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Wed
07
Jun

Mount Horeb defeats Prairie du Chien


Prairie du Chien’s Andrew Waller scores in the second inning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Nolan Stram gets a good jump off of second base and heads to third versus Mount Horeb Tuesday afternoon.

The Blackhawks’ Chas Sagedahl gets ready to let one fly versus Mount Horeb.

Prairie first baseman Andrew Waller gets the Mount Horeb runner to stop between third and home. The base runner was driven back to third base.

Centerfielder Cory Check makes a catch against Mount Horeb at the Evansville Sectional.

Prairie du Chien’s baseball season came to an end in the Evansville Sectional Tuesday afternoon after the top seeded Vikings of Mount Horeb defeated the top seeded Blackhawks 6-4 in a WIAA Division 2 contest.

Mount Horeb scored 2 runs in the top of the first inning to grab a 2-0 lead. 

The lead wouldn’t last for long as Prairie du Chien scored 4 times in the bottom of the second to go up 4-2. 

Mon
05
Jun

Wyalusing State Park is 100


Wyalusing State Park celebrated its 100th anniversary on Saturday by hosting several events for the public. Above, Martin Meitner enjoys some fishing fun on Saturday. No fishing licenses were needed for free fishing weekend which the Wisconsin DNR has every year. (Photos by Randy Paske of the Friends of Wyalusing State Park)

Courtney O’Connor and Meghyn Breuer tour through the “Touch of the Wild” exhibit.

 

Wyalusing State Park celebrates 100th Anniversary

Wyalusing State Park hosted its 100th anniversary celebration on Saturday with several events for the public to enjoy.

There was an open house and free admission with activities for the whole family including nature hikes, children’s games, a 5K trail walk, history and park presentations, free fishing fun, a “Touch of the Wild” exhibit and music.

Mon
05
Jun

MOOving around the farm


Cute kids covered in ice cream make for adorable pictures like no “udder.” After working hard to lick his delicious Culver’s custard before it melted, this little sweetheart gave up the messy cone and opted for licking the cream from his hands at the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast Saturday, June 3. Find more photos on page 5. (Photos by Correne Martin)

John Gillitzer seemed an expert in the “field” of perfecting pancake batter circles onto the griddle.

Those attending the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast, Saturday, at the Steger family farm in rural Prairie du Chien were greeted by Lil Miss Squirt Grace Callahan (right) and her attendant Rita Sime. Then, they were treated to a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, cheese, pudding and milk.

Afterward, visitors could visit the cows and calves, enjoy dairy treats, visit informational booths or otherwise just enjoy the morning on the farm.
Mon
05
Jun

Wyalusing State Park Gets Naturalist

 

Wyalusing State Park gets naturalist

Many programs to be offered for spring, summer, fall

By Ted Pennekamp

 

After several years, Wyalusing State Park near Prairie du Chien will again have a naturalist. The park is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and is continually striving to improve. 

Mon
05
Jun

State Track Meet


Allison Oswald gets over a hurdle in the 300-meter hurdles in Division 3 competition at the State Track and Field Meet Friday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Eric Nolan lets fly in the Division 2 shot put Saturday afternoon.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Tatem Baures competes in the 3200-meter run Friday morning at the State Track and Field Meet in La Crosse. Baures also ran in the 1600.

Prairie du Chien senior Evan Teynor clears a hurdle in the 300-meter high hurdle preliminaries Friday afternoon at the State Track and Field Meet.

River Ridge’s Taylor Langmeier passes the baton to Riley Klein during the 3200 relay Saturday morning at the University of La Crosse.

 

Area athletes at 

State Track Meet

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Several athletes from area schools competed in the Wisconsin State High School Track and Field Championships at the University of La Crosse Friday and Saturday. 

