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Thu
06
Nov

Veterans Day programs held at area schools

There will be various Veterans Day programs in Crawford County and the surrounding area on Nov. 11.

There will be a program at Bluff View Intermediate School beginning at 8:30 a.m. The speaker at this program will be veteran Tom Farrell.  

Prairie du Chien High School will have a program beginning at 10 a.m. Tom Farrell will also speak at this program.

The Prairie du Chien Honor Guard will fire a 21-gun salute as part of the ceremony at the Prairie du Chien Veterans Memorial at 11 a.m.

The Crawford County American Legion Veterans Day program is at 7 p.m. at Seneca High School.

Seneca Public Schools will have a Veterans Day program in the gymnasium at 9:05 a.m. Coffee and cookies will be served for the public afterward.

Wauzeka-Steuben Public Schools will have a Veterans Day program at 10 a.m.

Wed
05
Nov

Lawsuit filed in 2013 vehicle versus bicyclist incident

By Correne Martin

A Prairie du Chien teenager and her parents filed a lawsuit on Oct. 28 against the city of Prairie du Chien and local resident Denise Barrett, alleging negligence in a pedestrian versus vehicle accident that occurred on July 18, 2013, at the intersection of Marquette Road and East Wells Street in Prairie du Chien. According to circuit court documents from La Crosse County, where the case was filed, Hailey Seitz and her parents, Roger and Sara Seitz, allege the city was negligent in regard to its maintenance of the crosswalk at the intersection and Barrett was negligent in waiving Hailey across the road without ensuring it was safe for her to cross.

The driver who hit Hailey Seitz, Rose Stram, is not named in the lawsuit.

Wed
05
Nov

Blackhawk Avenue roundabout is slated to open on Wednesday


Landscaping, signs and pavement markings were completed this week for the Blackhawk Avenue roundabout, the third and final roundabout of the Marquette Road project. Some construction on the north end of the project remains, but the completion for the entire project is anticipated by Nov. 16. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The third and final roundabout of the Marquette Road project, at the intersection of Blackhawk Avenue, is scheduled to open Wednesday, Nov. 5, as landscaping, signs and pavement markings were completed early this week. The Highway 27 detour will also end Wednesday, according to Wisconsin Department of Transportation Project Leader Jay Adams.

However, the railroad company has yet to repair its crossings at Washington and Blackhawk, leaving those crossings closed until further notice.

“People traveling on Highway 27 will be able to turn south on Marquette and continue on like they used to,” Adams said, noting that customers of the businesses near the Blackhawk intersection will now be able to access them regularly, though some sidewalk, curb and additional concrete pavement work will remain. “But drivers won’t be able to cross the railroad tracks on Blackhawk or head north yet.”

Wed
05
Nov

$13 million referendum denied by River Ridge voters

By Correne Martin

River Ridge School District’s $13 million referendum to combine all students and staff under one facility in Patch Grove failed to pass in Tuesday’s election.

The unofficial vote totals were 995 against the referendum to 556 in favor, according to Adminstrative Secretary Sue Gotto Wednesday morning. This means 64 percent of the voters cast a “no” vote, while 36 percent cast a “yes” vote. The district’s canvassing board will validate the votes on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4:15 p.m. at the River Ridge Middle/High School.

An article regarding the school board’s plans following the failed referendum, and any possible action regarding state orders pertaining to building code violations, will be published in an upcoming issue of the Courier Press.

Wed
05
Nov

Crawford County chooses Democrats for majority of races

By Correne Martin

Wisconsin voters leaned Republican in the races pertaining to southwest Wisconsin for this election, yet Crawford County voters chose Democrats in five of the six races reported at the top of today’s front page.

With all eyes on the battle for governor, incumbent Republican Scott Walker won his third election (including the 2012 recall) and will take on a second term leading the state. He received 52 percent of the vote in the state, while his challenger, Democrat Mary Burke ,earned 47 percent. Crawford County demonstrated a different opinion of the governor’s race, giving 3,221 votes to Burke, or 52 percent, and 2,972 to Walker.

Wed
05
Nov

Deer hunting accident

 

Prairie du Chien 

woman severely injured in deer hunting accident

Contributions for family welcome

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
05
Nov

Roger A. Halvorson

 

Roger A. Halvorson, 80, of Marquette (formerly of Monona), Iowa, died Sunday, Nov. 2, at his home. 

Roger Allan, the son of Victory L. and Ruby E. (Jenson) Halvorson, was born Feb. 12, 1934 in Waterville, Iowa. Roger was baptized in 1934 and confirmed in 1948 at the Waterville Lutheran Church. He graduated from Waterville High School and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Upper Iowa University.

Tue
04
Nov

Freda May McCracken

 

Freda May McCracken, 90, of McGregor, Iowa passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 3, at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien. 

Freda was born Nov. 28, 1923 to Roy Robert and Louise Christina (Harter) Dickson in rural Decorah, Iowa. She attended Franklin Township No. 9 School and graduated from Waukon High School. She was united in marriage with Wayne McCracken on Feb. 25, 1946 in Waukon. He preceded her in death on Aug. 21, 2001. To this union four children were born, Waneta, Yvonne, Phyllis and Carrol. 

Tue
04
Nov

Virginia Rose Elvert

 

Virginia Rose Elvert, 89, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Prairie Maison Health Care Center. 

Mon
03
Nov

River Ridge volleyball


Roni Zinkle of River Ridge skims one past the Southwestern player Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Amber Patterson of River Ridge goes high for the kill against Southwestern.

Bridgette Myers slams the ball away from the outstretched arms of Southwestern’s front line in Sectional action Thursday night in Shullsburg.

 

Southwestern tops River Ridge

Number 1 seeded Southwestern defeated Number 2 River Ridge three games to none in a WIAA Division 4 Sectional semifinal volleyball match Thursday night in Shullsburg.

Southwestern won the match by scores of 25-10, 25-21 and 25-12 to advance to the Sectional final. 

River Ridge ended its fine season with a 18-6 overall record. The Lady Timberwolves won the Six Rivers West Conference outright and were also regional champions. 

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