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Mar

Virginia (Jeanie) Arlene Doll

 

Virginia (Jeanie) Arlene Doll, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, 95, of Wauzeka, died on March 23, at Boscobel Care and Rehab., Boscobel, after a long period of declining health. 

 

Fri
24
Mar

Calvin G. Koecke

 

Calvin G. Koecke, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, peacefully passed into the loving care of Jesus at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque on Monday, March 20, due to dementia-related pneumonia. 

 

Thu
23
Mar

Donna Foley

 

Donna Foley, 75, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died suddenly March 22, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. 

 

Donna Jean was born on Aug. 22, 1941, in Prairie du Chein, the daughter of Lawrence and Eileen Price Doll. She married Dick R. Foley on Feb. 11, 1961, in Wauzeka. Dick died in 2010.  She was an office manager for Methwick Manor for 15 year, retiring in 2013.

Thu
23
Mar

Sharon A. Mezera

 

Sharon A. Mezera, 74, of Eastman, passed away Tuesday, March 21, at the Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua.

 

Wed
22
Mar

PdC Handmade to showcase trendy, local craft vendors April 1

‘Not your typical grandma craft fair’

By Correne Martin

The number of trendy, talented local crafters is on the rise. Consumers are looking to shop small and support local entrepreneurs. Combining the area’s most up-and-coming handmade crafters with an opportunity for potential customers to purchase their products, PdC Handmade is a first-time vendor fair unique to the area.

On April 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Barn Restaurant, PdC Handmade will showcase about 10 innovative and stylish creators and in-home shop owners along with their customized pieces. The mix of products range from jewelry and baby clothing to artwork and bath essentials at a range of price points appealing to every age. Admission to the vendor fair is free and open to everyone.

Wed
22
Mar

Rotary exchange to India spreads friendship, understanding


Cheryl Mader, Prairie du Chien Rotary Club exchange coordinator, enjoyed a personal Rotary Friendship Exchange to three communities in India recently. She is pictured in a girls hostile in Vapi, in west-central India. (Submitted photo)

Cheryl Mader dressed in a locally-traditional kurti tunic for one of her days sightseeing in Junagadh. She’s pictured at a botanical garden at an agricultural university.

The scenic beauty in Junagadh, and all of India, is spectacular.

By Correne Martin

One of Rotary International’s mottos is “World Peace through Understanding.” It is to convey that, when you know people better, they can’t be your enemies.

Rotary Club members in Prairie du Chien and all over the world strongly believe in that mantra, so much so that Rotarians like Cheryl Mader, the local Rotary exchange coordinator, have immersed themselves into some unforgettable globe-trotting adventures.

Mader visited England in 2011 and Nigeria in 2014. And, just over one month ago, she spent 10 days in India. All of her trips have been with family and friends through the Rotary Friendship Exchange Program. The Prairie du Chien club is working with Peru, Denmark and Iceland to affirm friendship (and even youth) exchanges to those countries as well.

Wed
22
Mar

Prairie du Chien hires school district administrator

By Ted Pennekamp

The Prairie du Chien Area School District will have a new district administrator on July 1. School Board President Christine Panka said that Robert “Bob” Smudde will replace Drew Johnson, who will retire on June 30, after 10 years of dedicated service.

The school board utilized consultant services from the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) to provide assistance in the hiring of Smudde, said Panka. It was a multi-step process, which began with the WASB consultant, Rachel Schultz, interviewing the school board, administration, staff and community members in addition to an online survey to determine the characteristics most desired in the new district administrator.

Wed
22
Mar

Richard D. Stluka

 

Richard D. Stluka, 84, of Ferryville, passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 20, at his home. 

 

He was born May 20, 1932, in Lynxville, the son of Frank and Helen (Benoy) Stluka. He married Joyce Pitzer in 1951, who later preceded him in death. He was married to Judy Alexander and they later divorced. He married Janice Burrow White on June 20, 1981. 

Tue
21
Mar

John K. Hart, Jr.

 

John K. Hart, Jr., consummate musician, wit, and dear friend to many died Jan. 14, at the age of 66. 

 

John was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., to John K. Hart, Sr., and Wilda (Arnot) Hart. The family moved to Illinois and John spent most of his childhood in Arlington Heights. 

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20
Mar

Southwest Badger RC&D concerned about loss of funding, potential adverse impact

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Funding structure changes for organizations such as the Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council (Southwest Badger RC&D) will mean a reduction by almost half for the funding of environmental projects in Southwest Wisconsin.

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