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Fri
20
Oct

Belva Alicia (Hosch) Becker

 

Belva Alicia (Hosch) Becker, 89, of New Albin, Iowa died on Oct. 18, at Thornton Manor Nursing Home in Lansing, Iowa.

 

Thu
19
Oct

Eileen A. Ruff

 

Eileen A. Ruff, 86, of McGregor, died Monday, Oct. 16, at her home in McGregor, in the care of her family. 

 

Eileen Agnes was born on April 7, 1931, to Lester and Ronilla (Schoulte) Connor in Elkader. She attended Country School, St. Joseph Catholic School, Elkader High School, and graduated from Monona High School in 1948.

Thu
19
Oct

Alexis S. Rooney

 

Alexis S. Rooney, 22, of Steuben, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Oct. 17. 

 

She was born Sept. 12, 1995, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Timothy and Pamela (Frazier) Rooney. Alexis was currently working as an assisted living caregiver. 

Wed
18
Oct

Uncovered decks to be allowed in city residents’ front yards

By Correne Martin

Consideration was given by the Prairie du Chien Common Council to allow uncovered decks in front yards of residential zoning districts. Based upon the city’s plan commission recommendation, the council acted Tuesday night, Oct. 17, and decided to move forward with permitting residents to have uncovered decks in their front yards, as long as they meet the front yard setback (15 feet) requirement.

While this is now acceptable in the city, residents should not have such decks projecting into the setback. They are allowed up to three feet from the side and rear property lines, except in corner lot sideyards where they can be no closer than 15 feet from the property line.

Wed
18
Oct

Biking for a cause, men stay in PdC along journey to New Orleans


Geoff Clark, Jim Frey and Dick Bartz stayed at the Country Inn & Suites in Prairie du Chien Tuesday night, after three days of biking an average of 95 miles per day. They are riding 1,600 miles from Minneapolis to New Orleans on a mission to raise funds to fight cancer. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A small group of bicycling business executives are at the beginning of a journey that will challenge their physical and mental limits, with a goal to raise awareness and $200,000 to detect and treat cancer in underdeveloped countries.

At the ages of 50-plus, five Columbus, Ohio, men started a 1,600-mile, 17-day trip from Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 15, through eight states to New Orleans. They stayed overnight at the Country Inn & Suites in Prairie du Chien Tuesday. Wednesday, they set out for their next stop in Dubuque.

Wed
18
Oct

Ground broken for library expansion in Prairie du Chien


Library Board President Linda Munson (left) and Library Director Nancy Ashmore share a laugh as they test their strength and attempt the ceremonious first dig into the site where the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library will expand. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Here is a rendering model depicting how the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library will appear upon completion, which currently, is slated for late July 2018.

By Correne Martin

Ground was ceremoniously broken Monday morning at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library. A crowd of about 50 gathered to celebrate the long-awaited moment.

“I started in 2001,” Library Director Nancy Ashmore said. “Lois Gilberts was here for five years before me and she said this project was in the works then. I’m so happy we’re finally making this happen. I’m so proud of Prairie du Chien for taking this step.”

The $3.578 million library renovation and expansion became an official commitment for the city, upon approved resolution, in 2014. In 2015, financing, capital campaign and architectural plans were announced to the public.

Bids were expected to be let for the project in late 2016, as the Courier Press reported; however, an issue with the artesian well in front of the library arose. The 1860 well was leaking at an unknown location and needed to be capped prior to any construction.

Wed
18
Oct

Won’t you brave the halls?


Freakish ghoul Hannah Belle can be witnessed swaying back and forth above her latest victim inside the 2017 Halls of Terror. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Nate and Nick (right) Gilberts, brothers and partners in Scream Xtreme, stand inside one of two buses featured with this year’s Halls of Terror. Blood and gore is a common theme throughout the haunted house.

By Correne Martin

The first weekend for the annual Halls of Terror in Prairie du Chien was not a wash, despite the downpour of rain making for a soggy couple of nights. Some 278 people went through Prairie du Chien’s haunted house, at the cedar building on St. Feriole Island, and according to Scream Xtreme’s Nick and Nate Gilberts, all reviews were positive.

To keep thrill seekers out of the rain, a large tent standing outside the facility was put to good use for the first time, possibly ever. It will remain on site throughout the rest of the Halls of Terror season. However, a few adjustments to the haunted house entryway have been made since this past weekend’s weather soaked the grounds.

Event-goers can still brave the halls Oct. 20-21 and 27-28 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. both nights. A kid-friendly, lights-on haunt will be Saturday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 6 p.m., at a reduced admission cost. On Halloween night, hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m.

Wed
18
Oct

Prairie Soccer Team Advances


The Blackhawks’ Josh Dyer heads the ball following a corner kick Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Ben La Haie pounds the ball in for the Blackhawks’ third score in the 32nd minute.

Weston Hill (5) attempts to gain control of the ball.

Prairie’s Ramon Gonzalez collides with a Salam School player as they battle for the ball.

Prairie’s Ben Teynor attempts to get past a Salam School defender in first-half action Tuesday afternoon at Bluff View.

Blake Garcia (11) drives upfield Tuesday afternoon.

Hunter Domeier (9) and Blake Garcia celebrate Domeier’s goal on a corner kick from the left side at the 43:03 mark. It gave Prairie du Chien a 4-0 halftime lead.

 

Prairie du Chien soccer team

beats Salam School

The Prairie du Chien boys soccer team began Regional Tournament action Tuesday hosting the Salam School Stars from Milwaukee.

The Hawks scored early, 6:22 into the game. Clayton DuCharme arched a pass in front of the goal where Ben Teynor timed his jump perfectly and headed the ball in.  

Wed
18
Oct

Income, living cost statistics given at county board meeting

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The executive director of Couleecap, Hetti Brown, gave a presentation at the Crawford County Board meeting Tuesday morning in Prairie du Chien. 

Brown told board members that Couleecap serves more than 27,000 residents per year across a region including Crawford, Monroe, Vernon and La Crosse counties. She said that 92 percent of Couleecap’s donations-funding goes directly to helping clients.

Mon
16
Oct

Prairie du Chien Football


Prairie du Chien’s Drake Coleman (86) levels a would-be tackler and allows Tyler Smock to get to the outside for a good gain Friday night against visiting River Valley. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The River Valley ball carrier is stopped by Prairie du Chien’s Chris Check (64) and Nick Rogge (25) in first-half action Friday night.

Cory Check (44) and Carter Pederson (4) tackle the River Valley runner.

Cory Check tries to elude a River Valley defender.

Drake Coleman hauls in a catch and gets ready to turn upfield against River Valley Friday night.

Prairie’s Reid Koenig gains good yardage on a kickoff return.

 

River Valley blanks Prairie du Chien gridders

By Zach Mara

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks faced off against conference rival River Valley Blackhawks Friday night. The game was Prairie du Chien’s Senior Night, celebrating the high school careers of the senior football players and cheerleaders. 

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