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Alfred J. “Fritz” Recker

Alfred J. “Fritz” Recker, 92, passed away Friday, June 15, at his home with his daughter Karen at his side. 

He was born Nov. 6, 1925, the son of Andrew and Josephine (Ovel) Recker. Fritz attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Bloomington and graduated from the eighth grade. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during WWII, where he served with the 82nd Ordnance Group in Austria, as an automotive mechanic. 


Two men arrested for methamphetamine-related offenses

On June 13, at 2:30 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit, along with a Prairie du Chien police officer, made contact with a vehicle that was parked at a business after their hours of operation in the city of Prairie du Chien.  

Upon the officers’ arrival, several occupants exited the 2003 Mitsubishi Montero and gave conflicting stories as to why they were in town and how they knew each other. The occupants were identified as Colin Schneider, 26, Muscoda; Paige Bell, 21, Lone Rock; Dakota Lins, 23, Gotham, and Treagir Sander, 18, Boscobel. Sander attempted to lie about his identity and all three men exhibited signs of drug impairment. 

K-9 Breck was utilized for an open free sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances within the vehicle.  


Prairie police awards distributed for 2017

Lt. Terry Sprosty, Sgt. Kyle Teynor and Chief Chad Abram are pictured with Prairie du Chien Police Department Employee of the Year Patty Schauf-Yager

Lt. Terry Sprosty, Sgt. Kyle Teynor and Chief Chad Abram are pictured with Prairie du Chien Police Officer Liz LaHaie, who received the Life-Saving Award.

Pictured with the community partnership award recipients from Scream Xtreme, Nate and Nick Gilberts, are Lieutenant Terry Sprosty, Sergeant Kyle Teynor and Chief Chad Abram.

Sgt. Kyle Teynor, Chief Chad Abram and Lt. Terry Sprosty are pictured with Prairie du Chien Police Department Chaplain Andy Doll, who the department appointed to provide guidance through critical incidents and emotional times.

The Prairie du Chien Police Department recently awarded its 2017 honors for employee of the year and community partnership, also giving out a life-saving award and appointing a chaplain. Chief Chad Abram, Lieutenant Terry Sprosty and Sergeant Kyle Teynor presented awards at the ceremony.

Employee of the year is Patty Schauf-Yager, administrative assistant/officer. She was voted upon by her peers, as Sgt. Teynor said, she is highly regarded by all staff as the “glue that holds us all together.”


A hot time at the 43rd Prairie Villa Rendezvous

Temperatures reaching the mid to high 90s this past weekend couldn’t deter big crowds at the 43rd Annual Prairie Villa Rendezvous June 14-17 on St. Feriole Island. Above, James Kottka of Rice Lake, Wis., enjoys sipping on a cool drink from a mug created by Todd Strupp of Antlered Mugworks of Rice Lake. The mugs are handcrafted from Texas Longhorn horns and whitetail deer antlers for the handles. Designs depicting wildlife and other interesting outdoor scenes are burned into the mugs and sealed. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

You never know who or what you might encounter at the Prairie Villa Rendezvous, which recreates life as it was in the 1840s when Prairie du Chien was the hub of fur trading. The rendezvous is the largest such re-enactment in the Midwest. The entire family can enjoy the black powder shoot, children’s games, women’s games, the primitive bow shoot, the flint and steel competition and the knife and hawk throw for men, women and children.

Ty Koeller of McGregor (left) is all smiles as he defeats Layia Koeller in this particular tug of war match at the Prairie Villa Rendezvous Friday morning.

Fluteman Dan, also known as Dan Nolan of Hanover, Ill., entertains passersby by playing haunting melodies on his hammered dulcimer. Fluteman also enjoys playing Native American flutes and Irish penny whistles.

Children gather ‘round to learn a thing or two from Dewey Roll of Robin’s Blacksmithing of Leland, Iowa. Dewey has been blacksmithing for about 25 years and is a jack of all trades as he fashions unique gifts and does custom fabrication and welding.

Meeting set for construction in Eastman

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting to preview the upcoming Highway 27 construction project in the village of Eastman. The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 26, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Salem United Methodist Church meeting hall in Eastman.

This meeting will detail construction activities on the urban section of Highway 27 in Eastman, between Meadow Lane and Highway 179. Work is expected to begin July 5.

The urban segment begins at Meadow Lane in Eastman and extends north to about 0.15 miles south of the Highways 27/179 intersection.


Eastman Mets created a movement in fastpitch softball

Eastman Mets fastpitch softball team members on the first team in 1964 were (front row, from left) Chester Kramer, Ray Byerly, Terry Kramer, Pete Swanson, Gary Lenzendorf, Charlie Wall; (back row) Larry Pelock, John Pelock, John Swatek, John Kramer, Roger Wall, Tom Wagner, Dave Swanson and Mark Martin.

