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No fruit and veggie funds granted for B.A. Kennedy

By Correne Martin

Free and reduced meal recipients at B.A. Kennedy Elementary School in Prairie du Chien make up 60 percent of the student body. Yet, the school did not receive its USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grant for the 2016-2017 school year, as it has for the last four or five years. So administration and staff are reaching out to the community for contributions to better the lives of its 275 students in 3K through 1st grade.

“The state of Wisconsin is seeing an increase in applications for the grant as well as data regarding free and reduced percentages, and that makes the threshold for us to get in that much more difficult,” Principal Laura Stuckey said. “Maybe our free and reduced count wasn’t quite as high as it has been. We’ve been so spoiled by this the last few years so, to not have it, it’s certainly a disappointment.”


River Ridge Football

Blake Crubel (26) of River Ridge spins away from a would be tackler Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Timberwolves’ Brett Moravits gets to the outside for good yardage against the Miners.

Four River Ridge defenders make a tackle during Homecoming Friday night.

Tyler Millin (21) of River Ridge follows the blocking of Camron Mish (76) against Shullsburg.

The Timberwolves’ Ryan Redman stands the ballcarrier up and then takes him down.

Amiel Guerrero and another River Ridge defender make a tackle against Shullsburg.

River Ridge’s Cole Crubel looks for the receiver to break open Friday night.


Miners top 


Shullsburg spoiled River Ridge’s Homecoming 51-13 in a Six Rivers football game Friday night in Bloomington. 

The Miners scored 22 points in the first quarter, including a 3-yard touchdown run, a 7-yard TD pass and 2-point play, and a 27-yard TD run and 2-point run to take a 22-0 lead. 


Susan Mathews


Susan Mathews, 64, of Sugar Grove, passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of her family in the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 24, at Presence Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora, Ill.

She is survived by her mother, Betty Chojnacki; her loving husband of 34 years, Robert Mathews; two children: Brandon (Terri) Mathews and their children Josephine and Charles and Erin (Stephen) Hill and their son Kolton; one brother, Greg (Judy) Chojnacki; a sister Carol (Joe) Hill; many nieces and nephews and family of friends.


Odean Lydia Chunat


Odean Lydia Chunat, age 74, of Wauzeka passed away at Gundersen Luthern hospital in La Crosse on Sept. 23, after a brief illness.

Odean was the daughter of Melvin and Cyrina (Zabel) Chunat, both parents preceded her in death.

Odean was a life long resident of Wauzeka. She attended Wauzeka Public school and graduated in 1960. She held dear her memories of her school days, along with her special class mate Carol DuCharme. 


Evaline G. (Holliday) Hewitt


Evaline G. (Holliday) Hewitt of Menomonie, age 84, passed away Friday September 9, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Eau Claire.

She was born July 27, 1932, in Barnum, to Johnethy Blaine and Agnes Ella (Johnston) Holliday. She married Earl D. Hewitt on Dec. 14, 1949, in Prairie du Chien. She worked in retail and restaurant establishments, and with her husband and family on the farms near Sheldon and then Bloomer. In her free time, she enjoyed reading, quilting, knitting and crocheting and annual family trips to South Dakota and Wyoming.  


Flooding in Crawford County

These two engines, along with five other railroad cars derailed just north of Ferryville at approximately 5:45 a.m. Thursday. There were no injuries. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Volunteers filled sand bags in the village of Steuben near the flooded Kickapoo River Thursday morning.

The Kickapoo River was well over its banks at Steuben.

Sugar Creek Park at Ferryville was flooded.

Work was being done Thursday to repair damage to the southbound lane of Highway 35 north of Ferryville.

The Kickapoo River surrounds the Kickapoo River Museum at the dam in Gays Mills on Friday. The dam was completely under water. The river crested at 18.1 feet Friday. It was at 13.7 feet at 8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 26 and dropping. Flood stage at Gays Mills is 13 feet.

The view Friday, looking down main street in Gays Mills.

The bridge over the Kickapoo River at Gays Mills barely cleared the water Friday morning.

The community of Gays Mills was once again under water, as the Kickapoo River hit major flood stage, above 18 feet, over the weekend. Flood stage there is just 13 feet. Pictured is downtown Gays Mills. (Photo by Rebecca Eby)



Train derails, house slides off bluff, fatalities, widespread 

damage result from heavy rain

By Ted Pennekamp



Prairie Volleyball

Alexis Nolan of Prairie du Chien goes up for the block. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Brytta Sagedahl battles at the net against Katie Valeria of Dodgeville Tuesday night.

Kylee Weber pounds the ball back to the Dodgeville side while Caitlin Pattison (6) gets ready.

Emily Groom hits the ball past Katie Valeria of Dodgeville Tuesday night in SWC action.



defeat Lady Hawks

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks took on Dodgeville Tuesday night for Parents’ Night.  

The freshmen-sophomore team won the first set, really coming together as a team.  Then they lost the next two.   The varsity reserve went 3-0 over Dodgeville, showing great teamwork.  


Prairie Catholic pavilion, playground move is next week

Employees of various local contractors were working near the new pavilion site at St. Gabriel’s School Tuesday morning.

By Ted Pennekamp

Prairie Catholic School of Prairie du Chien, 515 N. Beaumont Rd., is in the process of moving their pavilion and playground. The pavilion and playground had to be relocated because of the construction of the new gymnasium, day care and office building, part of which remains under construction.

The pavilion has been set up in its new location south of the school, but work is still being done under and around it by various local contractors, said Father James Weighner.

Weighner also said that the relatively new playground equipment that the school owns will be reinstalled south of the school near the pavilion.


Meet historic people on annual Prairie du Chien cemetery tour

A “soldier and a widow” greet visitors at the Fort Crawford Military Cemetery.

“Joseph Rolette” at the old French Cemetery on County Highway K. (Submitted photo)

A memorial for John Lawler stands in the St. Gabriel's Cemetery.

It is fall, so it is time for the popular event sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Historical Society. Visiting Our Ancestors is a tour of Prairie du Chien’s six historic cemeteries.

On Saturday, Oct. 1, there will be a guided tour of Prairie du Chien’s six historic cemeteries, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Fort Crawford Museum. All will gather at the museum, then board vans to travel to the cemeteries, beginning with the Old French Cemetery and ending at the Brisbois Cemetery high above on the bluffs. At each cemetery, the costumed host of the tour will give a short history of the burying grounds and then she will introduce the resident.

The French Catholic Cemetery is the oldest cemetery still in existence in the state of Wisconsin and may be the oldest cemetery in the upper Mississippi Valley. Few of the graves are marked but much is known about the people who are buried there, beginning in 1816.


Rev. Janice “Jan” Rose Trautsch McGrath


Rev. Janice “Jan” Rose Trautsch McGrath, of Fredericksburg, Texas, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the age of 72 years. 


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