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Tue
04
Sep

Anne E. Matti

Anne E. Matti, 88, passed away peacefully on Aug. 31, at McKinley Place in Cedarburg. 

She was born on Dec. 10, 1929, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Orley and Belva Chamberlain.

Anne is survived by her seven children, Susan (Phil) Schroeder, Steven Matti, Nancy (Steve) Irlbeck, Bill Matti, Jeff (Kit) Matti, Jennifer (Mike) Wirth and Christopher Matti; grandchildren, Jesse (David), Emily (Dan), Allison (Joey), Bryan (Carly), Kevin (Maggie), Hannah, Nina, Anne, Madeline, James, Kesslyn and Mason. She is also survived by four great-grandsons; sister, Adeline (George) Sutton; brother, Richard (Lora) Chamberlain; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gaylord Matti; parents; brother, Orley; and sisters, Cleo, Gertrude and Evelyn.

Tue
04
Sep

Karen R. White

Karen R. White, 73, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Monday, Sept. 3, at her home following an extended illness. 

She was born Dec. 1, 1944, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Vincent and Viola (Muller) Polodna. She married Ronald White on Jan. 5, 1963, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Karen owned and operated a country gift shop, Color Me Country, in McGregor, Iowa. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed birds, her flower gardens and most of all, her treasured grandchildren. 

Fri
31
Aug

Not much damage to Crawford County roads


Blacktop that floated over from the park in Soldiers Grove covers part of County C. Crawford County Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock said there was very little damage to county roads. There might be a small amount of shoulder repairs required along with clearing the roads of mud and debris. (Photo by Dennis Pelock)

This is some of the damage to the park in Soldiers Grove caused by the recent record flood of the Kickapoo River. (Photo by Dennis Pelock)

The Kickapoo River over County S near Petersburg was raging Aug. 28 and Aug. 29. (Photo by Dennis Pelock)

Sam Groom enjoys floating on some calm flood water in Steuben Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Some vehicles drive through water going over Highway 60 near the intersection with Highway 131 near Wauzeka Thursday afternoon. Highway 60 was later closed to traffic at this location. Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock said the last time the Kickapoo River went over Highway 60 was in 2008. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Unfortunately, water went over the sandbag wall at Jo's Kountry Bar in Steuben on Wednesday. This photo was taken Thursday. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

An elderly man is rescued from his vehicle by the Crawford County Swift Water Rescue Team on Highway 131 Wednesday, Aug. 29. The man had driven into flood waters. (Photo by Dennis Pelock)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County roads did not sustain much damage, said Crawford County Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock Thursday morning, Aug. 30.

Wed
29
Aug

Record flooding in Soldiers Grove, Gays Mills, Steuben


Kickapoo River Bridge on Highway 61 near the Vernon County line. (Photos by Dennis Pelock)

Bridge in "old town" Soldiers Grove. It is hoped that the bridges in Crawford County do not give way under the pounding of the raging river.

County B near Gays Mills was one of several roads that were closed in Crawford County.

Highway 131 in Soldiers Grove remains closed.

This is another view of the bridge in "old town" of Soldiers Grove Tuesday morning.

This was part of Gays Mills Tuesday morning. The river is still rising and is expected to set a record.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County emergency and Highway Department personnel are prepared and continue to monitor the Kickapoo River, which is predicted to reach record flood levels. Sandbagging was done at Soldiers Grove, Gays Mills and Steuben the morning of Aug. 28 in anticipation of the flood.

Wed
29
Aug

Carriage Classic now the largest pleasure-driving equestrian event


The Villa Louis Carriage Classic is a one-of-a-kind event where spectators can experience elegant drivers compete with their horse-drawn carriages in the most lavish styles known.

Now holding the title of the largest pleasure-driving equestrian event in the country, the Villa Louis Carriage Classic will take place Sept. 7-9, in Prairie du Chien. 

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, drivers will elegantly command their horses and carriages of all breeds, styles and time periods through the arena and obstacles, presenting to a crowd of people from all over the United States. The event will host the finest horses and ponies and over 100 new and restored carriages. 

2018 is the 38th year of the Carriage Classic.

“The largest show in the country didn’t happen this year,” stated Mike Rider, show organizer. “So we are the largest.”

Wed
29
Aug

Q94 morning show’s Dan and Kelly will give last show Aug. 31


Kelly Renner and Dan Moris will air their last morning show with “Dan and Kelly” on Prairie du Chien’s Q94/WPRE Aug. 31. Both are leaving the radio station on new life adventures. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Dan and Kelly themselves officially broke the news, on the Great Country, Q94/WPRE airwaves Aug. 24, that they are leaving the radio station. The lively morning show pair will sign off from their last show, Friday, Aug. 31. All week, they’ve been reminiscing about their moments together.

