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Oktoberfest feier fun for all ages


Fred Isaak, of River City Ruckus, was not only astounding in his accordion playing but he was also very much the entertainer with his expressions and crowd interaction inside the tent at Oktoberfest. Hundreds of festival-goers sought warmth under the big top, where delicious German food and beer were served and dancers got moving on the dance floor. (Photo by Correne Martin)

While the bigger kids were taking a break, Erin Nolan snuck onto the hay bales for a few brave jumps by herself. The hay bales were quite the attraction for the young ones attending Oktoberfest in Prairie du Chien Saturday. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Oktoberfest committee member Taegan Stein passes through a powder station during the Fall Color Run Saturday in Prairie du Chien. All proceeds from the Color Run, which is not officially timed, benefit the Prairie du Chien Skate Park. (Photo by Randy Paske)

“Bunny,” the French bulldog, attracted plenty of children wanting to pet the cute puppy. “Bunny” was one of the winners of the canine costume contest at Oktoberfest. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Scott and Joan Paulson, two of Oktoberfest’s volunteers, shared some German exuberance as they made their way through the parade route Saturday morning. (Photo by Correne Martin)
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Oct

Antoine admires new city street bearing his last name


Team USA Skeleton racer Matt Antoine was in Prairie du Chien last week visiting family and friends before heading on to Lake Placid, N.Y., where he will begin preparing for the 2015-2016 season and the World Cup circuit. While here, he took a moment of his time to check out the new street named after him. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council decided in April to name two streets in its North Gateway Business Park after the community’s two Olympic medalists: Matt Antoine and Joe Delagrave. Antoine Way was named after the 2014 men’s skeleton bronze medalist and Delagrave Drive was chosen to honor the 2012 wheelchair rugby team bronze medalist.

While Antoine was back in Prairie du Chien last week visiting family and friends before heading to Lake Placid, N.Y., to start the 2015-2016 USA national skeleton season, he took some time to admire the street sign in his name and pose for pictures with it.

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19
Oct

South Marquette Road project delayed to 2018

Due to recent state budget cuts, dozens of road construction and repair project delays were released in a memo to state legislators by Gov. Walker’s administration last week. The memo outlined 114 project delays in western and southwestern Wisconsin costing taxpayers millions more, increasing safety concerns and preventing the creation of thousands of jobs.

“These potholes and crumbling bridges aren’t going to fix themselves,” said Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “At a time when we should be working to grow businesses and create jobs, recent budget cuts are jeopardizing important economic development efforts.”

In Crawford, Vernon, La Crosse and Monroe counties, two dozen projects representing over $53.7 million in needed road upgrades and repairs are being delayed.

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19
Oct

Kris R. Jones

 

Kris R. Jones, 45, of Patch Grove/Dodgeville, passed away after a long illness on Oct. 16.

Kris was born on Jan. 30, 1970 to Richard and Janet (Matousek) Jones from Patch Grove. Kris graduated high school in Patch Grove. Kris spent many of his working years as a superintendent for Ryan Inc. of Janesville. He later moved to Dodgeville, and worked for Quality Liquid Feeds for a few years. Kris enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.

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Oct

Norma Catherine (Schoulte) Mitchell

 

Norma Catherine (Schoulte) Mitchell, 82, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Friday, Oct. 16, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, due to complications of a stroke. 

She was born on Sept. 22, 1933 in Farmersburg Township to Oliver and Lydia (Handke) Schoulte.

She grew up on the family farm near National and this is where she developed her life-long love of plants and birds.

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Margaret C. Lorenz

 

Margaret C. Lorenz, 100, of Lancaster, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa. 

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Judith A. Underhill

 

Judith A. Underhill, 71, of Bagley, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. 

She was born Dec. 6, 1943, in South Dakota, the daughter of Vernon (Nitzie) Cleveland and Grace (La Vern) Dusso. Judy graduated from Beloit Memorial High School. She was united in marriage to Larry J. Underhill on Aug. 28, 1976, at the United Methodist Church in Rockton, Ill. After spending many years vacationing in Bagley, they decided to move there. Larry and Judy owned and operated the Sportsman’s Tap Tavern in Bagley. Judy enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and bird watching. She dearly loved spending time with her family.

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14
Oct

River Ridge volleyball


River Ridge’s Amber Patterson (24) goes up for the block against visiting Belmont Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Bridgette Myers (14) stuffs the ball back to Belmont Tuesday night.

Sammy Steiger pops the ball over the Belmont defender.

Taylor Langmeier pounds the ball past the Belmont defender.

Bridgette Myers slams the ball to Belmont.

River Ridge digs out a Belmont spike.

Libero Franci Gates bumps the ball to the front line.

 

River Ridge 

sweeps Belmont

 

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Oct

Advisory Task Force

 

Public votes on several facilities upgrade options for PdC Schools

By Ted Pennekamp

 

With a pair of all day Advisory Task Force meetings on Thursday and Friday of last week at Bluff View, and again on Tuesday night in the high school auditorium, the possible April 2016 referendum for facilities upgrades and exceeding the revenue cap is coming into the decision phase for the Prairie du Chien School District. 

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14
Oct

Seneca secures Ridge and Valley Conference crown


The Seneca girls volleyball team was overcome with excitement and emotion when receiving the conference trophy. (Photos by Sandy Connors)

Members of the Seneca volleyball Ridge and Valley conference championship team include (front row, from left) Hannah Whiteaker, Haley Wall, Alivia Salinas, Emily Garfoot; (back row) Coach Angie Mabb, Liv Swanson, Erin Sime, Becky Trautsch, Nicole Manders, Michelle Clark, Jena Konichek, Taylor Sime and Coach Dawn Ray.

The Seneca High School volleyball team clinched the conference championship last night, Oct. 13, in front of their home crowd.

Coach Dawn Ray’s Indians defeated La Farge three games to one to secure the Ridge and Valley Conference title outright. The girls now have a 6-0 conference record and are 9-4 overall.

La Farge dropped to 6-3 in conference play, 6-4 overall, and are currently tied with De Soto for second place in the league.

Seneca will travel to Wauzeka-Steuben Thursday night, Oct. 15, to take on the Hornets (5-7) for the final conference match of the regular season.

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