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Wed
09
Sep

Asphalt scam hits area

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a possible asphalt scam in the area.

Sheriff Mike Tschirgi is urging residents to beware of door-to-door solicitors who offer to pave or repair your driveway or sidewalk at a substantially lower price than most contractors. Many times, the solicitors will arrive unannounced and offer a special discount for leftover asphalt, promising to apply a 3- to 4-inch asphalt base, when in fact they only put down a 1 or 2-inch base.

These actions are in violation of Iowa law and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office will investigate as such. If you have experienced a similar situation, write down the license plate number and contact the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Tschirgi provided some additional advice for those seeking driveway or sidewalk repairs:

•Obtain written estimates from multiple contractors and get in writing the terms of the contract.

Wed
09
Sep

Bloomington man dies in fall from ladder

A Bloomington man died Monday from injuries he sustained when he fell from a ladder three days earlier.

Law enforcement officials suspect cattle might have contributed to that fall.

Robert Mathre, 57, died Monday at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, according to a press release from the Grant County Sheriff's Department.

The release states that Mathre fell from a 24-foot ladder Friday while working at the Lonnie Holthaus farm on Pine Road in Mt. Ida Township. Mathre was fixing some fans he previously installed inside a free-stall barn, and “it is believed one of the cattle may have hit the ladder causing Mr. Mathre to fall,” the release states.

He was taken by ambulance to Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster and then airlifted to the hospital in Madison.

Wed
09
Sep

Teen dies after four wheeler strikes fence

An Iowa teenager died when he was thrown from an ATV near Guttenberg over the holiday weekend.

On Sunday, Sept. 6, at 3:04 a.m., the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of an ATV accident near 25094 Great River Road, about five miles north of Guttenberg on private property. Three subjects riding a four wheeler struck a fence, causing all three of the riders to be thrown from the ATV. A passenger, Kurtis Reidy, 16, of Winthrop, Iowa, was transported to the Guttenberg hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver, Tyler Schladetzky, 23, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was treated for minor injuries. A juvenile passenger was uninjured.

The Guttenberg Ambulance Service and Guttenberg Fire Department assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa DNR.

Wed
09
Sep

Carriage Classic brings dramatic equine driving to Prairie du Chien


Sharon Makurat of Whitewater, won the antique turnout class with a beautiful wicker phaeton vehicle pulled by a Welsh pony, Cynthia of Oxford, Mich.

On Sept. 11-13, many people from throughout the region are sure to attend the Midwest’s most elegant and lavishly appointed equine sport driving event, the Villa Louis Carriage Classic.

This year will mark the 35th anniversary of the Carriage Classic, which is held on the Villa Louis Historic Site on St. Feriole Island, 521 N. Villa Louis Road.

Some of the region’s finest horses and more than 100 new and restored carriages compete in a variety of arena and cross country events.

The Carriage Classic recalls the Villa Louis estate’s heyday as a farm for the breeding of horses for harness racing.

The Villa Louis—with much of the interior restored to its 1890s splendor—never looks better than during the late-summer equine classic.

Wed
09
Sep

Adjustments to Wauzeka-Steuben staff

A new year means new staff members and changes to positions for most school districts. New faces at Wauzeka-Steuben include (from left) Robert Sailer, interim district administrator; Tiffany Dums, interim district principal; Wanda Nettesheim, business teacher; Carrie Wilson-Smith, director of special education; and Chris Kapinus, director of buildings, grounds and transportation. Not pictured are Kim Jones and Tina Dryer, food service; and Kathy Oswald, bus driver. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Wed
09
Sep

New Prairie du Chien teachers

The new teachers in the Prairie du Chien School District include, front row, from left: Josh Rabbitt (social studies), Diane Scolburn (high school agriculture/FFA), Taylor Stanley (4-K teacher), Brenda Anderson (third grade teaching assistant), Jenni Severson (4-K teaching assistant), Becki Radloff (4-K teaching assistant), Jamie Thiry (Reading Interventionist) and Jason Thiry (Dean of Students). Back row: Hillary Day (B.A. Kennedy School Counselor), Courtney Ariss (BAK Special Education), Nina Grodt (high school social studies), Khloe Mlynarczyk (Bluff View math), Kari Oppriecht (kindergarten), Ken Quick (Trade Specialist), Nicole Schaefer (3-K teacher’s assistant), Brittany LaHaie (K-8 Spanish) and Karen Sjoberg (Dean of Students/District Communications). Not pictured are Christine Seeley (second grade), Amanda Love (Bluff View Teaching Assistant), Kellie Kramer (Mighty River secretary, high school), Tracie Kruempel (B.A.

Tue
08
Sep

Doris A. (Huggett) Spiller

 

Doris A. (Huggett) Spiller, 74, resident of Bethel Nursing Home Viroqua, died Friday Sept. 4, at the nursing home. 

Doris was born to Lorene Andrea (Hutson) and Floyd Wheaton Huggett, June 1, 1941.

Tue
08
Sep

Elaine R. Shedivy

 

Elaine R. Shedivy, 58, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Sept. 6, at Orchard Manor in Lancaster. 

She was born Feb. 16, 1957 with her twin brother Eli, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Harry and Mary (Mezera) Shedivy. Elaine was a lifetime member of St. Gabriel’s Parish and belonged to the Catholic Knights. She enjoyed greeting everyone who would pass her home on north Beaumont Road from her front porch. 

Wed
02
Sep

Soccer team victorious


Prairie's Andrew Waller heads up the soccer pitch Tuesday against the visiting Dodgers. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Chas Sagedahl (2) kicks the ball away from a Dodgville-Mineral Point player.

Prairie’s Nathan Specht (7) passes to an open Jon Dyer as Jack Stoeffler waits in the background.

The Blackhawks’ Andrew Waller chases down a Dodger in first half action.

 

Hawks down Dodgers for PdC soccer victory

It was a hot muggy night on the Bluff View soccer pitch Tuesday when the Prairie du Chien boys soccer team hosted the Dodgeville/Mineral Point Dodgers.  

The two teams had just met one week prior with Dodgeville overcoming a 2-0 Prairie lead for the win. Would tonight be a different story, that was the Blackhawk plan.  

Wed
02
Sep

Seneca, Ferryville to get high-speed Internet

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

What has become known as the Seneca-Ferryville Broadband Expansion Project is now underway and is designed to significantly increase Internet speed for numerous households in those areas of Crawford County. The project also has the potential to attract businesses to the Ferryville and Seneca areas.

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