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Duffys celebrate 50 years of marriage

Bill and Mary Duffy, of Prairie du Chien, were married July 4, 1964, at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. They are celebrating the occasion of their 50th anniversary with an open house on July 4 from 1 to 3 p.m.

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Crawford County 4-H youth prepare for dairy judging competition


Sarah Kearns is shown at dairy judging practice on Achenbach’s Hy-View Farms in rural Eastman.

By Katy Zart

Crawford County 4-H members are testing their dairy judging skills today (Monday) at the district contest. The contest is part of Area Animal Science Day held in Gays Mills at the Crawford County Fairgrounds. Fourteen counties are expected to attend the event and many will compete in the dairy judging contest. Dairy showmanship, livestock judging, horse judging, and dairy poster judging contests are also part of Area Animal Science Day, along with other activities and workshops.

Becky Kramer is the dairy judging coach for Crawford County 4-H. Kramer said there hasn’t been dairy judging in Crawford County for eight years but it has been a tradition for the area so she is happy to start it up again.
“Kids used to try out to make the dairy judging team. Now we allow anyone who is interested to participate,” Kramer said.

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Elkader man charged with four counts of felony bail jumping

On Thursday, June 19, Prairie du Chien Police Officer Jeff Henry received a complaint that Chad Dahling, 44, of Elkader, threatened an individual. Allegedly, Dahling told the individual that he would shoot the individual the next time the two saw each other.

According to the police report, after other considerably reliable citizens gave statements supporting claims that Dahling had broken the terms of his bail, an attempt to locate was put out for him.

Law enforcement officials from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department went to Dahling’s residence, and upon arrival, as is detailed in the official report, Deputy Jed Jones and other officers observed Dahling through a window, sleeping on a couch. Eventually, the officers made entry into the residence and placed Dahling in custody.

While removing Dahling from the couch, a loaded rifle with the safety off, was found under Dahling’s couch cushions, according to the report.

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Pickup strikes road sign, utility pole and stop light

On Friday, June 27, at approximately 2:09 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle crash on East La Pointe Street at State Highway 18 in the township of Bridgeport. The caller stated that a vehicle struck a light pole and knocked it over into the roadway. The light pole was blocking the south turning lane.

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World’s longest annual charity bike ride cruises through Prairie du Chien


Bird Skemp, of Huckleberry’s Restaurant (left) poses for a memorable picture with three of the inspirational cyclists/University of Texas students riding the Texas 4000 challenge from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska in the fight against cancer. The trio of riders were among a group of 27 to pass through Wyalusing and Prairie du Chien along their route. Pictured with Skemp are Becca Hoffman, Neha Ali and Alex Patlan. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Texas 4000 cyclists Neha Ali, Becca Hoffman and Alex Patlan tried fried cheese curds for the very first time at Huckleberry’s Thursday night. You can’t come to Wisconsin and not have a cheese curd, right? The consensus seemed to be that they were “so good.”

Some of the cyclists of the Texas 4000 who camped at Wyalusing State Park are pictured, during their morning ride dedication, overlooking the scenic confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers.

By Correne Martin

Just like cancer patients have days where they may struggle to keep going, so do the bicyclists on the Texas 4,000 summer charity ride from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska, who passed through Prairie du Chien last week.
“That’s been our analogy for the trip, said Neha Ali, one of the riders. “Whenever we have a rough day and we feel like we can’t go any more, we think about people who are fighting cancer and how they have to be positive to make it past the difficult times.”

Twenty-seven riders made their way through Prairie du Chien Friday as part of the longest annual charity bike ride in the world. A total of 79 cyclists—all University of Texas  (UT) students—have committed to the 4,000-mile journey in this 11th year, on three separate routes: Sierra, Rockies and Ozarks.

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Plenty to get fired up about this Fourth of July

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Rail storage yard proposed at sand loading site in PdC


Illustrated here, Wisconsin Southern Railroad proposed this drawing of a $1 million facility, yet to be constructed at the unloading site utilized by Pattison Sand Company on the Highway 18 Bypass in Prairie du Chien. Now, WSOR is also proposing the addition of a seven-track rail engine and car storage yard to the north of the building on the property.

By Correne Martin
 
On Tuesday, July 1, at 7 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Common Council will hear a proposal from Wisconsin Southern Railroad (WSOR) regarding an expansion to its unloading site where Pattison Sand Company conducts work along the Highway 18 Bypass in the city. The proposal is an informational presentation only and does not require council approval for WSOR to move forward, as all track and building improvements will be done on the state-owned railroad right-of-way.

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Kayla Taylor single No. 1 on new country artist radio show


Kayla Taylor (Vorwald), of Prairie du Chien, is headed to Nashville again this August to continue pursuing a career in the country music industry.

By Correne Martin

For the third straight week, the single “See You In Summer,” by Prairie du Chien’s own Kayla Taylor, was voted by worldwide listeners as the best song on the online country radio show, Iceman’s Radio Cavern Top 40 Countdown. Between 200 and 300 songs are submitted by about 180 up-and-coming country artists to the show and then Iceman himself makes 40 nominations. From those, listeners can vote for their favorites (one vote every 24 hours).

If Kayla’s song remains among the most popular on the countdown, she could become eligible to perform at CMA Fest 2015 in Nashville, for free, in the Iceman’s showcase. And you could help her achieve this dream by voting for “See You In Summer” at one of three websites: bestcountryradio.com, the icemanscavern.com or cmafest2015.com.

“I just want to thank everyone so much for their votes and support. I have no idea where I would be without my fans,” Kayla said.

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Varsity Legion team tramples Bi-State Bulldogs, 13-4

Chad Mara
Catcher Chad Mara takes a generous lead off of first base, eyeing second for an opportunity to steal. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)
Casey Hogensen
Relief pitcher Casey Hogensen fires down the middle, offering an appealing target to the waiting Bulldogs.
Peyton Hall
Coach Renner (left) tells Peyton Hall to hold on third after a hit by Ryan Garrity.
Ryan Garrity and Chad Mara
Ryan Garrity (right) goes for home during a Chad Mara attempted bunt. Although the ball was hit foul, the action still proved to be a very intense moment for players and fans.
Tanner Heisel
Opening pitcher Tanner Heisel swings for the fences during the second inning of Sunday’s game against Bi-State at St. Feriole Island ballpark. For this at bat, Heisel was able to earn himself a double, later scoring during a Taylor Elliot sacrifice. The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers would go on to win 13-4.

 

On Sunday, June 29, at 4 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers took on the Bi-State Bulldogs in American Legion baseball action at St. Feriole Island ballpark.

 

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Charles "Pat" Schreck

 

Charles “Pat” Schreck, 84, of Gays Mills and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away on June 27, at the Bland Bekkedal Hospice House in Viroqua.

Charles was born to Charles and Katherine (Williams) in Steuben on Sept. 7, 1929. He married Jeannine (Larmore) on June 30, 1952. They farmed for 30 years in the Seneca area and later moved to Prairie du Chien where he was employed as the maintenance supervisor at Martin Luther Preparatory School for 25 years before retiring. Charles enjoyed playing Euchre, watching the Cubs and Badgers, reading, and doing jigsaw puzzles. He disliked talking on the telephone.

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