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May

Howe ownership comes to a close as Courier Press gets sold


Morris Newspaper Corporation of Wisconsin has purchased the Mississippi Valley Printers Inc. newspaper group of Crawford County and Clayton County (Iowa), including flagship publication, the Courier Press. The acquisition was finalized Tuesday, April 30, with MNC taking over operations on Wednesday, May 1. Pictured are MNC of Wisconsin Publisher John Ingebritsen and Courier Press General Manager Gary Howe. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Courier Press has changed ownership after four generations and 108 years under the Howe family name. 

Morris Newspaper Corporation of Wisconsin purchased the Courier, The Trader shopper, as well as their three sister publications in northeast Iowa: North Iowa Times in McGregor, The Guttenberg Press in Guttenberg, and Clayton County Register in Elkader. 

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May

Blackhawk Motors sold to Fillback

Blackhawk Motors in Prairie du Chien was sold to Mark Fillback of Fillback Motors, effective April 30. Current owners Kelly Bachelder and Randy Imoehl, of KAR Auto Group, have run the dealership for the last four years. 

In a news release last week, Bachelder and Imoehl shared their appreciation for the support of Prairie du Chien and its surrounding communities and people during their time. They also attributed their success to the employees who gave of their time, dedication and hard work for Blackhawk Motors.

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May

Soldiers Grove man arrested in meth bust

On April 30, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 Unit made a traffic stop on a 2000 Pontiac Montana Van at 301 Karl Ave., Soldiers Grove. The van was being operated Matthew Lecher, 46, who also resides at the above address. 

The deputy observed items of methamphetamine paraphernalia in and around the van, along with observing Lecher to be displaying several indicators of drug impairment. After a brief conversation, Lecher ran toward his residence and was pursued by the deputy. The deputy caught Lecher as he was opening his front door. Lecher began to resist the deputy and throw items into the residence and pull away from the deputy. The deputy escorted Lecher back outside and to the ground before getting him detained. 

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May

City, residents and businesses getting ready for more flood clean-up efforts in Prairie du Chien


St. Feriole Island is still mostly covered with water, but it is hoped that the river will have receded enough by mid-May that clean-up efforts can begin. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The St. Feriole Island Ballpark parking lot was full. The three ball diamonds, the concession stand and the press box are high and dry, however, because the ballpark was constructed so as to be higher than a 100-year flood.

The River is expected to get down to 16 feet by May 10. Minor flood stage is 16 feet.

This alligator looks quite content, having found a nice resting spot on the roof of a quiet cottage on North Main Street near the intersection with Frederick Street.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Mississippi River crested at 21.75 feet on Friday, April 26 and has been steadily receding since. At 6:45 a.m. on Monday it was at 18.32, and it is expected to be down close to 16 feet by May 10.

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May

Prairie golfers host SWC match


Prairie’s Jaret Semanko chips to the fourth green Thursday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jack Peterson makes a nice shot to the fourth green at Prairie du Chien Country Club.

Collin Seeley watches his chip on the first hole.

Prairie’s Logan Shedivy launches his drive on the first tee Thursday afternoon.

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawk golf team played their final home match of the season on Thursday, hosting all of the SWC teams.

The match was played on the front nine at Prairie du Chien Country Club. 

Jaret Semanko led the Hawks by carding a 52, followed by Jack Peterson with a 55 and Collin Seeley with a 58. Cody Crusan and Logan Shedivy both shot 76 for a 241 varsity team score. Shaun Downey had a 79 in junior varsity play.

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01
May

Norma M. Thiede

Norma M. Thiede, 84, of Prairie du Chien, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, April 29, 2019, at the Prairie Maison Care Center.  

She was born Aug. 30, 1934, in Seneca, the daughter of Edward and Pauline (Simonson) Mansfield.  

She married Roger Thiede on Oct. 25, 1952, in Prairie du Chien.  He preceded her in death on April 27, 2010. 

Norma enjoyed cooking, baking, collecting antiques, rummage sales and embroidery. 

She is survived by her children, Eric, Gene and Mona Thiede, all of Prairie du Chien, and Sharon (Randy) Addison of Potosi; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. 

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01
May

Leonard M. Ohlhauser

Leonard M. Ohlhauser, 64, of Bagley, passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at home with his wife by his side. 

He was born Sept. 28, 1954, to Calvin and Marion (Pauley)Ohlhauser in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

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01
May

Elwin A. Hull

Elwin A. Hull, 67, of Lynxville, passed away Friday, April 26, 2019, at the Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice in Viroqua. 

He was born Sept. 30, 1951 in Milwaukee, the son of Albert and Elizabeth (Felton) Hull. 

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in VietNam. Elwin married Sandra Boelter on July 27, 1970, in San Clemente, Calif. He worked as an over-the-road truck driver for most of his life. El enjoyed hunting, fishing and a drinking brandy. 

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May

Elisabeth Allen

Elisabeth Allen, 72, of Little Chute, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center Appleton. 

Elisabeth was born in Beloit, on July 6, 1946, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Ruth (Turnock) Liddle. 

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May

Jeffrey 'Jeff' Liethen

Jeffrey “Jeff” Liethen passed away peacefully from cancer on Thursday, April 25, 2019, in his home surrounded by his loving family. A celebration of his life with full military honors will take place on Friday, May 17, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the Prairie Room, at Coulee Region Cremation Group, 133 Mason St., Onalaska. A light lunch will follow at the Onalaska American Legion, 731 Sand lake Rd., Onalaska. A full obituary can be found online at www.couleecremation.com.

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