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An Engagement to Remember

(Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

Rob Shaw proposes to girlfriend Carrie Gingerich with the help of an airplane. The couple celebrated their 17-month anniversary on Sunday, June 12. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

By Caitlin Bittner


Over the weekend, Prairie du Chien resident, Rob Shaw, made a proposal of engagement to girlfriend Carrie Gingerich. He hired a plane from the Air Signs and Banners to help him convery the message.

Shaw, a traveling nurse, got the idea while he and Gingerich were in California. “We’d been talking about getting married for awhile, but I didn’t know how to ask,” said Shaw. “But I knew I wanted it to be big, and I wanted it to last forever.”

“I thought about a lot of ways to do it. Like collecting white rocks, spelling it out, then taking her up to the bluffs,” said Shaw. “I also thought about having our friends hold signs up for her.”

But in the end, Shaw said that when they saw the planes, he just knew an airplane would create a big enough spectacle to make the moment memorable for all involved. 


Emma Mary Schroen


Emma Mary Schroen, 87, formerly of Lancaster, and Long Neck, Del., passed away Wednesday, June 8, at Bluff Haven Assisted Living, Prairie du Chien.

Mary was born Nov. 21, 1928, in Baltimore, Md., daughter of William H. and Mary A. (Wingrove) Bloecher. She married Joseph Donald Schroen in Baltimore,on April 9, 1949. He preceded her in death on Dec. 6, 2008.


Cardinal 4-H Club to host Mount Hope Dairy Day Parade June 17

The Mount Hope Cardinal 4-H Club, Inc. is planning the annual Mount Hope Dairy Day Parade to be held Friday night June 17.

The activities will start with the Ice Cream Social at the Mount Hope Fire Station at 6 p.m. Club members will be serving sandwiches, cheese, pie, ice cream and milk throughout the evening.

The parade line up will take place on the hill with judging to take place at 7:30 p.m.


Former hospital property has new proposal for use

By Correne Martin

Future plans for the former Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital property to be used for a fire station, school district needs, and athletic fields were heard and embraced by the Prairie du Chien Common Council Tuesday night.

The proposal, which will go before the Crossing Rivers Health grounds committee this week and the school board next week, consists of a future fire station being earmarked for the western half of the property and the school district having the option to build on the eastern half within the next 10 years. In the meantime, the parcel would be developed into athletic fields, usable in 2017.

“The hospital is reviewing whether it would be best to lease, donate or sell the property,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer explained. He added that the proposal would address a couple of needs in the community and keep the property in public use.


Boaters address Regal Marina issue with PdC common council

By Correne Martin

Three boaters and users of Regal Marina urged the Prairie du Chien Common Council, Tuesday night, to work in better faith with the Regal family in an effort to assist the longtime business toward resuming all operations.

John Bell, of McGregor, Iowa, and Everett and Vickie Rowland, of Clermont, Iowa, spoke to the council about their concerns of a gridlock between the city and Regal Marine Group, which have leased the city’s marina property since 1963. Two members of the Regal family were present for the meeting but did not speak on the family’s behalf.

“I think you should have a committee and go down and talk to the Regals,” Bell proposed. “They deserve a chance to work with the city council.”



The Prairie du Chien baseball team celebrates after defeating Arcadia 12-3 to win the Sectional Championship and earn a berth to the State Tournament in Grand Chute. (Photo by Vicki Waller)

Chas Sagedahl pitches versus Arcadia in the Sectional Final. (Photo by Vicki Waller)

Prairie du Chien’s Dylan Yeomans rounds third and heads for home against Cambridge Tuesday afternoon in the Division 3 Sectional Semifinal at Copeland Field in La Crosse. The Blackhawks will be playing Markesan in the State Tournament in Grand Chute on June 15. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Drew Scott grabs the throw on a pick-off attempt versus Cambridge. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Hunter Sheckler throws to first base from his knees after making a diving stop against Cambridge Tuesday afternoon in La Crosse. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Casey Hogenson fires a fastball against Cambridge. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Chas Sagedahl slides into home plate in the second inning. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


Prairie du Chien baseball team is Statebound

By Ted Pennekamp


The Prairie du Chien High School baseball team is headed to the Wisconsin State Tournament after winning both of their games at the Division 3 La Crosse Aquinas Sectional Tuesday afternoon. 


Barbara Jean Huebsch



Barbara Jean Huebsch, 84, passed away Monday, June 6, at the Crossing Rivers Health Hospital after a brief illness. 


Prairie Baseball

The Iowa Grant runner just gets back in time on a pick-off attempt Wednesday as Prairie’s Drew Scott reaches for the tag. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jack Wasechek gets a good jump off of third versus Iowa Grant Wednesday afternoon.

Peyton Hall heads for home with a run against Iowa Grant Wednesday.

Dylan Yeomans edges closer to home against visiting Iowa Grant.

Jack Wasechek drives in a run with a single to center against visiting Cuba City in the Regional Final Thursday afternoon.

The ball pops loose on this attempted tag of a Cuba City runner caught between first and second. The Cuba City player was tagged out moments later during the run-down.

First baseman Drew Scott gets ready to tag the Cuba City runner out on a pick-off.



baseball team 

on to Sectional

Top seeded Prairie du Chien defeated visiting and fourth seeded Iowa Grant 12-3 in a Division 3 Regional Semifinal baseball game Wednesday afternoon. The game had been postponed from Tuesday due to rain. 

The Blackhawks erupted for 7 big runs in the bottom of the first inning. 


State Track

Prairie du Chien’s Wesley Schwager clears the bar at 6-0 at the State Track Meet Saturday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Tatem Baures of Wauzeka-Steuben (7) runs near the front during the first lap of the 1600-meter run at the State Track Meet Saturday.

Franci Gates of River Ridge vaults 8-6 Saturday morning at the State Track Meet.


Three area 

track athletes 

at State Meet

Three area track athletes competed at the State Track Meet at UW-La Crosse on Friday and Saturday. 

Prairie du Chien junior Wesley Schwager finished ninth in the Division 2 boys high jump with a leap of 6-0 Saturday morning.


Longtime aerobics instructor retires

For 17 years, Mary Kay Lange taught aerobics classes, including pilates, step aerobics and sculpting, in Prairie du Chien. She led classes at Hoffman Hall most recently. She intends to continue attending classes at her leisure.

By Correne Martin

After 17 and a half years of teaching aerobics classes in Prairie du Chien, Mary Kay Lange is ready for something new. She fully intends to continue attending classes, but she retired May 24 from leading participants.

“I just knew I needed a change,” Lange said. “I will miss the socializing, but I won’t miss trying to find something new for everybody to try.”

Mary Kay moved to Prairie du Chien in 1987. She began attending aerobics classes, taught by Judy Sagedahl, at Blackhawk Junction as a way to simply meet members of the community.

“I met some wonderful people with similar interests,” she noted.

The classes moved to Hoffman Hall a few years later and Sagedahl left, so Lange decided to take over. She started watching exercise videos and TV shows, done by Denise Austin and others, and wrote down ideas from those to use in her classes. She also gleaned workout tips from fitness magazines.


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