Remnants from the Eastman Mets continued on to play with league leaders Bob’s Bar and Slama’s Bar softball teams, where they mixed their talents with other players from the area. Above are Frank McCormick, Al Gillingham, David Swanson, Dennis Fuller, Pete Swanson, Mel Dearborn, John Kramer, Jim Pitzer, Tom Lydon and Bob Kuckenbecker. Below are LaVerne DuCharme, Ronnie Hollenberger, John Trautsch, Roger Feye, Roger Wall, Loyde Beers, John Swatek, manager Pete Mara, Bernie Zach and Mike Kilburg. Not pictured are John Slama and Dennis Lenzendorf. Visit the Courier on Facebook and Instagram for additional pictures of other area league teams who competed against the Mets.

By Correne Martin

This is a small-town tale about how high school fastpitch softball teams started developing in Eastman and other southwest Wisconsin communities in the 1960s. 

But this story is more than just another account of a masterful and passionate ball team. It’s the kind of story that allows you to envision a group of unpretentious sandlot ball buddies who sparked a community revolution simply by their love of the game. 

In the early 1960s, fast pitch was gaining ground in the area, but there were no young kids playing—except for every noon hour on the Eastman school playground. There, a mess of boys would organize a pick-up game. Some girls grabbed bats too—many of whom were just as good as the boys.


Elizabeth V. “Betty” Curtis

Elizabeth V. “Betty” Curtis, 100, of Prairie du Chien, died Sunday, June 17, at The Walter Schmidt Care Center in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Sept. 3, 1917, the daughter of Alfred and Coral (Palmer) Leighty. She married Fay Curtis on Oct. 21, 1961, at the United Methodist Church in Janesville. Fay preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 2000. Betty worked for Parker Pen in Janesville for many years.

She is survived by her cousins, especially Norma Huza, of Prairie du Chien, along with several nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother Robert Moore.

According to Betty’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. A private interment will be in the Union Nagle Cemetery in Patch Grove. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.



Eileen M. Schiffman

Eileen M. Schiffman, 82, passed away on Saturday, June 16, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. 

She was born March 1, 1936, in Bagley, the daughter of John and Hazel (Quinn) Champion. Eileen attended Bagley High school. She married Donald Schiffman on Sept. 10, 1967. Eileen worked alongside her husband as co-owner and caretaker of the River of Lakes Campground for over thirty years. She enjoyed camping and visiting the local casinos. She liked a good game of cards and loved playing cards and board games with her grandkids. 

She is survived by her husband, Donald; two daughters Shelli (Rick) McLimans and Sue (Mick) Redman; six grandchildren Amber (Brian) Zart, Adam (Bethany) McLimans, Tara (Matt) Adams, Wendy (Cody) Kirschbaum, Eric (Alie) Redman and Jamie (Garrett Knapp) Redman; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Roger (Diane) Champion; a sister-in-law Sally Champion; and many nieces and nephews.


Allen J. Mullikin

Allen J. Mullikin, 52, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Wednesday, June 13, at his home surrounded by his family after an extended illness. 

He was born May 11, 1966, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Clifford and Georgina (Emery) Mullikin. Allen enjoyed woodworking and loved to hunt and fish. 

He is survived by his mother Georgina Mullikin, of Prairie du Chien; his sisters, Susan Schultz and Cheryl Cooley, both of Prairie du Chien, and Judy (Ted) Schott, of Fredericksburg, Iowa; and his brother Wayne (Lynn) Mullikin, of Wisconsin Rapids. 

He was preceded in death by his father Clifford and two brothers-in-law Thomas Cooley and James Schultz.


Arnold R. Neises

Arnold R. Neises, 86, of Monroe, died Tuesday, May 29, at New Glarus Nursing Home. 

He was born on May 22, 1932, in Kenosha, the son of Sylvester and Josephine (Berntgen) Neises. He graduated from May D. Bradford High School in Kenosha. Arnold married Dorothy R. Aiello on Jan. 7, 1956, in Kenosha. He worked at Moore Business Forms for 19 years, retiring in 1993. He was a member of St. Victors Catholic Church; and enjoyed golfing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Monroe; six children, Laura Short, of Monroe, Steven (Barbara) Neises, of Arlington, S.D., Robert (Lori) Neises, of Waconia, Minn., Jayne (David Brunkow ) Neises, of Machesney Park, Ill., Theresa (James) Talbert, of Janesville, Jeffery (Susan Engler) Neises, of Monroe; four grandchildren, Christine (Ryan), Jaclyn, Jarred and Jeremy; one step-grandchild, Brett; and two step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Larry Neises, of Kenosha. 


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