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Tue
18
Sep

Kilbourne Claude 'KC' Johnson

Kilbourne Claude ‘KC’ Johnson, 93, passed away peacefully on Sept. 13, in Alexander City, Alabama. Originally from Wisconsin, and a longtime resident of Prairie du Chien, he was the son of Frieda and Claude Johnson, of Prairie du Chien, and brother to Leslie (Viola) and Gaylord Johnson. His passing was preceded by his parents and brothers. 

KC was married to the late Dorothy Elizabeth (Liz) Rhoden of Huntsville, Ala., on Dec. 8, 1945. They had five children: Shirley Minchk (deceased 2008) (Thomas) of Wisconsin, Terry Johnson (Chien) of California, Lynda Schwanz (Michael) of Wisconsin, John Johnson of New York, and Jacqueline Dean (Richard) of Alabama. He departed leaving a legacy of 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, a great-great-granddaughter, many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Tue
18
Sep

Man injured in semi versus car accident

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 4:04 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a semi versus car accident in Marietta Township on Highway 60 approximately 1/2 mile east of Highway 61. 

A westbound 2016 Nissan owned by Jane Yahn of rural Boscobel, and operated by Brian K. Yahn, 46, rural Boscobel, was stopped in traffic, waiting for oncoming traffic so he could complete a left turn into a wayside. 

A westbound 2012 Kenworth semi owned and operated by Michael L. Oberbroeckling, 63, Garnavillo, pulling an empty 2008 tanker owned by Tim Neubauer Trucking of Sparta, rear-ended the Yahn vehicle. 

The impact shoved the Yahn vehicle approximately 270 feet until it came to rest against a tree. 

Tue
18
Sep

Semi snags power line

On Thursday, Sept. 14, at 2:20 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle traffic crash on East Third Street at Talbot Street in the village of Wauzeka.

A 2014 International semi operated by Luke C. Kilmer, 21, Stoddard, struck a low hanging line from an overhead power pole. Kilmer and his passenger, Jeremy J. Hershey, 40, La Crosse, were eastbound on East Third Street when the trailer on the semi got hooked on a low hanging phone cable. The cable hooked onto the trailer as they were driving which caused the light pole to fall on top of the semi. Live power lines were then lying near the top of the semi and trailer. The semi was leaving from a delivery at the Wauzeka-Steuben School. 

Tue
18
Sep

Man hurt when his motorcycle hits deer

On Sept. 13, at 6:22 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a motorcycle versus deer crash with injuries on County Highway C at Chellevold Road in the township of Freeman. 

Mark C. Tallman, 54, La Crosse, was operating a 2000 Honda Goldwing motorcycle westbound on County Highway C at Chellevold Road when a deer entered the roadway. Tallman struck the deer with his motorcycle and was ejected into the eastbound lane of traffic. Tallman was wearing a helmet. Tallman sustained serious injuries and was transported to Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse. 

Assisting on scene were the Ferryville First Responders, Ocooch Mountain Rescue and the Gays Mills Fire Department.

Mon
17
Sep

Lloyd E. Snodgrass

Lloyd E. Snodgrass, 83, of Boscobel, passed away at his home, surrounded by family, on Friday, Sept. 14. He lived and farmed in the Boscobel area most of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Snodgrass, of Boscobel; a daughter, Betty Snodgrass, of Prairie du Chien; a son, Ethan (Ramona) Kord of Boscobel; six grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, 12 step-great-grandchildren; nine brothers-in-law, five sisters-in-law; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; two infant sons, Leroy and Steven; a son, Ralph; a brother in infancy; two sisters-in-law, June Copus and Belva Copus, also his father and mother in-law.

Mon
17
Sep

Timothy William Mason

Timothy William Mason, 67, of Marquette, Iowa, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. Tim was born on Oct. 8, 1950, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Charles J. and Cecelia Margaret (O’Brien) Mason. He graduated from Mar-Mac High School and went on to attend college at both NIACC in Mason City, Iowa, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Mon
17
Sep

Prairie du Chien chamber presents annual awards


Carl Colsch (right) and Chris Herbst represented Mississippi Meats as the Business of the Year. (Photos by Gary Howe)

The Chamber honored Shihata’s Orchard and Check’s Antiques with Golden Anniversary Awards for 50 years in business. Pictured (from left) are Dave and Linda Shihata, Mark and Ronna DuCharme, Ruth Check-Gates and Renee Martin.

Representing the Jaycees, which earned the Outstanding Service Award, were Tarah Marx, Brianna Mullikin and Tori Varo.

Lori Bekkum received the Chamber President's Award.

A number of deserving businesses, individuals and civic organizations were honored at the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation Sept. 13, at the Prairie du Chien Country Club.

Mississippi Meats was named Business of the Year, at the Prairie du Chien Country Club. Carl Colsch and Chris Herbst opened the specialty meat and grocery store at Blackhawk Junction in January 2017. They felt the community was the perfect, friendly, small town and tourist destination in which to do so. Both had experience in running a meat distribution company and also working in grocery stores for years. The store has only grown and continues to deliver great products coupled with top-notch customer service. It has become a staple in Prairie du Chien’s business community. 

Mon
17
Sep

Prairie du Chien parks and rec activities roll into fall


Water aerobics is one of the most popular programs available at Hoffman Hall in the fall and winter. Arlene Fernberg teaches the class, which has three different sessions available each week. (Submitted photo)

This year's parks and rec activity guide for the fall and winter.

By Correne Martin

There should be no complaints about not finding anything to do in Prairie du Chien this fall and winter. The city parks and recreation department has put together a lineup of activities for the whole family, for all interests. Check out the 2018-2019 activity guide, sponsored by Peoples State Bank and available at various community locations, for complete details. 

Mon
17
Sep

A fun time at Prairie Invitational


Seneca’s Travis Zach competes in the Prairie du Chien Invitational Thursday.

Lee Steiger of Prairie du Chien runs up an incline at the Prairie du Chien Invitational Thursday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Jayce Sexton breezes along Thursday afternoon.

Xander Zach of River Ridge shows his determination Thursday at the Prairie du Chien Invitational.

Riley Klein and Faith Webb of River Ridge run in the Prairie du Chien Invitational Thursday afternoon.

Kolton Chambers of Seneca runs up a slight grade.

Prairie du Chien’s Hailie Myers, Dominique Reilly and Jadyn Jenks run side by side just ahead of River Ridge’s Olivia Zach.

 

Several area schools converged upon LaRiviere Park for the Prairie du Chien Invitational cross country meet on a relatively hot Thursday afternoon.

The meet is a bit different in that runners from different schools compete together on five teams called the Pacemakers, Voyageurs, Prairie Dogs, Lead Miners and Joggernauts. 

Many runners wore various colors of paint and designs on their faces and arms and it was a fun meet for all involved. 

Mon
17
Sep

Competitive state-wide grant awarded to Prairie du Chien District

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School District is one of 20 schools that received the maximum amount of $75,000 from a highly competitive state-wide grant from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). 

The Prairie du Chien Healthy Children and Families Project 2018-19 will deliver sustainable mental health services for students and families of the Prairie du Chien School District.

“The grant is just awesome. It’s so exciting. I can’t wait,” said Prairie du Chien School Counselor Adrienne Udelhoven, who helped apply for the non-matching grant.

Key Elements

Key elements of the Prairie du Chien Healthy Children and Families Project include:

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