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John Arnold Williams


John Arnold Williams, 61, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, May 11, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien. 

He was born Feb. 10, 1955 in Platteville, the son of William and Bernice (White) Williams. He served in the US Army National Guard. John married Doris Barr on July 3, 1986 in Reno, Nev. He worked at 3M Company in Prairie du Chien for 35 years until his retirement. He was a talented carpenter and enjoyed hunting and fishing. John was always willing to help where needed; he was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather who will be sadly missed by all. 


Find all you need in ‘one stop’ at Johnson’s

At the newly remodeled Johnson’s One Stop in Seneca, third- and fourth-generation members of the Johnson family stand proudly in front of the new hardware counter, made with repurposed galvanized steel from the old feed mill that once stood where the store is today. Pictured (from left) are Brad, Debbie, Brandon, Artie and Jordan. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The scope of products and services at Johnson’s One Stop has evolved continually since it originally opened as a general store in Seneca in 1937. In fact, its most recent remodel, which began a year ago in May, was finished before Johnson’s annual spring sale this April.

Robert and Avis Johnson established Johnson’s One Stop nearly 80 years ago about one block north of where the current building stands today. When livestock feed became a big seller, in the early 1960s, the business moved to its present location, near a feed mill, and constructed a new facility on top of farm land. More emphasis was also put on hardware and farm hardware at that time.

In the late 1970s, the feed portion of the business was sold to allow for expansion of the growing hardware market. Then, in the late 1990s, as building materials sales grew, so did Johnson’s once again. Of course, all the while, groceries have been a strong part of the business as well.


Free bike safety education provided at Gundersen Clinic in time for summer

Lylian Kussmaul, River Yager, Shelby Schroeder, Zachary Ross, Taia Dressler and Robert Groom were the lucky winners of free bicycles, donated by Prairie Industries, at the Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic bike safety event May 4. About 50 local children attended and everyone went home with a prize. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic hosted a Healthy Living Program on bicycle safety Wednesday afternoon, May 4, from which local children took home knowledge about riding their bikes, prizes and, in the case of six participants, brand new bikes.

This year’s program featured Ashley Erickson, a Prairie du Chien police officer, who educated about 50 children ages 4-14 and their parents about using hand signals, wearing properly-fitting helmets, knowing the parts of a bicycle, understanding stop light rules, crosswalk safety, railroad safety and looking both ways before crossing the road, among other information.

Following Erickson’s presentation, the anxious bunch alleviated their energy by putting their knowledge and skills to work on a challenging bicycle course in the Gundersen parking lot. Each child was also correctly fitted with a new helmet.

Kids were also treated to popcorn, cotton candy, animal crackers and drinks.


Sex offender compliance check conducted in county

The U.S. Marshals, along with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry Program and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, conducted a residence verification operation for registered sex offenders.  

On April 20, deputies checked the addresses of 35 registered sex offenders in Crawford County. One was found to be non-compliant.  The Sex Offender Registry Program Specialist will investigate and make recommendations to the district attorney as necessary.

This initiative is part of the working relationship between the U.S. Marshals Sex Offender Investigations Branch and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registration Program which monitors all 24,187 Wisconsin Sex Offenders.  

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections maintains a database for the general public at


Prairie du Chien Soccer

Prairie’s Brytta Sagedahl (12) moves the ball upfield as a Platteville player closes in. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Lady Hawks’ Kylee Weber (1) tries to get the ball from Platteville. Renae Irvin (25) gets ready on defense.


PdC soccer team 

hosts Platteville

The Lady Hawks soccer team took on the Hillmen of Platteville Tuesday night, May 10 at Bluff View. 

Platteville started the game strong and made Prairie work hard to regain control the ball as they spread the field. The Hawks hustled the entire game but the more experienced Hillmen had some strong drives toward Prairie’s goal. Tajah Eades was in goal for Prairie and had 5 saves in the first half and 12 in the second. 


