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Special night for Prairie du Chien chamber

Louanne Davis, who owns The Pickett Fence along with husband Ken, received the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce’s most prestigious and longstanding award during the annual meeting Tuesday night. The C.F. LaPointe Award, named after Fred LaPointe, who was the Chamber’s executive director from 1976 through 1994, is given to an employee of, or an owner of, a Chamber member business who goes above and beyond their normal job-related duties to enrich the Prairie du Chien business community. Louanne and Ken are pictured with Chamber Director and CEO Bob Moses.

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and awards presentation Tuesday evening at Lady Luck Casino’s Lone Wolf Bar in Marquette. Over 150 Chamber members and guests attended. Board members, ambassadors, tourism council members and economic development board members were recognized for their contributions toward the business community of Prairie du Chien. Special recognition was given to a number of local businesses that hit milestone years of being in business, while others were honored for going above and beyond for the community. Those businesses were represented by the people pictured (front row, from left): Ross Ritchie, son of Don and Edith Ritchie, Ritchie’s Jewelry Store, 65 years in business; Curt Zinkle, chamber president; Louanne Davis, The Pickett Fence, C.F. LaPointe Award; Bob Moses, chamber director and CEO; Rick Morovits, Cabela’s, 20 years in business; (back row) Rick Powell, Walmart, 30 years in business; Steven Lidberg, Solomon Corporation, New Business of the Year; Mike Valley, Valley Fish and Cheese, President’s Award; Randy Weeks, Design Homes, 50 years in business; Brent Posten, Spahn and Rose Lumber Company, 25 years in business; and Mike Garrity, Garrity Funeral Home, 70 years in business. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Chamber Board President Curt Zinkle (left) presented the 2016 President's Award to Mike Valley of Valley Fish and Cheese for his contributions to both the board and the business community.

The crowd that attended was over 150.

The Lady Luck Casino Lone Wolf Lounge hosted the evening's meeting and dinner.

Door prizes were donated by local businesses.

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and awards banquet at the Lady Luck Casino Lone Wolf Bar in Marquette Tuesday night. Over 150 members and guests attended from the membership of 350.

Chamber Director and CEO Bob Moses emceed the event and shared some information about the organization’s past year.

“Because Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce members invest in the organization, opportunities such as new programs, services, member referrals, events, networking opportunities, marketing strategies and sponsorships are available as a return investment,” he said.


Eastman native awarded Quilt of Valor

Eastman-born, Vietnam-era serviceman Terry Kramer recently received a Quilt of Valor He is pictured with his family, including his siblings and his wife (from left): Gaylord, Cal, Terry, Corinne, Bud, Linda, Karen and Duke. (Submitted photo)

Sue Lynch (left), a Prairie du Chien resident and member of the Northeast Iowa Quilter’s Guild, presented Terry Kramer with his Quilt of Valor and certificate of significance. He is pictured with Mary Lynn Quamme, a classmate who requested Kramer receive the honorable award.

By Correne Martin

Eastman native Terry Kramer was among the American prisoners of war captured in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. He spent 157 days, mostly in captivity.

“There were 11 of us. We weren’t physically tortured at all. They did feed us. We had fish, rice, dog—if you can believe it—and green bananas.”

Kramer went into the service in January 1967. He went to Vietnam in January 1968 and his unit was in charge of distributing supplies along the Mekong River.

“We went into Cambodia and took a wrong turn. That’s when we were captured,” Kramer said.

The Australian Embassy ambassador negotiated for the release and repatriation of Kramer and his fellow detainees in December 1968.

A book was even written by Neil Manton in 2007 about these prisoners of war, called “Strange Flowers of the Diplomatic Vine: U.S. Detainees in Cambodia.”


Heaps of damage revealed after waters recede

Numerous roads throughout Crawford County sustained major damage due to the heavy rain of Sept. 21 and Sept. 22. This is County B near Star Valley Road. (Photos by Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock)

The bridge on West Point Road in the town of Utica was damaged.

A large hole was created next to the bridge on West Point Road in the town of Utica.

West Point Road in the town of Utica suffered various areas of damage.

Debris was removed at the bridge on County H west of Highway 131.

A large amount of debris and road upheaval occurred at this location on County C.

All bridges in the county held but many sustained major damage.

There was undermining and debris at several bridges.

A raging Rush Creek north of Ferryville took out a large section of Rush Creek Road.

By Ted Pennekamp


Heavy rains that began the night of Sept. 21 and lasted until the early morning hours of Sept. 22, led to raging, flooding streams and a flooding Kickapoo River. In the aftermath, Crawford and surrounding counties are dealing with numerous areas of damage to roads, bridges, crops and private residences. 


