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Wed
01
Apr

Four candidates run for two River Ridge board seats

Compiled by Correne Martin

The River Ridge School District has two seats up for election on April 7—one currently held by Bob Key, who chose not to re-run, and the other held by Bob Mathre, who did not advance past the February primary election. Four district residents are running for the two spots. Each of the candidates was recently asked to respond to the same set of provided questions:

Wed
01
Apr

Downsized referendum presented to River Ridge voters

By Correne Martin

The taxpayers of the River Ridge School District will decide, in an April 7 referendum, where the district is headed and how it’s going to get there. On the spring ballot, voters will be asked to approve a $9.9 million facility referendum that would create one PreK-12 campus at the Patch Grove site. Doing so would include remodeling and renovation projects, ADA modifications, HVAC replacement, a gym addition, a safe and secure entrance as well as other improvements and upgrades.

Since the unsuccessful, $13 million Nov. 4 referendum, the school board has downsized its budget by $3.1 million. It is no longer asking for the track and football field to be relocated to Patch Grove; they will remain in Bloomington. It is no longer including the parking lot and ag shop additions either. The secure entrance/office addition has been reduced by 1,000 square feet also.

Tue
31
Mar

Donald J. Zimmerman

 

Donald J. Zimmerman, 86, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, at home. 

Tue
31
Mar

Catharine Lechnir Daugherty

 

Catharine Lechnir Daugherty, 88, of Fairfield Glade, Tenn., formally of Jefferson City, Tenn., died March 30, of natural causes. “For every end no matter how tragic, there will be a new beginning.”

Mon
30
Mar

Missing man found dead

WOODMAN—On March 21, at 6:01 p.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a body was located in the woods near the Cozy Acres Trailer Court, not far from the Wisconsin River, in Woodman Township. Several people were out walking in the woods looking for deer antlers, when they noticed a body in the brush near a tree.

Deputies from the sheriff’s office responded, along with a detective from the Wisconsin Criminal Investigation Unit to investigate the scene. After an investigation and identification by family members, it was determined the body was that of missing person William Swatek. Swatek, 49, was last seen just before Christmas 2014.

It was determined that Swatek died from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. This case is now closed and the sheriff’s office would like to thank all those who were looking for Swatek during the past few months.

Mon
30
Mar

Austin produces maple syrup in homage to his father’s sweet dreams


The most recent product of Austin’s Rush Creek Farm is its homemade maple syrup—which Brian Austin proudly shows here—in addition to their popular dilly beans, pickled beets, jams and jellies. (Photos by Correne Martin)

After the bags are about half full of sap from numerous maple trees, Brian collects the results and then transports the sap back to his cooker, where the syrup making begins.

Brian skims froth from the top of a pan of boiling sap.

By Correne Martin

Three years ago, Brian Austin set out to fulfill the sweet dreams of his late father, who always had a deep yearning for Brian to produce maple syrup. The first jar of his creation, aptly labeled Dad’s Dream, was capped in 2013, seven years after Brian’s dad passed away. He made only one gallon that first year of production.

“I just started talking to people at farmers markets and reading up on how to do it,” Brian said, noting that his dad’s desires stemmed from growing up on his father’s sugarbush farm in northern Vermont, where the family patriarch made maple syrup too. Now, Brian is quite proud that the Austin family tradition has come full circle. And he’s pleased with the results of his growing operation as well.

Wed
25
Mar

State Wrestling Qualifiers


Qualifying for the State Meet in Madison on March 27 and 28 are, front row: Irelynd Cejka, Audrey Watson, Bradyn Saint, Sheyanne Ronnfeldt, Brogan Brewer and Rhett Koenig. Back row: Traeton Saint, Reid Koenig, Colten Wall, Luke Wright, Jerrod Osterkamp and Tyler Smock.

 

Youth wrestlers earn trip to the State Wrestling Meet

On Saturday, March 21, 23 wrestlers from the Prairie Youth Wrestling Club wrestled at the USA State Qualifier in Westby and Mineral Point.  These sites are two of the eight sites from all over Wisconsin.  To qualify for the State Meet in Madison, a wrestler has to place in the top two of his/her weight class. In addition to the State Qualifiers, six other wrestlers also medaled at the Qualifier, placing third or fourth.

Wed
25
Mar

Wauzeka-Steuben Athletic Awards


Several Wauzeka-Steuben varsity basketball players were honored at the end of the season. Senior exchange student Marti Joaquin-Lluis (left) earned the Hornet Award. Jeramiah Huber (second), Jonah Huber (fourth), and Turner Krachey (far right) each earned Ridge and Valley All-Conference Honorable Mention. Hunter Slaght (center) earned the Captain Award.

After a highly successful girls’ basketball season that culminated in a Ridge and Valley Conference title, Wauzeka-Steuben Coach Ben McCullick was honored as the Ridge and Valley Conference Coach of the Year. Seniors Lexi Bird and Kelsey Kapinus were named team captains. Senior Celina Giddings and junior Molly Heisz earned First Team All-Conference, while Kylie Zimmerman was named Honorable Mention All-Conference.
Wed
25
Mar

Legendary Locals


Mary Antoine holds a copy of her new book “Legendary Locals of Prairie du Chien.” (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Local historian writes about those who impacted Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The stories of numerous Prairie du Chien people, past and present, famous and not famous, are explored in a new book “Legendary Locals of Prairie du Chien” by local author Mary Elise Antoine. 

Wed
25
Mar

This week’s heavy snow blamed for numerous accidents

During the winter storm of Sunday through Monday morning, there were numerous slideoffs and temporary road closures due to semis blocking the road. The following are reportable accidents that occurred during the winter weather event.

On Sunday, March 22, at 1:51 p.m., the Crawford County sheriff’s department was notified of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 27 near the intersection of Nolan Road in the township of Prairie du Chien.

Norman Hare, 48, of Viroqua, was traveling northbound on Highway 27 in a 2004 Toyota Corolla when he lost control of his vehicle due to the snow and slush on the roadway. Hare crossed the center line into the southbound lane and struck a trailer being pulled by a 2006 Ford F150 operated by Stephen Stormer, 70, of Madison. Stormer had two passengers in his vehicle, Jacob Stormer, 37, of Stoughton, and Robert Noethe, 52, of Blue Mounds.

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