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Evelyn M. Shulka


Evelyn M. Shulka, 79, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, May 22, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, after a brief illness. 

She was born May 21, 1936 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Charles and Florence (Bovee) Sawvell. Evelyn was a successful local businesswoman who began the Skateway Roller Rink and later owned Prairie Mobile Homes. She also operated a local clothing store and furniture store. She loved to travel. 


Prairie track hosts Conference

Prairie du Chien’s Emily Steger gets ready to put the shot at the SWC Track Meet Tuesday. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


Prairie du Chien 

hosts Conference Track Meet

Prairie du Chien hosted the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Track Meet Tuesday afternoon. Dodgeville-Mineral Point won the boys meet with 191.5 points. Platteville had 178, River Valley 122, Lancaster 83.5, Prairie du Chien 57 and Richland Center 30.

 Nick Kurtz of Prairie du Chien was second in the 1600-meter run in 4:46.14. 


Prairie du Chien softball

Prairie du Chien pitcher Lauren Nicholson winds up against visiting Dodgeville. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


Prairie rallies to 

beat Dodgeville

Prairie du Chien edged visiting Dodgeville 6-5 in an SWC softball game Tuesday afternoon. 

Dodgeville scored 2 runs in the top of the second to go up 2-0. 

The Dodgers scored 1 run in the top of the third, but the Lady Blackhawks scored twice in the bottom half to pull within 3-2. 


Prairie soccer

Prairie’s Taylor Hendrickson gains control of the ball against Richland Center.

Prairie’s Anel Lamadrid battles against a Richland Center player. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Vrushti Shah pushes the ball upfield against Richland Center Tuesday afternoon.


Richland Center 

stops Prairie girls 

on Parents Night

On Tuesday, May 19, the Prairie du Chien girls soccer team celebrated Parents Night at Bluff View Intermediate School in a game against Richland Center. 


Deadly bat disease found in Crawford County

By Ted Pennekamp


The deadly bat disease white nose syndrome is now in Crawford County. Winter surveillance in 2014-15 for white-nose syndrome has been completed, with 75 bat hibernacula visited for disease surveillance throughout Wisconsin.


Crawford County men among 1,200 who perished in Vietnam

Gordon Nagel, Nicholas Walz, Gary Walz

By Sherrie Ball

About 165,400 people served in the Vietnam Conflict from Wisconsin. More than 1,200 perished. Of those, three men were from Crawford County.

Gordon L. Nagel was from Wauzeka. He was born April 8, 1948, the son of Lester and Christie (Aspenson) Nagel. From a large family, Gordon was one of 11 children.

He was a Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class (BM2) assigned Harbor Security with the U.S. Navy. Gordon enlisted in the Navy with his brother, Myron Nagel under the “Buddy System.” (The Navy Buddy Enlistment Program offers for the enlistment of small groups of not more than four male individuals or four female individuals who wish to stay together for as long as possible during their enlistment.)


Seneca names val and sal

Seneca High School has announced its valedictorian as Taylor Redman and salutatorian as Dani Boland.

Taylor Redman is the daughter of Jeffery and Kimberely Redman, of Seneca. She plans to attend the University of La Crosse this fall for physician assistant studies.

“I am ready to begin the next chapter in my life,” she said. “I enjoy working with people and am excited to focus on my future career in the medical field.”

Academically, Taylor has been a highest honors (4.0) student throughout her high school career. She has been student of the month and was a Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award recipient.


River Ridge teenager publishes three books with more on the way

Rachel Mergen, 17, holds the three fantasy books she’s self-published, including two full-length and one novella: “Cloaked,” “Enlightened” and “Blood of Tragedy” (out in July). She has many more in the works too. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Not many of us can say we’ve written a novel, especially as teenagers. Yet, Rachel Mergen, 17, a junior at River Ridge High School, can. In fact, Rachel has composed and self-published, via CreateSpace, three fantasy titles, the first when she was 13 and the second two at 16 and 17. A fourth will come out in March 2016.

“When I was little, I didn’t enjoy writing or reading that much. But I started writing song lyrics when I was in seventh grade,” Rachel said. “The vampire movies, like ‘Twilight’ and ‘Vampire Academy,’ came out when I was younger and this (her books) just kind of happened around then.”

Additional inspirations for Rachel have come from the band Imagine Dragons’ lyrics, the classic title “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and Amy Plum’s “Die for Me” series, which is based in Paris. “She’s one of my favorites. I’ve actually had conversations with her,” she noted.


Carolyn C. Henry,


Carolyn C. Henry, 77, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, May 18, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born March 20, 1938 the daughter of Alfred and Irene (Schmidt) Kilburg. She married Arnold Henry at St. Wenceslaus Church in Eastman, on June 18, 1957. Carolyn worked at the General Hospital in Prairie du Chien and later she and her husband owned and operated Arnie’s Refrigeration in Prairie du Chien for over 40 years. She enjoyed playing in the women’s pool league. Arnie preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 2006. 


Area track teams at Sparky Reynolds

Prairie du Chien’s Hope Meyer competes in the triple jump Friday in Boscobel.

River Ridge’s Rebecca Breuer shows good form in the 3200 relay in Boscobel Friday.

Kelsey Stickley of Wauzeka-Steuben runs in the 3200 relay at the Sparky Reynolds Invitational Friday afternoon in Boscobel.

Prairie’s Nicholas Johnson races in the 3200 relay in the Sparky Reynolds Invitational in Boscobel Friday afternoon.

Emily Steger of Prairie du Chien (left) and Brittnee Pash of River Ridge race side by side in the 100-meter dash Friday afternoon in the Sparky Reynolds Invitational.

Wesley Schwager of Prairie du Chien (left) and Sengum Dorjpurev of Wauzeka-Steuben run in the 100-meter dash in the Sparky Reynolds Invitational. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)


Area track teams at Sparky Reynolds Invitational

Prairie du Chien, River Ridge, Wauzeka-Steuben and Seneca competed in the Sparky Reynolds Invitational Track Meet Friday in Boscobel. 

Dodgeville-Mineral Point won the boys meet with 111 points. River Ridge was ninth with 25.5. Prairie du Chien was 16th with 10 and Wauzeka-Steuben was 19th with 1.5 points. 

Jordan Kline of River Ridge was third in the 100 in 11.95. 


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