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Wed
24
Feb

Packer fan’s memory bringing smiles to others


Julie, Tyler and Craig Bell proudly share one of their favorite photos of Todd Bell, who loved the Green Bay Packers so much that he applied for season tickets shortly before he passed away in 2012 from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In his honor, those handicap game tickets are now donated, through the Wheel of Todd organization, to kids, like Todd, who deserve a break in life. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Todd Bell’s great big smile was a contagious one. It was a smile that lit up every face around him. And it was never bigger than when his beloved Green Bay Packers were winning.

It’s been three years since Todd passed, 11 days before his 27th birthday. Yet, his unforgettable grin, along with a little team spirit in his honor, is still making an impact on kids and families across Wisconsin. Through the unrivaled Wheel of Todd, a non-profit organization started by his parents, Craig and Julie Bell, his joyful legacy lives on in the experiences of kids attending Packer games.

Born and raised in Eastman, Todd Orland Bell inherited Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and was diagnosed at age 5 with the genetic disorder, characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness.

Wed
24
Feb

Cheerleaders Are Regional Champs


The Prairie du Chien cheerleaders show their two championship plaques. The cheerleaders are, front row: Autumn Kohler, Lindsey Ohlert, Stephanie Elmquist and Angela Elmquist. Middle row: Mariah Slaght, Katie Zahara and Allison Lynn. Back row: Paige Severson and Bree Holler. The team is coached by Kelli Saxe.

 

PdC Cheerleaders are 

Regional Champs times 2

On Saturday, Feb. 20, the Prairie du Chien cheerleaders traveled to Waupaca High School to compete in the Wisconsin Association of Cheer and Pom Coaches (WACPC) Northern Regional Cheer Competition. The team competed in two divisions. They earned first place in the Non-Stunt Division and first place in the Division 2 Cheer Dance category, making them the regional champions of both divisions, and allowing them to advance on to state competition.

Wed
24
Feb

Seneca Girls End Season


Seneca’s Corrina Lenzendorf drives to the hoop on a break-away Tuesday night against visiting Cassville. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Alivia Salinas applies full court pressure against Cassville.

Jena Konichek goes up for a shot underneath the basket Tuesday night.

Seneca's Alivia Salinas lines up a 3-pointer.

 

Cassville 

upsets Seneca girls

Ninth seeded Cassville pulled off a mild upset of host and eighth seeded Seneca 47-37 in a Division 5 Regional girls basketball game Tuesday night.

Seneca ended its season with a 15-8 overall record. Seneca had an 11-3 record in the Ridge and Valley Conference to share the conference title with Kickapoo.

Wed
24
Feb

Ag Students Study Aquaponics


Zach DuCharme, Nick Johnson and Joshua Linder stand next to their grow bed. The fish tank with its automatic feeder can be seen through the window of the greenhouse.

 

Prairie du Chien agriculture students build aquaponics system

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A group of Prairie du Chien High School agriculture students have been delving into the interesting and increasingly popular field of aquaponics this year. Zach DuCharme, Nick Johnson, Joshua Linder and Travis Strnad have built an aquaponics apparatus in the greenhouse and are hoping to grow fish as well as plants.

Tue
23
Feb

Elmer D. Queram

 

Elmer D. Queram, formerly of Prairie du Chien, died on Feb. 21, at Onalaska Care Center, Onalaska.

Elmer was born in Milwaukee, on Dec. 26, 1916, the first of six children of Albert and Anna Queram. The family moved to Manitowoc, where his father died in Aug., 1926, leaving his mother to raise the six children. She, along with the help of family and friends, and working as a housekeeper, managed somehow.

Tue
23
Feb

Harold F. Lenzendorf

 

Harold F. Lenzendorf, 85, of Eastman passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, at his home surrounded by his family following an extended illness. 

He was born Feb. 22, 1930 in Marietta Township, the son of Robert and Amy (Watters) Lenzendorf. He married Glenda Jane Heal on Feb. 6, 1951. Harold farmed most of their lives in the Eastman area. He was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church in Eastman. Harold loved farming, his family and his friends. 

Mon
22
Feb

Conference Champions


Members of the Conference Champion Prairie du Chien Basketball Team are front row: Manager James Reilly, Manager Ryan Waller and Manager Camryn Knapp. Second row: Andrew Waller, Jack Stoeffler, Cory Check, Jacob Lenzendorf, Connor George, Casey Hogenson and Chas Sagedahl. Back row: Josh Lenzendorf, Nathan Banasik, Wesley Schwager, Jonathan Dyer, Evan Teynor, Tyler Adrian, Zach Neisius, Nick Weber, Ben Baxter and Drew Scott.

 

Prairie du Chien 

clinches outright SWC title

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks clinched the SWC Title on Thursday night in Dodgeville with a hard fought win 63-58. The Blackhawks are now 19-2 (9-0 in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference). 

The Blackhawks were led by three players in double figures. Casey Hogenson (Sr) 22 points, Chas Sagedahl (Jr.) 12 points and Connor George (Sr.) 12 points. 

Mon
22
Feb

PdC Wrestlers Statebound


Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben wrestlers Clayton Beers and Peyton Hall are all smiles after qualifying for the state wrestling tournament. (Photos by Susan Herreid Curtis)

Clayton Beers applies heavy pressure to his opponent in his semifinal match on Saturday in the Richland Center Sectional. Beers finished second to qualify for the State Wrestling Tournament to be held at the Kohl Center in Madison from Feb. 25 through Feb. 27.

Peyton Hall scores a two-point takedown in his quarterfinal match on Saturday. Hall took third at the Richland Center Sectional to qualify for the State Wrestling Tournament.

 

Beers, Hall advance to 

the state wrestling meet

Richland Center played host to one of the four WIAA Division 2 Sectional Wrestling Tournaments on Saturday, Feb. 20. Prairie du Chien was represented by four individuals (Clayton Beers 120#, Nick Rogge 132#, Stephen Ronnfeldt 182# and Peyton Hall 195#) who advanced from the River Valley Regional the week before. There are eight-man brackets and the top three place winners qualify for the state tournament in Madison, Thursday, Feb. 25 through Saturday, Feb. 27.

Mon
22
Feb

Railroad crossing bill approved in State Assembly

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A bill authored by State Representative Lee Nerison (R-Westby), which would allow pedestrians to walk directly across a clear stretch of railroad track without facing a fine for trespassing, has passed in the Wisconsin State Assembly by a vote of 59-34.

Mon
22
Feb

Teen accepted into special effects institute


Kaci Mansfield, 18, a 2015 Prairie du Chien High School graduate, is pictured in some gory glycerin- and gelatin-based makeup she created on herself for her Instagram page.

Kaci can apply special effects makeup to herself in a way that looks pretty real. (Submitted photos)

Kaci also enjoys applying beauty makeup and has a modern eye for fashion and hair styling.

Her own “zombie” hand

By Correne Martin

Since she was a little girl, Kaci Mansfield has had an eye for color and creativity. She’s always loved art and painting and her talents seem to come naturally.

The 2015 Prairie du Chien High School graduate has also been watching horror movies since she was 8 years old.

“I used to watch them with my dad, and we liked to watch the special features afterward where they showed how they make everything happen,” she recalled. “I definitely think the gore looks awesome.”

Fast forward about eight years—Kaci started watching YouTube tutorials and practicing special effects makeup on herself in high school. She fell in love with using cosmetics and appliances to create the appearance of bruises, cuts, blood and other deformities on her face and her arms and hands. She began experimenting by making herself into a zombie by using gelatin, glycerin and food coloring. She also started using latex for some of her ghastly looks.

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