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22
Sep

Seneca Homecoming


Seneca’s Nick Payne (88) finds good running room along the right sideline against visiting Kickapoo-La Farge during the Seneca Homecoming football game Friday night. Unfortunately, KLF prevailed 41-6 in the contest. (Football photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca’s Brady Fernette surveys the field as he drops back to pass Friday night.

Brady Fernette runs behind the block of Cody Ostrander.

 

KLF too 

much for 

Seneca 

gridders

Kickapoo-La Farge defeated host Seneca 41-6 Friday night during Seneca’s Homecoming football game. 

Mon
22
Sep

Long lost love letter

Love letter
This is what remains of a letter sent by an unknown man to Miss Loretta Tierney on July 25, 1898. The letter was found in a wall at 241 N. Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mystery, romance, intrigue, inquiring minds want to know. 

What appears to be a 116-year-old love letter was found recently by Rodney and Rita Jones in a wall of the house they are remodeling at 241 N. Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien. 

Mon
22
Sep

Man charged: operating a car without owner’s consent

A 27-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Donald J. Tweedy faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted. According to the criminal complaint, Tweedy drove off in his mother’s vehicle without her consent on June 3, sometime between 6:30 and 8 p.m.

On June 4, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was informed by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department that a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle was involved in a high-speed chase in Grant County and was stopped by the use of stop sticks in the city of Platteville. The occupants of the vehicle fled the scene on foot and were not located, according to the complaint.

On June 11, a Crawford County Sheriff’s Department deputy interviewed Tweedy who admitted he had taken his mother’s car, a 1998 Mustang, without her consent, the complaint said.

Mon
22
Sep

Local man charged with his fifth OWI

A 61-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth or sixth offense).

Donald D. Lasse faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 26 at 11:53 p.m., a Prairie du Chien police officer saw a car traveling north on Marquette Road with no front or back license plates. The vehicle’s lights also went off for about five seconds and then came back on. The officer stopped the vehicle, which was being driven by Lasse. Lasse was subsequently placed under arrest for OWI.

Lasse has previously been convicted of OWI four times.

Mon
22
Sep

Fifty years of natural gas service in Prairie du Chien


On Vineyard Coulee Road, eight-inch steel natural gas main is installed in 1964. This picture looks east in the vicinity of the current South Marquette Road and Vineyard Road intersection.

In 1989, Wisconsin Southern Gas celebrated the 25th anniversary of local natural gas service in Prairie du Chien. Shown giving away a deluxe gas grill are Patricia Hill, Mark Oehler (current district manager-Prairie du Chien for MGE), Ross Bushnell (retired, former district manager), Elmer Wisnefsky (retired) and Bob Valley (former district manager). Pat Hill and Robert Valley are now deceased.

The gas company’s office is shown five years after it opened at the former Commerce Court Mall (now Blackhawk Junction) in 1964.

An unknown individual is shown installing gas main in Prairie du Chien in 1964.

Fifty years ago, on July 23, 1964, natural gas turn-on ceremonies were held at the Wisconsin Southern Gas Company gate station on Vineyard Coulee Road. In attendance (pictured, from left) were former Prairie du Chien Mayor Edward Farrell; the company’s former president Kenneth D. Knoblock (deceased); and now retired Prairie du Chien manager for propane operations Alex McEwan.

This was some sort of celebration at the WIscosnin Propane Gas Corp. office on Blackhawk Ave. Names of the individuals are not known.

Bill Wachuta, serviceman for Wisconsin Propane Gas Corp. and eventually Wisconsin Southern Gas, is pictured by an old pump.

This summer marked 50 years of natural gas service in Prairie du Chien. While a lot has changed since 1964, the reliable natural gas service that comes with friendly customer service has withstood the test of time.

“Congratulations to the people of Prairie du Chien on 50 years of natural gas. MGE is happy to be a part of that history, and we take great pride in bringing a safe, reliable and affordable energy source, to customers in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area,” said John Yogerst, assistant vice president of gas operations, for MGE.

At the time of the turn-on ceremony on July 23, 1964, there were 1,055 residential and commercial customers signed up for natural gas service in Prairie du Chien.

Fri
19
Sep

Floyd F. Lemke

 

Floyd F. Lemke, 91, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Racine, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, at the Prairie Maison Care Center in Prairie du Chien. 

He was born Dec. 23, 1922 in Kenosha, the son of Frederick and Nellie (Woodward) Lemke. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII. He married Lois Sheffer on Nov. 12, 1949 at Christ Methodist Church in Racine. Floyd worked as an engineer for Dynamatic Corporation in Racine for many years until his retirement. He was known as a great “handyman” among family and friends and was an avid fisherman. 

Fri
19
Sep

Allen LeRoy Koecke

 

Allen LeRoy Koecke, 88, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 10. 

He was born on May 14, 1926, in Prairie du Chien. Allen was united in marriage to Loretta Barrette. She preceded him in death. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps proudly serving towards the end of World War II. Allen worked at various grocery stores and was a very loyal member of the Teamsters Union. He enjoyed traveling, exploring Europe and Alaska but truly treasured most the times spent at their summer lakeside home on Winter Lake. 

Fri
19
Sep

Ronald Paul Martin

 

Ronald Paul Martin, 68, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sept. 17 after a courageous battle with cancer. 

Ron was born Christmas day, 1945, in Prairie du Chien to Paul and Cleo (Groom) Martin. 

Ron leaves behind is wife, Ana; daughter Terri; sons Steven (Jenny) and David (Katie); grandsons Braylon and Jacob; and siblings Frank (Sue), Terri (Rich) Messling, Linda Messling, Mike (Deb). He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Rita and brother Steve. 

Fri
19
Sep

Francesca Elise Brown Santoro

 

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 3:01 p.m. our beloved Francesca Elise Brown Santoro was stillborn and left this world at 36 weeks of pregnancy. The Sunday prior, her heart stopped beating for no known reason and she was born a beautiful, perfect angel at 5 lb 14 oz, and 18 inches long. We were blessed to be able to give her the natural birth we had envisioned for her- it was peaceful and silent. 

Thu
18
Sep

Phyllis M. Gokey

 

Phyllis M. Gokey, 88, of Prairie du Chien passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at her home. 

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