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Thu
26
Jan

Animal shelter receives largest donation to date


With the bluff in the background, this slightly aerial picture shows the southwest end of the new Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter building. The shelter is located behind Country Inn and Suites and is being built by Top Notch Construction.

An anonymous $100,000 donation toward the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter has given its capital campaign the boost it needed to begin phase two of its shelter project in Prairie du Chien’s North Gateway Business Park.

“An anonymous donor gifted $100,000 to the animal shelter, making this donation the largest one-time donation to date,” RABAS Vice-President Bev Pozega said in a press release Tuesday.

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteers are beginning their 10th year of fundraising. Construction on phase one of the building started in early November and is nearing completion. Phase one consists of the exterior of the building, storage garage, foundation and utility location. The group is still in need of additional funds to finish phase two and provide for operations for the first year.

Thu
26
Jan

New terminal brings modern look to municipal airport


The Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport’s new $1.06 million terminal structure is up, right next to the old facility, as viewed from Highway 18 on the south end of the city. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport’s new $1.06 million terminal on the south side of the community is very close to completion. Wieser Brothers, of La Crescent, Minn., has constructed the modern-looking structure and completed a good share of the exterior concrete and brick facade. Roofing and edge metal work is needed yet. Inside, crews are working on finishes, doors, casework, heating, plumbing and electrical work.

“Most of the construction will be completed about mid-February,” said Al Szymanski, team leader for MSA professional Services.

“The terminal should be operational in late spring or early summer, City Administrator Aaron Kramer said.

At that time, site work, such as landscaping and seeding, will be done, Szymanski said.

The city is currently accepting bids for the removal of the current terminal building, though if no bids are received, the building could be torn down at a later date.

Wed
25
Jan

Genevieve S. Lange

 

Genevieve S. Lange, 84, of Steuben, formerly of Oconomowoc, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Rainbow Hospice in Johnson Creek.

 

Genevieve was born in Milwaukee on Nov. 13, 1932, the daughter of Henry and Stella (Osowski) Szczesniakiewicz. She married Larry Lange at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Oconomowoc on July 11, 1953.

Wed
25
Jan

River Ridge Girls Basketball


River Ridge’s Nicole Sturmer looks to score over three Highland defenders. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Maria Breuer drives for the basket against visiting Highland Tuesday night.

 

River Ridge 

over Highland

River Ridge easily topped visiting Highland 56-23 in a make-up girls basketball game Tuesday night. 

The Lady Timberwolves built a 25-8 halftime advantage en route to the victory. 

River Ridge improved to 11-2 on the season and 5-2 in conference action. Highland fell to 3-9 overall and 0-7 in the Six Rivers West. 

Wed
25
Jan

River Ridge FFA Project

 

River Ridge FFA 

working on large 

and exciting project

By Ted Pennekamp and River Ridge FFA reporter Katelyn Quick

 

Wed
25
Jan

Paul Anthony Scheckel

 

Paul Anthony Scheckel, 50, beloved oldest son of Larry and Ann Scheckel, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Gundersen Medical Center of complications of pneumonia.

 

Mon
23
Jan

Sand bags deployed for flooded homes due to rain

At least two reported homes in Crawford County experienced flooding due to rain water last week, according to the Crawford County Sheriff's Office.

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, at about 8 p.m.,  the sheriff’s office was informed of a residence that had a basement actively flooding due to rain water. The Crawford County Emergency Management Office and the Prairie du Chien Police Department obrained, filled and deployed sandbags. Some 10 to 20 sand bags filled for the residence.

“It was very nice to have the support of the police department to assist in filling the bags,” said Emergency Management Director Jim Hackett.

Mon
23
Jan

Prairie du Chien Wrestling


Seniors Ethan Swiggum and Matt Chase are introduced to the crowd on Senior Night.

Ethan Swiggum scores near fall points on his way to pinning his opponent. (Photos by Heather Koenig)

 

PdC wrestlers fall 

to Richland Center

On Thursday, Jan. 19, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestling team hosted Richland Center for an SWC wrestling meet. 

Mon
23
Jan

Woman injured in Grant County rollover

A Bloomington woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle rollover in Grant County Thursday morning, Jan. 19, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

Just after 7 a.m., the sheriff’s office was notified of the crash at the intersection of Highway 18 and Fairground Road. Driver Janelle Crubel, 60, was trapped in her vehicle. Emergency services were dispatched to the scene, Crubel was freed from the vehicle by the Jaws of Life and transported to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien with serious but non-life threatening injures. According to the family, she was later taken to Gundersen hospital in La Crosse for treatment of a broken back and leg.

Crubel was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash. No charges have been filed, according to the sheriff’s department. The vehicle was a total loss and was removed from the scene by B&M Towing, of Bloomington.

Mon
23
Jan

K-9 unit aids in meth arrest

On Jan. 19, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit conducted a vehicle contact in the parking lot of Wal-Mart located in Bridgeport Township.

 
The passenger in the vehicle exited and approached two other occupied parked vehicles. After identifying the parties in all three vehicles, K-9 Breck was utilized for open free air sniffs of all the vehicles. K-9 Breck alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances on a 1993 Chevrolet pickup occupied by Dillan Boydtson, 34, Decorah, Iowa. A probable cause search of Boydston’s vehicle was conducted and a hypodermic needle loaded with liquid methamphetamine was located in the vehicle.

Boydtson was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and operating a motor vehicle with a restricted controlled substance.

Assisting the sheriff’s department was the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

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