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105 candles: Big birthday, big celebration


In her 105 years, Agatha Breuer remembers things being a lot cheaper. “I remember when gas was a quarter and a dozen eggs were $0.07,” said Agatha. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

These days, people are living longer than ever before, but what’s the secret? Agatha Breuer celebrated her 105th birthday on July 24, so it’s safe to say she’s in on it.

“It was a tremendous party,” exclaimed Agatha, a smile stretching across her face. When asked what her favorite part of the event was, she said, “Oh, just being there and seeing everybody.”

For 105, she said she still loves music, dancing, going to church and playing cards. “I play dirty clubs,” she stated, noting that euchre is another favorite.

As for her taste in music, Agatha loves country and polka. In fact, every year for 35 years, Agatha has made a special trip to Huckleberry’s Restaurant to see the Toe Tappers, one of her favorite local groups. These trips were first made special because she spent them with her late-husband, Fred.

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01
Aug

Grasshoppers take third at state—PdC American Legion baseball season comes to an end


The Prairie du Chien team celebrates following a two-RBI homerun by Casey Hogenson. For more photos, please check out the Courier Press' Facebook page. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

For the Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers, it was a long and memorable weekend of baseball action thanks to the American Legion State Tournament. Ending the tournament with a third-place finish was both exciting and heart-wrenching to players and fans.

Here are a few of the highlights from each of the five Prairie du Chien games this weekend.

Game 1: PdC vs. Denmark

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Margaret M. Dremsa Pettera

 

Margaret M. Dremsa Pettera, 91, Boscobel, died on Tuesday, July 26, at Crossing Rivers Health Systems in Prairie du Chien surrounded by her family. 

She was born on June 10, 1925 in Seneca, the daughter of William and Mary (Cull) Crowley. She married Fred M. Dremsa on Nov. 10, 1942 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Boscobel. He preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 1978. 

She then married Matt Pettera on June 7, 1986 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wauzeka. He preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 2006. 

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Aug

Evelyn H. Wild

 

Evelyn H. Wild, 98, of rural Lansing, Iowa, died Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Center in Waukon, Iowa. 

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Douglas D. Wolf

 

Douglas D. Wolf, 61, of Lancaster, passed away Wednesday, July 27, at his home. 

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29
Jul

Grasshoppers advance in American Legion State Tournament


Following their second win, the Grasshoppers commended Altoona on a well-fought game. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers second game of the American Legion State Tournament moved them one step closer to earning the champion title. 

In Thursday night’s game against Altoona, Casey Hogenson was the first pitcher of the evening. Altoona started the evening off with three runs, but Prairie du Chien rallied to score seven runs at the bottom of the inning.

Chas Sagedahl and Hogenson each carded RBI singles on the inning, while a triple by Dylan Yeomans brought in two RBIs. Finally, Hunter Sheckler ended the inning with a homerun and three RBIs. After just one inning, the score was 7-3, with the Hoppers in the lead.

In the second inning, Jon Dyer was brought in to replace Hogenson, and Altoona scored three runs on the inning.

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28
Jul

PdC Grasshoppers triumph over Denmark


Catcher Chad Mara protects the plate and earns the out. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

Jon Dyer beats Denmark back to first base.

Chas Sagedahl fires in shot after shot.
The Prairie du Chien Grasshopper's first game of the American Legion State Tournament gave them a 1-3 win over Denmark.
 
Although Denmark recorded the first points of the game at the bottom of the second inning, the Grasshoppers battled back in the top of the sixth.
 
Wed
27
Jul

Kenneth I. Johnson

 

Kenneth I. Johnson, 82, of Prairie du Chien passed away Tuesday, July 26, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital. 

He was born June 26, 1934 in Coon Valley, the son of Laurence and Julia (Midtlien) Johnson. He attended Linrud Elementary School and graduated from Westby High School in 1952. Kenneth later graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Agriculture Education. He married Ruth Ann Walker on Oct. 14, 1956 at the Wyoming Valley Methodist Church near Spring Green. Kenneth devoted his career to youth and families as a 4H and Youth Agent in Waushara County in Wautoma, for 13 years and later in Crawford County at Prairie du Chien for 20 years. 

Wed
27
Jul

Book brings alive ‘The Battle For Prairie du Chien’


Standing on the grounds of the Fort Crawford Museum in Prairie du Chien, local historian Mary Elise Antoine showcases her latest book, “The War of 1812 in Wisconsin: The Battle for Prairie du Chien.” (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The stories of our country’s past can be quite complicated. Telling them in a way that brings history alive takes a careful approach and a proficient knowledge of the events as they occurred.

Local historian Mary Elise Antoine has written three books on Prairie du Chien: the first was “Images of Prairie du Chien” in 2011, then came “Legendary Locals” in 2015, and just released is “The War of 1812 in Wisconsin: The Battle for Prairie du Chien.”

“The War of 1812 in Wisconsin” is a story that Antoine said “really hasn’t been told before now.” It’s one she started a long time ago when she worked at the Villa Louis as part of a research report she wrote on the battle for Prairie du Chien. In 2012, she revisited that report and decided to write on either side of the battle, from about 1780 through about 1816.

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27
Jul

3M donates $150K to library


On Tuesday, 3M made a large contribution of $150,000 to the Prairie du Chien Library Capital Campaign. Library director, Nancy Ashmore; President of the Library Board of Trustees, Linda Munson; and City Administrator Aaron Kramer accepted the donation. Pictured, from left, are Nancy Ashmore, 3M Human Resources manager Shelly Gruber, Linda Munson, 3M Plant Manager Steven Kleist, and Aaron Kramer. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library Capital Campaign has taken a giant leap forward with a $150,000 donation from the 3M Foundation. A presentation of the donation was held on Tuesday, July 26, at the library.

“As I have said many times, the city of Prairie du Chien is truly blessed with many businesses and industries which are on the cutting edge of technology, innovation and philanthropy,” noted library board president Linda Munson, who is also a 3M retiree. “This contribution from 3M is unique in that a majority is a cash donation, and the remainder will be materials used for the expansion project that 3M manufactures and will donate to the actual construction. Overall, it is a really interesting and beneficial concept.”

With the gift from 3M, the Capital Campaign has passed the $900,000 mark in grants and donations, with a goal of $1.5 million. 

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