts and accessories mostly to law enforcement, ex-law enforcement and ex-military personnel. 

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Michael J. "Mick" Klema

 

Michael J. “Mick” Klema, 52, died unexpectedly Friday, May 9, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse. 

He was born Sept. 28, 1961 in Wauzeka, the son of Michael and Edith (Zeeh) Klema. He married Michele Pitzer on June 13, 1987 at St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Mick worked for DH Satellite and later taught a shop class at Wyalusing Academy in Prairie du Chien. He also taught CCD at Holy Family Parish in Prairie du Chien for the past 15 years. Mick was involved with Crawford County Restorative Justice and was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. 

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Joseph F. Hartley

 

Joseph F. Hartley, 76, of Seneca passed away Wednesday, May 7 at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

He was born May 23, 1937 to Charles and Marian (Ryan) Hartley and grew up in the Iowa River Valley, rural New Albin. He attended Waukon area public schools and graduated in 1955. Joe served in the Marine Corps Reserves and then returned to Iowa to farm. He married Bernadette De Florian on April 8, 1961 at St. Charles Catholic Church, Genoa. She preceded him in death on March 16, 1994. He later married Joan Martin Sutton on Aug. 16, 1996, at St. Patricks Catholic Church in Seneca. 

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Darius Joseph Wynos

 

Darius Joseph Wynos, infant son of Gary and Isis (Cornwell) Wynos was born on April 17, 2014 at Meriter Hospital in Madison. Darius passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the University of Madison American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison. 

He is survived by his parents; a brother Gary Jason Wynos; a sister Elisia Marie Wynos; along with grandparents Bruce and Donna Cornwell and great grandmother Isabel Wall. A private family funeral service will be held graveside at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery in Eastman, with Rev. Victor Feltes officiating. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family. 

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Ronald E. Lang

 

Ronald E. Lang, 68, formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away April 30, after a long illness. 

Ronnie was born on Aug. 24, 1946, the son of Bert and Bernie Lang in Hazel Green.

He had worked several jobs in Beloit and in his past time, he enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by two sisters, Karen Lang and Lynn (Ben) Markley; two brothers Ricky (Sharon) and Roger (Teri) all of Beloit, along with many nieces and nephews.

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Robert "Bob" J. Cipra

 

Robert “Bob” J. Cipra, 77, passed away with his loving family by his side on Thursday, May 1. 

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Naomi Gotto

 

Naomi M. Gotto, 91, passed away Friday, May 2, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster. 

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