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Prairie du Chien Waterhawks fourth in SWC swim meet

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Waterhawk team members are, front row: Riley Hubanks, Hailey Bedward, Ava Longstreth, Dominique Reilly, Willow Roesch, Ariana Mitic, Kellen Wright, Ella Adrian, Gabey Lenzendorf, Isabella Rose, Ashlyn Knapp, James Reilly, and Sophie Ames. Second row: Brianna Mack, Makenzie Knapp, Victoria Rose, Kylie Wright, Seth Sanders, Elizabeth Carlson, Hailey Ohlert, Kennedy Kirschbaum, Kylie Hebel, Ben LaHaie, Nicolas Stavroplus, Logan Czajkowski Higgins, Alaina Lenz, and Noah Blackburn. Third row: Jacqueline LaHaie, Breanna Teynor, Jack Peterson, Walter Stavroplus, Kelsey Hebel, Allison Krogan, Katy Welsch, Joyanna Steiner, Jessica Gutknecht, Madalyn Roche, Gabby Toberman, and MacKenzie Pettit. Back row: John Stavroplus, Ethan Kilbey, Carson Morrison, Jacob Mara, Faith Dillman and coaches Luke Brom and Caitlin Forsythe. Not pictured: Elizabeth Brom, Hannah Gjolberg, Maria Gjolberg, Mercy Gjolberg, Madeline Peterson and Lindsey Welter. (Photo by Brian Cipra Photography)

 

Prairie du Chien Waterhawks fourth in SWC swim meet

 

The Prairie du Chien Waterhawks took fourth place at the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Swim Meet on Saturday, July 27. Held in Lancaster, the meet included teams from Boscobel, Dodgeville, Lancaster, Mineral Point and Richland Center. 

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Birthday bash a ‘beary’ good time for Smokey Bear


Logan Paske gets a “bear hug” from 69-year-old Smokey.

Tristan Pozega poses with Smokey Bear.

Because of the high number of candles, Smokey Bear needed a little help from his birthday attendees to blow them all out. (Photos by Randy Paske)

More than 70 people helped Smokey Bear celebrate his 69th birthday at Wyalusing State Park on Saturday, Aug. 10. Smokey’s birthday was Aug. 9. Smokey led a parade of children and adults on foot, bikes and in wagons through the scenic Wisconsin Ridge Campground.

Following the parade, children were invited to have their pictures taken with the famous bear and played Pin the Hat on Smokey. Rachele Breuer delighted the children by reading “The True Story of Smokey Bear” from a large picture book. Smokey and the children gathered around a beautiful birthday cake, donated by Ma’s Bakery of Bloomington.

On the count of 3, they blew out all 69 lit candles and enjoyed cake and lemonade. Each child in attendance received a Smokey Bear canvas tote bag filled with Smokey memorabilia.

Smokey’s birthday party was sponsored by the Friends of Wyalusing State Park, Wisconsin DNR, and the USDA.

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OpenAirTours to deliver items to Lynxville Library

OpenAirTours, a classic convertible auto club, will be touring the Kickapoo, driftless area on Friday, Aug. 16.

There are about 200 cars and many of them will be stopping at the Lynxville Library to deliver books, DVD's, or puzzles to the library and used eye glasses for the Lions Club.

The group will be leaving Onalaska at intervals and will not all be stopping by at the same time. They arrive between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. During that time, Carol Crusan will also have her extensive sea shell collection set up so that anyone who wants to see the cars may also see the shells.

For more information, please contact Carol Crusan by phone at (608) 412-3184 or by sending an e-mail to carolcrusan@gmail.com.

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Crawford County Fair results are in

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Kim Doll

 

Kim M. Doll, 54, of Wauzeka, passed away quietly at home surrounded by her family and friends on Tuesday, Aug. 13, after a courageous fight with cancer. 

She was born Nov. 18, 1958 in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of James and Beverly (Bird) Mezera. She married Mark Doll on Aug. 17, 1985 in Wauzeka. Kim was a founding and active member of the Wauzeka First Responders, a responsibility she took very seriously. She was a generous person with her time and companionship, willing to help people no matter how she was feeling. Kim spent many hours knitting (particularly slippers). She also loved to share a freshly caught fish dinner with her friends and family. 

