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Mark Eugene Abildtrup


Mark Eugene Abildtrup, 56, of Marquette, died Saturday, Oct. 21, at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital, Dubuque.


Mark was born Oct. 11, 1961, to Myron and Judy Marie (Spenler) Abildtrup in Des Moines. He graduated from Mar-Mac High School in 1980. 


River Ridge Girls End Season

Taylor Langmeier tries to get the ball past a Kickapoo player Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge’s Skylar White pounds the ball to the Kickapoo side.

River Ridge’s Rachael Herrick hits the ball to Kickapoo.

Jaci Williams hits the ball over to Kickapoo.


River Ridge 

sweeps Kickapoo but loses to Benton

River Ridge hosted Kickapoo for its regional semifinal match Thursday night. River Ridge won in three sets with scores of 25-21, 25-22, 25-23. Both teams played very well, and there were lots of lead changes, especially in the third game.

Kills: Taylor Langmeier-19, Skylar White-15


PdC Football Advances

The Prairie du Chien defense stuffs this running attempt by New Glarus-Monticello Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Tyler Smock had an impressive 301 all purpose yards Friday night.

Prairie's Cory Check (44) locks in on the New Glarus ballcarrier.

Prairie du Chien's defense played well Friday night.


Prairie du Chien beats New Glarus-Monticello

By Zach Mara



Prairie du Chien Country Club getting new clubhouse

The clubhouse at Prairie du Chien Country Club may soon be coming down to make way for a brand new clubhouse.


New clubhouse at Prairie du Chien 

Country Club to open up a lot of possibilities

By Ted Pennekamp


The Prairie du Chien Country Club may soon begin its reconstruction project whereby the entire clubhouse will be replaced with a brand new building. 


Prairie Girls Statebound

The Prairie du Chien girls enthusiastically display their sectional championship plaque. The team is Coach Kathleen Hein, Faith Dillman, Meg Katzung, Jadyn Jenks, Greta Hein, Karly Jaynes, Amber Huser, Ella Hein and Assistant Coach Mike Liddell. More photos of the girls cross country team are on page ? of the Courier Press B Section. (Photos submitted)

Greta Hein finishes her run at the Platteville Sectional Saturday morning.

The Prairie du Chien girls begin their race at the sectional meet in Platteville on Saturday.

Amber Huser runs strong at the Platteville Sectional Cross Country Meet Saturday to help her team qualify for the State Cross Country Meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, Oct. 28. Huser finished in fourth place at the sectional.

The Prairie du Chien girls show off their "Prairie du Chien Cross Country at State" dessert.


PdC girls cross country team headed to State Meet

Prairie du Chien is sending a cross country team to the State Meet for the first time since 1978. The girls were Sectional Champions on Saturday in Platteville.  


Traffic stop leads to drug bust

On Oct. 17, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 unit was patrolling in the village of Ferryville. The deputy observed a 2007 Toyota Corolla operating southbound exceeding the speed limit. The deputy discovered the registration to not be valid and the registered owner to be revoked.

The Corolla turned off of Highway 35 onto County C and pulled into the yard of a residence on Maple Street to avoid the deputy. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and both male occupants began moving around within the vehicle. Both occupants were removed and detained.

The driver was identified as Justin Ringleman, 31, Cassville, and his passenger was Brooke Nolte, 29, Shullsburg. The deputy observed indicators of narcotics use on the driver and several indicators of drug abuse within the vehicle.


Cattle at large cause motorcycle crash

On Oct. 19, at 7:10 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a motorcycle versus cow crash on Highway 131 near Del La Mater Road in the village of Gays Mills.

Keith L. Davenport, 57, Soldiers Grove, was operating a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on Highway 131. There were several black angus cattle in the roadway. Davenport struck a medium sized black angus calf with his motorcycle. Davenport was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital for medical treatment. The extent of his injuries are unknown. The motorcycle sustained severe damage and was removed from the scene by Sleepy Hollow Towing.

The owner of the cattle, Richard M. Dudgeon, 69, Eastman, will be issued a municipal citation for animals at large.

Assisting on scene were Ocooch Mountain Rescue, Gays Mills First Responders, Gays Mills Fire Department, the village of Gays Mills and Sleepy Hollow Towing.


Familiar face slips in as interim city administrator

By Correne Martin

An unexpected change has taken place at Prairie du Chien City Hall. After accepting the city administrator position just four months ago, Art Osten Jr. has parted ways with the city, as both he and the common council determined the job was not a good fit for either of them.

The “separation” was approved by the council Oct. 17, after closed session review of Osten’s goals and work performance.

The council also voted to make an agreement with Police Chief Chad Abram to become the interim city administrator. City Clerk Tina Fuller and City Planner Garth Frable will provide Abram their expertise with financials, projects, debt borrowing and such, while he will take on more of the day-to-day organization, service and management.


Downtown PdC a sweet spot for trick or treating

Saturday Celebrate family in costume and check out Prairie du Chien’s downtown with the annual Trick or Treat Downtown, Saturday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Find the traditional orange pumpkin in each participating business’ window, designating which establishments have agreed to open their doors to young trick or treaters and their families. Participants will hand out candy and other treats. Businesses start at Radio Shack and Nelson True Value and spread down Blackhawk Avenue to Walgreens, Bob’s Bar, The Local Oven, Panka’s Shoe Store, Jim’s Bar, Something for Everyone, JC Party Store, Althof’s, Rockweiler’s, Wall Street, Catholic Charities, A Cut Above, Ideal Decorating/Café Hope, The Pickett Fence, Sports World, Starks Sport Shop, Broken Ladder, Planted Tree, Sawmill, Muddy Waters Pizza Pub, Ft. Mulligan’s, Rowdy’s and AmericInn.

Children should be accompanied by an adult.


James L. “Jim” Johnston


James L. “Jim” Johnston, 82, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 18, on his 82nd birthday.


He was born Oct. 18, 1935, in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, the son of Leo and Florence (Heim) Johnston. Jim served in the U.S. Air Force. 


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