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28
Jan

Prairie boys beat Barneveld


The Blackhawks’ Hunter Davis scores versus visiting Barneveld Saturday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Mark Welter drives for a score in second-half action Saturday afternoon.

Mason Kramer drives the left baseline Saturday.

 

The Hawks boys basketball team returned home with an afternoon affair against Barneveld on Saturday, Jan. 26. Barneveld came in winning seven games in a row and the Hawks winning the past five games.

Mon
28
Jan

Hawkettes advance to state


The Prairie du Chien High School Hawkettes traveled to Watertown, Wis., for the WACPC Regional Dance Competition on Saturday, Jan. 26. They performed in the D5 Pom Division and the D3 Kick Division. The team placed fifth in Pom and first in Kick. The first-place finish makes them the Regional Champions and advances them to state. The State Dance Competition is Saturday, Feb. 2 in La Crosse. “We’d love to see some familiar faces in the crowd cheering us on!” said Head Coach Bobbi Gofus. The team includes, from left: Coach Bobbi Gofus, Lauren Kennedy, Archi Patel, Morgan Kiesau, Kara Katzung, Kina Myers, Caitlin Nolan, Rebekah Champion and Desiree Puckett. (Photo submitted)
Mon
28
Jan

Counterfeit bills passed around


This counterfeit $100 bill was attempted to be passed at a local restaurant. (Photo courtesy of the Prairie du Chien Police Department)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Recently, there was a counterfeit $100 bill that was attempted to be passed at a Prairie du Chien restaurant.

Police Chief Kyle Teynor said the investigation is ongoing, and that a woman (the suspect) was photographed but she has not been found or identified from the photograph.

Mon
28
Jan

Crooked Oar ready to host 69th Ice Fisheree


Crooked Oar Bar and Marina owner Paul DeVoss stands in front of the stone fireplace.

Numerous children enjoy the family-friendly Ice Fisheree each February. (Courier Press file photo)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce will welcome area ice fishing enthusiasts to Prairie du Chien for the 69th Annual Ice Fisheree weekend to be held Feb. 1, 2 and 3 with headquarters at The Crooked Oar Bar and Marina just north of Prairie du Chien on County K. 

Thu
24
Jan

RRC grapplers host Pec-Argyle


The River Ridge Dance Team performs at the River Ridge-Cassville versus Pecatonica-Argyle wrestling meet Jan. 17. (Photos by Lindsey Ludvik Photography)

Angel Duran of River Ridge-Cassville gains control of his opponent in the 285-pound match.

Zane Trautsch of River Ridge-Cassville goes for the pin in his 182-pound match.

River Ridge-Cassville’s Caleb Lenzendorf tries to turn his 138-pound opponent.

 

The River Ridge-Cassville wrestling team hosted Pecatonica-Argyle on Jan. 17. It was Parents’ and Senior Night.

Pecatonica-Argyle won the dual meet by a score of 45-17.

At 132, there was a double forfeit.

Wed
23
Jan

Bell Center, county in dispute with federal emergency management

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The village of Bell Center and Crawford County are in a dispute with FEMA over funding for the costs of damage to the bridge over the Kickapoo River on Sand Creek Road during the 2016 Kickapoo River flood.

Wed
23
Jan

The new epidemic of gender dysphoria

 

By Guest Columnist Dr. Mark Grunwald

 

Introduction

Wed
23
Jan

Iowa man arrested for methamphetamine possession

On Jan. 21, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit observed a 1984 Chevrolet C30 truck swerving over the shoulder of the road several times, and had an equipment violation. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on the Highway 18 bypass and Rice Street in the city of Prairie du Chien. The driver was identified as Daniel Trappe, 55, Colesburg, Iowa.  In speaking with Trappe, the deputy observed him to be exhibiting signs of nervousness and signs of drug use. 

K-9 Breck was utilized for an open free air sniff of the vehicle, alerting to the presence of one or more controlled substances in the vehicle. In the vehicle, deputies located a false compartment cylinder, which had crystal like substance inside. The crystal substance field tested positive for methamphetamine. 

Wed
23
Jan

PdC drowning lawsuit appealed

The parents of a drowned Prairie du Chien boy have appealed the dismissal of their wrongful death lawsuit. 

Kurt and Rachael Warrington filed their lawsuit after their son Kashton, 4, was found unresponsive at Wacouta Aquatic Park in Prairie du Chien during a swimming lesson on Aug. 2, 2017. 

The lawsuit had alleged that the death occurred because city and Prairie du Chien School District personnel were negligent in their supervision and custody of Kashton.

In November, Judge Craig Day dismissed the case in Crawford County Circuit Court. Day cited Wisconsin’s “recreational immunity” statute which limits a property owner’s liability for an injury to, or caused by, a person engaging in recreational activity on the owner’s property.

Wed
23
Jan

Local Knights of Columbus earn top council honors in diocese


Knights of Columbus Campion Council leaders Brian Dillman and Scott Kennedy greet one another at the 100 year anniversary celebration at the Dousman House in December.

Prairie du Chien’s Opportunity Center was just one of several organizations benefitting from the Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll drive locally this past year. Representing the Opportunity Center at the recent KCs banquet are Kari Kossman and Pam Ritchie. Other entities gaining funds were Prairie Catholic special education, Wisconsin Badger Camp and the Special Olympics. (Submitted photos)

By Correne Martin

The Knights of Columbus Campion Council 1840 has gone from near extinction to a position of distinction, having increased its membership 350 percent this past year—just in time for the council’s 100 year anniversary. 

“I don’t know what it is; it’s a spark that hit around here. But it was time,” said Steve Mercaitis, grand knight of the Prairie du Chien men’s volunteer service organization. 

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