Mon
05
Jun

Grant County Dairy Breakfast on the farm once again Sunday, June 11


Todd Fischer (right) and his son Marty, along with the whole Fischer family, will welcome people to their farm at 10690 Maine Rd., Bagley on Sunday, June 11, for the Grant County Dairy Breakfast. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

By Rachel Mergen

 

The Lancaster FFA Alumni are changing their Grant County Dairy Breakfast tradition this year. They are moving it from the Lancaster fairgrounds, where the breakfast has occurred for over a decade, to a Bagley farm. Todd and Julie Fischer and family will host this event, one which may begin the return of the on-farm tradition, on Sunday, June 11, from 7 a.m. to noon.

 

Mon
05
Jun

St. Mary’s Academy and College placed on the State Register of Historic Places

The Wisconsin Historical Society placed St. Mary’s Academy and College, in Prairie du Chien, on the State Register of Historic Places on May 19.

St. Mary’s Academy and College was significant as an all-female Catholic school between 1872 and 1961. St. Mary’s was one of the only Catholic girls’ schools operating in the region during the late 19th century and drew students from throughout the Midwest, particularly Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. In 1913, the school became the first four-year Catholic college for women established in Wisconsin. St. Mary’s College relocated to Milwaukee in 1929 (with the new name Mount Mary College), but the complex in Prairie du Chien continued to serve as a preparatory high school for girls until 1961.

Mon
05
Jun

Drowning indicated in autopsy


The Highway 82 Lansing bridge approach was repaired late last week after it eroded May 30, causing a fatal car accident. Crawford County Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock said the county hauled in heavy riprap Thursday, June 1, installed new guardrail Friday morning, and reopened that stretch of roadway by midday Friday. (Photos by Dennis Pelock)

County personnel worked hard to get the stretch of road reopened to the public.

BRIDGE APPROACH REOPENED

The victim of last week’s bridge washout, James Walleser, 59, of Lansing, Iowa, died as a result of drowning, according to autopsy results received by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department late last week.

Walleser was driving to work in his 2000 Jeep and heading east on the Highway 82 bridge when part of the approach span eroded and washed away into the Mississippi River on May 30. His vehicle became completely submerged in the river, which was 40 feet deep, reports said.

The La Crosse Dive Team and Milo’s Towing Service pulled the vehicle from the water. Walleser was pronounced dead at the scene.

Walleser’s funeral service was held Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lansing, Iowa. An obituary is available at the Thornburg-Grau Funeral Service website (graufuneralhomes.com).

Mon
05
Jun

PdC native, former curatorial assistant, named Villa Louis manager


Josh Wachuta officially started his duties as Villa Louis site manager on Friday, June 2. He will work part-time through December, until he finishes his dissertation, and then he will become full-time.

By Correne Martin

A fresh, but familiar, face is fulfilling the Villa Louis site manager role.

Josh Wachuta, born and raised in Prairie du Chien, and a former Villa staff member, officially started in the manager’s position Friday, June 2. He will work under Susan Caya-Slusser, Wisconsin Historical Society southwest sites regional director.

Wachuta first started employment at the Villa Louis as a guide for a couple years in high school. He then went to college at UW-La Crosse and eventually returned to the local historic site as a curatorial assistant for a few more years before heading off to graduate school at Loyola University Chicago.

Thu
01
Jun

EDITORIAL: Reporting hometown tragedy all too real

By Correne Martin

It was a scene similar to those you only view on the nightly television news. A school bus crunched up off the road, and emergency personnel hurrying to pull kids out for medical attention. Frantic parents wander about searching for their own children. Stunned onlookers stand aside, talking about the injured and guessing at what happened.

As a 13-year community journalist, I’ve witnessed so many accidents of varying degrees of gravity that I’ve lost count. I’ve chronicled and photographed fatalities involving Amish buggies, semis blasting through a home or down an embankment into the woods, motorcycles, tractors and one particular rollover in which I believe a greater power saved lives.

But this accident, the one a few miles down County P from River Ridge High School Tuesday afternoon, has particularly broken my heart. Young children were injured and, as of press time, the full extent of those injuries isn’t yet clear.

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