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Mississippi Mud Run


Three competitors run over a group of logs at the Fifth Annual Mississippi Mud Run Saturday morning on St. Feriole Island. Proceeds from the event go towards Phase II of the Prairie du Chien Skate Park. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Negotiating the concrete culvert can be somewhat tricky.

A pair of Mississippi Mud runners go up and over a station wagon.

The water was a bit chilly on Saturday morning.
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River Ridge football


Ryan Redman (7) and another Timberwolves’ defender break up a Potosi pass attempt. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The River Ridge defense moves to the ball Friday night against visiting Potosi.

Ben Ertz (24) and other River Ridge defenders drop the Potosi ballcarrier.

 

Potosi defeats River Ridge on a rainy Homecoming

Potosi defeated host River Ridge 38-6 on a rainy Friday night for the Timberwolves’ Homecoming game in Bloomington. 

Neither team scored in the first period, but Potosi got into the end zone on a 6-yard run in the second quarter and the 2-point run was good as the Chieftains went ahead 8-0, which would be the halftime score. 

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Drones the latest technology helping area farmers


Ken Jahnke holds two drones owned by Premier Co-op. The drones provide a service for area farmers. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Like most farmers, farmers in Crawford County continue to keep abreast of the latest technological trends. One of the most recent trends has been the use of drones, which are becoming more advanced and popular for a variety of uses each year. 

“Various Crawford County farmers have been using drones,” said Ken Jahnke of Bridgeport, an agronomy and sales manager for Premier Co-op. 

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PdC Coast Guard Auxiliary crew prevents drowning


Steve Gress (left), coxswain, and Dan Brewer, crewman, are pictured aboard the 22-foot Kaylee-Annie pontoon. (USCG Auxiliary photo)

By Correne Martin

Two crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary-Prairie du Chien Flotilla were in the right place at the right time Thursday, Sept. 10, when they observed a man fall from a Winneshiek Marina dock and stepped in to save his life.

Coxswain Steve Gress and crew member Joanie Dickerson, of the 22-foot Kaylee-Annie pontoon, were returning from patrol when they saw a couple walking down the dock. They witnessed the woman bend over to pick up something when her husband tripped over her and fell head first into the harbor. The man, who appeared to be in his 70s but was not identified by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, disappeared from their sight under the water, which is about 12 feet deep in that area, Gress said.

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A sisterly promise leads to hope for others


Bonnie Fuller (center), of Prairie du Chien, is the 2015 recipient of the Paula J. Tower Memorial Award for selflessly giving of her time and energy to advance the message of hope for a future without breast cancer. Pictured (from left) are Deb Kane, clinical manager, Center for Breast Care at Gundersen Health System; Jackie Wachter, nominator; Bonnie Fuller, recipient; and Paula Tower’s children, Kate and Jeff, who presented the award.

Breast cancer fishing tournament founder recognized

By Correne Martin

For exemplifying the “Power of One,” Prairie du Chien’s own Bonnie Fuller was honored at the 10th annual Steppin’ Out in Pink, Sept. 12, in La Crosse. She was the winner of the Paula J. Tower Memorial Award for selflessly giving of her time and energy to advance the message of hope for a future without breast cancer. Fuller is the founder of the Hooking for Hope fishing tournament fundraiser, held in Prairie du Chien the first Saturday in June for the past 12 years.

“I can’t describe the feeling. I was totally surprised to even be nominated,” Bonnie said. “It was awesome and overwhelming but there’s a lot of other people out there who are deserving. It was fantastic to see the entire street in pink.”

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Competitive soccer league good fit for 11 year old’s passion


Landon Kohler, the son of Kirby and Melissa Kohler, of Prairie du Chien, competed in Coulee Region United Soccer Association tournaments all summer. He is pictured (forefront, dark jersey) in action at his position of defensive midfielder. (Photo by Lance Hubbard)

Eleven-year-old Landon Kohler (far left, number 3) has enjoyed playing youth soccer with his teammates in CRUSA and Rush Wisconsin West. For more information about his experiences through their programs, visit crusa-soccer.com or rushwiwest.com. For more details about the Prairie United Soccer Club, contact Julie DeHart, president, at prairieunitedsoccerclub@gmail.com. (Photo by Lance Hubbard)

By Correne Martin

It was cute and chaotic, but as a 4 year old in the Rhinelander Soccer Club’s 6 and under program, Landon Kohler essentially learned to love the game. Back then, like his young teammates, he worked mostly on passing and trying to score, and any chance he got, he was kicking the ball around in his back yard.  

At age 8, Landon moved with his parents, Kirby and Melissa, his older sister Autumn and younger brother Tanner to Prairie du Chien. Locally, in this smaller and more football-focused community, the soccer opportunities weren’t as technical, physical or as strong in numbers. These days, the Prairie United Soccer Club (PUSC) is growing; however, the competitive offerings are still minimal for kids like Landon, now 11, whose primary passion is soccer and whose abilities are undeniable.

“He has the skillset to play mid(fielder) without a doubt,” his dad, Kirby, said. “He dreams about soccer. He wants to do it all the time.”

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James (Jim) E. Boylen

 

James (Jim) E. Boylen, 82, of Seneca passed away Saturday, Sept. 19, surrounded by family and loved ones. 

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James Richard Koehn

 

 James Richard Koehn, 82, of Bloomington, formerly of McGregor, Iowa died on Thursday, Sept. 17, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

James was born on Dec. 11, 1932 to Albert and Hazel Koehn in Clayton, Iowa. James graduated high school from McGregor, Iowa in 1950 and served honorably in the United States Navy. James was united in marriage with Genevive Plank in 1958 at Baraboo. He was employed by the Grant School district as a janitor. James enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

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Chester L. Barr

 

Chester L. Barr, 76, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, Sept. 18, at the Atrium care Center in Lancaster. 

He was born Nov. 29, 1938 in Beetown, the son of Elsworth and Elsie Barr. He married Delores Kramer on Sept. 15, 1962 and they later divorced. Chester grew up on the family farm, working later at Northern Engraving. He worked as a delivery and salesman for Prairie Beer and later became the owner and operator of the Pine Tree Inn in Bridgeport. Chester was active in the tavern league, Wisconsin Badger Camp and the St. Jude Foundation. He served on the Bridgeport Town Board, and loved the Chicago Cubs, the Green Bay Packers, playing pool, John Deere tractors and enjoyed hunting. 

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Virginia C. Kruger

 

Virginia C. Kruger, 95, of Harpers Ferry passed away Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Thornton Manor in Lansing, Iowa. 

She was born Oct. 25, 1919 in Sparta, the daughter of William and Frances (Schaller) Ziegler. She married Fred Cassel in 1939, who later preceded her in death in 1996. She worked as an assembler for Deltrol Electronics in Milwaukee. She later married Merlin Kruger on Oct. 28, 2000. Virginia was an active member of the Eagles Club and enjoyed gambling and playing cards. She enjoyed time with friends and family and always had a joke. 

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