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Wed
27
May

Bluff View students to host golf outing, raise funds for trip to capital


Bluff View Intermediate School 7th graders Brandon Hanger (left) and Maggie Dobbs would love to see as many people as possible at their golf fundraiser at the Prairie du Chien Country Club on Saturday, May 30, at 10 a.m. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

Even though the school year is starting to wind down, the students of the 7th grade class at Bluff View Intermediate school are ramping up their efforts to raise money for their 8th grade Washington D.C. trip.
“They’ll be taking the trip in June of 2016,” said Chad Abram.

As one of the parents who helped orchestrate the trip and plan the stops along the way, Abram is very familiar with how much a trip like this will cost. “It’s about $1,200 a child, which is why we’re trying our best to offset some of the costs with fundraising,” stated Abram.

So far, the students have hosted a bowling tournament and a car wash. In addition, they have sold PdC Blackhawk yard signs. Their newest fundraiser is set to take place on Saturday, May 30, at the Prairie du Chien Country Club at 10 a.m. Students Brandon Hanger and Maggie Dobbs are encouraging anyone and everyone to come support their class.

Wed
27
May

River Ridge seeks to exceed revenue cap, make mandated repairs

By Correne Martin

In an effort to address building safety and compliance issues mandated by the state, the River Ridge School District is seeking a state trust fund loan not to exceed $2 million. The money would finance energy efficiency projects and be repaid over five years.

“When you go outside the revenue cap, although we would receive some aid, the majority of it comes from the tax bills,” explained Interim Superintendent Tom Andres regarding repayment of the potential loan.

On May 13, the school board voted to begin application paperwork for the state trust fund loan and, on May 26, the board approved a resolution authorizing the loan, also levying a tax in connection with it. Next, the resolution must be published within 10 days of the May 26 meeting. Then, there will be a 30-day period during which those who wish to petition the action can do so.

Wed
27
May

Man arrested after high-speed chase

On May 23, at approximately 1:43 a.m., a Prairie du Chien Police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for operating left of center and failing to dim their bright head lamps. The vehicle was first observed westbound in the 100 block of West Blackhawk Avenue. The vehicle initially stopped at the intersection of South Main Street and West Iowa Street. When the officer exited his squad car to approach the vehicle, the vehicle fled from the traffic stop and preceded south on the Highway 18 Bypass.

Wed
27
May

Local teen dies in crash

A two-vehicle crash took the lives of a rural Eastman teen and a Tomah man Sunday afternoon, May 24, in the town of Eastman, according to the Crawford County Sheriff's Department.

Bridget Achenbach, 19, was traveling south on Highway 27 near Messler Lane about 2 p.m. when her Chevrolet Cruze hydroplaned on wet pavement and spun across the centerline into the northbound lane. Her vehicle collided with a Chevrolet Impala, driven by Kenneth Eppers, 85, Tomah. Achenbach was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man and his wife, Genevieve Eppers, also 85, were extricated from their car with the Jaws of Life and taken to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, where Kenneth died from his injuries. Genevieve was later transported by ambulance to a La Crosse hospital, where she remained in critical condition Monday afternoon. An update on her condition was not available Tuesday.

Tue
26
May

Myrna “Jean” Kelley

 

Myrna “Jean” Kelley, 78, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, May 24, at the Prairie Maison Health Center. 

She was born Nov. 19, 1936 in Bagley, the daughter of Myron and Marie (Ruh) Pace. 

She is survived by one daughter, Kathy (George) Hoffman of Wauzeka; one granddaughter, Katelyn Hoffman; one brother, Tom Pace of Bagley; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three siblings, Treva Trine, Lyle Pace and Shirley Satter.

Tue
26
May

Bridget A. Achenbach

 

Bridget A. Achenbach, 19, of Eastman passed away due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. 

Tue
26
May

James L. Hermsen

 

James L. Hermsen, 88, passed away Saturday, May 23, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster. 

He was born Oct. 5, 1926 the son of John and Clementine (Bohnenkamp) Hermsen. Jim graduated from Bloomington High School and was drafted into the United States Army, during the Korean Conflict. He returned home to farm in rural Bloomington. Jim was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and its Knights of Columbus and Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the American Legion Post No. 5 of Patch Grove. Jim was an avid sports fan, especially baseball and Green Bay Packer football. He was known for his great storytelling. Jim dearly enjoyed his family and keeping up with their activities.

Tue
26
May

Evelyn M. Shulka

 

Evelyn M. Shulka, 79, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, May 22, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, after a brief illness. 

She was born May 21, 1936 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Charles and Florence (Bovee) Sawvell. Evelyn was a successful local businesswoman who began the Skateway Roller Rink and later owned Prairie Mobile Homes. She also operated a local clothing store and furniture store. She loved to travel. 

Wed
20
May

Prairie track hosts Conference


Prairie du Chien’s Emily Steger gets ready to put the shot at the SWC Track Meet Tuesday. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Prairie du Chien 

hosts Conference Track Meet

Prairie du Chien hosted the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Track Meet Tuesday afternoon. Dodgeville-Mineral Point won the boys meet with 191.5 points. Platteville had 178, River Valley 122, Lancaster 83.5, Prairie du Chien 57 and Richland Center 30.

 Nick Kurtz of Prairie du Chien was second in the 1600-meter run in 4:46.14. 

Wed
20
May

Prairie du Chien softball


Prairie du Chien pitcher Lauren Nicholson winds up against visiting Dodgeville. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Prairie rallies to 

beat Dodgeville

Prairie du Chien edged visiting Dodgeville 6-5 in an SWC softball game Tuesday afternoon. 

Dodgeville scored 2 runs in the top of the second to go up 2-0. 

The Dodgers scored 1 run in the top of the third, but the Lady Blackhawks scored twice in the bottom half to pull within 3-2. 

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