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Wed
01
Mar

Local support secures fresh water, brings life to Haitian village


The Lolo, Haiti, village received clean, fresh water for the first time in February, thanks to support from volunteers living in the Bridgeport area. Pictured, villagers and their children fill up containers during the joyous moments after the water pump provided the first drops of safe water for them.

Some of those constructing the well house, from both Water For Life and the village of Lolo, Haiti, are pictured in late November. The Cornerstone Foursquare Church in Bridgeport has been heavily involved with financing this project. (Submitted photos)

By Correne Martin

For the very first time, a small village in the impoverished nation of Haiti has clean and fresh water. It’s all thanks to donations and volunteer support provided by the Cornerstone Foursquare Church in Bridgeport, the Coastal Community Church in South Carolina and the Iowa-based non-profit Water For Life. The Lolo Community Well Project will be completed this month, as the finishing touches of a well house are underway.

A few years ago, the Cornerstone Church became connected to a couple of volunteers from South Carolina, who were originally from Madison—Nick and Kate Matthias. Their Madison pastor had done mission work in Haiti and helped link them to Lolo, Haiti, after they moved to the East Coast. During a medical mission to Lolo, Nick, an engineer specializing in renewable energies, and Kate, a pediatrician, recognized a real need for a fresh source.

Wed
01
Mar

Shake up at Prairie du Chien City Hall continues with familiar faces

By Correne Martin

The shake-up at Prairie du Chien City Hall continues, as a new zoning administrator was appointed during Tuesday night’s common council meeting and the creation of an administrative assistant position was approved.

Cassie Rickleff was named the new zoning administrator, filling the vacancy left by Julie Jackson, who departed the first week of January for a new position with Crawford County. City Planner Garth Frable was the interim zoning administrator. Rickleff will take the job as soon as the new administrative assistant is hired. Rickleff will receive a new salary of $20 per hour upon completion of a six-month probationary period, plus an additional $1.50 per hour for her added duties of municipal court clerk. Furthermore, Deputy City Clerk Joni Clausen will receive an increase in her salary from $17.57 to $18 per hour.

Wed
01
Mar

De Soto man wins Powerball

David Fredrickson, of De Soto, is one of two lucky players who matched four numbers plus the Powerball in the Feb. 18 Powerball drawing to win $50,000. Fredrickson purchased his ticket at Pronto Market, 10110 Highway 35, De Soto.

Robert Lienke, of Eagle River in Vilas County, was the other lucky player.  The winning numbers from the drawing were 3, 7, 9, 31 and 33 with a Powerball of 20. The Power Play number was 3.

Wed
01
Mar

Celebrate the green in Prairie du Chien with St. Patrick’s Day parade and festivities

The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and festivities sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce will be held on Saturday, March 11, at 10 a.m. Parade participants will assemble at 9 a.m. on St. Feriole Island. The parade will start from the island, go east on Blackhawk Avenue, north on Michigan Street, west on Washington Street and then back to the island.

Following the parade, many area businesses will join the Irish-themed fun by serving corned beef and cabbage, green beer, and other traditional specialties. Lively music will be offered throughout the community.

For more information, contact the Chamber at 326-8555, ext. 12.

Wed
01
Mar

Olympic Builders Gets Contract


This is a rendering of the entrance to the new Arts Center at Prairie du Chien High School. (Renderings courtesy of HSR Associates of La Crosse)

The 750-seat Arts Center at the high school will have improved acoustics, storage, support space, lighting, sound and an orchestra pit and cover with a hydraulic lift.

 

Olympic Builders will be general contractor for 

Prairie du Chien school facilities upgrade project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Tue
28
Feb

Prairie du Chien cheerleaders are best in Small Cheer Dance Division


The Prairie du Chien Competition Cheerleaders are, front row: Katie Licht, Katie Zahara and Mariah Slaght. Middle row: Paige Severson, Bree Holler, Kara Katzung and Archi Patel. Back row: Coach Kelli Saxe, Alana Wedge, Lauren Kennedy, Kina Myers and Morgan Kiesau.

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawk Competition Cheerleaders attended the 2017 WACPC State Cheer Competition on  Saturday, Feb. 25. The event was held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. 

 

The team competed in the Small Cheer Dance Division.  The cheerleaders earned first place, making them the state champions of that division!

Tue
28
Feb

State Wrestlers


Prairie du Chien's Traeton Saint works for the power-half to turn his opponent. (Photo by Stacie Roen of K&S Photography)

Prairie du Chien’s Stephen Ronnfeldt looks to go on the offensive while on top of Wrightstown’s Matt Van Eperen during the 195-pound quarterfinal match Friday morning. (Photo by Nate Beier)

River Ridge-Cassville’s Ben Wheeler ties up with Random Lake’s Ben Drenski during the 285-pound quarterfinal match Friday morning. Wheeler won by fall to move on to the semifinals, eventually finishing fifth overall. (Photo by Nate Beier)

 

Area wrestlers 

at Individual State Wrestling Tournament

Two Prairie du Chien wrestlers and one from River Ridge-Cassville competed in the State Individual Wrestling Tournament Thursday and Friday at the Kohl Center in Madison. 

Prairie freshman Traeton Saint, wrestling at 132 pounds in Division 2, lost 5-3 to junior Tanner Deist (41-11) of Wautoma-Wild Rose in his first round match. Saint ended his season with a 40-10 record. It is the most wins ever by a Prairie du Chien freshman.

Mon
27
Feb

Driver loses control, goes over embankment

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, at about 7:35 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified on a one-vehicle crash on County Road E, one-tenth of a mile west of Platten Lane in the township of Seneca.

Mark Withey, 56, of Eastman, was traveling east on County E when he lost control of his Honda Accord due to the slippery road, while negotiating a curve. The vehicle went into the south side shoulder and, while trying to regain control, Withey’s vehicle crossed the center line into the westbound lane before going over the north side embankment and coming to rest in a field.

Withey claimed no injuries from the crash, though the vehicle sustained severe damage.

The Crawford County Highway Department assisted at the scene.

Mon
27
Feb

Woman charged with operating under the influence-causing injury

A Ferryville woman allegedly caused a two-vehicle crash on Highway 35 Friday and has been charged as a result, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On Feb. 24, Michael Schwem, 38, of Mt. Sterling was driving a 2014 Buick Verano south on Highway 35 near River Bluff Drive in Ferryville when a 1999 Honda Passport, operated by Jeannie Boardman, 59, of Ferryville, crossed the center line and struck Schwem’s vehicle head-on.

Schwem’s vehicle came to rest in a turn-around on the west side of Highway 35. It sustained front end damage to the driver’s side. Boardman’s vehicle came to rest on River Bluff Drive and had severe front end damage. Schwem, as well as his two passengers, Lisa Cornwell, 38, of Mt. Sterling, and a juvenile, sustained injuries due to the collision and were treated and released on-scene.

Mon
27
Feb

Lottery player holds $50k ticket purchased in De Soto

One lucky Wisconsin Lottery player is holding a $50,000 winning Powerball ticket from the Saturday, Feb. 18, Powerball drawing.

The winner matched four out of five numbers plus the Powerball. Saturday’s winning Powerball numbers were 3, 7, 9, 31 and 33, with a Powerball of 20. The Power Play number was 3.

The lucky winner purchased his or her ticket at Pronto Market in De Soto.

Winners at all prize levels have 180 days from the drawing to claim their prizes. Winners of more than $599 must claim their prize at the Lottery’s Madison or Milwaukee office or by mail.

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