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CSP nets $5,000 to monitor frac sand mine water quality

The Crawford Stewardship Project will receive $5,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to help monitor the water quality around the Boscobel and Bridgeport frac sand mines.  “Citizen-Based Monitoring of Water Quality Near Silica Frac Sand Mines” was among 21 projects selected for assistance by the DNR’s 2013-14 Citizen-based Monitoring Partnership Program.

“We’re very pleased with the interest, variety and quality of projects proposed,” said Owen Boyle, who coordinates the Citizen-based Monitoring Program for the DNR. “Those receiving awards will contribute valuable information about Wisconsin’s natural resources, support many DNR initiatives, and will help stretch state dollars further.”

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Anchor BanCorp files for ‘pre-packaged’ Chapter 11 reorganization, 100 percent of necessary equity financing already committed

It’s a new lease on life for AnchorBank and its parent company, Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin.

A group of institutional and private investors from all over the U.S. agreed to put $175 million into Anchor BanCorp in a deal that will pump new money into the struggling company, get it out from under its mountain of debt, and maintain the identity of the nearly century-old Madison bank. The company has a branch office in Prairie du Chien.

“I think this is a very exciting time for Anchor Bank,” said Chris Bauer, president and chief executive. “We’ve found investors from all over who will help us bring $175 million in new capital to the state, which we will turn around and make loans and community investments. I think this makes a great statement about the great markets we’re in. It feels good to be able to give back to communities like Prairie du Chien.”

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Prairie du Chien in television spotlight as a vacation treasure


As one of two main co-hosts for Discover Wisconsin (along with Collin Geraghty), Mariah Haberman gets to travel the state and learn about hidden vacation treasures like Prairie du Chien. Haberman and cinematographer Jason Weiss are shown filming a segment at the local theme park attraction Prairie Fun Land, where Haberman raced go-karts with a few young patrons Aug. 7. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Discover Wisconsin recently shot footage at Prairie Fun Land and a variety of other destinations in Prairie du Chien for an upcoming television program about Wisconsin’s river communities. Host Mariah Haberman (right) is shown racing on the business’ popular go-kart race track with a young patron. Prairie Fun Land offers families a theme park adventure close to home.

By Correne Martin

In case you missed it this summer, Prairie du Chien has become a vacation treasure for travelers near and far. Of course, there are always more rooms to fill in local hotels, cabins, cottages, and B&Bs and the Prairie du Chien Tourism Council is doing what it can to fill vacancies.

Recently, the council secured a promotional package with Discover Wisconsin, a television show dedicated to Wisconsin tourism, to spotlight Prairie du Chien as one of three Wisconsin river communities—in addition to Boscobel and Sauk Prairie. Crews shot camera footage along both the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers in the city of Prairie du Chien area last week.

Once the show is produced, edited and finalized, it will air the first weekend in April of 2014 on local TV channels in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. It will also air two more times in 2015 and 2016.

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Missing Dodgeville man’s body found

WATERLOO TOWNSHIP (WI)—The body of a missing Dodgeville man was found in Grant County Wednesday, Aug. 7, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

The body of Michael Upman was found in a pasture off County Road N in Waterloo Township, officials said. His body was found in a wooded area less than a mile from where his vehicle was found days before.

Upman was reported missing more than a month ago from his home in Dodgeville.

Deputies said a farmer in the town of Waterloo was mowing a pasture and contacted them on Tuesday when he found the remains.

The Wisconsin Crime Laboratory Mobile Crime Lab, Wisconsin State Patrol Reconstruction team and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigation unit processed the scene and recovered the remains on Wednesday.

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Hook & Ladder program hopes to lure a crowd for night of fishing, canoeing and food

By Caitlin Bittner

On Aug. 21, the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the Prairie du Chien Fire Department and the Great River Peddlers, will host a night of fishing, canoeing, food and fun.

“This is the third year of the event,” said Parks and Rec director Mike Ulrich, who is excited about how much the event has grown over the years. “We try to tweak it a little every year.”

The Hook & Ladder program, which is compiled of the above three organizations, plans for the event to begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 7, offering educational advice on canoeing and fishing. “Instructors will be there to help people, so no matter your age or level of experience, everyone will be able to have fun,” added Ulrich.

“It’s kind of a sampler program so people might be able to try out something they’ve never done before, or use it as a way to learn in a safe environment,” Ulrich explained.

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