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Mon
30
Oct

FEMA Funds

 

FEMA meeting 

goes well, but 

some funding delayed

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Fri
27
Oct

Bertha (Becky) Jones

Bertha (Becky) Jones, 90, of McGregor, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Great River Care Center, McGregor. 

Bertha Mae was born on Sept. 9, 1927, to James and Sylvia (Barnhart) Harry in Osterdock. She attended country school.

 

Bertha was united in marriage with Harley C. Jones in 1943. She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary. What made her smile were friends, family, hugs and sharing Christ. She enjoyed music, dancing, outdoors, fishing, hunting and family getting together playing cards and jenga.

Wed
25
Oct

Mary A. Gillitzer

Mary A. Gillitzer, 92, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 25, surrounded by her family.

She was born Dec. 31, 1924, in Wauzeka, daughter of John and Kathryn (McCarthy) Lathrop. She married Eugene Gillitzer on Sept. 7, 1946, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wauzeka. Together they raised eight children. Mary’s greatest joys in life were caring for and spending time with her family and friends.

Eugene and Mary farmed in the Seneca area where they had a dairy farm. Mary was a hardworking partner in the farm operation, helping to care for livestock, raising a garden and canning or freezing the abundant produce. After selling the farm, Mary worked at Advance Transformer, retiring in 1989. Mary had a special devotion to her faith and praying the rosary.

Wed
25
Oct

Tire and wheel manufacturing facility coming to Prairie du Chien


The city of Prairie du Chien officially welcomed Moto Race Tire to town last week, as construction on a new tire and wheel factory began Friday in the North Gateway Business Park. Pictured (from left) are Engineer Felix Liu and CEO Mark Thornburg, of MRT, along with Lori Bekkum, Prairie du Chien Economic Development director, and Chad Abram, interim city administrator. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A growing national brand of tires and wheels for off-road vehicles, race cars and trucks is expanding its company by building a new manufacturing/distribution facility in Prairie du Chien’s northern industrial park.

Moto Race Tire is owned by CEO Mark Thornburg, a Prairie du Chien native who played football at and graduated from Prairie du Chien High School, and whose dad started a funeral home here. Mark initially worked for 3M Company in Prairie du Chien, then Minnesota and eventually transferred to California.

“We plan to start construction tomorrow,” an elated Thornburg said Oct. 19. “Our target operating date is March 1.” The facility will be located across the street from Solomon Corporation and behind BoxLogix, in the city’s evolving North Gateway Business Park.

Wed
25
Oct

End of construction nears, River Ridge gets ready for move

The end of the construction for the newly-built middle school wing at River Ridge’s Patch Grove facility is nearly complete. Kraemer Brothers is making the finishing touches between now and Nov. 10. Besides putting in ceilings, installing whiteboards/smartboards, and landscaping/seeding, all the final tasks will be addressed in the next four weeks.

The custodial staff at River Ridge will do some cleaning and preparation of the rooms and offices before the big move, which will take place on Thursday, Nov. 16.

But, as the district looks ahead, teachers both at the Upper Elementary in Bloomington and middle school teachers in Patch Grove have been boxing up the materials in their rooms in anticipation of the move.

Wed
25
Oct

Evers was keynote speaker for Crawford County Dems meeting


Tony Evers (right center), superintendent of public instruction and candidate for Wisconsin governor, spoke to an enthusiastic group at the Crawford County Democratic Party of Wisconsin meeting Oct. 18. This is only about half the crowd who attended. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction and candidate for governor Tony Evers was in Prairie du Chien Oct. 18, for a meeting of the Crawford County Democratic Party.

Evers was the keynote speaker at the meeting, which included a question-and-answer session with the three-term DPI superintendent. Though there was a volume of issues discussed, the key local concerns centered around school vouchers, small businesses, natural resources and the fear that the middle class is disappearing.

Evers said he felt the intimate group at the meeting supported his strategy, as a candidate, to want to invest in the state’s school systems first.

Evers touted his record in elections, noting that he received 70 percent of the vote in the last race, with 70 of the 72 counties voting for him.

Wed
25
Oct

Seneca spikers win regional championship


The Seneca girls celebrate their regional championship Saturday night. (Photos by Sandy Connors)

Members of the Regional Champion Seneca High School volleyball team are, row 1: Logan Lessard, Emily Garfoot, Alivia Salinas, Haley Wall and Hannah Whiteaker. Row 2: Corrina Lenzendorf, Nikki Trautsch, Makenna Greene, Kennedi Smith and Jessica Olson. Row 3: Susie Garfoot, Anya Aspenson, Savannah Wallin, Olivia Payne, Michelle Clark, Helen Clark, Erin Sime, Liv Swanson, Assistant Coach Angie Mabb and Head Coach Dawn Ray.

Seneca’s Emily Garfoot (4) and Michelle Clark (14) go up for the block versus Southwestern.

On Saturday, host Seneca bested Southwestern three games to none to win the regional championship and improve their season record to 18-4.

Seneca won by scores of 25-16, 25-15 and 25-17. 

Top-seeded Seneca will now face third-seeded Benton at Belmont on Oct. 26. 

Wed
25
Oct

Wauzeka-Steuben runner earns trip to State Meet


Jacob Reichmann runs at the Ryan Zimpel Invitational hosted by Boscobel on Oct. 3. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A member of the Wauzeka-Steuben High School boys’ cross country team has earned a berth in the Wisconsin State Cross Country Meet to be held in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Sophomore Jacob Reichmann finished ninth at the Fennimore Sectional on Saturday in a time of 18:37.6 over the 5,000-meter course to become the fifth individual boy at the sectional to earn a trip to the state meet. 

Wed
25
Oct

Grant County deputy justified in shooting of suspect

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Grant County Sheriff’s Department deputy was justified in the fatal shooting of a man near Mount Hope on Sept. 1, concluded Grant County District Attorney Lisa Riniker in a statement on Oct. 23.

Tue
24
Oct

Richard A. “Dick” Ginsterblum

 

Richard A. “Dick” Ginsterblum, 93, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 24.

 

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