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Wed
15
Jul

PdC tennis court project officially complete


The grand opening of the Prairie du Chien tennis courts by Hoffman Hall took place on Saturday, July 11. Present for the event were (from left, front) Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich, Eyon Pergande, Heidi Kirschbaum, Annie Beinborn, Darla Hermanson, Ella Kirschbaum, Olivia Kirschbaum, Sharon Davis, Kati Forsythe, Diane Witt, Tom Nelson, Cathy Nelson, (back) Mark Oehler, Nathan Rickerton, Jan Keiser, Dick Beinborn, Chris Hermanson, Dave Hemmer, Kay Wessling, Jeff Davis, Bob Witt and Nick Gilberts. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

10-year-old Eyon Pergande is ready to take advantage of the new Prairie du Chien tennis courts across the street from Hoffman Hall. Eyon was very proud of his door prize—the Spongebob Squarepants headband—that he made sure to put it on right away.

By Caitlin Bittner

On Saturday, July 11, the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department held a grand opening in honor of the completely refurbished tennis courts across from Hoffman Hall.

Before the door prizes were awarded, event attendees were anxious to get onto the court and start playing. Although the anticipation was high, Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich wanted to take a moment to commemorate and honor all the people and businesses who helped make the new courts a reality.

“I’m always happy to have something like this provided to the community,” said Ulrich.

Park Board Chairman Tom Nelson called the remodel wonderful, recalling a meeting where a group of tennis players from the community came to ask for an update. “They weren’t even on the agenda,” Nelson laughed, happy to have been a part of the group to see this project through to completion.

Wed
15
Jul

Bagley completes second storm shelter

By Caitlin Bittner

Better safe than sorry is the motto for the village of Bagley in the case of severe weather striking the area. In May, Bagley’s second storm shelter was completed with the assistance of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant.

“The grant was for $403,250,” said Village President David “Buck” Schott. Schott also noted that the village’s share in the expense was 12.5 percent, meaning that the village paid $34,000 for the project.

“We were $8,000 over budget because we put in a new storm sewer as was suggested by FEMA,” explained Schott. “We put in a new hydrant and a drain to help keep the water from gathering there. It was actually helpful for the community, too. The drain works for everyone.”

Schott also said that the village may have an opportunity to get some money back from FEMA if there is any left over in the grant fund after the year is over.

Wed
15
Jul

Voyage for Vets


Casey and Carson Barfels take off from the McGregor Boat Landing Sunday morning.

 

Father-son canoe voyage 

raising money for disabled veterans

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A 43-year-old Appleton, Wis. man and his 12-year-old son are in the midst of an approximate 995-mile adventure on the Mississippi, Wisconsin and Fox rivers. 

Wed
15
Jul

Kenneth Edward Otteson

 

 Kenneth Edward Otteson, 84, of Prairie du Chien, died on July 9, at Sannes Skogdalen Heim in Soldiers Grove. 

Kenneth was born to Ernst S. and Mary Retha (Seipp) Otteson on Sept. 2, 1930 in Prairie du Chien. He was baptized and was confirmed at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Kenneth graduated from Campion High School, Prairie du Chien in 1948. He served in the U. S Army Reserves and National Guard, joining in July 1951.

Tue
14
Jul

Dorritt May Lessard

 

Dorritt May Lessard passed away at Pittsburg University Mercy Hospital on July 8, at the age of 84.

Dorritt was born in Eastman, on April 19, 1931. She was a dedicated wife and mother, enthusiastically supporting her family throughout her life, providing love, care, and encouragement in whatever life’s journey presented to her family. She was also a dedicated professional, working in the insurance industry until her retirement in 1987. Dorritt enjoyed reading, gardening, and bird watching. 

Tue
14
Jul

Tammy M. Kansaku

 

Tammy M. Kansaku, 35, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, July 13, at her home after an extended illness. 

The family is planning a celebration of Tammy’s life for a future date that will be announced later. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.  

Tue
14
Jul

Betty Jean Regal

 

Betty Jean Regal, 74, of McGregor, Iowa died Saturday, July 11, at Mayo Health System in La Crosse. 

Betty Jean was born on April 28, 1941 to John and Harriet (Koresh) Stevens in Prairie du Chien. She graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School, Prairie du Chien, in 1959. 

Betty was united in marriage with Dennis Regal on Sept. 23, 1961 at St. John Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. To this union, one son was born. Betty worked at McGregor Loudspeaker in McGregor, Iowa and also owned and operated the Regal Marine in Prairie du Chien. 

Mon
13
Jul

The colors were permanently retired July 8

Flag Retirement Picture 1
From left to right, are Charlie Paulus, John Horkheimer, Terry Reukauf, Zippy Reuter, Phil Kirschbaum, Vernon Graney, Mike Weber and Ron Fritz. (Photos by Addison Mumm)
Flag Retirement Picture 2
John Horkheimer disposes a tattered flag.
Flag Retirement Picture 3
The men saluted the flags among all the smoke as the ceremony came to its closing.

Unserviceable, distressed and faded flags were retired July 8 by the Bloomington American Legion Abraham Wetmore Post 148. The flag is a symbol of what Americans live and die by. This ceremony properly disposed of improper flags. Tattered, torn or too worn flags are not to be flown, as they are a sign of disrespect. To dispose of flags, take it to the local legion post and they can take care of it. In conclusion of the ceremony, the men saluted the flags among all the smoke. They honored the men and women who died protecting the American Flag and all it stands for.

Mon
13
Jul

Prairie du Chien baseball players earn awards


Nine Prairie du Chien baseball players earned All Conference recognition for the 2015 season. They are, front row: Dylan Yeomans - First Team All Conference outfield, Michael Steiner - Honorable Mention, Ryan Garrity - Honorable Mention, Peyton Hall -First Team All Conference infield. Back row: Casey Hogenson - Second Team All Conference infield, Brogan Potter - Second Team All Conference infield, Brandon Check - Second Team All Conference outfield, and Chas Sagedahl - First Team All Conference pitcher. Missing: Brian McNett - Second Team All Conference outfield and Coach of the Year Mark Pedretti. The Blackhawks finished first in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference with a 10-0 record. They were 18-7 overall.

Team award winners included Michael Steiner, Co-Captain; Peyton Hall, MVP; Casey Hogenson, Co-Captain; and Drew Scott, Coaches Award. Missing is Jack Wasechek, Most Improved.
Mon
13
Jul

Four Seneca softball players earn All Conference recognition

Four Seneca softball players earned All Conference recognition for the 2015 season.

Taylor Redman, a senior, was named to the First Team.

Michaela Chambers, a senior, was named to the First Team.

Jena Konichek, a sophomore, was named to the Honorable Mention Team.

Haley Wall, a freshman, was named to the Honorable Mention Team.

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