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Train carrying sand derails in Prairie du Chien


Five train cars carrying sand derailed in Prairie du Chien Wednesday night, March 29. Though the cause is under investigation still, emergency management believes it may have had to do with poor soil conditions underneath the track. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The derailment occurred between the Pattison Sand loading site and the city wastewater treatment plant. (Photos by Correne Martin)

A piece of track was shredded in the crash. The railroad company is in the process of cleaning up the debris and replacing the rail at the site.

By Correne Martin

Five train cars carrying sand derailed on Wisconsin and Southern Railroad (WSOR) track in Prairie du Chien late Wednesday night, March 29. No injuries were reported and the cause remains under investigation.

“If I had to guess, I’d say it had to do with the condition of the soil underneath,” Crawford County Emergency Management Director Jim Hackett surmised, noting last week’s rainy weather. “We talked to the engineer and believe it had nothing to do with the train itself.”

The Prairie du Chien Police Department said, around 11:15 p.m., Wednesday, a WSOR train left its line between Pattison Sand Company’s loading site along the Highway 18 Bypass and the Prairie du Chien Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Hackett said the train had over 100 cars, two locomotives and was traveling at a speed of 10 mph or slower when the accident occurred.

Mon
03
Apr

Celine E. Boxrucker

 

Celine E. Boxrucker, 88, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Friday, March 31, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa. 

 

Mon
03
Apr

Grace Bidwell Graap

 

Grace Bidwell Graap, 100, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Friday, March 31, at the Bethel Home in Viroqua. 

 

Mon
03
Apr

Rosemary Streeter

 

Rosemary Streeter, 88, of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, March 28, at Gunderson Health Systems in La Crosse.

 

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03
Apr

Chelsea L. Waters

 

Chelsea L. Waters, 28, of Eastman, died unexpectedly Friday, March 31.

 

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31
Mar

River Ridge val, sal value high school opportunities


Valedictorian Rebecca Breuer and Salutatorian Hope Schier

River Ridge has announced its valedictorian and salutatorian representing the Class of 2017. Rebecca Breuer is valedictorian and Hope Schier is salutatorian.

Valedictorian Rebecca Breuer is the daughter of Leo and Sara Breuer, of Wyalusing Township. She intends to attend classes at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities this fall and major in biomedical engineering.

Throughout high school, Rebecca has been named to the National Honor Society, student council, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Friends Helping Friends. She’s served on the newspaper staff and participated in forensics. She’s been involved in science club, art club and Spanish club. She has also been active in track as well as the school’s pep, marching and concert bands all four years. Rebecca has held offices or leadership roles in nearly all of her activities.

Wed
29
Mar

Seneca over River Ridge


Seneca scores in the second inning versus River Ridge. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge gets ready to deliver a pitch as Seneca’s Parker Hagensick leads off.

Andrew Wall leads off of third base for Seneca against River Ridge Tuesday afternoon.

 

Three pitchers team up as Seneca shuts out River Ridge

Seneca defeated River Ridge 10-0 on Tuesday as three pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Nick Payne struck out Connor Mumm to finish off the game.

Seneca grabbed an early lead.  Seneca scored on a single by Nick Payne, a double by Jared Payne, and a double by Andrew Wall in the first inning.

Wed
29
Mar

Clay Crushers Aim To Improve


Prairie du Chien Clay Crusher Zach Wachter takes aim at the target on the trap shooting simulator screen. Others in the rotation include, from back to front, John Titlbach, Lydia Seeley and Tanner Kohler. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Max Clanton (left) and Justin Kossman help to build wood duck nesting boxes on Saturday. (Photo submitted)

 

Clay Crushers aiming to improve with use of technology

Prairie du Chien shooting team also selling wood duck nesting boxes

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Clay Crushers continue to grow and use the latest technology to improve. 

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29
Mar

Robert (Diz) Horsfall

 

Robert (Diz) Horsfall, 91, of  Lancaster, passed away Tuesday, March 28, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. 

 

Wed
29
Mar

Vehicle crashes into ditch, arrested for second OWI

A driver was witnessed venturing left of center, on Highway 18 near Military Ridge Road outside of Mt. Hope, which resulted in an arrest for operating while intoxicated, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

During the early morning hours of Friday, March 24, a deputy traveling west on Highway 18 saw a vehicle travel left of center and into the deputy’s lane of travel at about 12:50 a.m. The vehicle then drove off the road and into the ditch.

Contact was made with the driver, Lyle Clark, 28, of Mt. Hope, who was unaware of what had happened and appeared intoxicated, according to the officer. Field sobriety tests were administered and it was determined that Clark was intoxicated. Clark was arrested for second offense OWI.

The vehicle was removed from the ditch by B&M Towing, of Bloomington.

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