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Thu
09
May

Mary Esther Severson

Mary Esther Severson, 99, of Prairie du Chien, died Monday, May 6, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.

 Mary was born Oct. 28, 1919, to James Jr. and Mary Louise (Speck) Fisher on a farm near Eastman. 

Mon
17
Dec

Elf on the Shelf: Tradition or torment


Our Elf on the Shelf, Vixen, has had quite an entertaining sense of humor this year.

By Correne Martin

Vixen is his name. He’s the Elf on the Shelf in our household. My kids, ages 6 and 3, are infatuated. It’s a contest, every morning, to see who can spy him around the house first. 

Vixen brings the magic of the season, some good lessons, laughs and love to our family. Some nights, he’s more work than others, but I can honestly say, his presence has been wonderful for us. 

Tue
21
Aug

Lowell D. Forde

Lowell D. Forde, 78, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, Aug. 20, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born July 30, 1940, in Decorah, the son of Walter and Gladys (Hulquist) Forde. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He married Suzanne Nodland Faldet on July 4, 199,3 in Las Vegas, Nev. Lowell worked as a barge captain on the Mississippi River for many years. He was an active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien and loved picnics. 

Fri
09
Jun

Boy’s Choir to perform at St. Peter Evangelical Church June 12

By Rachel Mergen

 

Award-winning North Star Boy’s Choir will make a stop in Prairie du Chien, Monday, June 12. The concert, one of many on their national riverboat tour, will be held at the St. Peter Evangelical Church sanctuary starting at 7 p.m. 

The 28 boys will travel down the Mississippi River in the upcoming weeks by boat and bus. The boys will start their tour in Winona, Minn., and will stop at many major cities including St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans. In addition, they will find themselves at Tom Sawyer’s birthplace, Hannibal, Mo., and the Civil War town of Vicksburg, Miss. 

Thu
01
Jun

EDITORIAL: Reporting hometown tragedy all too real

By Correne Martin

It was a scene similar to those you only view on the nightly television news. A school bus crunched up off the road, and emergency personnel hurrying to pull kids out for medical attention. Frantic parents wander about searching for their own children. Stunned onlookers stand aside, talking about the injured and guessing at what happened.

As a 13-year community journalist, I’ve witnessed so many accidents of varying degrees of gravity that I’ve lost count. I’ve chronicled and photographed fatalities involving Amish buggies, semis blasting through a home or down an embankment into the woods, motorcycles, tractors and one particular rollover in which I believe a greater power saved lives.

But this accident, the one a few miles down County P from River Ridge High School Tuesday afternoon, has particularly broken my heart. Young children were injured and, as of press time, the full extent of those injuries isn’t yet clear.

Wed
26
Apr

Maag, Mayne to wed

Announcing the engagement of Cayla Maag, daughter of Carol Maag, of Prairie du Chien, and the late Alvin Maag, to Ryan Mayne, son of Wendy Mayne, of Prairie du Chien. Cayla works full-time as a CNA at Crossing Rivers Health and also part-time as a night auditor at Country Inn and Suites. Ryan works at Pattison Sand Company. They will be getting married Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Prairie du Chien.

Wed
26
Apr

Fritsches married 50 years

Pacita and Roland Fritsche were married March 28, 1967. They will celebrate 50 years of marriage on Sunday, May 21, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Fr. Baer Hall/St. Wenceslaus Church in Eastman. All are welcome; no gifts please.

Wed
26
Apr

Couple enjoys 64 years of marriage memories

Johanna and George Wertwijn, of Bagley, are celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary. They were married on April 28, 1953, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. They met during ballroom dance class, when they were both 18 years old. George’s nickname was “Beethoven” because of his then plentiful, wavy hair. He was smitten with beautiful Johanna and after a three-year courtship, they were married. They have shared and enjoyed a lifetime of memories, including three children, their spouses and four grandchildren. They enjoy living in this most beautiful area of southwest Wisconsin. For their anniversary, their family will be visiting early and often.

Mon
20
Jul

Benish and Taylor tie the knot in June 1 ceremony

Danielle Benish, daughter of Deb and Gary Benish, and Ariel Taylor, son of Cindy Taylor and Rodney Whetson, were married June 1, in a private ceremony in Dallas, Texas. A Wisconsin reception was held July 4, at the bride’s parents’ home. Both Danielle and Ariel are employed in food service in the Dallas, Texas area. The couple has planned a honeymoon trip to Dubai this coming winter.

Thu
09
Jul

Whiteaker, Stovey plan Aug. 15 wedding

Ashley Whiteaker, daughter of Mark Whiteaker and Kellene Staszak and Patrick Stovey, son of Richard and Tammy Stovey announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. Their ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. on Aug. 15, at the Dousman House in Prairie du Chien.

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