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William (Bill) Beinborn

 

William (Bill) Beinborn, 85 of Boscobel died Tuesday, March 10, at Boscobel Gundersen Hospital after a long illness. 

Bill was born on July 1, 1929 to Herman and Anna (Elliott) Beinborn in Boscobel. He graduated from Boscobel High School. He married Orpha Kerschner on Aug. 24, 1949 at Immaculate Conception Church in Boscobel. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. 

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23
Mar

Sen. Shilling hosts listening session on the 2015-17 state budget


Senator Jennifer Shilling hosted a listening session in Prairie du Chien Friday, focusing on the 2015-17 state budget and how “Governor Walker’s irresponsible ‘cut and borrow’ policies are preventing economic growth and holding Wisconsin families back.” Representative Lee Nerison joined her in providing feedback from his legislative viewpoint. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Just 15 constituents attended a listening session with Democratic Senator Jennifer Shilling Friday at Prairie du Chien City Hall, to share their concerns regarding Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed state budget and policies and to request Shilling’s representation when voting on changes to the budget. Republican Representative Lee Nerison also joined the session and gave feedback to those airing comments.

This week, there will be two hearings of the finance committee. Then, after a week off around Easter, the Senate will take up the budget, Shilling said.

Pam Ritchie, executive director of the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien, started the session by asking about long-term care program cuts, which has the elderly, individuals with disabilities and their families uncertain about future care options.

Mon
23
Mar

Spring ‘snow’ showers stun the region


Bill Rodenkirch of the Prairie du Chien Water Department clears snow from the sidewalk near the Prairie du Chien Public Library Monday morning.

This was the view of South Beaumont Road Monday morning.

Citizens had more serious concerns, but area trees and shrubs did produce a “winter wonderland” setting.

City plows as well as private plows were commonly seen Monday morning in Prairie du Chien as residents and businesses dug themselves out.

Vehicles buried in about 13 inches of snow were a common sight in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area.

The roof of this vehicle on Blackhawk Avenue gives an estimate of how much snow was dumped upon Prairie du Chien.

Among the most traditional signs of spring, a robin, found refuge from the unexpected mound of snow on one of a few clear branches.

Plum Creek Road in rural Wauzeka depicted a snow-packed yet pretty sight that was familiar for other side road travelers Monday morning.

By Correne Martin

Just two days after spring officially began, a foot of snow socked most of Crawford County, beginning Sunday and continuing into Monday.

Prairie du Chien received 13 inches of snow as of 7 a.m. Monday, according to the reports from the National Weather Service of La Crosse. Lynxville and Steuben both received 10 inches. Other regional snowfall totals, as of Monday morning, included: Fennimore, 15;  Marquette, 12; Lancaster, 11; Monona, 10.8; De Soto, 9.8; Gays Mills, 8.8; La Crosse,  5.0; Volga, 3.3; Elkader, 1.8; Cassville, 1.5; and Guttenberg, 0.7. The contrast of snowfall amounts demonstrated the narrow band of locally higher amounts in certain communities.

The snow was expected to taper off by mid-morning Monday.

Mon
23
Mar

Michael Gilkes

 

Michael Gilkes, 56, died Thursday, March 19.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a 4 p.m. Rosary at the Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Prairie du Chien. There will be a one hour visitation before the Mass on Friday at the church.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Friday, March 27, at 12 p.m. at Saint Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Burial will be held at Brodtville Cemetery.

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Julian M. “Danny” Ambrose

 

Julian M. “Danny” Ambrose, 59, of Wauzeka passed away Tuesday, March 17, at the Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, after an extended illness. 

He was born Aug. 14, 1955 in Pulaski, Va., the son of Wilmer and Nellie (Hartley) Ambrose. Danny was a fun loving guy who grew up on a farm in Frederick, Md. He was a handyman that could fix nearly everything and enjoyed helping his friends with projects. After moving to Wisconsin to be close to his daughters, he would make frequent phone calls to check on his friends and their families back home. Danny always looked on the bright side of every situation and was loved by all. 

Wed
18
Mar

Lowest bid more than double tourism info center addition budget

Outdoor pool rates to decrease at Wacouta Aquatic Park in hopes of spurring more attendance

By Correne Martin

With the lowest bid coming in more than double the budget of building an addition to Prairie du Chien’s tourism information center, the Prairie du Chien Common Council has voted to reject all bids for the project and release its designated funds back to the city’s cash reserve account.

Public Works Chairman Kyle Kozelka informed the council during its regular meeting Tuesday night that the budget for the project was $50,000 but the lowest bid was $106,439.

“A lot of people we expected to bid were just busy for other work, which is good, though not necessarily for us,” Kozelka said. “Don’t be surprised if this comes back in the fall for a bid.”

Wed
18
Mar

Area man charged with theft of vehicle

House burglarized and items stolen

On March 7, at 5:26 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a stolen vehicle from a residence located at 10214 State Highway 27 in the township of Utica.

The owner of the stolen vehicle later discovered that someone had forcefully entered their residence by breaking the glass window out of the back door. While deputies investigated the stolen vehicle and burglary, the Crawford County Communications Center sent messages out to surrounding agencies for assistance with locating the stolen vehicle.

At 9:17 p.m, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department located the stolen vehicle on State Highway 133 and initiated a traffic stop on Circle Drive. The driver of the vehicle, Paul D. Germundson, 18, Soldiers Grove, was taken into custody. Germundson was later booked into the Crawford County Jail.

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18
Mar

Remembrance photography captures the sensitive moments of infant loss


The Dodgeville-based Babies Gone Too Soon organization recently presented local photographer Lindsey (Ludvik) Bedward with an appreciation plaque and a $1,000 award she has donated to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. Bedward has been working with NILMDTS for six years, as a volunteer providing remembrance photography to families who’ve experienced the loss of a baby. Babies Gone Too Soon members pictured with Bedward (center) are Morgan Leix, Brenda White, Amy Michek and Liz Green.

Local photographer volunteers her time and talents

By Correne Martin

For parents suffering the loss of a baby, memories, pictures and a few belongings are the only mementos they will have to remember forever the love and bond they shared with their little sweetheart.

Ten years ago, an organization called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS) introduced remembrance photography to the world, offering the free gift of professional portraiture to parents going through the inconceivable tragedy of losing a tiny life. Since 2005, the work of this unique entity has been to train, educate and mobilize professional quality, volunteer photographers to provide beautiful heirloom portraits to families facing the untimely death of an infant. It is the hope of NILMDTS that these images serve as an important step in the family’s healing process by honoring the child’s legacy.

Wed
18
Mar

Shamrock Shuffle


The Shamrock Shuffle begins at Hoffman Hall on Saturday morning. (Photos by Aaron Lyons)

The first-place men’s runner was Patrick Klein.

The first-place women’s runner was Ashley Krantz.

This enthusiastic Shamrock Shuffler received the Best Dressed award. More than 75 people participated in the second annual event Saturday morning.

 

More than 75 at Shamrock Shuffle

Prairie du Chien’s Second Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5k Fun Run-Walk was again a success. The event motivated more than 75 people to begin their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in a heart-healthy and family-friendly way. 

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18
Mar

County road projects

 

Several road projects planned in 

Crawford County for this summer

By Ted Pennekamp

 

With spring on the near horizon, motorists in Crawford County might like to know what they can expect regarding upcoming road construction projects. 

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