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Wauzeka’s young adult population increasing quickly

By Rachel Mergen

 

“The beautiful area and small community is amazing. [It’s] so close you can’t go anywhere without running into someone you know. It makes Wauzeka very welcoming and a great place to live,” Kylie Zimmerman, Wauzeka resident, exclaimed about the community she calls home. Zimmerman is a member of the young adult population in the small municipality of 721 people.

Recently, University of Wisconsin-Madison graduates and faculty declared the town’s Millenial and Generation X population as one of the fastest growing in the state. 

The goal of the study, titled the Engaging Young People Research Project, is to “find how positive forms of community development attract and retain young adults,” according to the group of researchers who took the lead.

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18
Jul

Mary J. Stevens

 

The daughters of Mary J. Stevens, 61, of Prairie du Chien, regretfully announce her passing on July 18. 

 

Mary was born Sept. 14, 1955, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Theodore and Edna (Steiner) Vanderbilt. She worked as a pharmacy technician for Wal-Mart in Prairie du Chien for nearly 30 years. 

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17
Jul

Passenger arrested for meth

On July 9, at 11:06 p.m., a deputy with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office was patrolling County Road B near Morkrid Drive in the township of Utica. The deputy came upon a 1997 Toyota RAV 4 parked partially in the eastbound lane of traffic with its hazard lights flashing.

The driver was identified as Kimberly K. Brown, 37, Gays Mills, and the passenger, Ryan T. Melvin, 29, Readstown. Brown and Melvin provided the deputy with two different responses about why their vehicle was parked in the roadway. Melvin was acting nervous while speaking with the deputy.

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17
Jul

Students exchange familiarity for a year abroad through Rotary


Kamryn Tesar and Magnus Goltermann, both 16, have a unique bond. They’re both Rotary Youth Exchange students, Kamryn from Prairie du Chien traveling to Taiwan next month, and Magnus, who is headed home to Denmark after a yearlong adventure in Prairie du Chien. The coats they’re wearing exhibit pins from many fellow exchange students they’ve met and befriended. Kamryn’s collection is likely to look like Magnus’ within a year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Two teenagers from different parts of the world became close friends in Prairie du Chien this past year thanks to the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

Kamryn Tesar, of Prairie du Chien, and Magnus Goltermann, of Ballerup, Denmark, are 16-year-old exchange students with quite similar interests and outlooks. Magnus came to Wisconsin in August 2016 and Kamryn will leave her hometown next month for Dounan, Yunlin County, Taiwan.

In March 2016, Kamryn, the daughter of Kim Corpian and Kevin Tesar, had been approved for an overseas exchange and, expressing a desire to know more about the program, became connected online with Magnus, who was soon to embark on his journey to the United States. Cheryl Mader, the Prairie du Chien Rotary Club’s youth exchange coordinator, helped bring the pair together. The two were fast friends; Kamryn even went along when Magnus was picked up at the airport last summer.

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17
Jul

Casual community party at Memorial Gardens July 19

By Correne Martin

A picturesque garden and a boisterous party—how might they mesh if brought together?

Well, the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens Committee hosted a couple hundred people last July, upon bringing the idea of a party gathering to the serene gardens. They will host Went to a Garden Party once again on the 10 acres of city property, Wednesday, July 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. The entire community is invited to this open house in the gardens, rain or shine.

This free, casual event is intended as an opportunity to showcase the gardens to the public. There will be samples of Eagles Landing wine and Potosi beer, Valley Fish and Cheese specialties and complementary music to enjoy. Local and statewide Master Gardeners will be in attendance to talk with anyone having questions and give informal tours, while informational pamphlets will also be available for the taking.

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17
Jul

Bluff View, BAK Construction


Renovation of the B.A. Kennedy Elementary School Library is underway. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Earth moving and grading has begun for the addition to Bluff View Intermediate School. The addition will house a gym, a wood working shop and a band room.

 

Construction underway at Bluff View, BAK

By Ted Pennekamp

 

In addition to the three-court gym, new greenhouse, Prairie du Chien Area Arts Center, and other improvements at Prairie du Chien High School, upgrades at B.A. Kennedy Elementary School and Bluff View Intermediate School are well underway as well. 

Mon
17
Jul

Guilty plea entered in U’Ren crash case

By Correne Martin

A guilty plea was entered on behalf of the man who caused the February crash in Madison that took the lives of husband and wife, Kirk U’Ren and Prairie du Chien native Jennifer Steiner, according to Wisconsin Circuit Court records.

Brandon Ballweg, 26, of Stoughton, pled guilty July 13, in Dane County Court to five of 12 charges against him and no contest to a sixth charge. The court dismissed six counts. According to court records, bail has also been revoked and a pre-sentence investigation was ordered by Judge John Hyland.

U’Ren was driving and Steiner was a passenger in one of the four vehicles involved in a Feb. 12 crash on Highway 30 in Madison. He was pronounced dead at the scene, while she passed away two weeks later from injuries sustained in the crash. The couple was from Cottage Grove and left behind twin boys.

Mon
17
Jul

Leona Weidenbach

 

Leona Weidenbach, 96, of Marquette, Iowa, died Wednesday, July 12, at Solon Care Center, Solon, Iowa. 

 

Leona L. was born Feb. 12, 1921, in Farmersburg, Iowa, to George and Ella (Wilke) Bruehahn. She attended school through the eighth grade in Monona, Iowa.

Mon
17
Jul

Robert (Bob) George

Robert (Bob) George, 80. of Patch Grove, passed away on July 12, after the onset of an acute illness.

 

Bob was born Dec. 9, 1936, in Prairie du Chien, to Harris George and Faye Chamberlain. He grew up in Solders Grove. His love for nature and his passion for hunting continued his entire life. He was also very active in sports and he continued to watch and attend sporting events. 

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17
Jul

Loris Ervin Kickbush

 

Loris Ervin Kickbush, 82, died on Friday, July 14, at the Guttenberg Care Center following a brief illness. 

 

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