Dan Moris and Kelly Renner are the local radio personalities behind the light-hearted morning program of talk, music and news from 6-9 a.m. every day on 94.3 (rebroadcast from 11-2 on 104.3). Listeners have welcomed the beloved duo into their homes for three years, including the days when they “woke up” with Dan, Todd (Crotty) and Kelly.

The two current hosts are moving on to new things. 

Wed
29
Aug

Wauzeka Fire and Rescue wins grain bin rescue tube


Firemen from a number of other Crawford County fire departments joined the Wauzeka Fire and Rescue Department for a grain bin rescue training Aug. 18. They are pictured with the grain bin rescue tube Wauzeka Fire won from Nationwide Insurance and the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS).

Tyler Aspenson, a member of the Seneca Fire Department, volunteered to be “sunk” in a half bin full of corn up to his belly button. He said he couldn’t move his legs at all while trapped in the grain, before his fellow volunteers rescued him with assistance from the grain bin rescue tube. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Wauzeka Fire’s Assistant Chief Nick Zeeh uses a diamond-blade saw to cut through galvanized steel, a material from which many grain bins are constructed. Standing behind him are trainer Dan Neenan, and some of the area firemen who participated.

Two of the men partaking in the Aug. 18 training work to advance the rescue tube down into the corn.

Area firemen practiced rescuing someone from a grain bin. They are shown connecting the six panels as straight as possible around the “victim.” Once they place them all together, two of the rescuers will step on the exterior panel steps, opposite one another, and use their body weight to force the tube down two to three inches at a time. As the tube is advanced, grain can be scooped from within. More grain can be removed as it continues sliding down, and eventually, the victim can get free.

By Correne Martin

Twenty-nine fire departments in 19 states were each recently awarded a grain bin rescue tube and four hours of training, valued at roughly $5,000, as part of the fifth annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest. The Wauzeka Fire and Rescue Department was one of the applicants selected and is the first agency in Crawford County to receive this life-saving piece of equipment. The contest is sponsored by Nationwide Insurance and the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS).

As a result, Wauzeka is collaborating with neighboring departments—including six others in Crawford County, and Boscobel in Grant County—to pursue supplemental hardware and gear that will ensure the area is prepared to respond to any grain bin entrapment scenario safely and efficiently.

Tue
28
Aug

Crawford County preparing for huge Kickapoo River Flood


Volunteers sandbag and construct a wall around Jo’s Kountry Bar in Steuben Tuesday morning in anticipation of a near record setting flood of the Kickapoo River. The river is expected to set records at all other communities in Vernon and Crawford counties. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

This shows the flooding at Readstown the morning of Aug. 28. The river is expected to crest at a record 20.5 feet at Readstown later on Aug. 28. The current record is 19.6 feet set on June 9, 2008. (Photo courtesy of Dennis Pelock)

This is another view of the flooding that was happening in Readstown Tuesday morning. (Photo courtesy of Dennis Pelock)

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks washed out south of Stoddard along Highway 35 on Aug. 28. (Photo courtesy of Dennis Pelock)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Numerous adults, children, and personnel from area fire departments have been busy sandbagging in Steuben and Gays Mills in preparation for a possible record-setting flood of the Kickapoo River by Aug. 29 and 30. 

Tue
28
Aug

Cecelia M. Mara

Cecelia M. Mara, 97, of Eastman, passed away Monday, Aug. 27, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. She was born Feb. 10, 1921, in Eastman, the daughter of Amos and Sophia (Ocenosak) DuCharme. She married Francis Mara on Aug. 24, 1943, at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Together they, farmed in the Eastman/Wauzeka area most of their lives. Cecelia was an active member of St. Wenceslaus Church, enjoyed playing rummy, crocheting, quilting, and scratching off an occasional lottery ticket. Frank preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 2002. 

Tue
28
Aug

Lydia Marie Rios

Lydia Marie Rios, the infant daughter of Abraham and Alicia (Giddings) Rios, passed away Thursday, Aug. 24, at the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, following complications with her birth. She was born July 16, 2018, in West Union, IA. 

She is survived by her parents, Abraham and Alicia and their children Anthony and Brylan Rios, all of Elgin. Her paternal grandfather Antonio Rios, of Oaxaca, Mexico, and maternal grandmother Dawn Fernette, of Elgin, Iowa.

A celebration of Lydia’s life is being planned and will be announced later. The Garrity Funeral Home, of Prairie du Chien, is assisting the family. 

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