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Loretta A. 'Letty' Oehler

Loretta A. “Letty” Oehler, 83, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born July 21, 1935, in Hunter Township, Jackson County, Minn., the daughter of Albert and Mary (Gombos) Vancura. 

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Mathias D. 'Matt' Schauf

Mathias D. “Matt” Schauf, 87, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

He was born March 3, 1932, in Sparta, the son of Leo and Mildred (Bowler) Schauf. 

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-55 during the Korean Conflict. Matt was united in marriage with Irene Johnson and together they raised five children. 

He is survived by his wife Irene of Prairie du Chien; his children Steve (Patti), Sandi (Dick) Wachter both of Prairie du Chien, Denise (Carl) Shedivy of La Crosse, WI, Patty Schauf-Yager and Pam (Brad) Kiesau both of Prairie du Chien; his sister Alice Farley of Milwaukee, WI; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 

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20
Jun

Paul O. White

Paul O. White, 88, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor.

He was born April 22, 1931, in Prairie du Chien, the son of James and Mae (Kramer) White. 

Paul served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.  He married Helen Ingram on April 12, 1958, in Chicago, Ill. Paul owned and operated White Insurance Agency in Prairie du Chien for over 55 years.  He was an active member of the Eagles Club Aerie 1502 in Prairie du Chien.  

Sadly, Helen preceded him in death on May 24, 2019. 

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20
Jun

Delores J. Falls

Delores J. Falls, 84, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at the Prairie Maison Care Center in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Aug. 18, 1934, in Rushford, Minn., the daughter of Oscar and Bernice (Lukkason) Evenson. 

She married Gerald “Jerry” Falls on Aug 18, 1957. Sadly Jerry preceded her in death on May 23, 2019. Delores worked for the law office of Peterson, Antoine and Peterson and later for St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien. She loved country music and entering contests. She once won an all expense paid trip to Belize. She was a longtime member of the Eagles Club Aerie 1502. 

Thu
20
Jun

James Horkheimer

James Horkheimer, 76, of Prairie du Chien, died Monday, June 10, 2019, at the Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care, Viroqua. 

James Allen was born on June 25, 1942 to Donald and Alva (May) Horkheimer in Prairie du Chien. 

He graduated from Prairie du Chien High School. James worked construction for several companies in California and Milwaukee. He enjoyed playing pool and boxing.

James is survived by his two children, Laura (David) Peck of Maple Grove, Minnesota and Vincent (Sophie) Horkheimer of Oakley, Calif.; five grandchildren, Noel Peck, Alexander Peck, Olivia Peck, Madeline Peck and Victoria Horkheimer; and three sisters, Gloria Horkheimer of West Salem, Rita Horkheimer of Prairie du Chien, and Bonnie (Ronald) La Pointe of Prairie du Chien. 

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20
Jun

Ruth L. Brus

Ruth L. Brus, 91, of McGregor, Iowa, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 15, 2019, surrounded by her family. 

She was born July 28, 1927, in Dubuque, the daughter of Rudolph and Grace (Thielen) Wagner. Ruth married Don Brus on April 26, 1947 at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Ruth was locally known for her beautiful paintings, her deep faith, generous spirit and witty personality. Ruth and Don owned The Snowbird Shop in McGregor and did custom framing until their mid 70s. Ruth painted well into her 80s and donated many paintings to the St. John's bazaar. Ruth was very proud of the banners and altar frontals that she and Don created that are still in use today.

Don preceded her in death on Sept 12, 2012.

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20
Jun

Leases drafted for Blackhawk Junction tenants as development talks continue

County board learns $64M spent in local tourism in 2018

By Correne Martin

Four public property leases will be extended to the current tenants at Blackhawk Junction Mall in Prairie du Chien for consideration, according to Crawford County Board corporation counsel Mark Peterson. The attorney updated the supervisors at their regular meeting Tuesday morning, June 18, about the foreclosure site. 

“After talking with the public property department, I drafted four property leases, month-to-month, with a 90-day notice required for eviction. Rent is based on $.55 per square foot. They were sent out last Thursday and Friday,” Peterson informed the board. 

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20
Jun

Fourth Street, Villa boat landing project start in July

By Correne Martin

St. Feriole Island may have just emerged from under water, but the Prairie du Chien Common Council is talking about the city’s planned construction there, beginning in July. 

Fourth Street in front of the Memorial Gardens, will be reconditioned, with work slated to start July 29, right after the Prairie Dog Blues Festival. The job is expected to be complete by Sept. 4, city officials said at Tuesday’s council meeting. 

Additionally, the Villa Louis Boat Landing project will start along Water Street and the historic site property July 8. Its completion is also targeted for Sept. 4.

Thu
20
Jun

Rock bands coming to PdC to be part of something bigger than themselves

By Peyton Meisner

The 2019 Music Fights Back Festival will take place this Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22. This year’s lineup will be headlined by such bands as: Hinder, Smile Empty Soul, Powerman 5000 and SAUL. There will also be other rock bands from around the country. Below is a preview of some of this year’s featured bands.

For a complete list of the bands and the performance times, visit www.musicfightsback.com/2019-mfb-festival

Hinder

Hinder is a rock band from Oklahoma City. They were formed in 2001 by Joe “Blower” Garvey, Cole Parker, Cody Hanson and Austin Winkler.

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19
Jun

Scoutmaster invites Boy Scouts back for 35-year picnic


Mike Mara has been Scoutmaster of Prairie du Chien Boy Scout Troop 320 for 35 years. He would like to celebrate this milestone with a Boy Scout Reunion Picnic, Saturday, July 27, from 12 to 4 p.m., at the La Riviere Farm Park. All former Scouts, parent volunteers and their families are invited to attend. RSVPs are requested. (Submitted photo)

Mike Mara is pictured with some of his Boy Scouts at Camp Decorah in Holmen years ago. With him (far left) are (from left) Tony Roh, Jason Moris, Eric Lathrop, Jay Dickey, Eric Atkins, Tom Swenson and Michael Douglass.

By Correne Martin

In his 35 years as Scoutmaster, Mike Mara has ushered close to 250 Boy Scouts through Prairie du Chien Troop­ 320. He’s done so much more than just adventuring alongside them; he’s also unwaveringly prepared them for life. 

“It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long,” said the modest leader. 

Mike was subdued and understated in his expression about the three and a half decades he’s faithfully worn the tan shirt and olive pants that have become synonymous with the Boy Scouts of America organization. He grinned ever so slightly in thinking about some of the memories he and his family of Scouts, parents and volunteers have experienced during that time.

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