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Apr

Catherine M. 'Katie' Harris

On Thursday, April 11, 2019, loving daughter, sister, aunt, godmother and friend, Catherine Mary “Katie” Harris, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 60. 

Katie was born Aug. 19, 1958, and raised in Gays Mills, the daughter of Leonard and Mary Jane Harris. 

Fri
19
Apr

Bradley Scott Mehall

Bradley Scott Mehall, 55, of Wauzeka, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2019, at his residence in Wauzeka. 

He was born on Jan. 15, 1964, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Ronnie and Sharon (Lee) Messling. He married Jeanne Burgus on Aug. 18, 1990, in Prairie du Chien. 

He is survived by his wife Jeanne, of Wauzeka; two sons, Bradley J., of Boscobel, and Austin (Chloe), of Mooresville N.C.; five grandchildren; one brother, Eddie (Joelle) Messling, of Florida; three sisters, Vickie Messling, of Wauzeka, Kathie Messling, of Wauzeka, Krissa (Kevin) Myhre, of Viroqua; and his step-mother Rita Messling, of Viroqua. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Jeffrey Messling. 

Fri
19
Apr

Barbara M. 'Bonnie' Horsfall

Barbara M. “Bonnie” Horsfall, 69, of Middleton, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Madison following an extended illness.

She was born May 31, 1949, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Virgil and Mildred (Kussmaul) Bushnell. Bonnie was a strong woman of faith and she enjoyed her work for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for 34 years. She loved swimming and working with ceramics.

She is survived by her son Jonathan (Kristin Hoffman) Horsfall of DeForest; her daughters Jennifer (Ryan) McCausland, of Oconomowoc, and Jill (Hans) Spielmann, of Madison; her twin brother, Tom Bushnell, of Middleton, and brother Chuck Bushnell, of Madison; her grandchildren, Jackson, Henry, Carly, Layla and Vera. 

Thu
18
Apr

PdC School Board accepts resignation of Bluff View principal

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At a special school board meeting Monday evening, the Prairie du Chien Area School District accepted the resignation of Bluff View Intermediate School Principal Aaron Amundson effective May 3. 

Thu
18
Apr

Leonard Michael Check

Leonard Michael Check, 95, of Eastman, joined his heavenly family on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.  

Thu
18
Apr

William G. 'Bill' Hying

William G. “Bill” Hying, 68, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, after a courageous battle with cancer, with his wife Alice by his side during his entire hospitalization.  

Thu
18
Apr

High-speed chase involves motorcyclist

On Tuesday, April 16, at around 5:30 p.m., an officer with the Prairie du Chien Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Victory motorcycle near the Prairie du Chien Airport on Highway 18/35.

The motorcycle was registered to Ryan Rogers, 22, of Darlington. A license check showed that Rogers did not have a motorcycle endorsement or permit to be operating a motorcycle, a news release from the police department said. 

Initially, Rogers pulled the motorcycle to the right side of the road, but then accelerated quickly southbound on Highway 35. Officers initiated a pursuit with the motorcycle and a second police officer joined the pursuit. 

Thu
18
Apr

No. 44 to be retired at Hornets game in Krachey’s memory


Todd Krachey is pictured as a 1983 Wauzeka graduate and more recently as an assistant coach for the Wauzeka-Steuben baseball team. His number 44 will be retired April 27.

By Correne Martin

A prominent member of the Wauzeka community will have his athletic number retired, posthumously, at a Saturday, April 27, Wauzeka-Steuben Hornet baseball game against Boscobel. 

Todd Krachey wore the number 44 while playing sports in high school. He played baseball, football and basketball. The school’s baseball program has chosen to retire Krachey’s number. 

Though it’s rare for rural school districts to retire numbers, Wauzeka-Steuben has decided to honor Krachey in this way because there may be no other person so deserving, according to Ben Dums, high school baseball coach and math teacher.

Thu
18
Apr

Customers flip for Pete’s burgers for 110 years


Pete’s Hamburger Stand is observing 110 years in business in 2019. Pictured are the third-generation owners (from left) Colleen and Paul Gokey and Mary and Bill Huser. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Pete E. Gokey, founder.

The first Pete’s onion peeler was a true hands-on job. Pete Gokey is pictured slicing some for his hamburgers. Today, the onions are peeled, sliced with an electric slicer and then ground into a fine half-moon shape, before dumped on the grill.

By Correne Martin

Pete’s Hamburger Stand was an adventure of humble beginnings. Still in Prairie du Chien, 110 years later, the same flavorful burger—with or without onions, on a fluffy, home-baked bun—is sold from a modest food stand in the heart of the community.

Pete Gokey was a painter by trade. He was also a volunteer fireman who was asked to grill hamburgers for the crowds that occasionally gathered at fire department events. They armed him with a kerosene stove and a couple huge, cast-iron skillets, and he delivered. 

As people were coming at different times, Pete noticed he could cook the meat in water to keep every single hamburger as juicy and tender as the one before it. 

Wed
17
Apr

PdC track team hosts Prairie Relays


Prairie du Chien’s Jaydn Jenks rounds a curve in the 1600 at the Prairie Relays Monday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Ben Teynor (middle) clears a hurdle in the 110 high hurdles Monday.

Preston Hendrix of Prairie du Chien competes in the 100-meter dash.

Faith Dillman of Prairie du Chien sails over a hurdle in the 100 hurdles.

 

The Prairie du Chien track and field team hosted the 66th Annual Prairie Relays Monday afternoon. Thirteen schools participated in the meet.

For the Prairie girls, Meg Katzung was hitting on all cylinders with two big PR’s in the triple jump 31’4” and 6th place, while taking 7th place in pole vault with a 7’0”. Kori Jaynes picked up a 6th place and Hope Martin picked up a 7th in the 100m. Ella Hager picked up an 11th in the 400m while Amber Huser ran her way to a 6th place in the 1600m. 

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