Dennis Roland Andert


Dennis Roland Andert, 72, of Ferryville, passed away Sept. 27, from pancreatic cancer.

Dennis was born in Milwaukee on March 24, 1944. He graduated from Custer High School, class of 1962. Dennis joined the Army Reserves completing six years of service.


No fruit and veggie funds granted for B.A. Kennedy

By Correne Martin

Free and reduced meal recipients at B.A. Kennedy Elementary School in Prairie du Chien make up 60 percent of the student body. Yet, the school did not receive its USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grant for the 2016-2017 school year, as it has for the last four or five years. So administration and staff are reaching out to the community for contributions to better the lives of its 275 students in 3K through 1st grade.

“The state of Wisconsin is seeing an increase in applications for the grant as well as data regarding free and reduced percentages, and that makes the threshold for us to get in that much more difficult,” Principal Laura Stuckey said. “Maybe our free and reduced count wasn’t quite as high as it has been. We’ve been so spoiled by this the last few years so, to not have it, it’s certainly a disappointment.”


River Ridge Football

Blake Crubel (26) of River Ridge spins away from a would be tackler Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Timberwolves’ Brett Moravits gets to the outside for good yardage against the Miners.

Four River Ridge defenders make a tackle during Homecoming Friday night.

Tyler Millin (21) of River Ridge follows the blocking of Camron Mish (76) against Shullsburg.

The Timberwolves’ Ryan Redman stands the ballcarrier up and then takes him down.

Amiel Guerrero and another River Ridge defender make a tackle against Shullsburg.

River Ridge’s Cole Crubel looks for the receiver to break open Friday night.


Miners top 


Shullsburg spoiled River Ridge’s Homecoming 51-13 in a Six Rivers football game Friday night in Bloomington. 

The Miners scored 22 points in the first quarter, including a 3-yard touchdown run, a 7-yard TD pass and 2-point play, and a 27-yard TD run and 2-point run to take a 22-0 lead. 


Susan Mathews


Susan Mathews, 64, of Sugar Grove, passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of her family in the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 24, at Presence Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora, Ill.

She is survived by her mother, Betty Chojnacki; her loving husband of 34 years, Robert Mathews; two children: Brandon (Terri) Mathews and their children Josephine and Charles and Erin (Stephen) Hill and their son Kolton; one brother, Greg (Judy) Chojnacki; a sister Carol (Joe) Hill; many nieces and nephews and family of friends.


Odean Lydia Chunat


Odean Lydia Chunat, age 74, of Wauzeka passed away at Gundersen Luthern hospital in La Crosse on Sept. 23, after a brief illness.

Odean was the daughter of Melvin and Cyrina (Zabel) Chunat, both parents preceded her in death.

Odean was a life long resident of Wauzeka. She attended Wauzeka Public school and graduated in 1960. She held dear her memories of her school days, along with her special class mate Carol DuCharme. 


Evaline G. (Holliday) Hewitt


Evaline G. (Holliday) Hewitt of Menomonie, age 84, passed away Friday September 9, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Eau Claire.

She was born July 27, 1932, in Barnum, to Johnethy Blaine and Agnes Ella (Johnston) Holliday. She married Earl D. Hewitt on Dec. 14, 1949, in Prairie du Chien. She worked in retail and restaurant establishments, and with her husband and family on the farms near Sheldon and then Bloomer. In her free time, she enjoyed reading, quilting, knitting and crocheting and annual family trips to South Dakota and Wyoming.  


Flooding in Crawford County

These two engines, along with five other railroad cars derailed just north of Ferryville at approximately 5:45 a.m. Thursday. There were no injuries. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Volunteers filled sand bags in the village of Steuben near the flooded Kickapoo River Thursday morning.

The Kickapoo River was well over its banks at Steuben.

Sugar Creek Park at Ferryville was flooded.

Work was being done Thursday to repair damage to the southbound lane of Highway 35 north of Ferryville.

The Kickapoo River surrounds the Kickapoo River Museum at the dam in Gays Mills on Friday. The dam was completely under water. The river crested at 18.1 feet Friday. It was at 13.7 feet at 8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 26 and dropping. Flood stage at Gays Mills is 13 feet.

The view Friday, looking down main street in Gays Mills.

The bridge over the Kickapoo River at Gays Mills barely cleared the water Friday morning.

The community of Gays Mills was once again under water, as the Kickapoo River hit major flood stage, above 18 feet, over the weekend. Flood stage there is just 13 feet. Pictured is downtown Gays Mills. (Photo by Rebecca Eby)



Train derails, house slides off bluff, fatalities, widespread 

damage result from heavy rain

By Ted Pennekamp



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