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Wed
30
Jan

Everyone encouraged to take steps to stay safe in extreme cold

Dangerously low temperatures have arrived, and Crawford County Health and Human Services wants to remind residents to take steps to be safe and stay warm.  

“Freezing temperatures, wind chills, and winter storms can cause hypothermia, frostbite, and even death,” said Cindy Riniker, Health Officer. “The best way to stay safe during extreme cold is to be prepared.”

In the 2017-2018 winter season, 38 people died from exposure to extreme cold. To protect yourself and your family during extreme cold, follow these safety tips:

•Stay inside. When possible, stay indoors.

Wed
30
Jan

Crash causes power outage in part of Eastman

On Sunday, Jan. 27, at 7:43 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash on S. Water Street in the village of Eastman.

Dylan M. Krachey-Yahn, 21, Eastman, was operating a 2000 Ford F 250 southbound on S. Water Street from Sheridan Road when he lost control of his truck and struck a utility pole. 

Wed
30
Jan

Come give your input about PdC rental needs

By Correne Martin

All current and potential renters as well as first-time or single-family homebuyers in the Prairie du Chien area are urged to attend a Renters Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 5:30 p.m., in the city hall community room. By simply registering at the 60-90-minute session, people will have their names put into a drawing for $50 cash. 

The forum goal is for regional developers to identify renter needs regarding how tenant offerings can be improved and fulfilled throughout the area. 

Wed
30
Jan

Coldest air in decades


Prairie du Chien was pretty quiet Tuesday and Wednesday, with a weather warning in effect for record-breaking, dangerous cold through Thursday, Jan. 31, at noon. But Morgan Stifel was out mid-afternoon Tuesday, braving -2oF degree temperatures and -20oF wind chills, as he walked to his home on Marquette Road. Stifel said he moved here in the 1990s and has never seen the air quite so raw as it’s been this week. According to the National Weather Service at La Crosse, the region hasn’t seen wind chills in the 50-below-zero range since Feb. 2-3, 1996. (Photo by Correne Martin)

State of emergency declared, closures are widespread

By Correne Martin

Wisconsin is in a state of emergency, as declared by Gov. Tony Evers Monday, in response to ongoing dangerous wind chills predicted to reach 45 to 60 degrees below zero Tuesday through Thursday. 

Warming centers are available in Crawford County upon request, according to the emergency management and public health offices. The two entities team up to manage the centers upon request for as many as 24 hours a day if necessary. Emergency Management Director Jim Hackett said, to request a warming center Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., contact the public health department at 326-0229. Outside of normal business hours, requests should be made by contacting the county communications center at 326-8414.

Wed
30
Jan

A half century of Prairie du Chien wrestling


The 1969-1970 Prairie du Chien High School wrestling team was, front row: R. Dyer, J. Brown, B. Stuart, J. Kramer, J. Howe, M. McWilliams, P. Stark, B. Lorenz and J. Weber. Second row: C. Miller, J. Key, B. Harris, G. Achenbach, D. Schilter, T. Fischer, D. Horkeimer, J. McKillip, B. Hazen, M. Dickey, K. Kuckenbecker, R. Lathrop, G. Benish, R. Seeley, Coach Paul Bebow and M. Erdenberger.

Coach Paul Bebow shares a moment with 145-pound state qualifier Bob Seymour. Seymour took fourth at the 1972 State Tournament.

Mike Lenzendorf’s arm is raised as the Division 2 State Champion at 275 pounds to cap a 44-0 2004-2005 season.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Prairie du Chien High School wrestling is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season, having begun during the 1969-1970 school year after interest in the sport grew over the previous few years. The program has had several highlights over the years and is continuing to build a tradition of success.

Wed
30
Jan

River Ridge Dance Team advances to state


The River Ridge Dance Team performs at the regional in Watertown on Saturday. (Photo submitted)

 

On Saturday, Jan. 25, the River Ridge Dance Team attended the Southern Regional Dance competition held by WACPC in Watertown, Wis. 

The past week was hard to get practice in with the weather and having to cancel practices, and with games being postponed. The team was able to practice a couple times during the week and picked up an extra performance during an eighth-grade basketball game so that they could get one more performance in before competing.

Wed
30
Jan

Prairie grapplers win Hustisford Invitational


Senior Grant Martin puts the squeeze on a headlock in a semifinal match against his Whitewater opponent.

Senior Chase Watson puts the hurt on his Whitewater opponent in the finals. Watson would win by fall.

 

On Saturday, Jan. 26, the PDC matmen traveled to Hustisford for the 34th Annual Hustisford Invitational. 

This invite has 14 teams competing. The Blackhawks would have a great tournament, securing 34 individual wins against 11 losses, and crowning six champions. PDC, as a team, scored 263.5 points. Whitewater finished second with 187 points and Johnson Creek third with 157 points. The grapplers placed as follows:

106# Nick Mara: 4th

Wed
30
Jan

PdC wrestlers fall to Lancaster


Junior Jerrod Osterkamp works a front headlock from his feet. Osterkamp would score a reversal with seconds left for a 2-1 victory.

Senior Reid Koenig applies heavy pressure on his ride. Koenig would win with an 8-2 decision.

 

Lancaster High School was the host for a winner take all dual on Friday, Jan. 25. In a battle to determine who would be crowned outright SWC Champs, two highly ranked teams would lock horns. Lancaster came into the match with a 13-0 overall record and a ranking of #5 in D3. PDC came into the dual with a 15-1 overall record and a ranking of #6 in D2. Something had to give.

Tue
29
Jan

Ronald R. Mullikin

Ronald R. Mullikin, 87, of Wauzeka, passed away on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, surrounded by his family.  

He was born on Sept. 1, 1931, in Bell Center, the son of Gilbert and Gladys (Peak) Mullikin. He was an Army, Korean Conflict Veteran.  

He is survived by three sons and a daughter, Steve Mullikin of Boscobel, Bryan Mullikin of Gays Mills, Terry Mullikin (fiancée Kellie Ronnfeldt) of Boscobel, and Lori Anderson of McGregor, Iowa; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three brothers,Virgil (Marion) Mullikin of Waldo, Gary Mullikin of Waukesha and Kenneth Mullikin of Waukesha.  

Tue
29
Jan

Marlys Marie Mason

Marlys Marie Mason passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at the age of 87, at Noel Manor in Verona. 

She was born in Lone Elm, Kan., on Feb. 2, 1931, the daughter of Ralph Bynum and Frances Wilma Lewis. 

She attended the University of Kansas and obtained her nursing degree. After meeting her husband, James Mason, in San Diego, they returned to Wisconsin to settle in Bagley. Marlys worked at several hospitals in the area, retiring as director of nursing at the Lancaster Nursing Home. In her free time, she and Jim enjoyed time spent on their houseboat while on the Mississippi River and also spent their winters in Florence, Ariz.

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