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08
Jun

Relay for Life raises over $2,500 at concert hopes to raise more at Dancing with the Stars


Recently, the Back Home Boys played at the Kickin’ Cancer concert event hosted by Huckleberry’s Restaurant. The event was put on the Class of 1986 and the Great River Relay for Life. The next Kickin’ Cancer with Hope, Dancing with the Stars, event will be held on Thursday, June 18. (Photo submitted)

By Caitlin Bittner

On Thursday, June 18, the Relay for Life will be hosting its first Dancing with the Stars event. For the event, a Hawkette from the Prairie du Chien High School dance team and a member of the community will be partnering up to bring the community a night that it won’t be able to forget. Ticket prices are $15 for ages 13 and up, $10 for ages 4 to 12 and children 3 and under are free.

Mon
08
Jun

Fuel being stolen from large machinery across area

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is making residents aware of an issue of diesel fuel being stolen from large machinery throughout the area.

On May 26, the latest incident occurred in Wyalusing township, where approximately 50 gallons of diesel were taken from a bulldozer. The deputy investigating the incident was told that there were similar incidents in the area.

Residents should keep an eye out for suspicious activity around large equipment, especially anything taking place after dark.

Those who may see something suspicious are asked to call he Sheriff’s Office at (608) 723-2157.

Mon
08
Jun

Two-vehicle collision

A two-vehicle crash resulting in injuries occurred Thursday, June 4, at about 7:40 a.m., at the intersection of Wisconsin and Main Streets in Prairie du Chien. Robert Budde, 49, of Monona, Iowa, was traveling north on South Main Street and did not stop at the stop sign at the intersection, causing a collision with a vehicle driven by Adam Kramer, 31, of Prairie du Chien. Both vehicles sustained damage and were towed from the scene. Budde was injured in the crash and transported to Crossing Rivers Health. As a result of the police department’s investigation, Budde was cited for failing to stop at a stop sign. Tri-State Ambulance Service and Bob’s Towing assisted at the scene. (Photo by Gary Howe)

Mon
08
Jun

Vandalism at the pool

Graffiti was spray painted on the cement near the shallow end of the public pool in Prairie du Chien sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning. According to Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram, it appears the vandal scaled the fence to access the pool, which was secure at the time. The police department has no suspects or witnesses at this time. “We have our suspicions but proving it’s the different part,” Abram said. Anyone who has information about who the “artist” may have been is asked to call the police department at 326-2421 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 779-7297.

Mon
08
Jun

Explosion at Universal Forest Products, no injuries


Numerous local emergency personnel responded to the scene of a small explosion at Universal Forest Products in Prairie du Chien last Thursday morning. No one was injured but it was reported that the explosion occurred when a spark ignited outside the plant in the bag house, where sawdust is collected. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A small explosion and fire occurred at Universal Forest Products on Lessard Street in Prairie du Chien just before 11 a.m. Thursday, June 4. All plant employees were accounted for and no injuries were reported.

The cause is yet undetermined, but the explosion happened when a spark ignited outside the plant in the bag house, where sawdust is collected. The building shook, one employee said, but no one was immediately near the site of the flash when it occurred. According to Prairie du Chien Fire Chief Harry Remz, there was minimal damage but a lot of smoke. Employees were evacuated from the plant for about an hour but resumed work by the afternoon. About a half-dozen fire trucks, the  Prairie du Chien Police Department, Tri-State Ambulance and a local electric company responded to the scene.

Thu
04
Jun

Grant E. Ness

 

Grant E. Ness, 97, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of LaCrescent passed away Tuesday, June 2. 

Funeral services will be Friday, June 5, at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in LaCrescent, Minn. with burial in the Oakland Cemetery in Dresbach, Minn. Friends may call at the church on Friday, June 5, from 10 a.m. until the time of services. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family. 

Wed
03
Jun

Seneca edges River Ridge


Seneca pinch runner Andrew Wall leads off of first base following a single to left by pitcher Gavin Greene in the second inning. River Ridge first baseman Gavin Steiber defends.

The Timberwolves’ Seth Williams gets ready to unleash a pitch while Seneca's Cody Ostrander takes a lead off of second base in the bottom of the second inning in regional action.

Seneca’s Cody Ostrander crosses the plate ahead of Nate Withey following a triple by Tommy Johnson in the second inning.

Seneca’s Gavin Greene fires in a pitch as River Ridge’s Kirk Martin leads off second in the top of the third inning.

In the third inning, Kirk Martin slides in but is forced out at home on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Joe Hamann. River Ridge scored 2 runs moments later, however, on a throwing error by Seneca to put River Ridge up 3-2.

Seth Williams scores in the top of the third inning to give the Timberwolves a 3-2 lead.

 

Seneca 

edges River Ridge

Seneca defeated River Ridge 5-3 in regional baseball Tuesday afternoon to advance to the regional semifinal at Cassville Wednesday. 

The Timberwolves ended their season with a 4-22 record. 

River Ridge scored a run in the top of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. 

Wed
03
Jun

Wauzeka-Steuben grads get diplomas


Class of 2015 Valedictorian Kelsey Kapinus adjusts her mortarboard during graduation festivities in Wauzeka. (Submitted photos)

Prior to the pomp and circumstance of the Wauzeka-Steuben graduation ceremony Saturday, May 30, Jaci Bedtka and Brittany Sautter, like their classmates, were filled with a mix of emotions.

Graduating Wauzeka-Steuben seniors Kyler Mohr, Kelsey Kapinus, Turner Krachey, Brady Krachey and Kelsey Stickley take a moment away from all of the graduation commotion Saturday to pose together for the camera.

Amber Boylen and Drew Mezera

Brady Krachey and Turner Krachey
Wed
03
Jun

Crawford County Dairy Breakfast is June 13


The Crawford County Dairy Breakfast will be held on the Jelinek Farm Saturday, June 13. Brothers Chad and Grant are pictured on the farm. (Photo submitted)

The Jelinek family welcomes you to the 2015 Crawford County Dairy Breakfast “On the Farm,” Saturday, June 13, at 55374 County Rd. E, Eastman, just south of Seneca, at the intersection of State Highway 27 and County Road E. This marks the 34th year of the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast.

The Jelinek farm was founded by Dennis and Cindy Jelinek (Chad and Grant’s parents) in 1980 and consisted of 231 acres and a 50-cow milking herd in a stanchion barn.

Jelinek Farms LLC is currently owned and operated by Chad, Amy and Grant Jelinek, who purchased the farm in 2011. Chad and Amy have three children, Laine, 9, Zoey, 8 and Ali, 5. Grant Jelinek and Sarah Benoy have a daughter Kinsley, 3.

Wed
03
Jun

City RDA to buy Parker’s Repair for more library parking

By Correne Martin

The redevelopment authority (RDA) for the city of Prairie du Chien met prior to the council meeting Tuesday night and approved, after closed session, an offer to purchase property at 128 S. Beaumont Rd., commonly known as Parker’s Repair, for the purpose of creating a municipal parking lot serving the needs of the Prairie du Chien Public Library.

The $95,700 offer, of which one-half of the payment will occur in 2015 and the other half in 2016, is contingent on all environmental issues involving the property being satisfied to the requirements of the RDA. City staff have also been directed to begin a blight determination for the property.

According to Dave Parker, who has run his repair shop there since 1983, one of the gas pumps that was located in front of the facility years ago leaked. He said any problems associated with that have been remediated, but that has to be confirmed by state officials prior to finalizing the sale.

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