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Wed
17
Jun

A game of thrones


Although it’s not the Iron Throne of Westeros, this porcelain throne, belonging to the Prairie du Chien School District’s Relay for Life team, moves around quite a bit. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

 

By Caitlin Bittner

 

In the game of thrones in Prairie du Chien, the prize is a purple porcelain throne in the name of the Prairie du Chien School District’s Relay for Life team.

 

Wed
17
Jun

Wauzeka-Steuben All-Conference announced


Several members of the Wauzeka-Steuben High School softball team earned Ridge and Valley All Conference Awards this spring. Whitni Marfilius was named both All-Conference and Conference Pitcher of the Year. Kelsey Kapinus was named All Conference, Coach Lisa Wallin-Kapinus was named Conference Coach of the Year, while Jadyn Sander and Jamee McCullick were named All Conference.

Ridge and Valley All Conference honors were earned by a number of Wauzeka-Steuben track athletes. Celina Giddings, Kylie Zimmerman, and Samantha Groom were awarded All Conference Honors. Tatem Baures earned All Conference and Running Events Athlete of the Year. Allison Oswald was also awarded All Conference Honors. Molly Asleson and Kelsey Stickley (not pictured) earned Honorable Mention, while Drew Zimmerman earned All Conference on the boys’ side. Logan Lomen (who is not pictured) earned Honorable Mention. Wauzeka-Steuben’s Dave Petrowitz was honored as Co- Coach of the Year.

Four Wauzeka-Steuben High School senior baseball players were named to Ridge and Valley All Conference teams. Turner Krachey was named to the Honorable Mention team, Jeramiah Huber was awarded All Conference, Brady Krachey was Honorable Mention, and Jonah Huber earned All Conference honors.
Wed
17
Jun

Summer Parks and Rec t-ball a real hit with area kids


Area children, ages 5 and 6, huddled at the end of their t-ball practice. Baseball coordinator and Coach Jeff Graewin and his Assistant Coach Drew Scott reminding the kids that the game is all about fun and learning. “We teach them how to hit, throw, catch and field the ball,” explained Graewin. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

Caleb Nonn, 5, steps up to bat ready to hit one out of the park. Although he’s still perfecting his technique, he managed to get the ball in just the right spot so he could make it to first base.

Nicolas Fiskaali, 6, fires the ball toward first base during a drill. He and his parents recently moved to the United States from Denmark and this is his first time playing the sport.

Jeff Graewin (left) helped each of the players set up for their big moments at home plate. From how to hold the bat to the importance of wearing a helmet, Graewin made sure that the kids could have lots of fun, but in a safe way. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more t-ball photos!
Mon
15
Jun

Ohio Street reconstruction to begin July 1

On Wednesday, July 1, a street and utility project slated to primarily take place on Ohio Street in Prairie du Chien will begin. This project will include the reconstruction of Ohio Street from Blackhawk Avenue to Washington Street. The project will consist of the reconstruction of Ohio Street, work on the Washington Street lift station and the reconstruction of Washington Street.

The reconstruction of Ohio Street will consist of work on 32’ wide asphalt pavement, curb and gutter, 5’ wide sidewalk, concrete driveway aprons to the right of way, sanitary sewer, sanitary laterals, the water main, water services and storm sewer.

The work on the Washington Street lift station will include the complete replacement of the lift station and force main. The new station will be located about 30’ west of the existing lift station.

Mon
15
Jun

Teen escapes injury in crash

On Tuesday, June 9, at 8:30 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle rollover crash on Trout Creek Road approximately two tenths of a mile east of Pansy Lane in the township of Clayton.

Baylee J. Grimsled, 16, of Soldiers Grove, was traveling west on Trout Creek Road when she lost control of her 2001 Chrysler Concorde due to the loose gravel in the roadway. Grimsled lost control, went into the north side shoulder, over corrected, crossed both lanes of travel and struck the embankment causing the vehicle to overturn.

