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Amateur baseball tournament

Third baseman Kevin Aspenson slides safely into home after hitting an inside-the-park home run during the third inning of Friday night’s game against Holy Cross on St. Feriole Island. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

Cooper Long slides into third base during St. Feriole Island’s amateur league wood-bat baseball tournament on Friday, June 5.


Prairie in championship game 

in amateur baseball tournament

Prairie du Chien hosted an amateur baseball tournament at the St. Feriole Island Ballpark on June 5-6. 

In game one on Friday evening, Prairie du Chien played Holy Cross. Prairie won 6-4. 

Brandon Heal got the complete game win. 


Prairie baseball

Prairie’s Brandon Check crosses the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning against Mount Horeb Wednesday.

Brian McNett of Prairie du Chien heads for home in the bottom of the fourth against Mount Horeb in the regional semifinal.

Prairie’s Casey Hogenson fires in a pitch as the Mound Horeb runner takes a lead off of second base Wednesday afternoon in regional action. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien first baseman Chas Sagedahl gets ready for the throw on a pick-off attempt against Mount Horeb.



makes hay while the sun shines

Prairie du Chien bested visiting Mount Horeb 7-3 in a Division 2 regional semifinal baseball game Wednesday afternoon.

There were overcast skies and sprinkles early in the contest. The rain came down harder and the game was halted briefly in the third inning. The sun then appeared for much of the rest of the game. 


Area girls at State Track

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Tatem Baures steps ahead of Marathon’s Anna Buchberger during the 3200-meter run at the State Track Meet in La Crosse on Saturday. Baures finished second in the 3200. She took sixth in the 1600 on Friday after fending off Fall Creek’s Emily Jaeger in the final stretch to make the podium. (Photo by Nate Beier)


Two area 

girls compete at 

State Track Meet

Two area high school athletes, Tatem Baures of Wauzeka-Steuben and Sydney Bloom of River Ridge, competed in the State Track Meet in La Crosse June 5-6. 

Bloom, a junior, cleared the opening height of 8-0 to finish 16th in the Girls Division 3 pole vault.


Relay for Life raises over $2,500 at concert hopes to raise more at Dancing with the Stars

Recently, the Back Home Boys played at the Kickin’ Cancer concert event hosted by Huckleberry’s Restaurant. The event was put on the Class of 1986 and the Great River Relay for Life. The next Kickin’ Cancer with Hope, Dancing with the Stars, event will be held on Thursday, June 18. (Photo submitted)

By Caitlin Bittner

On Thursday, June 18, the Relay for Life will be hosting its first Dancing with the Stars event. For the event, a Hawkette from the Prairie du Chien High School dance team and a member of the community will be partnering up to bring the community a night that it won’t be able to forget. Ticket prices are $15 for ages 13 and up, $10 for ages 4 to 12 and children 3 and under are free.


Fuel being stolen from large machinery across area

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is making residents aware of an issue of diesel fuel being stolen from large machinery throughout the area.

On May 26, the latest incident occurred in Wyalusing township, where approximately 50 gallons of diesel were taken from a bulldozer. The deputy investigating the incident was told that there were similar incidents in the area.

Residents should keep an eye out for suspicious activity around large equipment, especially anything taking place after dark.

Those who may see something suspicious are asked to call he Sheriff’s Office at (608) 723-2157.


Two-vehicle collision

A two-vehicle crash resulting in injuries occurred Thursday, June 4, at about 7:40 a.m., at the intersection of Wisconsin and Main Streets in Prairie du Chien. Robert Budde, 49, of Monona, Iowa, was traveling north on South Main Street and did not stop at the stop sign at the intersection, causing a collision with a vehicle driven by Adam Kramer, 31, of Prairie du Chien. Both vehicles sustained damage and were towed from the scene. Budde was injured in the crash and transported to Crossing Rivers Health. As a result of the police department’s investigation, Budde was cited for failing to stop at a stop sign. Tri-State Ambulance Service and Bob’s Towing assisted at the scene. (Photo by Gary Howe)


Vandalism at the pool

Graffiti was spray painted on the cement near the shallow end of the public pool in Prairie du Chien sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning. According to Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram, it appears the vandal scaled the fence to access the pool, which was secure at the time. The police department has no suspects or witnesses at this time. “We have our suspicions but proving it’s the different part,” Abram said. Anyone who has information about who the “artist” may have been is asked to call the police department at 326-2421 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 779-7297.


Explosion at Universal Forest Products, no injuries

Numerous local emergency personnel responded to the scene of a small explosion at Universal Forest Products in Prairie du Chien last Thursday morning. No one was injured but it was reported that the explosion occurred when a spark ignited outside the plant in the bag house, where sawdust is collected. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A small explosion and fire occurred at Universal Forest Products on Lessard Street in Prairie du Chien just before 11 a.m. Thursday, June 4. All plant employees were accounted for and no injuries were reported.

The cause is yet undetermined, but the explosion happened when a spark ignited outside the plant in the bag house, where sawdust is collected. The building shook, one employee said, but no one was immediately near the site of the flash when it occurred. According to Prairie du Chien Fire Chief Harry Remz, there was minimal damage but a lot of smoke. Employees were evacuated from the plant for about an hour but resumed work by the afternoon. About a half-dozen fire trucks, the  Prairie du Chien Police Department, Tri-State Ambulance and a local electric company responded to the scene.


Grant E. Ness


Grant E. Ness, 97, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of LaCrescent passed away Tuesday, June 2. 

Funeral services will be Friday, June 5, at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in LaCrescent, Minn. with burial in the Oakland Cemetery in Dresbach, Minn. Friends may call at the church on Friday, June 5, from 10 a.m. until the time of services. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family. 


Seneca edges River Ridge

Seneca pinch runner Andrew Wall leads off of first base following a single to left by pitcher Gavin Greene in the second inning. River Ridge first baseman Gavin Steiber defends.

The Timberwolves’ Seth Williams gets ready to unleash a pitch while Seneca's Cody Ostrander takes a lead off of second base in the bottom of the second inning in regional action.

Seneca’s Cody Ostrander crosses the plate ahead of Nate Withey following a triple by Tommy Johnson in the second inning.

Seneca’s Gavin Greene fires in a pitch as River Ridge’s Kirk Martin leads off second in the top of the third inning.

In the third inning, Kirk Martin slides in but is forced out at home on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Joe Hamann. River Ridge scored 2 runs moments later, however, on a throwing error by Seneca to put River Ridge up 3-2.

Seth Williams scores in the top of the third inning to give the Timberwolves a 3-2 lead.



edges River Ridge

Seneca defeated River Ridge 5-3 in regional baseball Tuesday afternoon to advance to the regional semifinal at Cassville Wednesday. 

The Timberwolves ended their season with a 4-22 record. 

River Ridge scored a run in the top of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. 


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