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Fabulous Farm Babe comes to Prairie du Chien for farmers luncheon


Farm broadcaster Pam Jahnke was the guest speaker at the annual Farmer Appreciation Luncheon, hosted by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by local businesses as thanks to farmers for their economic support of the community. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Wisconsin’s Fabulous Farm Babe herself, Pam Jahnke, was in Prairie du Chien last Wednesday, Feb. 22, for the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce’s 28th annual Farmer Appreciation Luncheon. She was the guest speaker at the luncheon, held at Huckleberry’s Restaurant, which provided an opportunity for businesses to express their thanks for area farmers’ economic contributions.

About 100 business and community representatives attended the event, sponsored by 29 chamber members who are grateful for the farmers’ support of their businesses and the community. The chamber’s agri-business committee has attempted for four years to secure the farm broadcaster as its keynote speaker, but she’s always had other obligations—until this year.

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Memory of young man’s life lives on in Wauzeka


Built in recent years, this playground adjacent to the Wauzeka fire station was erected in memory of John Peloch. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

It’s been nearly six years since Wauzeka’s John Peloch passed from lymphoblastic lymphoma with acute leukemia at the age of 27. In addition to his family, his friends and the community keep memories of his big-hearted personality alive.

A memorial, American Red Cross blood drive will be held Friday, March 3, from noon to 6 p.m., at Century Hall. It is sponsored by Wauzeka-Steuben Schools and John’s former wife, now Justine (Bedward) Sparrgrove ,and her family.
John’s parents, Paul and Joanne, his siblings and some of his extended family also participate by attending and giving blood at the drive each year.

Food is provided for the donors and community members spend some time talking with John’s family and friends, laughing about their good times together, his mom said.

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PdC native dies, Madison police request reckless homicide charges


Kirk U’Ren and Jenni Steiner, husband and wife from Cottage Grove, both died as the result of a horrific crash in Madison Feb. 12. Jenni is a Prairie du Chien native and Kirk was from Mineral Point. (Photo from Baker Tilly)

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien native Jenni Steiner, 34, died Saturday, Feb. 25, as a result of severe head and brain injuries sustained in the car crash that also killed her husband, Feb. 12, in Madison. The Madison Police Department has requested reckless homicide charges be filed against Brandon Ballweg, 25, Stoughton, in relation to the fatal crash.

The police department is recommending the Dane County District Attorney’s Office charge Ballweg with two counts of second degree reckless homicide, three counts of second degree recklessly endangering safety and reckless driving causing injury. Another woman from Madison and a couple from Pewaukee were also impacted by the crash.

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Bald Eagle Appreciation Days


Sara Sloan, a raptor educator for Schlitz Audubon Nature Center of Milwaukee, has a great time as she shows off Valkyrie, a 6-year-old female bald eagle, to the enthusiastic crowd during a presentation at Hoffman Hall Saturday morning as part of the Prairie du Chien Bald Eagle Appreciation Days. The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center conducted several raptor presentations. There were numerous other displays and presentations at Hoffman Hall along with various programs Friday night and Saturday at venues including the AmericInn, Country Inn and Suites, and the Prairie du Chien Regional Tourism Center. There were about 85 eagles in the Prairie du Chien area on Saturday, including 65 near Ritter’s Fish Market at the intersection of County N and Highway 27, said Effigy Mounds volunteer Dennis Kirschbaum. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Some youngsters have fun building an eagle nest at Hoffman Hall Saturday as part of the Prairie du Chien Bald Eagle Appreciation Days.
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Ronald LeRoy Feldman

 

Ronald LeRoy Feldman, 81, of McGregor, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wis. 

 

Ronald was born March 9, 1935. He graduated from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, Calif. In high school, Ron participated in Platform diving and speed skating.

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Prairie Boys Win


Prairie’s Evan Teynor looks to score down low against visiting River Valley. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Chas Sagedahl drives the lane and draws a foul against River Valley Thursday night.

Wesley Schwager scores on a one-hander in the first half.

 

Prairie boys easily 

handle River Valley

Prairie du Chien bested visiting River Valley 64-35 in an SWC boys basketball game Thursday on Senior Night. 

Prairie built a 32-19 lead at halftime and then took the second half 32-16.

Wesley Schwager pumped in 15 points to pace Prairie. Nathan Banasik netted 9 and Jonathan Dyer scored 8. 

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Prairie Gymnast To State

 

O’Kane earns trip 

to State Gymnastics Meet

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien High School gymnastics team scored 107.35 points at the Baraboo Sectional Thursday night. 

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Anna Marie Martin

 

Anna Marie Martin, 80, of Wauzeka, passed away Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Crossing Rivers Health Care Center in Prairie du Chien. 

 

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Jennifer M. Steiner

 

Jennifer M. Steiner, 34, of Cottage Grove, passed away Saturday, Feb. 25, at UW Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Sunday, Feb. 12. Her husband, Kirk U’Ren, did not survive the accident which occurred enroute to a badger basketball game. 

 

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Loyde Melvin Beers

 

Loyde Melvin Beers, 78, of Eastman, died Saturday, Feb. 25, at home with his family near him. 

 

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