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Wed
13
Apr

RRC Wins Twinbill


Seneca’s Haley Wall fires in a pitch in the second inning versus River Ridge-Cassville in Patch Grove.

Andrea Okey picked up two wins in a twinbill versus Seneca and Wauzeka-Steuben.

The River Ridge defense records a ground out against Seneca. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Andrea Okey singles to right-center against visiting Seneca Tuesday afternoon.

Katelyn Quick of River Ridge-Cassville gets a hit to score a run in the third inning.

Verity Johnson scores in the third inning for River Ridge-Cassville.

 

RRC girls 

beat Seneca and 

Wauzeka-Steuben

The River Ridge-Cassville softball team played a doubleheader against two area teams Tuesday afternoon in Patch Grove. 

In the opener, RRC bested Seneca 12-8. Seneca led 2-1 after one complete inning. 

Wed
13
Apr

Wauzeka Area Bridge

 

WSOR looking 

at replacing bridge 

east of Wauzeka

Project estimated at $8.7 million

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
13
Apr

Randi Louise Harris

 

Randi Louise Harris, 65 of Postville, died Monday, April 11, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa after a brief illness. 

Randi was born on Feb. 2, 1951 to Leo Roger and Lillian Irene (Monson) Harris in Postville. She graduated from Postville High school, attended the University of Northern Iowa and received her nursing degree at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, Iowa.

Tue
12
Apr

Antoinette Marie “Toni” Otto (Panka)

 

Antoinette Marie “Toni” Otto (Panka), 94, of Sun City West, Ariz. passed away, Friday, April 1, in the comfort of her home.

Toni, daughter of Peter and Antoinette (Schoeffer) Panka was born on March 23, 1922, raised, and attended school in Prairie du Chien and graduated from College of Saint Teresa with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Tue
12
Apr

Deborah J. Brown

 

Deborah J. Brown, 63, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, April 11, at her home following an extended illness. 

She was born Aug. 18, 1952 in La Crosse, the daughter of Charles and Ruby (Anderson) Knudson. She married Ricky Brown on July 2, 1991 in South Tahoe City, Calif. Debbie worked as a medical transcriptionist for healthcare facilities in Oklahoma City, Davenport, LaCrosse, Prairie du Chien and Chippewa Falls. She enjoyed traveling and making her home in the country. She was a pet lover, especially her cats. 

Mon
11
Apr

Viroqua versus Prairie du Chien


Kelly Check gets around the Viroqua catcher to score a run. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Payton Petsche hits a single against visiting Viroqua.

Prairie du Chien’s Lauren Nicholson winds up against Viroqua Thursday afternoon.

Jaqueline LaHaie slaps a single to right-center against visiting Viroqua.

Maria Skemp slides safely into home plate.

 

Viroqua edges PdC girls in eight

Viroqua edged host Prairie du Chien 10-8 in 8 innings nonconference softball action Thursday afternoon.

Viroqua scored a run in the top of the first inning, but Prairie answered with 3 in the bottom half to take a 3-1 lead.

The Lady Hawks scored another run in the second to increase the margin to 4-1. 

Mon
11
Apr

School Facilities Upgrades

 

School district seeks architectural proposals for $18.9M project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Following the passage of the Prairie du Chien School District referendum, the school board met Wednesday night, April 6 to get a jump on how to proceed with the facilities upgrades for all three school buildings.

Mon
11
Apr

Shirley M. Greene

 

Shirley M. Greene, 80, of Janesville, died Sunday, April 10, at Huntington Place. 

She was born on Nov. 29, 1935 in Eastman, the daughter of John and Carrie (Stluka) Osthoff. Shirley enjoyed playing the coronet in the band at Seneca High School, from which she graduated in 1953. She was employed at GMAD, retiring in 2003. After her retirement, she enjoyed spending many happy times with her grandchildren. 

Mon
11
Apr

Prairie du Chien man arrested on two counts of burglary from storage units

A rural Prairie du Chien man was arrested last week on two counts of burglary from storage units in Prairie du Chien Township, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

During the month of February, the sheriff’s department received two separate reports of burglarized storage units located on County K in the township. Entry was forcefully gained into the units by cutting the padlocks. Once entry was gained, several miscellaneous items of value were stolen from within. They included power tools, hand tools, fishing equipment and household items, with an estimated value in the thousands of dollars.

The sheriff’s department continued to actively investigate the burglaries. On Monday, April 4, the sheriff’s department initiated contact with Christopher Caya, 38, a suspect in the burglaries. Caya was ultimately arrested on the two counts of burglary.

Mon
11
Apr

Wauzeka community fundraises for park/garden in sisters’ memory


The family of Trinity and Lena Bartels, and the Wauzeka community, hope to create a memorial park and garden on Main Street where their home once stood. These two sisters were just 15 and 12 when a Jan. 19 house fire claimed their young lives. An April 23 benefit will help build the park in honor of the girls and how they touched the small community.

The video game phenomenon, Halo, announced, in late February, an update that pays tribute to Trinity and Lena Bartels. Because Adam Bartels is a well-known fan and player within the Halo community, developer 343 Industries created an in-game update called the “Spartans Never Walk Alone pack.” The pack contains the True Light emblem, which is named after the first initial of each of Adam and Rebecca’s daughters’ names, and is the first animated emblem presented in Halo 5. All players received this pack as part of a free update. Also, a special feature has been added in Halo 5’s new Arena map, Torque. As players look up and scan the stars above, the names Trinity and Lena will be visible in the night sky. (Facebook photo)

By Correne Martin

Sisters Trinity and Lena Bartels were always together. They were sweet girls with angelic faces, who enjoyed traveling with their parents and were blessed with a zest for life. They were bright, shining spirits within the small community of Wauzeka, where they attended school their entire lives.

But, on Jan. 19, 2016, the unthinkable happened.

A house fire that started late in the night on Jan. 18, and continued into Jan. 19, claimed the girls’ young lives. Just as they always were in life, they were together when they died.

The community of Wauzeka remains devastated over the tragic loss of two of its most innocent. Although, in a way, as tragedy sometimes does, the fire’s aftermath has seemed to bring the community closer. Also, the support, love and prayers have meant so much to the girls’ parents, Adam and Rebecca Bartels.

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