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Coaching milestone

Coaching milestone
River Ridge Athletic Director Wade Winkers presents Coach Caron Townsend with a plaque to commemorate her 400th coaching victory.

 

River Ridge coach gains 400th career victory

On Nov. 26, Caron Townsend reached a career milestone. With a 43-40 victory over Fennimore, Coach Townsend became the 24th girls basketball coach to reach the 400-win total, according to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association website.  

Before Monday night’s victory over North Crawford, Townsend was presented a plaque recognizing the milestone. The plaque was presented by River Ridge Athletic Director Wade Winkers, and was provided by the River Ridge Athletic Boosters.

Wed
04
Dec

Food Pantry, CouleeCap

Food Pantry
Assistant Food Coordinator Karen Redman stands next to some of the items currently stored in the Food Pantry.

 

Generous donations to Food Pantry, 

CouleeCap create need for more volunteers

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Food Pantry has gotten a big boost in the month of November and is now at about 50 percent capacity as Christmas approaches. 

Mon
02
Dec

Redevelopment plans arise for St. Feriole site

construction work
Prairie du Chien public works employees work to remove the fence on the Northern Engraving property on St. Feriole Island recently.
drawing
The above rendering of the former Northern Engraving - National Decorated Metals property, with proposed future additions, was provided by Kyle Shauf, of HSR Associates. The city of Prairie du Chien and the redevelopment committee for the site are hopeful this and other drawings can serve as a blueprint for repurposing the former industrial site on St. Feriole Island for green space, recreational and environmental uses.

By Correne Martin

Major redevelopment of the former Northern Engraving-National Decorated Metals property on St. Feriole Island is in the plans for the future in Prairie du Chien. By the year 2020, the public could see a bandshell and performing arts complex, an urban forest and outdoor classroom, improvements to the Villa Louis boat landing, a dog park, a splash park with a patio and pavilion, an overlook, historical storyboards and more.

“This is probably a 10-year process and it could cost about $1.3 million to do everything proposed,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “The finished project may not be exactly what we’re proposing today.”

According to City Planner Garth Frable, much of the redevelopment depends upon grants acquired, organizations that might step forward to take on specific projects and what opportunities donors would like to see there.

Mon
02
Dec

Boscobel over Wauzeka-Steuben

 

Boscobel bests Wauzeka-Steuben

Boscobel bested host Wauzeka-Steuben 56-48 in nonconference boys basketball Tuesday night, Nov. 26. 

 The Bulldogs jumped out to a 12-3 first-quarter lead and kept the momentum to build a 33-16 halftime advantage. 

The Hornets outscored the Bulldogs 16-12 in the third period and 16-11 in the fourth but it wasn’t enough as Boscobel took the win. 

Mon
02
Dec

River Ridge defeats Seneca

 

River Ridge 

boys defeat Seneca

River Ridge defeated host Seneca 39-33 in nonconference boys basketball action Tuesday night, Nov. 26. 

The Timberwolves took an 11-8 lead after one period and increased the margin to 20-14 at the half. 

The Indians pulled to within 29-24 after three quarters. 

Mon
02
Dec

River Ridge wins

 

River Ridge tops Fennimore

River Ridge topped host Fennimore 43-40 in girls basketball action Tuesday night, Nov. 26. 

Fennimore took a 12-7 lead after the first quarter, but River Ridge went on a 16-9 run in the second period to take a 23-21 halftime advantage. 

River Ridge outscored Fennimore 17-8 in the third quarter to increase the margin to 40-29.

Mon
02
Dec

Local 9 year old Scout achieves his mission, sells $5,200 of popcorn

scout
Cub Scout Wesley Mink sold over $5,200 in popcorn this year to earn the “Top Seller” title in his district. He also outsold all the Scouts in the Gateway Area Council. He earned an Apple iPad Mini, among other incentives, for his efforts.

By Correne Martin

Every October, the Cub Scouts of Prairie du Chien endeavor to sell popcorn as their major fundraiser for the year. For the past three years, Wesley Mink, a 9 year old diagnosed with autism and epilepsy, has made it his mission to attain the title of “Top Seller” in his district. Each year, with the support of his grandmother, Debbie Mink, Wesley has spent many hours going door-to-door, trying to sell more than he did the year before.

This year, Wesley, a Webelos in Den 12, was successful in securing the title of “Top Seller” for the Seven Rivers District in the Gateway Area Council. He sold popcorn to 217 customers for a total of $5,216, which was over and above his closest competitor by $2,400. Wesley’s total in sales also surpassed both of the top sellers in each of the remaining districts that make up the Gateway Area Council; Soaring Eagle: $2,893 and Winding Trails: $4,052.

Mon
02
Dec

Antoine takes seventh

 

Prairie du Chien’s Antoine races 

to seventh in first World Cup event of season

The Olympic season commenced with the first World Cup event in Calgary, Canada, the site of the 1988 Winter Olympics. On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30, the U.S. National Bobsled and Skeleton team participated in highly contested races that set the pace for the races leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. After sweeping the skeleton selection races, Matt Antoine hoped to do well.

Mon
02
Dec

Wyalusing Academy lawsuit

Wyalusing Academy
A mother whose son was paralyzed at Wyalusing Academy has filed a lawsuit.

 

Mother files lawsuit on 

behalf of son paralyzed at Wyalusing Academy

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The mother of a boy paralyzed following an incident at Wyalusing Academy June 24 and June 25, 2013 filed a lawsuit on Nov. 19 in Crawford County Circuit Court seeking monetary relief in amounts to be determined at trial.

Mon
02
Dec

Margaret Nimbar

 

Margaret Mae Nimbar, 90, formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Benedictine Manor in La Crosse. 

She was born May 13, 1923 in Butler S.D., the daughter of Alvro and Vella (Parrot) Klebe. Her family later relocated to Aberdeen S.D. where she was a graduate of Aberdeen Central High School in 1942. She married Mervin E. Nimbar on Jan. 16, 1946 in Aberdeen, S.D.  She served as “Pink Lady” at St. Luke’s Hospital of Aberdeen, S.D. She later worked for the Army Civilian Corps as a “WOW” Women Ordinance Worker and from 1944 to 1946 for the Milwaukee Road Railroad. 

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