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Woman injured in crash, car starts on fire

A rural Wauzeka woman’s vehicle was a total loss following a fiery crash that occurred near her home Monday night, Aug. 17, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

Just before 10 p.m., the sheriff’s department received a report of a vehicle fully engulfed in flames on Plum Creek Road, two miles east of Mill Road in the township of Wauzeka.

Peggy Weirich, 59, was operating a 2005 Chrysler Sebring west on Plum Creek Road when her vehicle left the roadway, striking an embankment and tree. Weirich exited her vehicle and walked to her residence to call for medical attention. After she left the scene, her vehicle started on fire. Firefighters later secured the scene.

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24
Aug

Free and reduced meals fill a need


Donna Heilmann, food service director for Prairie du Chien public schools, said 50 percent of Prairie du Chien’s students are enrolled in the free and reduced-price meal program. (Courier Press file photo)

By Addison Mumm

With a population over 16,000, and over 2,000 people below the poverty level in Crawford County (from 2009 to 2013), the free and reduced meals is the only way some children can afford lunch and breakfast at school.

Created by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, free and reduced school meals offered through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs give in-need families the opportunity to supply meals to their children. Many child care facilities and school districts in Wisconsin, including the Prairie du Chien district, take advantage of the option.

Mon
24
Aug

Laurel Lynn “Laurie” Burow

 

Laurel Lynn “Laurie” Burow, was called to her heavenly home on Aug. 17, at the age of 67. 

Laurel was the daughter of John and Alvida (Johnson) Reich and born into God’s family through Holy Baptism in 1948. She was united in marriage to Thomas Burow on Aug. 8, 1970 in Milwaukee.

Fri
21
Aug

Gerd Friedrich “Opa” Dudenbostel

 

Gerd Friedrich “Opa” Dudenbostel, 83, of Boscobel, died Monday, Aug. 17, at Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care, Viroqua. 

Gerd Friedrich Dudenbostel was born on Oct. 22, 1931 to Wilhelm and Helene (Söhlke) Dudenbostel in Gross Burgwegel, Germany. He was baptized and confirmed in Germany. 

Thu
20
Aug

William J. “Bill” Hubbard

 

William J. “Bill” Hubbard, 75, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, Aug. 20, at his home surrounded by his family. 

Wed
19
Aug

Prison sentences given

Clayton County Attorney Alan Heavens recently reported numerous prison sentences imposed for crimes committed in Clayton County. Two had ties to Crawford County.

Wed
19
Aug

Council approves application for water rate increase, improvements to North Prairie Street

A profusion of topics kept the Prairie du Chien Common Council quite busy Tuesday night, Aug. 18, during its regular bimonthly meeting.

•One of those topics involved considering a 3 percent water rate increase. The council unanimously approved applying for the increase under a Simplified Rate Class Application. More information will be available as the application process continues.

•Another topic that affects an extensive amount of the public involved plans for improvement to North Prairie Street. The asphalt surface on the street, from Cedar to Miller, is deteriorated to the point of being unsafe for motorists, pedestrians and city public works staff to do snow removal. Staff recommended that as much of the old broken surface as possible be removed and then the surface be overlayed with new hot mix asphalt. The council approved the asphalt overlay on a $9,000 budget from the 2014-2016 Capital Fund.

Wed
19
Aug

St. Mary’s Academy classmates tour old school after 50 years


The tradition of the lantern procession was done every year in May at St. Mary’s Academy in order to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. The young women attending the academy would gather at the steps on the west side of the building (seniors on the steps, underclassmen on the lawn) and then proceed with lanterns down the sidewalk and steps toward the grotto, where Mary was crowned. On Sunday, the class of 1965 re-enacted a lantern procession. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The class of 1965, including graduates from Prairie du Chien High School, Campion Jesuit High School and St. Mary’s Academy gathered for a reunion this past weekend. On Sunday, those women who graduated in ‘65 from St. Mary’s, as well as a few who attended a couple years there, toured the old academy. They included (front row, from left, maiden names only) Teresa Cipra, Sharon Shulka, Patricia Mulry, Catherine Caya, Sheila Traub, Virginia Huser, Carole Peterson, Kathleen Elliott, Linda Reisberg (the only former aspirant to go on to become a sister), Kathleen Kane; (back row) Ann Irlbeck, Margaret Artero, Rebecca O’Rourke, Mary Ellen Weyer, Julie Titlbach, Carol Titlbach, Marilyn Rausch, Kathleen Farrell and Mary Evelyn Mahan.

By Marilyn Garvey

The heat was not coming from the brightly-colored lanterns Sunday afternoon as classmates of St. Mary’s Academy marched with them in procession to the grotto, on the unoccupied grounds of their former school in Prairie du Chien. The heat was coming from the sweltering sun that clearly did not dampen the spirits of the women, who, 50 years ago, passed under a similar arch of lanterns in the lantern procession, a long-standing tradition for St. Mary’s graduates.

Some of these women traveled from great distances around the country and world to, once again, see and reminisce with their classmates from half a century ago. Dr. Margaret Artero came from Kosrae, one of the islands in the Federated States of Micronesia; Dr. Barbara Weber from Arlington, Va.; Patty Mulry from Venice, Fla.; and Mary Evelyn Mahan Schubert from Perris, Calif.

Wed
19
Aug

National Geographic Map

 

Area counties to be part of 

National Geographic MapGuide 

which will help promote tourism

Local people can help create MapGuide website

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
19
Aug

Linda E. Hodgson

 

Linda E. Hodgson, 68, of Seneca passed away Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Lakeview Healthcare Center in West Salem, after an extended illness.

She was born June 26, 1947 in Eastman, the daughter of William and Mary (Becwar) Cody. She married Jack Hodgson in 1973 and they later divorced. She taught elementary school in Tennyson, and later in Wauzeka.

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