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Tue
30
May

Lucille Mary (Sperfslage) Berns

 

Lucille Mary (Sperfslage) Berns, 84, of Prairie du Chien, passed away in her home Sunday, May 28, after a brief illness. 

 

Tue
30
May

Harold Leroy Miles, Jr.

 

Harold Leroy Miles, Jr., 50, of Lindale, Ga., passed away Tuesday, May 23.

 

He was born in Boscobel, on April 6, 1967, son of the former Mary Steines and the late Ben Redington. He, with his wife, co-owned and operated Miles Fabrication, Inc. in Cedartown, Ga. He was of the Christian faith.

Tue
30
May

Marjorie Esther Ruth Walter

 

Marjorie Esther Ruth Walter, 79, of Luana, Iowa, died Wednesday, May 24, at Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa. 

 

Thu
25
May

James Arthur Wallin

 

James Arthur Wallin, 82, of Mountain Home, Ark., passed away on May 16.

 

He was born Aug. 30, 1934,  in Seneca, the son of Charles and Marion Horal Wallin. James was a 1952 graduate of Seneca High School. He married Mary O’Brien on Sept. 28, 1990, in Urbana, Ill., and worked as an industrial engineer for Caradco. 

Wed
24
May

River Ridge bus, dump truck collide


Rescue crews from about 10 different departments worked on the scene of a school bus versus dump truck crash in Patch Grove Township Tuesday afternoon, caring for the eight children, bus driver and truck driver involved in the accident that stunned the River Ridge School District community. (Photo by Correne Martin)

River Ridge Principal Clay Koenig (left) and Superintendent Jeff Athey (center) speak with officials and walk the crash site moments after one of the district’s school buses was involved in a collision Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The dump truck involved was owned by Lepke Trucking. It ended up on the roadside. The driver appeared uninjured at the scene.

Some rays of sunshine peeked through darkened skies as rescue personnel assess the scene on County P.

The dump truck came to rest on the north side of County P.

Emergency crews brought injured students up out of the field to ambulances.

Teacher Joe Schulte reflects upon the accident situation from a distance.

By Correne Martin

A River Ridge school bus carrying children was struck by a dump truck Tuesday afternoon, May 23, not far from the district’s Patch Grove facilities. The Grant County Sheriff’s Department reported eight children and the driver were injured in the collision, which happened around 3:55 p.m., at the intersection of County Highway P and Morgan Road/Borah Ridge Road in Patch Grove Township.

The sheriff’s department said a Warco school bus entered County P from Morgan Road, as a westbound dump truck, owned by Lepke Trucking, crested a hill and couldn’t stop before crashing into the front of the bus near the exit doors. Upon impact, the dump truck exited the roadway on the north shoulder and came to a rest. The school bus spun around and went backward off the road, through the ditch and a barbed wire fence, before coming to a rest in the pasture.

Wed
24
May

Touching surprise caps final concert for PdC High School vocal music teacher


Longtime Prairie du Chien High School Vocal Music Instructor Phil Stiemke shows off his surprise retirement gift, a brand new Rickenbacker bass guitar, to a full gymnasium during his final concert Tuesday night, May 23. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Phil Stiemke shared many grins, jokes and even held back tears at his last concert. He was proud to see many alumni come to the event and perform a surprise final number, “I’ll Be Seeing You.”

From the emotions on the faces of students and alumni Phil Stiemke taught over the years, his impact on the school’s young musicians was clearly evident.

By Correne Martin

In the 1970s, Phil Stiemke worked hard to save money for his dream bass guitar. He finally got enough to purchase it and he loved that guitar. Not too long afterward, someone broke into his car and stole it.

If you know Mr. S, as he’s affectionately been called at Prairie du Chien Schools for 19 years, chances are, you have heard this story or at least heard about the Rickenbacker bass guitar he used to have. He still talks about it nearly 40 years later.

For his retirement, which is happening at the end of the school year, his family proposed a Replace the Base crowdfunding campaign on GiveButter.com to Stiemke’s alumni, students, family and others who’ve known and loved him. The premise of the fundraiser was to pull together about $2,000 and purchase a brand new Rickenbacker as a surprise gift to give him after the final song of his final Prairie du Chien High School concert last evening, May 23.

Wed
24
May

Regal Marine Group given 30 days to move out

By Correne Martin

Less than one week ago, Regal Marine Group posted to its Facebook page that the marina operations in Prairie du Chien were open for the 2017 season, though not exactly at full speed due to lack of power at its docks.
Yet, on Monday, May 22, a three-person arbitration panel rendered a written order granting an eviction judgement in favor of the city and against Regal Marine Group, in the recent binding arbitration case.

“The Regals have 30 days to get their stuff off the property,” cited City Attorney Lara Czajkowski Higgins. Any of Regals’ property remaining after June 21 shall become property of the city.

The order was based on the following:

1. Regal Marine Group failed to file a 90-day notice to renew the 1963 contract for 2012 through 2017.

2. Regal Marine Group was not entitled to renewal because it had already breached the contract prior to the expiration date of Oct. 31, 2012.

Wed
24
May

Prairie du Chien Track


Nicole Steiber of Prairie du Chien competes in the 800-meter run Tuesday at Lancaster. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Gabby Ritchie lets fly with the discus in regional competition Tuesday.

 

Prairie tracksters 

at Lancaster Regional

The Prairie du Chien track and field team traveled to Lancaster to compete in the WIAA Division 2 Regional Meet. The following athletes have qualified for Thursday’s Sectional meet at McFarland.

Evan Teynor (110 HH, 300 Hurdles, and Triple Jump; Personal Record at 41’ 1.75”)

Wed
24
May

Prairie du Chien Softball


The Prairie du Chien defense gets the Lancaster runner in a pickle. Unfortunately, the runner got back to third safely. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Hailee Lynn fields the ball and throws to first base for the out.

 

Flying Arrows 

edge Lady Hawks

Lancaster nipped visiting Prairie du Chien 8-7 in eight innings in a WIAA Division 3 regional quarterfinal Tuesday afternoon. 

Prairie took a 5-0 lead after three innings. They scored 2 runs in the second on 2 hits and an error. The Lady Blackhawks added 3 runs in the third on RBI singles by Rilee Wikan and Lauren Kennedy.

Wed
24
May

Crawford County Dairy Breakfast


The Steger family includes Terry, Harley the cow, Emily, Jessica, Zeke the dog, Tim and Char. (Photo submitted)

 

Steger family to host 2017 

Dairy Breakfast on June 3

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Saturday, June 3 is the morning of the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast, and the Steger family is glad to welcome everyone to their farm once again at 60724 Irish Ridge Road about three miles north of Prairie du Chien on Highway 27. 

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