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Mary Pitzer

Mary Pitzer entered heavens gates on March 17.

Mary was born to William and Marie (Walter) Becwar on Dec. 28, 1936. Mary was married to Edward Pitzer in 1957, who God chose to add to his angels in 1962., and their son Todd joined him in 1963. Mary later married Jim Pitzer in 1966, who proceeded her in death on June 25, 2017 after 51 years of marriage. They spent many enjoyable days riding there Harley Davidson motorcycle and meeting many friends along the way.

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Timothy G. Crady

Timothy G. Crady, 72, of Sparta, died Sunday, Feb. 18, at his home.

He was born on Dec. 1, 1945, to Herman and Audrey (Harwood) Crady, in Dubuque, Iowa. Tim grew up in the Prairie du Chien area. In 1963, at 17 years old, he enlisted in the US Navy where he joined on the buddy system with his older brother Paul and together they both served on the U.S.S. Lyman K. Swenson. Tim was honorably discharged Dec. 12, 1966. Following the service, Tim lived in Phoenix, Ariz., before moving back to southwestern Wisconsin in which he farmed tobacco and had an automotive recycling business. He worked at UW-La Crosse and at Ft. McCoy as a Boiler Tender until his retirement in 2002. Tim enjoyed playing cribbage, chess and sudoku.

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Dorothea Dolores Horsfall

Dorothea D. Horsfall, 65, of Waukon, Iowa, died Thursday, March 15, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

Dorothea Dolores Horsfall was born Aug. 11, 1952, in Maquoketa, Iowa, the daughter of Donald Ray and Dolores Sophie (Christiansen) Harms. Her parents later divorced and she was raised by her mother and stepfather Leroy Wood. Dorothea grew up in Olin, Iowa, and in 1971, graduated from high school. She attended art school in Florida and then returned home to Olin, where she worked various secretarial and administrative jobs. In 1979, she moved to Lansing, IA, and met Paul Leland Horsfall, Jr.; the couple married on May 30, 1981, at the United Methodist Church in Lansing. Since then, Dorothea worked with Paul at their Horsfall’s Variety Store in Lansing.

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Ken White

Ken White, 74, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., died Friday, March 16, at his home.

Ken was born on Nov. 19, 1943 in Prairie du Chien the son of Don and Lucile (Haville) White. He graduated from Prairie High school and also from Madison Business College. He lived in Prairie du Chien until the early 1960s, moving to Madison, Wis., for school.

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DCI narcotics agents: It’s more than ‘just a little weed’

By Correne Martin

“It’s just a little weed.” 

You may hear that expression all the time. 

But, according to Brian Prieve and Brian Hawley, narcotics agents with the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, marijuana—otherwise known as weed—contains over 400 different potentially harmful chemicals. Its THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) levels have risen from 1 percent in 1974 to up to 24 percent (in the sinsemilla strain) today. Plus, since there’s no Food and Drug Administration regulation of it, you never know what’s in it, Hawley said.

“It could be sold to you as a double dose (in terms of a “high”) but it might be a quadruple. The next thing you know, you could be in the hospital fighting for your life,” he warned.

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Wauzeka woman cited for fifth OWI

On March 12, at 6:10 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash with injuries on Highway 60 at Turtle Lane in the township of Wauzeka.

Sandra M. Mueller, 31, Wauzeka, was operating a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am eastbound on Highway 60, just west of Turtle Lane. 

The Mueller vehicle crossed the center line, went onto the shoulder of the westbound lane, slid sideways across both lanes of traffic then off the south side of the roadway. After sliding sideways off the roadway, the Mueller vehicle rolled multiple times before coming to rest on its tires against a fallen tree. 

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Welcome home, Matt!

Prairie du Chien Olympian Matt Antoine was back in town last week, after taking some down time following the PyeongChang Winter Games. At a Welcome Home reception March 14 at The Barn, he shared his appreciation for the support from his hometown. In turn, he was met with kindness and congratulations on his success from a crowd of his fans attending the event. His admirers enjoyed talking to him, getting his autograph and seeing his Olympic memorabilia up close. (Photos by Gary Howe)

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Student-led memorial ceremony March 14 a ‘learning experience’


Students Faith Dillman, Hope Meyer and Jordyn Fisher led the memorial ceremony last week, taking turns reading a short biography of each of the Florida shooting victims to a respectful gathering of about 150 of their fellow Prairie du Chien High School students. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Correne Martin

On Wednesday, March 14, about 150 high schoolers at Prairie du Chien Schools displayed solidarity in support and remembrance of the 14 students and three faculty members who died in a Florida school shooting a month prior.

After pictures of the school-approved event appeared on social media, mainly the Courier Press’ Facebook page, a fire storm of comments materialized. The post about the student-led, peaceful display of compassion reached around 13,500 people. The post received more than 315 comments and was shared over 85 times. 

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Foreclosure proceedings underway for Satter Building and Blackhawk Junction


The Satter Building has been vacant since being purchased from Crawford County on Dec. 27, 2006. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The western side of Blackhawk Junction has several Prairie du Chien businesses.

Several signs in the windows of former stores in the eastern part of Blackhawk Junction say that space is available.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Since being purchased by Prairie River Investments of Madison on Dec. 27, 2006, the Satter Building property in Prairie du Chien has gone unchanged, except for the continued deterioration of the building.

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Roger E. Latham

Roger E. Latham, 81, of Lancaster, passed away on Wednesday, March 14, at home after a brief illness. 

He was born on Aug. 22, 1936, the son of Donald and Fern (Shaben) of Beetown. He graduated from Lancaster High School in 1950, and served his country in the United States Navy as an Aviation Ordinanceman from 1953 until his honorable discharge in 1957. On Jan. 11, 1960, he was united in marriage to the former Karen Wienkers in Kenosha. Roger and Karen started their family there while he worked at American Motors. Roger and Karen embarked on a new journey, moving to the Lancaster area in 1973. Roger owned and operated Latham Tire Service in Lancaster from 1976 until his retirement in 2000.

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