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07
Jan

Familiar owners take over Eastman Locker


Kevin and Jane Schaaf (right) sold the Eastman Locker to Grant and Nikki Stluka and family. Both are pictured here on the day the sale closed at Adams Auction & Real Estate.

The age of the Eastman Locker was not known by either owners, though there’s a neat picture of it inside the store from back in 1912 when it was a general store.

The J.F. Pier General Store, now known as Eastman Locker, is pictured here in 1912.

By Correne Martin

After 13 and a half years of ownership under Kevin and Jane Schaaf, the Eastman Locker was sold to Grant and Nikki Stluka, who took over Dec. 31.

“This is big news for a small town,” Jane noted. 

The deal closed through Adams Auction & Real Estate on New Year’s Eve, and as soon as 2019 started, the Stlukas were in the meat locker plant, ready for business as usual. The same employees will remain in Brian Cipra, Matt Lorenz, Tim Sprosty and Roy Kramer, and the hours, services and products are expected to be much the same. 

Mon
07
Jan

So much love already for New Year’s baby


Jordan Nance and Christopher Conant were full of joy in sharing their newborn, Cayden Allen, this year’s New Year’s baby in Prairie du Chien. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Cayden never made a sound or opened his eyes during his first official interview last week.

By Correne Martin

 

“Most people aren’t as blessed to come into the world with what he has,” the dad of the 2019 New Year’s baby in Prairie du Chien remarked quietly, looking at the tiny face of his two-day-old son, Cayden Allen. 

Cayden was born to Jordan Nance and Christopher Conant, of Prairie du Chien, just 23 minutes after midnight on Jan. 1, at Crossing Rivers Health. He is the couple’s first child together, but joins Conant’s older son, age 6, in their loving family. His middle name was chosen in memory of Cayden’s late grandfather, who passed away last May. 

Mon
07
Jan

Highway 18 project in Grant County to begin in summer


This map from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows the stretch of Highway 18 that will be resurfaced during the summer.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Motorists on Highway 18 in the Prairie du Chien area are not done with construction zones just yet. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is in the process of developing final plans to improve US 18, beginning just south of the Wisconsin River Bridge and continuing southeast to the US 18/WIS 35 intersection near Patch Grove. The project length is 6.3 miles.

Mon
07
Jan

Prairie du Chien gymnasts at Mount Horeb Invitational


The Prairie du Chien gymnastics team is, front row: Hailey Ohlert, Manager Caitlin Nolan, Mackenzie Pettit and Kylee O’Kane. Back row: Sarah-Kate Kenney, Desiree Puckett, Madison Puckett, Audrey Watson, Lily Kregel and Sadie Koresh. Not pictured: Hannah Garrity, Manager Zach Mara and Coaches Alexandria Udelhofen and Tasha Buchheit.

 

By Zach Mara

 

The Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnasts had their first competition of the 2019 season at the Mount Horeb Invitational on Saturday. 

Mon
07
Jan

Blackhawk wrestlers take down Hornets


Junior Isaac Avery has a tight lock en route to a first-period fall against his Richland Center opponent. The fifth-ranked Blackhawks cruised to a 60-12 victory.

 

Another SWC foe, another win. The beat continues for the fifth-ranked PdC grapplers as they dismantled Richland Center 60-12 on Thursday evening in front of a raucous bunch of PdC wrestling faithful. Prior to the meet, Traeton Saint and Reid Koenig were presented plaques detailing their 100 career wins. Following that, a great number of local wrestling sponsors were recognized and thanked for their generosity in helping the team achieve their goals and be able to travel throughout the state. Brian and Jeananne Dillman were also recognized and thanked, as they have very generously purchased a new competition mat for the wrestling team.

Mon
07
Jan

Mar-Mac tops River Ridge


River Ridge’s McKenzie Graf eyes a jumper Thursday night. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Skylar White of River Ridge leans back to get off a shot versus MFL Mar-Mac.

River Ridge’s Taylor Langmeier drives against MFL Mar-Mac.

 

MFL/Mar-Mac came from behind to narrowly defeat host River Ridge 46-44 in nonconference girls basketball Thursday on Parents’ Night.

The Timberwolves missed a chance to tie the game in the waning moments and fell to 10-2 on the season. Their only losses are to undefeated Mar-Mac and undefeated Prairie du Chien. 

River Ridge led 22-16 at the half and looked to be in control for most of the game, leading by 8 points late, before succumbing to Mar-Mac.

Wed
02
Jan

PdC grapplers over River Valley


Sophomore 120-pounder Chase Fisher prepares to go to a two-on-one ride against his River Valley opponent en route to a 9-6 win.

Junior Ben Riter dominates his River Valley opponent as he heads for a fall to clinch the team win at 182 pounds.

 

On Friday, Dec. 21, the fifth ranked PDC Blackhawk wrestlers traveled to Spring Green for a conference showdown with always tough River Valley. Prior to varsity wrestling, there were a couple of JV matches. 

At JV 285#, Brice Martin picked up a first period fall. After a quick takedown, Martin put in a power half to deck his opponent. At JV 152#, Clayton DuCharme also decked his opponent in the first period. DuCharme also scored a quick takedown and went with a tight outside cradle for the fall. 

Wed
02
Jan

Prairie wrestlers at Bi-State Classic


Tyler Smock (top) placed 10th at the Bi-State Classic.

 

The 37th Annual Bi-State Classic, hosted by Holmen High School, was held on Dec. 28-29 at the La Crosse Center. This year, there were 68 teams competing, grouped together no matter the school size, in the ever tough tournament representing both Wisconsin and Minnesota high schools. 

A few quick tidbits about just how stacked this tournament is: 86 wrestlers were in their state tournaments last year, 38 wrestlers were state medalists, five wrestlers were state champions, 180 wrestlers are ranked in their respective states.

Wed
02
Jan

High-speed internet effort rapidly advancing in county

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The newly created Crawford County Communications Cooperative (3C Co-op) is certainly going full steam ahead to bring broadband internet to the rural parts of the county.

Wed
02
Jan

Polodna a man of service above self


The Prairie du Chien Police Honor Guard salutes the casket holding one of the police department’s own officers, Detective Stacy Polodna, who passed away Dec. 22, from cancer. Pictured (from left) are Ashley Erickson, Tara Henry, Jeff Henry, Max Erickson, Casey Cox, Kyle Teynor, Terry Sprosty and Chad Abram. For more photos, see the Courier's Facebook page. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Stacy Polodna served the Prairie du Chien Police Department for the better part of two decades, working part-time in college, starting as a full-time patrolman in 1999, and becoming a detective in 2009. He passed away Dec. 22, 2018, at the age of 50. The most savage of all criminals—cancer—is what took his life. 

Polodna, who lived in rural Bagley, was diagnosed a mere two years ago with glioblastoma brain cancer and retired in 2017. 

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