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Tue
26
Apr

Wasabi Restaurant owner killed

Man was severely beaten in 2015 incident

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The former owner of the Wasabi Japanese Restaurant in the town of Bridgeport was killed when he was struck by a vehicle Monday in Clarksville, Tenn.

Tue
26
Apr

Shirley A. Moore

 

Shirley A. Moore, 85, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, April 20 surrounded by her daughters and grandchildren. She fought a long battle with COPD/Emphysema.

She was born Dec. 5, 1930, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of William and Aurelia (Stram) Reuber. Shirley graduated from Prairie High in 1948 and entered the Air Force in 1949. She met Robert Moore in basic training and they married at Scott Field AFB in 1950. After 28 years in the Air Force and many overseas and stateside assignments, they retired and later moved to San Antonio.

Mon
25
Apr

Douglas August Dahlin Jr.

 

Douglas August Dahlin Jr., 80, of Soldiers Grove, died April 20, at Sannes Skogdalen, in Soldiers Grove. 

Douglas was born July 7, 1935 to Douglas, Sr. and Grace (Bolman) Dahlin in Max, N. D. He graduated from high school in Max, N. D. and the University of North Dakota at Minot where he earned his degree in business and finance.

Douglas was united in marriage with Arlene Bredahl in 1960. They later divorced. In 1987 he was united in marriage with Lois Ahrens in Prairie du Chien. 

Mon
25
Apr

Dancing with the Hawkettes sure to be entertaining

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien High School’s Hawkettes dance squad is back for a second season of dancing with local celebrities to raise funds for cancer research. Dancing with the Cancer Kickin’ Hawkettes will take place on Wednesday, April 27, at the Dousman House in Prairie du Chien. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the dancing starts at 7 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to come out to support their favorite dancing duo.

Community participants include Max Erickson, Prairie du Chien Police Department; Nathan Gevlinger, Prairie du Chien Schools; Jimmy Jones, Edward Jones Investments; Dan Moris, Q94 Radio; Paul Morovits, Crawford Chiropractic; Tom Nelson, community volunteer; Dr. Michael Rogge, Mayo Clinic-Franciscan Health Care; Brent Sheckler, Suppz Gym; Jan Waller, Peoples State Bank; Tony Wedgeworth, Lori Knapp Companies; Bob Witt, community volunteer.

Mon
25
Apr

Citizens air disgust about lost river access


About 70 citizens shared their opinions and stories about public access to the Mississippi River by crossing the railroad tracks during one of two listening sessions at the De Soto Community Center Thursday morning. Sen. Jennifer Shilling hosted the session along with Wisconsin Railroad Commissioner Yash Wadhwa and Deputy Manager of the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge Tim Yager. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Sen. Jennifer Shilling ridiculed the absurdity of the railroad trespassing law now enforced for Wisconsin sportsmen desiring to access the Mississippi River during a listening session she hosted regionally at the De Soto Community Center Thursday morning. Living in La Crosse near the railroad tracks by the golf course, Shilling sarcastically wondered if golfers unintentionally hitting a ball over the tracks would not be able to cross to retrieve it.

A change in 2006 to Wisconsin state law removed an exemption allowing people to walk directly across railroad tracks in order to fish, hunt and trap along the Mississippi River. Shilling is among those state legislators in favor of keeping public river access available to the people.

Mon
25
Apr

New Scoreboards


Above is an example of what the two new scoreboards for Cecil Smith Field will look like.

 

Cecil Smith Field to be getting 

two new electronic scoreboards

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Cecil Smith Field in Prairie du Chien will soon be getting two new electronic (LED) scoreboards. 

Mon
25
Apr

Prairie Sweeps


Prairie du Chien’s Dylan Yeomans hits a double in the opening game against Onalaska Friday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Dylan Yeomans gets back to second base safely on a pick-off attempt.

The Blackhawks’ Casey Hogenson fires in a fastball Friday against Onalaska.

Prairie’s Zach Neisius gets ready on defense while holding the runner close to first base.

Pitcher Casey Hogenson covers home on a close play at the plate. Unfortunately, Onalaska scored ona the play.

 

Prairie du Chien sweeps Onalaska

Prairie du Chien swept a twinbill from visiting Onalaska Friday afternoon at the St. Feriole Island Ballpark in high school baseball action. 

Prairie du Chien prevailed in the opener 8-2. 

Onalaska scored a run in the top of the first inning but Prairie answered with 2 in the bottom half to take a 2-1 lead.

Fri
22
Apr

Double Rainbow


Area residents were treated to a bright double rainbow Thursday afternoon during a light rain. These are views from South Beaumont Road in Prairie du Chien. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)
Wed
20
Apr

Mock accident presents real-life impact


Emergency responders zip up a deceased victim from the mock crash scenario demonstrated by Grant County volunteers to high school students at River Ridge Tuesday morning. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Emergency personnel assess the mock crash scene and prepare to utilize the Jaws of Life to remove victims from a vehicle and one of the injured, Bryan Maring, onto a stretcher. (Photos by Correne Martin)

River Ridge freshmen through senior students reacted emotionally during many portions of the mock crash scenario Tuesday morning in the high school parking lot.

The “drunken driver,” Jonathan Breuer, is taken away in handcuffs by Deputy John Barker.

By Correne Martin

The sounds of emergency sirens, the Jaws of Life popping metal and breaking glass, and a body bag being zipped up were bone-chilling as silence fell upon the River Ridge High Schoolers Tuesday morning. They watched intensely as a serious and emotional mock accident scenario unfolded in front of their eyes: a two-vehicle crash took the life of one, injured two others and resulted in OWI charges.

“It was pretty scary. I didn’t like it at all. I hope it never happens,” stated student actress Shannon Sturmer, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles and “died” in the crash.

The volunteer entities participating included the Bloomington Fire Department, West Grant Rescue Squad, Grant County Sheriff’s Department, Martin Funeral Home and B&M Auto. Led by Denny Cathman, of the rescue squad, 10 firemen, four EMTs and one deputy gave their time to present the mock accident lesson.

Wed
20
Apr

Projects tackled ahead of schedule, new fire truck purchase planned

By Correne Martin

As has become the trend for the city of Prairie du Chien in recent years, the city has more money remaining in its 2014-2016 capital fund than anticipated for this time of year. This is the result of a number of projects coming in under budget as well as other projects not taking place for various unpredictable reasons. So, administration came to the common council Tuesday night with a list of proposed projects to be completed ahead of schedule, resulting in a decrease to the capital fund’s remaining balance.

The projects, which the council approved, include:

1) Repairs to the aquatic park pool, $10,348,

2) Repairs to Hoffman Hall’s north wall, $11,000, this is in addition to the $10,000 already allocated for this project and will cover the entire building,

3) Electrical improvements on St. Feriole Island, $26,000.

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