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Wed
01
Feb

Unofficial information released, not authorized by Clayton County officials

A news release that was not authorized by either the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office or the Clayton County Attorney’s Office, was circulated recently about a case involving David Allen Pennington, Jr., a criminal defendant who received a five-year prison sentence.

“We felt this news story was sensationalized and misleading and that it was important for us to respond,” Sheriff Mike Tschirgi and Attorney Alan Heavens said in a statement.

First, as the official press release from the county attorney’s office said, the defendant was convicted of enticing a minor under the age of 16, not sexual abuse as the unofficial press story stated. Ultimately, the crime involved sexual contact between the defendant and the victim, who were both carnival workers. This was illegal because the defendant was 27 years old and the victim was 14.

 
The unofficial news release also appeared to emphasize that the incident occurred at the Clayton County Fair.

Wed
01
Feb

Making a difference: One person, one story, one photo at a time


Shannon Ready is a hobbyist photographer whose recent photography projects have featured real people and real emotions: “I Am Strong,” “Lasting Legacy” and “We Are Entrepreneurs.” (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Shannon Ready believes everyone has a unique story of what it means to be strong. As a hobbyist photographer in Eastman, she had a black and white image of a solemn woman in her mind. She envisioned creating that still picture and also sharing the saga of the true experiences behind that strong woman. She wanted to make an impact, to make a difference in others’ lives.

So, Shannon, a 23-year-old mom of four children under age 4, put a call out on her business’ Facebook page for models and quickly received a positive response.  Then, she photographed the models, at no charge, put their images and short narratives together and published them on Facebook.

Wed
01
Feb

Villa Louis head Caya-Slusser takes new position in history


Villa Louis Director Susan Caya-Slusser, who is pictured in December 2015, greeting Governor Scott Walker on the mansion’s front walkway, will leave her post at the Villa for a newly-created position, the director of southwest regional sites. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The Wisconsin Historical Society has appointed Susan Caya-Slusser to the newly-created position of director of southwest regional sites. This position will provide vision, leadership and general management to the Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien, Stonefield in Cassville, First Capitol in Belmont and Pendarvis in Mineral Point. The job will be based at Pendarvis.

“Susan prevailed in a search, which attracted top candidates from across the country,” according to Brian Thompson, administrator of the society’s museums and historic sites division. “Her strengths in building strong public programs and deepening community ties make her the perfect person to champion these four magnificent sites.”

Tue
31
Jan

Leona M. Carl

 

Leona M. Carl, 100, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, Jan. 28, at Crossing Rivers Health Care in Prairie du Chien. 

 

Tue
31
Jan

Jim Cunningham

 

Jim Cunningham, 67, of Phoenix, Ariz., passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, after a lingering illness. 

 

Tue
31
Jan

LaVerne Daniel DuCharme

 

LaVerne Daniel DuCharme, 78, a lifelong resident of Eastman, died peacefully surrounded by family Jan. 30, after a brief battle with cancer. 

 

Mon
30
Jan

Hawkettes To State


The Hawkettes are, row 1: Katie Licht, Paige Severson, Katie Zahara, Mariah Slaght and Bree Holler. Row 2: Kara Katzung, Kina Myers, Morgan Kiesau, Caitlin Nolan, Lauren Kennedy and Archi Patel. The team is coached by Kelli Saxe.

 

Regional champ 

Hawkettes headed to state

The Prairie du Chien Hawkettes competed at the 2017 WACPC Southern Dance Regional Competition on Saturday, Jan. 28.  

The team earned second place in Division 2 Kick. The team also earned first place in Division 4 Pom, making them the Southern Regional champions. The girls are advancing to state next weekend in both divisions.

Mon
30
Jan

67th Ice Fisheree


The Prairie du Chien Ice Fisheree is always well attended, and the 67th annual event should be no exception.

 

67th Annual Prairie du Chien 

Ice Fisheree is February 4 and 5

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The 67th Annual Prairie du Chien Ice Fisheree will be held on Feb. 4-5. The event is headquartered at the Lakeview Marina Bar, three miles north of Prairie du Chien on County Road K.

Mon
30
Jan

Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon raises over $40k

For the third year in a row, over $40,000 has been raised for heart disease and cancer research through the Heart and Cancer Telethon. For the 42nd year, the telethon has become a true community celebration. Though its organized by the Prairie du Chien Eagles Club, it’s the community that makes it an entertaining and heartfelt production. For more photos and information, visit eaglestelethon.org.

Mon
30
Jan

Pet Expo is Feb. 11

Pet enthusiasts are invited to attend the fifth annual Pet Expo at Nelson True Value on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Co-sponsored by Nelson True Value, Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, Tender Care Animal Hospital and Howe Printing, this event benefits the local effort to build an animal shelter.

The Pet Expo will include a bake sale featuring home-made treats—just in time for Valentine’s Day—and a food stand.

An entire slate of pet-related activities will be featured. At 9:30 a.m., watch a dog obedience demonstration by local residents and their dogs that have been in training for several months.

A best pet trick contest will take place at 10 a.m. The first 10 pets registered will compete for prizes donated by True Value and Prairie Cinema. To register for the contest, call Bev Pozega at 326-2914. Come to the expo to vote for your favorite trick.

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