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10
May

Man defies odds of rare cancer, plans second ‘Run for the Health of It’


Lew Borgman, and his wife Mannick, are looking forward to his second annual Fun Run for the Health of It one-hour challenge, in honor of his fight with cancer, Saturday, May 20, at their rural Eastman property. (Submitted photo)

Lew proudly shared photos, including one of himself on a motorcycle trip out west. Lew logged 90,000 miles on his Harley Davidson, most of it with a dog alongside. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

In the face of his cancer diagnosis, Lewis “Lew” Borgman has pulled himself up by his own bootstraps. He’s passed more than two years’ time with regular blood transfusions, natural supplements, a matter-of-fact sense of humor and the gift of gab.

He will celebrate all that—along with family, friends and medical staff at Mayo Clinic and Crossing Rivers Health—at his second annual Fun Run for the Health of It one-hour challenge, Saturday, May 20. The run/walk starts at 10 a.m. and lunch is at 11:30, on his property at 59178 Oak Grove Ridge Rd., in rural Eastman.

“The second annual poster says, ‘Ha ha. I’m still alive.’ Whether it’s just dumb luck, my particular system or something we’re doing right, I’m not giving up,” Lew pronounced.

Wed
10
May

70 miles of garage sales? Yes, please


Will it all fit in? Please bring a truck.

Rummage Along the River is a 70-mile garage sale extravaganza that winds along Highway 35, Wisconsin’s Great River Road, through the communities of Stoddard, Genoa, the Bad Axe, De Soto, Ferryville and Lynxville along the river and Seneca and Mt. Sterling after you swing up County E to Highway 27. Sales are Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What better way to spend a Friday or Saturday than to drive the Great River Road National Scenic Byway, shop for bargains and enjoy the fabulous scenery, wildlife, local places and people.

This year, there’s a website for information on sales (www.rummagealongtheriver.com) in addition to the Rummage Along the River Facebook page. The sales map can be printed from those sites. Also, stop at the local convenience stores, village halls and retailers to pick up a listing of the sales.

Wed
10
May

Being safe while having fun is as easy as riding a bike


Children ages 4 to 14 are invited to attend the free bike safety program on Wednesday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m., at the Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic.

Bike safety program May 17 in PdC

By Correne Martin

Bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and a great form of independence. But it is important to remember that a bicycle is not a toy; it’s a vehicle.

A free bike safety program Wednesday evening, May 17, at the Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic, is scheduled to share safety tips, challenge riders on a course and offer bike and helmet checks. This event, which has been offered for more than 16 years, is geared toward children ages 4 to 14 years old.

The program will begin at 5:30 p.m., in the parking lot of the health clinic, where bike and helmet checks will be done and kids will be invited to navigate a “bike rodeo course,” complete with stop signs and opportunities to practice making turns. At 6:15 p.m., the crowd will head into the clinic lobby for a presentation about bike safety, given by Officer Ashley Erickson, of the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

Wed
10
May

River Ridge Clay Target Team


Jon Tolle, Bryan Maring, Justin Morrow and Joey Hamann competed at state last year.

Joey Hamann of the River Ridge trap shooting team shoots at the State Tournament in Rome, Wis. last year. (Photos courtesy of Bret Iverson)

 

River Ridge High School trap shooting team growing strong

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The River Ridge High School trap shooting team started last year and is doing well and growing strong.

Mon
08
May

Sanitarian position

 

County pursuing new sanitarian position

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County has requested the new position of sanitarian, which will be administered by the county health department. 

Mon
08
May

Banquet a ‘dairy good’ time

2017 dairy royalty will be announced May 21

The Crawford County June Dairy Month Kick-Off Banquet will be held on Sunday, May 21, at 7 p.m., at the Eastman Salem United Methodist Fellowship Hall. The 2017 dairy royalty candidates will present prepared speeches, with the highlight of the night being the coronation of the Princess and Little Miss Squirt, along with their attendants.

The night will begin at 7 p.m., with a cheese and cracker social, where attendees can meet the candidates for the Crawford County dairy royalty positions.

