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Dec

Bridgeport Fire awarded grant toward grain bin rescue equipment needs

Accessories purchase to supplement Wauzeka Fire rescue tube

By Correne Martin

The Bridgeport and Rural Prairie du Chien Fire Department is one of 160 rural emergency service agencies receiving a portion of $450,000 in grants from Compeer Financial’s corporate giving program, Fund for Rural America. The local department was awarded $2,100, with which it will purchase grain bin rescue equipment.

According to fire chief Russ Gillitzer, the department feels obtaining such equipment is for the greater good of Crawford County and its surrounding communities. The purchase should be finalized in the next week or so.

Wed
05
Dec

Band students get personal with Israeli ensemble


Sofi Tsedaka and two of her bandmates, Yonnie “Jonathan” Dror (left) and Yshai Afterman, shared a laugh as she tried to navigate the English language and find the right words in explaining the ensemble’s collaborative work. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Director Matt Lenz leads his band students through practicing “Reverberations,” in front of Sofi and the Baladis.

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien High School band students were fortunate to have a few moments of international interaction right in their own music room Nov. 29, during a weeklong Arts Midwest World Fest school district residency with Sofi and the Baladis, a musical ensemble from Israel. 

It was a chance for the youth to ask questions and learn from the multi-lingual professionals, who, in turn, had plenty of queries about the American music culture as well as the students’ personal experiences. 

Wed
05
Dec

Public meeting scheduled about McGregor Lake project


This aerial view shows McGregor Lake, also known as Horseshoe Lake. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is hosting a public meeting at the Prairie du Chien City Hall, 214 E. Blackhawk Ave., on Dec. 11 to gather public input on its Feasibility Study and Environmental Assessment to improve habitat in McGregor Lake.

Mon
03
Dec

WS girls cruise past Weston


Maddy Reichmann goes up for a layup Thursday night.

Haley Atkinson of Wauzeka-Steuben grabs a rebound. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Erin Krachey drives to the basket against visiting Weston Thursday night.

Peyton Mindham looks for an open teammate.

Maddy Reichmann scoops the ball up and in.

 

Wauzeka-Steuben easily beat visiting Weston 71-29 in a Ridge and Valley girls basketball game Thursday night. 

Wauzeka-Steuben built a 48-20 halftime lead and cruised to the win.

Erin Krachey had a game-high 23 points to lead the Lady Hornets. Jordan Mormann netted 11. Maddy Reichmann scored 10 and Ravyn Krachey tickled the twine for 8.

Mon
03
Dec

Prairie du Chien matmen take down Viroqua


Prairie du Chien senior Luke Wright pins his Viroqua opponent on the edge of the mat.

Senior Reid Koenig throws a leg in while working a power half.

Senior Tyler Smock decks his opponent with a tight headlock.

 

The defending SWC and Regional Champion PdC Blackhawks opened the 2018-2019 season on Thursday, Nov. 29, traveling to always tough Viroqua for a nonconference dual. 

The meet started at 195#. Grant Martin made his debut in a Blackhawk singlet. Martin wrestled a tough match against a senior before being pinned in period two. 

At 220#, Luke Wright would lock up a bear hug and take his opponent to his back for a quick first period fall. 

Mon
03
Dec

New PdC greenhouse to help student growth


Senior Syd Kossman attends to some poinsettias that will soon be delivered to the customers of the FFA Poinsettia Sale. Plant science students such as Kossman also earn credit at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College for taking the course. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Senior Korbin Bachman shows the cutting of a wandering yew.

Joshua Kotte, a senior, tries to find some germination in several containers of herbs.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor Diane Colburn said Prairie du Chien High School students and staff are looking forward to getting the school’s new greenhouse up and running in full growing mode soon.

Mon
03
Dec

Darrel Howard Gilkes

Darrel Howard Gilkes, 69, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, after a brief illness. 

Darrel was born to parents George and Viola (Yost) Gilkes on Aug. 6, 1949. 

He spent his elementary years in Brodtville. Darrel was a graduate of West Grant High School in 1968. He met his best friend Karen Beinborn in 1987. They eventually married on Oct. 14, 2005. The two spent many years fishing, canoeing and camping. The couple had a blended family of four children. After many years of being an over-the-road truck driver, Darrel retired in 2014 due to health reasons. He then purchased Mr. Mouse Cheese, a local cheese curd distributing business.

Mon
03
Dec

Violet G. Wackershauser

Violet G. Wackershauser, 87, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Jan. 10, 1931, the daughter of George and Mamie Lewig. She attended school in the Wauzeka area and was a lifelong homemaker. Violet was married to Loren Koecke on Sept. 13, 1969, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Following Loren’s death in 2002, she married Virgil Wackershauser. Violet was an artist at heart and enjoyed quilting and gardening in her free time, and she loved to dance. 

Violet is survived by various members of her extended family and by many friends.

In addition to her parents, Violet was preceded in death by her husbands, Loren Koecke and Virgil Wackershauser.

Mon
03
Dec

William B. 'Bill' Tubbs

William B. “Bill” Tubbs, 65, of Bagley, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. 

He was born in Prairie du Chien, on Aug. 6, 1953, the son of Robert and Barbara (Govier) Tubbs. 

Following his education, Bill was a sales consultant for a number of years at H&S Sales, specializing in cabinetry. He then worked at Spahn & Rose Lumber Co. in Prairie du Chien until his retirement. In his free time, he enjoyed photography.

Bill is survived by his siblings, Thomas (Roxanne) Tubbs, and Beth (Bruce) Fortner; nephews, Brian and Alan (Kate) Tubbs; and an uncle, Floyd Welsch.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mon
03
Dec

Tamara 'Tammy' Marie (Regenold) Kleitsch

Tamara “Tammy” Marie (Regenold) Kleitsch, 59, of Monona, Iowa, passed away in her home on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. 

She was born in Independence, Iowa, on June 26, 1959, the daughter of Ronald J. and Kay F. (Mersch) Regenold.

Tammy graduated from Wapsie Valley High School in 1977, and furthered her education at Hawkeye Community College.

Tammy was united in marriage to Thomas Kleitsch in Fairbank, Iowa. They later divorced. Tammy was employed at Wal-Mart in Prairie du Chien, earning her 10-year pin this past Friday. She enjoyed being with friends, watching her favorite TV shows, and she loved her dog, Fancy. Tammy was a very thoughtful, kind and caring person to all who knew her. She will be missed.

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