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Avis J. Smith


Avis J. Smith, 69, of McGregor passed away Thursday, May 5, at Thornton Manor in Lansing, Iowa. 

She was born Oct. 14, 1946 in Clay, W.V., the daughter of Jack and Mary (Davis) Cuttlip. Avis cooked at the Prairie Maison Care Center and enjoyed volunteering in her later years at the Great River Care Center in McGregor and Thornton Manor in Lansing. Avis was a member of the United Methodist Church in McGregor. She loved animals and belonged to the ASPCA. 


Car Chase

Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Prairie du Chien Police Department officers apprehend one of three subjects who eluded local law enforcement. (Photo by Correne Martin)


Three caught following chase

On Tuesday, May 3 at 4:18 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of an erratic driver on Highway 35. A Sheriff’s Department deputy saw the vehicle and attempted to stop the vehicle. In an attempt to elude the deputy, the vehicle drove down an embankment through the yard of an unoccupied home along Highway 35 approximately a half mile north of Limery Road. The vehicle stopped behind the home and the three occupants fled on foot. 


Prairie du Chien Baseball

Chas Sagedahl gets a good jump off of first base in the bottom of the fourth inning Tuesday afternoon against visiting River Valley. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Chas Sagedahl scores in the fourth inning as Chad Mara pulls into third base.

Prairie’s Casey Hogenson rifles in a fastball as the River Valley runner leads off of second base in the top of the fourth inning Tuesday at Prairie du Chien High School.


River Valley tops 

Prairie du Chien

Prairie du Chien suffered its first loss of the season 5-2 at the hands of visiting River Valley in an SWC baseball game Tuesday afternoon. 

Prairie got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the second inning. 

Each team scored a run in the fourth as Prairie held a 2-1 lead. 


Sprosty to Retire

Crawford County Treasurer Martin Sprosty poses with State Senator Paul Offner of La Crosse (left) and United States Senator from Wisconsin William Proxmire in the 1970s.


The last year for longtime Crawford County Treasurer

By Ted Pennekamp


The year 2016 will be the final one for longtime Crawford County Treasurer Martin Sprosty who will be stepping down after 44 years. Come January, the county will have a new treasurer because Sprosty will not be seeking re-election. 


North Main Street, between Frederick and Washington, designated emergency truck route

By Correne Martin

An official city truck route map was approved by the Prairie du Chien Common Council Tuesday night. Despite citizen concerns that the Highway 18 Bypass may be extended onto North Main Street, that is not the case.

According to City Administrator Aaron Kramer, North Main Street, between Frederick and Washington Streets has been newly assigned as a temporary specially-designated truck route. In defining that term, he said that section of city street may allow legal operation of truck traffic only when the city’s department of public works and police chief determine that such usage is required due to natural or man-made disasters, construction or other unforeseen circumstances. He added that this would only be if truck usage on any other designated truck route was deemed dangerous or restricted.


Seneca senior class announces 2016 val and sal

Seneca valedictorian Kilian Boland and salutatorian Nicole Manders

Kilian Boland, son of David and Ann Boland, and Nicole Manders, daughter of Paul and Loretta Manders, have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the Seneca High School graduating Class of 2016.

Kilian is a member of the National Honor Society and has been recognized for his academic achievements by being on the honor roll. During his high school career, he has participated in a variety of extracurricular activities including FFA, forensics, yearbook, and youth leadership. In addition to succeeding academically, Kilian has been involved in athletics, including basketball for four years, baseball for three years, and football for one year. Kilian plans to attend UW-La Crosse in the fall.


Margaret Mary Kramer


Margaret Mary Kramer, passed away at Cokato Manor on April 15, at the age of 89 years, seven months and 21 days.

Margaret was born Aug. 24, 1926, in Prairie du Chien, to John and Gertrude (Gokey) Fernette. She grew up in Prairie du Chien, where she graduated from high school in 1944. After high school, she went to Milwaukee and took a job at Allis Chalmers.


Evelyn B. Seeley


Evelyn B. Seeley died Feb. 26, after an extended illness. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 14, at 10:30 a.m. at Cornerstone Foursquare Church in Prairie du Chien. Luncheon will be held after the service, followed by interment at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in McGregor, IA


Timberwolf Invitational

Brenden Roling of Seneca crosses the finish line in a 100-meter dash heat at the Timberwolf Invitational Friday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge’s Caleb Irish nears the finish of this 100-meter dash heat.

Wauzeka-Steuben and River Ridge compete in a 100-meter dash heat.

Wauzeka-Steuben's Hunter Marfilius hands off to Adam Martin in the 3200 relay.

River Ridge’s Sammy Steiger competes in the high jump in Bloomington.

Wauzeka-Steuben passes the baton in the 3200 relay.

River Ridge's Karli Jandro gets ready to land her long jump.


River Ridge hosts 

Timberwolf Invite

The River Ridge track team hosted the Timberwolf Invitational Friday afternoon in Bloomington. 

North Crawford won the boys meet with 167 points. The Platteville JV was second with 138.5. River Ridge had 112, Cassville 69, De Soto 64, Wauzeka-Steuben 56.5, Dodgeville-Mineral Point 48, Fennimore 35, and Seneca 4. 


Dancing with the Cancer Kickin' Hawkettes

Max Erickson, a Prairie du Chien police officer, and his partner Katie Zahara, had the sold-out crowd hooting and hollering as they accomplished countless slick tricks during their dance to the 1960s party rock classic “Mony Mony.” Erickson and Zahara finished second in the rankings by just four-tenths of a point, with a score of 29.0. They were praised for clearly spending a significant amount of time practicing their routine. Judge Cindy Hertrampf even labeled them, “Spunky, sparkly and stupendous!” Taking first place in judges points was the duo of Dan Moris, of Q94 Radio, and Paige Severson, who entertained with a lively swing dance to “Zoot Suit Riot.”

Jan Waller, of Peoples State Bank, danced with Morgan Kiesau to Elvis Presley’s “Stop, Look and Listen.” Judges felt Waller had great hip action and that the duo was well-synchronized in their performance. Waller earned a score of 27.2 from the judges and was in the top three among People’s Choice selections.

Community volunteer Bob Witt paired up with Bree Holler for a dance to “Soul Man,” by the Blues Brothers. The judges were impressed by Witt’s flexibility, charisma and unique moves. According to Shelly Rider, one of the organizers of Dancing with the Cancer Kickin’ Hawkettes, the money raised at the event could help the American Cancer Society offer more than 150 days of housing at a Hope Lodge for cancer patients and their families. Also, more than 700 people could receive rides for their treatment or patient navigator services for their treatment, and the dollars raised could fully fund an additional researcher. “This is truly amazing to think about the impact to so many lives from what was accomplished,” she said.

The second annual Dancing with the Cancer Kickin’ Hawkettes Wednesday, April 27, at the Dousman House, featured 10 local celebrities paired with members of the Prairie du Chien High School Hawkettes dance team. A total of $12,250 was raised at this event for the Great River Relay for Life. Dr. Michael Rogge, of Prairie du Chien’s Mayo Clinic, and his partner Katie Licht, dressed the part and got into true character while shaking it to 1990s hip hop tune “Ice Ice Baby,” by Vanilla Ice. The two scored 27.9 out of 30 to place fourth in the judges’ eyes but were the winners of the People’s Choice trophies for receiving the most votes from the crowd as well as the voting public before the event. Each vote cost $1. (Photos by Correne Martin)


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