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Wed
28
Mar

Lawler School Lofts


Work continues on the third floor hallway. The original tin ceiling has been scraped, primed and painted and will add to the historic character of the building. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

This apartment will have an interesting archway and windows. The apartments of Lawler School Lofts are of varying sizes and shapes.

A 31-vehicle garage is being built behind Lawler School Lofts.

 

Some apartments in Lawler School Lofts nearing completion

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Some of the apartments which will be part of Lawler School Lofts should be nearly completed in two to three weeks, especially those on the third floor.

Mon
26
Mar

Prairie du Chien man enjoys making maple syrup


Ben Hoksch strains some sap while cooking Friday afternoon. A jar of sweet syrup rests upon one of the cinder blocks. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The cooking of the sap is done over several hours.

The sap from a nearby maple tree is poured into a five-gallon bucket.

Ben watches over his homemade cooker.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

It’s maple syrup season and Prairie du Chien’s Ben Hoksch is one who enjoys creating the tasty treat each year with a little help from his friends.

“It’s a lot of work,” said Ben. “But, I have fun doing it.”

Wed
21
Mar

Nerison will not seek re-election

State Representative Lee Nerison (R-Westby) announced Monday that he is not running for re-election in 2018 and will be retiring from the legislature at the end of his term. 

“I remember stopping by the State Capitol as a kid with my family on the way back from a Milwaukee Braves game. I keep the family picture we took that day in my Capitol office to remind me as a legislator of what a privilege it is to serve in the legislature. I never dreamed I would end up here, but it has been such an honor to work and serve with so many great people,” Nerison said. 

Wed
21
Mar

Forum rallies legislators to save the farm industry


Rural Prairie du Chien dairy farmer John Nolan put the farm forum panel members’ feet to the fire, asking them questions and sharing his personal story of doing everything he possibly can to make ends meet. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Farmers, processors, FFA students and ag industry professionals made up the 150 concerned citizens in attendance at Friday’s Farm Forum in Seneca.

Sen. Jennifer Shilling fervidly addresses a remark from the farm forum crowd that hypothetically asked what politicians are going to do about the current farm crisis issues. She said, during a farm tour that morning, she made notes of all the areas she’s going to get to work in to help out struggling farmers. Also pictured are Frank Friar (left), Wisconsin Farm Center economic specialist, and Ryan Cornett, regional representative for Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

Matt Achenbach explains to Sen. Jennifer Shilling and 96th Assembly candidate Paul Buhr how the cows on Achenbach Hy-View Farms are monitored electronically. A special collar informs him how much each cow is eating and even if she’s eating at all. He said the system will notify him if she’s not eaten in four hours’ time, something the farm workers may not have noticed for a whole day or more without the technology. The Achenbachs were one of two Crawford County dairy farms toured by politicians and ag industry representatives prior to Friday’s farm forum in Seneca. They said times are tough, but they'll "be all right."

Matt Achenbach shows Sen. Jennifer Shilling and 96th Assembly candidate Paul Buhr his farm's manure pit and discusses how it was constructed, how often it's emptied, etc.

By Correne Martin

Farmers across the country, particularly in western Wisconsin, are lying awake at night in fear. They wonder whether they’ve worked their entire lives at something they’ve loved so deeply, just to lose the farm before the next generation gets a chance to try their hand at it. 

They’re worrying about low market milk prices, rising feed costs, lack of margin protection payout, ag loan woes, product marketing, encroaching out-of-state producers, free trade export deals—and the list goes on. 

Wed
21
Mar

Residents request attention be paid to St. Feriole Island streets

By Correne Martin

Concern over the quality of the city streets on St. Feriole Island was a topic not even on the agenda at the start of Tuesday night’s regular Prairie du Chien Common Council meeting. But Cathie and Tom Nelson, members of the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens committee, utilized the public comment period of the meeting to address deterioration of those streets and inquire about when a plan for repairs is going to be made. 

“I mailed a letter to all the council members and never heard back,” Cathie Nelson remarked. 

Her husband, Tom, added that he’s asked on several occasions that something be done to fix potholes and certain problem areas on the streets, namely on Fourth Street in front of the gardens, and “nothing was done.” 

Wed
21
Mar

PdC School Board Election

 

Prairie du Chien School Board Candidates

On Tuesday, April 3, Prairie du Chien School District residents will vote in the election for the Prairie du Chien School Board. There are five candidates running for three seats. Each seat is for a three-year term. The candidates include: incumbent Duane Rogers; incumbent Lonnie Achenbach; incumbent Christine Panka, who will not be on the ballot but who is running as a certified write-in candidate; newcomer Tom Peterson and newcomer Michael Higgins. Associate Editor Ted Pennekamp compiled the following information from the five candidates.

Tue
20
Mar

Elder Arlan Dyb

Elder Arlan Dyb, 89, of Eastman, passed away peacefully on March 19, after a short illness. 

He was born Jan. 29, 1929, in Mt Sterling, to Carl and Julia Runice Dyb, Elder lived his entire life in Crawford County. 

Mon
19
Mar

Mary Pitzer

Mary Pitzer entered heavens gates on March 17.

Mary was born to William and Marie (Walter) Becwar on Dec. 28, 1936. Mary was married to Edward Pitzer in 1957, who God chose to add to his angels in 1962., and their son Todd joined him in 1963. Mary later married Jim Pitzer in 1966, who proceeded her in death on June 25, 2017 after 51 years of marriage. They spent many enjoyable days riding there Harley Davidson motorcycle and meeting many friends along the way.

Mon
19
Mar

Timothy G. Crady

Timothy G. Crady, 72, of Sparta, died Sunday, Feb. 18, at his home.

He was born on Dec. 1, 1945, to Herman and Audrey (Harwood) Crady, in Dubuque, Iowa. Tim grew up in the Prairie du Chien area. In 1963, at 17 years old, he enlisted in the US Navy where he joined on the buddy system with his older brother Paul and together they both served on the U.S.S. Lyman K. Swenson. Tim was honorably discharged Dec. 12, 1966. Following the service, Tim lived in Phoenix, Ariz., before moving back to southwestern Wisconsin in which he farmed tobacco and had an automotive recycling business. He worked at UW-La Crosse and at Ft. McCoy as a Boiler Tender until his retirement in 2002. Tim enjoyed playing cribbage, chess and sudoku.

Mon
19
Mar

Dorothea Dolores Horsfall

Dorothea D. Horsfall, 65, of Waukon, Iowa, died Thursday, March 15, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

Dorothea Dolores Horsfall was born Aug. 11, 1952, in Maquoketa, Iowa, the daughter of Donald Ray and Dolores Sophie (Christiansen) Harms. Her parents later divorced and she was raised by her mother and stepfather Leroy Wood. Dorothea grew up in Olin, Iowa, and in 1971, graduated from high school. She attended art school in Florida and then returned home to Olin, where she worked various secretarial and administrative jobs. In 1979, she moved to Lansing, IA, and met Paul Leland Horsfall, Jr.; the couple married on May 30, 1981, at the United Methodist Church in Lansing. Since then, Dorothea worked with Paul at their Horsfall’s Variety Store in Lansing.

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