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Tue
01
Oct

Patricia Mae Dickens

Patricia Mae Dickens, 70, of Prairie du Chien, formerly of McGregor, Iowa, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Sept 28, 2019, following a brief illness. 

She was born on June 16, 1949, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Frankie and Bernice (Cavanaugh) Harry. 

Mon
30
Sep

Long the Family Honorary Chairperson at Crawford County Alzheimer’s Walk


Diane Long, who is pictured with her husband Steve, will serve as the Family Honorary Chairperson for the 2019 Crawford County Alzheimer’s Walk/Run.

Prairie du Chien resident Diane Long will serve as the Family Honorary Chairperson of the inaugural Crawford County Alzheimer’s Walk/Run, Saturday, Oct. 5, at St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien. 

Diane, who is the caregiver for her dementia-affected husband, realized something wasn’t right when he kept misplacing items and making repetitive statements. Diane took Steve to the doctor, and he underwent cognitive testing, a CAT scan and questions about family history.

Diane cared for her husband at home but experienced health challenges of her own. Since her husband had become a fall risk, she came to the difficult decision of placing Steve in a skilled nursing facility.

Mon
30
Sep

Over 100 Crawford County deer suspected dead from EHD


This sickly deer eventually died—one of the first confirmed cases of EHD in Crawford County, according to hunter Troy Martin, who sent in the picture from Wauzeka Township.

This buck was confirmed to have died from EHD. The picture was taken in Rhein Hollow near Rex Walter's home before the virus took the animal.

This buck found along Plum Creek Road in rural Wauzeka is figured to have been infected with EHD.

In many cases of deer experiencing EHD symptoms, they are easily approachable, as they’ve lost their wariness of people. This deer was in the Wauzeka Township.

Most all the deer with confirmed or suspected EHD in Crawford County have been located real close to a water source.

By Correne Martin

Over 100 deer are suspected dead in Crawford County, and about seven were confirmed dead, as of Sept. 26, from a sporadic virus transmitted by biting flies also referred to as midges, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials. Local hunters and the DNR believe this is, by no means, the final count either.

Hemorrhagic disease (HD) is an infectious, often fatal, condition that affects white-tailed deer, caused by either bluetongue virus (BTV) or epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) virus, which are both indistinguishable in external appearance and only identified in laboratory testing. 

Mon
30
Sep

Hunting, fishing and the outdoors have many health benefits


Wading up a stream and against a constant current, breathing fresh air and being in a beautiful and quiet spot help a person physically, mentally and emotionally. (Photo by Len Harris)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin offers excellent opportunities for hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. Hunting and fishing are not often discussed when people talk about activities that are good for one’s health, but, they probably should be.

Mon
30
Sep

County S bridge across the Kickapoo getting a face lift


The bridge on County S across the Kickapoo River is getting a new deck. (Photo courtesy of the Crawford County Highway Department)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Highway Committee discussed the progress of the bridge rehabilitation project on County S during its meeting Thursday morning.

Mon
30
Sep

Hawks beat Hornets for homecoming victory


Tyler Hannah plows forward for good yardage near the goal line Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Ben Riter leaves a would be tackler in his wake as he scores a touchdown before the half.

Colten Wall upends the Richland Center ballcarrier in the second quarter Friday night.

Mason Kramer catches a pass and heads up the right sideline for a touchdown.

Mason Kramer and Traeton Saint zero in on the Richland Center runner.

Several Blackhawks team up to bring down the Hornet ballcarrier.

 

By Zach Mara

 

With Homecoming Week winding down, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawks hosted the Richland Center Hornets on Friday night. The Hawks (5-1, 3-1) were able to move the ball consistently throughout the game, and their strong defense held the Hornets (0-6, 0-4) to a single score. When the fog lifted and the clock hit zero, the Blackhawks were able to celebrate a 28-6 homecoming win over Richland Center.

Thu
26
Sep

Leon J. Valley

Leon J. Valley, of Piedmont, Okla., formerly of Prairie du Chien, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. 

He was born Aug 2, 1944, to Robert E. and Norma G. Valley. Leon joined the Navy shortly after graduating from B.A. Kennedy High School in 1962. He was trained for Submarine Service and was on the USS Kamehameha (a Benjamin Franklin-class ballistic missile submarine). He was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After discharge, Leon worked at Control Data in Minneapolis. He eventually transferred to Oklahoma City, were he worked for Seagate Manufacturing in computer technology. 

Thu
26
Sep

Edward William Fritsche

Edward William Fritsche, 75, of Salinas, Calif. and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Salinas, Calif. 

He was born Oct. 15, 1943, in Prairie du Chien, son of Edward and Ludmila (Balk) Fritsche. 

He married Patricia Cardine on Sept. 20, 1969, at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. He lived in California for 39 years. He worked mainly in law enforcement and construction.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; and two sons, Michael (Silvia) and Steven (Jennifer); three grandchildren, Grace, Sean and Joseph; four sisters, Anne (John) Rink, Mary Frydenlund, and Rose (Jerry) Wright of Prairie du Chien, Margaret (Jim) of Trotwood, Ohio. 

Wed
25
Sep

Next chapter begins for storied bar in Wauzeka


Pictured is the front of Carol’s Two Rivers Bar in Wauzeka. The historic building has housed a tavern since 1890, and recently changed ownership, from Carol’s bar to now Boondocks Sports Bar and Grill. (Submitted photos)

A crew of pool league players and their friends celebrate inside Carol’s bar decades ago.

Carol DuCharme owned the Wauzeka tavern for 45 years. She said she loved being around people who made her laugh every day.

This rope pull team captured the contest title in 1982 at Steuben Fun Days. Pictured with their sponsors the DuCharmes, are (front row, from left) Don Walker, Dan Roach, Dave Roach, Roger Lund, Robert Lund, Dave Polashek; (back row) Robert Headrich, Greg Roach, Carol and Clem DuCharme, John Pomerening, Bruce Salmon and team manager Larry Zeeh.

Today, there’s a completely new look inside the bar, which was purchased by local business owners Greg and Tina Russell and Grant Russell. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Carol DuCharme always said she could write a book about her storied little tavern on the corner of Guard and Business Streets in Wauzeka. She won’t take credit for operating it for 45 years though, without putting praise on her loyal customers and community.

“I can’t show my appreciation enough for the people who were always there for me,” said the namesake of Carol’s Two Rivers Bar and Grill. 

On April 12, Carol gave up her grill spatula, dancing stick and backbar specialties for retirement. These days, friends and beloved patrons might catch up with her on her countryside horse farm just down the road, or at the new Boondocks Sports Bar and Grill that operates in her former space. 

Wed
25
Sep

Wauzeka-Steuben girls defeat Seneca


Savanna Wallin (8) of Seneca and Anya Aspenson (1) try to tip the ball back to Wauzeka-Steuben Tuesday night as Kayden Groom goes for the block. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Savanna Wallin goes up for a slam while Lindsey Sime (10) anticipates the action.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Morgan Hurda (2) pops the ball to the Seneca side.

Wauzeka-Steuben's Ravyn Krachey spikes the ball as Ava Payne (9) and Nicky Trautsch (13) go up for the block attempt.

 

Wauzeka-Steuben defeated host Seneca three games to two in a volleyball clash Tuesday night. The match was considered a non-conference match.

The Lady Hornets improved to 2-5 on the season. They are 1-0 in the Ridge and Valley Conference.

Seneca is now 5-5 on the season. They are 2-1 in conference play.

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