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28
Dec

William A. Ziemer

William A. Ziemer, 90, of Gays Mills, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 at Gundersen Health Center in La Crosse.

He was born May 31, 1928 to Clara (Kasper) and William A. Ziemer, Sr. in Milwaukee. He attended Washington High School and Marquette School of Engineering.

Bill held some fun and interesting jobs while attending college. He was full of many stories of his mis-spent youth. For many years, he traveled throughout the continental United States, Canada and spent some time in Switzerland. When he was asked to go to Saudi Arabia to set up a desalination plant, he decided he needed to be in one spot. He bought his farm in rural Gays Mills and went to work at Advance Transformer as an industrial engineer, later to become the plant manager at the Monona, Iowa, location. He retired in 1987.

Fri
28
Dec

Stacy J. Polodna

Stacy J. Polodna, 50, of Bagley passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at his home, following an extended illness. 

He was born Dec. 18, 1968, the son of Peter and Janet (Cherrier) Polodna. 

Thu
27
Dec

Inmate commits suicide in Crawford County Jail

 

On Dec. 21, at 1:11 p.m., Jeremy L. Schmitz, 41, Muscoda, was found deceased in his jail cell at the Crawford County Jail. 

Schmitz, who was in jail on a child support commitment, died in his cell by asphyxiating himself with his bed sheet. Schmitz was found by a cellmate who then alerted jail staff. 

Jail staff performed CPR on Schmitz until Tri State Regional EMS arrived and took over.  Schmitz was pronounced dead at the jail by coroner Joe Morovits.  

Thu
27
Dec

Man arrested for threatening county employees

 

He claimed to have a gun and grenade

On Dec. 21, at 12:30 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department spoke with staff members at the Crawford County Administration Building in reference to an agitated man who made threats to staff there. According to staff members at the Administration Building, Brian Pettit, 29, Prairie du Chien, became upset about missing an appointment. When he was told of the issue and told he needed to make another appointment, he became verbally irate and left the building. Staff members of the Administration Building placed a call to Pettit to reschedule his appointment and he continued to be verbally abusive towards staff.

Thu
27
Dec

Non-emergency lockdown at PdC High School

 

There was a non-emergency lockdown at Prairie du Chien High School on Friday, Dec. 21.

It was brought to the attention of the school principal via the Prairie du Chien Police Department that there were some “troubling statements” made on social media that involved a student at the school.

Thu
27
Dec

Gene L. Taylor

Gene L. Taylor, 83, of Clinton, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 at Azura Memory Care in Clinton. 

Thu
27
Dec

Dr. Michael Stephen Garrity

Dr. Michael Stephen Garrity, “Dr. Mike,” 86, a lifelong resident of Prairie du Chien, died unexpectedly on Dec. 18, 2018 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. 

Born Feb .11, 1932, to William and Elizabeth (Cull), he attended Campion Jesuit High School and graduated from Marquette Medical School. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Bangor, Maine, during the Korean War. 

Fri
21
Dec

Principal faces possible teacher’s license revocation

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Bluff View Principal Aaron Amundson was found not guilty of child abuse-recklessly causing harm by a 12-person jury on the morning of Aug. 23 in Crawford County Circuit Court. Now, however, Amundson faces the possibility of losing his teaching license.

Fri
21
Dec

RRC grapplers host Belmont-Platteville


Matt Pierce of River Ridge-Cassville squares off against Payton Nielson of Belmont-Platteville in their 145-pound match Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge-Cassville’s Blake Laufenberg (top) tries for a takedown in his 195-pound match.

Fredi Santos of River Ridge-Cassville gets an escape against Michael Douglas of Belmont-Platteville in their 285-pound match Thursday night.

River Ridge-Cassville’s Ashley Williams (right) faces Dylan Taber of Belmont-Platteville in their 126-pound match Thursday night.

Myles Wehrle of River Ridge-Cassville fights for an advantage over Trevor Heim of Belmont-Platteville in their 152-pound match Thursday night at River Ridge High School.

 

Belmont-Platteville defeated host River Ridge-Cassville 54-12 in wrestling action Thursday night at River Ridge High School.

River Ridge-Cassville has a big meet coming up as they will travel to the Mid-States Classic held at UW-Whitewater on Dec. 28-29.

Wed
19
Dec

Mildred (Mayer) Sanders

Mildred (Mayer) Sanders, 86, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in Rapid City, S.D.

Mildred “Millie” was born on Oct. 12, 1932, in Prairie du Chien, to Pearl (Ducharme) and Anton Mayer. 

After spending years growing up in Wisconsin and Iowa, she spent four years in the Air Force and met her husband, Floyd, “Sandy” Sanders in Denver, Colo., where they both served in the Air Force. They were married in Denver and moved around to various bases, with their children and eventually settled in Rapid City.

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