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22
Apr

Mississippi predicted to go back up to 22.7 feet by Friday


This is one of two pumps on County K north of Prairie du Chien that are pumping water away from a trailer court and into Gremore Lake. The pumps have been pumping for more than two weeks. They pump 30,000 gallons per minute. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

This section of North Main Street is expected to get even more water soon.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Mississippi River is now predicted to bounce back up and have a second crest. According to the National Weather Service, the river was at 18.22 feet at 12:45 p.m. on April 19 at the McGregor guage. It dipped down to about 18 feet on April 20 and is predicted to reach 22.7 feet on Friday, April 26. On April 22, it was at 19.17 feet. 

Fri
19
Apr

Joyce M. Kleven

Joyce M. Kleven, 88, of Eastman, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born Sept. 1, 1930, in Ferryville, the daughter of Byron and Mandy (Burkum) Lawrence. 

She married Floyd Kleven on Jan. 25, 1952, in Ferryville. Together they farmed and both enjoyed square dancing. Joyce worked at the Ferryville Bank and belonged to the Eastman Stitch and Chatter Homemakers. She loved watching her grandchildren participate in sports and looked forward to her annual trip with Krystal to see the Milwaukee Brewers. 

Floyd preceded her in death on Sept. 24, 2008. 

Fri
19
Apr

Catherine M. 'Katie' Harris

On Thursday, April 11, 2019, loving daughter, sister, aunt, godmother and friend, Catherine Mary “Katie” Harris, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 60. 

Katie was born Aug. 19, 1958, and raised in Gays Mills, the daughter of Leonard and Mary Jane Harris. 

Fri
19
Apr

Bradley Scott Mehall

Bradley Scott Mehall, 55, of Wauzeka, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2019, at his residence in Wauzeka. 

He was born on Jan. 15, 1964, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Ronnie and Sharon (Lee) Messling. He married Jeanne Burgus on Aug. 18, 1990, in Prairie du Chien. 

He is survived by his wife Jeanne, of Wauzeka; two sons, Bradley J., of Boscobel, and Austin (Chloe), of Mooresville N.C.; five grandchildren; one brother, Eddie (Joelle) Messling, of Florida; three sisters, Vickie Messling, of Wauzeka, Kathie Messling, of Wauzeka, Krissa (Kevin) Myhre, of Viroqua; and his step-mother Rita Messling, of Viroqua. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Jeffrey Messling. 

Fri
19
Apr

Barbara M. 'Bonnie' Horsfall

Barbara M. “Bonnie” Horsfall, 69, of Middleton, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Madison following an extended illness.

She was born May 31, 1949, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Virgil and Mildred (Kussmaul) Bushnell. Bonnie was a strong woman of faith and she enjoyed her work for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for 34 years. She loved swimming and working with ceramics.

She is survived by her son Jonathan (Kristin Hoffman) Horsfall of DeForest; her daughters Jennifer (Ryan) McCausland, of Oconomowoc, and Jill (Hans) Spielmann, of Madison; her twin brother, Tom Bushnell, of Middleton, and brother Chuck Bushnell, of Madison; her grandchildren, Jackson, Henry, Carly, Layla and Vera. 

Thu
18
Apr

PdC School Board accepts resignation of Bluff View principal

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At a special school board meeting Monday evening, the Prairie du Chien Area School District accepted the resignation of Bluff View Intermediate School Principal Aaron Amundson effective May 3. 

Thu
18
Apr

Leonard Michael Check

Leonard Michael Check, 95, of Eastman, joined his heavenly family on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.  

Thu
18
Apr

William G. 'Bill' Hying

William G. “Bill” Hying, 68, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, after a courageous battle with cancer, with his wife Alice by his side during his entire hospitalization.  

Thu
18
Apr

High-speed chase involves motorcyclist

On Tuesday, April 16, at around 5:30 p.m., an officer with the Prairie du Chien Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Victory motorcycle near the Prairie du Chien Airport on Highway 18/35.

The motorcycle was registered to Ryan Rogers, 22, of Darlington. A license check showed that Rogers did not have a motorcycle endorsement or permit to be operating a motorcycle, a news release from the police department said. 

Initially, Rogers pulled the motorcycle to the right side of the road, but then accelerated quickly southbound on Highway 35. Officers initiated a pursuit with the motorcycle and a second police officer joined the pursuit. 

Thu
18
Apr

No. 44 to be retired at Hornets game in Krachey’s memory


Todd Krachey is pictured as a 1983 Wauzeka graduate and more recently as an assistant coach for the Wauzeka-Steuben baseball team. His number 44 will be retired April 27.

By Correne Martin

A prominent member of the Wauzeka community will have his athletic number retired, posthumously, at a Saturday, April 27, Wauzeka-Steuben Hornet baseball game against Boscobel. 

Todd Krachey wore the number 44 while playing sports in high school. He played baseball, football and basketball. The school’s baseball program has chosen to retire Krachey’s number. 

Though it’s rare for rural school districts to retire numbers, Wauzeka-Steuben has decided to honor Krachey in this way because there may be no other person so deserving, according to Ben Dums, high school baseball coach and math teacher.

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