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Wed
25
Feb

McGregor District Office of Mississippi River Refuge moving

 

The office for McGregor District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) has been located at 401 Business Highway 18N in McGregor, Iowa since the 1980s. As of March 30, the office will be located at 470 Cliff Haven Road, Prairie du Chien.

The Prairie du Chien facility is a leased facility. The Refuge will continue to explore options to acquire property to permanently locate this facility.

The Refuge plans to have an open house later this spring after the move is completed.  

Wed
25
Feb

Prairie du Chien firemen recognized at awards banquet


For devoting 50 years of service to the Prairie du Chien Fire Department, John Yager (second from right) was recognized by the firefighters association, the retired firemen as well as Senator Jennifer Shilling (not pictured) and Representative Lee Nerison (second from left) at the awards banquet Saturday night. Also pictured are Fire Chief Harry Remz (far right) and Deputy Chief Tim Deluhery Sr. (Photos by Tim Hill)

Wayne Koecke was named 2014 Firefighter of the Year and presented an award for 35 years of service on the department.

Derrick Eastman (center) was named 2014 Rookie of the Year for the Prairie du Chien Fire Department. He is pictured with Fire Chief Harry Remz (right) and Deputy Chief Tim Deluhery Sr.

Fire Chief Harry Remz (right) and Deputy Chief Tim Deluhery Sr. (left) present Doug Rickleff his award for 20 years of service to the Prairie du Chien Fire Department.

Fire Chief Harry Remz (right) and Deputy Chief Tim Deluhery Sr. (left) present Mike Jacobson his award for five years of service to the Prairie du Chien Fire Department.

By Correne Martin

The annual Prairie du Chien Firefighters Awards Banquet was held Saturday night at The Barn Restaurant in Prairie du Chien. Rookie of the Year and Firefighter of the Year distinctions were also presented. In addition, numerous honors were accorded to the firefighters who have reached milestones in their commitment to the department.

Wayne Koecke was named the 2014 Firefighter of the Year. Derrick Eastman was selected as the 2014 Rookie of the Year. The fire department’s officers choose the title winners each year. Rookies are eligible their first five years with the department.

According to Fire Chief Harry Remz, both honors are given to the men who have attended the highest percentage of fire calls, business meetings and practice meetings. Extra credit activities—such as fire prevention promotion, fire truck washing, fire station cleaning or triathlon volunteering—are also considered in the selection process.

Wed
25
Feb

Gymnasts at Conference Meet


Jesse Gutknecht gets ready to dismount from the balance beam as her teammates look on during the Conference Gymnastics Meet. (Photos by Laurie Pedretti)

Morgan Pedretti competes in the floor exercise at the Conference Meet.

Paige Severson pushes off for a nice vault at the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Meet.

Dayton Fleshner prepares to swing through on the uneven parallel bars.

 

PdC gymnasts at SWC Meet

The Prairie du Chien gymnastics team competed in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Meet on Friday night. 

Southwestern-Cuba City won the meet with 133.575 points. Prairie du Chien was fifth with 84.55.

Prairie du Chien will next travel to the Sectional Meet on Feb. 28 in Reedsburg.

Wed
25
Feb

River Ridge superintendent departing from district this week

By Correne Martin

This Friday, Feb. 27 will be Lee Pritzl’s last day as superintendent of River Ridge Schools. After three years in the district, Pritzl is moving back to the Marshfield area due to serious health issues in his family. He said he will select from a couple of job opportunities there—one in education and the other in ministry.

“I’ve got to be there for my family,” he said in a recent interview.

Since Pritzl announced he would be leaving a few weeks ago, he said he’s been overwhelmed by the “gracious and kind people who’ve come forward and said some really nice things I didn’t know they felt.”

Pritzl said he’s grown personally and professionally while at River Ridge. “We’ve worked hard to do things here and I’m thankful that we’ve all shared the common goal of maximizing students’ potential,” he stated.

Wed
25
Feb

Prairie cheerleaders on to State


Prairie du Chien High School cheerleaders include, front row: Cali Collins, Autumn Kohler, Katlyn Grondin and Brittany Bunts. Middle row: Angela Elmquist, Stephanie Elmquist and Lindsey Ohlert. Back row: Coach Kelli Saxe, Mariah Slaght, Allison Lynn and Katie Zahara.

 

Prairie du Chien 

cheerleaders advance to State

On Saturday, Feb. 21 the Prairie du Chien Blackhawk Cheerleaders attended the WACPC (Wisconsin Association of Cheer and Pom Coaches) Northern Regional Cheer Competition held at Waupaca High School. Teams placing in the top halves of their divisions advanced on to state competition.

Wed
25
Feb

Seneca wins R&V Crown


The Seneca High School boys basketball team hoists the Ridge and Valley Conference Championship trophy after defeating visiting De Soto Monday night. (Photo by Sandy Connors)

 

Seneca clinches R&V title

Seneca walloped visiting De Soto 70-33 to clinch the Ridge and Valley boys basketball crown Monday night. 

Seneca built a 23-14 lead after the first period and a 36-23 halftime advantage. 

Seneca took the second half 34-10 to breeze to victory. 

Wed
25
Feb

Timothy Raymond Troester

 

Timothy Raymond Troester, 43, died on Monday, Feb. 16, at Crossing River Health in Prairie du Chien. 

He was born Nov. 20, 1971 in Dubuque, Iowa to Raymond and Janis (Hamann) Troester. Timothy was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church, McGregor. He graduated from Mar-Mac High School in 1990 and continued his education at U-W Platteville and then transferred to Upper Iowa, where he earned his BA in business.  Timothy was united in marriage with Darcy Winters on March 9, 2011.

Mon
23
Feb

Permits issued for CWD hunt

 

462 tags issued for the 

shooting of 200 deer near Harpers 

Ferry for CWD testing purposes

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
23
Feb

PdC wrestlers at Sectional


Stephen Ronnfeldt of Prairie du Chien fends off a taken down attempt by Tristan McDonald of Lodi in their 160-pound match at the Richland Center Sectional.

Ethan Swiggum of Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben gains the upper hand against Tyler Grant of Evansville-Albany in their 170-pound match.

Austin Stram of Mount Horeb (left) grapples with Brock Polhamus of Sparta in their 145-pound match Saturday.

Prairie du Chien’s Nicholas Rogge (left) tangles with Bryant Ziegler of Lodi in their 113-pound match at the Richland Center Sectional Saturday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Prairie du Chien matmen 

at Richland Center Sectional

Three wrestlers from Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben wrestled at the Division 2 Richland Center Sectional on Saturday. The following are the individual results. 

113 pounds-Quarterfinals - Trenton McManus (Adams-Friendship) over Nicholas Rogge (Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steub) (MD 11-0)

Mon
23
Feb

Marijuana, LSD and ecstasy found in drug bust, two arrested

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office Investigators obtained and executed a narcotics-related search warrant at two separate residences, 137 and 141 Cedar Street in the village of Gays Mills, on Feb. 19, around 2:30 p.m.

The search warrant was the result of a lengthy investigation into the illegal possession and sale of narcotics at the residences. The occupants were Thomas Coleman, 50, and Rebecca Anderson, 42, (141 Cedar St.); Gerald Anderson III, 20, and Thomas Holtz, 21, (137 Cedar St.).

The search of the two residences uncovered numerous items associated with the suspected illegal sale and possession of narcotics. Subsequent to the search, Gerald Anderson III and Thomas Holtz were arrested and face possible charges including possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of LSD, and possession of ecstasy.

The investigation remains open and additional charges may be brought against more individuals.

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