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22
Aug

Badger Camp embraces the disabled for 50 years


Camp Director Katelyn Carr, or as she’s affectionately known by the campers, “Kaykay” shared a squeeze with Danny Haskamp, of Fennimore. He has been attending Badger Camp for about 20 summers and proudly met his girlfriend, Nancy Nelson, there.

Wisconsin Badger Camp staff help one of the handicapped adult campers get comfortable in a tube so he can utilize the outdoor pool. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Disney World aside, Wisconsin Badger Camp might be the happiest place on earth.

Delightful smiles and sincere hugs are as abundant as the natural surroundings at the rural Prairie du Chien outdoor retreat. They’re proof that individuals with disabilities, and their families, have embraced Badger Camp for the past 50 summers and will continue to appreciate it for the future.

In 1966, a group of parents, teachers and concerned citizens founded Southwest Badger Camp on the belief that there should be a place where developmentally-disabled people could enjoy camping and outdoor activities. That first summer, a total of 48 campers from six counties attended.

Mon
22
Aug

PdC Football Wins


Prairie du Chien’s Dylan Yeomans gets into the open field on the opening kickoff which he returned 54 yards to the Aquinas 34-yard line. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jacob Mallat follows the blocking of Dominic Wright (22) and Eric Nolan (56).

Dylan Yeomans races along the sideline after hauling in what would be a 52-yard pass.

Ethan Swiggum finds a big opening.

Dylan Yeomans looks for running room behind the blocking of Ethan Swiggum (5) and Dominic Wright (22).

A trio of Prairie du Chien defenders close in on the Aquinas ballcarrier.

Dominic Wright takes the hand-off from quarterback Jacob Mallat against visiting La Crosse Aquinas Friday night.

 

Blackhawks beat Blugolds 33-27 in overtime

By Zach Mara

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks opened up the 2016 Football Season on Friday night at home against the La Crosse Aquinas Blugolds. The game, dominated by offense, went back and forth all game long and the Blackhawks (1-0) won the game 33-27 in overtime.

Mon
22
Aug

Norma A. Welsch

 

Norma A. Welsch, 83, of Prairie du Chien passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 20, at Crossing Rivers Healthcare in Prairie du Chien. 

Wed
17
Aug

Decision to move Country on the River tabled

By Correne Martin

After five years on former agriculture land in Bridgeport, Country on the River is looking to relocate back to the beautiful park that is St. Feriole Island, which first hosted the music festival in 2010 and 2011. But, approval from the city of Prairie du Chien is needed before that can happen. Innumerable questions were asked of the festival owners during Tuesday night’s regular council meeting, before the common council chose to delay action on the request until its Sept. 20 meeting. Prior to that, a public comment opportunity will be held at the Sept. 6 council meeting. In the meantime, an ad hoc committee, appointed by the mayor, will negotiate terms for a possible agreement, with plans to report a proposal on Sept. 20.

Wed
17
Aug

Retired local veterinarian remembers his ‘hay’days


Dr. Robert Borne, a retired Crawford County veterinarian, fondly shared his herd health program logs as well as pictures and articles about his days on local farms. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Farmers in southwest Wisconsin tend to be a breed all their own. They’re the hard-working, easygoing kind who enjoy their animals, the countryside and a casual conversation of hogwash.

Retired large animal veterinarian Dr. Robert Borne, more fondly known by his former clients as “Doc,” knows farming families in the region all too well.

He grew up in Prairie du Chien and, like his two older brothers, was known locally for his sporting talents, even playing basketball at UW-Platteville.

“To me, life’s gotta be a challenge. Whether I was playing sports or not, I liked to lead people. I always wanted to be at the top of my class,” Borne said.

Wed
17
Aug

One block of Perry Street now one-way for school traffic

Marquette Road phase 2 pushed back again to 2018, still no word on Regal Marina

By Correne Martin

One block of Perry Street, between Beaumont Road and Prairie Street, will become one-way, from east to west, this week. The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved the change Tuesday night, upon a request from Holy Family Parish.

For the construction project at Prairie Catholic School, a new entrance was built along Perry Street where parents will drop off and pick up their children.

“We feel one-way traffic would make everything a little bit safer for the kids,” Father James Weighner told the council.

When asked if he’d spoken with the three homeowners on Perry Street about the reason for the parish’s request, Weighner said he’d been able to contact two of the three and believed their comments were positive.

Wed
17
Aug

Veterans program honors Civil War soldier in Bridgeport


(From left) Pastor Andy Doll, local historian Mary Antoine, the Civil War U.S. Army private’s great-great-granddaughter Dorothy Huotari and emcee/American Legionnaire Gary Gundlach attended a small program held in honor of Pvt. Garrett Butler at the Bridgeport Cemetery. (Submitted photo)

A small program was held Thursday, Aug. 11, for Civil War U.S. Army Pvt. Garrett Butler, who is buried in the Bridgeport Cemetery. The Crawford County Veterans Service Office coordinated the historically honorable event, which was attended by Butler’s great-great-granddaughter Dorothy Huotari, of Sun City, Ariz., among others.

Gary Gundlach emceed the program and Pastor Andy Doll delivered the invocation. Remarks were made by Huotari, Doll gave a closing prayer and military honors accorded by the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard completed the ceremony.

Prairie du Chien historian Mary Antoine shared the story of Butler’s life:

Garrett Butler was born in 1826 (exact date unknown) in Massachusetts. He came to Wisconsin and settled in Oakfield, where he was a farmer. He married widow Hannah Madison and, together, they had three daughters.

Wed
17
Aug

Crawford County Board


The Crawford County Board posed for a photo on the steps of the Administrative Building prior to the County Board’s regular meeting Tuesday morning. In the front row are: Mary Jane Faas, County Board Chairman Tom Cornford, County Clerk Janet Geisler, Mary Kuhn and Geri Kozelka. Middle row: Duane Rogers, Larry Kelley, Henry “Buzz” Esser, Greg Russell, Gari Lorenz and Wayne Jerrett. Back row: Derek Flansburgh, David Olson, Brad Steiner, Donald Stirling and Gerry Krachey. Kersten “Rocky” Rocksvold and Wade Dull were not present.

 

County Board may borrow up to $800,000 for capital improvements

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Board voted unanimously at its regular meeting Tuesday morning to give itself the authority to borrow up to $800,000 for various capital improvement projects. 

Mon
15
Aug

Free ‘Take a Deep Breath’ program to cover symptoms, therapies, proper management

By Correne Martin

A free educational program offering an overview of asthma symptoms, evaluations, therapy options and proper management will be offered to the public on Monday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Crossing Rivers Health George Family Education Center in Prairie du Chien.

Crossing Rivers’ Allergy, Asthma, Immunology Specialist Dr. John Moore will present information and demonstrations, alongside Respiratory Therapist/Certified Asthma Educator Sheila Schuety. Partners of Crossing Rivers Health is hosting the program.

What exactly is asthma and what does a person with the condition experience?

Mon
15
Aug

One arrested in theft cases, investigation continues

A local man was taken into custody in connection with multiple thefts from vehicles around the city of Prairie du Chien since the week of July 25, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

Investigations into the thefts were ongoing for weeks and, as a result of interviews with victims, witnesses and suspects, officers arrested Brandon Konicheck, 22, of Prairie du Chien, on Friday, Aug. 12. Police Chief Chad Abram said Konichek was taken to the Crawford County Jail, where he will face theft charges.

These cases remain open and under investigation. It is believed that further suspects may be involved. If the public has nay information regarding the thefts, contact the Prairie du Chien Police Department at 326-2421.

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