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City to consider Country on the River relocation

Festival could move back to St. Feriole Island

Townsquare Live Events Wisconsin has made a request to the city of Prairie du Chien to relocate the Country on the River music festival to St. Feriole Island for 2017. The common council will consider the request at its regular meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m., at city hall.

Country on the River, currently held in the town of Bridgeport, was first held on St. Feriole Island in 2010 and 2011 before moving to Bridgeport.

According to a letter from Townsquare, the organizers are requesting the relocation due to an easement on the Bridgeport property that will not allow the festival to utilize the entire property in the future, making that location insufficient for space. Townsquare said it was unaware of this issue until recently and was able to obtain a variance to allow the 2016 festival to occur there; however, they have been informed no further variances will be permitted.

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Aug

New school year, new gymnasium


The process of transitioning from the old 1940s gym to the new one was called “bittersweet” by both Rev. James Weighner and Principal Wade Marlow. (Photo courtesy of the Prairie du Chien Catholic School & Holy Family Parish Facebook page)

While the old gym was infamous to visiting basketball teams for its small size, the new gym is much bigger and more accommodating. “We have a new drop-down screen that we can even use to section off part of the gym,” said Principal Wade Marlow. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

This is a first look at the giant, new 3K and day care space. “The 3K and day care are going to be very fluid spaces that teachers can use for the children,” noted Principal Wade Marlow. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

An exterior view of the gym

Holy Family Parish looks ahead to future

By Caitlin Bittner

As a seven-year project comes to a close, there are a few bittersweet emotions circling Holy Family Parish. Principal Wade Marlow said that the project will “bring the building and school into the 21st century.”

In July, the old gymnasium and day care at St. Gabriel’s school was torn down to make way for the completion of the new school facilities. Once finished, St. Gabriel’s will have a new gym, a new year-round day care, new administrative offices, a new cement pavilion and new landscaping. The Austin and Justin Nolan Memorial Playground will also find itself a new home in the space once occupied by the old gym.

“The building is a gift from the community. The town and parish really stepped up to invest in the school and we, as the administration and faculty, are not going to take it for granted,” said Marlow.

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Aug

Land and Water Resources

 

Crawford County’s Land and Water Resource 

Plan approved by state, to go before County Board

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The state of Wisconsin has recently approved Crawford County’s 10-year Land and Water Resource Management (LWRM) Plan which will go before the County Board for final approval on Aug. 16. 

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15
Aug

Judy Pohronezny

 

Judy Pohronezny, 57, of Prairie du Chien, passed away at her home in Prairie du Chien on Aug. 12. 

Judy Marie, the daughter of LeRoy and Patricia (Du Charme) Lenzendorf, was born Dec. 19, 1958 in Prairie du Chien. She graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1977 and then attended Capri College in Dubuque, Iowa. She later received an associate degree in accounting from W.C.T.C. in Pewaukee. Judy worked as a hairdresser for many years in Milwaukee. After receiving her degree, she worked as an accountant at Glass, Inc. in Sussex. First and foremost, Judy considered herself a homemaker. Raising her family was very important to her.

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Aug

Wilma Jean (Ertel) Schreck

 

 

Wilma Jean (Ertel) Schreck, 87, of Mt. Sterling, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at The Bland Bekkedal Center for HospiceCare in Viroqua, after a courageous battle with bladder cancer.

Wilma was born on the home farm near Lynxville, on Dec. 11, 1928 to William and Clara (Stluka) Ertel. She joined an older brother, Edward to complete the Ertel family.

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Aug

James “Bud” McCarthy

 

 James “Bud” McCarthy, 86, of Milton, died on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at home. 

He was born in Wauzeka, on Nov. 1, 1929, the son of James N. and Elsie (Lathrop) McCarthy. He served in the U.S. Navy and married Dorothy H. Rau on Oct. 19, 1951. She preceded him in death on Aug. 11, 2000. James was a member of the Wauzeka American Legion, UAW Local 95, and a former member of the Loyal Order of Moose. He was a great story teller, loved to hunt and fish, he enjoyed farming, and spending time with family and friends.

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Aug

James Hatlan

 

James Hatlan, 54, of Ferryville, died Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Jim was born on Feb. 14, 1962 to Archie and Evelyn (Lee) Hatlan. He was baptized and confirmed at the Hauge Lutheran Church. Jim graduated from Seneca High School. He was united in marriage to Tracy Brodhead and they had two kids and later divorced. After his divorce Jim met Barb Czarnik and they spent 20 years together.

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10
Aug

Mary M. Konichek

 

Mary M. Konichek, 81, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 9, at her home surrounded by her family. 

She was born Feb. 16, 1935 in Grant County, the daughter of Albert and Mildred (Wiest) Ertz. She married William “Zeke” Konichek on Nov. 10, 1956. He preceded her in death on their 32nd wedding anniversary in 1988. Mary worked for Wisconsin Power and Light and later for the Prairie du Chien Public Schools for 26 years until her retirement. She was an avid golfer and bridge player. Mary was a talented seamstress and enjoyed volunteer work; she had a “servant’s heart.” 

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Aug

Friends remember missing woman


Virginia Aberle, 29, of Chicago, Ill., went missing Aug. 3 during an early morning swim at the Wyalusing Beach. (Submitted photo)

By Kate Bowen

Early Wednesday morning, Aug. 3, our beloved friend Virginia Aberle went missing on the Mississippi River. She was an experienced camper on a canoe and camping trip with friends from Chicago. She was last seen on a dock at Wyalusing Beach around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Her fellow campers immediately notified authorities, who were on the scene by 3 a.m. A massive search and rescue effort was coordinated by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, which entailed hundreds of volunteers from over 30 local emergency organizations and fire departments searching both water and land.

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Aug

Music Fights Back, one punch at a time


Did you know... The Music Fights Back Foundation logo, designed by Kaci George was inspired by the movie “Fight Club?”

Jeremy Cuff (right) and Julie Simon (left) help Shaun Mohs fight back with a new iPod. Shaun, 9, is currently working through his second battle with a brain tumor, but with the support of the MFL MarMac community. (Photo submitted)

By Caitlin Bittner

On Aug. 27, a gauntlet will be thrown and a battle will begin. From noon to midnight, music will throw a few punches in cancer’s direction thanks to Jeremy Cuff and the Music Fights Back Foundation.
“It started because I had cancer in 2014. I was kind of down in the dumps, and one of the things I would do on the way to treatment was listen to music,” said Cuff. “During that time, I had a lot of people who supported me. This is my way of giving back. And, me being a  musician, I wanted to take music and use it to help people.”

Last year, during the first Music Fights Back event, the group was hoping to raise enough money to donate 10 to 12 iPods to people with cancer. But, due to overwhelming support, the organization was able to raise enough money to purchase and give away 20 iPods.

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