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Thu
19
Apr

Public info meeting planned for Michigan Street project

The city of Prairie du Chien will host a Public information meeting on Thursday, April 26 to review the upcoming North Michigan Street project. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the community room at city hall.

Representatives from the city and Vierbicher, the city’s consultant on the project, will be in attendance.

Work is scheduled to begin in June. The contractor for the project is H. James and Sons Construction.

The project involves the reconstruction of North Michigan Street from Blackhawk Avenue to Perry Street, Haydn Street from Michigan Street to Illinois Street, and Park Street from Michigan Street to Illinois Street. The project will consist of the following:

Thu
19
Apr

TNT Gymnastics new facility open in Prairie du Chien


Some of the older girls practice their routines for regional gymnastics, which are happening this weekend in Minneapolis, while the younger ones get their time in too.

A group of TNT gymnasts stretches in preparation for class on the new floor mat, complete with springs beneath it.

TNT Gymnastics Owner Tracy Troxel assists a couple of her competitive gymnasts on the low bar. (Photo by Correne Martin)

With 8,200 square feet of space, there’s plenty of interaction to be had at TNT Gymnastics gym at 1890 E. La Pointe St., in Prairie du Chien.

In addition to the traditional beams, floor, bars and vault, a climbing wall, in-ground trampolines, climbing ropes, foam pit, obstacle course and toddler rooms have been added at the new TNT facility.

By Correne Martin

After 18 years of bouncing around to Prairie du Chien’s various gym spaces, TNT Gymnastics opened its own 8,200-square-foot pristine gym with the latest industry equipment at 1890 E. La Pointe St. on Feb. 25.

“It’s almost double the size we had,” remarked owner Tracy Troxel, comparing the new building to the business’ former space in a storage building next to Prairie Cinema. “We’ve already seen 25 additional members, including eight new boys. People are coming from other gyms. The kids currently taking classes have been able to improve so much more too. They’ve gained a lot more strength with the additional opportunities that have opened up.”

Wed
18
Apr

Larry J. Jelinek

 

Larry J. Jelinek, 92, of Prairie du Chien, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 17, at his home. 

 

Tue
17
Apr

George W. Lenz

 

George W. Lenz, 94, formerly of Manitowoc, was called to eternal life to be with his Lord on April 14, at his residence at Bluff Haven Assisted Living in Prairie du Chien.

 

Mon
16
Apr

Donald Glenn Behrends

 

Donald Glenn Behrends, 70, passed away on Friday, Feb. 16, at home in Livingston, Texas, with his wife by his side.

 

Mon
16
Apr

'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. 

Mon
16
Apr

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. 

Mon
16
Apr

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. 

Mon
16
Apr

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)

 

Blackhawk 

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.  

Mon
16
Apr

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. 

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