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'Robin Hood,' an action-packed, comedic adventure

Pictured, a well-practiced fight scene ensues on a bridge, between the sprightly Robin Hood and the not-so-little, Little John, portrayed by Dylan Skime. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The Baroness’ persistent squeal and over-the-top character, played by Kama Tesar (center), was well matched by her fellow performers in Prairie du Chien High School’s “Robin Hood.” They include (from left) Sherwood foresters Jillian Kruempel and Erin Amdahl, as well as members of the “merry men,” Tristan Nesvold as Allan-a-Dale, Hailey Seitz as Meg, Ian Halderson as Will Scarlett and Sophie Miller as Beatrice.

The wise-cracking Marian, played by Katy Welsch (left), tantalizes the outlaws that Queen Eleanor, aka Ellie Mara, plans to “off with their heads.”

Derek Spiller was the perfect lead character in Robin Hood (center), surrounded here by his “merry men” (from left): Hailey Seitz as Meg, Dylan Skime as Little John, Ian Halderson as Will Scarlett and Carter Wittrig as Much the Miller. True to legend, the heart of Prairie du Chien’s version of “Robin Hood” is its story of taking from the rich to give to the poor.

Friar Tuck, played by middle schooler David Riniker, sits beneath a tree talking to himself and eating voraciously, before realizing he’s being spied upon by Robin Hood.

Distraught by the sheriff’s scheme to wed her, young Ellen, depicted by Alaina Lenz, converses with the inn keeper, played by middle school student Robert Groom.

“Robin Hood,” a humorous and action-packed play by Larry Blamire, was performed over the weekend in the Prairie du Chien High School Little Theater. The play tells the story of the grand adventure of Robin Hood, played by Derek Spiller (left) and his band of outlaws as they steal from the rich and give to the poor, while the audience simultaneously watches a romance bloom between the witty Robin and the skeptical and skilled Maid Marian, the lady-in-waiting to Queen Eleanor. 


Coalition forming to conquer Crawford County area addiction issues

By Correne Martin

Whether or not you have been affected by addiction, it’s still your problem. Substance abuse is a community problem. 

That’s according to behavioral and mental health therapists and professionals from the Crossing Rivers, Gundersen, Mayo Clinic and Crawford County health systems who gathered at the Responding to Addiction Town Hall April 10, at the Prairie du Chien City Hall. About 30 area citizens attended, including recovering addicts and their families as well as stakeholders in local law enforcement, justice, corrections, probation and parole, school, etc. 


River Ridge Track

The River Ridge track and field team is all smiles as they display their trophy for winning the Cassville Invitational on Thursday.


River Ridge track and field 

team wins Cassville Invitational

The River Ridge boys and girls track and field teams both won the Cassville Invitational Thursday afternoon.

River Ridge won the girls meet with 174 points. North Crawford had 129, Potosi 125, Cassville 74, Benton-Scales Mound-Shullsburg 57, Black Hawk 56 and Pecatonica-Argyle 40. 


Prairie du Chien Golf

Michael Maguire sinks his first birdie putt of the year.

Collin Seeley tees off on number 3.

Sam Peterson hits his first drive to open 2018 season. (Photos submitted)



linksters take 

second at Fennimore

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawk golfers opened their 2018 season in a four-team nonconference match at Hickory Grove Country Club in Fennimore on Thursday, April 12. 

The Blackhawks took second place with a score of 198. Fennimore shot 182 to win the match, with Iowa Grant at 230 and Wonewoc 239.  


River Ridge Softball

River Ridge’s Katelyn Quick throws to first for the out versus Barneveld.

Maria Breuer of River Ridge gets ready to throw to first base. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)


Barneveld beats 

River Ridge girls

Barneveld defeated host River Ridge 21-1 in high school softball Thursday afternoon.

River Ridge scored its lone run in the bottom of the third inning. Barneveld scored 1 in the first, 1 in the second, 3 in the third, 1 in the fourth, 2 in the fifth, 1 in the sixth and 12 in the seventh. 


River Ridge Baseball

The River Ridge defense eventually tags the Pecatonica runner out after getting him in a pickle between second and third base Thursday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge’s Connor Mumm fields the ball and throws it to first base versus Pecatonica Thursday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)


Pecatonica wins 

2 from River Ridge

Pecatonica won a doubleheader from host River Ridge 4-2 and 12-0 Thursday afternoon in high school baseball.

In the opener, River Ridge scored 2 runs in the top of the second inning to take a 2-0 lead.

Pecatonica scored 3 runs in the third to go ahead 3-2.


Bentley Allan Anderson

Bentley Allan Anderson, 11 months, of Prairie du Chien,  passed away at home on Wednesday, April 11.



Bluff View principal charged with physical abuse of a child

By Ted Pennekamp

Prairie du Chien Bluff View Intermediate School Principal Aaron Amundson was charged in Crawford County Circuit Court April 11 with one count of the physical abuse of a child.

Amundson, 43, faces up to 3.5 years of imprisonment and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer met with Dennis Knight, Melody Cox and their son on March 24. Knight wanted to speak to an officer regarding his son being assaulted in school, the complaint said. 


Norma J. Bloyer


Norma J. Bloyer, 83, of Prairie du Chien, was called home to heaven, peacefully in her sleep, on Wednesday, April 4, at the Bluff Haven Care Center. 



Crawford, Clayton, Allamakee counties launch market analysis

Driftless Development, Inc., the newly formed economic development organization for Crawford County, is partnering with Allamakee and Clayton counties in Iowa, on a new market analysis study of the greater Prairie du Chien market area. As a part of the study, residents and business owners in the region are encouraged to participate in a short survey including questions about shopping habits and preferences; perceptions of the communities where they live, shop and work; satisfaction with various aspects of the region; resources that could most support local businesses; and challenges they face. 


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