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Wed
24
May

Touching surprise caps final concert for PdC High School vocal music teacher


Longtime Prairie du Chien High School Vocal Music Instructor Phil Stiemke shows off his surprise retirement gift, a brand new Rickenbacker bass guitar, to a full gymnasium during his final concert Tuesday night, May 23. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Phil Stiemke shared many grins, jokes and even held back tears at his last concert. He was proud to see many alumni come to the event and perform a surprise final number, “I’ll Be Seeing You.”

From the emotions on the faces of students and alumni Phil Stiemke taught over the years, his impact on the school’s young musicians was clearly evident.

By Correne Martin

In the 1970s, Phil Stiemke worked hard to save money for his dream bass guitar. He finally got enough to purchase it and he loved that guitar. Not too long afterward, someone broke into his car and stole it.

If you know Mr. S, as he’s affectionately been called at Prairie du Chien Schools for 19 years, chances are, you have heard this story or at least heard about the Rickenbacker bass guitar he used to have. He still talks about it nearly 40 years later.

For his retirement, which is happening at the end of the school year, his family proposed a Replace the Base crowdfunding campaign on GiveButter.com to Stiemke’s alumni, students, family and others who’ve known and loved him. The premise of the fundraiser was to pull together about $2,000 and purchase a brand new Rickenbacker as a surprise gift to give him after the final song of his final Prairie du Chien High School concert last evening, May 23.

Wed
24
May

Regal Marine Group given 30 days to move out

By Correne Martin

Less than one week ago, Regal Marine Group posted to its Facebook page that the marina operations in Prairie du Chien were open for the 2017 season, though not exactly at full speed due to lack of power at its docks.
Yet, on Monday, May 22, a three-person arbitration panel rendered a written order granting an eviction judgement in favor of the city and against Regal Marine Group, in the recent binding arbitration case.

“The Regals have 30 days to get their stuff off the property,” cited City Attorney Lara Czajkowski Higgins. Any of Regals’ property remaining after June 21 shall become property of the city.

The order was based on the following:

1. Regal Marine Group failed to file a 90-day notice to renew the 1963 contract for 2012 through 2017.

2. Regal Marine Group was not entitled to renewal because it had already breached the contract prior to the expiration date of Oct. 31, 2012.

Wed
24
May

Prairie du Chien Track


Nicole Steiber of Prairie du Chien competes in the 800-meter run Tuesday at Lancaster. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Gabby Ritchie lets fly with the discus in regional competition Tuesday.

 

Prairie tracksters 

at Lancaster Regional

The Prairie du Chien track and field team traveled to Lancaster to compete in the WIAA Division 2 Regional Meet. The following athletes have qualified for Thursday’s Sectional meet at McFarland.

Evan Teynor (110 HH, 300 Hurdles, and Triple Jump; Personal Record at 41’ 1.75”)

Wed
24
May

Prairie du Chien Softball


The Prairie du Chien defense gets the Lancaster runner in a pickle. Unfortunately, the runner got back to third safely. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Hailee Lynn fields the ball and throws to first base for the out.

 

Flying Arrows 

edge Lady Hawks

Lancaster nipped visiting Prairie du Chien 8-7 in eight innings in a WIAA Division 3 regional quarterfinal Tuesday afternoon. 

Prairie took a 5-0 lead after three innings. They scored 2 runs in the second on 2 hits and an error. The Lady Blackhawks added 3 runs in the third on RBI singles by Rilee Wikan and Lauren Kennedy.

Wed
24
May

Crawford County Dairy Breakfast


The Steger family includes Terry, Harley the cow, Emily, Jessica, Zeke the dog, Tim and Char. (Photo submitted)

 

Steger family to host 2017 

Dairy Breakfast on June 3

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Saturday, June 3 is the morning of the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast, and the Steger family is glad to welcome everyone to their farm once again at 60724 Irish Ridge Road about three miles north of Prairie du Chien on Highway 27. 

Tue
23
May

Donna E. Schurz

 

Donna E. Schurz, 80, of Sparta, died Monday, May 22, at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse. 

 

She was born in Wauzeka, Sept. 10, 1936, to the late Archie and Agnes (Konichek) Schurz. Donna grew up in the Wauzeka area and graduated from Wauzeka High School in 1954. She was the senior class president and valedictorian. She graduated from Madison Business College in 1956. 

Tue
23
May

James R. Miller

 

James R. Miller, 63, of Boscobel, and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away on his 63rd birthday, May 17, after an extended illness. 

 

He was born May 17, 1954 in Platteville, the son of Roman and Mary (Severson) Miller. Jimmy worked at the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien for many years and enjoyed music and watching wrestling. 

Tue
23
May

Frank L. Lenz

 

Frank L. Lenz, 83, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Monday, May 15, at his residence in Prairie du Chien. 

 

Tue
23
May

Dennis M. Bunts

 

Dennis M. Bunts, 34, of Woodman, passed away on Thursday, May 18. 

 

He was born on Sept. 12, 1982, in Prairie du Chien. Dennis is the son of Dennis and Linda (Baures) Bunts ​Sr. He married Trisha Smith on July 21, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boscobel. 

Mon
22
May

Highway 18-60 Project Nearing Completion


This view is Highway 18 in the area of Ward Road and Old Highway 18. (Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin DOT)

 

Highway 18-60 construction should be almost complete by Friday

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Highway 18-60 Project in the town of Bridgeport is wrapping up and most of it is expected to be done by Memorial Day weekend. Construction on the project began with cutting down trees and landscaping in mid-March of 2016.

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