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Wed
10
Oct

15th—and final—Fallfire art contest begins


This untitled photograph by Adam Bartels was last year’s “best of show” winner of the local Fallfire art contest.

 With the support of several area businesses, cartoonist John Mundt, Esquire, of Prairie du Chien, is hosting the 15th annual Fallfire art contest, which is accepting submissions now through Saturday, Nov. 3. Open to artists of any age, and in all mediums, Fallfire 15, according to Mundt, “will also be our last.” 

Inspired by the sights and sounds of autumn, Mundt, illustrator of “The Collected Short Stories of L. Frank Baum,” founded the contest in 2004 to challenge all artists to “flex their creative muscles.” 

Participants are asked to create a work inspired by the word “fallfire.” 

“Fall always puts me in a very creative mood. I hope to share that feeling with this creativity-inducing exercise,” Mundt said. 

Mon
08
Oct

Auditorium, school upgrade almost done


Details are being finished on the inside of the new auditorium and the outside is almost done as well. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The new 766-seat auditorium is considered a state-of-the-art facility.

 

 

4.5 percent over budget is said to be typical for a project of this scale

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
08
Oct

Pecatonica-Argyle defeats River Ridge


Cole Crubel nears the end zone on a 45-yard touchdown run in the first quarter versus Pecatonica-Argyle Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

A pair of River Ridge defenders stop the Pecatonica-Argyle ballcarrier Friday night.

Brett Moravits (2) of River Ridge gets ready to take down the PA runner.

Brayan Barrita (28) gains good yardage on a kickoff return Friday night.

Colton Clark (16) follows the block of Blake Crubel and makes a nifty cut to the inside for a good gain.

 

Pecatonica-Argyle defeated host River Ridge 20-6 on the Timberwolves’ homecoming Friday night. 

The game was played on a wet and slippery field and didn’t start until about 8:30 p.m. due to lightning. 

Cole Crubel got the Timberwolves on the board first as he got to the outside and broke free for a 45-yard touchdown dash down the left sideline in the first quarter. The extra point was blocked but River Ridge had a 6-0 lead.

Mon
08
Oct

Late TD lifts Prairie over Lancaster, Hawks gain share of SWC title


Prairie du Chien’s Tyler Smock rushed for a whopping 273 yards and five touchdowns to help defeat Lancaster Friday night. (Photos by A.J. Gates, Sports Editor, Grant County Herald Independent)

Prairie’s Gavin Gillitzer was 11 of 24 in the air for 181 yards and 1 TD pass.

 

By Zach Mara

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks traveled to Lancaster on Friday night, looking to spoil the Arrows’ homecoming and improve to 4-0 in conference play. 

The game was a tale of two halves, as the Hawks (7-1, 4-0) jumped out to a big lead early to take a 20-point lead into halftime. 

Mon
08
Oct

Gerald L. Burr

Gerald L. Burr, 82, of Saginaw, Mich., a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, passed away Friday, June 22, at home, surrounded by his family.

The son of Alonzo and Anita (Haupt) Burr, Gerald was born on July 8, 1935, in Chicago, Ill. He grew up in Prairie du Chien. Jerry graduated from Prairie High School in 1953. He joined the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After the service, he attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison and graduated with a B.S. in business administration.

He married Carol Ann Strauman on Sept. 15, 1956, at St. John Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. They moved to Saginaw, Mich., where Jerry was employed as a supervisor for General Motors at Grey Iron Foundry for 35 years until his retirement.

Mon
08
Oct

High-speed chase results in Mount Hope man’s arrest

An area man was arrested Oct. 1, on narcotics-related charges, following a high-speed chase and crash, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At about 1:30 a.m., last Monday, a Prairie du Chien police officer observed a vehicle driving east on West Blackhawk Avenue, with an equipment violation. When the officer turned around in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Christopher Easterling, 29, of Mount Hope, increased his speed. The vehicle turned south into an alleyway, then west on East Wisconsin Street, and a vehicle pursuit began. Speeds reached around 100 mph near the Highway 18 bridge, and the vehicle began passing other vehicles.

Mon
08
Oct

Crawford County plat book updated, for sale


On the front cover of the Crawford County plat book are pictures of the county fair, which is the recipient of the proceeds from book sales.

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County plat book is updated and for sale to interested hunters, property owners, emergency service departments and citizens in general. Proceeds from the booklet benefit the Crawford County Fair, according to fair coordinator, Amanda Griswold.

Updated every five years, a plat book consists of maps showing rural property outlines of parcels over five acres, the number of acres and the name of the landowner. Locally-owned, state and federal lands are shown. Township names, section numbers, range numbers, lakes and rivers are included as well. 

Thu
04
Oct

Sherry Silvers

Sherry Silvers, 67, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 1, at Crossing Rivers Health. She was the only beloved daughter of Raymond and Marilyn (Gibbs) Kellogg, born on Aug. 5, 1951, in Dubuque, Iowa. She married her loving husband, Ernest John Silvers on Aug. 16, 1969, in Boscobel.

Sherry was a well-respected business owner for over 40 years. She operated a state-licensed purebred dog kennel and was an honored AKC and CKC breeder. She volunteered for the first Prairie du Chien Humane Society and provided a pet rescue facility for dogs and birds.

Thu
04
Oct

Allen John Berns

Allen John Berns, 59, of Monona, Iowa, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Great River Care Center of McGregor, Iowa. Allen John was born Oct. 30, 1958, to Louis Henry and Wilma Ann (Duetmeyer) Berns in Dubuque, Iowa. He graduated from MFL High School in 1977.

Allen was self-employed and, in his spare time, enjoyed fishing, classic cars, riding motorcycles and playing cards.

Allen is survived by his two daughters, Amy Berns. of Monona, Iowa, and Kristina (Keith) Thompson, of Monona, Iowa; grandchildren, Drew and Mason Hird and Vivian Thompson; his father, Louis H. Berns, of Monona, Iowa; his brothers, Dan (Lisa) Berns, of Farmersburg, Iowa, Ron (Barb) Berns, of Monona, Iowa, Tom (Jo) Berns, of Luana, Iowa, and Brian (Kerri) Berns, of Luana, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Thu
04
Oct

Goldie L. Clanton

Goldie L. Clanton, 95, a lifelong resident of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Oct. 3. 

She was born Dec. 30, 1922, the daughter of Gailard and Alma Marie (Oates) Collins. She married Robert Clanton on June 10, 1942, at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. She and her husband owned and operated Clanton Construction for over 30 years. Goldie also worked as a cake decorator for Piggly Wiggly for over 40 years. Goldie enjoyed her card club that began during WWII. She was an avid collector of antiques and was a member of the Eagles Club Aerie 1502. Her husband Bob preceded her in death on Feb. 9, 1992. 

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