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Mar

Opportunity Center services at stake again, citizens asked to voice opinions

By Correne Martin

Services like those offered at the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien are again at stake, as the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is drafting a new Family Care 2.0 Concept Plan, due to the Joint Finance Committee by April 1. Through a provision in the plan, states could make determinations that may or may not discontinue facility-based prevocational services like the Opportunity Center’s.

If the JFC approves the concept plan, DHS will draft and submit a waiver request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by the end of September. This will likely leave few opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their family members to voice their choice, according to A Team Wisconsin.

“The government is pushing for MCOs (managed care organizations) to kick employees out of the center,” said Kari Kossman, Opportunity Center community services coordinator.

Mon
07
Mar

Seneca Boys Victorious


The Seneca boys basketball team hoists their Regional Championship trophy as the fans applaud. (Photo by Sandy Connors)

The Regional Champion Seneca boys basketball team is, seated: managers Lucas Kilburg, Brennan Wallin, Evan Payne and Kolton Chambers. Second row: Tanner Hill, Noah Allan, Devin Wallin, Tyler Zach and Cody Ostrander. Back row: Coach David Boland, Kilian Boland, Thomas Johnson, Nick Payne, Jared Payne, Brandy Fernette, Gavin Greene and Coach Al Bark. (Photo by Sandy Connors)

 

Seneca 

boys 

on to 

Sectional

Top seeded Seneca defeated visiting and fourth seeded Shullsburg 64-54 in a Division 5 Regional final in boys basketball action Saturday night to advance to the Sectional semifinal in Reedsburg on Thursday, March 10 where they will face second seeded Barneveld.

Mon
07
Mar

Prairie Boys Advance


Prairie du Chien’s Wesley Schwager looks to score down low against visiting River Valley in a Division 3 Regional semifinal Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jacob Lenzendorf pulls up along the right baseline in first half action.

Connor George scoops up a shot versus River Valley Friday night.

 

Prairie boys 

beat River Valley

Prairie du Chien met River Valley for the third time this season in Division 3 Regional boys basketball action Friday night and expected a very physical game after defeating River Valley twice during the regular season.  

The Hawks opened up the game with a 7-0 run with Chas Sagedahl contributing 4 points and Nathan Banasik nailing a 3-pointer before River Valley had to burn a time-out. 

Mon
07
Mar

Prairie Girls End Season


The ball momentarily eludes everyone’s grasp in Baraboo Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Kelly Check (22) goes up for a shot against Platteville Thursday night.

 

Prairie girls trounce Platteville

The Prairie du Chien Lady Blackhawks clinched an opportunity for the sectional championship by dismantling the Platteville Hillmen 70-52 in a Division 3 sectional semifinal at Baraboo High School Thursday night. 

A close first half was succeeded in the second half by an avalanche of Blackhawk field goals that thwarted any chance of a Hillmen comeback.  

Mon
07
Mar

Repainting Courthouse


Dion Markin, the owner of Elite Painting of Prairie du Chien, strips paint from the ceiling of the main courtroom in the Crawford County Courthouse. Dion’s son, Devin Markin, applies tape to the edge of the main doorway.

 

Courthouse ceiling being repainted

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Elite Painting of Prairie du Chien has been hired by Crawford County to repaint the courthouse ceiling which has been peeling and dropping paint since the $2.081 million courthouse renovation project was completed in November of 2013.

Mon
07
Mar

Lillian M. Konichek

 

Lillian M. Konichek, 89, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, March 4, at her home surrounded by her family. 

She was born May 3, 1926 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Vincent and Louise (Konichek) Novak. She married Lloyd Konichek on June 7, 1947 at St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 1993. She was a lifetime member at St. John’s and worked for many years in the bakery for the Piggly Wiggly Store. Lillian and Lloyd were past members of the Eagles Club Aerie 1502. 

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07
Mar

Robert J. “Rowdy” Rowley

 

Robert J. “Rowdy” Rowley, 80, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, March 4, at his home surrounded by his family after an extended illness. 

He was born Oct. 17, 1935 in Cottage Grove, the son of Oscar and Virginia (Angus) Rowley. He served in the US Marines during the Korean Conflict. He married Diane Clements on Sept. 23, 1978 at St. Peter’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Rowdy worked as a disc jockey for a La Crosse radio station and later became a plant manager for Prairie Redi-Mix in Prairie du Chien. He owned and operated Rowdy’s Tavern in Prairie du Chien for 26 years until his retirement. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and enjoyed playing golf at the Barnyard Nine. 

Wed
02
Mar

Area woman charged with marijuana possession

A 28-year-old Soldiers Grove woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

Cheyenne A. Raymond faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a sheriff’s department deputy performed a routine traffic stop on a vehicle in Soldiers Grove and noticed an odor of burned marijuana.

A search of the vehicle revealed a plastic baggie containing marijuana, a glass smoking device, a digital scale, and a box of 150 sandwich baggies.

Raymond admitted to the deputy that she had travelled to La Crosse and purchased a pound of marijuana from two individuals, the complaint said. Raymond told the deputy that she had used some of the marijuana herself and had also sold some to other individuals, according to the complaint.

Wed
02
Mar

Eastman man removed from residence

On Monday, Feb. 23, at approximately 6:20 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report from a third party of a requested welfare check at 106 N. Main St. in the village of Eastman.

Deputies arrived on scene and made contact with two individuals inside of the residence. It was requested that Pierre D. Gardner, 31, Eastman, be removed from the residence due to safety concerns. Deputies attempted to speak with Gardner about where he could stay for the night or if they could assist him to anywhere.

Gardner became verbally aggressive and started to threaten deputies. Gardner then started to yell at the other individual in the residence and became loud and aggressive. Gardner would not listen to deputies’ commands to calm down. The other individual was advised to go outside of the residence. At this time, Gardner chased the other individual outside of the residence and ignored commands from deputies to stop.

Wed
02
Mar

Gays Mills man charged with hitting men with bat

A 32-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of substantial battery.

Tyler J. Babb faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Babb hit two men with a baseball bat at a residence in the town of Marietta on Jan. 24. Babb hit one man in the head and the other in the right arm, the complaint said.

According to the complaint, Babb admitted to officers that he had gone to the residence to confront a man with regard to an incident that had allegedly occurred about four nights earlier between the man and Babb’s estranged girlfriend.

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