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Wed
14
Oct

Amundson named Packers High School Coach of the Week


The Prairie du Chien football team is: coaches (on left) Todd Yager, Jeff Dick, Mark McWilliams, Jason Thiry and Nathan Gevelinger. Players, front row, Bryce Bedward, Jarrett Debruin, Clinton Cale, Gavin Gillitzer, Dylan Yeomans, Dominic Wright, Ethan Swiggum, Cody Cauffman, Chris Check, Hunter Sheckler, Peyton Hall, Reid Koenig and Grant Martin. Second row, Austin Bachman, Riley Meyers, Ryan McGrath, Carter Pederson, Mitch Luster, Zach Swiggum, Owen Feye, Chad Mara, Nick Rogge, Ty Smock, Keenan Holley, Drake Coleman, Casey Hogenson, Adrian Johanningmeier and Gunnar Kravchuck. Back row, Robert Velasco, Cade Clark, Drew Scott, Scott Sauter, Cory Check, Eric Nolan, Luke Wright, Aaron Neisius, Tyler Adrian, Sean McGrath, Josh Kotte, Cory Fischer, Tyler Mason, Steve Ronnfeldt, Zach Neisius and Nathan Banasik. Coaches (on right) Paul Morovits, Head Coach Aaron Amundson, Brad Lange, Jeff Riter, Dave Antoniewicz, Kalen Hagen and Sean Montgomery. Kevin Campbell is not pictured. (Photo submitted)

The Green Bay Packers have announced Aaron Amundson of Prairie du Chien High School has been named the Green Bay Packers High School Football Coach of the Week.

Amundson, who is in his seventh year as the head coach of the Prairie du Chien football program, led the Blackhawks to a 44-43 victory Friday over conference powerhouse Lancaster. The victory marked the program’s first win over the Flying Arrows since 2004 and secured at least a share of the Southwest Wisconsin Conference title, a feat they haven’t achieved since 1988.

Prairie du Chien will now host the 7-1 River Valley Blackhawks for a chance at sole possession of the conference championship.   

“We are blessed to have a great group of seniors who have been playing a lot of varsity ball over the past few years,” said Amundson. “These young men endured some hardships over time and it’s a testament to our players for buying into what we’ve been asking of them over this past year.”

Wed
14
Oct

Breast feeding videos downloaded locally lead to Florida woman’s arrest

A Florida piano teacher was arrested last week after authorities discovered she was trying to sell sexual breast-feeding videos.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department found out about Leigh Felten, 31, of Tallahassee, when a Crawford County man downloaded several videos and paid for them using a PayPal account.

Felten was arrested on Friday, Oct. 9. The videos displayed Felten breast feeding an infant and rubbing oil on herself and the child and other sexual acts, the sheriff’s department said. According to court documents, the video “was clearly not done for the purpose of education or artistic display. Based on the content, and the fact it is being sold by Felten, it is clear this video is for sexual purposes.”

Wed
14
Oct

Stolen work trailer recovered, Highland man arrested

The Prairie du Chien Police Department has recovered a work trailer that was stolen from Prairie du Chien in late August.

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, the police department traveled to Stoughton to follow up on a lead of the previously stolen work trailer, which had about $20,000 worth of construction tools inside when it disappeared.

The two officers who traveled to Stoughton found the trailer parked at a Days Inn. They immediately contacted the Stoughton Police Department and requested their assistance in the investigation. After the Stoughton Police Department arrived, identification of the trailer was made through phone calls and pictures sent to the police department. Upon identification, the trailer was seized and towed to a secure location in Stoughton for further investigation.

On Friday, Oct. 9, officers returned to Stoughton and towed the trailer back to a secure location in Prairie du Chien for further investigation.

Wed
14
Oct

Clown storyline sure to torment


The lights might be on in this picture, but imagine these nightmarish clowns in the pitch dark of the Halls of Terror setting on St. Feriole Island. If you dare to experience this year’s haunt, organizers are trying out a themed thrill this time, starring Charlie the former circus clown who has turned the cedar building into an asylum. He and his buddies are ready to frighten you out of your wits and chase you and your friends around the Halls of Terror, which are open Oct. 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Kid-friendly haunts are Oct. 17 and 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. and Oct. 31 from 2 to 5 p.m. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The terrifying new twists and turns at the Halls of Terror are killer this year! If creepy clowns unnerve you, the 2015 haunt may or may not be for you.

Scheduled for Oct. 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31 from 7 to 10:30 p.m., with kid-friendly opportunities on Oct. 17 and 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. and Oct. 31 from 2 to 5 p.m., Halls of Terror will literally scare you away with its storyline this year.

Charlie, the former circus clown, committed a number of murders, allegedly. On the run from the law, he’s taken asylum in the cedar building on Prairie du Chien’s St. Feriole Island—the site of Halls of Terror for the past four years. Anybody who has entered the building has become his victim.

