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Mon
11
Jun

Driftless Development creating ‘Pathway to Progress’

By Ted Pennekamp

Mon
11
Jun

Rotary Club taking over Jaycees' Op Santa

Though the Prairie du Chien Jaycees recently disbanded, the remaining club members realized how important the successful continuation of the Operation Santa project is to the community. With that in mind, the Rotary Club of Prairie du Chien has agreed to take the lead on organizing the event moving forward.

Operation Santa has assisted hundreds of families in the area around Christmas time with a food box, gifts for children, personal hygiene products, hats, mittens, gently-used coats, etc. This community project and the need for it is why many of the Jaycee members were members in the first place. 

Mon
11
Jun

Michigan Street construction underway

The city of Prairie du Chien is beginning the Michigan Street reconstruction project. The project includes street and utility replacement on North Michigan Street, from Blackhawk Avenue to Perry Street; Haydn Street, from Michigan Street to Illinois Street; and Park Street from Michigan Street to Illinois Street. The street construction will include removing the existing street and installing new sanitary sewer, water main, storm sewer, base course, curb and gutter, asphalt pavement, concrete sidewalk and driveway aprons.

Mon
11
Jun

Rendezvous to bring fascinating history alive


All camp participants of the Prairie Villa Rendezvous are dressed in primitive, period attire, from adults to children. The 43rd annual event in Prairie du Chien will once again bring an educational glimpse into the region’s history. (Courier Press file photo)

The Big River Long Rifles will host the 43rd annual Prairie Villa Rendezvous June 14-17 on St. Feriole Island. Admittance is always free.

Lots of great foods like fry bread, kettle korn, homemade rootbeer, Indian tacos and much more are available for purchase. Trader’s row is filled with many period items to see and buy. 

The entire family can enjoy events such as the black powder gun shoot, children’s games, women’s games, primitive bow shoot, flint and steel competition and the knife and hawk throw for men, women and children.

The Rendezvous truly is a family-oriented, learning experience, portraying an educational part of the region’s history. 

Mon
11
Jun

Betty Chase

Betty Chase, 79, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018. 

She was born Sept. 17, 1938, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Hawley and Hazel (Fransham) Steggall. Betty attended and graduated from the Fairbank High School in 1957. She married Ray Chase on May 9, 1970, at the Schuyler County Court House in Missouri. Betty and Ray lived in Fairbank until 2002, when the moved to Prairie du Chien to enjoy retirement. Before moving Betty worked in the repair department as an operator for Northwestern Bell for 20 years. She loved spending time with Ray, going fishing, going on long drives to see the country, listening to country music, going to antique stores and spending time with family and friends.

Mon
11
Jun

Peter Charles Klema

Peter Charles Klema left us unexpectedly and much too soon, at the age of 54, on June 8, at home with his mother at his side.

Peter was born Dec. 25, 1963, to parents Michael and Edith (Zeeh) Klema of rural Wauzeka and what a wonderful Christmas present he was! He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Wauzeka High School in 1982. He then continued his education and attended Fennimore Vocational School.

He was currently working the last 16 years at EMC in Fennimore. He enjoyed auctions, fishing, riding his Harley, watching NASCAR and Packers, and just spending time with his family and friends.

Pete is survived by his mother, Edith Klema; a family of brothers, Kim (Cinda), Wauzeka, Edward (Deb), Wauzeka, and James, Gainsville, Fla. He is also survived by a daughter, Amber Houston, Dearborn Heights, Mich.; sister-in-law Michelle Klema, Prairie du Chien; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Mon
11
Jun

John L. Jones

John L. Jones, 92, died Sunday, May 27, at his home in Prairie du Chien.

John was born Aug. 5, 1925, in Hannibal, to William C. and Alta (Lemke) Jones. He attended several schools around Wisconsin, and graduated from Wauzeka High School. 

John served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. During WWII, he served as a tank driver in central Europe and the occupation of Germany. John married Viola Ready on Nov. 22, 1949, and they had six children. 

He worked as a logger and lumber inspector for the same company—Hutchison Log & Lumber Company, purchased by Erickson Hardwoods, then by Weyerhaeuser Company—until he retired. In retirement he worked for Nelson Lumber, which had purchased Weyerhaeuser.

Fri
08
Jun

Karen K. Burgus

Karen K. Burgus, 64, of Wauzeka, passed away Wednesday, May 16.

A celebration of Karen’s life and service will to be held Monday, June 25, in Wauzeka at the meeting hall in Century Hall. A visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., with a service to follow.

Wed
06
Jun

Man injured, arrested for 4th OWI after rollover

On June 2, at 9:41 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a one-vehicle roll over crash on Highway 131 about .3 miles south of County Road S in the township of Haney.

Christopher A. Frey, 36, Gays Mills, was operating a 1997 Chevy K1500 pickup truck northbound on Highway 131. Frey stated he was traveling around 45 to 50 mph when he lost control of the vehicle.  

The vehicle entered the east side ditch and hit a mailbox. Frey’s vehicle then slid up the embankment, damaged a fence, hit a power pole and rolled over multiple times before coming to rest on its tires. Frey’s vehicle was a complete loss and was removed from the scene by Terry’s Tire and Towing.

Wed
06
Jun

River Ridge fair educates both the students and attendees


Pictured is the fifth grade class of 2000 during their state fair while attendees visited their booths. (Submitted photos)

By Rachel Mergen

 

Each year, fifth grade students at River Ridge find themselves faced with the biggest project of their grade level: the state fair. The project began in retired teacher Judy Drone’s social studies classroom around 1992 and has opened students’ eyes to states across the country ever since. 

“The crowds that we get have really increased over the years. We get parents, grandparents and neighbors, which is wonderful. It’s definitely been a good community focus,” noted current fifth grade teacher Kris Petrowitz. Throughout the school year, her students learn about the 50 states. “It’s a good culmination at the end of the year.”

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