Grimsled claimed no injuries from the crash but was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital for a medical evaluation. The vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene by Sleepy Hollow Towing.
Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department were North Crawford Rescue Squad, Soldiers Grove Fire Department and Sleepy Hollow Towing.

Mon
15
Jun

Walk With (Mrs.) Walker June 23 at Wyalusing

Wisconsin’s First Lady Tonette Walker will be at Wyalusing State Park on Tuesday, June 23, for a Walk With Walker event, and the public is invited to take part. Sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Walker will arrive around 10 a.m.

Everyone is asked to park around the Peterson Shelter, where a welcoming ceremony will take place at 10:15 a.m. Remarks will be made by Walker, Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett and Chamber Director Bob Moses. The park will have staff directing everyone to the shelter that morning.

From the Peterson Shelter, participants will take the guided walk down to the Sentinel Ridge Trail and head south to Green Cloud Picnic Area and the Passenger Pigeon Monument. If time permits, all will travel the loop around the Indian mounds and then back to the Peterson Shelter. The walk will be close to two miles in length.

Water, apples and granola bars will be provided at the event.

Mon
15
Jun

Car flips several times in OWI crash

On Sunday, June 7, at approximately 2:37 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle crash on Highway 18, three tenths of a mile east of Ward Road in the township of Bridgeport.  

Marsha M. Scott, 29,  of Bloomington, was operating a 1999 Buick LeSabre eastbound on Highway 18 when she lost control of the vehicle. Scott’s vehicle crossed the centerline and entered the westbound lane of traffic. The vehicle then hit the ditch on the west side of the roadway and flipped approximately three or four times. The vehicle came to rest facing westbound on its roof.

A vehicle following Scott called 911 to report the accident. The witness stated that Scott was traveling at a high rate of speed before the accident.

Mon
15
Jun

PdC Plan Commission approves Leisure Time outdoor seating area upgrade


Since gaining approval for the outdoor seating area, Leisure Time has been busy laying the groundwork for the new expansion. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

A meeting of the City of Prairie du Chien Plan Commission was held on Tuesday, June 2, at City Hall in Prairie du Chien.

The major item on the table during the meeting was the approval of an addition to the Leisure Time Sports Bar and Bowl on Marquette Road. Leisure Time was requesting a Conditional Use Permit to expand their existing conditional use (tavern/bowling alley) in a B-2 Highway Commercial Zoning District for purposes of a fenced outdoor seating area.

The permit they were seeking would not permit outdoor music without further review and approval by the Planning Commission.

The motion for approval was made by Tom Nelson and seconded by Dan Key. The approval for the initial permit was unanimously approved.

Mon
15
Jun

Aquatic invasive species coordinator advises to ‘Inspect, Remove, Drain and Never Move’

By Ted Pennekamp

The Crawford County Land Conservation Department has a new person in its office in the County Administrative Building in Prairie du Chien.

Ben Wegleitner is an aquatic invasive species coordinator with the Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council. Ben will be working to control aquatic invasive species in Crawford, Vernon, La Crosse, Richland and Sauk counties.

“Crawford County’s Land Conservation Department has been one of our partners in the last few years,” said Ben. “Dave Troester (County Conservationist) has been a big help.” Ben noted that Southwest Badger and the Land Conservation Department have helped each other out on various invasive species control efforts, including efforts to get rid of Japanese hops at sites within the county.

Mon
15
Jun

PdC School District considers possible referendum to assist with costs

The Prairie du Chien Public School has been discussing and exploring facility options for years. Prairie du Chien is only one of a few schools that has not gone to referendum to ask for the ability to increase the allowed revenue limit per student. Because of this, the school has been locked in at a low revenue limit level that is far below the average school. District Administrator Drew Johnson stated, “The school has made many cuts over the past years to stay within the revenue as allowed, but there are no more places to cut.”

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