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Tue
03
Jan

Aileen Mary Hager

 

Aileen Mary Hager, 66, Luana, Iowa, passed away Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at her daughter’s home in Monona, Iowa. 

 

Tue
03
Jan

Joannie Carol Sheckler

 

A loving mother and grandma, Joannie Carol Sheckler, 83, of Prairie du Chien, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

 

Tue
03
Jan

John E. Noga

 

John E. Noga, 72, of Clayton, Iowa, passed away Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. 

 

Tue
03
Jan

Caroline Rita Schultz

 

Caroline Rita Schultz, 67, of Prairie du Chien, died on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at Mayo Hospital in La Crosse. 

 

Wed
28
Dec

Rosella Elizabeth “Toots” (Strauman) Scherlin

 

Rosella Elizabeth “Toots” (Strauman) Scherlin, 96, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Friday, Dec. 23, at Crossing Rivers Assisted Living, Prairie du Chien. 

 

Wed
28
Dec

Christmas assistance numbers down


Bags for one family sat ready to be picked up at the Prairie du Chien United Methodist Church, the site where the Salvation Army coordinates its annual Christmas program. The program benefits mostly children and some adults who can’t afford to buy Christmas gifts.

Winter clothing and toys were piled high on tables in the basement of Hoffman Hall during the Prairie du Chien Jaycees’ annual Crawford County Operation Santa distribution. Each year, children in need receive a warm winter hat and mittens, along with a toy and/or chamber dollars as part of the program. Each family also receives food items and coupons for free groceries to cook a Christmas dinner.

By Correne Martin

The bell ringers of the Salvation Army have retired to their cozy homes and the enterprise that is Operation Santa has disengaged for yet another year.

For 2016, the Salvation Army Christmas program served 63 families, including 179 children and 84 adults, according to coordinator Jen Kapinus. Each received gifts purchased and wrapped by sponsors. On Dec. 12, the sponsored families picked up their bags and boxes of gifts at the Prairie du Chien United Methodist Church. There were also 13 families that went unsponsored this year, but Kapinus said the 30 children within those families received gifts from Salvation Army’s remaining Red Kettle funds from bell ringing in 2015.

Wed
28
Dec

Man charged with showing sexually explicit material

An 18-year-old Wauzeka man was charged in Crawford County Circuit Court on Dec. 21 with 10 counts of exposing a child to harmful material.

If convicted, Tyler J. Gillitzer faces up to 3.5 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine for each count.

According to the criminal complaint, Gillitzer is charged with showing sexually explicit materials to high school students on his cell phone.

Wed
28
Dec

PdC Girls Basketball


Prairie du Chien’s Kylee Weber catches a pass versus Viroqua Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Lady Blackhawks’ Faith Dillman (34) fights for a loose ball versus Viroqua Tuesday in second-half action.

Prairie du Chien applies defensive pressure Tuesday afternoon against Viroqua.

Molly Mason gets good position and goes up for the shot under the basket.

Prairie du Chien’s Keya Welch drives to the hoop against the defense of Ally Stilwell of Viroqua Tuesday afternoon at Prairie du Chien High School.

 

Viroqua defeats 

Prairie du Chien

Viroqua defeated host Prairie du Chien 53-47 in a nonconference girls basketball game Tuesday afternoon.

Viroqua led 31-19 at the half. Prairie took the second half 28-22.

Gabby Ritchie pumped in 11 points to pace the Lady Blackhawks. Molly Mason added 10. Hope Meyer netted 9. 

Wed
28
Dec

New tower along Hwy. 27


A new telecommunication tower has been erected along Highway 27 south of Eastman, next to the Achenbach farm. Space on the tower is leased by NEIT and is likely to include cellular and Internet service.

By Correne Martin

Two new guyed telecommunication towers are in the works in Crawford County.

Cousins Steve Achenbach and David Byer recently formed a partnership, Hy-View Towers, LLC. Their first project is a new tower 310 feet tall, erected a few weeks ago near Achenbach’s farm along Highway 27 south of Eastman. According to Achenbach, space on the tower is currently leased to Northeast Iowa Telephone Company (NEIT), of Monona, Iowa.

The second tower, located off of Tavern Road in the village of Soldiers Grove, is not subject to county review. It’s 250 feet tall on Iverson Trust land and is also expected to benefit NEIT.

Achenbach couldn’t confirm details but said, through the lease, NEIT is looking to provide additional cellular service as well as high-speed Internet service to the area. Steve Hanson, NEIT’s director of business development, could not be contacted by press time to validate the carrier of either service.

Wed
28
Dec

Bluff View Builds CWD Kiosk


Bluff View technical education students who built a CWD drop-off kiosk are Lexi Petsche, Faith Meyer, Trevor Ziegler, Chandler Farmer and Chazz Farmer.

The CWD drop-off kiosk is in front of NCS Gunsmithing, Sales and Indoor Archery in Prairie du Chien.

Instructions are found on the kiosk.

 

Bluff View students build kiosk to 

collect samples in effort to fight CWD

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Bluff View Intermediate School Technical Education department, along with the school’s “Into the Outdoors” program have teamed up with the Wisconsin DNR to provide a service for Crawford and Grant County deer hunters.

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