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Wed
06
Jan

Prairie du Chien tax bills increase

By Correne Martin

If you’re a taxpayer in the city of Prairie du Chien, your total bill for 2015 went up—on the simple valuation of a $100,000 home—by $27.81, to $2,918.76. Full payment, or at least the first installment of property taxes, should be delivered in person at the city office by Friday, Jan. 29, or postmarked by Monday, Feb. 1.

“Our trend in keeping taxes down has stopped,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said, pointing to a graph showing increases in the school district, technical college, county and state portions from last year, and a small decrease in the city’s share.

“The city’s portion of the local tax bill has been pretty level since 2011. It’s down over $50, per hundred thousand, since I came here (in 2010),” Kramer stated, noting that the city’s change from 2015 was $1.05 less on a $100,000 home. “And that’s including a 30 cent per hour raise across the board.”

Wed
06
Jan

Rezoned Wyalusing site makes way for apartments

By Correne Martin

A request to rezone the former Wyalusing Academy property was granted by the Prairie du Chien Common Council Tuesday night, but not without dispute.

The council approved rezoning from low density residential to high density residential on a 6-1 vote, with Alderman Edward Hayes-Hall opposed, as Commonwealth Development Corporation, of Fond du Lac, hopes to redevelop the facility into an apartment complex. Hayes-Hall wanted to see the 14-acre property divided and only the developed portion rezoned, but his motion for such was never seconded. Alderman Ron Leys eventually proposed approval, which Jean Titlbach seconded, and the council passed.

Wed
06
Jan

PdC-WS Wrestling


Brendan Fleshner (right) gets started in his 160-pound match. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Stephen Ronnfeldt scores a two-point takedown with a fireman’s carry.

Peyton Hall is in position to secure near fall points after digging out an arm bar.

Reid Koenig controls a wrist before securing a two-point takedown.

Blake Garcia looks to break his opponent down with tight waist arm bar.

Chase Watson (left) tries to gain an advantage in his 113-pound match Tuesday night.

Jeremy Lessard (left) won by fall in 49 seconds in the 285-pound match Tuesday night.

 

PdC-WS grapplers come from behind to beat Viroqua

On Tuesday evening, Jan. 5, the PdC/WS wrestlers welcomed Viroqua for a nonconference dual meet.  

Wed
06
Jan

Effigy Mounds


The Yellow River Bridge Trail may be the most controversial structure at Effigy Mounds National Monument.

 

Public meetings to be held in 2016 

regarding controversial structures at Effigy Mounds

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A planning exercise will begin sometime in 2016 to decide the future of the Yellow River Boardwalk and other structures at Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa. 

Tue
05
Jan

Benjamin Paul Santosh Combs

 

Benjamin Paul Santosh Combs was born in Satara, Maharashtra State in India on Oct. 4, 1989. He was placed in Preet Mandir orphanage by his birth mother in 1990 and she released him for adoption due to her deteriorating health. 

Benjamin arrived in the United States on April 23, 1993 and was introduced to his adoptive family. He was formally adopted into his new family on April 10, 1994. Ben lived with his family in Portland, North Dakota, Sedan, Kansas, Marshall, Missouri, Waukon, Iowa and then Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin where he graduated from high school in 2008.

Mon
04
Jan

Blackhawks at Concordia


Chas Sagedahl converts a layup for Prairie du Chien against McDonell Central at the Rick Majerus Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout, which was played at Concordia University in Mequon Dec. 30. (Photo by Thomas J. McKillen)

 

McDonell Central nips 

PdC boys

McDonell Central nipped Prairie du Chien 46-44 at Concordia University in Mequon in boys basketball action Dec. 30. 

Prairie led 28-25 at the half but McDonell took the second half 21-16 to edge the Blackhawks in the Rick Majerus Wisconsin Basketball Shootout.

Prairie du Chien is now 6-2 on the season.

Mon
04
Jan

PdC-WS at Bi-State


Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben’s Peyton Hall tries to defend against a single leg takedown by Baraboo’s Nicholas Pierce in a 195-pound wrestleback. (Photo by Nate Beier)

 

PdC-WS wrestlers at Bi-State Classic

Beers places seventh, Garcia is twelfth

On Tuesday, Dec. 29 and Wednesday, Dec. 30, the Prairie du Chien grapplers traveled to La Crosse for the 34th Annual Bi-State Classic hosted by Holmen High School at the La Crosse Center. This event puts 58 teams from all divisions together with more than 600 wrestlers from throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Bi-State Classic is one of the toughest holiday tournaments in the midwest. There were 79 wrestlers in the event who competed in the Wisconsin or Minnesota State Tournaments last year; 31 of them were medalists and 8 of them were state champions.

Mon
04
Jan

River Ridge Tournament


Caleb Irish goes up for 2 points against defensive pressure down low. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Preston Clark of River Ridge drives down the middle of the lane against Albany Wednesday.

Ben Ertz (0) battles for a loose ball against Albany in the first half Wednesday.

Gavin Steiber looks to pass under the basket.

Isaac White drives against Connor Trow of Albany.

Ty Bloom applies full court pressure against Albany.

River Ridge’s Brett Moravits makes a nifty inside pass against Albany.

 

River Ridge 

hosts tournament

The River Ridge boys basketball team hosted the River Ridge Tournament in Patch Grove (varsity) and Bloomington (junior varsity) Dec. 30. 

Albany defeated River Ridge 59-31 in the first game in Patch Grove Dec. 30. 

Albany led 33-16 at the half en route to the win.

Mon
04
Jan

Effigy Mounds plea agreement

 

Former Effigy 

Mounds official enters 

into plea agreement

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
04
Jan

Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board announces changes


Lori Bekkum will replace friend and outgoing member Eric Frydenlund on the Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board. (Submitted photo)

The Crawford County Community Fund has announced that Lori Bekkum has joined the fund’s advisory board. Bekkum is a highly respected and well-known for her community commitment in Prairie du Chien, Crawford County and the region.

In commenting on her decision to join the advisory board Bekkum noted, “One of my co-workers has been involved with the CCCF since its inception in 2008. I became aware of the fund and its work through its annual leadership awards program. I believe in our regional community and look forward to working with the fund’s grant and markets care programs as well as the leadership recognition initiative.”

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