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Tue
24
Apr

Robert O. Hinkel

Robert O. Hinkel, 89, of Marquette, passed away Sunday, April 22, at his home.

 

He was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Wadena, the son of Oscar and Mae (Voshell) Hinkel. He married Wanita Bruehahn on Sept. 20, 1948, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in McGregor. She later preceded him in death on Feb. 10, 2000. 

Tue
24
Apr

Harold J. “Sonny” Ray

 

Harold J. “Sonny” Ray, 90, of Prairie du Chien, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 22, at Crossing Rivers Health Care Center. 

 

Tue
24
Apr

William “Bill” LaBonne

 

William “Bill” LaBonne, 82, of Canton, Minn., died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 18, in Canton.

 

Mon
23
Apr

Weather a factor in several accidents

On April 18, the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded to multiple weather-related traffic crashes.

At 12:48 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of South l0th Street and East Parrish Street. A westbound vehicle being operated by Chad Peterson, 36, Prairie du Chien, collided with a southbound vehicle being operated by Tina Becwar, 50, Boscobel. The Becwar vehicle was able to driven from the scene and the Peterson vehicle was removed by Nagel’s Towing Service. No injuries were reported as a result of this crash.

Mon
23
Apr

Dairy Princess and Little Miss Squirt contests happening in Crawford County

Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Crawford County Dairy Princess. High school age students who are residents of Crawford County and interested in promoting the dairy industry are invited to compete for the title of Crawford County Dairy Princess. Each candidate will give a 3-5 minute speech about a current dairy industry topic, and answer interview questions from the judges. Each contestant will be judged on her ability and willingness to promote the dairy industry in Crawford County and surrounding areas.

Candidates should be knowledgeable about the dairy industry, enjoy meeting new people and be able to participate in dairy events such as the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast, parades, fairs, educational activities and community promotions throughout the year.

Mon
23
Apr

A mock reminder: Be smart, safe


Isaac Blum played the "seriously injured" victim in River Ridge's mock crash last Thursday, April 19.

Deputy Dan Reuter hollers at James Breuer, aka the drunken driver in the mock crash, to blow as hard as he can during a "breathalyzer test," done in front of his classmates to show what happens when a driver is suspected to have been drinking. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Funeral director Nathan Popp rolls the "deceased victim" in front of the student body, as he explains what his role is at a scene where someone is pronounced dead.

Key participants in the mock crash included (from left) makeup artist Jordan Mink, Deputy Dan Reuter, Kerrigan Trautsch, Denny Cathman, Isaac Blum and James Breuer.

By Correne Martin

There’s screeching, a loud boom, the cracking and popping of glass breaking and metal bending. You’re screaming and crying and feeling your body being jerked around. There’s the smell of coolant and other chemicals. 

Then...silence...

This experience is a nightmare of a lifetime. It’s not only the sounds that will remain with you, when you’re involved in a severe crash. But, in a drunken driving crash that ends in injuries, even death, the memories and consequences—if you live—will haunt you forever. 

Mon
23
Apr

Harper's Slough Project


Rotary Club Prairie du Chien High School students plant trees as part of the Harper’s Slough Project Friday. (Photos courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel, Rotary Club Prairie du Chien students and other volunteers dig holes on one of the seven Harper's Slough Project islands to plant trees.

 

Harper’s Slough Project construction complete

McGregor Lake Project in final 

planning phase

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Fri
20
Apr

Lucille “Sally” Schaefers

 

Lucille “Sally” Schaefers, 89, of McGregor, Iowa, died Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa. 

 

Lucille Veronica was born to Casper and Mary (Lucher) Schaefers on Nov. 24, 1928, in Clayton, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Garnavillo, Iowa. Sally attended Garnavillo Catholic School through the eighth grade.

Fri
20
Apr

Belita Elenore (Stokes) Taylor

 

Belita Elenore (Stokes) Taylor, 89, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, at the Great River Care Center at McGregor, Iowa. 

 

Fri
20
Apr

Francis Joseph Forst

 

Francis Joseph Forst, 82, of McGregor, Iowa, died Thursday, April 12. 

 

Francis was born Jan. 24, 1936, to Leonard and Leona (Becwar) Forst, in Prairie du Chien. While growing up he was active in FFA and 4-H. Francis graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1954, and attended the University of Wisconsin Madison. He also served in the U.S. Army.

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