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Wed
27
Jan

K-9 Breck assists in search, arrest

A Readstown man faces charges of trespassing and resisting/obstructing law enforcement after a disturbance in Soldiers Grove Monday night, Jan. 25, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

At 11:33 p.m., the sheriff’s department was called to 102 Prospect St. for an incident involving suspect Steven Swadley, 40. As law enforcement was responding, Swadley stole a cell phone from someone inside the residence and ran off into the woods. He was wanted by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department for felony bail jumping and a violation of a domestic injunction.

Wed
27
Jan

Two arrested in connection with numerous Crawford, Clayton County burglaries


Crawford County Lt. Investigator Ryan Fradette (left) and Prairie du Chien Police Department Detective Stacy Polodna are pictured with a room full of property apprehended from two Prairie du Chien men who face charges of burglary, criminal trespassing, criminal damage to property and theft in Crawford and Clayton Counties. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Numerous storage units, enclosed trailers and sheds were burglarized and an estimated value of over $10,000 in property was stolen over the past month in Crawford and Clayton Counties. Two Prairie du Chien men were arrested last week in connection with the crimes, according to local law enforcement officials.

Following a collaborative investigation involving the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Prairie du Chien Police Department, Mar-Mac Police Department and Monona Police Department, Roman Hertrampf, 23, and Joshua Schomacker, 33, are accused of the alleged burglaries in Prairie du Chien, Bridgeport, and Gays Mills in Wisconsin and the McGregor/Giard areas as well as Monona in Iowa. Both the men have confessed, Prairie du Chien Detective Stacy Polodna said.

Wed
27
Jan

The story behind a local teen’s suicidal jump off high school roof


Ryan Friedrich, 16, of Mount Hope, jumped from the second floor roof of Prairie du Chien High School on Dec. 2. He broke vertebrae in his middle back and shattered his right arm. He’s been recuperating at home and meeting with physical and mental illness experts ever since. He, and his mom Heather, decided to speak out about his suicide attempt in hopes that his story can save the lives of others. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Ryan Friedrich can’t recall his exact thoughts but he does remember the desolate moments before and after he jumped from the second-floor roof of Prairie du Chien High School, attempting to commit suicide.

“I walked to the edge, sat down and pushed myself off,” he reflected, when asked to describe his actions that morning, Wednesday, Dec. 2. “I was thinking about my life. There was just no point to it.

“Afterward, I laid in pain for awhile. The next thing I remember was waking up at the hospital. I was still depressed, and drugged up.”

Wed
27
Jan

PdC-WS wrestlers do well


Reid Koenig scores near fall points with a tilt over his Whitewater opponent. (Photos by Susan Herreid Curtis)

Stephen Ronnfeldt secures a wing and starts to turn his opponent for near fall points.

Tyler Smock secures a wing and far side wrist and starts to turn his Poynette opponent for near fall points.

 

PdC-WS 

grapplers second 

at Monroe Invite

The PdC-WS grapplers traveled to Monroe on Saturday, Jan. 23 for the Monroe 11-Team Invitational. As a team, the Blackhawks finished second with 183.5 points, just behind the 193 points scored by host Monroe. 

Wed
27
Jan

Villa Louis Pond Restoration


Part of Phase 1 of the Pond Restoration Project can be seen along the shoreline of the Villa Louis Pond. (Photo by Correne Martin)

 

Villa Louis Historic Site will 

continue to make history in 2016

Pond Restoration Project entering Phase 2

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There will be quite a bit happening at the Villa Louis Historic Site in Prairie du Chien in 2016. 

Mon
25
Jan

Donald Frederic Steiner

 

Donald  Frederic Steiner, 87, of Fennimore, formerly of Prairie du Chien, died on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Good Samaritan Society in Fennimore. 

Donald was born on Jan. 26, 1928 to Lawrence and Leone (Baumer) Steiner. He graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1946. Donald honorably served his country in the United States Army from March 1946 to September 1947. Donald was employed by the railroad, National Decorated Metal, Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, Iowa and then AY McDonalds in Dubuque until his retirement.

Mon
25
Jan

Tree of Hope and Technology Moment new this year at the Heart and Cancer Telethon

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon will be held for the 41st year on Saturday, Jan. 30, starting at 5 p.m. and lasting until 1 a.m. on Jan 31. The telethon will be broadcast live from Bluff View Intermediate School in Prairie du Chien and air on the local cable TV station, channel 6. Once again, the telethon will also be broadcast on the web via UStream. It can be viewed live on Jan. 30 by visiting eaglestelethon.org and clicking on the UStream link.

When anything goes on for 41 years, it’s always a good thing to add new and exciting endeavors. New this year will be a Tree of Hope and a Technology Moment.

Mon
25
Jan

No official cause of fatal fire known, started near staircase

The Wisconsin State Fire Marshal’s office has concluded further details about the house fire that claimed the lives of two young girls in Wauzeka, Tuesday, Jan. 19. Their investigative findings revealed that the fire started in the center of the home near the staircase which prevented escape from the upstairs. They cannot definitively state how or what started the fire but it is ruled as an accidental fire.

Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick released this information Friday afternoon after being contacted by the State Fire Marshal’s office through the Division of Criminal Investigation shortly before.

It was also determined, by the girls’ autopsies, that they both died of smoke inhalation.

Mon
25
Jan

Successful telethon fundraiser evolves from humble beginnings


The 12th Street Telethon Party co-hosts Tammy Otteson (second from left) and Liz Bremmer (second from right) presented a check for $6,500 to the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon last January. They are pictured in front of the Heart Donors ($1,000 or more) board with Liz’s daughter Taylor, and telethon co-hosts Tom Nelson (far left) and Tom Stram. (Photo by Randy Paske)

Various gift baskets, Brewers memorabilia, a fire ring and a framed print were among the auctioned items at last year’s 12th Street Telethon Party to benefit the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon in Prairie du Chien. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The challenge has been set. For 23 years, the 12th Street Telethon Party has been raising money for the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon—from as little as $200 to as much as $6,500 last year—and now, they’re challenging others to do the same.

Sisters Liz Bremmer and Tammy Otteson, both of Prairie du Chien, are passionate about organizing social gatherings and they’re great at collecting money for charities as well. Over two decades ago, they had a telethon viewing party in Liz and Rob Bremmer’s trailer house with just four friends.

“We drank, laughed and giggled. We had little intentions of actually watching the telethon,” Liz recalled. “But we decided, as long as we were together, we’d pull a little money together for the cause.”

Mon
25
Jan

Seneca boys win


Seneca’s Noah Allan drives in for a lay-up against visiting La Farge Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca’s Nick Payne goes up for a two-handed power slam against visiting La Farge in second-half action.

Kilian Boland lines up a 3-pointer from the left side in the second half.

Seneca’s Jared Payne finds tough defensive pressure on this play against La Farge Friday night.

 

Seneca boys 

overpower La Farge

Seneca overwhelmed visiting La Farge with its 3-point shooting as well as its inside play to gain a Ridge and Valley boys basketball victory 75-42 Friday night. 

Seneca improved to 11-1 on the season and 7-0 in conference action. La Farge fell to 5-8 overall and 3-4 in the Ridge and Valley.

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