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Darrel Howard Gilkes

Darrel Howard Gilkes, 69, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, after a brief illness. 

Darrel was born to parents George and Viola (Yost) Gilkes on Aug. 6, 1949. 

He spent his elementary years in Brodtville. Darrel was a graduate of West Grant High School in 1968. He met his best friend Karen Beinborn in 1987. They eventually married on Oct. 14, 2005. The two spent many years fishing, canoeing and camping. The couple had a blended family of four children. After many years of being an over-the-road truck driver, Darrel retired in 2014 due to health reasons. He then purchased Mr. Mouse Cheese, a local cheese curd distributing business.

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Violet G. Wackershauser

Violet G. Wackershauser, 87, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Jan. 10, 1931, the daughter of George and Mamie Lewig. She attended school in the Wauzeka area and was a lifelong homemaker. Violet was married to Loren Koecke on Sept. 13, 1969, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Following Loren’s death in 2002, she married Virgil Wackershauser. Violet was an artist at heart and enjoyed quilting and gardening in her free time, and she loved to dance. 

Violet is survived by various members of her extended family and by many friends.

In addition to her parents, Violet was preceded in death by her husbands, Loren Koecke and Virgil Wackershauser.

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William B. 'Bill' Tubbs

William B. “Bill” Tubbs, 65, of Bagley, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. 

He was born in Prairie du Chien, on Aug. 6, 1953, the son of Robert and Barbara (Govier) Tubbs. 

Following his education, Bill was a sales consultant for a number of years at H&S Sales, specializing in cabinetry. He then worked at Spahn & Rose Lumber Co. in Prairie du Chien until his retirement. In his free time, he enjoyed photography.

Bill is survived by his siblings, Thomas (Roxanne) Tubbs, and Beth (Bruce) Fortner; nephews, Brian and Alan (Kate) Tubbs; and an uncle, Floyd Welsch.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Tamara 'Tammy' Marie (Regenold) Kleitsch

Tamara “Tammy” Marie (Regenold) Kleitsch, 59, of Monona, Iowa, passed away in her home on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. 

She was born in Independence, Iowa, on June 26, 1959, the daughter of Ronald J. and Kay F. (Mersch) Regenold.

Tammy graduated from Wapsie Valley High School in 1977, and furthered her education at Hawkeye Community College.

Tammy was united in marriage to Thomas Kleitsch in Fairbank, Iowa. They later divorced. Tammy was employed at Wal-Mart in Prairie du Chien, earning her 10-year pin this past Friday. She enjoyed being with friends, watching her favorite TV shows, and she loved her dog, Fancy. Tammy was a very thoughtful, kind and caring person to all who knew her. She will be missed.

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Marquette Road road is open


Attending the ribbon cutting were Paul Ginkel, Dave Hemmer, Nate Bremmer, Allie Thornton, Nate Gilberts, Roy George, Aaron Palmer, Bob Sutton, Jennifer Shilling, Nick Brey, Kevin Mulrooney, Lee Nerison, Bob Standorf, Loren Oldenburg, Brooke Mitchell, J.J. Jackson, Lou Davis, Ken Mitchell, Jeff Bowar, Ron Overlien, Patrick Nagovan, Tom Nelson, an unknown well-wisher, Cathie Nelson and Bob Moses. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Interim City Administrator Chad Abram waves to the first vehicle that passes onto the newly-opened Marquette Road Friday. Standing in the background are DOT project leader Nick Brey (left) and Ron Overlein, from Gerke Excavating, the project's general contractor.

The first few vehicles buzz down the new section of Highway 35 in Prairie du Chien.

Mayor Dave Hemmer (left) shared his gratitude for all the hard work and sacrifices put in for this project. Also pictured are chamber, city and business representatives Kevin Mulrooney, Paul Ginkel, Roy George and Nate Bremmer.

By Correne Martin

 

It was a long spring, summer and fall in Prairie du Chien, with Marquette Road/Highway 35 construction making travel difficult and giving businesses a challenge, from April 2 through Nov. 30. Yet, the new highway is finally open and traffic can proceed with a better flow now. 

