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13
Apr

Second Fifty offers socialization, entertainment for seniors


Fourth generation commercial fisherman Mike Valley, of Valley Fish and Cheese, Prairie du Chien, was the presenter at March’s Second Fifty senior social gathering. He debuted his locally-produced documentary, “Beneath the Ice,” which showcases his own ice fishing operations of building, setting and raising nets. He talked about commercial fishing history in the area and described his personal daily escapades. He said he typically catches between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds of fish a week. About 800 pounds of live fish equates to 225 smoked. Though carp is his business’ top smoked seller, he said he hasn’t caught one carp all year. Rather, he’s bringing in others such as catfish, buffalo, crappies and perch. He shared his belief that the river is very different today than it used to be and that it is constantly changing, due to the increased number of fishermen and their approach to fishing as well as other factors such as climate and weather patterns, sediment, etc. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

If you’re over the age of 55 and you aren’t a part of the Second Fifty social group in Prairie du Chien, you are missing out.

Second Fifty started over three years ago as a free social activity for area seniors. It branched off from a partnership from Faith In Action, which has since disbanded. Participants themselves voted on the catchy name.

Mon
13
Apr

Cassville-River Ridge Tournament


Emma Mergen of Cassville-River Ridge hits a single up the middle to knock in Kennedy McMillan against Pecatonica in the Cassville-River Ridge Tournament in Bloomington Saturday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Andrea Okey of Cassville-River Ridge fires in a pitch against Pecatonica Saturday.

Kennedy McMillan scores for Cassville-River Ridge against Pecatonica Saturday.

Michaela Chambers (left) of Seneca gets into defensive position at first base against Southwestern at the Cassville-River Ridge Tournament on Saturday afternoon.

Seneca’s Morgan Wall whips a pitch to the plate against Southwestern in the Cassville-River Ridge Tournament.

 

CRR girls win 

own tournament

Cassville-River Ridge, Pecatonica, Southwestern and Seneca competed in the Cassville-River Ridge Softball Tournament on Saturday in Bloomington.

In Round 1, Cassville-River Ridge defeated Pecatonica 14-9. 

CRR led 8-2 following one complete inning and 11-2 after two innings. 

Mon
13
Apr

William W. “Bill’’ Williams

 

William W. “Bill’’ Williams, 85, of Patch Grove, formerly of Beetown. Passed into eternal life on Friday, April 10, at the Crossing Rivers Health Center. 

He was born Nov. 29, 1929. He was the son of Delbert and Dora (Woodruff) Williams. He married his first wife Nancy Huggett in 1948. Bill trained with the National Guard at Fort Snelling in Minnesota during the Korean War. Bill worked as a mechanic at the Ford dealership in West Salem for a number of years. They moved to Beloit, and Bill worked at Fairbanks Morse.

Mon
13
Apr

Gary F. “Pa” Sprosty

 

Gary F. “Pa” Sprosty, 64, of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, April 11, at his home. 

Mon
13
Apr

Wilma Berniese Lawrence

 

Wilma Berniese Lawrence, 98, Prairie du Chien, died Thursday, April 9, at Crossing Rivers Healthcare. 

She was born Feb. 6, 1917 to John and Grace (Bowan) Lange in Marion, Iowa. Wilma and her husband, Melvin Lawrence moved from Center Point, Iowa to Eastman, in 1961 where they farmed in that area for several years. She was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Organization since 1941.

Mon
13
Apr

Kenneth R. Halverson

 

 Kenneth R. Halverson, 80, of Woodman, passed away on Thursday, April 9, at the Richland Hospital in Richland Center.

He was born March 3, 1935, in Waukon Iowa, the son of Martin and Mamie (Warnholtz) Halverson. He married Shirley Anne Demer on March 6, 1959 in Lake Trobe, Pa. She preceded him in death on Dec. 12, 2000. He served in the US Air Force. 

Thu
09
Apr

L. Marian Bernabei

 

L. Marian Bernabei, 93, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Wednesday, April 8, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born July 25, 1921 in La Crosse, the daughter of Edward and Mae (Weighner) Bock. She married Louis Bernabei on Jan. 6, 1949 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on Jan. 21, 1990. Marian was an active member of St. Gabriel’s Parish. 

Wed
08
Apr

Marcella D. “Marcy” Lenth

 

Prairie du Chien, WI /Garnavillo, IA

Wed
08
Apr

Mainly familiar faces reclaim Eastman Town Board seats

Race for supervisor a close one

The Eastman Township board will be much the same following Tuesday’s Spring Election.

Reclaiming their seats are Sam Tesar as chairman, David Slaght and Lonnie Achenbach as supervisors and Dale Sprosty as treasurer. Heather Hoffman will be the new face as clerk, taking over for Marlene Simmons who chose not to run for re-election.

In the chairman race, incumbent Tesar won 77 to 62 over challenger Gaylord Kramer.

Four town residents were up for the two supervisor positions. Incumbents Slaght and Achenbach received 86 and 71 votes, respectively, while challenger Michael Higgins narrowly missed out on his bid with 68 votes. Donald Noel received 28 votes in the race.

Sprosty was the sole name on the ballot for treasurer and received 134 votes.

In the race for clerk, Hoffman defeated fellow newcomer Rose Ann Achenbach, 76-53.

Wed
08
Apr

Gilberts, Hayes-Hall now represent whole city on Prairie du Chien council

The Prairie du Chien Common Council will officially be condensed from 12 members to eight by the April 21 council meeting. The new council will consist of six district representatives and two at-large aldermen.

Nate Gilberts and Edward Hayes-Hall, who formerly represented the second and third districts, respectively, ran for election on Tuesday to the new at-large positions. Both were unopposed. Gilberts received 509 votes from the city’s electorate, and Hayes-Hall received 302. The unofficial results also showed 13 votes going for write-ins and 132 being undervotes (no selection made or unclear marking).

A total of 956 voters cast a ballot in this spring Election.

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