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Tue
29
Sep

Dennis D. Oswald

 

Dennis D. Oswald, 60, died on Monday afternoon Sept. 28, surrounded by his loving family at his residence in Wauzeka. 

Dennis was born on March 18, 1955 in Prairie du Chien, the son of Duane and Maxine (Lathrop) Oswald. He married Page Havens on Sept. 6, 1975 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Wauzeka. 

Tue
29
Sep

Robert V. Sawyer

 

Robert V. Sawyer, 87, passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, at St. Therese Care Center in New Hope, Minn. 

He was born Feb. 26, 1928 in Mobile, Ala. the son of Edward and Marie (Peterson) Sawyer. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Kathleen Stoehr on May 8, 1954 in Chicago, Ill. Robert worked as an art director for American Hospital Supply in Waukegan, Ill. for many years until his retirement. 

Mon
28
Sep

Margaret M. Wachter

 

Margaret M. Wachter, 81, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, Sept. 28, at her home surrounded by her family. 

She was born Feb. 28, 1934 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of James and Clara (Berentgen) Powers. She married John Wachter on July 9, 1952 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Together they farmed in rural Prairie du Chien and Margaret also worked at 3M Company for over 26 years until her retirement. She was an active member of St. Gabriel’s Parish. 

Mon
28
Sep

SWS Homecoming


Tyler Zach (25) and TJ Sprosty (82) team up to bring down the Weston ballcarrier Friday night during the Seneca homecoming game. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Austin Duha (52) is one of several SWS defenders arriving to tackle the Weston runner in first-half action Friday night in Seneca.

The SWS ballcarrier goes for a good gain.

 

 

Weston defeats 

SWS on homecoming

Weston defeated host Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben 38-8 on Seneca’s homecoming Friday night in Ridge and Valley football action. 

Weston scored on a 15-yard pass and a 2-point conversion to take an 8-0 first quarter lead. 

Mon
28
Sep

Prairie Homecoming


Prairie du Chien’s Peyton Hall (18) runs behind the blocking of Scott Sautter (65) Friday night against visiting Dodgeville during Prairie’s homecoming game. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Dominic Wright (22) gets past a Dodgeville defender for a big gain in second-half action Friday night at Prairie du Chien High School.

 

Blackhawks’ defense secures homecoming victory

By Zach Mara

 

Mon
28
Sep

Slow-no wake

 

Proposed slow-no wake at Campion Boat Landing considered for safety

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The process of possibly implementing a slow-no wake zone at the Campion Boat Landing is continuing. Prairie du Chien City Administrator Aaron Kramer said that the permit application has been sent to the Wisconsin DNR for review and fine tuning. 

Mon
28
Sep

Many elements of old hospital to be reused by local schools, cities


Area schools and city governments have had the opportunity in recent weeks to walk the halls of the former Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital building on Taylor Street in hopes of taking materials and equipment that can be recycled and repurposed. Now, Clayton County Recycling, of Monona, Iowa, will begin demolition of the site this week. They will collaborate with Robinson Brothers Environmental on asbestos abatement.

Removing a light fixture from the former hospital property are (from left) Father James Weighner; Jeff Mink, Crossing Rivers Health maintenance; and Steve Rickleff. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Demolition of the former Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital facility on Taylor Street is targeted to begin sometime this week, according to Crossing Rivers Health officials. With that on the horizon, nearly every interior element from the old building was recently claimed by area school districts, cities and non-profit organizations free of charge for potential recycling and repurposing. An online auction, which ended Friday, sold commercial kitchen and other large hospital equipment to the general public.

The demolition contract was awarded Friday to Clayton County Recycling, of Monona, Iowa, who can start work as early as Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Mon
28
Sep

Meet historic people on annual tour of six Prairie du Chien cemeteries

It’s now fall, which means it’s time for the very popular event, Visiting Our Ancestors, a tour of Prairie du Chien’s six historic cemeteries, sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Historical Society.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, there will be a guided tour of the six cemeteries, beginning at 1 p.m., at the Fort Crawford Museum, 717 South Beaumont Rd. Participants should gather at the museum, where they will board vans to travel to the cemeteries, beginning with the Old French Cemetery and ending at the Brisbois Cemetery high above on the bluffs. At each cemetery, the costumed host of the tour will give a short history of the burying grounds and then she will introduce the resident.

The French Catholic Cemetery is the oldest cemetery still in existence in the State of Wisconsin and may be the oldest cemetery in the upper Mississippi Valley. Few of the graves are marked but much is known about the people who are buried there beginning in 1816.

Mon
28
Sep

Prairie du Chien making water system improvements

Prairie du Chien’s continued efforts toward improving the municipal infrastructure system will focus on the city’s water system over the next several months. Earlier this year, the city contracted with Municipal Management, Inc., of Madrid, Iowa, to do an extensive survey of the water system to identify any underground leaks. These leaks result in water loss, plus additional operational costs for the water system and, ultimately, the customers. Over 20 leaks were identified, with over half of them being classified as major.

“It appears that many of these leaks may have been caused by the extreme cold weather we experienced two winters ago,” Water Department Manager Larry Gates said. “Additionally, we have an old system, with some of the water services dating back to the 1940s. The water department will make every attempt to repair these water leaks in a timely fashion to decrease the amount of unaccounted water.”

Mon
28
Sep

Millville's Hidden Hamlet Art Fair features quality, handmade work


Founder and organizer Judy Carlson

By Correne Martin

The Hidden Hamlet Art Fair in Millville is a tucked-away treasure that’s brought together the community’s artisans to showcase and sell their handmade creations for 35 years. It attracts more people than reside in the township of 200, as an estimated 300 visitors stop by the art fair each year at the Millville Town Hall on County Highway C (along the Wisconsin River). The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The art fair will feature a diverse assortment of original woodworking, pottery, rugs, wall hangings, painted antiques, sewing, felting, needlework, dried flowers, plants and more. Also, consumables such as bakery and produce items, honey, maple syrup, candy, lots of pies and even soap will be available for purchase.

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