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Wed
28
Feb

Wauzeka-Steuben School opens discussion on potential referendum


Interim District Administrator Gary Albrecht addressed about 50 members of the Wauzeka-Steuben School District community Monday night regarding building repair needs, facility and education plans, and a possible referendum come November. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Kevin Hickman, of J.P. Cullen, said he’s worked with 44 K-12 school districts in southern Wisconsin, seven of which are in the midst of referendums right now.

By Correne Martin

The Wauzeka-Steuben School District is considering a referendum, possibly as soon as November, to achieve facility repairs and some prospective renovation in spite of a declining general fund and stagnant enrollment.

At the first of potentially many community meetings Monday night, residents and stakeholders learned about issues affecting the 1950s building (Hornets’ Nest gym was built in 1991). 

Wed
28
Feb

Hornets over Bulldogs


The Hornets’ Drew Zimmerman kicks the ball out for a three-point attempt versus visiting Ithaca Tuesday night in regional action. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Drew Zimmerman hangs in the air for a lay-up in first-half action against the Bulldogs.

The Hornets’ Gavin Ralph soars towards the hoop in the first half Tuesday night.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Carter Lomas drives past his Ithaca defender Tuesday night.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Carter Lomas hoists a rainbow jumper for three points Tuesday night in a Division 5 regional.

The Hornets got numerous reverse lay-ups throughout the regional contest like this one by Braden Folbrecht.

 

Wauzeka-Steuben 

boys handle Ithaca

Fourth seeded Wauzeka-Steuben handled visiting and 13th seeded Ithaca 75-56 in a WIAA Division 5 Regional Tuesday night. 

The Hornets improved to 19-4 on the season. They were 11-3 in the Ridge and Valley Conference. 

The Bulldogs finished their season with a 7-16 overall record. They were 6-8 in conference action.

Wed
28
Feb

Crawford County Tourism


Visitors to Crawford County can have a blast at the myriad of numerous attractions, events and outdoor activities throughout the county each year. Above is the War of 1812 battle fought in Prairie du Chien each July. (Courier Press file photo)

 

Tourism has huge economic impact on Crawford County

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Tue
27
Feb

Charles B. Enke

Charles B. Enke, 89, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Mt. Hope, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Prairie Maison. 

 

Tue
27
Feb

Gary Lee Baxter

 

Gary Lee Baxter, 82, of Montfort, formerly of Prairie du Chien, died peacefully at his home on Monday, Feb. 26. 

 

Tue
27
Feb

Sally Belle (Veit) Scarff

 

Sally (Veit) Scarff, 85, of McGregor, Iowa, died Feb. 23, at Great River Care Center.  

 

Sally Belle Veit was born April 15, 1932, in McGregor, Iowa, daughter of Charles and Alvina (Toots-Paulson) Veit.  She married Paul Scarff Sr. on Aug. 14, 1948. She attended school at Marquette High School, later organizing the first school reunion. 

Mon
26
Feb

Wheeler Third at State


River Ridge-Cassville’s Ben Wheeler gains control over Seth Roberts of Johnson Creek Thursday night. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Wheeler 3rd at State Tournament

River Ridge-Cassville wrestler Ben Wheeler took third place in the 285-pound weight class at the Division 3 Individual State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center this past weekend. 

Wheeler, a senior, defeated Seth Roberts of Johnson Creek by fall in 1:21 in his first match Thursday night. 

Wheeler then lost in the quarterfinal to Max Villnow of Amherst, 11-4 on Friday. 

Mon
26
Feb

PdC Wrestlers at State


Matt Rogge (top) attempts to gain an advantage over Carsten McHugh of Freedom Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Traeton Saint reaches for the left wrist of Tim Coyne of Hayward-Northwood.

The Blackhawks’ Blake Garcia looks for an opening versus Matthew Maitland of Wrightstown in their 145-pound match.

Prairie du Chien’s Nick Rogge gets an arm bar on Reece Worachek of Luxemburg-Casco in their quarterfinal match at the State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Stephen Ronnfeldt of Prairie du Chien applies pressure to Jake Rau of Medford.

The Blackhawks’ Colten Wall faces off against Nate Lloyd of Luxemburg-Casco Thursday night at the State Individual Wrestling Tournament.

 

Prairie wrestlers 

finish strong at state

3 Blackhawks are runners-up

As has been the case the entire year, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestlers decided to continue making noise and program history at the 75th annual WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison that was held Feb. 22 through Feb. 24. 

Mon
26
Feb

School Facilities Upgrade


The floor of the new high school gymnasium is expected to be completed soon. There are 20 basketball hoops in the new facility. The district is looking at options for adding bleachers. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

This is the view from the stage of the new high school auditorium, which will be 45 feet high because of all of the catwalks and rigging needed for performances. There will also be an orchestra pit in front of the stage.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Near the beginning of January, all of the roofs had been constructed on the buildings being built as part of Prairie du Chien’s school facilities upgrade project. This has allowed work to continue efficiently on the inside of the buildings, some of which are starting to round into form.

Mon
26
Feb

Japanese culture brought to PdC Schools, community


Ondekoza, a Japanese drumming band, spent last week in Prairie du Chien schools, as part of a Arts Midwest World Fest partnership the school district has. This brings artists and entertainers to the district for a weeklong residency followed by a public performance. Pictured, a fearless Alexis Scherer tries her hand at the beat during a presentation at Bluff View Friday. Ondekoza played for a large community crowd on Saturday evening in the high school’s Little Theatre. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Pictured at Bluff View Friday, the middle school students stared in amazement at the athletic musicians.

Members of the five-person band Ondekoza utilized different styles and sizes of drum sticks to beat the taiko drums in their performances.

Seizan Matsuda played several Japanese bamboo woodwind instruments for the crowds who had the pleasure of viewing him and his bandmates in Ondekoza last week.

The Japanese drumming band, Ondekoza, which roughly translates to “drumming demons” offered 13 tremendously educational and entertaining workshops during their weeklong artist residency, hosted by Prairie du Chien Area School District, which contracted the residency and arranged the program schedule. Ondekoza performed for over 1,927 community members. The school districts of Prairie du Chien and Seneca along with Unity Adult Day Care and 3M had the opportunity to participate in workshops, listen, learn and experience the sounds of Japan and the spirit of “Wa(harmony)” through the use of traditional Japanese taiko drums. 

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