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Carl G. Thompson

 

Carl G. Thompson, 82, of Wauzeka, passed away on Tuesday, April 25, at the Good Samaritan Society in Fennimore. 

 

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Marjorie Ann Rice

 

Marjorie Ann Rice, 56, of McGregor, Iowa, died Monday, April 24, at Crossing Rivers Health Systems, Prairie du Chien. 

 

She was born May 10, 1960, to Doug and Helen (Helms) Rice in Boscobel. Margie graduated from Wauzeka High School in 1978, and Southwest Tech in Fennimore, with a LPN Degree in 1986.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Apr

Family copes with loss of home, possessions in fire


Gerard and Barbara Sprosty sit outside of Country Inn & Suites with their dog Raiden. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

The inside of the Sprosty’s home sustained heavy smoke and water damage. The vinyl siding and the outside of the back portion of the house was also damaged greatly. (Photo by Donna Reed)

One of the two surviving cats received oxygen immediately following the house fire. (Photo by Donna Reed)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Gerard and Barbara Sprosty lost their house, nearly all of their possessions and two cats when their house caught fire the morning of April 17. Fortunately, nobody was hurt and the family has each other. 

“It was the worst day of our lives, very traumatic,” said Barbara. “But, thank God we have each other. That’s the main thing.”

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Apr

Friends of the Library discuss a few construction expectations


Friends of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library Mary Novey (left), president, and Terri Connell, talk about the undesirable necessity of the artesian well being capped.

A popular and distinguishing feature of the library is its artesian well, which must now be capped because of leaking issues. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

“It’s important to see this library sustained,” said Karen Badzinski, treasurer of Friends of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library at their spring social Meet and Greet Tuesday night, April 25.

At the meeting, members recalled cherished memories of libraries, noting they saw them as places to go for growth, learning and exploration.

With the current library looking toward its future expansion, Friends of the Library President Mary Novey spoke about the recent success of the library’s book sale, which raised $700 in funds. She added that the library was grateful for all of the book donations and support they received for the sale, and is hopeful for that generosity to continue. “We’ll be having another one for Crazy Days,” noted Novey.

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Apr

Second annual Journey Through Time May 13 in PdC


Area musician Denny Garcia got toes-a-tappin’ and put smiles on faces at the Journey Through Time, a Wisconsin Historical Downtown Open House event. (Courier Press file photos)

A sharply-attired Chuck Dyer greeted guests and gave tours of the former Fort Crawford Hotel in downtown Prairie du Chien Saturday. The land for the hotel was purchased in 1864 and the hotel was built sometime between 1864 and 1870.

A group enjoyed riding along Blackhawk Avenue in a horse-drawn carriage. The horse-drawn rides will again be sponsored by Peoples State Bank for Journey Through Time.

More than a dozen historical venues in Prairie du Chien—many not usually open to the public—will open their doors on May 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for free or reduced-fee entry as part of Journey Through Time, a Wisconsin Historical Downtown Open House event. The first event of its kind was held last year, in association with other Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) communities, and, due to its popularity, is being repeated with new sites and activities.

“We’re really excited about this opportunity to showcase the rich history of our area and not only promote these attractions to local residents, but also attract visitors to our area and local businesses,” said Marlene Dyer, past-president of PdC Main Street and main liaison with WEDC on this event. “In working with various venues, we will be recreating historical events and activities along with showcasing the structures.”

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Apr

Wauzeka’s Angels Fitness Center now open


Trinity and Lena, daughters of Adam and Rebecca Bartels, passed away Jan. 19, 2016, in a house fire in Wauzeka. Funds from their family benefit that followed have been put toward a school and community fitness center in their memory.

Adam and Rebecca Bartels (center) cut the ribbon April 13, officially opening the new fitness center in honor of their beautiful daughters. The room inside Wauzeka-Steuben School is open to students, faculty and staff during the school day and the community after hours. (Submitted photos)

Wauzeka's Angels Fitness Center at Wauzeka-Steuben School is open to anyone in the community for a minimal membership fee to cover expenses of running it after hours.

By Correne Martin

They were two sisters who loved to dance.

Trinity and Lena Bartels were unforgettably graceful, young ladies—one shy and the other friends with everyone—who touched a lot of lives, even if they never knew it.

Their polite personalities and beaming smiles were infectious. They had caring hearts and never judged others. They loved to travel and take cruises, experience different countries and cultures, and swim, run and twirl to music. They enjoyed eating ice cream, engaging in academics and extracurriclars, dressing up and attending school events.

“They complemented each other,” their mother, Rebecca Bartels said. “Trinity was always a very shy girl with a big heart. She just went to school and came home. She kept to herself and had a couple close friends. We always told her, ‘That’s all you need.’

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Prairie du Chien Baseball


An errant throw goes past third base and Prairie’s Dylan Yeomans heads home for the first run of the game Monday against visiting Cuba City. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Gavin Gillitzer fires in a pitch versus Cuba City Monday afternoon.

Jonathan Dyer takes a good lead off of first base against Cuba City Monday.

The Blackhawks’ Drake Coleman had two hits versus Cuba City, including a double.

 

Prairie boys 

shut out Cuba City

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks defeated Cuba City 3-0 on Monday as Gavin Gillitzer, Cory Check and Chas Sagedahl combined to throw a 2-hit shutout at the St. Feriole Island Ballpark.

The Blackhawks collected 6 hits. Drake Coleman and Jon Dyer each had 2 hits including a double by Coleman. Sagedahl also had a double.

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