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Wed
13
Sep

Local Artist Featured at Healing Arts Gallery


“Bedding Down” is one of seven watercolors by Dave Elvert on display in the Bill and Coreen Adamany Healing Arts Gallery in Crossing Rivers Health.

 

Local artist showing at Healing Arts Gallery

By Ted Pennekamp

 

David Elvert of Wauzeka is the latest area artist to have his works on display at the Bill and Coreen Adamany Healing Arts Gallery at the Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center.

Wed
13
Sep

River Ridge Over Benton


River Ridge’s Taylor Langmeier pops the ball over the Benton player Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge’s Skylar White blocks the ball back to the Benton side Tuesday night.

 

River Ridge 

girls defeat 

Benton

On Tuesday, the River Ridge volleyball team took on undefeated Benton on River Ridge’s home court. 

River Ridge won in five sets, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 18-25 and 15-8. It was a battle to the end with lots of great spiking, digs, and blocks. 

Tue
12
Sep

Michael G. Vavricka

Michael G. Vavricka, 67, of Fennimore, died on Friday morning Sept. 8, at his residence in Fennimore. 

 

Michael was born on April 18, 1950, in Dodgeville, the son of Joseph and Daisy (Timmens) Vavricka. He married Alana Harms on July 9, 1977, at the Highland Presbyterian Church.

Mon
11
Sep

Cross Country Champions


Madalyn Roche, Amber Huser, Ella Hein, Greta Hein, Karly Jaynes, Meg Katzung and Faith Dillman show the championship trophy. (Photos submitted)

Karly Jaynes surges past a Darlington runner.

 

PdC girl harriers are River Valley Invitational champions

The Prairie du Chien girls cross country team had another incredible race day on Saturday to win the River Valley Blackhawk Invitational.  

The girls came out on top of the field of 20 small-school varsity teams. Prairie du Chien earned 65 points to edged out fellow conference team, Lancaster, by just 5 points.  

Mon
11
Sep

SWS Football Wins


Jared Payne gets ready to unleash a 61-yard touchdown pass to Carter Lomas in the second quarter against visiting North Crawford Friday night in Seneca. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Braden Folbrecht carries the ball for Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben in the first half.

A trio of Blue-Gold defenders upend the Trojan running back in first half action.

The SWS defense closes in on the North Crawford ballcarrier Friday night.

 

Blue-Golds pull 

away from Trojans

Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben pulled away in the second half to defeat visiting North Crawford 49-26 in Ridge and Valley football action Friday night in Seneca.

The Trojans got on the board first on a 54-yard run to go up 6-0 in the first quarter.

Mon
11
Sep

Skill levels improving for Prairie du Chien students

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School District has been doing quite well with regard to improving the reading and math skills in the elementary grades. 

Mon
11
Sep

Years of service many at PdC Schools

The day before school officially started, the Prairie du Chien School District congratulated its current staff members who’ve dedicated many years of service toward making a difference in the lives of students. Pictured (front row, from left) are Hannah Rabbitt (10 years), Paula Shedivy (10 years), Brent Seamans (10 years), Dave Antoniewicz (35 years), Aaron Amundson (20 years), Karen Hertrampf (10 years); (second row) Stephanie Timmerman (20 years), Kalen Hagen (5 years), Deanna Thein (5 years), Angela Voelzke (5 years), Kelli Saxe (10 years), Kathy Schneider (5 years), Susan Boldt-David (25 years) Hannah Walleser (5 years); (third row) Lisa Ashbacher (25 years), Ron Sedgwick (20 years), Jim Schilling (30 years), Dan Roche (5 years), Megan Copsey (5 years), Chelsie White (5 years), Amanda Wagner (5 years), Chris LaHaie (15 years), Michele Kraus (20 years); (fourth row) Jenny Campbell (5 years), Kim Carlson (5 years) and Shelley Tesar (5 years).

Mon
11
Sep

Soldiers Grove festival features visual, culinary and musical art


Over 5,000 art lovers attended the 2016 Driftless Area Art Festival, and this year’s event, Sept. 16–17, expects to attract as many visitors from across the Driftless region, including portions of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. (Submitted photo)

Eighty of the finest visual artists from three states within the Driftless Region will converge in Soldiers Grove, Sept. 16 and 17, for the 13th annual Driftless Area Art Festival. They’ll be joined by 10 local culinary artists and four musical groups, some familiar names from previous years and some new to the festival.

The festival features art in traditional as well as contemporary styles and includes ceramics, fiber arts, glasswork, jewelry, painting, photography, prints and collages, sculpture, metalworks and wood art. Creative pieces by elementary, middle and high school students will also be on exhibit in the youth art tent, where young people can also try their hand at painting and other creative activities. The entire listing of artists, and information of their media, can be found on the festival’s website and on Facebook.

Mon
11
Sep

Carriage drivers, horses come cross country to relish in Villa Louis show


Mary Baillie and her Shetland pony Arrow Warrior, aka Archie, traveled from Ontario, Canada, to Prairie du Chien for the first time to compete in the Carriage Classic. (Photo by Correne Martin)

All cleaned up, dressed up and ready to go, Mary Baillie and her pony Archie, along with their small tuxedo-clad dog, check into the carriage dog class Sunday. (Photo by Randy Paske)

Trainer Sherri Lower (left), of Rock Springs, instructs Char Ehlert, of Oak Creek, and her 17-year-old Morgan horse, Celeste, during lessons Thursday, in preparation for the Villa Louis Carriage Classic. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Tevis, owned by Ann McCombs, of Harvard, Ill., is part paint horse and part donkey. He is 12 years old and was one of two mules in the Carriage Classic this year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Pat Riley, of North Carolina, calms his 7-year-old Section B Welsh pony, Mo, down after walking her for an hour and a half. The duo performed in the small pony class of the event.

By Correne Martin

Horses rhythmically trotting. Drivers looking lovely at the reins. Together, they competed, pulling and driving restored carriages, around the gracious grounds of the Villa Louis historic site in Prairie du Chien this past weekend.

In the days before the arena and cross country events began for the 27th year of the Carriage Classic, well over 100 contenders were found bathing and walking their horses, cleaning their carriages, polishing brass and other metal equipment, practicing their runs and otherwise socializing with the fellow participants from all over the country.

Mon
11
Sep

Inaugural voyage includes stop in Prairie du Chien


Captain Joe McKey (left) presented a commemorative plate to Chamber CEO Bob Moses, recognizing Prairie du Chien’s participation in the maiden voyage as a port community. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Community representatives invited aboard and attending an inaugural call celebration on the American Duchess Wednesday were (from left) Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Moses and McGregor citizens Don Hattery, Robert Myers, Corky and Med Bickel, and American Queen Steamboat Company Vice President of Marine Operations Gary Frommelt.

An American Duchess staff member leads a tour of the paddlewheeler’s lower deck, overlooking the port of Prairie du Chien’s Lawler Park.

This artwalk hallway on the American Duchess features high ceilings and dozens of Claude Monet paintings.

By Correne Martin

The exquisite American Duchess docked in Prairie du Chien Wednesday, Sept. 6, for its inaugural port at the oldest community on the Upper Mississippi. Visitors from all over the world experienced the rich history lining the streets of the historical city that many locals tend to take for granted, as community members and passers-by marveled over the grand paddlewheeler from a distance.

The American Duchess river cruise vessel was created from a 1995 hull and completely reconstructed to become one of the most luxurious, all-suite paddlewheelers on the country’s rivers. It’s maiden voyage began in August, with a christening ceremony Aug. 14 on the New Orleans riverfront.

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