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Wed
13
Apr

Test drive a Ford to benefit PdC High School, PdC K9 unit

By Correne Martin

Blackhawk Motors in Prairie du Chien is hosting two unique opportunities for people interested in test driving a brand new Ford vehicle and, at the same time, raising money for Prairie du Chien High School and the Prairie du Chien Police Department’s forthcoming K9 unit.

First, on Monday, April 18, from 3 to 8 p.m., in the Prairie du Chien High School parking lot, drivers age 18 and older are invited to stop by and spend some time behind the wheel of a Ford vehicle as part of the Ford Drive 4 UR School. For every valid test drive taken, Ford will donate $20 to the school district, up to $6,000. The goal is to raise the maximum amount. The donation from Ford will go into the high school’s general fund and dispersed as determined by the school.

About 10 vehicles will be on site for test driving, including an Edge, Focus, Fusion, Escape, F-150, Mustang, etc.

Wed
13
Apr

Garage and shed from Hwy. 18 moved to Mt. Hope, house will be torn down

By Correne Martin

Drivers who were out and about in Bridgeport Sunday morning may have found themselves behind a slow-moving, oversized load being hauled by Heritage Movers to its business in rural Mt. Hope.

The garage and shed, previously owned by Von and Jean Denlinger and located at 38374 Highway 18 on the east side of the highway, was moved around 7:30 a.m. to Heritage Movers’ property at 12527 Garthwaite Lane, Mt. Hope.

“It took us two hours and 15 minutes to go 18 miles,” third-generation Heritage Movers Owner Russell Childs said. “We had four state patrol cars escort us.”

Wed
13
Apr

Flags and banners bring color to the downtown


American and British flags from the 1800s and banners once created for a local art contest fly in downtown Prairie du Chien to add some color and additional interest to the area.

By Correne Martin

Visitors to downtown Prairie du Chien recently may have noticed some additions on the light poles overhead. American and British flags from yesteryear fly on one side of many of the poles, while banners of various artwork are afixed to the other side of the poles as well.

The flags, according to local historian Mary Antoine, represent those that flew over Ft. Crawford (American) and Ft. McKay (British) during the War of 1812. The ones displayed downtown currently were leftover from when Prairie du Chien celebrated the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812, she said.

The banners, which were originally created as part of a local art contest sponsored by the former PDRI, were located collecting dust in storage by Chris Mara, past president of PdC Main Street, and Mike Ulrich, parks and recreation director.

Wed
13
Apr

Timberwolves Beat Hornets


Wauzeka-Steuben’s Clayton Beers takes a lead off of first base as River Ridge defends. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca’s Dylan Hazen fires in a pitch as Clayton Beers dances off of second base.

The Hornets’ Jacob Bird lets a pitch fly against the Timberwolves Tuesday afternoon.

Wauzeka-Steuben first baseman Brad Swatek defends as River Ridge’s Ben Ertz takes off for second base Tuesday afternoon in Patch Grove.

 

River Ridge blanks 

Wauzeka-Steuben

River Ridge blanked visiting Wauzeka-Steuben 8-0 in a nonconference baseball game in Patch Grove Tuesday afternoon. 

The Timberwolves scored 6 runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 6-0 lead. 

River Ridge scored twice more in the fourth inning en route to the win. 

Wed
13
Apr

RRC Wins Twinbill


Seneca’s Haley Wall fires in a pitch in the second inning versus River Ridge-Cassville in Patch Grove.

Andrea Okey picked up two wins in a twinbill versus Seneca and Wauzeka-Steuben.

The River Ridge defense records a ground out against Seneca. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Andrea Okey singles to right-center against visiting Seneca Tuesday afternoon.

Katelyn Quick of River Ridge-Cassville gets a hit to score a run in the third inning.

Verity Johnson scores in the third inning for River Ridge-Cassville.

 

RRC girls 

beat Seneca and 

Wauzeka-Steuben

The River Ridge-Cassville softball team played a doubleheader against two area teams Tuesday afternoon in Patch Grove. 

In the opener, RRC bested Seneca 12-8. Seneca led 2-1 after one complete inning. 

Wed
13
Apr

Wauzeka Area Bridge

 

WSOR looking 

at replacing bridge 

east of Wauzeka

Project estimated at $8.7 million

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
13
Apr

Randi Louise Harris

 

Randi Louise Harris, 65 of Postville, died Monday, April 11, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa after a brief illness. 

Randi was born on Feb. 2, 1951 to Leo Roger and Lillian Irene (Monson) Harris in Postville. She graduated from Postville High school, attended the University of Northern Iowa and received her nursing degree at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, Iowa.

Tue
12
Apr

Antoinette Marie “Toni” Otto (Panka)

 

Antoinette Marie “Toni” Otto (Panka), 94, of Sun City West, Ariz. passed away, Friday, April 1, in the comfort of her home.

Toni, daughter of Peter and Antoinette (Schoeffer) Panka was born on March 23, 1922, raised, and attended school in Prairie du Chien and graduated from College of Saint Teresa with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Tue
12
Apr

Deborah J. Brown

 

Deborah J. Brown, 63, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, April 11, at her home following an extended illness. 

She was born Aug. 18, 1952 in La Crosse, the daughter of Charles and Ruby (Anderson) Knudson. She married Ricky Brown on July 2, 1991 in South Tahoe City, Calif. Debbie worked as a medical transcriptionist for healthcare facilities in Oklahoma City, Davenport, LaCrosse, Prairie du Chien and Chippewa Falls. She enjoyed traveling and making her home in the country. She was a pet lover, especially her cats. 

Mon
11
Apr

Viroqua versus Prairie du Chien


Kelly Check gets around the Viroqua catcher to score a run. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Payton Petsche hits a single against visiting Viroqua.

Prairie du Chien’s Lauren Nicholson winds up against Viroqua Thursday afternoon.

Jaqueline LaHaie slaps a single to right-center against visiting Viroqua.

Maria Skemp slides safely into home plate.

 

Viroqua edges PdC girls in eight

Viroqua edged host Prairie du Chien 10-8 in 8 innings nonconference softball action Thursday afternoon.

Viroqua scored a run in the top of the first inning, but Prairie answered with 3 in the bottom half to take a 3-1 lead.

The Lady Hawks scored another run in the second to increase the margin to 4-1. 

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