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Crash takes life of Soldiers Grove man

A 19-year-old Soldiers Grove man was killed and three other teens  injured in a two-vehicle crash near Readstown early Sunday morning, according to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the sheriff’s office, Preston D. Nelson, 19, of rural Soldier’s Grove, was driving east around 1:20 a.m. Sunday on U.S. Hwy. 14 when he lost control of his truck. Nelson crossed the center line, made contact with another eastbound vehicle, entered the left ditch and rolled multiple times. Nelson was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

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Garage sale signs should comply with city regulations


This garage sale sign on the corner of Dousman and Blackhawk is in compliance with the city’s sign placement regulations because it sits away from the roadway and out of the boulevard. It is also less than 3 feet in height and less than 3 feet in square size.

By Correne Martin

Citywide garage sales are this weekend in Prairie du Chien. In anticipation of the large number of sales expected, city officials are reminding the community to follow some simple sign placement rules and regulations.

First, signs must be placed at least 15 feet away from the edge of a road surface.

“Basically, don’t put it in the boulevard between the sidewalk and the road. That’s a pretty common mistake people make,” Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram said. “People also like to affix their signs to telephone poles, street signs and trees. That’s illegal, especially if it’s in the right of way.”

Second, signs cannot be posted on city property. They should also not be placed on private property, without consent from the owner. “People need to get permission if they’re going to put a sign in someone’s yard,” Abram said.

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River Ridge welcomes public input on administrator post

The River Ridge School Board spent last week interviewing six candidates for its district administrator position.

As the field narrows, the public is invited to participate in the process on Wednesday, April 15. Citizens will then have the opportunity to meet the finalists and ask questions during a public forum held in the multi-purpose room at the high school in Patch Grove. The forum will start at 6 p.m. Each candidate will meet individually with those in attendance to present their background and take questions for about 45 minutes.

District residents will have the opportunity to complete a feedback form that will be presented to the school board for use in the final selection process.

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Second Fifty offers socialization, entertainment for seniors


Fourth generation commercial fisherman Mike Valley, of Valley Fish and Cheese, Prairie du Chien, was the presenter at March’s Second Fifty senior social gathering. He debuted his locally-produced documentary, “Beneath the Ice,” which showcases his own ice fishing operations of building, setting and raising nets. He talked about commercial fishing history in the area and described his personal daily escapades. He said he typically catches between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds of fish a week. About 800 pounds of live fish equates to 225 smoked. Though carp is his business’ top smoked seller, he said he hasn’t caught one carp all year. Rather, he’s bringing in others such as catfish, buffalo, crappies and perch. He shared his belief that the river is very different today than it used to be and that it is constantly changing, due to the increased number of fishermen and their approach to fishing as well as other factors such as climate and weather patterns, sediment, etc. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

If you’re over the age of 55 and you aren’t a part of the Second Fifty social group in Prairie du Chien, you are missing out.

Second Fifty started over three years ago as a free social activity for area seniors. It branched off from a partnership from Faith In Action, which has since disbanded. Participants themselves voted on the catchy name.

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Cassville-River Ridge Tournament


Emma Mergen of Cassville-River Ridge hits a single up the middle to knock in Kennedy McMillan against Pecatonica in the Cassville-River Ridge Tournament in Bloomington Saturday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Andrea Okey of Cassville-River Ridge fires in a pitch against Pecatonica Saturday.

Kennedy McMillan scores for Cassville-River Ridge against Pecatonica Saturday.

Michaela Chambers (left) of Seneca gets into defensive position at first base against Southwestern at the Cassville-River Ridge Tournament on Saturday afternoon.

Seneca’s Morgan Wall whips a pitch to the plate against Southwestern in the Cassville-River Ridge Tournament.

 

CRR girls win 

own tournament

Cassville-River Ridge, Pecatonica, Southwestern and Seneca competed in the Cassville-River Ridge Softball Tournament on Saturday in Bloomington.

In Round 1, Cassville-River Ridge defeated Pecatonica 14-9. 

CRR led 8-2 following one complete inning and 11-2 after two innings. 

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William W. “Bill’’ Williams

 

William W. “Bill’’ Williams, 85, of Patch Grove, formerly of Beetown. Passed into eternal life on Friday, April 10, at the Crossing Rivers Health Center. 

He was born Nov. 29, 1929. He was the son of Delbert and Dora (Woodruff) Williams. He married his first wife Nancy Huggett in 1948. Bill trained with the National Guard at Fort Snelling in Minnesota during the Korean War. Bill worked as a mechanic at the Ford dealership in West Salem for a number of years. They moved to Beloit, and Bill worked at Fairbanks Morse.

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Gary F. “Pa” Sprosty

 

Gary F. “Pa” Sprosty, 64, of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, April 11, at his home. 

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Wilma Berniese Lawrence

 

Wilma Berniese Lawrence, 98, Prairie du Chien, died Thursday, April 9, at Crossing Rivers Healthcare. 

She was born Feb. 6, 1917 to John and Grace (Bowan) Lange in Marion, Iowa. Wilma and her husband, Melvin Lawrence moved from Center Point, Iowa to Eastman, in 1961 where they farmed in that area for several years. She was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Organization since 1941.

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Kenneth R. Halverson

 

 Kenneth R. Halverson, 80, of Woodman, passed away on Thursday, April 9, at the Richland Hospital in Richland Center.

He was born March 3, 1935, in Waukon Iowa, the son of Martin and Mamie (Warnholtz) Halverson. He married Shirley Anne Demer on March 6, 1959 in Lake Trobe, Pa. She preceded him in death on Dec. 12, 2000. He served in the US Air Force. 

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L. Marian Bernabei

 

L. Marian Bernabei, 93, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Wednesday, April 8, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born July 25, 1921 in La Crosse, the daughter of Edward and Mae (Weighner) Bock. She married Louis Bernabei on Jan. 6, 1949 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on Jan. 21, 1990. Marian was an active member of St. Gabriel’s Parish. 

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