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Wed
06
Nov

Veterans encouraged to tell stories of war realities

veteran
Distinguished Service Cross recipient, Medical Specialist Ronald Soppe, of Arlington, Iowa, spoke on camera about his military experiences for a Veterans History Project interview recently. (Travis Bockenstedt photo)

By Correne Martin

This Veterans Day, as military men and women of today’s generations recollect their experiences serving our country, they are encouraged to take advantage of a special opportunity to tell their stories for the generations of tomorrow.
For the first time, tri-state area veterans can video record their personal military memories into the archives of history through the Veterans History Project.

Tue
05
Nov

‘Unforgettable’ documentary about Prairie du Chien native showing in area

“Unforgettable,” the award-winning documentary on the memorable real-life adventures of the man dubbed “the Human Google,” will be shown as part of the 2013 Driftless Film Festival at the Grantland Theatre in Lancaster on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m.

The film is a fascinating and funny portrait of La Crosse radio newsman and Prairie du Chien native Brad Williams, only the second person ever studied for “superior autobiographical memory,” an extremely detailed recall of the events of nearly every day of his life.

Tue
05
Nov

City launches website for 2014 Marquette Road project

In 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) will reconstruct nearly one mile of Marquette Road, from Mooney Street to Washington Street in Prairie du Chien. The project is scheduled to begin in April and conclude in November. During the time the project is underway, there will be several detour routes for motorists to follow.

Once completed, Marquette Road will feature three roundabouts, at Blackhawk Avenue, Iowa Street and Wisconsin Street. This will be the first roundabouts in Prairie du Chien, and both the DOT and City of Prairie du Chien are encouraging motorists to become familiar with the rules and guidelines for navigating roundabouts. The City will host a public information meeting in February or March of 2014 to provide a forum for motorists to learn more about driving through the roundabouts.

Tue
05
Nov

Car chase leads to charges

On Oct. 27, at approximately 5:30 a.m,, a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy who was finishing a previous call  observed a two-door white Saturn drive through the village of Seneca at an approximate speed of 60 to 75 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The deputy caught up to the vehicle on County E and began to pursue the vehicle operating westbound towards Highway 35. The vehicle failed to yield for the officer’s emergency lights and siren and a pursuit ensued.

Tue
05
Nov

Bloomington community comes together to support shelter


The Village Square Park in Bloomington recently received a shelter, fully equipped with restrooms and electricity. Community members came together on Oct. 26 to put the roof on the facility. This provides another location in the community where events can be held. (Submitted photo)

West Grant Lions Club members, Top Notch Construction workers and community volunteers came together on Oct. 26 to put the roof on the shelter at the Village Square Park.

By Correne Martin

Small towns can come together to do some pretty amazing things. A shining example of that has taken place in Bloomington, where the West Grant Lions Club, with some help from the village board and many community members, recently completed a shelter project at the Village Square Park on the corner of Congress and 3rd Streets. The building includes restrooms, electricity and an adjoining pavilion under which community events can be held.

On Oct. 26, a small group of about 15 individuals from the club, Top Notch Construction, and other volunteers gathered to place a roof on the brand new shelter. Though some finishing work needs to be done next spring, the recent work culminated over a year and a half of engineering and fundraising for the project. Just under $24,000 has been raised toward the concept, and more money will be accepted as the park continues to blossom.

Mon
04
Nov

Karen Clark

 

Karen Clark, 72, of McGregor, Iowa died Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Northgate Care Center in Waukon, Iowa. 

She was born March 17, 1941 to Fred and Genevieve (Koehn) Curtis in Milwaukee. Karen graduated from MarMac High School in 1959. Karen was a Realtor in Pine Island for many years. She also worked at the Nursing home in McGregor and at the Piggly Wiggly Bakery in Prairie du Chien. She enjoyed her house plants, camping, being outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, she was an avid reader, she loved visiting over a cup of coffee and spending time with her pets.

Mon
04
Nov

Matt Antoine

Matt Antoine
Skeleton takes place on the same mile-long track used in bobsled and luge. Above, Matt loads himself onto his sled head-first after sprinting through a 50-meter starting chute.

 

Antoine sweeps National Team Trials 

and gets leg up on Olympic Team berth

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Prairie du Chien’s Matt Antoine has raced himself onto the National Skeleton Team and now has an inside track to make the United States Olympic Team for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February of 2014. 

Fri
01
Nov

Joan Egge

 

Joan H. Egge, 82, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Prairie Maison Care Center in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Jan. 3, 1931 in Perth Ontario Canada, the daughter of Gerald and Harriett (Boles) Pettigrew. She married A. Douglas Egge on June 25, 1949 in Perth, Canada. He preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 2007. Joan was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien. She worked at the Ferryville Cheese Factory and later for Betty’s Hallmark in Prairie du Chien. 

Wed
30
Oct

Wyalusing Academy

Wyalusing Academy
Representatives of Clinicare Corp. said that Wyalusing Academy will be closed by Nov. 8.

 

Wyalusing Academy voluntarily relinquishes 

license to operate; will cease operations on Nov. 8

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
30
Oct

Iowa versus Wisconsin

Border Battle
Bart Knight (left) and Denny Fuller square off in Iowa and Wisconsin colors respectively in anticipation of the big game.

 

Renewed border battle generating lots of excitement

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Two well-known local entrepreneurs are getting into the spirit of the reinstatement of the longtime border rivalry between the Wisconsin and Iowa football teams this upcoming Saturday. 

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