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01
Aug

Rock and Roll Reunion a one-day collaboration of regional musicians

Rock and Roll Reunion a one-day collaboration of regional musicians In 2010, a group of 20-plus retired musicians from southwest Wisconsin got together to perform for one day in memory or fellow musician Dale Kidd of Madison. The first Rock and Roll Reunion was held at the Hickory Grove Golf Course in Fennimore and proceeds went to Outreach For World Hope, a nonprofit group helping to feed starving children.

The event was not only successful but a lot of fun for area musicians, so the group vowed to hold the reunion every two years and donate to additional causes as well. The second reunion was held also at Hickory Grove in 2012 and, in 2014, the event moved to Woodman.

This year, the Rock and Roll Reunion will again be held in Woodman on Saturday, Aug. 6. There is no cover charge for the event.

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01
Aug

Young helping hands complete mission to clean up after flood


The Holy Family Parish mission group included (front row, from left) Kaitlyn Waller, Gracie Colson, Lindsey Nicholson, Caitlin Nolan, Jessica Bedtka, Veronica Kramer, Lauren Kennedy; (back row) Father Weighner, Weston Hill, Preston Hendrix, Wesley Schwager, Jack Stoeffler, Alexis Nolan, Faith Dillman, Peggy Koresh and Mary Stoeffler. Though Fr. Weighner did not go on the trip, he has been very instrumental in building the parish’s Jaywalkers group, of which many of these kids are current or past members.

The mission group tore tile out of multiple rooms in one building that is being cleaned and repaired to shelter people displaced by future floods.

Chaperone Mary Stoeffler (third from right) is pictured with some of the girls from the La Crosse Diocese inside a rain garden they dug themselves. Rain gardens include manure, sand and water-bearing plants that can alleviate some of the flood waters.

By Correne Martin

In October 2015, heavy rains and massive floods inundated Andrews, S.C.—a city of around 2,800 people. Nine months later, devastation remains for many of the residents, and a group of 15 high schoolers and college students from the Prairie du Chien area got to see the ruins first-hand during a mission trip July 5-14.

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01
Aug

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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01
Aug

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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01
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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Aug

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.
 
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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. 

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