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Thu
08
Aug

Gunsmithing, sales and archery range to be in former roller rink building


Chad and Nick Smethurst of Prairie du Chien are planning on opening NCS Gunsmithing and Sales in the former River City Roller Skating building in September. The brothers have been busy remodeling the building since taking ownership on March 28.

NCS Gunsmithing and Sales will feature a retail area, gunsmithing, firearm finishing and an archery range with targets at up to 30 yards.

By Ted Pennekamp

Tue
06
Aug

Walter Hermsen

 

Walter “Walt” F. Hermsen, 82, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, Aug. 5, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

He was born Jan. 13, 1931 in Bloomington, the son of John and Clementine (Bohnenkamp) Hermsen. He married Eileen Crowley on November 5, 1952 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. He was a very active member of the Prairie du Chien business community as the owner and operator of the W.F. Hermsen Plumbing and Heating, Inc. as a master plumber. Walt was a lifelong member of St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and served on the Southwest Tech Wisconsin Plumbing Apprentice Board from 1972 to 2004. 

Tue
06
Aug

Jessica Kemerling

 

Jessica A. Kemerling, 42, of Boscobel died Monday, Aug. 5, at her home of natural causes. 

She was born Oct. 29, 1970, in Boscobel the daughter of Roy and Alma Jean (Ott) Kemerling.

Jessica was a loving mother and very proud of her three children. Jessica’s strong spirit took her many places and generated admiration for her desire for her independence.

Tue
06
Aug

American Legion takes over PdC baseball park

By Caitlin Bittner

Tue
06
Aug

Patricia Smith

 

Patricia M. Smith, 89, of Prairie du Chien passed away Tuesday, April 9, in Omaha, Neb. 

She was born February 14, 1924 in Green Bay, the daughter of Bernard and Cecelia (Halinde) Shine. She married Kenneth Smith on February 8, 1947 in Green Bay, who later preceded her in death on April 1, 1957. Pat was an active member of St. John’s Parish in Prairie du Chien where she taught elementary English and was the director of religious education. She loved the Prairie du Chien community, her church and the Mississippi River. 

Mon
05
Aug

Law enforcement seeks help finding suspect

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MONONA, IOWA—Several arrest warrants have been issued for Troy Alan Laufenberg, of Monona, Iowa. Laufenberg’s whereabouts however are unknown at this time. If anyone can assist officers in locating Laufenberg, they are asked to please contact DCI Special Agent Mike Krapfl, (563) 599-4239.

When apprehended,  Laufenberg will be charged with child endangerment (class D felony), possession with intent to deliver (class D felony), possession of a controlled substance (serious misdemeanor), and possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor).

These charges are a result of the collection and analysis of evidence seized during the execution of a search warrant on July 19, at the home of Troy Laufenberg and Emily Voshell. The pair lived at 103½ E. Center St., Monona, Iowa.

Officers were initially called to the residence on July 15, for a report of an injured child, who is now believed to have suffered injuries consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Mon
05
Aug

Boat capsizes, six people escape injury

Around 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, a 1977 tri-hull boat, operated by David Masbruch, 66, Belmont, capsized on the Mississippi River.

According to Burt Walters of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Masbruch, who also had five passengers on board, was at an idle speed when a big cruiser came out of the Marquette no-wake zone and opened up speed, causing a wave to wash over and fill the Masbruch boat.

Alarmed at the water in the boat, the occupants stood up, causing the boat to flip.

Walters said all passengers were wearing life jackets. Two passengers got gasoline on them, but were not seriously hurt.

The boat, worth an estimated $650, was totaled.

The operator of the cruiser was not identified.

Mon
05
Aug

Proposed improvements for Hwy. 18 discussed at public meeting Aug. 15

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will hold a public information meeting to discuss the proposed improvements of US Highway 18 from South Town Lane to Highway 60 in the town of Bridgeport. The meeting is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, in Community Room at the Bridgeport Fire Station, 63176 Vineyard Road. A brief presentation will be made at 5:15 p.m.

Project improvement concepts include reconstructing Highway 18 between South Town Lane and Highway 60. The highway will be widened from the existing 2-3 lane roadway to a 4-lane divided roadway, and improvements made to the Highway 18/Highway 60 intersection. Access points will be reduced by realigning and combining various side roads before connecting to Highway 18. Construction is currently scheduled for 2016. The project will be constructed in stages while remaining open to traffic.

Mon
05
Aug

Eby hopes to make an impact overseas, one photo at a time

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By Correne Martin

Rebecca Eby has made it her life’s mission to make a difference.

As the director of the non-profit Prairie du Chien Downtown Revitalization Inc. (PDRI), she works with volunteers who generate change locally. She serves on the boards for the Crawford County Community Fund and Driftless Wisconsin Grown, and does what she can through those organizations to improve the region’s environment, communities and families. Through her experiences in the military and as a professional photographer for the past seven years, Rebecca has also served her country and tried to share the stories of those causes most important to her.

Mon
05
Aug

A ‘Big & Rich’ country party


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Big Kenny of Big & Rich

John Rich of Big & Rich

Cowboy Troy was a highlight of the Big & RIch set

Mike Eli, lead singer of Eli Young Band

Aaron Lewis

Big & Rich, composed of the duo Big Kenny (left) and John Rich, closed down Friday night’s party at Country on the River in Bridgeport. They performed their own hits as well as many cover songs that kept the crowd moving under the stars. Pictured, their band was joined on stage by some happy cowgirls as well as two members of the military, whose service to our country was acknowledged with a toast by all watching the show. This year’s Country on the River went much smoother than last year, according to General Manager Scotty Sheckler. (Photo by Correne Martin)

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