Those who dare to be scared by this menacing clown and his buddies—also former circus clowns turned lunatics—are certainly in for a disturbing experience.

Mon
12
Oct

Motorcyclist dies in crash Sunday

A motorcyclist died as a result of a three-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon, Oct. 11, on the north side of Prairie du Chien, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

At 12:57 p.m., officers responded to a crash on State Highway 35 at Meadow Lane in Prairie du Chien Township. A 2008 Honda sport van, operated by Jason Bland, 36, of Holmen, was stopped in the northbound lane waiting for a vehicle to make a left-hand turn onto Meadow Drive. A 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Daniel Koch, 34, of Waterloo, Iowa, was also stopped behind the Bland vehicle.

Mon
12
Oct

Drivers walk away from city crash


A 2011 Jeep struck in a two-vehicle crash Sunday spun after the collision and ended up on its side. Both drivers in the crash, Peter Mara, of Prairie du Chien, and Dwight Albers, of Postville, Iowa, sustained little to no injuries in the crash. Mara failed to yield the right of way at the intersection of South Main Street and West Wisconsin Street, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department. (Submitted photo)

Two area citizens walked away with minimal injuries from a crash at the intersection of South Main Street and West Wisconsin Street in Prairie du Chien Sunday morning, Oct. 11, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At about 10:30 a.m., a 2011 Jeep, driven by Peter Mara, of Prairie du Chien, was southbound on Main Street and stopped at a stop sign controlling southbound traffic at Wisconsin Street. A 2005 Ford car, driven by Dwight Albers, of Postville, Iowa, was westbound on Wisconsin Street. Mara failed to yield the right of way to Albers, and Albers struck the driver’s side of the Jeep, causing it to spin and roll onto its side.

Both Mara and Albers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. Albers was transported to Crossing Rivers Health with minor injuries. Mara had no apparent injuries. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed by Bob’s Towing.

Mon
12
Oct

Citizens can help Crime Stoppers catch law breakers


Crawford County Crime Stoppers board members pictured include Ryan Fradette, Stacy Polodna, Patti Schauf-Yager, Tina Sander and Chair Gary Knickerbocker. Additional board members include Vice-Chair Lauren Knutson, Secretary Mary Ann Heisz, Treasurer Mark Forsythe, Norb Aschom, Chad Abram, Pat Boldt, Wade Hutchison, Dale McCullick, Jaden McCullick, Caroline Mindham, Wayne Mindham, Orrin Olson, Bob Selch, Penny Selch, Terry Sprosty, Kyle Teynor and Helen Zabel.

By Correne Martin

Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime. This is achieved by overcoming two key elements that inhibit solving crime: fear and lack of interest/concern.

Crawford County Crime Stoppers, which is operated by a volunteer community board of directors, provides a toll-free phone number (866-779-PAYS) for citizens of any age, who may have information concerning a crime, to call. When a call is made to Crime Stoppers, the organization logs the date, time and information provided by the caller. A code number is assigned to that person so the entry can be logged. There is no pressure for the caller to reveal his or her identity; they remain completely anonymous.

Mon
12
Oct

Prairie du Chien volleyball


Katie Check bumps a Lancaster serve to the front row Thursday night.

Prairie’s Lauren Nicholson (10) battles at the net against visiting Lancaster Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Paige Rickleff (8) and Jacqueline LaHaie (3) challenge on the front line.

Lauren Nicholson slams a winner.

Maria Skemp gets ready to hit one over her Lancaster counterpart.

Anna Zeeh smashes the ball between two Lancaster defenders.

Paige Rickleff (8) bumps the ball forward to a teammate Thursday night.

Jacqueline LaHaie goes up for a kill against visiting Lancaster in SWC volleyball action Thursday night.

 

Prairie girls 

sweep Lancaster

Prairie du Chien swept visiting Lancaster three games to none in SWC volleyball action Thursday night.

Prairie won by scores of 25-17, 25-15 and 25-13. 

Prairie du Chien improved to 10-10 overall and 3-4 in conference action. Lancaster fell to 0-5 in the SWC.

Mon
12
Oct

Mississippi River travel book


Gayle Harper

The cover features one of nearly 200 beautiful photographs in Roadtrip with a Raindrop.

 

‘Roadtrip with a Raindrop’ author coming to Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

When Gayle Harper learned that a raindrop falling into the headwaters of the Mississippi would travel the River for 90 days to reach the Gulf of Mexico, she knew immediately that her project of a lifetime had appeared. 

Mon
12
Oct

Darlene Frances Proof

 

Darlene Frances Proof, 74, of Macomb and formerly of Praire du Chien, passed away Oct. 3. 

Darlene loved her family dearly and served for three years in the United States Army as Medical Corpsmen.

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