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27
Aug

Lester Calvin Cauffman Jr.

Lester Calvin Cauffman, Jr., 72, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin died Thursday, August 15, 2019 at his home in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. He was born January 25, 1947 to Lester and Emily (Leighton) Cauffman in Mount Hope. He attended country school in Mt. Hope, graduated from Fennimore High School and earned his two-year butcher degree at Southwest Technical College. Lester proudly joined and served in the United States Navy.

Lester was united in marriage with Kathy Hill on August 8, 1970. Four children were born to this union. Throughout the years, Lester farmed, did logging, worked for Cabela’s over 15 years in packing and receiving and was a meat cutter for Piggly Wiggly. He loved the Rendezvous and was a member of Big River Long Rifles.

Tue
27
Aug

Sandra Rohde

Sandra Rohde, 72, of Farmersburg, Iowa died Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at her home in Monona, Iowa. Sandra was born June 13, 1947 in Bartholomew County in Columbus, Indiana to George Oscar and Marguerite Pauline (Hughes) Perkins. She graduated from Curlew High School, Curlew, Washington in 1965 and attended Western Washington State College. Sandra “Sandi” continued her career as a bookkeeper. 

Tue
27
Aug

Wayne 'Pat' Benoy

Wayne “Pat” Benoy, 77, of Prairie du Chien, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien.

Wayne Patrick was born March 14, 1942, to Clarence and Ella Rose (Fisher) Benoy in Prairie du Chien. He was baptized in the Lutheran Faith. Wayne graduated from Prairie High School in 1960. Pat was united in marriage with Linda (Weber) Wheeler on June 16, 1973, in Janesville. They later divorced. Pat worked as a welder and electrician for Beloit Corp. in Beloit, and Voith Corp. in Appleton. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Janesville and Eagles Club in Prairie du Chien. Pat loved family get-togethers and spending time with his grandkids, who called him Grandpa “Wonderful.” He enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching sports, including the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. Pat spent the winters in Florida.

Tue
27
Aug

Mary E. Walker

Mary E. Walker, 83, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health. 

She was born July 31, 1936, in Lancaster, the daughter of Lloyd and Iola (Stark) Walker. Mary worked in bookkeeping for Prairie City Bank in Bloomington, and later for the branch in Prairie du Chien. 

She is survived by her brother Delbert (Evelyn) Walker, of Prairie du Chien; her sister Maxine (William) Sender, of Ft. Have, Ariz. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Norton (Ann) Walker; and a niece, April Schmitz.

According to Mary’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. An inurnment will be in the Dodge Cemetery in Glen Haven. 

Tue
27
Aug

Linda Joyce Knight

Linda Joyce Knight, of McGregor, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.

Tue
27
Aug

Hospital’s lawsuit against county, town of Bridgeport continues


Four years ago, the pond near Crossing Rivers Health was estimated by neighbors to be about two to three acres. Up until five years ago, neighbors say there was no standing water on the property. The Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center is in the upper right. (Photo by Megan Mahan of Adams Auction and Real Estate)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The lawsuit filed by Crossing Rivers Health of Prairie du Chien against Crawford County and the town of Bridgeport regarding a growing “pond” by the hospital is continuing. On Aug. 15, Grant County Circuit Court Judge Craig Day granted an extension to the hospital until Sept. 16 to file responses to briefs. Day is the judge in the case because Crawford County is one of defendants.

Mon
26
Aug

La Riviere Park welcomes brand new shelter


Members of the Prairie du Chien Park Board and the La Riviere Park Board pose in front of La Riviere Park’s brand new shelter Aug. 21. The project, completed by Top Notch Construction, features electrical power, lights, handicap-accessible bathrooms, water and a utility room. (Photo by Peyton Meisner)
Mon
26
Aug

PdC to be highlighted on Discover Wisconsin TV


Discover Wisconsin host Mariah Haberman films in one of Prairie du Chien’s historic locations, the “Dungeon.” The episode will air Saturday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin and is available now for streaming on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, Chromecast, Smart TV and at discoverwisconsin.com (Submitted Photo)

Discover Wisconsin, the state’s leading media brand and tourism TV show, will be shining the spotlight on Prairie du Chien in an upcoming episode. “Prairie du Chien —Journey Through Time” airs Saturday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin and is now available for streaming on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, Chromecast, Smart TV and at discoverwisconsin.com.

Mon
26
Aug

FT. Crawford Museum Fall Bus Tour

The 17th Annual Bus Trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul is planned for Oct. 16-18. This bus tour was organized in 2002 by Maury Oehler. It was his goal to help support the Prairie du Chien Historical Society in its efforts to preserve local history. The hospital building of the 2nd Ft. Crawford and the Museum of Prairie du Chien are owned and operated by the society. Since 2002 this three-day- two-night bus trip has generated several thousand dollars to keep the museum a viable and valuable city treasure. In 2016 Maury passed the reigns of this fundraiser to Janet Finn. With the help of Maury, she has been able to plan three successful trips and has planned another for 2019. These trips have always included historical, cultural, theatrical and mystery venues. This year’s venues include three plays: Mamma Mia! at the Chanhassen Theater, Gloria-A Life at the History Theater and A New Bermuda Triangle at a small theater called Day Trippers; two Historical sites — St.

Mon
26
Aug

Smoke Screen Program held at Prairie du Chien High School


The Smoke Screen Program was held at Prairie du Chien High School Aug. 20. The program covered the concerns of vaping and social media trends. (Photo by Peyton Meisner)

By Peyton Meisner

 

The Smoke Screen Program was held at Prairie du Chien High School Aug. 20. The program provided an opportunity for adults and parents to learn about e-cigarettes and social media trends among the youth. 

“The notion that only certain types of kids are vaping is no longer the case, all kinds of kids are doing it these days,” said Sonya Lenzendorf, Crawford County Public Health educator.

While smoking rates among teenagers have gone down in the past few years, vaping rates have gone up significantly Lenzendorf noted.

“The long-term effects of vaping are still not known at this time, as these devices are still relatively new,” she said.

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