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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.

Tue
18
Aug

Gerd “Opa” Dudenbostel

 

Gerd “Opa” Dudenbostel, 83, of Boscobel, Wisconsin died Monday, August 17, 2015 at Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care, Viroqua, Wisconsin.

Visitation will be on Friday, August 21, 2015 from 5-8 pm at Thonburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin and one hour before services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Salem United Methodist Church, Eastman, Wisconsin.

Burial will follow at National Cemetery, Eastman, Wisconsin with Military Rites.

Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin is helping the family with the arrangements.

Tue
18
Aug

Marianne S. Picha

 

Marianne S. Picha, 62, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, Aug. 17, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical center in La Crosse, following a courageous battle with cancer. 

She was born April 28, 1953 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Louis and Mildred (Koresh) Spiker. She married Larry Picha in 1970 and he later preceded her in death in 2007. She worked at the Prairie du Chien Convalescent Center, the Memorial Hospital and later for Homeward Bound in Prairie du Chien. She was also involved for many years with the Heart and Cancer Telethon, March of Dimes, and several other charities. 

Mon
17
Aug

Robert E. Collins “Bob”

 

Robert E. Collins “Bob” passed away peacefully on Aug. 14. 

He was born in Winter Haven, Fla., on Jan. 2, 1926. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941, seeing action in the South Pacific. Upon discharge, he moved to Prairie du Chien, marrying Jean Marvin on April 19, 1947. 

Bob is survived by his wife, Jean; son, Ross (Carla) Collins of St. Albans, Vt.; daughter, Kristie (Trey) Neher of Hortonville, Wis.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Mon
17
Aug

Authorities exhume body for DNA testing in 1984 cold case


Investigator Matt Sutton and Lt. Investigator Scott Bjerkos of the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department seal the coffin of “Jane Doe” at the Viroqua Cemetery Aug. 12. The coffin was being prepared to be sent to the Wisconsin Crime Lab in Madison for DNA testing.

By Matt Johnson, Vernon County Broadcaster, Viroqua

Bludgeoned to death with her hands cut from her body, “Jane Doe” was left along a rural Vernon County, Wis., roadside in May of 1984 with no clue of her identity or the circumstances surrounding her death.

Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 12, Vernon County Sheriff John Spears watched as “Jane Doe’s” casket was removed from the Viroqua Cemetery to be sent to the state crime lab, so the body can go through DNA testing.

“It didn’t come lightly, our decision to exhume the body,” Spears said. “Thinking positively, we’re hoping further investigation will lead to her being identified. Her family will know that we never gave up.”

Spears is the third sheriff in Vernon County to assume investigation into one of two cold cases—the other being the circumstances surrounding the death of Terry Doloway, whose body was found in rural Vernon County in 1985.

Mon
17
Aug

‘Many Pathways, One Mission’ Opportunity Center marks 50 years


Every year, Kenny Bradley makes a new vehicle. This year’s model is a car that is quite sturdy. “I’d love to get it up on wheels,” said Angie Engrav, program director at the Opportunity Center. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

Jackie Valentine checks, counts and boxes “84s,” tough scouring pads, for 3M as part of her job.

Brett Kramer puts boxes onto the conveyer belt. When they come out on the other side, they are shrinkwrapped together.

By Caitlin Bittner

This year, the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien is celebrating its 50th anniversary in business, a feat that executive director Pam Ritchie knows could not have been reached without the support of Prairie du Chien and surrounding areas. “Everyone who works here is an independent worker the same as anyone else. All they want is a chance to be normal. What’s more normal than getting up to go to work every [week] day?” said Ritchie.

The Prairie du Chien Opportunity Center serves all of Crawford County and part of Grant County. “We run seven bus routes a day. Some people spend two hours on the bus just to come to work,” commented Ritchie.

A lot of traffic comes and goes from the Opportunity Center as it receives a truck each morning and puts in an order nearly every afternoon for whatever they’ll need the next day.

Mon
17
Aug

Design a button for Oktoberfest

Prairie du Chien Oktoberfest is conducting a button design contest for the sixth annual Oktoberfest celebration, which will take place Oct. 17. The city is searching for a button design that symbolizes festivities for the coming year and celebration. Oktoberfest Committee will select a winner from the button designs submitted. The contest is based on best graphic representation of the theme and Oktoberfest in general.

Contest information and rules:

•Entrants must include their name, age, address and contact information (phone number and/or email address) with their design.

• Design is to be submitted as a six-inch circle. However, designers should be mindful that the selected artwork may be used in various media and in various sizes (from two inches to six feet in diameter).

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