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23
Sep

Pedaling for Pets couple raises over $3,500 for Rivers and Bluffs


Ashley and Brandon Christensen (center) are pictured during their visit to the Northwoods Humane Society in Hayward with shelter employee Kim Molitor (right). Also pictured is Geri Phillips (left), Ashley’s aunt and Pedaling for Pets safety driver. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

On one of the hottest days of the summer, Aug. 16, Ashley and Brandon Christensen left Prairie du Chien to embark upon their 12-day Pedaling for Pets fundraising and awareness adventure. They traversed the state, making stops at animal shelters/humane societies in Viroqua, Sparta, Tomah, Marshfield and Park Falls before returning home and hitting Hayward, Eau Claire and La Crosse along the route.

In that time, they raised over $3,500 for Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter; provided eight other shelters with donations of dog and cat food, towels, blankets, litter and toys; and gleaned invaluable information to be used in the construction of RABAS’ future shelter in Prairie du Chien. Personally, the couple also checked the incredible journey off their bucket list.

Wed
23
Sep

Audrey Mae Egli

 

Audrey Mae Egli, 82, formally of Ripon, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 19, at her home in Eastman, with her family by her side. 

She was born on Oct. 18, 1932, in Oshkosh, the daughter of Frank and Martha (Reinke) Griedl. Audrey was united in marriage to Walter “Walt” Egli on Oct. 22, 1983 at the United Methodist Church in Princeton with the Rev. Charles Wendt officiating. Walt then preceded her in death on July 5, 2000. 

Tue
22
Sep

Robert L. “Bob” Williams

 

Robert L. “Bob” Williams, 77, of Machesney Park, was reunited with his wife, Friday, Sept. 18. 

Robert was born Nov. 15, 1937, in Patch Grove, the son of Berdella “Del” and Iris (Garside) Williams. Bob married Diane Zimmerman in 1957. He was employed as a mechanic by Finley GMC in Beloit, for 15 years and recently by Rockford Truck for 12 years, retiring in 2003. He also worked part time for his good friend, Dick Meyers, of Meyers Trucking. Bob loved attending car shows and working on cars.

Mon
21
Sep

Mississippi Mud Run


Three competitors run over a group of logs at the Fifth Annual Mississippi Mud Run Saturday morning on St. Feriole Island. Proceeds from the event go towards Phase II of the Prairie du Chien Skate Park. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Negotiating the concrete culvert can be somewhat tricky.

A pair of Mississippi Mud runners go up and over a station wagon.

The water was a bit chilly on Saturday morning.
Mon
21
Sep

River Ridge football


Ryan Redman (7) and another Timberwolves’ defender break up a Potosi pass attempt. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The River Ridge defense moves to the ball Friday night against visiting Potosi.

Ben Ertz (24) and other River Ridge defenders drop the Potosi ballcarrier.

 

Potosi defeats River Ridge on a rainy Homecoming

Potosi defeated host River Ridge 38-6 on a rainy Friday night for the Timberwolves’ Homecoming game in Bloomington. 

Neither team scored in the first period, but Potosi got into the end zone on a 6-yard run in the second quarter and the 2-point run was good as the Chieftains went ahead 8-0, which would be the halftime score. 

Mon
21
Sep

Drones the latest technology helping area farmers


Ken Jahnke holds two drones owned by Premier Co-op. The drones provide a service for area farmers. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Like most farmers, farmers in Crawford County continue to keep abreast of the latest technological trends. One of the most recent trends has been the use of drones, which are becoming more advanced and popular for a variety of uses each year. 

“Various Crawford County farmers have been using drones,” said Ken Jahnke of Bridgeport, an agronomy and sales manager for Premier Co-op. 

Mon
21
Sep

PdC Coast Guard Auxiliary crew prevents drowning


Steve Gress (left), coxswain, and Dan Brewer, crewman, are pictured aboard the 22-foot Kaylee-Annie pontoon. (USCG Auxiliary photo)

By Correne Martin

Two crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary-Prairie du Chien Flotilla were in the right place at the right time Thursday, Sept. 10, when they observed a man fall from a Winneshiek Marina dock and stepped in to save his life.

Coxswain Steve Gress and crew member Joanie Dickerson, of the 22-foot Kaylee-Annie pontoon, were returning from patrol when they saw a couple walking down the dock. They witnessed the woman bend over to pick up something when her husband tripped over her and fell head first into the harbor. The man, who appeared to be in his 70s but was not identified by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, disappeared from their sight under the water, which is about 12 feet deep in that area, Gress said.

Mon
21
Sep

A sisterly promise leads to hope for others


Bonnie Fuller (center), of Prairie du Chien, is the 2015 recipient of the Paula J. Tower Memorial Award for selflessly giving of her time and energy to advance the message of hope for a future without breast cancer. Pictured (from left) are Deb Kane, clinical manager, Center for Breast Care at Gundersen Health System; Jackie Wachter, nominator; Bonnie Fuller, recipient; and Paula Tower’s children, Kate and Jeff, who presented the award.

Breast cancer fishing tournament founder recognized

By Correne Martin

For exemplifying the “Power of One,” Prairie du Chien’s own Bonnie Fuller was honored at the 10th annual Steppin’ Out in Pink, Sept. 12, in La Crosse. She was the winner of the Paula J. Tower Memorial Award for selflessly giving of her time and energy to advance the message of hope for a future without breast cancer. Fuller is the founder of the Hooking for Hope fishing tournament fundraiser, held in Prairie du Chien the first Saturday in June for the past 12 years.

“I can’t describe the feeling. I was totally surprised to even be nominated,” Bonnie said. “It was awesome and overwhelming but there’s a lot of other people out there who are deserving. It was fantastic to see the entire street in pink.”

Mon
21
Sep

Competitive soccer league good fit for 11 year old’s passion


Landon Kohler, the son of Kirby and Melissa Kohler, of Prairie du Chien, competed in Coulee Region United Soccer Association tournaments all summer. He is pictured (forefront, dark jersey) in action at his position of defensive midfielder. (Photo by Lance Hubbard)

Eleven-year-old Landon Kohler (far left, number 3) has enjoyed playing youth soccer with his teammates in CRUSA and Rush Wisconsin West. For more information about his experiences through their programs, visit crusa-soccer.com or rushwiwest.com. For more details about the Prairie United Soccer Club, contact Julie DeHart, president, at prairieunitedsoccerclub@gmail.com. (Photo by Lance Hubbard)

By Correne Martin

It was cute and chaotic, but as a 4 year old in the Rhinelander Soccer Club’s 6 and under program, Landon Kohler essentially learned to love the game. Back then, like his young teammates, he worked mostly on passing and trying to score, and any chance he got, he was kicking the ball around in his back yard.  

At age 8, Landon moved with his parents, Kirby and Melissa, his older sister Autumn and younger brother Tanner to Prairie du Chien. Locally, in this smaller and more football-focused community, the soccer opportunities weren’t as technical, physical or as strong in numbers. These days, the Prairie United Soccer Club (PUSC) is growing; however, the competitive offerings are still minimal for kids like Landon, now 11, whose primary passion is soccer and whose abilities are undeniable.

“He has the skillset to play mid(fielder) without a doubt,” his dad, Kirby, said. “He dreams about soccer. He wants to do it all the time.”

Mon
21
Sep

James (Jim) E. Boylen

 

James (Jim) E. Boylen, 82, of Seneca passed away Saturday, Sept. 19, surrounded by family and loved ones. 

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