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Stanley J. Hamann

Stanley J. Hamann, 96, a lifelong resident of Prairie du Chien, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 30, at Prairie Maison. 

Stan served overseas in the U.S. Army during WWII and later returned to become a prominent businessman in Prairie du Chien, operating and later owning Hamann’s Variety Store for 40 years.  In his spare time, he was an avid hunter and fisherman spending countless hours pursuing these pastimes on the Mississippi River.

He is survived by his son Rick (Patty), of Prairie du Chien; his daughter Jan (George) Collins, of Somers, Conn.; his sister Priscilla (Jimmy) Englebright, of Homosassa, Fla. 

Mon
02
Jul

Stump Dodger Bash this weekend

By Rachel Mergen

The Stump Dodger Bash, taking place in Gays Mills Friday, July 6-7, will host artists Smoking Gun Showdown, Brecken Miles, High Mileage, CJ Solar, Terra Bella, Heidi Raye, Canaan Cox, Jason Pritchett and Craig Wayne Boyd 

Smoking Gun Showdown, founded in Prairie du Chien, is a country band fronted by female singers April Bouzek and Leigh Vorwald preparing to take over the music world. They are proud to perform both covers and originals. The band has taken part in many large music competitions in the past. With the ladies, the musicians David Borys, Jeff Goettel, Jeff Gaunitz and Jeff Hanson rock the stage.  

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02
Jul

Blake’s Prairie Fair July 12-15

Three area high schoolers are competing to become the king and queen of the 2018 Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair, which will be held at the fairgrounds in Bloomington July 12-15.

Queen candidate Katelyn Quick, daughter of Roy and Mickey Quick, of Bagley, is sponsored by the River Ridge FFA. Katelyn has been an active member of the FFA for four years, was her FFA chapter’s reporter and is the current vice-president. She has served on the Safety Day committee, livestock contest, greenhouse and banquet committee. She placed first at the Wisconsin soils contest in 2016 and also received the Star Chapter Award that same year. Katelyn has been awarded the Greenhand Award and the Chapter Degree. She volunteers at the Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair by taking tickets, cleaning up the fairgrounds, parking cars and helping with the chicken barbecue.

Mon
02
Jul

Prairie du Chien American Legion baseball to hold fish fry fundraiser


The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers pose with the championship trophy they won at the Onalaska Tournament recently. The team is ranked first in the state in Class A with a 10-2 record. Team members are, front row: Grant Martin, Dylan Coleman, Zach Mara, Clayton DuCharme, Gavin Gillitzer, Tyler Smock, Mark Welter, Andrew Waller, and batboys Maddox Cejka and Kale Koenig. Back row: Coach Nate Cejka, Assistant Coach Bjorn Thompson, Drake Coleman, Frank Cipra, Hunter Davis, Aaron Neisius, Cory Check, Jon Dyer, Jacob Joy, Ryan McGrath, Josh Lenzendorf, and coaches Tyler Kozelka, Clay Koenig and Brett Hogan. Chris Check and American Legion President of Baseball Dan Schickert are not pictured.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien American Legion Baseball program will be hosting a fish fry fundraiser the afternoon and evening of Saturday, July 7. 

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02
Jul

Prairie du Chien Country Club to host open house, 60th Anniversary celebration July 4


Mayor Harry Lochner is shown on the first tee of the new Prairie du Chien Country Club as he had the honor of driving the first ball down the fairway in the grand opening ceremonies on Friday, July 4, 1958. Lined up behind the Honorable Mayor are some of the board of directors who were influential in making the new course become a reality. From left to right are Rodney Satter, Charles Elvert, Dr. T. F. Farrell, C. R. Stewart, Tom Multerer, Leary Peterson, Herman Derouin and partially hidden, Howard Elder. The opening of the course over the three-day Fourth of July weekend was quite a success as more than 200 golfers enjoyed the facilities. (Courier Press file photos)

The new clubhouse was open for business on Saturday, May 5.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On July 4, the Prairie du Chien Country Club will be celebrating its 60th Anniversary and hosting an open house of its new clubhouse.

