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Wed
21
Feb

Wauzeka-Steuben newcomers eliminate school board president in primary

By Correne Martin

Two newcomers will advance in the Wauzeka-Steuben School Board election, since they received more votes than the incumbent in Tuesday’s primary. 

Mara Hird and Kathleen Schwartz earned 113 votes and 71 votes, respectively, from district residents, edging the board president and three-term board member, Bill Marfilius, from the race, according to unofficial Crawford County results. Now, Hird and Schwartz will challenge one another in April to determine who will fill Marfilius’ seat on the board.

Wed
21
Feb

Prairie du Chien Culver’s to close for a month during remodel


There will be additions to the east and north sides of Culver’s in Prairie du Chien, adding 1,600 square feet to the current restaurant. The total reimaging project will involve a brand new exterior appearance, major interior overhaul, additional seating and parking. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Nearly every aspect of Culver's will see a facelift, including the drive-thru for the restaurant, where the overhang and pillars will be replaced by a simpler awning. Along with increased parking space, the flow of the drive-thru will also improve.

Customers can say goodbye to this outdated interior look, because as soon as the reimaging project is done the first week in May, Culver’s will appear like a completely new restaurant. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Culver’s Restaurant in Prairie du Chien is being completely remodeled. The exterior will have an all-new image, while the interior will be gutted from the menu board through the front of the dining room, and an additional 1,600 square feet will be added. Seating will increase from 98-120 capacity, depending on the season, to 130-200 with the expansion.

Construction began a couple weeks ago. Through most of the rebranding activity, Culver’s will remain open to the public. However, it will close for about a month right after Easter, in April, before reopening, hopefully, by the first week in May.

Wed
21
Feb

PdC man catches big black carp


Jeff Ritter (right) of Prairie du Chien landed this behemoth from the Mississippi River near Cape Girardeau, Missouri. (Photo submitted)

 

Prairie du Chien

fisherman hauls 

in huge black carp

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Jeff Ritter of Ritter’s Fish Market of Prairie du Chien recently caught two black carp, one tipping the scales at a whopping 115 pounds.

Wed
21
Feb

County Board Meeting

 

County Board says 

state needs to give local 

control for CAFO regulation

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
21
Feb

Former Public Health Head Nurse charged with two counts regarding the dispensing of prescription drugs

By Ted Pennekamp

The November terminations of two Crawford County Public Health nurses has taken another twist. 

Former Head Nurse Gloria Wall, 69, was charged in Crawford County Circuit Court on Feb. 13, with one count of dispensing a prescription drug without a practitioner’s order, and one count of possession of an illegally obtained prescription. 

Both counts are misdemeanors. Wall faces up to a year in jail and fines totaling $1,000 if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, the investigation into Wall began on Oct. 20, 2017, two days after Wall and nurse Judy Powell were escorted out of the Crawford County Administration Building and placed on paid suspension.

Tue
20
Feb

Rhonda Jo (Christie) Cera

 

Rhonda Jo (Christie) Cera passed away Monday, Jan. 22.

 

She was born May 27, 1965.

 

Mon
19
Feb

Chamber of commerce keeps PACE of the community going


The 2018 Prairie du Chien Area Chamber Board includes (from left) Chamber President/CEO Bob Moses, Nate Gilberts, Board President Curt Zinkle, Kiel Fritz, Mary Antoine, Brandon Thies, Sheri Bowar, Vice-President Steve Kleist, Owen Vincent and Jacob Kanis. Missing are Chris Meyer, Tanya Kangas, Rick Powell, Drew Hagar and Tiffany Pettera. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Mission is to promote, advocate, communicate and educate

By Correne Martin

Prior to the world of Google, chambers of commerce were the main “search engines” of their communities. They were the best place people could contact to find out information about businesses, residency and schools, events, activities and more. 

Since then, chambers have had to cultivate their niche in the community to provide more than just a knowledgeable welcome. 

Mon
19
Feb

Antoine’s story, Olympic experience great lesson for youth


Students in Mrs. Copsey’s 4K class at B.A. Kennedy have been keeping a close eye on the medal count each day, particularly acknowledging American athletes’ achievements. (Photos by Correne Martin)

You might have to use a creative eye in looking at this collaboration, but the second graders at Bluff View School are proudly displaying the colors of the Olympic rings.

By Correne Martin

Matt Antoine achieved 11th place in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic skeleton competition last week, certainly making his hometown fans proud. Along the way, the youngest of his fans have also shared in the excitement, learning all about Matt, the sport of skeleton and some Olympic fun facts, too. 

The teachers of the Prairie du Chien school district have found many ways to incorporate these current events into their curriculum, from 4K to second and third grades on up. Two such classes focusing on Olympic units have been Mrs. Megan Copsey’s 4K at B.A. Kennedy elementary and the entire second grade at Bluff View elementary.

Mon
19
Feb

Conference Gymnastics Meet


The gymnasts from all schools line up before the start of the conference meet Friday night at Bluff View Intermediate School. The Prairie du Chien team is at the left. (Photo by Rose Ziel)

Prairie’s Mackenzie Pettit vaults Friday night. (Photo by Rose Ziel)

Mackenzie Pettit displays good concentration on the balance beam. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Jade Afroukh jumps while performing on the balance beam. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Desiree Puckett finishes her floor exercise. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Prairie du Chien 

hosts conference 

gymnastics meet

Prairie du Chien hosted the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Gymnastics Meet on Friday night in the Bluff View gymnasium.

Southwestern-Cuba City won the meet with 130.125 team points. Dodgeville-Mineral Point had 128.7, Platteville Co-op 125.675, River Valley 114.8 and Prairie du Chien-Fennimore 106.35.

Mon
19
Feb

Wheeler goes to State

 

Wheeler earns 

trip to State Wrestling Meet

Ben Wheeler of River Ridge-Cassville earned a trip to the WIAA Division 3 State Wrestling Tournament to be held at the Kohl Center in Madison on Feb. 22-24. It is the 75th annual State Wrestling Tournament.

Wheeler, a senior with a record of 30-9 this season, finished third in the 285-pound weight class by pinning sophomore Leif Bredeson (19-17) of Darlington-Black Hawk in 1:28 in the third-place match at the Mineral Point Sectional on Saturday.

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