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A sisterly promise leads to hope for others


Bonnie Fuller (center), of Prairie du Chien, is the 2015 recipient of the Paula J. Tower Memorial Award for selflessly giving of her time and energy to advance the message of hope for a future without breast cancer. Pictured (from left) are Deb Kane, clinical manager, Center for Breast Care at Gundersen Health System; Jackie Wachter, nominator; Bonnie Fuller, recipient; and Paula Tower’s children, Kate and Jeff, who presented the award.

Breast cancer fishing tournament founder recognized

By Correne Martin

For exemplifying the “Power of One,” Prairie du Chien’s own Bonnie Fuller was honored at the 10th annual Steppin’ Out in Pink, Sept. 12, in La Crosse. She was the winner of the Paula J. Tower Memorial Award for selflessly giving of her time and energy to advance the message of hope for a future without breast cancer. Fuller is the founder of the Hooking for Hope fishing tournament fundraiser, held in Prairie du Chien the first Saturday in June for the past 12 years.

“I can’t describe the feeling. I was totally surprised to even be nominated,” Bonnie said. “It was awesome and overwhelming but there’s a lot of other people out there who are deserving. It was fantastic to see the entire street in pink.”

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Competitive soccer league good fit for 11 year old’s passion


Landon Kohler, the son of Kirby and Melissa Kohler, of Prairie du Chien, competed in Coulee Region United Soccer Association tournaments all summer. He is pictured (forefront, dark jersey) in action at his position of defensive midfielder. (Photo by Lance Hubbard)

Eleven-year-old Landon Kohler (far left, number 3) has enjoyed playing youth soccer with his teammates in CRUSA and Rush Wisconsin West. For more information about his experiences through their programs, visit crusa-soccer.com or rushwiwest.com. For more details about the Prairie United Soccer Club, contact Julie DeHart, president, at prairieunitedsoccerclub@gmail.com. (Photo by Lance Hubbard)

By Correne Martin

It was cute and chaotic, but as a 4 year old in the Rhinelander Soccer Club’s 6 and under program, Landon Kohler essentially learned to love the game. Back then, like his young teammates, he worked mostly on passing and trying to score, and any chance he got, he was kicking the ball around in his back yard.  

At age 8, Landon moved with his parents, Kirby and Melissa, his older sister Autumn and younger brother Tanner to Prairie du Chien. Locally, in this smaller and more football-focused community, the soccer opportunities weren’t as technical, physical or as strong in numbers. These days, the Prairie United Soccer Club (PUSC) is growing; however, the competitive offerings are still minimal for kids like Landon, now 11, whose primary passion is soccer and whose abilities are undeniable.

“He has the skillset to play mid(fielder) without a doubt,” his dad, Kirby, said. “He dreams about soccer. He wants to do it all the time.”

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James (Jim) E. Boylen

 

James (Jim) E. Boylen, 82, of Seneca passed away Saturday, Sept. 19, surrounded by family and loved ones. 

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James Richard Koehn

 

 James Richard Koehn, 82, of Bloomington, formerly of McGregor, Iowa died on Thursday, Sept. 17, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

James was born on Dec. 11, 1932 to Albert and Hazel Koehn in Clayton, Iowa. James graduated high school from McGregor, Iowa in 1950 and served honorably in the United States Navy. James was united in marriage with Genevive Plank in 1958 at Baraboo. He was employed by the Grant School district as a janitor. James enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

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Chester L. Barr

 

Chester L. Barr, 76, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, Sept. 18, at the Atrium care Center in Lancaster. 

He was born Nov. 29, 1938 in Beetown, the son of Elsworth and Elsie Barr. He married Delores Kramer on Sept. 15, 1962 and they later divorced. Chester grew up on the family farm, working later at Northern Engraving. He worked as a delivery and salesman for Prairie Beer and later became the owner and operator of the Pine Tree Inn in Bridgeport. Chester was active in the tavern league, Wisconsin Badger Camp and the St. Jude Foundation. He served on the Bridgeport Town Board, and loved the Chicago Cubs, the Green Bay Packers, playing pool, John Deere tractors and enjoyed hunting. 

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Sep

Virginia C. Kruger

 

Virginia C. Kruger, 95, of Harpers Ferry passed away Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Thornton Manor in Lansing, Iowa. 

She was born Oct. 25, 1919 in Sparta, the daughter of William and Frances (Schaller) Ziegler. She married Fred Cassel in 1939, who later preceded her in death in 1996. She worked as an assembler for Deltrol Electronics in Milwaukee. She later married Merlin Kruger on Oct. 28, 2000. Virginia was an active member of the Eagles Club and enjoyed gambling and playing cards. She enjoyed time with friends and family and always had a joke. 

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Ann E. Rowe

 

Ann E. Rowe, 95, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Chippewa Falls, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Crossing Rivers Health. 

She was born July 28, 1920 in Bloomer, WI the daughter of William and Esther (Ruff) Lendle. She married Buford Rowe on Sept. 7, 1939. He preceded her in death on Jan. 20, 1984. 

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Leonard “Leo” Weipert

 

Leonard “Leo” Weipert, 59, of McGregor, Iowa passed away Saturday, Sept. 12, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster. 

Leonard Junior Weipert, the son of Leonard Neuman and Ruth Wilda (King) Weipert, was born May 1, 1956 in Waukon, Iowa. He attended Waukon High School.

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Sep

Prairie du Chien Coast Guard Auxiliary crew saves man from drowning

On Sept. 12, a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary crew from the Prairie du Chien Flotilla was returning from patrol when crew members observed a man fall from a dock at the Winneshiek Marina north of Prairie du Chien. The man disappeared beneath the water. Quick action by the crew of the Kaylee-Annie located the man who was still beneath the surface and pulled him onto the dock preventing his drowning.

Coxswain Steve Gress stated that he reached under the water trying to locate the man and finally found him still submerged and being pulled beneath the dock by the current. Gress pulled him to the surface, and with crew member Joanie Dickerson, pulled the man from the water onto the dock.

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Soccer team wins!


Evan Teynor throws the ball to Jack Stoeffler (10) as Nolan Stram and Chas Sagedahl get ready in first half action.

Prairie’s Nolan Stram (right) battles for the ball against a Richland Center player Tuesday afternoon on the Bluff View pitch. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Evan Teynor boots the ball upfield against the Hornets.

Preston Hendrix gains control of the ball near the Richland Center goal.

 

Prairie soccer 

team beats Hornets

The Prairie du Chien boys soccer team hosted the Richland Center Hornets for Parents’ Night Tuesday evening at the Bluff View pitch.  

The Blackhawks started the game slow and only 2 ½ minutes in, let a Hornet run slip through for an early score and a quick 1-0 deficit.  

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