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Prairie du Chien in Regional

Prairie du Chien’s Maria Skemp smashes one past the Fennimore player Tuesday night in a Division 3 Regional match. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Lauren Nicholson shows some finesse and placement to make the ball hard to return for Fennimore.

Caitlin Pattison blasts a winner past the Fennimore defender Tuesday night.

Jacqueline LaHaie slams the ball past two Fennimore defenders Tuesday night in the first game of the match.


Fennimore bests 

Prairie du Chien

Fifth seeded Fennimore defeated host and fourth seeded Prairie du Chien three games to none in a Division 3 Regional volleyball match Tuesday night. 

Fennimore won the three close and hard-fought games by scores of 25-23, 25-22 and 25-22 to advance in regional competition.


Floyd L. “Frog” Wilder, Jr.


Floyd L. “Frog” Wilder, Jr., 61, of Mount Hope, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. 

He was born on Aug. 24, 1954, in Flint, Mich., the son of Floyd L. and Nona L. (Dunnington) Wilder, Sr. Frog worked at Crossing Rivers Health, formerly Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital, for 15 years as a maintenance technician. Frog was loved by his co-workers, family and many, many friends. He will be best remembered for his eagerness to help anyone, anywhere, at any time; his playful humor, love of the outdoors and animals - wild, domestic, sautéed or fried.


River Ridge ends season

River Ridge’s Ben Ertz looks for an open receiver Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge makes the tackle on the sideline in first half action.

The River Ridge defense moves in to stop the Black Hawk ballcarrier Friday night.





River Ridge

Black Hawk defeated host River Ridge 42-0 in the Timberwolves’ final football game of the season Friday night. 


Prairie shares SWC title

Brogan Potter looks to throw. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Dylan Yeomans attempts to elude a River Valley defender Friday night in second half action.

Dominic Wright (22) finds good running room.

Adrian Johanningmeier forces a fumble by the River Valley quarterback in the second half Friday night in the SWC Championship game.

Cody Cauffman (23) follows his blocking to the outside for a big gain down the left sideline in second half action.


Prairie du Chien shares conference crown

By Zach Mara


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks hosted the River Valley Black Hawks Friday night with sole possession of the SWC Championship on the line. 


LaVern A. Shogren


LaVern A. Shogren, 80, of Marquette, Iowa, died Sunday, Oct. 18, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. 


Oktoberfest feier fun for all ages

Fred Isaak, of River City Ruckus, was not only astounding in his accordion playing but he was also very much the entertainer with his expressions and crowd interaction inside the tent at Oktoberfest. Hundreds of festival-goers sought warmth under the big top, where delicious German food and beer were served and dancers got moving on the dance floor. (Photo by Correne Martin)

While the bigger kids were taking a break, Erin Nolan snuck onto the hay bales for a few brave jumps by herself. The hay bales were quite the attraction for the young ones attending Oktoberfest in Prairie du Chien Saturday. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Oktoberfest committee member Taegan Stein passes through a powder station during the Fall Color Run Saturday in Prairie du Chien. All proceeds from the Color Run, which is not officially timed, benefit the Prairie du Chien Skate Park. (Photo by Randy Paske)

“Bunny,” the French bulldog, attracted plenty of children wanting to pet the cute puppy. “Bunny” was one of the winners of the canine costume contest at Oktoberfest. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Scott and Joan Paulson, two of Oktoberfest’s volunteers, shared some German exuberance as they made their way through the parade route Saturday morning. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Antoine admires new city street bearing his last name

Team USA Skeleton racer Matt Antoine was in Prairie du Chien last week visiting family and friends before heading on to Lake Placid, N.Y., where he will begin preparing for the 2015-2016 season and the World Cup circuit. While here, he took a moment of his time to check out the new street named after him. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council decided in April to name two streets in its North Gateway Business Park after the community’s two Olympic medalists: Matt Antoine and Joe Delagrave. Antoine Way was named after the 2014 men’s skeleton bronze medalist and Delagrave Drive was chosen to honor the 2012 wheelchair rugby team bronze medalist.

While Antoine was back in Prairie du Chien last week visiting family and friends before heading to Lake Placid, N.Y., to start the 2015-2016 USA national skeleton season, he took some time to admire the street sign in his name and pose for pictures with it.


South Marquette Road project delayed to 2018

Due to recent state budget cuts, dozens of road construction and repair project delays were released in a memo to state legislators by Gov. Walker’s administration last week. The memo outlined 114 project delays in western and southwestern Wisconsin costing taxpayers millions more, increasing safety concerns and preventing the creation of thousands of jobs.

“These potholes and crumbling bridges aren’t going to fix themselves,” said Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “At a time when we should be working to grow businesses and create jobs, recent budget cuts are jeopardizing important economic development efforts.”

In Crawford, Vernon, La Crosse and Monroe counties, two dozen projects representing over $53.7 million in needed road upgrades and repairs are being delayed.


Kris R. Jones


Kris R. Jones, 45, of Patch Grove/Dodgeville, passed away after a long illness on Oct. 16.

Kris was born on Jan. 30, 1970 to Richard and Janet (Matousek) Jones from Patch Grove. Kris graduated high school in Patch Grove. Kris spent many of his working years as a superintendent for Ryan Inc. of Janesville. He later moved to Dodgeville, and worked for Quality Liquid Feeds for a few years. Kris enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.


Norma Catherine (Schoulte) Mitchell


Norma Catherine (Schoulte) Mitchell, 82, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Friday, Oct. 16, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, due to complications of a stroke. 

She was born on Sept. 22, 1933 in Farmersburg Township to Oliver and Lydia (Handke) Schoulte.

She grew up on the family farm near National and this is where she developed her life-long love of plants and birds.


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