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‘Kickapoo Kids’ to gather in Wauzeka to celebrate accomplishments


The ‘Kickapoo Kids’ defied the odds, winning the state championship in baseball in the early 1950s. Some of them will be at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools May 24 to celebrate their accomplishments and talk about the book in their honor.

Many people know of the movie “Hoosiers,” which tells the story of a small-town basketball team in Indiana that won a state championship. In Wisconsin, there’s a similar group who defied the odds, called the “Kickapoo Kids.”
Author Paul Lagan wrote a book called, “The Amazing Journey of the Kickapoo Kids” that documents the Gays Mills’ baseball success.

On Wednesday, May 24, at 1 p.m., Lagan and several members of the Gays Mills High School baseball teams from the early 1950s will gather at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools to celebrate their accomplishments. Lagan will have books for sale and be autographing them that day.

Gays Mills made the WIAA state tournament three out of four years in the early 1950s. What makes it all the more impressive is they did it before there were divisions in high school sports. So these small school ball players were beating schools much bigger in size.

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Kevin Jay Starkey

 

Kevin Jay Starkey, 57, passed away at home in Boscobel surrounded by family, on Saturday, May 6, after a short battle with lung cancer.

 

Kevin was born on Dec. 10, 1959, in Cresco, Iowa, to Garland and Elvira (Lee) Starkey. He was raised and spent most of his time in and around the Mt. Sterling area. He graduated from Seneca High School and later attended Southwest Technical College in Fennimore. Kevin loved spending time with his family, and especially his daughter Breanna. He was an avid Packers and Badger fan who enjoyed watching football with his family and friends.

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Lyle J. Marfilius

 

Lyle J. Marfilius, 86, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on his 63rd wedding anniversary May 5, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital. 

 

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JoAnn Shea

 

JoAnn Shea, 76, of Belleair Bluffs, and formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, April 28, after a five month battle with lung cancer, at The Willows Care and Rehab Center in Madison.

 

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Velda June “Junie” DuCharme

Velda June “Junie” DuCharme, 78, of Eastman, passed away on May 2, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse due to complications following surgery. 

 

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Beverly A. Slaughter

Beverly A. Slaughter, 75, of McGregor, passed away Wednesday, May 3, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien. 

 

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Library book discussion will consider proposal of more cooperation among rural cities


Author Robert Wolf will discuss his book, ”Building the Agricultural City: A Handbook for Rural Renewal,” tonight (May 3) at 6:30 p.m. at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library.

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library will host a talk and discussion on Robert Wolf’s new book,”Building the Agricultural City: A Handbook for Rural Renewal,” on May 3 at 6:30 p.m.

“Building the Agricultural City” is a call for collaborative rural economic development, addressed primarily to residents of the Driftless Region. Wolf’s proposal calls for cooperation between cities and across county and state lines.

If, instead of seeing themselves as separate entities, the towns and cities within a three- or four-county area saw themselves as neighborhoods within a larger unit, they would form what Wolf calls an “agricultural city.” Clustering in this manner would encourage cooperative economic development.

“We will continue to be hammered by the global economy,” Wolf said, “if we can’t put aside rivalries and work to build a cooperative, more self-sufficient economy.

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May

River Ridge School Addition


The walls of the addition behind the River Ridge School building continued to go up Tuesday morning. The addition will house eight classrooms and a gymnasium. The gymnasium is designed mostly for middle school students. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Walls going up on 

River Ridge addition

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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May

Swim lessons and recreation program sign-up is May 10

Also, get your pool passes

 

Prairie du Chien summer swim lessons/recreation programs sign-up will be Wednesday, May 10, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at Hoffman Hall.

Swim lessons sign-up thereafter will be at the Wacouta Aquatic Park when the pool opens June 10, during pool hours.

Pool passes will also be sold during sign-up or from thereafter through June 9 at city hall during business hours. Otherwise, passes can be purchased at the outdoor pool beginning June 10. Proof of residence is required.

Also, sign up or get more information about joining swim team by emailing Waterhawks pdc@gmail.com.

Call Hoffman Hall with questions at 326-2985.

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Fighter pilot’s parents take Navy cruise of a lifetime


The USS John C. Stennis was completing deployment in the Western Pacific, when Brian and Mary Edwards were invited aboard for a rare and memorable cruise. The Stennis encompasses about 6,000 personnel and carries about 10 helicopters, 70 fighter jets and other support aircraft.

Brian, Nate and Mary Edwards posed in front of an FA-18 Super Hornet, the one and only jet that display’s Nate’s name.

By Correne Martin

Brian and Mary Edwards had the distinct opportunity to be guests of the U.S. Navy, and join their son, Lt. Nate Edwards, on the combat-ready, nuclear-powered aircraft super carrier, the USS John C. Stennis, last fall, during its return five-day voyage from Pearl Harbor to San Diego.

The Stennis (CVN-74) was completing a seven-month deployment in the Western Pacific, including the South China Sea and Sea of Japan. The Stennis carrier strike group included the Stennis and its escorts: two destroyers, a cruiser, and an unseen and unknown number of nuclear-powered submarines. The Stennis crew encompasses Air Wing 9, of about 6,000 personnel, and carries about 10 helicopters, 70 fighter jets and other support aircraft.

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