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Mon
18
Nov

Former resident pens book about her family secret

book reading
About 15 members of the public attended a Meet the Author session with Peggy Hale at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library Nov. 11. Peggy (holding the book) read excerpts from her new self-published book, “Tied With Red Cord,” and talked about the basis for her story—a family secret she and her sister uncovered years ago. The hour-long roundtable discussion was so engaging, nearly everyone left with a copy of Hale’s book. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

When Margaret “Peggy” Hale accidentally uncovered a family secret, she never could have imagined a more powerful story about a grandmother she never knew.

She and her sister, Wendy, set out to enjoy their first-ever “sister trip and made a spur-of-the-moment decision to veer from their planned route to stop at a small county museum. After being escorted to the resource room, a volunteer, wanting to show them how the system worked, asked if they knew anyone who had been born in that county.

“We gave her our mother’s birth date, and she retrieved some microfiche and fed the tape into the machine. Scrolling down a birth record, she came to the Dent name,” reads an excerpt from Peggy’s book, “Tied With Red Cord.”

“We strained to make out the hand-written ledger that appeared on the screen and to scan the columns searching for our mother’s name. There it was: Marion Cordelia Dent. We traced across the line to see her mother’s name, but instead of Carrie Dent, it read Margaret G. Dent.

“We looked at each other and then in unison, told the woman that this was wrong. Margaret was mother’s oldest sister. Their parents were Milton and Carrie Dent.

“Then we looked at each other and my sister said, ‘Do you suppose?’

Mon
18
Nov

Mildred Borne

 

Mildred Pauline Borne, 84, of Dodgeville died peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Upland Hills Nursing & Rehab Center on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Mon
18
Nov

John Rettig

 

John E. “Jack” Rettig, 93, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Chicago passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

He was born Sept. 8, 1920 in Highwood, Ill. the son of Peter and Pearl (Garrity) Rettig. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He married Elizabeth Coleman on April 21, 1945 at Holy Cross Parish in Deerfield, Ill. He owned and operated Rettig Rug and Furniture Cleaning on the North shore of Chicago for 45 years. Jack liked to bowl, play ping pong and was an avid fisherman. 

Fri
15
Nov

Audrey Hazen

 

Audrey C. Hazen, 86, of Prairie du Chien, formerly of Wauzeka, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City.

Fri
15
Nov

Jerry Ellis

 

Jerry J. Ellis, 73, of Patch Grove passed away Tuesday, Nov. 12, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Jerry was born on July 25, 1940, in Bloomington, the son of Donald and Tossie (Arnett) Ellis. He married Shirley Haberichter on Oct. 24, 1959 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Bagley.

Jerry was a “small town man” spending his entire life in Patch Grove. He graduated from Patch Grove High School in 1958. Jerry and Shirley raised their family in the home that he built there in 1960. He was a member of Patch Grove Fire Department for 48 years.

Wed
13
Nov

Fallfire Art Contest names winners


Fallfire grand prize winner The digital painting shown, entitled “Burning Bush,” by Lacey McCormick, of Waterville, Iowa, won the 2013 Fallfire grand prize. The 10th annual Fallfire Art Contest is a local contest open to all ages and all mediums. Award winners were named Nov. 8 at Simply in Prairie du Chien. Many of the pieces will be on display, and for sale, at the Fallfire: Retrospectus, a special open house and art gallery show this Friday, Nov. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Knowlton House in Prairie du Chien. The event is free and open to the public. It will also include wine sampling, specialty cheeses and other surprises. For those who cannot attend, the gallery will be open the next day, Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Winners of the 10th annual Fallfire Art Contest, which was open to local artists of any age and in all mediums, have been announced.

A grand prize was awarded, as were prizes in four different categories: photography, two-dimensional art, written works, and other media. This year’s Best of Show winner was “Burning Bush,” a colorful digital painting by Lacey McCormick, of Waterville, Iowa. Winning the Picture This Photography Award was “Glamping Glow,” a photo of a glamorous outdoor camping scene submitted by John D. Ivanko, of Browntown. The Two-Dimensional Art Prize was awarded to “Marina’s House,” a detailed black-and-white, stylized silhouette piece by Patrick Collins, of Prairie du Chien. A poem, titled “They Called Her Fire,” won the Written Works Award for Nicole Lessard, also of Prairie du Chien.

Wed
13
Nov

Celebrate the joy of giving by supporting Operation Santa

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By Correne Martin

It’s time to celebrate the joy of giving. You can help a family in need this holiday season with a small donation toward the Prairie du Chien Jaycees’ Operation Santa program. Non-perishable foods and new or gently used toys are currently being collected at locations across Crawford County and, just before Christmas, the bundles of joy will be distributed to county residents who can use it.

Members of the general public have until Thursday, Dec. 5 to drop of donations at the various places of business around Crawford County who are displaying Operation Santa boxes.

“We push for non-perishables or new toys,” said Tarah Marx, president of the Prairie du Chien Jaycees. “But people can donate anything they think a family can use. Some give clothes, hats, mittens, scarves, blankets, diapers, and monetary donations. We will accept gently used toys, but they must be in nice enough condition to give to the families in need.”

Wed
13
Nov

Marquette Road Project

 

Business owners 

raise concerns over 

Marquette Road Project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
11
Nov

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Our country’s veterans should be recognized and respected

By Sec. John A. Scocos and Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar
 
Each year on Nov. 11, the country pauses to thank and pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom and democracy.

Mon
11
Nov

Alternate side parking in effect Nov. 15: Avoid a ticket this winter

By Correne Martin

Don’t let the snow lead to a ticket or a tow. Alternate side parking is in effect in the city of Prairie du Chien from Friday, Nov. 15 through the end of March. And with winter on its way, drivers need to be aware of snow emergencies within the city as well.

If you would like to avoid a ticket or a tow this winter, follow these simple guidelines:

1) Park on the even house numbered side of the street on even numbered days from 1 to 6 a.m.

2) Park on the odd house numbered side of the street on odd numbered days from 1 to 6 a.m.

Some streets in the city are regulated for alternate side parking from 2:30 to 6 a.m. (including the downtown). For specific rules and regulations, visit prairieduchien.info, click on Municipal Code, and then find Chapter 7.05.
According to Sergeant Kyle Teynor, the most common issue in Prairie du Chien involves people parking in a no parking zone.

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