Prairie du Chien Softball

The throw was just a little too late as Kelsey Achenbach tries to tag out the La Crosse Aquinas runner at second base Monday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie center fielder Maria Skemp throws the ball to the infield after an Aquinas hit.

Left fielder Jaqueline LaHaie gets ready to fire the ball to third base against visiting La Crosse Aquinas Monday afternoon in nonconference action.

Kelly Check grabs the ball for the put out at first base versus La Crosse Aquinas.

Kelsey Achenbach smashes a double off the left field fence Monday afternoon.


Aquinas blanks Lady Blackhawks

La Crosse Aquinas blanked host Prairie du Chien 8-0 in a nonconference softball game Monday afternoon at Bluff View.

Aquinas scored a run in the top of the fourth inning, 3 in the sixth, and 4 in the seventh. 

Aquinas had 8 hits and committed no errors. Prairie had 2 hits and committed 1 error. 


Ryan James Cowell


Ryan James Cowell, 32, of Claremont, died Saturday, May 7, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. The Donate Life flag was flown at St. Mary’s on Monday in memory of Ryan who gave the gift of life by being an organ donor.

Ryan was born Dec. 27, 1983 in Prairie du Chien, the son of Lisa Hein and Jeff Cowell. They moved to Owatonna where Ryan attended Triton School in Dodge Center. He worked for the 49ers and laborer’s union working as a lift operator and tender. He was currently employed at Northland. Ryan was also a volunteer fireman and past chief of the Claremont Fire Department.


Top two seniors at River Ridge named

Valedictorian Austin Morrow and Salutatorian Bo Kluesner

River Ridge High School has announced that Austin Morrow is the valedictorian and Bo Kluesner is the salutatorian for the Class of 2016.

Austin is the son of Joe and Jody Morrow, of Mt Hope. Austin is an active member of his school and community. He is involved in Future Business Leaders of America, National Honors Society, science club, Spanish club, Friends Helping Friends, choir and student council. He also has participated in Missoula Children’s Theatre for two years and assisted in fundraising for post prom.

Throughout his high school career, Austin has taken two AP courses, including AP history and AP literature.

Aside from his regular classes, the class that has had the most impact on Austin was choir. He believes choir taught him things that he would never be able to learn in an ordinary class: confidence, leadership and creativity. In his free time, Austin likes to draw, take photos and listen to music.


River Ridge Baseball

The Timberwolves' Dylan Hazen pitches with a Black Hawk runner in scoring position in the opening game of a twinbill. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge’s Ben Ertz dives safely into third base in the first game against visiting Black Hawk Friday afternoon. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Ben Ertz scores against Black Hawk. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Ryan Redman gets back to first base safely on a pick-off attempt by Black Hawk. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge’s Preston Clark eludes the tag on a close play at the plate against visiting Black Hawk in the first game of a doubleheader Friday. (Photo by Alison Hein)

Preston Clark scores on the play at home. (Photo by Alison Hein)

Gavin Steiber gets one of River Ridge’s 16 hits in the opener of a twinbill versus Black Hawk Friday afternoon. (Photo by Alison Hein)

River Ridge’s Ben Ertz blasts a home run in the opening game versus Black Hawk. (Photo by Alison Hein)



Ridge boys 

sweep Black Hawk

River Ridge swept visiting Black Hawk in a twinbill in high school baseball action Friday afternoon. 

The Timberwolves took game one 14-4 in six innings. 


Seneca man faces a 5th offense OWI

A 43-year-old Seneca man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth or sixth offense), and one count of operating while revoked.

Scott P. McDaniel faces up to seven years in prison and $12,500 in fines if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, McDaniel was stopped by a Crawford County Sheriff’s Department deputy on Highway 171 in Gays Mills on April 7 at about 2:50 a.m. because he was driving with at least half of the vehicle across the center line.

McDaniel told the deputy he had a lot to drink, according to the complaint. He was subsequently arrested and taken to Crossing Rivers Health for a blood draw.

McDaniel has previously been convicted of OWI four times, once in the state of Iowa and three times in Wisconsin, according to the complaint.


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