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Feb

Eldon (Eldy) A. Thomas

 

Eldon (Eldy) A. Thomas passed away Jan. 19, surrounded by his family in St. Cloud, Minn.

Fri
05
Feb

Charles “Chuck” Evans Trotter

 

 Charles “Chuck” Evans Trotter, 73, of Harpers Ferry, Iowa passed away peacefully with his wife by his side and his family in his heart on Feb. 2, in Prairie du Chien. 

Chuck was born Jan. 30, 1943 to Clyde and Nina (Brynildson) Trotter in Chicago, Ill. At an early age, the Trotter family moved from Chicago to Maynard, Iowa to work the family farm. After graduating from West Central High School in 1961, he joined the United States Navy where he served on the USS Littlerock until he was honorably discharged in August 1965. 

Wed
03
Feb

River Ridge Girls Victorious


River Ridge’s Darion Brooks does some fancy dribbling against Lancaster Monday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Amber Patterson looks to score from under the basket Monday night.

Sierra Schier leverages past the Lancaster defender as she drives to the hoop.

Sierra Schier lines up a three-pointer from the left corner.

Bridgette Myers drives the left baseline Monday night against visiting Lancaster.

 

River Ridge 

edges Lancaster

River Ridge defeated visiting Lancaster 46-40 in a nonconference girls basketball game Monday night. 

The Lady Timberwolves led the Flying Arrows 19-17 at the half. 

Bridgette Myers led all scorers with 16 points. Amber Patterson netted 13. Sierra Schier scored 7.

Wed
03
Feb

River Ridge Dance Team Statebound


Members of the River Ridge Dance Team are, front row: Kaylynn Knight, Olivia Breuer, Madison Stagman and Franci Gates. Middle row: Karli Wachter, Jiah Bailey, Hope Schier, Alison Hein and Hunter Kisting. Back row: Coach Collins, Maya Harvey and Olivia Loper. (Photo submitted)

 

River Ridge Dance 

Team advances to state meet

At the beginning of the season, the River Ridge Dance Team made a poster with their goals for the season. Their number one goal was to make it to state. 

Wed
03
Feb

Hawkettes to State


The Hawkettes are, front: Autumn Kohler, Stephanie Elmquist, Lindsey Ohlert, Mariah Slaght and Katie Zahara. Back: Katie Licht, Caitlin Nolan, Morgan Kiesau, Paige Severson, Bree Holler, Ella Hein and Lauren Kennedy.

 

Hawkettes second at regional, 

earn trip to state competition

On Saturday, Jan. 30, the Prairie du Chien Hawkette Dance Team attended the WACPC Southern Dance Regional Competition held at Watertown High School. The team competed in two divisions in hopes of advancing to state. The girls placed second in the Division 4 Pom category and second in the Division 2 Kick category, allowing them to advance on to state in both divisions.

Wed
03
Feb

American Hazelnut Company


Southwestern Wisconsin (Third District) Congressman Ron Kind got his first peek recently during a meeting at the Hungry House Restaurant in Prairie du Chien at three products launched in January by the American Hazelnut Company of Gays Mills. Kind (left) was briefed by Brad Niemcek of Gays Mills on how the grower-owned company is introducing its nuts, oil and gluten-free flour to chefs, bakers and candy makers throughout the region.

 

American Hazelnut 

Company launches three products

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The American Hazelnut Company continues to crack right along with the launching of three products in January. The products include nuts, oil and gluten-free flour.

Wed
03
Feb

Industrial park option to purchase extended to current PdC business

By Correne Martin

Two lots in Prairie du Chien’s North Gateway Business Park are the subjects of an option to purchase that City Attorney Lara Czajkowski Higgins is drafting for BoxLogix Automation, LLC. The company, which is currently located at 1303 S. 8th St. (in the white building), Prairie du Chien, develops and delivers custom material handling solutions, according to its website.

Through the option to purchase, BoxLogix will be offered a parcel of land, across from Country Inn and Suites, at the cost of $100 for the option and $100 per acre. Czajkowski Higgins said a certified survey map must be done to determine the total acreage in the proposed purchase. The city anticipates selling one lot in its entirety and a second partial lot, not including the 350-foot scenic easement.

Wed
03
Feb

Storm drops 6-11 inches


Like this intersection at Beaumont Road and Wisconsin Street appears, visibility was reduced somewhat in the city of Prairie du Chien Tuesday morning due to the predicted snow storm. Visibility was less in the surrounding countryside and heavy snow and slippery conditions led to numerous reports of vehicles in ditches throughout Crawford County Tuesday. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Correne Martin

Whether it’s remembered as the Groundhog Day Winter Storm or Winter Storm Kayla, the season’s most anticipated weather event—predicted for nearly a week in advance—arrived on Feb. 2 as forecast.

While parts of the central Plains, Upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes saw more significant blizzard conditions, the Prairie du Chien area was not exempt from the heavy snow, snow and ice-covered roads and slippery conditions.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, Prairie du Chien’s latest precipitation report was 5.6 inches, according to the National Weather Service of La Crosse. Lynxville had received 6.5 inches, Guttenberg 7.5 inches, Steuben 8.5 inches and De Soto 10.8 inches.

In anticipation of the Feb. 2 storm, schools all over the region canceled classes as early as Monday, Feb. 1. Cities in southwest Wisconsin as well as northeast Iowa declared snow emergencies in advance as well so crews could clear the streets from the snow.

Wed
03
Feb

Prairie du Chien represented on Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Board

By Correne Martin

The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Board of Directors elected Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Moses to its 53-member board during an annual membership meeting Jan. 29 at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. The position is a six-year commitment to the state chamber of commerce that came about for Moses since he is also president-elect of the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives (and will be president in 2018).

This is not only a great opportunity for Moses but it is also expected to open doors for the business community of Prairie du Chien.

Wed
03
Feb

Gerald P. “Jerry” Mezera

 

Gerald P. “Jerry” Mezera, 73, of Bridgeport passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 31, at his home surrounded by his family following a brief illness.

He was born April 1, 1942 in Prairie du Chien, the son of Clarence and Ruth (Fritsche) Mezera. Jerry was a dedicated father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family more than anything else. He was a devoted son, working beside his parents and caring for them. A hard working dairy farmer, he spent his entire life on the family farm. Any spare time he had, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, more often than not with one or more grandchildren by his side. 

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