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24
Jan

Spahn & Rose Foundation awards grant for chamber addition

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce has been pondering the idea of adding to its facility for the purposes of a community/conference center, observation deck and a wrap-around walkway. With a recent $5,000 grant from the Spahn & Rose Foundation, the chamber has now reached over 70 percent of its project costs. Spahn & Rose has been in business since 1904 and is headquartered in Dubuque, Iowa. The Prairie du Chien lumber yard has been in town since 1991 and at its current location since 2005. Every year, the Spahn & Rose Foundation donates to nonprofit organizations in the communities that are home to its 24 lumber yards. According to Brent Posten, Prairie du Chien’s general manager, this is the first time any entity from Prairie du Chien has ever applied for the grant. Chamber CEO Bob Moses said he expects the project to utilize Spahn & Rose materials during the construction process. Moses said the goal is for groundbreaking to happen in April.

Wed
24
Jan

Fame achieved by people with Crawford County connections

Rachel Mergen

Numerous men and women of various fame were born and raised in Crawford County. Others simply spent time in the local communities at some point in their lives. There are certainly more than just seven such individuals, but what follows is a cross-section of those with local connections who are known across the country and, in some cases, the globe.

Barbara Bedford
Barbara Bedford, born as Violet May Rose in the Prairie du Chien and Eastman area, was a silent film actress, who appeared in many films. Her long list of film appearances included in the “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Tumbleweeds” and “Cradle of Courage.”

Wed
24
Jan

Prairie du Chien Olympian featured on own trading card

Prairie du Chien’s Matt Antoine is among the athletes who will be part of TOPPS latest set of Olympic trading cards, which will be issued Friday. TOPPS has been the official trading card partner for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams since 2012, and this year’s set will showcase a record 50 athletes who represent the country.

Each hobby box of 2018 Topps U.S. Olympics & Paralympic Hopefuls includes one autographed card and two relic cards, which feature a piece of Team USA apparel worn by the athlete.

Fans can have a chance to find autographs from athletes such as Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller, Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, take place Feb. 9-25, and Antoine’s events will be Feb. 15-17.

Wed
24
Jan

Prairie versus Onalaska


Gavin Gillitzer turns the corner and drives the left baseline in the first half versus visiting Onalaska Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Mason Kramer drives for a score Tuesday night.

Mark Welter scores on a layup.

Hunter Davis gets the ball down low and gets ready to go up for the basket.

 

Prairie boys 

lose to Onalaska

The Prairie du Chien High School boys basketball team hosted sixth-ranked Onalaska in a Tuesday night nonconference tilt.

The game started out close but Onalaska pulled away for a 47-34 win over feisty Prairie du Chien.

Onalaska increased their record to 12-1 overall. They are 6-0 in the Mississippi Valley Conference. 

Wed
24
Jan

Haugen to Retire

 

Longtime Crawford County Agent to retire

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Longtime Crawford County Agent Vance Haugen will soon be retiring. In fact, Vance, who has worked for more than 26 years in the UW Extension Office in Crawford County, will officially retire on Jan. 31.

Wed
24
Jan

Richard C. Stark

A longtime Prairie du Chien businessman, Richard C. Stark, 82, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Mayo Health System, in La Crosse, following a brief illness. 

Tue
23
Jan

Janet Mary (Hampton) Kirschbaum

 

Janet Mary (Hampton) Kirschbaum, 51, died surrounded by her loving family, after a valiant two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer, at Crossing Rivers Health on Monday, Jan. 22, in Prairie du Chien.

 

Tue
23
Jan

Richard “Dick” LeRoy Dagnon

 

Richard “Dick” LeRoy Dagnon, of Prairie du Chien, formerly of Platteville, died Jan. 18, at the age of 78. 

 

Mon
22
Jan

PdC council approves continued agreement for SMRT Bus management

By Correne Martin

In October, the SMRT Bus Service, for which Prairie du Chien is a grant sponsor, began to serve a fourth county. More specifically, it added a route between La Crosse and Tomah/Sparta, connecting Monroe County to the corridor of Crawford, Vernon and La Crosse counties. So now, a passenger could essentially ride from Prairie du Chien to Tomah (or to Viroqua or La Farge) and back for $6 (Monday through Friday).

According to SMRT’s website (ridesmrt.com), the focus of this regional bus transit service is for commuters, elderly and disabled residents, the general public and potential tourism related travel. Each time you board the bus you pay only $3 one way, no matter how far you ride.

Mon
22
Jan

Car goes down embankment

On Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 5:20 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle accident on Quarry Road in Freeman Township with minor damage and no injuries.

Gregory R. E. Gens, 67, Ferryville, was traveling north on Quarry Road in a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The Gens vehicle was negotiating a sharp curve when it started to slide on the snow-covered and slippery roadway. The Gens vehicle slid across the southbound lane of traffic, continued off the left side of the roadway, went down a small embankment, struck a tree with the driver’s side door area and came to rest.

Gens claimed no injuries on scene.

Assisting at the scene was Scott’s Towing of Ferryville.

The Gens vehicle was pulled out and was able to be driven from the scene.

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