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05
Feb

Victoria A. Lochner

 

Victoria A. Lochner, 83, of Waukegan, Ill., and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away Friday, Feb. 2, at the Condell Hospital in Libertyville, Ill. 

 

Mon
05
Feb

Antoine Ready For Olympics


Matt Antoine proudly displays his bronze medal which he won in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mary Antoine)

 

Antoine excited about his second Olympic Games

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Most people in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area have been showing a keen interest of late regarding hometown athlete Matt Antoine and his quest for a second Winter Olympic medal in men’s skeleton.

Thu
01
Feb

Mary J. Mergen

 

Mary J. Mergen, 92, of Bloomington, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

 

Thu
01
Feb

Nancy S. Adler

 

Nancy S. Adler, 78, of Lynxville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 30, at her home following a brief illness.

 

A memorial service will be Saturday, Feb. 10, at noon, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Worth, Ill., with Reverend Jay Trygstad officiating.

Wed
31
Jan

Michael Reed

 

Michael Reed, 69, of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien.

 

Wed
31
Jan

Prairie Grapplers are Conference Champions


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks pose with the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Championship plaque after a 39-27 dual meet win over Lancaster. (Photo submitted)

 

Prairie takes down Lancaster to win SWC title

The Prairie du Chien grappling Blackhawks played host to visiting Lancaster in a winner take all dual meet that would determine the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Champion on Monday evening. 

Prior to the start of the meet, all youth wrestlers K-8 were introduced as were past PDC alumni to the wrestling program. The jam packed crowd would not be disappointed in this battle of two state-ranked teams. 

Wed
31
Jan

PdC Girls Down Mar Mac


Prairie’s Ella Hager drives hard to the basket Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie's Makenzie Knapp gets past the Mar Mac defender along the right baseline.

Prairie du Chien’s Makenzie Knapp (22) battles for a loose ball against two MFL Mar Mac girls Tuesday night in nonconference action.

 

PdC beats Mar Mac

Host Prairie du Chien beat MFL Mar Mac 49-40 in a nonconference girls basketball game Tuesday night. 

The Lady Blackhawks improved to 8-9 on the season. They are 3-4 in the SWC and will return to conference play by hosting Platteville on Feb. 2.

Wed
31
Jan

Golden Eagles Winter in Area


A few golden eagles are found each winter in Crawford, Vernon and Allamakee counties. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

 

Some golden eagles 

winter in area counties

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The golden eagle is one of the largest, fastest, nimblest raptors in North America. Lustrous gold feathers gleam on the back of its head and neck. A powerful beak and talons advertise its hunting prowess.

Wed
31
Jan

Animal shelter finally open after decade of fundraising


Above: Weston Cejka, his younger sibling and their mom stopped by the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter in Prairie du Chien a few weeks ago to visit with the dogs and cats. They were interested in taking a pet home.

Several dozen cats and kittens are currently living at Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, playing and looking cute, in hopes of finding their “furever” home.

Shelter Manager Staci Roth plays with some of the animals while talking to a potential adoptive family.

By Correne Martin

As the adage, “If you build it, they will come” implies, the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter facility has been 10 years in the making, but it’s finally complete and open in Prairie du Chien, and volunteers have shown up. So have the cats and dogs.

Two months after the shelter officially opened Dec. 4, an average of two dozen cats and kittens along with about 10 dogs and puppies are living at the shelter. It seems, when some are adopted, others often arrive. Most have been surrenders thus far, though a few cats have been strays.

The important thing is that, now, if people have to give up a pet, there’s a place for them to go, be cared for and treated with love.

Wed
31
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Wachuta

By Rachel Mergen

Since she was in first grade, Jenny Wachuta, third grade teacher, along with second and fifth grade religion classes at one point, for the past 35 years at Prairie Catholic School, knew she wanted to be a teacher. She remembers loving her teacher, being around kids her age and learning new things as she attended St. Mary’s Ridge Catholic School near Cashton.

Her love for teaching was also inspired by her admiration for her older sister’s teaching career, along with her experience with babysitting neighborhood children and spending time with her three younger siblings.
She attended Viterbo College in La Crosse to major in Early Childhood Education, because, according to Wachuta, “being with young children always brought me joy.”

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