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Tue
13
Feb

Antoine Family, Friends in South Korea


The United States Winter Olympic Team enters the stadium for the opening ceremonies of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. (Photos by Mary Antoine)

The Olympic flame is lit during the opening ceremonies of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. The Olympic flame commemorates the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus.

 

Antoine family and friends enjoy South Korea 

and the opening ceremonies of Winter Olympics

Prairie du Chien’s Matt Antoine is in South Korea preparing for his second Winter Olympic games. Matt won the bronze medal in Sochi, Russia in men’s skeleton in 2014. Matt’s mother, Mary, along with nine other family members and friends, are in Gangneung, South Korea, to cheer Matt on. The following are Mary’s impressions so far.

 

Mon
12
Feb

Prairie wrestlers earn first regional title as hard work pays off for team


The first-ever regional championship Prairie du Chien wrestling team was crowned Saturday afternoon during the very first regional meet hosted by the school. The Hawks scored 249.5 points in first place, which was well above second-place River Valley with 191. Pictured (front row, from left) are Jackson DeBruin, Matt Rogge, Reid Koenig, Bradyn Saint, Traeton Saint, Chase Fisher; (back row) Mike Rogge, Jason Thiry, Jerrod Osterkamp, Clayton DuCharme, Isaac Avery, Luke Wright, Tyler Smock, Keenan Holley, Colten Wall, Blake Garcia, Nick Rogge, Alex Osterkamp, Jon Quamme and Stephen Ronnfeldt. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The brevity of a single wrestling season, in the grand scheme of life, is incomparable to the character built through a passionate and supportive program like that which exists in Prairie du Chien. The high school team has a 21-1 regular season record, an outright conference championship and, for the first time in the 49-year program history, a regional title. The young teenagers who represent the Blackhawks are in the midst of the grind, hoping to push their level of success to the maximum this post-season.

Mon
12
Feb

Bald Eagle Appreciation


Two large adult bald eagles have been seen in recent weeks on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien sitting either together or separately in the trees just north of Lawler Park. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

An adult bald eagle glides over the ice. There are plenty of viewing locations for bald eagles in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area. (Photo by Donna Higgins)

 

 

Prairie du Chien Bald Eagle 

Appreciation Days Feb. 23, 24

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
12
Feb

Crawford County Drones On


Crawford County Emergency Management Director Jim Hackett sits behind the drone which will be used by emergency management and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. The drone can take off from almost any small flat surface, including its carrying case. Once airborne, the drone automatically expands to about four feet across for a more stable flight.

 

Crawford County gets law enforcement, emergency drone

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County is now the proud owner of a state-of-the-art drone that will be deployed in various ways for emergency situations and for law enforcement.

Mon
12
Feb

Prairie Grapplers Triumphant


Isaac Avery (left) of Prairie du Chien faces Brad Goffinet of Cuba City-Benton-Southwestern in their quarterfinal 182-pound match. Avery would go on to win 7-5. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Clayton DuCharme attempts an escape versus Evan Thomas of Richland Center in their 170-pound quarterfinal match.

Prairie du Chien’s Matt Rogge gets the pin in 1:17 over Drew Latterel of Dodgeville in their 106-pound semifinal match Saturday.

Prairie’s Chase Fisher (left) squares off against Max Schmidt of Richland Center in their semifinal match at 113 pounds Saturday. Fisher went on to get third place.

Jerrod Osterkamp of Prairie du Chien gets control over Kaidon Cowley of River Valley in their 285-pound quarterfinal. Osterkamp would go on to post a 2-1 victory.

Prairie’s Keenan Holley (top) tries to gain control over Caleb Radtke of River Valley in their 120-pound semifinal.

Reid Koenig pins Wylie Nies of Cuba City-Benton-Southwestern in 1:18 in their 132-pound quarterfinal match Saturday.

Traeton Saint of Prairie du Chien tries to turn Eli Reeson of Dodgeville. Saint won by technical fall 17-1 in 3:46 in their 138-pound semifinal.

