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Tue
11
Aug

Mission trip success for Holy Family J Walkers


Members from the Holy Family Parish were Morgan Wittrig, Carter Wittrig, Mariah Schwager, Wesley Schwager, Jack Stoeffler, Andrew Horner, Sam Peterson and chaperone Mary Stoeffler. Joining the group from St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Eastman was Jaci Bedtka. (Photo submitted)

By Caitlin Bittner

From Tuesday, July 7 to Wednesday, July 15, the Holy Family Parish in Prairie du Chien was able to once again send youth group, the J Walkers, on a mission trip to Birmingham, Ala.

“We were able to go with the help of the George Family Foundation,” said group leader Mary Stoeffler. The foundation gave the travelers from Prairie du Chien $1,500 toward their trip, enabling the area participants to go for $175 each.

The J Walkers consist of high school students from the area of the Catholic faith. It is led by Stoeffler and Kurt Kravchuk. “We’re more of a service oriented group. It is our goal to teach kids to help and to give to others,” explained Stoeffler.

Tue
11
Aug

John L. Wachter

 

John L. Wachter, 96, of Monona, Iowa died Saturday, Aug. 8, at his home. 

John Lyndon, son of John and Ethel (Wetzel) Wachter, was born June 25, 1919 in Prairie du Chien. He was baptized in the Zion Evangelical Faith on Sept. 15, 1919 by Rev. Lyndon C. Viel. His boyhood and youth were spent on the Wachter farm north of the city of Prairie du Chien, He graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1937. In 1942 he received his B.S. degree in agriculture and education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He taught vocational agriculture at Shullsburg and Hillsboro, and for thirty years at Monona, Iowa, for a total of forty years, retiring in 1981. 

Mon
10
Aug

Hail damage


Robert Baines of Paintless Dent Repair “massages” a dent out of the roof of a vehicle at Phil’s Auto Body of Prairie du Chien recently. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Area businesses very busy in wake of June hail storms

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Area auto body shops, roofers and insurance companies continue to be very busy in the wake of two hail storms in June in Crawford County. 

Mon
10
Aug

Mississippi swimmer in Prairie du Chien


Chris Ring is swimming the length of the Mississippi River in support of Gold Star Families. (Photo courtesy of legaciesalive.com)

 

Swimmer raising awareness 

for veteran’s families stops in Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Navy veteran Chris Ring was escorted by the Prairie du Chien Fire Department fire and rescue boat from Lock and Dam 9 to the beach on St. Feriole Island on Saturday as part of Ring’s swim down the length of the Mississippi River. 

Mon
10
Aug

Francis Gene Ottaway

 

Francis Gene Ottaway, 75, of McGregor, Iowa died Thursday, Aug. 6, at Crossing River Health in Prairie du Chien. 

He was born on July 19, 1940 in Sabula, Iowa the son of Eugene Harold and Edith Geneva (McMahon) Ottaway. 

Fri
07
Aug

Sharon Roberts Ziggie

 

Sharon Roberts Ziggie of England, passed away July 30, after battling cancer.

Sharon is survived by her children, Chelsea, Conna, Devlin, Kiaron, Isla, Stewart and Keely; her mum Judy (Steve) Petsche, McGregor; her sisters Sarah, Alaina, Kerry and Angla and their families; aunt Pam and uncle Geoff Harper of Cambridge, England; uncle Keith and aunt Joan of Yorshire, England; aunt Donna and her family in Thetford, England; many friends; and her father Peter Farrow of Thetford. 

Fri
07
Aug

Lack of EMTs and first responders in rural areas creates concern in communities


Squads are looking for volunteers every day. Ride-along programs give people the opportunity to see exactly what goes on when an EMT goes out.

By Addison Mumm

When you call 911, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or first responders are one of the first groups to help you in a time of great need. What would happen if these brave souls weren’t available?

 

“If you’re not part of the solution, you might be the problem,” expressed West Grant EMT Denny Cathman. “About six years ago, we started seeing our numbers drop, and it has continued ever since.”

 

Denny has been with the West Grant rescue squad approximately 12 years; he drove for five years first, then became an EMT. He was a firefighter for 35 years prior to dedicating most of his time to the EMS.

 

Wed
05
Aug

Vehicle and shed fire extinguished

The Ferryville Fire Department, along with the Gays Mills and De Soto fire departments, were called to a vehicle fire on Eagle Ridge Road near the intersection of Quarry Road and Badger Ridge Road Tuesday at approximately 3:50 p.m.

The vehicle exploded and a nearby shed caught on fire. The fire was extinguished a little after 4 p.m. There was minimal damage to the shed.

Wed
05
Aug

Memorial Gardens a place for community


A dragonfly rests on a rainy day.

Elaine Kramer (right) was present at the Second Fifty event held Wednesday, July 29, to talk about the tree planted for her at the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens. The day was full of fun stories, tours of the different garden sections and a nice breeze.

Tom Nelson (left) and Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich stand at the entrance to the Trail of Eagles. The pillars were repurposed from Blackhawk Junction and the signage was made by Rivertown Ironworks. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

If you’ve spent time on St. Feriole Island recently, you’ve probably seen the Memorial Gardens. Tom Nelson, who is seemingly and without a doubt the voice of the garden, noted that these gardens would be nothing without the community. “It all depends upon the people who come here,” said Nelson. “The gardens are really developing and new stuff is happening all the time. People come up to me all the time with projects they like to do.”

With the motto of the gardens being “May the sun shine on our garden of dreams,” Nelson does his best to incorporate everyone’s ideas and help make their dreams a reality.

Although the individual community members are almost too numerous to count, Nelson added that he is very grateful to the George Family Foundation for all that it’s done to bring the community’s dreams to life. “I’d really like to give them and the community a hand. This wouldn’t be possible without them,” said Nelson.

Wed
05
Aug

Ready, aim, fire the 188-year-old cannon!


When actors and actresses fire the cannon, they dress in the 1800s time period attire. to make it look more authentic. (Submitted photo)

Boom! Bang! When the American Queen arrives Aug. 12, the Fort Crawford Museum will be presenting the Prairie du Chien history with style. Cannon fires will start at 9 a.m. and finish at 3 p.m., going off every hour on the hour and every half hour. No matter if the Queen shows, the cannon show will still go on.

What has this cannon exactly been through? Here is some history about the old cannon:

The cannon, owned by the Prairie du Chien Historical Society, was made in 1827 for the government of the United States. It was made by Alexander McClurg and Company of Pittsburgh, Penn. Marked No. 72 and IB. This designated the cannon was made for the United States Indian Bureau. In 1829, the Pattern 1827 six-pound cannon would have been the most up-to-date field gun available, so it is likely the cannon was part of the ordinance sent to the new Fort Crawford, considered by a government inspector to be “the most important Post on the Mississippi….”

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