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11
Apr

Mary T. Shedivy

Mary T. Shedivy, 96, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, April 8, 2019, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born Nov. 14, 1922, in Bridgeport, the daughter of Charles and Lucy (Wall) Mezera. She married Harry Shedivy on Oct. 19, 1943 at St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Together they farmed in the Seneca area and later Mary worked for the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. Mary also worked as a laundry supervisor for the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital and as a volunteer for the American Red Cross. She was an active member of St. Gabriel’s Parish and was instrumental in the development of the Opportunity Personal Development Center in Prairie du Chien. 

Harry preceded her in death on July 14, 1999. 

Thu
11
Apr

Cletus 'John' Donnel Frink

Cletus “John” Donnel Frink, 79, of Monona, Iowa, died at his home in rural Monona, on Sunday, April 7, 2019. 

Cletus was born Feb. 24, 1940 to Adeline Elizabeth (Evans) and Herbert Donnel Frink. He was united in marriage with Linda Frink on July 22, 1969. Cletus earned his degree from Northeast Iowa Technical Institute in diesel mechanics in August 1989, and managed Drake Park Apartments in Des Moines from 1992 until 2001, at which time he retired to Kenny and Sandy’s farm. John ranched on and off for several years and was the true definition of a cowboy. He also drove semi for many years. He was a 4-H leader and also took a very active role with the Clayton County Fairgrounds. He was a man of few words but had a very strong presence.

Thu
11
Apr

Dorothy W. Steinbach

Dorothy W. Steinbach, 88, of Wauzeka, passed away surrounded by her family on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at the Boscobel Care and Rehab Center in Boscobel. 

She was born on Feb. 8, 1931, in Boscobel, the daughter of Bernard and Clara (Smith) Karnopp. Dorothy married Lyndon Steinbach in 1952, in Gays Mills. Together, they farmed for many years in the Gays Mills area. Lyndon preceded her in death in 1982. 

She is survived by her daughters, Carol Steinbach of Prairie du Chien, and Marlene Steinbach of La Crosse; brothers, Raymond (Dixie) Karnopp of Lancaster, Robert (Sandy) Karnopp of Arkansas, Larry (Delores) Karnopp of Mt. Zion; sisters-in-law Jackie Karnopp of Barnum, and Marge Nauman of Dubuque, Iowa; seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. 

Thu
11
Apr

Dianne N. Withey

Dianne N. (Daugherty) Withey, 85, of Waterford, formerly of Lynxville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 3, 2019. 

Dianne was born in Prairie du Chien,  on Sept. 12, 1933, to Lester and Mildred (Wisdom) Daugherty.  She grew up the youngest of six children, and was very close to her older siblings, due to the loss of her father at a young age following complications from serving in World War I.  She was very proud of her Irish heritage and her father serving as Crawford County clerk, while she was growing up.  Dianne graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1951, and soon after, met the love of her life, Kenneth Withey. The two were married on Oct. 24, 1953, and shortly after moved to Milwaukee and started their family. Later in life, Ken and Dianne moved back to Lynxville to run the family business, Withey’s Bar.    

Thu
11
Apr

Carter Riley Matousek

Carter Riley Matousek, 16, of Cassville, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019.  

He was born in Prairie du Chien on May 1, 2002, the son of Mike Matousek and Christy Mumm.  

Carter attended Cassville High School and was active in many sports. He liked to hunt, fish and trap, and learned many lessons from his grandpas, Gary and Dave. Carter enjoyed playing video games, baseball, and he loved basketball. He often helped cut and stack firewood, not because he liked it, but because Carter took any chance he could to spend time with his family. Carter’s heart was not big, it was huge—he genuinely cared about people and will be long remembered for his love for others.

Thu
11
Apr

Elaine M. Kramer

International rodeo star, Elaine M. Kramer, 83, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

Wed
10
Apr

New River Ridge superintendent chosen

River Ridge High School Principal Clay Koenig has accepted an offer to become the next district administrator.

Koenig will take over on July 1 for the retiring Jeff Athey. Koenig’s initial contract would be for one year.

Contract negotiations have not begun, but the school board expects to do so this month.

The school district is also seeking candidates to fill two full-time positions. One position would be a principal for fifth through 12th grades or a dean of students. The other position would be a 4K through fourth-grade principal or dean of students/curriculum director.

Wed
10
Apr

Traffic stop results in drug-related arrest

On April 8, a Crawford County deputy initiated a traffic stop on a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero driving south on Marquette Road in the city of Prairie du Chien. 

The driver was identified as Danny Green, 55, Prairie du Chien. It was discovered that Green had a revoked driver’s license, and he was asked to exit the vehicle. Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and drug paraphernalia was located within the vehicle. Furthermore, a container containing suspected heroin was located near where the driver was sitting. 

Green displayed several prominent indicators of narcotics impairment and later failed field sobriety tests. 

Green was placed under arrest and transported to the Crawford County Jail. 

Wed
10
Apr

City to distribute TID funds, room tax revenue down in 2018


Surrounded by a large turnout of his fellow Prairie du Chien firefighters, John Yager holds the framed resolution presented to him by the common council Tuesday night for 55 years of dedicated service to the department. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Fireman commended for 55 years of service

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved distribution of tax increment district (TID) funds, commended a fireman for 55 years of service, learned 2018 motel room tax revenue was down, and took the final step in getting Crossing Rivers Health the entrance driveway it’s wanted since the new hospital was built. 

Wed
10
Apr

At least 85 percent of students believed to be vaping


Some of the leaders of the Prairie du Chien High School student council sat down Friday morning to talk about trends in vaping among their peers. Pictured (from left) are Riley Hubanks, Clare Teynor, Gabby Toberman, Hunter Davis, Elizabeth Tesar and Joseph Gourdin. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Editor’s note: We are aware of a related situation that occurred involving Prairie du Chien High School students Friday afternoon. This article is not reactionary to these circumstances. In fact, interviews were already conducted and the story was planned for today’s paper, prior to what transpired.

By Correne Martin

Six student council members at Prairie du Chien High School feel 85-90 percent of their peers are vaping. 

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