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23
May

Thomas J. Panka

Thomas J. Panka, Sr., 79, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019, at his home in Prairie du Chien. 

Thomas James, the son of Thomas Henry and Helen Ann (Konichek) Panka, was born Dec. 28, 1939 in Prairie du Chien.

He graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1957 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after graduation. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 until 1961. Tom worked for the Howe Ribstone Silo Company as well as Skyline Mobile Home Company before Gencor Bituma. He retired from Gencor Bituma after 28 years.

Thu
23
May

Donald J. Cipra

Donald J. Cipra, 85, of Prairie du Chien, died as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile-pedestrian accident on Thursday, May 16, 2019. 

He was born March 10, 1934, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Frank and Esther (Berntgen) Cipra. 

Don served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. He married Shirley Carl on Nov. 24, 1957, at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Don worked as a sawyer for Hiram Walker in Prairie du Chien and later as a machinist for Wolf Machine Shop for many years. Wherever he worked, he was a hard and dedicated worker and a “jack of all trades.” Don was a faithful member of St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish. He was an active member of the Campion Council Knights of Columbus, serving for many years as financial secretary. He was fondly known as “Mr. Tootsie Roll.” 

Wed
22
May

Enjoy a Slovak Dinner and culture, say farewell to pastor


Luanne Neumann, a member of St. Peter, spent two years in Bratislava, Slovakia, teaching high school-aged Evangelical Lutheran students religion and English literature in the English language.

Pastor Kyle Svennungsen served his first call as a pastor at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien for the past four years. He and his family are relocating to the Bratislava International Church in Slovakia.

Luanne Neumann (far left) stands with her Slovak Lutheran students, who she taught English literature during a mission through the Central Europe Teachers program. The students are holding a book, sponsored by the La Crosse Synod, that she chose for them to read. An upcoming Slovak Dinner fundraiser will help increase literature opportunities like this for Evangelical Lyceum students in Bratislava, Slovakia. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

One member of Prairie du Chien’s St. Peter Lutheran Church returned last fall from Bratislava, Slovakia, where she taught teenagers English for two years. Now, St. Peter’s pastor and his family are relocating to the same Slovak community so he can serve as leader of the international church. 

Wed
22
May

River Ridge, Seneca, Wauzeka-Steuben at Lancaster Regional


Ashton Marshall (left) and Faith Schier (right) of River Ridge burst from the blocks in the 100-meter dash at the Lancaster Regional. (Photos by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

Brenden Rolling of Seneca sails towards the sand in the triple jump Monday afternoon.

Tyler Walters of Wauzeka-Steuben leads the pack. Walters won the 1600 and the 3200.

 

River Ridge, Seneca and Wauzeka-Steuben competed in the Division 3 Lancaster Regional Track Meet Monday afternoon.

River Ridge won the girls meet with 93 points. Wauzeka-Steuben was ninth with 35 and Seneca was 11th with 22.

River Ridge was fourth in the boys meet with 90 points. Wauzeka-Steuben was sixth with 60 and Seneca was eighth with 30.

Wed
22
May

More of a conceptual plan approved for future city dog park

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved plans Tuesday night for a future dog park in the city.

According to details brought by the parks and recreation department and dog park committee—consisting of Bob Witt, Dawn McCoy, Randy Paske and Parks and Rec Director Mike Ulrich—it is hoped this park could be completed in the fall of 2019.

In April last year, the city purchased about five acres of land from the Department of Transportation, off Lockwood Street, near the Campion Boat Landing, and designated it for the development of a 1.9-acre, fenced-in dog park. The costs are all going to be funded through donations, contributions and fundraising.

Wed
22
May

Crawford County’s latest dairy princess crowned


The 2019 Crawford County Dairy Princess Regan Kramer was crowned by Rachel Kramer, who served as 2018 Crawford County Dairy Princess along with Caitlin Nolan.

Regan Kramer (back), 2019 Crawford County Dairy Princess, stands with Crawford County Little Miss Squirt Lorelai Young (left) and Little Miss Squirt Attendant Breckyn Schlee. (Submitted photos)

A well-attended Crawford County Dairy Kick-Off Banquet was held Sunday, May 19, at the Eastman United Methodist Fellowship Hall, where the 2019 Crawford County Dairy Princess was crowned. The new princess is Regan Kramer, the 15-year-old daughter of Travis and Becky Kramer, who resides on a dairy and beef farm near Eastman. 

Wed
22
May

Prairie du Chien hosts Division 2 track regional


Prairie du Chien’s Hope Martin attempts a high jump at the Division 2 Regional in Prairie du Chien Monday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Gabby Ritchie competes in the shot put at the Prairie du Chien Regional.

Jayden Johnson puts the shot at the Prairie du Chien Regional Monday afternoon.

Logan Nettesheim hands off to Jonah Hornseth at Prairie du Chien High School.

 

Prairie du Chien hosted a Division 2 track regional Monday afternoon.

Wed
22
May

Ridge Runners looking at ATV/UTV routes within city of Prairie du Chien

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County Ridge Runners Club approached the Prairie du Chien Common Council Tuesday night to revisit conversations, that have happened at the public works committee level since last fall, regarding the opening of some or all city streets as ATV/UTV routes.

Club President John Udelhoven and Vice President John Shimpach, along with about half a dozen supporters, attended the meeting to present proposed routes within the city for approval. Though the city took no action Tuesday, a city public hearing is on the horizon after the public works committee meets with the club again June 4, to solidify specific roadway route proposals. Then after listening to community members at the hearing, the council can make a decision. 

Wed
22
May

Dairy breakfast in Mt. Zion June 1


The 2019 Crawford County Dairy Breakfast will be at Riley Farms in Mt. Zion, Saturday, June 1, from 6 to 10 a.m. Hosts are (from left) Kaitlyn, Jody, Paulette and Justin Riley. The public is welcome to enjoy the 38th annual family event on this Jersey farm.

The 38th annual Crawford County Dairy Breakfast will be hosted on the Jody, Paulette, Justin and Kaitlyn Riley family farm in Mt. Zion, Saturday, June 1, from 6 to 10 a.m. The address is 44477 County Rd. W, Gays Mills (10 miles north of Boscobel or 10 miles south of Soldiers Grove, 1 mile west on County W, off Highway 61).

Jody was born into the dairy industry and, after graduating from Boscobel High School, he milked a small Jersey herd at home before renting his own farm in Mt. Zion where he milked 30 cows. In 1982, Jody expanded his herd and bought a 156-acre farm near Wauzeka.

The oldest of 11 children, Paulette was raised on a dairy farm in Iowa County. She grew up showing Holsteins but was a quick convert to the efficiencies of the Jersey breed after meeting Jody. The couple married in 1987. 

Wed
22
May

Iowa DOT considers options for rehab or replacement of Lansing Bridge


The iconic Lansing Bridge is being considered by the Iowa DOT for major rehabilitation or replacement. (Library of Congress photo)

 

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Iowa Department of Transportation is in the middle of an environmental assessment planning study weighing several options for the rehabilitation or replacement of Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing, Iowa.

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