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Thomas Paul Lechnir

Thomas Paul Lechnir passed away unexpectedly Thursday, April 4, 2019, at the age of 74 and went to be with his Lord and Savior. 

Thomas was born in Prairie du Chien, on Friday Oct. 13, 1944, to Thomas Raymond and Jean Barnhart (Hahn) Lechnir. 

On Oct. 18, 1969 Tom married the love of his life, Nyleen (Suhr). Tom, you were my strength and love, which held our family together. Thank you.

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Apr

Spring Lake Inn changes hands


Spring Lake Inn’s new owners, Angela and Kyle Bode (left), stand with the former owners, Jon and Dena Schneeberger, at the main entrance to the restaurant. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien’s Spring Lake Inn has been sold. 

Dena and Jon Schneeberger officially passed the business on to Kyle and Angela Bode on April 1.

It’s a bittersweet transition for the Schneebergers, who’ve owned Spring Lake since 2010. They will miss the people and the friends they’ve made, yet they’re ready to take the summer off and spend time traveling in their new camper and on the river. Aside from that, Jon will continue working as a full-time pipe-fitter and Dena is not yet certain what her next move might be.

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Villa Louis staff still working on site, prepping for May 11 opening


Villa Louis staff—including Susan Caya-Slusser, Joe Morovits and Jake Koresh—boated into the site last week. You can also see the site’s old bathhouse and blockhouse in the background. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

When St. Feriole Island is closed to the public when the Mississippi River stage hits 19 feet locally, business still continues for the Villa Louis Historic Site, as preparations are made for the goal of opening the tourist attraction to the public May 11. 

At 20 feet, staff parks on Water Street and walks into work with knee-high boots and hip waders, according to Susan Caya-Slusser, southwest sites director for the Wisconsin Historical Society. As the water rises further, they begin to boat into the “house on the mound,” which Hercules Dousman somehow had the foresight to choose as a high and dry location for the mansion. 

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08
Apr

Advocate, River Town Iron Works team up to help Wisconsin veterans


Steven Pape holds one example of the steel-plated flags created by River Town Ironworks that will be sold in an effort to help Wisconsin veterans. To Pape’s left is one of the glasses bearing the Vietnam Veterans of America logo which are also for sale. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

These are a few of the types of steel-plated flags created by River Town Ironworks that will be for sale.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Steven Pape, a Vietnam veterans advocate, and River Town Iron Works of Prairie du Chien are teaming up to help veterans and their extended families with various issues.

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08
Apr

This spring’s flood highest since 2001

 

River stage sixth highest ever

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Mississippi River crested at 21.34 feet on Friday, April 5, according to the National Weather Service.

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08
Apr

River Ridge splits with Argyle


River Ridge’s Blake Crubel gets ready to unleash a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader against visiting Argyle Friday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Bryce Quick of the Timberwolves tags the Argyle runner out at third base Friday afternoon.

River Ridge shortstop Brett Moravits defends as the Argyle baserunner takes a lead.

 

River Ridge split a twinbill with visiting Argyle Friday afternoon in high school baseball action.

In the opener, Argyle scored 4 runs in the bottom of the first inning, 1 in the second, 1 in the third and 7 in the fourth en route to a 13-0 win in five innings.

Argyle had 12 hits in the contest. River Ridge had 2 hits and committed 4 errors.

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03
Apr

Robert W. Thompson

Robert W. Thompson, 78, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Bland Bekkedal Hospice Center in Viroqua.

He is survived by his loving wife and soulmate, Mary, of 39 years; two daughters, Pamela Porch, Texas, and Shannon Roberts, Iowa, and son, Jeff Thompson, Texas; sister, Linda (Tom) Henrich, Florida; and sisters-in-law, Lorna Harper, Texas, and Carol Marx, Wisconsin. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Nic, Alex (Hayley) and Morgan Roberts, four great-grandchildren, nephews, a niece, other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life will be held Thursday, April 11, at the Casino Queen Sevens Lounge, in Marquette, Iowa, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be served. All family and friends are welcome.

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03
Apr

Margaret L. Hazen

Margaret L. Hazen, 63, of Wauzeka, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2019, at her home following an extended illness.  

She was born June 20, 1955, in Viroqua, the daughter of Jess and Wilma (Lewis) Salmon.  She was confirmed in 1974 and baptized in the Mississippi River.  

Marge lived in Bridgeport, Wauzeka and Prairie du Chien; Nashville, Tenn.; Bowling Green, Ky.; Madison, and then moved back home to rural Crawford County.  She worked as a high school janitor, an insurance agent, a hotel manager, a substance abuse counselor and State of Wisconsin consultant.  She was a proud and grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous since 1987.

She is survived by her brother, Bruce (Deb) Salmon, of Wauzeka; and “best friend and true sister” Lisa Sowieja, of Madison.  

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Apr

Carolyn M. Crubel

Carolyn M. Crubel, 85, of Bloomington, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2019, at Agrace Hospice Care in Fitchburg. 

She was born Feb. 1, 1934, the daughter of Leroy and Marie (Hampton) Esser. 

Carolyn graduated from Bloomington High School. On April 24, 1952, she was united in marriage to Harold P. Crubel at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glen Haven. Together, they farmed in Patch Grove Township. Carolyn was a faithful member and past president of the Christian Mothers, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gardening and baking. She wrote poetry and had a great sense of humor when it came to her grandchildren.

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03
Apr

Have you noticed any warning signs of dementia? Consider a brain check

By Correne Martin 

There are approximately 500 individuals living in Crawford County with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, according to the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eagle Country.

That number is on the low end of estimation, and it is expected to triple in the next 20-30 years, shared Gina Laack, ADRC dementia care specialist, who provided free brain checks to about half a dozen people at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library Tuesday. 

Those who stopped by the scheduled event sat with Laack one-on-one for the confidential 10-15 minute session, which involved a series of three short tests to determine if there were possible memory impairments or not. 

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