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Wed
10
Feb

Hawkettes Make History


The Hawkettes perform one of their routines at the State Competition on Saturday at the La Crosse Center. (Photo submitted)

Members of the Prairie du Chien Hawkettes pose with the trophies that they earned at the State Dance Competition Saturday at the La Crosse Center. Team members are, front row: Stephanie Elmquist, Paige Severson, Caitlin Nolan, Autumn Kohler, Mariah Slaght, Katie Zahara, Lauren Kennedy, Ella Hein and Lindsey Ohlert. Back row: Katie Licht, Bree Holler and Morgan Kiesau. (Photo submitted)

 

Hawkettes make school history

The Prairie du Chien Hawkettes attended the Wisconsin Association of Cheer and Pom Coaches (WACPC) State Dance Championships Saturday, Feb. 6 at the La Crosse Center. The team competed at state in two categories. Teams placing in the top five at state took home hardware. 

The Hawkettes placed fifth in the Division 2 kick category, earning their first ever placing trophy at state. The girls also placed sixth at state in the Division 4 pom category, missing placing at state by only a small margin.

Wed
10
Feb

Coins, Gold, Diamonds, Antiques


Grant Reynolds stands behind the counter at his shop.

 

Reynolds Coins, Jewelry and Antiques good as gold

By Ted Pennekamp

 

People looking to buy, trade or sell their gold, coins, jewelry and antiques have increased in recent years. To keep up with this increased demand, businesses that specialize in these items have opened at various locations throughout the region.

Wed
10
Feb

Seneca native follows passions to the East Coast


Mark Anthony Dingbaum, a 2004 Seneca High School graduate, is pictured giving a campaign press conference in Los Angeles while working at Change.org. Though he misses his family and the relaxing rural atmosphere of the family farm in Seneca at times, he’s proud to have followed his passions and made a difference while working in digital communications.

Mark Anthony Dingbaum and his sister, Jennifer Varo, of Hudson posed for a picture outside the White House last May, when he worked for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

By Correne Martin

A passion for public service, community organizing and technology have provided a foundation for a career that Mark Anthony Dingbaum, a Seneca native now living and working in New York, N.Y., never believed he might someday experience.

He could have never dreamed he would have a hand in the Boy Scouts of America’s historic vote to overturn its ban on gay members. He also couldn’t have imagined being appointed by the nation’s president to serve in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Yet, these achievements are now reality for the 2004 Seneca High School graduate.

Wed
10
Feb

Bagley RNA chapter collects pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House


Members of the Bagley Royal Neighbors of America chapter are shown in the Bagley Community Building with their collection of pop tabs and $100 donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Pictured (seated, from left) are Birdie Meng, Ruth Timion; (standing) Nancy Rogers of McDonalds, Donna Harris, Diane Leffler, LaVon Schurman, Bob Meng, Bobbi Jo Meng, Lacey Meng and Dareen Schott. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Here is the pile of pop tabs collected by the Bagley RNA chapter.

By Correne Martin

Collecting pop tabs might seem trivial, but for Ronald McDonald House Charities, collection is taken very seriously.

The Bagley chapter of the Royal Neighbors of America received an informative presentation about the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, Minn., at its February meeting last week. Nancy Rogers, who has worked for the La Crosse McDonalds chapter for 30 years, explained that pop tabs are collected at the local stores, put in French fry boxes, packaged, labeled, weighed and recycled.

The designated Ronald McDonald House then receives the cash made from the recycled aluminum tabs, per pound. That income is used to pay salaries for the care physicians living at the house and to help families dealing with the stress and financial difficulties of being away from home.

Tue
09
Feb

Catherine A. Quick

 

Catherine A. Quick passed away on Feb. 7, after prolonged illnesses. 

She was born on Jan. 8, 1937 to Carl and Helen (Harris) Stagman in Brodtville, Wis. She grew up in Brodtville and graduated as the valedictorian from Bagley High School in 1955. After high school she worked at a dime store in Dubuque and at the telephone office in Prairie du Chien. In later years she worked for Swiss Colony as order taker and customer service representative for 16 seasons.

Tue
09
Feb

David Eugene Reed

 

David Eugene Reed, 82, of Janesville, passed away Feb. 6, after a courageous battle with cancer. 

Tue
09
Feb

Arlene Mary (Laufenberg) Stoeffler

 

Arlene Mary (Laufenberg) Stoeffler, 91, of Mount Hope, passed away peacefully with family by her side Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Good Samaritan Center in Fennimore, where she had resided for nearly two years.

Through her life as a big sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Arlene always put her family and faith first. Even to her final days, she worried about missing sending a card for a birthday or anniversary, and tried to finish crocheting an afghan for a graduating grandson—continuing a tradition her mother had started many years before.

Mon
08
Feb

River Ridge-Cassville at Conference Meet


River Ridge-Cassville was one of 13 teams that competed in the Scenic Ridge and Rivers Conference Meet Saturday in Cashton. Above, Jordan Kline of River Ridge-Cassville tries to break away from Cashton’s Jeffry Janzen during the 152-pound quarterfinal match. Official results were not available as of press time. (Photos by Nate Beier)

Tristan White works to keep De Soto’s Jakob Hensley from getting away during the first round of action at Saturday’s conference meet. White finished third overall.
Mon
08
Feb

CWD in Allamakee

 

Two wild deer in Allamakee County test positive for CWD

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Two wild deer killed in Allamakee County during the recent hunting season have been confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), marking the third year in a row the disease has been confirmed in a wild Iowa deer, all in Allamakee County.  

Mon
08
Feb

Haydn Street crossing ruled closed a fourth time

By Correne Martin

The Haydn Street railroad crossing in Prairie du Chien was ordered closed two years ago by the Wisconsin railroad commissioner, for the third time. Even after a fourth decision, last summer by the circuit court, to dismiss an appeal and close the crossing, it remains open today.

The two mainline tracks and the nearby spur track intersecting with Haydn Street have been in question for more than 15 years.

The first decision to close the crossing was made by the commissioner in 2001. Because nearby business owner Keith Coburn, of Frazier’s Old Faithful Inn, felt it would adversely affect his business to close the crossing, he’s exercised his rights and kept fighting the railroad for a decade and a half.

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