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Thu
11
Apr

Elaine M. Kramer

International rodeo star, Elaine M. Kramer, 83, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

Wed
10
Apr

New River Ridge superintendent chosen

River Ridge High School Principal Clay Koenig has accepted an offer to become the next district administrator.

Koenig will take over on July 1 for the retiring Jeff Athey. Koenig’s initial contract would be for one year.

Contract negotiations have not begun, but the school board expects to do so this month.

The school district is also seeking candidates to fill two full-time positions. One position would be a principal for fifth through 12th grades or a dean of students. The other position would be a 4K through fourth-grade principal or dean of students/curriculum director.

Wed
10
Apr

Traffic stop results in drug-related arrest

On April 8, a Crawford County deputy initiated a traffic stop on a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero driving south on Marquette Road in the city of Prairie du Chien. 

The driver was identified as Danny Green, 55, Prairie du Chien. It was discovered that Green had a revoked driver’s license, and he was asked to exit the vehicle. Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and drug paraphernalia was located within the vehicle. Furthermore, a container containing suspected heroin was located near where the driver was sitting. 

Green displayed several prominent indicators of narcotics impairment and later failed field sobriety tests. 

Green was placed under arrest and transported to the Crawford County Jail. 

Wed
10
Apr

City to distribute TID funds, room tax revenue down in 2018


Surrounded by a large turnout of his fellow Prairie du Chien firefighters, John Yager holds the framed resolution presented to him by the common council Tuesday night for 55 years of dedicated service to the department. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Fireman commended for 55 years of service

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved distribution of tax increment district (TID) funds, commended a fireman for 55 years of service, learned 2018 motel room tax revenue was down, and took the final step in getting Crossing Rivers Health the entrance driveway it’s wanted since the new hospital was built. 

Wed
10
Apr

At least 85 percent of students believed to be vaping


Some of the leaders of the Prairie du Chien High School student council sat down Friday morning to talk about trends in vaping among their peers. Pictured (from left) are Riley Hubanks, Clare Teynor, Gabby Toberman, Hunter Davis, Elizabeth Tesar and Joseph Gourdin. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Editor’s note: We are aware of a related situation that occurred involving Prairie du Chien High School students Friday afternoon. This article is not reactionary to these circumstances. In fact, interviews were already conducted and the story was planned for today’s paper, prior to what transpired.

By Correne Martin

Six student council members at Prairie du Chien High School feel 85-90 percent of their peers are vaping. 

Wed
10
Apr

River Ridge continues toward athletic field project


This architectural drawing shows the proposed layout of the River Ridge athletic facilities improvements. (Photo courtesy of River Ridge School District and Top Notch Construction)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
10
Apr

Error propels Prairie boys to win


Hunter Davis of Prairie du Chien takes a lead after hitting a single Monday afternoon.

The Blackhawks’ Jon Nicholson gets a good jump off of second base Monday.

The Prairie du Chien defense gets the force out at second and turns the double play Monday afternoon versus visiting West Salem.

Prairie’s Jacob Joy whips in a pitch to the West Salem batter Monday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

 

A walk-off error propelled the Prairie du Chien Blackhawk baseball team to a decisive and dramatic nonconference victory over West Salem, 3-2. 

The game was tied at 2 when Ryan McGrath hit a towering pop fly into the tricky wind that the West Salem left fielder managed to get a glove on, but couldn’t hang onto as Josh Dyer scored the winning run from second base. 

Mon
08
Apr

Mildred M. Lessard

Mildred M. Lessard, 85, of Janesville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Agrace Hospice in Janesville.  

She was born in Prairie du Chien on Sept. 17, 1933, the daughter of Thomas and Orpha Check. She graduated from Prairie du Chien High School and went on to marry her loving husband of 48 years, Walter A. Lessard on July 7, 1952. Walter and Mildred have been Janesville residents since 1959, and also faith members of St. William Catholic Church. Mildred loved spending her winters in Florida with Walter, and they even enjoyed fishing together. She was talented in quilting and ceramics, and donated quilts to the Veterans at the Milwaukee Hospital. She was a loving and devoted grandma and great-grandma, and always cherished her time with family. 

Mon
08
Apr

Merlin Frederick Kruger

Merlin Frederick Kruger, 93, of, Lansing, Iowa, formerly of Waukon and Harpers Ferry, Iowa, died Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Thornton Manor in Lansing. 

Mon
08
Apr

Beth Abel

Beth took orders from no one. Except God. Her physical work here is done and her journey as an angel watching over us has begun.

Beth Abel, 35, of Marquette, Iowa, died on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. Beth was born on Sept. 20, 1983, to Roger and Janette (Brown) Carlson in Prairie du Chien. She graduated from MFL-MarMac in Monona, Iowa, in 2002.

Beth received her AAS in accounting from NICC Calmar in 2004, and in September of 2005, Beth began her career at Peoples State Bank, where she held many positions including her last as a bookkeeper in the operations department at the main office. It wasn’t long before her co-workers knew Beth was family.

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