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07
Nov

Evers upsets Walker in governor race

By Correne Martin

Wisconsinites woke up to a new direction of leadership this morning (Wednesday, Nov. 7), as Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers ousted Republican incumbent Scott Walker in the what media outlets are saying is the tightest gubernatorial race in 50 years. Though, Walker had yet to concede at press time. Reports said he claims thousands of ballots in the Milwaukee area were damaged and may have skewed the count.

Walker was seeking a third term as governor, but Evers looks to have halted that effort with a margin of victory of 1.15 percent. The race wasn’t officially called until 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, when almost all precincts had been reported, including about 50,000 ballots that came in from the city of Milwaukee. 

Wed
07
Nov

Child sex trafficking identified in every Wisconsin county


Morgan Young, victim services training officer from the Wisconsin Office of Crime Victim Services, was in Prairie du Chien Oct. 30 for a two-hour public presentation about human trafficking, how it looks and what can be done about it. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Horrors of human trafficking crimes not exactly like what you see in the movies

By Correne Martin

People ordinarily interpret human trafficking to be something like the horrors of the action-thriller movie “Taken.” Though it absolutely happens, that’s not what human trafficking looks like in Wisconsin, according to Morgan Young, victim services training officer with the Wisconsin Office of Crime Victim Services. 

The film portrays the kidnapping and sex trafficking of mainly young, privileged white women into an international human slavery ring, from which—in true Hollywood fashion—a rescue constitutes the end of the story.

Wed
07
Nov

Operation Santa starts in Crawford County

The Rotary Club of Prairie du Chien has taken over Operation Santa for Crawford County. Last holiday season, the Prairie du Chien Jaycees assisted over 100 families in need across the county. By adding a sign-up location at the Gays Mills village office this year, the Rotary Club hopes to help even more families to shine light and good will on those in need.

Operation Santa provides families and individuals with various items of winter clothing, food and toys to help make the holidays a little warmer. Depending on donations and funds, the club anticipates providing fresh produce, butter and coupons for more fresh food items. Each child receives toys or chamber dollars, along with warm winter gear. 

Wed
07
Nov

‘Seussical the Musical’ captivating on melodies as well as acting talent


Katie Welch is one of many colorful characters—in flair and acting skills—in Prairie du Chien’s “Seussical the Musical.” She, of course, plays the part of the Cat in the Hat. The public can enjoy one of several whimsical performances of the high school fall musical this weekend in the new performing arts center. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Area music lovers will have a special opportunity to see a high school musical with captivating, diversified melodies when “Seussical the Musical” hits the freshly completed stage of Prairie du Chien High School’s new auditorium this weekend. The entire cast, from the leads to the ensemble, are commended by the musical’s directors for working as hard as they have to learn and perfect the songs, according to Deedee Bradshaw, musical director and first-year choral teacher at PdCHS.

“When you listen to the sound track, it makes the music sound easy, but this is a hard musical,” Bradshaw said. “The students put a lot of work into this.”

Wed
07
Nov

River Ridge players named First Team All State


Skylar White pounds the ball past Iowa Grant at the sectional semifinal. White was named to the WVCA All State First Team in Division 4. She was also named Player of the Week for her play against Iowa Grant and Hillsboro in sectionals. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Taylor Langmeier (10) is shown here against Iowa Grant in the sectional semifinal. Langmeier has been named to the First Team All State in Division 4 and also to the All Tournament Team at the state tournament.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Not only did the River Ridge volleyball team play in the state tournament for the first time in school history on Friday, Nov. 2, team members have been getting recognition statewide for their outstanding play.

Mon
05
Nov

Bobcat north of Prairie du Chien


This bobcat was photographed recently by a trail camera at 9:15 a.m. on a property along County N north of Prairie du Chien. The temperature was 48 degrees. The bobcat has been photographed several times on the property. A bobcat is a medium-sized feline, approximately twice the size of a domestic house cat. It can be easily identified by its short, “bobbed” tail (up to 12 inches), prominent face ruff and slightly tufted ears. Its coat of short, dense fur can vary from a yellowish to reddish brown with distinct or faint black spots along its flanks and white underparts that are also spotted with black. In summer, the fur tends to be shorter and more reddish in color, becoming longer and much paler in the winter, although there can be much variation in color among individuals. Adult bobcats weigh 15–35 pounds and measure 28–47 inches in length. Size varies depending on sex, as male bobcats are approximately 33% larger than their female counterparts. (Photo submitted)
Mon
05
Nov

River Ridge plays with big heart at state


River Ridge’s Verity Johnson sets the ball up for a spike Friday versus Clayton at the State Volleyball Tournament in Green Bay. (Photos by Crystal Kovacs of True Lives Studio)

Coach Dianne Langmeier and the River Ridge team get fired up versus Clayton.

Verity Johnson and Skylar White go up for a block attempt at the State Tournament.

The Lady Timberwolves celebrate a point against Clayton Friday morning.

Verity Johnson slams one back to Clayton Friday.

 

The River Ridge High School volleyball team finished an outstanding season on Friday morning as they took on Clayton in the State Volleyball Tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay. 

Defending State Champion Clayton defeated River Ridge in three tight games 26-24, 26-24 and 25-20 in the Division 4 semifinal. Clayton (29-4) went on to lose to Catholic Central (39-7) in three games in the championship match on Saturday.

Mon
05
Nov

Momentum building for multi-use Great River Road trail

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The proposed multi-use trail along the Great River Road (Highway 35) in Crawford and Vernon counties is making progress.

Mon
05
Nov

Richard J. 'Dick' Fernette

Richard J. “Dick” Fernette, 56, of Prairie du Chien, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Saturday, Nov. 3, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, following a courageous and heroic 10-year battle with cancer. 

Dick was born May 16, 1962, and raised in Prairie du Chien, the son of Dick and Marie Fernette. He graduated from Prairie du Chien High School and remained in the area, where he worked and established strong relationships at DH Satellite, River Town Ironworks, and the Department of Corrections in Boscobel and Prairie du Chien. 

Dick was an avid Packer fan and had a passion for the outdoors. He loved to hunt, fish, and help his good friend, Dave Huser, on his farm. However Dick’s greatest love was for his son and best friend, Brady. 

Mon
05
Nov

‘Seussical’ opens in new PdC auditorium


It’s all because of JoJo’s “thinks” that The Cat in the Hat comes to life in “Seussical the Musical.” The Cat creates a “Seussian” world and characters around himself and JoJo (Alaina Lenz pictured with cast), then tells a story about someone as imaginative as JoJo: Horton the Elephant. The main story of the musical centers around that of “Horton Hears a Who,” which even includes JoJo as the child of the Mayor of Who-ville. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Horton the Elephant, portrayed by Dylan Skime, discovers a speck of dust, places it on a soft clover. He discovers that the speck is actually a microscopic planet populated by creatures called Whos, citizens of Who-ville. The Whos are on the brink of war and their entire population of Truffula Trees has been cut down. The Whos thank Horton for his protection, and he agrees to guard their planet.

“Oh the Places You’ll Go” with beloved Dr. Seuss characters The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and more during Prairie du Chien High School’s production of “Seussical the Musical” Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10. This year, there will be three shows: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and an 11 a.m. matinee Saturday. 

Tickets to attend a show in the brand new high school auditorium are available for purchase in advance at the high school, or at the door.

This family-friendly, delightful journey imagined by Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is a whimsical ride through the land of Seuss, featuring the tall and the small. Join the mischievous narrator, The Cat in the Hat, as Horton, JoJo and Gertrude embark on a zany and heartfelt adventure to discover the power of friendship, community and imagination.

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