Prairie du Chien’s Nick Rogge gets an escape from Shaedyn Lane of Cuba City-Benton-Southwestern in their 160-pound semifinal. Rogge won by technical fall, 16-0 in 3:55. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The Blackhawks’ Stephen Ronnfeldt tries to turn Riley Christenson of Belmont-Platteville in their 195-pound semifinal Saturday. Ronnfeldt went on to pin Christenson in 2:58. (Photo by Correne Martin)

 

Blackhawk wrestlers 

are Regional Champions

The 2017-2018 Prairie du Chien wrestling team continues to make history. On Saturday, Feb. 10, PDC hosted a WIAA Division 2 Regional for the first time in school history. They also won a WIAA Division 2 Regional for the first time in school history. 

On a day filled with plenty of excitement, the Blackhawk grapplers remained focused with their eyes on the prize. This was something the team had circled on the calendar at the beginning of the season. 

Fri
09
Feb

Howard J. Gillitzer

Howard J. Gillitzer, 80, of Prairie du Chien, died on Wednesday, Feb. 7. 

He was born Feb. 3, 1938, to Carrie (Ocenosak) and Lawrence Gillitzer. Graduating from Campion in 1955, he entered the novitiate of the Order of the Holy Cross in Hastings, Neb. Two years later was sent to Our Lady of the Lake Seminary in Syracuse, Ind., and four years later to Crosier Seminary in Onamia, Minn. The next twenty years were spent in Administration, college financial aid and fundraising. 

Wed
07
Feb

Prairie du Chien businesses make it easy for community to support animal shelter


Aron Cavanaugh, of Prairie du Chien, took his pup to the Pet Expo, sponsored by Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter at Nelson True Value, Feb. 3. True Value recently started its Partnering for Pets program, which gives 10 percent to the shelter for all pet products and Wild Bird Food products purchased at the store. (Nelson True Value photo)

By Correne Martin

Two local businesses are making it easy for community members to support the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter in Prairie du Chien and shop at their retail establishments at the same time.

Nelson True Value has begun an ongoing program, Partnering for Pets, through which shoppers can help support the animal shelter. According to Bev Pozega, RABAS vice-president, customers at True Value who purchase pet products or store brand Wild Bird Food products will have 10 percent of those purchases gifted to the shelter.

“They’ve been trying to come up with a way to help us and we’re so grateful,” Pozega said. “This is a great way for customers who already buy their pet products from True Value to give back to us at the same time.”

Wed
07
Feb

PdC river wall damage to be assessed

By Correne Martin

Damage sustained to the river wall at Prairie du Chien’s Lawler Park last fall will be assessed by an engineering firm experienced in port facility repair needs, since the Prairie du Chien Common Council approved a professional services agreement (PSA) with the company Tuesday night.

According to City Planner Garth Frable, last year, a tow boat had docked along the river wall to take on water, which is a relatively common occurrence.

“The boat was tied to one of the large bollards affixed to the wall. After the tow boat left, city staff noted that the bollard had been partially pulled from the wall, which resulted in the wall bowing out,” Frable said.

Wed
07
Feb

River Ridge Dance Team at State


The River Ridge Dance Team and their fans were very excited to perform at the State Championship on Saturday in La Crosse. (Photos submitted)

The River Ridge Dance Team poses backstage.

 

River Ridge Dance Team 

performs at State Championship

On Saturday, Feb. 3, the River Ridge Dance Team attended the WACPC State Championship held at the La Crosse Center. The team competed in the Division 5 Pom category and placed 11th in the state for their division.

Qualifying and dancing at state for the dance team is a great accomplishment for such a young group of girls. The team this year consists of two freshmen, five sophomores, and five juniors.  

Wed
07
Feb

Addiction Town Hall Event

 

Public encouraged 

to attend Addiction Town Hall Tuesday

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Everyone is invited to an Addiction Town Hall event which will be held on Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m., in the George Family Education Center at Crossing Rivers Health.

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