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Sharon Kay Harris

Sharon Kay Harris, passed away June 24, at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. 

She was the daughter of Louis and Elmira Bemer, born Sept 6, 1941, in Covington, Iowa (near Palo, Iowa). Sharon graduated from Palo High School and later earned her teaching degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sharon remarried to Robert L Harris in 1981. In 1986 they moved from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to the Prairie du Chien/McGregor area and made there home there. While in the Prairie du Chien area, Robert and Sharon operated a taxidermy business for several years. Sharon was a substitute teacher for various local schools. she was also a tour guide at the Villa Louis for eight years. 

Mon
09
Jul

Business owner impresses with hunting skills, stories of world travel


Pictured is Dave Zirbel with one of his trophies that fills his home near Gays Mills. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

Pictured above is Zirbel on his hunt in Kyrgyzstan. For this hunt, he found himself with trophies of Hume Argali and Mid–Asian Ibex. (Photo by Profihunt)

By Rachel Mergen

 

Sixteen-thousand feet above the world, looking across the surrounding peaks, is unimaginable to most, but Gays Mills resident Dave Zirbel has experienced that dream while following his passion of international hunting. Kyrgyzstan’s mountations were just one of the many destinations some the construction business owner has visited during his frequent trips around the country and world. 

Zirbel started by simply raising cattle, but soon moved into the field of construction. He and his wife own the business Hidden Valley Builders, Inc., which specializes in insulating concrete form.

Mon
09
Jul

Veteran travels with grandson on honor flight


Veteran Bob Granzow and his grandson Zach Granzow are pictured above. Zach was Bob’s guardian for an honor flight earlier this year to Washington D.C. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

By Rachel Mergen

 

Bob Granzow made his country—especially his grandson Zach years later—proud and grateful when he served as active duty in the Korean War from 1951 to 1955, and in the reserves from 1955 to 1959, as a Navy radio technician. He did not choose the service for himself, instead being sent by his father so his older brother wouldn’t be forced to go instead, but Bob recognized it was his duty to serve and protect his country. 

Mon
09
Jul

Local man says black panther getting more dangerous


This photograph was taken with a smart phone from about 75 yards on the Larry Stluka farm. The animal appears to be quite muscular in the upper body.

This is another photo of the same animal. It looks like a black cat with a long tail. It is hard to estimate the size of the cat from the photo. It also appears as though the front left leg is a stump. Larry Stluka says this is a male adult black panther. (Photos by Austin Mezera)

By Ted Pennekamp

There have been some new developments in the case of the black panther reported to have been seen by some rural Prairie du Chien residents.

The panther (also known as a cougar) has killed several pigs, a calf and probably a Boston terrier, said Larry Stluka, who lives about four miles north of Prairie du Chien along Highway 27. It has also damaged a cow and two other dogs according to Larry.

Mon
09
Jul

Eastman parade a community celebration


The Eastman Fourth of July parade outfitted the town's Main Street with plenty of red, white and blue—from the adorable to the eccentric. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Princess Leia and Chewbacca even braved the heat to represent Kramer Real Estate.

Junior Fair Ambassador Michaela Cauffman tossed candy too.

This goat, belonging to Steve and Melissa DuCharme, was a real parade hit. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Alex McNerney and his Eastman Little League teammates joined in the tradition of riding through the parade prior to their big game against Seneca.

Justin Check and his family always participate by driving their Minneapolis Molines through town.

The Prairie du Chien High School marching band provided some patriotic tunes.

Water guns and super soakers were welcomed by many as temperatures in Eastman reached over 100 degrees, with the heat index, July 4.

Instead of candy, water was a much appreciated treat along the parade route.

Members of the Falling Rock Walleye Club tossed out candy and solicited new members.
Mon
09
Jul

Prairie du Chien man killed in accident

On July 6, at 12:09 a.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received multiple 911 calls reporting a one-vehicle traffic crash on County Road K just north of The Barn Restaurant in the township of Prairie du Chien.

A 2007 Ford Mustang was northbound on County Road K when the driver, Craig T. Looney, 34, Prairie du Chien, lost control, went down an embankment and struck a tree on the east side of the road. Looney was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the vehicle, Ashtyn A. Miles, 23, Prairie du Chien, was transported to Crossing Rivers Health then airlifted to Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse. She remains in stable condition. 

Mon
09
Jul

Car hits sand pile in construction zone and goes into hay field

On July 3, at 9:38 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a crash on Highway 27 about one-tenth of a mile north of Gran Grae Road in Prairie du Chien Township. 

Matthew Wojciechowski, 33, Wauzeka, was operating a 2011 Chevy Impala southbound on Highway 27. This section of highway is closed due to road construction. Wojciechowski stated he was travelling southbound at highway speeds of 55 to 60 mph when he hit a sand pile in the southbound lane. Wojciechowski’s vehicle continued over the embankment on the east side of the highway before coming to rest in a hay field. 

Wojciechowski claimed no injuries from the crash. Wojciechowski will be cited for unreasonable and imprudent speed in a construction zone and not wearing a seatbelt. 

Mon
09
Jul

25th annual Ridge and Valley Rally in Seneca Saturday


Julie and Ron Hartley have lived, farmed and raised a family in Seneca for most of their lives. They have been selected as the king and queen of the Seneca Ridge and Valley Rally, which will be Saturday, July 14. (Submitted photo)

The 25th annual Ridge and Valley Rally in Seneca will be Saturday, July 14, with events happening all day long at the community town hall. 

Register to participate in the 5K/10K walk-run between 6:30 and 7 a.m., before the race begins at 7:30. 

All area community members are invited to enjoy the 11 a.m. parade, followed by a smoked pork chop dinner at noon and a pie auction at 1 p.m. There’s a volleyball tournament throughout the day, kids games after the parade and food and beverages available for purchase on the grounds.

The antique tractor pull starts at 1 p.m. Then, euchre and bean bag tournaments will happen at 4 p.m.

Mon
09
Jul

Professionals look at how to prevent self-neglect, abuse of seniors


Crawford County social worker Jim McGrath (right) facilitates his break-out group to identify ideas about improving factors leading to self-neglect and vulnerable adult abuse. Around 25 professionals from the area health and human services sectors put their heads together to determine recommendations that could help prevent these issues. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A thorough evaluation of self-neglect and abuse amid elderly and vulnerable adults was done June 27 during a symposium at the Crawford County Administration Building. About 25 professionals, from the health and human services sectors across Crawford and the surrounding counties, discussed the issues and determined what might be done to prevent them from enabling self-neglect and vulnerable adult abuse. A few senior citizens joined the two-hour conversation as well.

Mon
09
Jul

JWalkers mission trip sends 29 kids to Texas


Twenty-seven youths from Prairie du Chien and two from Mosinee traveled with seven adults to Port Aransas, Texas, as part of the Holy Family Parish JWalkers’ annual mission trip. They helped 15 homeowners continue to clean up and remodel still 10 months after Hurricane Harvey. (Submitted photos)

Some of the JWalkers fill a homeowner's back yard to level it, during their recent mission trip to Texas.

By Correne Martin

Hard work, compassion, community donations and prayers once again came together to make another Prairie du Chien JWalkers mission trip possible. The teenage group of 29 kids, including two from Mosinee, traveled 22 hours by bus to Corpus Christi, Texas. They spent a week in early June helping 15 homeowners who remain impacted by Hurricane Harvey devastation 10 months later.

Guided by their fearless leader, Mary Stoeffler, Father Jim Weighner and five local chaperones connected to Holy Family Parish, the high school students rode 40 miles every day from Corpus Christi to Port Aransas, Texas. 

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