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Wed
27
Dec

CarpFest to culminate with another famous Droppin’ of the Carp


The Droppin’ of the Carp is happening for the 17th time this year in Prairie du Chien on New Year’s Eve. The festivities take place at Lucky Park downtown, from 8 p.m. to midnight, when the iconic frozen carp is dropped. (File photo)

The temperatures are frigid, but the fun and games won’t be this weekend as Prairie du Chien hosts its annual CarpFest.

A euchre tournament is offered Thursday, Dec. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hoffman Hall, while open gym and swim every day this week, also from 1 to 4 p.m. at the rec center.

But the big day is Sunday, Dec. 31.

Wed
27
Dec

Local man invents spot weld chisel tool


Matt Finn stands in the shop at Rick’s Auto Body. (Submitted photos)

Pictured is Finn’s manufactured spot weld chisel.

Here is the tool Matt originally invented out of an old bed frame section.

Matt and his wife Carissa posed for a picture on their wedding day in front of the Ford Model A.

Matt Finn can now include “inventor” on his list of accomplishments. Finn, a 2002 graduate of Southwest Tech’s auto collision repair program, created the Spot Weld Chisel, a repair tool designed for use on automobiles. The tool became available for purchase in October.

According to Finn, who lives in Prairie du Chien, the idea for this tool came to him about 10 years ago. He had purchased a 1931 Ford Model A that he wanted to transform into a hot rod.

Wed
27
Dec

PdC Girls Basketball


Prairie's Brytta Sagedahl gets past the Crestwood defender and pulls up for a shot. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Hope Meyer (44) of the Lady Blackhawks sets a screen for Molly Mason (20) Thursday night.

Prairie du Chien’s Ella Hager lines up a 3-pointer versus Crestwood Thursday night.

Prairie’s Molly Mason (20) applies full court pressure against visiting Crestwood Thursday night in a nonconference game.

McKenna Keeney eyes the hoop in first-half action versus Crestwood.

Gabby Ritchie shoots in the lane Thursday night against Crestwood.

 

Crestwood 

tops Prairie girls

Crestwood defeated host Prairie du Chien 70-43 in a nonconference girls basketball game Thursday, Dec. 21.

Crestwood built a 42-22 halftime lead and then outscored the Lady Blackhawks 28-21 in the second half.

Tue
26
Dec

Damien Xavier Redman Hoeper

 

Damien Xavier Redman Hoeper, 15, of Glen Haven, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 21. 

He was born on April 16, 2002, the son of Kurt and Lindsey (White) Hoeper. Damien was in the sophomore class at River Ridge High School where he excelled in academics, football and solving Rubik’s cubes. He was a mass server at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington. Damien enjoyed swimming, playing mine craft, and shooting pool. He had an infectious smile and huge personality that always lit up the room. Damien dearly loved being with his family.

Tue
26
Dec

Darleen Lasse Johnston

 

Darleen Lasse Johnston, 88, of Gays Mills, died on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care in Viroqua.

 

Tue
26
Dec

Clement F. Ryan

 

Clement F. Ryan, 75, of Box Elder, S.D., died on Dec. 18. 

 

He was born on Aug. 16, 1942, in Prairie du Chien, to Clement Ryan and Merle (Davis) Ryan.

 

Tue
26
Dec

Richard W. Hein

 

Richard W. Hein, 83, of Owatonna, Minn., and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, Dec. 21, at his home surrounded by his family. 

 

He was born Nov. 14, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Milton and Virginia (Donner) Hein. Richard farmed most of his life in Clayton County, Iowa. 

Tue
26
Dec

Nancy L. Patzner

 

Nancy L. Patzner, 79, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Care and Rehab Center in Boscobel, following an extended illness. 

 

Wed
20
Dec

Center for Specialty Care opens at Crossing Rivers Health


The Crossing Rivers Health Center for Specialty Care is now open to patients in a new, expanded location on the second floor of Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. The center offers urology, orthopedics, gynecology, ENT, podiatry, allergy and asthma, sleep medicine and behavioral health services. (Submitted photo)

The ribbon is cut, and the Crossing Rivers Health Center for Specialty Care is now open to patients in a new, expanded location on the second floor of the Crossing Rivers Health medical center in Prairie du Chien.

Upon completion of the construction of the medical center in 2015, space was left unfinished on the second floor and reserved for future growth opportunities. In June this year, Crossing Rivers began the work to finish this space, which is now home to a growing list of specialty care providers, including urology, orthopedics, gynecology, ENT, podiatry, allergy and asthma, sleep medicine and behavioral health.

Wed
20
Dec

Tree stands, trail cameras stolen in town of Millville

The Grant County Crimestoppers are seeking information about a theft in Millville Township that happened sometime over the past month and a half.

According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, sometime between Nov. 2 and Dec. 15, an unknown individual trespassed on 100 acres on Military Ridge Road in Millville Township. Stolen were two ladder tree stands and one climbing tree stand. Two Moultrie trail cameras were also taken.

The sheriff’s department has no suspects at this time. The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (608) 723-2157 or Grant County Crimestoppers at (800) 789-6600.

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