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Mon
16
Apr

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.

Fri
13
Apr

Bentley Allan Anderson

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

 

Thu
12
Apr

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. 

Wed
11
Apr

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. 

 

Wed
11
Apr

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. 

Wed
11
Apr

Water rate increase 32.59 percent average for PdC residents

By Correne Martin

A water rate increase will be effective in Prairie du Chien for service rendered on and after its next reading date, June 1. The city water department received authorization from the Public Service Commission and the common council approved the action at its meeting Tuesday, April 10.

According to a memo from Water Superintendent Larry Gates, the increase is necessary due to a 54.61 percent increase in gross plant investment and a 31.99 percent increase in operating expenses since the last water rate case was completed in 2009.

Wed
11
Apr

Seneca grad to appear on ‘Forged in Fire’


Pat Biggin (right), a Seneca High School alumnus, works with his friend’s dad, Mike, on making a few knives for his 60th birthday. They used a lemon tree branch for the handles, since it was a tree his deceased son had planted in their back yard in elementary school. The tree had died but they saved the branch to be used in something special. Biggin was chosen to appear on the History Channel show, “Forged in Fire: Knife or Death,” airing on Tuesdays, beginning April 17, at 9 p.m.

This piece shows a test blade that Biggin just finished in an effort to replicate an original.

This is Pat Biggins’ take on a bird and trout knife. The handle was dyed and soaked in linseed oils. (Submitted photos)

By Correne Martin

A Seneca High School graduate will appear in the History Channel TV series, “Forged in Fire: Knife or Death,” on Tuesdays, beginning April 17, at 9 p.m. The series focuses on extreme cutting performance of hand-created knife blades. Contestants will face challenges with their blades and attempt to “pass” them. 

Pat Biggin, a 2006 Seneca graduate and knifemaker since 2005, was selected for the show by application. He saw an advertisement on a Facebook knifemaker group page and sent out a letter of interest in September 2017. He was  phone interviewed, Skype interviewed and then cast on the show. 

Wed
11
Apr

PdC Country Club


This is a view from the loft of the new clubhouse showing the ceiling and the bar area below. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

It is not yet known what the loft will be used for. The loft is a relatively late addition.

The new banquet and dining room is nearing completion.

 

Inside of new Country Club clubhouse moving along

Completion projected for May 4

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The new clubhouse at Prairie du Chien Country Club is continuing to proceed well and is projected for completion by May 4, said Karen Moravits, the food and beverage manager.

Wed
11
Apr

WS boys over Seneca


Seneca's Jared Payne drops and drives before unleashing a pitch. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Wauzeka-Steuben's Isaac Byrne gets a big jump off of first base as Tyler Heinz of Seneca defends Tuesday afternoon.

 

Wauzeka-Steuben wins 

pitchers' duel over Seneca

Both teams were strong on the mound on Tuesday but Wauzeka-Steuben was just a little bit stronger at the plate in a victory over Seneca in Ridge and Valley baseball action. 

A single by Noah Allan in the first inning was a positive for Seneca.

Wed
11
Apr

Seneca versus Wauzeka-Steuben girls


Seneca's Haley Wall fires in a fastball to the Wauzeka-Steuben batter in Wauzeka Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Lady Hornets' Erin Krachey scores versus Seneca Tuesday afternoon in Wauzeka.

 

Seneca girls 

defeat Wauzeka-Steuben

Seneca defeated host Wauzeka-Steuben 12-8 in a Ridge and Valley softball game Tuesday afternoon.

Haley Wall earned the mound win. She allowed 8 runs on 9 hits and issued 7 walks while fanning 10.

Siena Krachey took the loss. She gave up 12 runs on 16 hits and issued 3 walks and whiffed 1.

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