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James J. 'Jim' Wachter

James J. “Jim” Wachter, 88, of Harpers Ferry, Iowa, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at his home in rural Harpers Ferry. 

James Joseph Wachter was born April 13, 1930, in Waukon, the son of Joseph and Leona (Livingston) Wachter. 

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Wilma J. Troester

Wilma J. Troester, 84, of River Falls and formerly of Prairie du Chien and Garnavillo, Iowa, passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. 

She was born July 5, 1934, in Clayton County, Iowa, the daughter of Homer and Bernice (Frederick) Wilke. She married Curtis Troester on June 15, 1953, in Glenview, Ill., and they later divorced. She worked at Knapp’s Furniture and the Piggly Wiggly in Prairie du Chien. Wilma later owned and operated the Villa Oasis in Prairie du Chien for several years and later worked at the Marquette Cafe. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and needlepoint and loved to travel. She was a member of the Garnavillo Legion Auxiliary. 

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Pastor Loretta 'Lorie' Irene Betz

Pastor Loretta “Lorie” Irene Betz passed away on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at the age of 66.

Lorie was born in Milwaukee, and grew up in La Crosse. She graduated from Central High School and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Lorie taught school in Prairie du Chien, and taught piano lessons to many young pianists over the years.

Later in life, Lorie chose to follow a longtime passion. She attended Wartburg Seminary and earned a Masters of Divinity. After years of serving the Methodist Church, Lorie was called to serve in the ordained ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Recently, Lorie served as Chaplain at Bethel Home and Services in Viroqua.

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Michael R. Bartz

Michael R. Bartz, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

He was born Aug. 25, 1941, in Milwaukee, the son of Harold and Florence (Hackbarth) Bartz. 

Michael served in the United States Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963, during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the Florida Keys. He married Vivian Wall on April 18, 1964, in Elm Grove. Michael served the city of Wauwatosa as a police officer for 27 years until his retirement. 

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Vivian Bartz of Prairie du Chien; his son, Michael (Michele) Bartz of Bagley; and a sister, Lynda (Wayne) Parfitt of Gays Mills. 

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Virgie M. Taylor

Virgie M. Taylor, 92, of Lancaster, passed away Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

 She was born May 11, 1926, in Bloomington, the daughter of Arthur and Hazel (Oates) Chapman. Virgie graduated from Bloomington High School in 1945.

She was united in marriage to Herbert W. Taylor on Sept. 6, 1945. Herb and Virgie raised their family in Lancaster, and operated Taylor Christmas Tree Farm. In 1965, Virgie became a member of the Lancaster Country Club, where she enjoyed socializing, playing in many golf tournaments and winning awards. She was also a member of the Lancaster United Methodist Church, its Ruth’s Circle, and the Red Hatters. Virgie enjoyed bridge club, playing cards, dancing and traveling. 

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George E. Sutton

A well-respected and active member of the Prairie du Chien community, George E. Sutton, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at the Prairie Maison Care Center in Prairie du Chien, at the age of 95. 

George was born on May 1, 1923, in Lynxville, the son of Amos and Amy (Davis) Sutton. 

He married Adeline Chamberlain on June 17, 1944, in Prairie du Chien. He was an active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. George worked as a real estate broker and, in 1957, he established Sutton Insurance in Prairie du Chien. He was a past school board president and a Shrine member of the Masonic Lodge. George was a hunting and boater safety instructor and active in the Chamber of Commerce, being named Prairie du Chien Businessman of the Year. George and Adeline were an integral part of the local Opportunity Center. 

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Elf on the Shelf: Tradition or torment


Our Elf on the Shelf, Vixen, has had quite an entertaining sense of humor this year.

By Correne Martin

Vixen is his name. He’s the Elf on the Shelf in our household. My kids, ages 6 and 3, are infatuated. It’s a contest, every morning, to see who can spy him around the house first. 

Vixen brings the magic of the season, some good lessons, laughs and love to our family. Some nights, he’s more work than others, but I can honestly say, his presence has been wonderful for us. 

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Marquette man, Bagley woman charged with meth possession

A 39-year-old Marquette man and a 32-year-old Bagley woman have each been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with possession of methamphetamine.

Jeremiah Young faces up to a $10,000 fine and 3.5 years in prison if convicted.

Vanessa Young has also been charged with obstructing an officer. She faces up to $20,000 in fines and four years, three months imprisonment if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer stopped a vehicle driven by Jeremiah Young on the Highway 18 bypass for equipment violations and speeding.

The Crawford County K9 Unit arrived and made a positive alert to the presence of controlled substances within the vehicle.

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Local man accused of physical abuse of child

A 42-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of the physical abuse of a child - recklessly causing bodily harm by conduct which creates a high probability of great bodily harm.

Claudiu Burja faces up to a $10,000 fine and six years of imprisonment if convicted. 

According to the criminal complaint, Burja is accused of grabbing an 8-year-old boy around the neck and squeezing for approximately one to one and a half minutes.

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Man charged with meth possession and strangulation

A 20-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of strangulation and suffocation, domestic abuse, one count of disorderly conduct and one count of misdemeanor battery.

Myca Reitzloff faces up to 10.5 years in prison and $31,000 in fines if convicted of all counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Crawford County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a residence in Gays Mills for a physical altercation.

The victim stated that her and her ex-boyfriend, Reitzloff, had been getting into physical altercations for the past week or week and a half. She said Reitzloff had choked her, bitten her, hit her, pushed her and other actions which caused pain.

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