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Apr

Hospital lawsuit topic at county board meeting


This view from Vineyard Road shows a large “pond” near the Crossing Rivers Health back parking lot. It is yet to be determined whether or not the 2016 reconstruction of a portion of Vineyard Road is causing the pond. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

An update was given as to the status of the lawsuit filed by Crossing Rivers Health Hospital of Prairie du Chien against Crawford County and the town of Bridgeport during the county board meeting Tuesday morning, April 16.

Mon
22
Apr

Mississippi predicted to go back up to 22.7 feet by Friday


This is one of two pumps on County K north of Prairie du Chien that are pumping water away from a trailer court and into Gremore Lake. The pumps have been pumping for more than two weeks. They pump 30,000 gallons per minute. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

This section of North Main Street is expected to get even more water soon.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Mississippi River is now predicted to bounce back up and have a second crest. According to the National Weather Service, the river was at 18.22 feet at 12:45 p.m. on April 19 at the McGregor guage. It dipped down to about 18 feet on April 20 and is predicted to reach 22.7 feet on Friday, April 26. On April 22, it was at 19.17 feet. 

Thu
18
Apr

PdC School Board accepts resignation of Bluff View principal

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At a special school board meeting Monday evening, the Prairie du Chien Area School District accepted the resignation of Bluff View Intermediate School Principal Aaron Amundson effective May 3. 

Thu
18
Apr

Leonard Michael Check

Leonard Michael Check, 95, of Eastman, joined his heavenly family on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.  

Thu
18
Apr

William G. 'Bill' Hying

William G. “Bill” Hying, 68, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, after a courageous battle with cancer, with his wife Alice by his side during his entire hospitalization.  

Thu
18
Apr

High-speed chase involves motorcyclist

On Tuesday, April 16, at around 5:30 p.m., an officer with the Prairie du Chien Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Victory motorcycle near the Prairie du Chien Airport on Highway 18/35.

The motorcycle was registered to Ryan Rogers, 22, of Darlington. A license check showed that Rogers did not have a motorcycle endorsement or permit to be operating a motorcycle, a news release from the police department said. 

Initially, Rogers pulled the motorcycle to the right side of the road, but then accelerated quickly southbound on Highway 35. Officers initiated a pursuit with the motorcycle and a second police officer joined the pursuit. 

Thu
18
Apr

No. 44 to be retired at Hornets game in Krachey’s memory


Todd Krachey is pictured as a 1983 Wauzeka graduate and more recently as an assistant coach for the Wauzeka-Steuben baseball team. His number 44 will be retired April 27.

By Correne Martin

A prominent member of the Wauzeka community will have his athletic number retired, posthumously, at a Saturday, April 27, Wauzeka-Steuben Hornet baseball game against Boscobel. 

Todd Krachey wore the number 44 while playing sports in high school. He played baseball, football and basketball. The school’s baseball program has chosen to retire Krachey’s number. 

Though it’s rare for rural school districts to retire numbers, Wauzeka-Steuben has decided to honor Krachey in this way because there may be no other person so deserving, according to Ben Dums, high school baseball coach and math teacher.

Thu
18
Apr

Customers flip for Pete’s burgers for 110 years


Pete’s Hamburger Stand is observing 110 years in business in 2019. Pictured are the third-generation owners (from left) Colleen and Paul Gokey and Mary and Bill Huser. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Pete E. Gokey, founder.

The first Pete’s onion peeler was a true hands-on job. Pete Gokey is pictured slicing some for his hamburgers. Today, the onions are peeled, sliced with an electric slicer and then ground into a fine half-moon shape, before dumped on the grill.

By Correne Martin

Pete’s Hamburger Stand was an adventure of humble beginnings. Still in Prairie du Chien, 110 years later, the same flavorful burger—with or without onions, on a fluffy, home-baked bun—is sold from a modest food stand in the heart of the community.

Pete Gokey was a painter by trade. He was also a volunteer fireman who was asked to grill hamburgers for the crowds that occasionally gathered at fire department events. They armed him with a kerosene stove and a couple huge, cast-iron skillets, and he delivered. 

As people were coming at different times, Pete noticed he could cook the meat in water to keep every single hamburger as juicy and tender as the one before it. 

Wed
17
Apr

Hospital lawsuit discussed at Crawford County Board meeting

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

An update was given as to the status of the lawsuit filed by Crossing Rivers Health Hospital of Prairie du Chien against Crawford County and the town of Bridgeport during the county board meeting Tuesday morning.

Wed
17
Apr

School board meeting Wednesday regarding principal’s resignation

 

District also being sued by 

family of student who sustained burn

A special meeting of the Prairie du Chien School Board will be held on Wednesday regarding the possible resignation of Bluff View Principal Aaron Amundson. The meeting will begin sometime after a 5:15 p.m. expulsion hearing has concluded.

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