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Nov

Leland A. Rutter

 

Leland A. Rutter, 81, of Janesville, passed away on Monday, Oct. 23, at Mercy Hospital. 

 

Leland was born on Feb. 13, 1936. He married Betty Ward on June 8, 1962. He retired from General Motors. 

 

Mon
30
Oct

Businesses: Look to the Opportunity Center to fill employee gap


Tyler Bell, of Eastman, works through the Opportunity Center’s Community Prevocational Services program, cleaning at various business locations that welcome employment of adults with disabilities. Bell and a crew of three others from the Opportunity Center clean twice a week at Hoffman Hall, sweeping, mopping, washing tables, vacuuming, dusting and tidying bathrooms. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Opportunity Center’s Community Prevocational Services program gives local people with disabilities the chance to gain skills and on-the-job experience, while also ensuring local businesses’ needs are met at a time where employee vacancies are high county wide.

“We have a consistent, dedicated workforce of people who are excited to come to work each day,” explained Pam Ritchie, Opportunity Center director.

“We transport our clients to and from the business. So, employers know they’re going to be on time,” added Kari Kossman, community services coordinator.

Community Prevocational Services started about three years ago at the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien. More recently, the administration has really focused on developing the program and getting more clients as well as county businesses to participate. The program can be paid if its at a for-profit business or volunteer if it’s for a non-profit.

Mon
30
Oct

Jaycees hand over flea market management to fire association


The Prairie du Chien Jaycees (manning the beer tent last year) are passing the torch on to the Prairie du Chien Fire Association, who will now manage the flea market, beer tent and buffalo burger stand on the Prairie Villa Rendezvous grounds each June.

By Correne Martin

For over 30 years, the Rendezvous flea market has been a large and successful function organized by the Prairie du Chien Jaycees. But, for the 2018 event, the Jaycees are passing the torch on to the Prairie du Chien Fire Association, which will coordinate and continue the efforts behind the event for the community.

Due to declining volunteer availability, the Jaycees feel they can no longer productively staff the flea market, beer tent and buffalo burger stand at the Prairie Villa Rendezvous grounds every June, said Jaycee Tori Varo. Because the fire association has worked the burger stand for 15 years, the switchover seemed a natural fit for both parties, fellow Jaycee Tarah Marx added.

Mon
30
Oct

Citizen’s call leads to fourth OWI arrest

On Oct. 27, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 transfer from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department. Grant County received a driving complaint of a 2014 Ford F 150 all over the roadway heading north on Highway 18 approaching the Grant/Crawford County line. It was reported the vehicle crossed the center line several times. The reporting party then stated that the vehicle was driving in the wrong lane of traffic for a period of time and that the vehicle drove down into the ditch line before coming back up onto the roadway.

A Crawford County deputy got behind the vehicle near Highway 18 and Sugarloaf Trial and observed the vehicle swerving in the roadway. The deputy activated his emergency lights and siren as the truck swerved across both lanes of travel and drove over the median and proceeded into oncoming traffic northbound in the southbound lane.

Mon
30
Oct

Start your Christmas shopping at Hoffman Hall craft and gift fair

By Correne Martin

Hoffman Hall will host its annual Winter Craft and Gift Fair Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be the ninth annual event showcasing a large variety of both handmade gifts and crafts as well as home-based businesses. Admission is free.

Local vendors, as well as those from far and wide, will have their creations and trendy products available for sale to shoppers. Merchandise will include quilting, wood crafts, Christmas crafts, home decor, books, cards, candy, nuts, jewelry, purses, ceramics, baby items and more. Independent consultants represented will be selling LulaRoe, Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Norwex, Thirty-One, etc.

Mon
30
Oct

Seneca Volleyball Team

 

Seneca volleyball has a strong year

Third-seeded Benton defeated top-seeded Seneca three games to none Thursday night in Belmont in a Division 4 volleyball sectional playoff match.

Benton won by scores of 25-15, 25-21 and 25-17 to end Seneca’s season.

Seneca finished with an 18-5 overall record. They were  5-0 in the Ridge and Valley to take the conference title. 

Mon
30
Oct

Blackhawks Impressive

 

PdC Blackhawks 

have impressive season

By Zach Mara

 

Mon
30
Oct

SWS has Good Year


The Blue-Golds Jared Payne throws a pass intended for Nate Benish (12) Friday night versus the Chieftains. (Photos by A.J. Gates, Sports Editor, Grant County Herald Independent)

Braden Folbrecht (20) of Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben tackles the Potosi-Cassville ballcarrier as other SWS defenders helped hem the runner in.

 

Blue-Golds end a fine season

Second-seeded Potosi-Cassville defeated visiting and third-seeded Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben 56-18 in a Division 7 playoff football game Friday night.

The Blue-Golds finished a fine season with a 9-2 overall record and a 6-0 mark in the Ridge and Valley Conference.

Mon
30
Oct

Reichmann at State Meet


Jacob Reichmann of Wauzeka-Steuben runs in the State Cross Country Meet Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. Reichmann finished the 5,000-meter course in a time of 18:06.81 to take 76th out of 151 runners in the Division 3 field. (Photos by Dayne Krachey)

Jacob Reichmann shows his State Cross Country Meet jersey.
Mon
30
Oct

Prairie Girls at State Meet


Meg Katzung, Ella Hein, Greta Hein and Amber Huser hug after finishing. (Photos submitted)

The team gathers after the race. They are Jadyn Jenks, Greta Hein, Meg Katzung, Karly Jaynes, Amber Huser, Faith Dillman and Ella Hein.

Meg Katzung runs strong at the Wisconsin Cross Country Meet Saturday.

Jadyn Jenks races through the woods.

Ella Hein races up the home stretch.

 

Cross country girls 12th 

at state, finish amazing season

The Prairie du Chien girls cross country team had the honor of competing in the State Cross Country Championships in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday for the first time in 39 years.  

The temperature was just above freezing with a strong wind at race time – way different than the 70 degree temperature at the sectional qualifying meet a week earlier. 

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