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Bagley breaking ground for tornado safe house soon


After massive storms furiously swept through the Bagley area on May 29, several campers were left overturned by the EF0 tornado that struck. Even though no one was hurt, David “Buck” Schott, Bagley Village President hopes to be proactive by developing a tornado shelter to protect area residents should another event like this occur. (Courier Press file photo)

By Caitlin Bittner
Although the stormy summer season will be coming to a close in September, the Bagley area is already working ahead on a project to develop a tornado shelter.

The $400,000 project will be funded by a grant from the federal government through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). With this grant, 75 percent of the project will be funded by the federal government, and the remaining 25 percent will be split between the state of Wisconsin and Bagley. “We applied for the grant a year and a half ago,” said David “Buck” Schott, village president.

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Dakota Unity Ride comes through PdC 150 years after Davenport Prison Camp

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Communities in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota are invited to participate in a ceremony to honor and remember the Dakota men and families imprisonment following the Dakota-U.S. War of 1862, at Fort McClellan in Davenport, Iowa. The ceremony is an opportunity to remember and reflect on a horrific part of history that is rarely told or taught, and to pray for healing between Dakota people and those who now call this region home.

The horse ceremony will travel through Prairie du Chien. Riders will begin Sept. 2 in Davenport, Iowa, and travel northwest through various Mississippi River communities before ending Sept. 19 at the Fort Snelling State Park Visitors Center in Mendota Heights, Minn.—the site of the Dakota concentration camp of 1862-63. The riders will travel 25 to 40 miles a day.

Organizers of the event would like to make it clear that this is not a “parade,” but a spiritual ride to honor the rider’s Dakota ancestors who died in Davenport.

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Mary Jane Hermsen

 

Mary Jane Hermsen, 85, of Bloomington, died Saturday, Aug. 17, at Orchard Manor in Lancaster. 

She was born in rural Glen Haven on May 8, 1928, the daughter of Dennis and Harriet “Sis” (Hochhausen) Rogers. Mary Jane graduated from Bloomington High School in 1946. She married Roy F. Hermsen on November 9, 1950, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bloomington. She enjoyed bowling, dancing, bingo, playing cards and working at the family business, Hermsens Ace Hardware. Roy and Mary Jane were founders and co-owners of Holiday Haven Campground for five years, which is known today as Jellystone Campground in Bagley.

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Aug

Duane Charles Delbert Lamker

 

Duane Charles Delbert Lamker, 84, of Monona, Iowa died Thursday, Aug. 15, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, Iowa. 

He was born on March 10, 1929 to Alvin and Cora (Breitsprecher) Lamker in Monona, Iowa. Duane was baptized on March 31, 1929 and confirmed on March 10, 1943 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona, Iowa. He graduated from Monona High School.

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Doris DeMuth

 

 

Doris A. DeMuth, 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 14, at home, surrounded by her loved ones. 

Doris was born April 7, 1930, in Minneapolis, Minn., the daughter of Leonard and Stella (Straiton) Husted. She graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1948. Doris met and fell in love with Robert R. DeMuth, and they were married on Sept. 25, 1948, in St. Gabriel’s Church, Prairie du Chien. Their 65th wedding anniversary would have been next month.

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William Beckett

 

 William “Bill” Beckett, 76, of Prairie du Chien, died Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Lancaster Care Center.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo, Iowa Monday, Aug. 19.

 
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Clayton County Fair auction totals $184,619

     Clayton County 4-H and FFA members sold a total of $184,619 worth of livestock at the county fair auction on Monday, August 5, 2013, according to Rita Severson, Clayton County Extension Bookkeeper/Office Point of Contact.  The sale was under the direction of auctioneers, Jerry Maker, Strawberry Point; Jim Funk, Guttenberg, Chad Gillizer, Monona and Mike Monroe, Postville.

     The average price of 76 head of market beeves was $1.37 per pound.  There were 95 head of swine sold for an average price of $1.43 per pound. 11 head of lambs sold with an average price of $1.76 per pound and 15 head of meat goats with an average price of $1.59 per pound.

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Kids’ Casting Contest winners are announced

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Elizabeth Carlson, 11, was a study in concentration as she participated in the 10th Annual Kids’ Casting Contest Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Crawford County Fair, Gays Mills. Elizabeth, who is the daughter of Gene and Donnette Carlson, Prairie du Chien, was one of 88 registrants in the free contest sponsored by the Prairie Rod and Gun Club. (Photo by Cummings Photography)

 

Kids’ Casting Contest winners are announced Eight-eight children from 14 Wisconsin cities, towns and villages competed in the 10th annual Kids’ Casting Contest sponsored by the Prairie Rod and Gun Club and held Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Crawford County Fair at Gays Mills.  

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Prairie du Chien Waterhawks fourth in SWC swim meet

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Waterhawk team members are, front row: Riley Hubanks, Hailey Bedward, Ava Longstreth, Dominique Reilly, Willow Roesch, Ariana Mitic, Kellen Wright, Ella Adrian, Gabey Lenzendorf, Isabella Rose, Ashlyn Knapp, James Reilly, and Sophie Ames. Second row: Brianna Mack, Makenzie Knapp, Victoria Rose, Kylie Wright, Seth Sanders, Elizabeth Carlson, Hailey Ohlert, Kennedy Kirschbaum, Kylie Hebel, Ben LaHaie, Nicolas Stavroplus, Logan Czajkowski Higgins, Alaina Lenz, and Noah Blackburn. Third row: Jacqueline LaHaie, Breanna Teynor, Jack Peterson, Walter Stavroplus, Kelsey Hebel, Allison Krogan, Katy Welsch, Joyanna Steiner, Jessica Gutknecht, Madalyn Roche, Gabby Toberman, and MacKenzie Pettit. Back row: John Stavroplus, Ethan Kilbey, Carson Morrison, Jacob Mara, Faith Dillman and coaches Luke Brom and Caitlin Forsythe. Not pictured: Elizabeth Brom, Hannah Gjolberg, Maria Gjolberg, Mercy Gjolberg, Madeline Peterson and Lindsey Welter. (Photo by Brian Cipra Photography)

 

Prairie du Chien Waterhawks fourth in SWC swim meet

 

The Prairie du Chien Waterhawks took fourth place at the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Swim Meet on Saturday, July 27. Held in Lancaster, the meet included teams from Boscobel, Dodgeville, Lancaster, Mineral Point and Richland Center. 

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Birthday bash a ‘beary’ good time for Smokey Bear


Logan Paske gets a “bear hug” from 69-year-old Smokey.

Tristan Pozega poses with Smokey Bear.

Because of the high number of candles, Smokey Bear needed a little help from his birthday attendees to blow them all out. (Photos by Randy Paske)

More than 70 people helped Smokey Bear celebrate his 69th birthday at Wyalusing State Park on Saturday, Aug. 10. Smokey’s birthday was Aug. 9. Smokey led a parade of children and adults on foot, bikes and in wagons through the scenic Wisconsin Ridge Campground.

Following the parade, children were invited to have their pictures taken with the famous bear and played Pin the Hat on Smokey. Rachele Breuer delighted the children by reading “The True Story of Smokey Bear” from a large picture book. Smokey and the children gathered around a beautiful birthday cake, donated by Ma’s Bakery of Bloomington.

On the count of 3, they blew out all 69 lit candles and enjoyed cake and lemonade. Each child in attendance received a Smokey Bear canvas tote bag filled with Smokey memorabilia.

Smokey’s birthday party was sponsored by the Friends of Wyalusing State Park, Wisconsin DNR, and the USDA.

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