A chicken and noodle dinner, prepared by the Eastman United Methodist Church, will start at 7:30 p.m. The evening’s program will be filled with lots of delightful dairy tidbits, such as the dairy promotion report, introduction of the dairy breakfast host family, the presentation of the honorary dairy month chairpersons and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board update.

Mon
08
May

Regals serve Notice of Claim, seeking $54,000 in damages

By Correne Martin

The proprietors of Regal Marine Group personally served the city of Prairie du Chien a Notice of Claim on April 24, for damages due to power loss sustained at their marina business for over a year.

The Regals are seeking $54,417.62, according to the notice, and the city has 120 days to respond, by either allowing or disallowing the claim. If allowed, the city would pay the Regal family the amount of damages. If disallowed, the Regals would then have to decide within six months whether or not to move forward with a lawsuit against the city, explained City Attorney Lara Czajkowski Higgins.

Mon
08
May

Memorial Gardens’ perennial sale for green thumbs of all expertise


Stargazer lilies like these will be among the plants and flowers for sale at the Memorial Gardens Saturday.

By Correne Martin

The 10th annual St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens perennial plant sale will be Saturday, May 13, from 8 a.m. to noon in the gardens themselves. Come alone, with your friends, families or club members—green thumbs or not—and see what local gardeners have for sale that fascinates you.

This year, the plant sale will be held in conjunction with the Journey Through Time historical open house. It’s also just in time for Mother’s Day, so come early to get your favorites.

Children will have the opportunity to make a free Mother’s Day plantings for their family matriarchs.

Mon
08
May

Relay supporters kickin’ cancer, one dance at a time


The third annual Dancing With the Cancer Kickin’ Hawkettes broke a fundraising record by collecting over $14,800 toward the Great River Relay For Life. This year’s male dancers included (back row, from left) Jason Licht, Matt Olson, Gary Wynos, John Kurt, Josh Smelzer, Pete Pazour, Mike Moret, Josh Gerrity and Joe Morovits. Their Prairie du Chien Hawkettes partners (seated in front of them) are Katie Licht, Morgan Kiesau, Paige Severson, Kara Katzung, Kina Myers, Caitlin Nolan, Lauren Kennedy, Archi Patel and Katie Zahara. (Photo by Shelly Rider)

By Correne Martin

Dancing with the Cancer Kickin’ Hawkettes has been an enthusiastic fundraising addition these past few years for the predominant Great River Relay For Life in Prairie du Chien. In its third year, the high school Hawkettes dance squad members were paired up with local gentlemen to demonstrate their dance moves in the name of cancer awareness and research, April 19, at the Dousman House. This year, over $14,800 was raised. For each dollar given, a vote was cast for a dancing duo. In addition, money was raised through dinner tickets and other generous donations.

Of the nine couples who competed, there were two sets of winners on the night. The People’s Choice trophies were awarded to Pete Pazour and Caitlin Nolan. The judges—Ken Stoeffler, Cindy Hertrampf, Lynn Rider and 2016 winner Michael Rogge—chose Josh Smelzer and Kina Myers as the Judges’ Choice standouts.

Mon
08
May

‘Kickapoo Kids’ to gather in Wauzeka to celebrate accomplishments


The ‘Kickapoo Kids’ defied the odds, winning the state championship in baseball in the early 1950s. Some of them will be at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools May 24 to celebrate their accomplishments and talk about the book in their honor.

Many people know of the movie “Hoosiers,” which tells the story of a small-town basketball team in Indiana that won a state championship. In Wisconsin, there’s a similar group who defied the odds, called the “Kickapoo Kids.”
Author Paul Lagan wrote a book called, “The Amazing Journey of the Kickapoo Kids” that documents the Gays Mills’ baseball success.

On Wednesday, May 24, at 1 p.m., Lagan and several members of the Gays Mills High School baseball teams from the early 1950s will gather at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools to celebrate their accomplishments. Lagan will have books for sale and be autographing them that day.

Gays Mills made the WIAA state tournament three out of four years in the early 1950s. What makes it all the more impressive is they did it before there were divisions in high school sports. So these small school ball players were beating schools much bigger in size.

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