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Rita M. Clayton

Rita M. Clayton died Mar. 4, in Overland Park, Kan. 


She was born Jan. 13, 1920. She is preceded in death by her husband, DuWain “Duke” Clayton, in 1991, and is survived by daughter, Sharon Martin and son, Gary Clayton and wife, Melanie; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 


Franklin E. Haas


Franklin E. Haas, 62, of Prairie du Chien, died unexpectedly, Monday, March 6, at his home following a brief illness. 


According to Franklin’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. A private memorial service will be held later. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.


Horseshoe’s raffle results in donation to Crawford County Ridge Runner UTV/ATV Club

The Horseshoe Tavern, of rural Prairie du Chien, donated $2,606 in proceeds from its Feb. 25 rabbit hunt gun raffles to the Crawford County Ridge Runner UTV/ATV Club, which will use the funds toward purchasing signs for the trails. There were 32 teams that participated in the rabbit hunt, including 128 people of all ages. Others who didn’t hunt also came out for a good time and to take a chance on the gun raffles. Pictured (from left) are Grant and Greg Russell and Vicki and Royce Walters. The Russells represented the Horsehoe and all are founders of the club, which meets the first Wednesday of every month at various sponsoring-taverns around Crawford County. Recently, Freeman Township and the village of Wauzeka passed ordinances allowing their roadways to serve as UTV/ATV trails. To join the Ridge Runners, call Vicki, treasurer, at (608) 875-5044 or find the club on Facebook. (Photo by Correne Martin)


Organic Valley takes over W-S Elementary one morning

The 4K students pounded on the floor in appreciation for the Organic Valley staff members who shared the names of their favorite books and explained why they like them.

Dressed in flannel, cowboy hats and handmade Holstein cow caps, Wauzeka-Steuben elementary students sang the “Life of a Farmer” as a special thank you to Organic Valley farmers’ cooperative for coming to the school and stimulating excitement about cooperation, farm-to-table initiatives and reading. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The students created displays on bulletin boards outside each elementary classroom. This one depicts a fictitious cooperative.

Meshing Dr. Seuss with farm knowledge was the highlight of this class’ display.

These happy and adorable little cows listened attentively during the assembly.

Organic Valley is run by farmers who grow the food, milk the cows and bring you cheese. Farmer Justin Trussoni spoke with the third grade at Wauzeka-Steuben about the growing process and comparing organic to non-organic.

Kimberly Frederickson, Organic Valley director of learning and organizationl development, summarized farm-to-table for the students. She also noted that the cooperative doantes over $2 million each year to schools and non-profit organizations.

Fifth grader Alex Manning shared his essay about cooperation during the assembly.

Fourth grader Brett Wagner also talked about cooperation.

By Correne Martin

It was Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and certainly an extra special one at Wauzeka-Steuben Elementary School Thursday, March 2. Organic Valley, the thriving farmers’ cooperative out of La Farge, had about a dozen employees and farmers in the school for Read Across America Week, to stimulate some fun conversations about farm-to-table and to grow tomorrow’s readers and writers.

The two-hour addendum to regularly-scheduled curriculum was a real treat for the students, who studied Organic Valley all week, as well as the teachers. The morning started with a “moo-ving” assembly in which the youths, many dressed like cowboys and even cows, learned about Organic Valley. Then, staff from the school and the organization shared the names of their favorite books and many mentioned Dr. Seuss’ classics. Dr. Seuss himself was also in attendance.


Prairie's Season Ends

Prairie du Chien’s Jonathan Dyer goes up for a shot against visiting Richland Center. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

Josh Lenzendorf and Nathan Banasik block a shot by Richland Center in the regional semifinal Friday night.

Prairie’s Nathan Banasik drives versus Platteville at Prairie du Chien High School in the regional final Saturday.


Hillmen end 

Hawks’ season

Fourth seeded Platteville defeated top seeded Prairie du Chien 52-38 in a WIAA Division 3 Regional final to end the Blackhawks’ season Saturday night.

The Hillmen led the Blackhawks 19-13 at the half and then took the second half 33-25 for the win.


Seneca Boys Advance

Seneca’s Jared Payne passes over the North Crawford defense Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca’s Thomas Johnson scores against visiting North Crawford in the regional semifinal Friday night.

Seneca’s Devin Wallin goes in for a lay-up attempt after stealing the ball against North Crawford.


Seneca boys 

on to sectional

Top seeded Seneca beat visiting and fourth-seeded Potosi 68-40 in a WIAA Division 5 Regional final Saturday night. 

Seneca, the top ranked team in Division 5, is now 24-0 on the season and advanced to play second-seeded Shullsburg in Reedsburg on March 9 in the sectional semifinal.


Prairie Gymnast At State

Prairie du Chien freshman Kylee O’Kane prepares to mount the uneven bars at the State Gymnastics Meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. (Photos courtesy of Lynn O’Kane)

Kylee O’Kane performs her uneven bars routine above the watchful eye of Coach Amber Narvaez.

Head Coach Amber Narvaez, Dayton Fleshner, Madyson Boxrucker, Kylee O'Kane, Caitlin Nolan, Jerica Rush and Assistant Coach Tasha Buchheit at the State Gymnastics Meet.

Fans, family and friends show their support for Kylee at the State Gymnastics Meet.


O’Kane competes at 

State Gymnastics Meet

Prairie du Chien gymnast, freshman Kylee O’Kane, competed in the State Gymnastics Meet held in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. 

O’Kane finished in 22nd place on the uneven bars with a score of 8.133, her highest score ever.


State Budget Would Help Crawford County Roads


Governor’s proposed budget considered good for Crawford County infrastructure

By Ted Pennekamp



Dennis Ray “Bud” Moose


Dennis Ray “Bud” Moose, 56, of McGregor, Iowa, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, at his home in McGregor. 


Dennis was born on Oct. 31, 1960, to Hubert and Betty (Moses) Moose in Prairie du Chien. He graduated from Garnavillo High School in 1979.


Olivia Marie Smith


Olivia Marie Smith, infant daughter of Jessica Fuller-Graham and Jeremy Smith, of Prairie du Chien, passed away shortly after birth on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Crossing Rivers Health Care Center in Prairie du Chien. She is survived by her parents and grandparents; Butch and Norma Smith, Marti Graham, Theresa Lofgran and Pam Buchen.



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