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Deer, speed and bad brakes are factors in one-vehicle accident

On Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 10:18 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash on North Halls Branch Road near County S and North Main Street in the township of Seneca.

Levin S. Lemere, 21, Coon Valley, was operating a 1992 Ford F-250 southbound on North Halls Branch Road. Lemere was attempting to negotiate a curve when two deer crossed the road. Lemere attempted to brake and went off the right shoulder of the roadway. Due to Lemere’s vehicle not having full functioning brakes he was unable to stop and continued into the grass for 60 yards before striking a tree head-on. Factors resulting in the cause of the crash were found to be speed and the lack of adequate brakes.

Lemere was cited for no insurance, no registration, operating after suspension and failure to have proper brakes.

Lemere suffered minor injuries in the crash. The vehicle was totaled.


Coaches sold, to become Los Aztecas

Commemorating the transaction of Coaches Family Restaurant becoming Los Aztecas, Thursday, Aug. 31, were members of both families (from left): Lorenzo Dominguez, Hector Moran, Joanie and Dave Skemp and Manuel Moran. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Thursday, Aug. 31, was a monumental day for the Prairie du Chien business community, as the sale officially closed for Coaches Family Restaurant. The Dave and Joanie Skemp family ran the successful restaurant for 47 years, starting as a rootbeer stand in 1970. The family sold to Los Aztecas, also a family-run business that has two Mexican restaurants in Dubuque, Iowa, and one in Galena, Ill. Opening of the remodeled restaurant is expected some time in October.

Kramer Real Estate, of Prairie du Chien, and realtor Sara Boxrucker receive the credit for working with John Herrig Realty, of Dubuque, Iowa, in completing the transaction. The 4,300-square-foot building was listed on Kramer’s website for $495,000. The sale price has not been disclosed.

Though it was a good feeling to have sold Coaches Restaurant, Dave and Joanie Skemp said it was bittersweet.

“It’s kind of sad, but it’s a happy moment, too,” Joanie shared.


Girls Cross Country Second at Westby

Displaying their second place plaque at Westby are Greta Hein, Amber Huser, Faith Dillman, Ella Hein, Meg Katzung, Karly Jaynes and Jayden Jenks.


PdC girls take 2nd 

at Westby Invitational

The Prairie du Chien Girls had another amazing night on Tuesday. They placed second in an incredibly strong field of 21 teams at the Westby Cross Country Invitational.  

Wisconsin Dells, the first-ranked team in the state, took first with 31 points. Prairie du Chien edged out Westby, another state ranked team, with 75 points to their 81.  


Girls Win At Darlington

The Prairie du Chien girls are putting together an excellent season so far. Posing at Darlington are Greta Hein, Jayden Jenks, Meg Katzung, Faith Dillman, Ella Hein, Amber Huser and Karly Jaynes.

Blake Bartels of Prairie du Chien leads a long string of runners at Darlington.


Prairie du Chien girls 

win Darlington Invitational

The Prairie du Chien girls varsity cross country team won the Darlington Invitational against 25 teams on Saturday for the first time in the 34-year race history.  

The girls scored 76 points to top second-place Darlington’s 88 points. Darlington, 2016 Division 3 State Champion, was definitely favored to win on their own home course.  


Golfers Victorious

Sophie Miller chips out from behind a tree on hole number four Thursday afternoon at Prairie du Chien Country Club. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Mackenzie Maguire hits a curving uphill putt on the fourth green Thursday afternoon.

Gabby Ritchie watches her putt on number four edge closer to the hole. Ritchie was medalist as Prairie du Chien defeated visiting Lancaster.

Prairie du Chien’s Molly Peterson watches her putt break towards the hole on number four Thursday afternoon at Prairie du Chien Country Club.


Prairie golfers 

defeat Lancaster

The Blackhawk girls golf team notched their first win of the season with a 214-228 victory over Lancaster on Thursday at Prairie du Chien Country Club. 

Gabby Ritchie paced the squad and was match medalist with her season low of 43. In second place overall was Mackenzie Maguire with a 47. Sophie Miller fired a 60. Molly Peterson posted a 64 and Lydia Seeley carded an 80.


PdC Woman Helps Texas Friend

Kathleen Kalina

Jo Arispe’s trailer was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. (Photo submitted)

Jo Arispe bringing Daisy to rehab to see Kathleen Kalina while Kathleen was recovering from a stroke in Rockport, Texas in May of 2016. (Photo submitted)


Local woman helping her friend, a Hurricane Harvey victim

By Ted Pennekamp


A Prairie du Chien woman is helping out in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey with more than just donations. Kathleen Kalina is helping to get her friend, Jo Arispe, to Prairie du Chien from Rockport, Texas and is also aiding in finding Arispe a place to live at Rivercrest Villages, an apartment complex. 


David M. Kramer

David M. Kramer, 42, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 4, at his home. 


He was born July 10, 1975, in Anaheim, Calif., the son of Duane and Janet (Gibson) Kramer. David was employed by Bennett Hardwoods in Prairie du Chien. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and loved to fish. David was a devoted father, loving son and brother. 


Shooting Near Mount Hope Updated


45-year-old suspect 

shot to death by Grant County deputy

DCI continues to investigate


PdC Cross Country

The Lady Blackhawks’ Amber Huser strides up a hill. Huser took first place in the meet.

Greta Hein, Ella Hein and Karly Jaynes get ahead of a DodgePoint opponent Tuesday afternoon at La Riviere Park. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

Prairie du Chien’s Faith Dillman nears the finish Tuesday at La Riviere Park.

Charlie Eastman (left) and Brady Bartels (right) run side by side at La Riviere Park Tuesday.

Prairie du Chien’s Jayce Sexton battles up an incline ahead of a DodgePoint runner.


Prairie du Chien 

cross country 

hosts DodgePoint

The Prairie du Chien girls cross country team ran incredibly well in their first meet of the year against conference champion DodgePoint.  

The PdC girls edged out DodgePoint to win the meet 26 to 29. 


Chinese Musicians Coming to Prairie du Chien

The five members of Manhu play such instruments as Sani bamboo flute, leaf, moon lute, xianzi, moon lute percussion and others. (Contributed photo)


Chinese musical group to have 

residency and perform in Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp


A group of musicians from China will be the first of four cultural programs sponsored by Arts Midwest World Fest that will perform in Prairie du Chien over the next two school years. 


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