At the official ribbon cutting Friday afternoon at the intersection of La Pointe Street and Marquette, about two dozen city, chamber, business and legislative dignitaries gathered for a short ceremony and ribbon cutting. Then, barricades were removed and the small crowd cheered as the first vehicles passed onto the new roadway. 

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Grand opening held at library


The Cat in the Hat, aka Caroline Bosley, popped out of a box during Saturday’s library grand opening, ready to take on all the fun activities the new facility has in store for its future. Pictured in the background are Library Director Nancy Ashmore and Librarian Assistant Caitlin Bittner. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Mayor Dave Hemmer addressed a crowd of nearly 100 for the library grand opening ceremony. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Also pictured, Nancy Ashmore presented a special plaque to Linda Munson.

Library board member Norb Ashchom speaks with community members Bob and Diane Witt.

A few young patrons check out the children’s section.

One of the youngest patrons of the day making her way through the spacious new hallways of the library.

Right inside the children's library sits this unique bench donated by the Brian Dillman family.

By Correne Martin

Some special touches were added to the nooks and crannies of the redesigned Prairie du Chien Memorial Library just in time for its grand opening and ribbon cutting Saturday, Dec. 1.

Swarms of curious patrons joined library and city representatives as well a donors for a ribbon cutting, appreciation ceremony, tours, music, refreshments and kids activities in honor of the completion of the $3.578 million renovation and expansion project. 

Ground was broken for the project Oct. 16, 2017. The new facility officially opened to the public for the first time on Oct. 15, 2018.

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Stolen car results in meth bust, additional charges

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 9:50 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a stolen vehicle from La Crosse. The stolen vehicle was located by a Crawford County deputy at a residence off of State Highway 35, in the township of Freeman.

A 2005 Chevy Cobalt owned by Mark D. Olson, 39, La Crosse, was taken from his residence. Michelle L. Peck, 35, La Crosse, was found to be in possession of the stolen car. 

During the investigation multiple items of drug paraphernalia were found throughout the car. More than 50 used hypodermic needles were found in the car. Needles were found throughout the front of the car as well as a container in the rear of the car which was more than half full of used needles. Tests showed a positive result for methamphetamine. 

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Stolen car results in meth bust, additional charges

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 9:50 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a stolen vehicle from La Crosse. The stolen vehicle was located by a Crawford County deputy at a residence off of State Highway 35, in the township of Freeman.

A 2005 Chevy Cobalt owned by Mark D. Olson, 39, La Crosse, was taken from his residence. Michelle L. Peck, 35, La Crosse, was found to be in possession of the stolen car. 

During the investigation multiple items of drug paraphernalia were found throughout the car. More than 50 used hypodermic needles were found in the car. Needles were found throughout the front of the car as well as a container in the rear of the car which was more than half full of used needles. Tests showed a positive result for methamphetamine. 

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Handgun stolen, man arrested, investigation ongoing

On Nov. 28, the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded to the 1000 block of East Wisconsin Street for a report of a theft of a firearm. 

Officers were told that a Taurus 9mm handgun was removed from a residence without the owner’s consent. A short list of individuals who would have known about the handgun was presented by the victim. Multiple valuable items were not removed from the residence in favor of the handgun.

During the course of the investigation, evidence was obtained and Brandon Jacobson, 27, Harpers Ferry, was interviewed by police. Jacobson denied any involvement in the theft of the firearm. 

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Court dismisses drowning lawsuit on recreational immunity

By Correne Martin

A wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Prairie du Chien and the Prairie du Chien Area School District for the Aug. 2, 2017, drowning of a 4-year-old boy in the city’s outdoor swimming pool was dismissed in Crawford County court Monday.

Based on Wisconsin Recreational Immunity laws, substitute judge Craig Day ruled to dismiss the claims, brought by Rachael and Kurt Warrington Jr., parents of Kashton, (and the North Central Regional Council of Carpenters Health Fund), against both defendants. Day also ruled the case dismissed since the school district was not properly served court documents.

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