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Shirley Winslow

 

Shirley A. “Squirrel” Winslow, 54, of Eastman passed away Friday, Oct. 4, at her home following a courageous battle with cancer. 

She was born Sept. 28, 1959 in Belvidere, Ill. the daughter of Lawrence and Margaret (Carter) Taylor. She married Earl Winslow on May 21, 1990, in Cherry Valley, Ill. She worked as the court clerk for Winnebago County, Ill. After moving to the Eastman area she cooked at Hubbard’s Float in Lynxville and most recently worked at The Title Company and the Black Angus in Prairie du Chien. She loved collecting squirrels of all shapes and sizes and enjoyed feeding the furry visitors in her yard. 

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Andrea McElwaine

 

Andrea Faye McElwaine, 40, of McGregor, Iowa died Friday, Oct. 4, at Gundersen Health Center in La Crosse. 

She was born on Nov. 13, 1972 to Raymond and Faye (Johnson) Sporleder in Greeley, Colo. She graduated from Denver Lutheran High School in 1991 and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Concordia Lutheran College in Seward, Neb. with a Major in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry.

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Lois Ahrens-Dahlin

 

Lois Marjory Ahrens-Dahlin, 92, of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, Oct. 1. 

She was born on Sept. 10, 1921 to Eugene and Selma (West) Chandler in Glen Haven. She graduated from Bloomington High School and earned her AA degree from Madison Area Technical College.

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Soldiers Grove artist wins People’s Choice and Committee’s Choice Awards

John Craig has a rare ability to combine art and humor and he demonstrated that again at the ninth annual Driftless Area Art Festival Sept. 14 and 15 in Soldiers Grove.

“Hilarious!” “Thought-provoking!” “What an interesting way to look at it!”

People were commenting on Craig’s exhibit of photo collages and brief stories, titled, “Lost Treasures from the Heart of the Driftless.” They liked it so much they voted him the 2013 People’s Choice Award winner. The day before he had received the 2013 Committee’s Choice Award, given to a single artist whose booth display and body of work is judged to be exemplary in design and artistic merit.

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Oct

Goodman-Simon say vows

Julie R. Goodman, Prairie du Chien, daughter of Elinor Nelson, Readstown, became the bride of Christopher M. Simon, Prairie du Chien, son of Joan Simon, Guttenberg, on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at a 4 p.m. ceremony at the residence of Tom and Andrea McElwaine of McGregor. Rev. Ben Bradley officiated at the ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her three daughters, Brianna Goodman, Ashley Goodman and Cassandra Simon. Pam Montgomery, McGregor, was maid of honor. Attendants were Jennifer Lessard and Lacey Gordon, both of Prairie du Chien. They wore purple tea-length gowns and carried matching bouquets. Best man was Jason McCullick, McGregor, and groomsmen were Warren Scott, Oklahoma, and Ryan Whalen, Prairie du Chien. Ringbearer was Gavin Whalen, and flower girls were Aubrey Fish and Alexandrea McElwaine. Following the ceremony, a reception for 200 guests was held at the McElwaine residence. Kristin and Joe Becker cut and served the cake.

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Couple set Oct. 12 ceremony

Jim and Sherry Ariss, Prairie du Chien, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Jaimie Ariss to Demetri Andrews, son of George and Karen Andrews, Dodgeville. The couple is planning an Oct. 12 wedding ceremony at St. John Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. The bride-to-be is 2008 graduate of Prairie du Chien High School and a 2012 graduate of UW-La Crosse. She currently works as a third grade special education teacher at Mount Horeb Intermediate Center. The groom-to-be is a 2004 graduate of Wauzeka High School and a 2008 graduate of UW-Whitewater. He is currently a business education teacher at Mount Horeb High School. The couple resides in Mount Horeb.

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Wauzeka couple to marry Saturday, Oct. 5

Heidi Krachey and Eddie Mezera, both of Wauzeka, are happy to announce their upcoming wedding. The couple will be married on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish in Prairie du Chien. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Monica Krachey and the late Ken Krachey, of Wauzeka. The groom-to-be is the son of the late Ed and Ellen (Pat) Mezera. Friends and classmates are invited to attend the wedding dance at The Barn Restaurant, starting at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Effigy Mounds, Fish and Wildlife Service shut down

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This sign at the entrance to Effigy Mounds National Monument says it all. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

The 29th annual Hawk Watch at Effigy Mounds National Monument has been canceled due to the partial shutdown of the federal government, which began on Tuesday. The Hawk Watch had been scheduled for Oct. 5 and Oct. 6.
October’s Archeology Month programs have also been canceled at Effigy Mounds.

All trails and facilities at Effigy Mounds are closed for the duration of the shutdown. All social media operated by the National Park Service, including websites, Facebook, and Twitter, are not in operation.

Jim Nepstad, Superintendent of Effigy Mounds, said, “Due to the federal government shutdown, Effigy Mounds National Monument is closing. We’ll reopen as soon as the shutdown ends. In the meantime, the park is closed. This includes the visitor center and all hiking trails. Any events scheduled in the park for the duration of the shutdown will be canceled. We’ll have a skeleton crew around to keep an eye on things, but the park itself will be closed.”

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Wauzeka-Steuben girls tell football story in Hollywood

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Wauzeka-Steuben junior Celina Giddings and sophomore Megan Klema, both players on the Hornet football team, were recently invited to appear on The Queen Latifah Show to share their story of girl empowerment. Their segment aired on Sept. 26 and is still available for viewing at QueenLatifah.com (click on Videos).
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Celina Giddings (left) is a wide receiver and cornerback for the Hornets and Megan Klema is running back and linebacker. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin
 
Girls playing high school football aren’t exactly unheard of, though they are pretty rare. This year, when Wauzeka-Steuben junior Celina Giddings and sophomore Megan Klema strapped on their helmets to save their small town’s football season, it caught plenty of attention outside their hometown.

First, WKBT-TV of La Crosse interviewed the pair and then their story went viral. But the two never expected the next phone call: executives from The Queen Latifah Show wanted to fly the girls out to Hollywood and tape a segment for the new talk show, hosted by the rapper-actress-hip hop feminist herself. On Sunday, Sept. 22, the girls flew from Chicago to Sony Pictures studios in Culver City, Calif., to share their story with Queen Latifah. They returned on Tuesday and the show aired on Thursday. (To see a clip, visit QueenLatifah.com and click on Videos.)

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Longtime priest returns to PdC for a week, reflects on his local impact


Rhonda Stubbe takes Fr. John “Jack” Wambach for a spin during the chicken dance at his 80th birthday party celebration at St. Gabriel’s school cafeteria. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

By Correne Martin

The beloved Father John “Jack” Wambach spent a week in Prairie du Chien recently, where he once served as priest of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church for 22 years, from 1977 to 1981 and again from 1989 to 2008. He also taught at Campion Jesuit High School for three years­.

During his recent stay, Sept. 21-28, he celebrated his 80th birthday with family and parishioners and enjoyed his other days meeting and visiting with old acquaintances.

Wambach, whose birthday was Sept. 21, was received by a full church on Sept. 22 when he concelebrated Mass with Father James Weighner.

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