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27
Feb

Sally Belle (Veit) Scarff

 

Sally (Veit) Scarff, 85, of McGregor, Iowa, died Feb. 23, at Great River Care Center.  

 

Sally Belle Veit was born April 15, 1932, in McGregor, Iowa, daughter of Charles and Alvina (Toots-Paulson) Veit.  She married Paul Scarff Sr. on Aug. 14, 1948. She attended school at Marquette High School, later organizing the first school reunion. 

Mon
26
Feb

Wheeler Third at State


River Ridge-Cassville’s Ben Wheeler gains control over Seth Roberts of Johnson Creek Thursday night. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Wheeler 3rd at State Tournament

River Ridge-Cassville wrestler Ben Wheeler took third place in the 285-pound weight class at the Division 3 Individual State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center this past weekend. 

Wheeler, a senior, defeated Seth Roberts of Johnson Creek by fall in 1:21 in his first match Thursday night. 

Wheeler then lost in the quarterfinal to Max Villnow of Amherst, 11-4 on Friday. 

Mon
26
Feb

PdC Wrestlers at State


Matt Rogge (top) attempts to gain an advantage over Carsten McHugh of Freedom Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Traeton Saint reaches for the left wrist of Tim Coyne of Hayward-Northwood.

The Blackhawks’ Blake Garcia looks for an opening versus Matthew Maitland of Wrightstown in their 145-pound match.

Prairie du Chien’s Nick Rogge gets an arm bar on Reece Worachek of Luxemburg-Casco in their quarterfinal match at the State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Stephen Ronnfeldt of Prairie du Chien applies pressure to Jake Rau of Medford.

The Blackhawks’ Colten Wall faces off against Nate Lloyd of Luxemburg-Casco Thursday night at the State Individual Wrestling Tournament.

 

Prairie wrestlers 

finish strong at state

3 Blackhawks are runners-up

As has been the case the entire year, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestlers decided to continue making noise and program history at the 75th annual WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison that was held Feb. 22 through Feb. 24. 

Mon
26
Feb

School Facilities Upgrade


The floor of the new high school gymnasium is expected to be completed soon. There are 20 basketball hoops in the new facility. The district is looking at options for adding bleachers. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

This is the view from the stage of the new high school auditorium, which will be 45 feet high because of all of the catwalks and rigging needed for performances. There will also be an orchestra pit in front of the stage.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Near the beginning of January, all of the roofs had been constructed on the buildings being built as part of Prairie du Chien’s school facilities upgrade project. This has allowed work to continue efficiently on the inside of the buildings, some of which are starting to round into form.

Mon
26
Feb

Japanese culture brought to PdC Schools, community


Ondekoza, a Japanese drumming band, spent last week in Prairie du Chien schools, as part of a Arts Midwest World Fest partnership the school district has. This brings artists and entertainers to the district for a weeklong residency followed by a public performance. Pictured, a fearless Alexis Scherer tries her hand at the beat during a presentation at Bluff View Friday. Ondekoza played for a large community crowd on Saturday evening in the high school’s Little Theatre. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Pictured at Bluff View Friday, the middle school students stared in amazement at the athletic musicians.

Members of the five-person band Ondekoza utilized different styles and sizes of drum sticks to beat the taiko drums in their performances.

Seizan Matsuda played several Japanese bamboo woodwind instruments for the crowds who had the pleasure of viewing him and his bandmates in Ondekoza last week.

The Japanese drumming band, Ondekoza, which roughly translates to “drumming demons” offered 13 tremendously educational and entertaining workshops during their weeklong artist residency, hosted by Prairie du Chien Area School District, which contracted the residency and arranged the program schedule. Ondekoza performed for over 1,927 community members. The school districts of Prairie du Chien and Seneca along with Unity Adult Day Care and 3M had the opportunity to participate in workshops, listen, learn and experience the sounds of Japan and the spirit of “Wa(harmony)” through the use of traditional Japanese taiko drums. 

Mon
26
Feb

Live birds educate, excite Eagle Days crowd


During the annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days at Hoffman Hall Saturday, youngsters were often called to the front to help with demonstrations. Here, these four helped make an eagle’s nest.

Handler Ken, from the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Bayside, showed off Valkyrie, an American bald eagle, to a thrilled crowd Saturday. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The adorable Dory, the 7-year-old owl, was greeted by a sea of “awwws” during the Bald Eagle Appreciation Days live bird presentation at Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien Saturday.

Trace Martin (center) and Will Redman (right) peek into a container holding a small turtle, as some of their other little friends look at turtle shells as well as a live frog, salamander and snake brought to Eagle Days by the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, of Marquette, Iowa.

Skywalker, the red-tailed hawk, spreads his wings, while secured to handler Cindy's arm. This was quite the sight for those sitting underneath the beautiful bird of prey at the Eagle Days presentation.

Peregrine falcons, like Cutright, pictured here, are the fastest animal on the planet today and likely the fastest ever to live on earth. They can fly at speeds as high as 200 mph.
Mon
26
Feb

Yvonne L. Hubbard

 

Yvonne L. Hubbard, 75, of Prairie du Chien passed away, surrounded by her children, Saturday, Feb. 17, at Columbia St. Mary’s in Mequon, after a six-month battle with cancer. 

 

Yvonne was born July 22, 1942, in Eastman, the daughter of Walter and Martha (Mara) DuCharme. She married William Hubbard Sr. on Nov. 12, 1963, in Preston, Minn.

Mon
26
Feb

Bernice M. Mergen

 

Bernice M. Mergen, 97, passed away Friday, Feb. 23, at her residence with her loving family by her side. 

 

Mon
26
Feb

Mary E. O’Brien

 

Mary E. O’Brien, 87, of Mt. Hope died on Friday, Feb. 23, at the Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. 

 

Mon
26
Feb

Rosemary (Deppe) Schwager

 

Rosemary (Deppe) Schwager, 93, passed away on Feb. 19, at Luther Manor Grand Meadows, surrounded by her family. Rosemary died from kidney failure after receiving dialysis for the past three years.

 

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