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Wed
28
Aug

Trot on down to the annual Villa Louis Carriage Classic

The grace, elegance and power of fine, immaculately groomed horses with beautifully restored carriages in tow, all set against the backdrop of a grand Victorian country estate, make the annual Villa Louis Carriage Classic in Prairie du Chien a rare feast for the eyes. The event unfolds Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8.

Spectators will be treated to an eye-popping spectacle in a display reminiscent of stylish 19th-century equine competitions. Nattily attired drivers will be perched atop beautifully appointed carriages, traversing the spacious riverside grounds behind spectacular horses. The event also recalls a brief period in the Villa Louis’ own history, in the 1880s when the estate served as a breeding farm for Standardbred trotting horses used in harness racing.

Wed
28
Aug

Self-producing a healthy plate: Gardeners share a love of growing their own food

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Eli Kramer, of rural Eastman, is proud of his spicy yet simple tomato juice recipe, which yielded him over 400 jars this season. He drinks a pint of his homemade juice every morning and is a strong believer in growing his own food, knowing exactly how it’s made. (Photos by Correne Martin)
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Gavin Steiber (fourth from left), his mom, Shodi Moris (second from left), and younger brother, Draven (third from left), freshly picked a few carrots and explained the benefits of their homegrown produce and sustainable lifestyle for the Christian Homeschoolers of Crawford County Aug. 23.
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13-year-old Gavin Steiber

By Correne Martin

Two different people. Two different stories. One common thread: Producing, consuming and selling home grown, homemade and organic food is an exceptionally wholesome way of life.

Eli Kramer lives in rural Eastman. He’s a man in his 70s with a hesitant smile and personality that hint at a life filled with hard work, self-sufficiency and conservation. He and his late wife, “Dolly,” used their very own hands to build a quirky little cabin of local timber and roadside rocks, high on the ridge overlooking the Mississippi River. Dolly passed away from cancer in 2010, and Eli misses her every day. But her legacy lives on, especially during gardening season.

Wed
28
Aug

Patrick Louis "Pat" Fernette

 

 Patrick Louis “Pat” Fernette, 83, of Janesville, died Friday, Aug. 16, at Rock Haven Nursing Home in Janesville. 

Wed
28
Aug

Patrick Louis "Pat" Fernette

 

 Patrick Louis “Pat” Fernette, 83, of Janesville, died Friday, Aug. 16, at Rock Haven Nursing Home in Janesville. 

Tue
27
Aug

Wilma Valley

 

Wilma Helen Valley, 85, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. 

Tue
27
Aug

Dorothy McLaughlin

 

Dorothy Corrinne (Sass) McLaughlin passed away on June 22.

A memorial service will be Saturday, Aug. 31, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Prairie du Chien. Friends may call at the time of service.  In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien assisted the family. 

 
Tue
27
Aug

Catherine Remy

 

Catherine T. Remy, 62, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Mayo Clinic Health System in LaCrosse, after an extended illness. 

She was born Oct. 28, 1950, in Berwyn, Ill. the daughter of Harold and Helen (Surd) Hall. She worked for Homeward Bound and later Lori Knapp Inc. in Prairie du Chien for many years and belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary. Cathi was an adamant caregiver and in some circles known as “the cookie lady.” She enjoyed bowling and gardening but most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren. 

Tue
27
Aug

Theresa Powers

 

Theresa M. “Tres” Powers, 101, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, Aug. 17, at Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien. 

Theresa Marie, the daughter of John and Martha (Ness) Marking, was born Dec. 30, 1911, in Milwaukee. She grew up in Owen, Wis. and graduated from Owen High School in 1929. She went on to receive a degree from Eau Claire Teachers College in 1934 and she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Education degree from LaCrosse State Teachers College. Tres taught in the Moody, Curtiss, Neillsville, Mt. Horeb, and Beloit, Wisconsin schools. Theresa was united in marriage with Reuben Powers on Sept. 9, 1946, and they settled in Prairie du Chien.

Mon
26
Aug

Getting back to the basics

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Ms. Atkinson, the physical education teacher at St. Gabriel’s, shows the combined class of Kindergartners and First graders the ins and outs of warming up on their first day of school on Aug. 22. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

Mon
26
Aug

Monona man wanted in injured toddler case finally arrested

DUBUQUE, IOWA—A man accused of injuring an eastern Iowa toddler was arrested in Dubuque Saturday night.

Troy Laufenberg, 21, Monona, Iowa, was arrested by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation just before 10 p.m. Saturday at the Road Ranger on Central Avenue, according to KWWL-TV.

Laufenberg was arrested on a charge of violation of probation. He also faces charges in Wisconsin and in Clayton County.

Clayton County authorities said Laufenberg is responsible for severely injuring Myah Larson, Monona. Laufenberg is charged with child endangerment.

Authorities said the 18-month-old suffered injuries consistent with shaken-baby syndrome on July 15.

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