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RRC Grapplers at Regional

Caleb Lenzendorf of River Ridge-Cassville tangles with his Fennimore opponent Saturday in a 120-pound match. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge-Cassville’s Ben Wheeler pins his Lancaster opponent in the 285-pound semifinal at the Riverdale Regional Saturday afternoon.



grapplers at 

Riverdale Regional

The River Ridge-Cassville wrestling team competed in the Division 3 Riverdale Regional on Saturday. 

Fennimore won the meet with 270.5 team points. Mineral Point had 200.5., Iowa Grant-Highland 184.5, Riverdale 156, Lancaster 130, Boscobel 64, and River Ridge-Cassville 40.


PdC Matmen at Regional

Nick Rogge throws in a single wing against his Dodgeville opponent in the finals. Rogge would win by decision 10-7. (Photos by Heather Koenig)

Ethan Swiggum works over his Mount Horeb opponent in the semifinals. Swiggum would win by decision 7-0.

Sectional qualifiers for Prairie du Chien are Stephen Ronnfeldt, Reid Koenig, Nick Rogge, Blake Garcia, Traeton Saint and Ethan Swiggum.


PdC wrestlers advance six to sectionals

On Saturday, Feb. 11, the Blackhawk wrestling team traveled to River Valley for the WIAA D2 Regional. This is the start of the tournament series on the road to state. The top two individuals at each weight advance to the Sectional Tournament. As a team, PdC finished second with 189 points behind Regional Champion River Valley. 


FEMA Funding


County gets closer 

to receiving funding for flood damage

By Ted Pennekamp


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding for damage caused by the storm of Sept. 20-21, in Crawford County, is getting closer to actually arriving.


A barking good time at the Pet Expo

Dozens of dogs of all breeds and sizes had the run of the store at Nelson True Value in Prairie du Chien Saturday, Feb. 11, as the fifth annual Pet Expo took place. Fun-filled and informative activities brought awareness to and financially benefitted the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter. A demonstration by dogs enrolled in a local obedience class, and their owners, was a highlight of the morning, along with a visit from Crawford County K-9 Breck and Officer Joe Breeser, and the best pet trick contest. Pictured is one of the winners of the contest, shaking and performing other tricks for the audience. There was also dog olympics, a parade of rescued dogs and an appearance by a team of racing huskies. Tender Care Animal Hospital sponsored nail trims as well. Furthermore, True Value provided door prizes and sales on many of its pet products. A rousing good time was had by a store full of people. (Photo by Correne Martin)


Woman dies in tragic mishap

A 26-year-old Boscobel woman was killed last Friday afternoon after she apparently jumped from a moving pickup truck on County N south of Avoca.

The mishap occurred at around 12:20 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 27, according to the Iowa County Sheriff’s Department. The Iowa County 911 Dispatch Center received a call from the driver of a motor vehicle that his front seat passenger had exited the vehicle while it was traveling on County N in the town of Clyde.

Wesston Brownlee, 33, of Boscobel, stated he was northbound on County N in a 2012 Ford pickup truck when his wife, Elizabeth Brownlee, 26, Boscobel, opened the door and exited the truck, while it was still moving.

Elizabeth Brownlee was later pronounced dead at Upland Hills Health in Dodgeville as a result of her injuries.


Effigy Mounds monument scene permanently molded into new quarter

Edmore Green, tribal chair of the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska, was one of several featured speakers at the launch of the “America the Beautiful” coin honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument on Feb. 7. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Noah, Sid and J.T. (from left), all of Simi Valley, Calif., came to northeast Iowa last week specifically to take in the history, scenery and special events commemorating the first America the Beautiful Quarter of 2017. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Around 60 curious coin collectors and coin enthusiasts asked questions of the U.S. Mint Philadelphia plant supervisor during a local forum last week, in celebration of the newly-released America the Beautiful Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Coin collectors from all over the area, and the country, got a close look at numerous U.S. Mint commemorative collections during a forum at Effigy Mounds National Monument Feb. 6. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Many of the mounds created over 2,000 years ago are now gone, said Effigy Mounds Superintendent Jim Nepstad, “but thankfully, many were preserved in places like Effigy Mounds.” Nepstad spoke at the coin launch held Feb. 7, in Waukon. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Marc Landry, plant superintendent at the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia, Pa., was the guest speaker at the coin forum. He shared many unknown facts about the Mint. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Editor’s note: This is the second of two articles detailing the Effigy Mounds National Monument.

By Correne Martin and Audrey Posten

A shiny new United States quarter is garnering northeast Iowa and Effigy Mounds National Monument a wealth of attention. Coin collectors from around the country rolled into the area last week for the Feb. 7 ceremonial release of the U.S. Mint America the Beautiful Effigy Mounds Quarter.

This was the first release for the 2017 five-quarter series, which will also include Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, District of Columbia, April 3; Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri, June 5; Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument), New Jersey, Aug. 28; and George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Indiana, Nov. 13.


Janet M. Beinborn


Janet M. Beinborn, 79, passed away on Dec. 2, 2016.


She was born on Sept. 15, 1937, in Wauzeka, the daughter of Charles and Agnes (Linder) Lathrop. She was a school bus driver for many years. Janet and “Bud” ran Bud’s Bar in Cuba City and the Branding Iron Saloon in Bridgeport. She worked for several years at Ray-O-Vac in Fennimore & Prairie Industries.


Andrew “Andy” Hubanks

Andrew “Andy” Hubanks, 69, of Ottumwa, Iowa, died at 1:45 a.m. Feb. 8, at home.


He was born Nov. 7, 1947, in Prairie du Chien, to Robert and Adeline Ceplecha Hubanks. He married Roni Kasper on April 19, 1975. Andy had worked for 19 years for Cargill Meat Solutions, retiring in 2010.


Seneca Remains Unbeaten

Seneca’s Nick Payne slams down a backboard swaying jam in first half action against visiting Weston Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Thomas Johnson of Seneca looks for a shot against Colin Scherbert of Weston in Ridge and Valley boys basketball Tuesday night.

Seneca’s Noah Allan goes in for a break-away layup against Weston.

Jared Payne dribbles between his legs while driving the left baseline and looking for an open teammate versus Weston.


Seneca boys 

improve to 18-0

Seneca easily handled visiting Weston 98-29 in a Ridge and Valley boys basketball game Tuesday night. 

The Indians led the Silver Eagles 60-10 at halftime.

Seneca, who is rated number one in the state in Division 5, improved to 18-0 on the season and 11-0 in conference action. 


Hawkettes at State

The Hawkettes are, front row: Paige Severson, Katie Zahara, Mariah Slaght, Archi Patel, Kara Katzung and Breann Holler. Back row: Caitlin Nolan, Katie Licht, Morgan Kiesau, Kina Myers and Lauren Kennedy. (Photo courtesy of Kelli Saxe)


Hawkettes perform at 

WACPC State Dance Competition

Saturday, Feb. 4 was a great day to be a Blackhawk! The Hawkette Dance Team competed at the WACPC State Dance Competition at the La Crosse Center. The Hawkettes gave two amazing performances at state, ones that the team is really proud of!


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