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29
Jun

Elmer G. Colsch

Elmer G. Colsch, 69, of Dodgeville, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, at Upland Hills Hospital in Dodgeville. 

He was born May 15, 1949, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Lawrence “Jack” and Ruth (Paris) Colsch. 

He is survived by his eight children, Brenda (Eric) Palas, Manchester, Iowa, Tammy (Brad) Hill, Spring Green, Kristina Colsch, Farmersburg, Iowa, Stanley (Carrie) Colsch, Garnavillo, Iowa, Jennie Colsch, Portage, Kryssi (Bryan) Streicher, Monona, Iowa, Nicholas Colsch, Portage, and Ami Colsch, Portage; 16 grandchildren: Madeline, Ben, Maurice, Marcus, Jackson, Ronald, Tyson, Kenneth, Kaelyn, Kelsey, Alexis, Izayah, Carter, Avah, Bentley and BreeAnnah; four siblings, Jacqueline Scott of Muscoda, Jerry Colsch, Nashville, Tenn., Barb Knight, Sextonville, and Darrell (Pat) Colsch, Ferryville.

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29
Jun

Charlotte E. Kluesner

Charlotte E. Kluesner, 91, of Bloomington, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, at Prairie Maison Nursing Home, Prairie du Chien. 

She was born on Oct. 31, 1926, the daughter of Edward and Magdeline “Lena” (Maiers) Hermsen. Charlotte graduated from Bloomington High School. On Nov. 27, 1947, she was united in marriage to James R. Kluesner, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Bloomington. After their marriage, the couple farmed together in Glen Haven and Bloomington Township. 

Charlotte was the Avon lady for many years. She also worked at Bloomington School District and River Ridge as a Teacher’s Aide. Charlotte was a devoted member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and its CCW. She enjoyed playing cards,  Bingo, her flower gardens, watching birds, scratch tickets, but especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. 

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29
Jun

Terry L. Boebel

Terry L. Boebel, 71, of Prairie du Chien passed away unexpectedly June 26, at her home. 

She was born March 5, 1947, in Darlington, the daughter of Vernon and Bernilda (Quamme) Roth. She grew up near Mt. Zion, and graduated from Boscobel High School. Over the years, she worked at the Boscobel bank, was a hairdresser/salon owner/instructor, sold insurance, had a bed and breakfast, did hotel reception and cooked and baked whatever you requested. She was retired, but was active keeping up with her children’s and grandchildren’s activities.

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29
Jun

Marcia G. Mezera

Marcia G. Mezera, 79, of Glen Haven, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, at her home surrounded by her loving family. 

She was born on Jan. 16, 1939, in Bridgeport, the daughter of Gerald and Jacquelyn (Chaney) Hedeman. Marcia graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1957. On Aug. 23, 1958, she was united in marriage with Robert J. “Bob” Mezera at St. John’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Bob and Marcia lived briefly in Madison, where she was employed at Marshall Dairy Lab. They also lived in the Hazel Green area, then farmed in Bridgeport, and later purchased a farm in Glen Haven. She was also employed as a secretary at the Bloomington Vet Clinic, and then for Ferrellgas Company, from which she retired. 

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27
Jun

La Crescent tops Grasshoppers


Grasshopper second baseman Aaron Neisius starts a double play Monday evening. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie's Dylan Coleman pitches with a La Crescent runner leading off of first base.

Shortstop Josh Lenzendorf scoops up the grounder and throws to first base for the out.

Third baseman Ryan McGrath throws to first base for the out Monday evening at the St. Feriole Island Ballpark.

 

Monday evening’s American Legion baseball game against visiting La Crescent was only the second defeat this season for the Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers as they lost 9-2.

La Crescent scored a run in the second and another in the third to take a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Prairie du Chien tied things up at two. 

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