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Florence Kozelka

 

Florence Nettie Kozelka, 98, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born on the family farm in Patch Grove, on July 4, 1915 to Frank and Alta (Pendleton) Ellis. She married Adolph (Oddie) Kozelka on May 31, 1939 in Waukon, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Oct. 23, 1985. Florence did clerical work most of her married life. She was an active member of the Eagles Club Auxiliary and also played in the Ding-a-Ling Musical Band for 38 years. 

Tue
19
Nov

Joan Dean

 

Joan M. Dean, 75, of Cassville, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Monday, Nov. 18, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.

Mon
18
Nov

Carrier in NFL

Small school star makes it to NFL
Derek Carrier, shown here making a play as a wide receiver for the Beloit College Buccaneers, played in his NFL regular season debut against the New Orleans Saints Sunday.

 

Small college 

standout makes jump to NFL

By Ted Pennekamp

 

All of his hard work has paid off and Derek Carrier is now on an NFL active roster. The San Francisco 49ers promoted tight end Carrier from the practice squad to the 53-man roster Saturday afternoon in anticipation of the 49ers versus New Orleans Saints football game. Carrier wears number 46. 

Mon
18
Nov

'River Rats'

television show
Brent Jenks, Mike Valley and Brooks Niedziejko stand outside of Valley Fish and Cheese of Prairie du Chien.

 

Television show featuring 

local commercial fishermen to become a reality

By Ted Pennekamp

 

It’s now official, the much-talked-about television show featuring area commercial fisherman Mike Valley and his employee Brooks Niedziejko will be a reality. 

Mon
18
Nov

New Crawford County plat book is available

Who owns Crawford County? Thousands of people have a piece of it, and they are listed in the new plat book published by the Crawford County Fair and the Crawford County UW-Extension, with assistance from Mapping Solutions. The 2013 book is available for purchase at the UW-Extension Office, 225 North Beaumont Rd., Suite 240, Prairie du Chien (326-0224) and the Fairgrounds Office, 120 Sunset Ridge, Suite 114, Gay Mills (608-735-4379). Premium wall maps are also available to order. Pricing information is available online at crawfordcountywisconsinfair.com.

Mon
18
Nov

Tractor driver dies of apparent heart attack

On Nov. 12, at approximately 5 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a possible tractor rollover with a possible injured subject on Badger Road in Marietta Township.  

Sheriff’s deputies, fire department personnel and EMS personnel responded. Upon arrival, it was learned that the tractor had not rolled over but had rolled into the woods and struck a tree. The tractor was still on its wheels and still running.  

The operator of the tractor, Dean Harris, 70, Blue River, was picking corn when he had an apparent heart attack and the tractor slowly rolled into the woods, struck a tree and stopped. Harris was still seated on the tractor when emergency personnel arrived but he was deceased. Harris was pronounced dead at the scene by Crawford County Coroner Joe Morovits.  

Assisting at the scene were the Boscobel Fire Department, the Boscobel Rescue Squad, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Steuben First Responders.

Mon
18
Nov

Two from De Soto arrested in meth bust

On Nov. 13, at approximately 9:42 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was attempting to locate two wanted subjects at 11736 Highway 35, Lot 12 in Freeman Township.  

While attempting to make contact with the subjects, the deputies observed items related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine. While deputies were securing the scene, one subject identified as John C. Haggerty, 48, De Soto, ran out the rear exit of the residence. Deputies placed Haggerty into custody. Deputies also placed Jody R. Boardman, 56, De Soto, into custody. The residence was secured by deputies and a search of the residence was conducted the morning of Nov. 14.

Several items associated with the manufacturing, use of and delivery of methamphetamine were found during the search.  

Haggerty and Boardman are being held at the Crawford County Jail. Charges are being referred to the Crawford County Cistrict Attorney’s Office.

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. 

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