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Willy Wonka features 3 local actors in community musical

All from southwest Wisconsin, (from left) Cary Kann, Shawn Zeeh and Mary Beth Specht are big players in the Willy Wonka production slated to start at the Elkader Opera House Sept. 29. Kann has designed all the sets and backdrops and plays Mr. Salt, the wealthy father to the obnoxious ticket winner want-it-all, Veruca. Zeeh is the lead character, Willy Wonka himself, Specht is costume designer and also plays Mrs. Beauregarde, whose daughter is the always-gum-chewing ticket winner, Violet. (Submitted photos)

The ticket winners, reporter, and town kids are pictured in front of the Wonka Gates—a set not quite complete yet, but designed by Cary Kann, of Prairie du Chien, nonetheless.

Charlie, Mr. and Mrs. Bucket, and Charlie's grandparents are pictured in the "Bucket Shack," designed by Cary Kann.

By Correne Martin and Cheri Moser

The Opera House Players announce the most scrumdidilyumptious musical of the 2016-2017 season, rounding off its 50th year as a community theater group. Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka opens Thursday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Elkader Opera House.

The story follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever finds these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats; the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory—or suffer the consequences.

This family-friendly production features 17 different backdrops, five large set pieces and two medium-sized set pieces—all of which have made finding room backstage kind of like putting together a puzzle.


Prairie du Chien Golf

Prairie du Chien’s Molly Peterson chips onto the first green at Prairie du Chien Country Club Thursday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Mackenzie Maguire hits her approach shot to the first green Thursday against Darlington at Prairie du Chien Country Club.


PdC golfers 

host Darlington

The Lady Hawks Golf Team lost to Darington on Thursday in a dual at Prairie du Chien Country Club by a score of 200-224.  

Gabby Ritchie (49) and Macy Sander (73) had their best rounds of the year. Taylor Hendrickson also shot 49, Mackenzie Maguire added a 53 and Molly Peterson a 79.  


PdC Cross Country

Prairie’s Blake Bartels runs on Parents and Senior Night.

Madalyn Roche and Allison Riebe run side by side Thursday. (Photos by Rose Ziel)


Prairie hosts 

unusual and fun 

cross country meet

The Prairie du Chien Cross Country team competed with Platteville on Thursday night at La Riviere Park.  

Instead of running against each other, runners from both teams were mixed into three separate teams: the Lead Miners, Prairie Dogs, and Voyagers.   


SWS Homecoming Game

The Blue-Golds’ Braden Folbrecht drops back to pass and hits Nick Payne for a 13-yard touchdown in the second quarter against visiting Kickapoo-La Farge Friday night during Wauzeka-Steuben’s Homecoming game. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Nick Payne hauls in a 13-yard scoring strike from Braden Folbrecht.

Three SWS defenders tackle the Kickapoo-La Farge ballcarrier Friday night.

The Blue-Golds’ Noah Allan fights for extra yardage against Kickapoo-La Farge.


SWS beats Kickapoo-La Farge for Homecoming

Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben beat Kickapoo-La Farge 41-8 at Wauzeka-Steuben’s Homecoming Friday night. 

Noah Allan scored on a 14-yard run and the 2-point conversion was good to give SWS an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. 

Allan scored on a 55-yard run as the Blue-Golds went ahead 14-0 in the opening period. 


Airport Project

Employees of Wieser Brothers of La Crescent, Minn. work on the new terminal building being constructed at the Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport.


New terminal being built at 

Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport

By Ted Pennekamp and Correne Martin


Work began about a month ago on the new $1.06 million terminal building at Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport. 


Robert R. DeMuth


Robert R. DeMuth, 93, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Nativity Catholic Church, Dubuque. Friends may greet the family 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where   complete arrangements are pending.


Fr. John W. Wambach, S.J.


Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother Fr. John W. Wambach, S.J., who was called to eternal life on Sept. 15. Jack died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa. He was eighty-two years old, a Jesuit for sixty-five years, and a priest for fifty-two years.


Freda M.E. Reynolds


Freda M.E. Reynolds, age 90, of Richland Center, formerly of Boscobel, died on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Harvest Guest House, in Richland Center.

She was born on April 15, 1926, at Halls Branch, Crawford County, to Joseph and Freda (Adams) Zajicek. She attended school at Reynolds country school, where her future husband William Reynolds also taught school. She graduated from Boscobel High School. She was married on Feb. 6, 1948, at the Methodist Church in Boscobel to William Reynolds, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 1, 2004.


Attempted homicide charges filed after 3-year investigation into assault at Rock on the River


A Dubuque man has been apprehended in association with a three-year investigation involving the assault of another man at Rock on the River in Bridgeport.

Charges have been filed with the Crawford County District Attorney’s office against Anthony Runde, 34, for attempted first-degree intentional homicide and aggravated battery with intent to cause great bodily harm, according to a news release Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick issued after the Courier Press went to press early Wednesday afternoon.

The sheriff’s department and Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, for the past three years, have been actively investigating the assault of Joshua Milligan, 30, of Dubuque, Iowa. In July of 2013, according to the release, Milligan was assaulted while attending the Rock on the River music festival in the township of Bridgeport. The assault took place in the campground associated with the event.


New Bluff View Roof

An employee of Bell-Aire Home Improvement works on the Bluff View Intermediate School roof. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

A roll of metal goes through a machine which shapes the metal into the ridged panels (standing seam metal) that will go onto the Bluff View roof.


Bluff View getting new roof

By Ted Pennekamp


Anyone driving or walking past Bluff View Intermediate School in recent weeks may have noticed that roofing work has been underway.


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