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21
Mar

Used shoes of any variety are needed

RABAS holding unique fundraiser

Save your gently used shoes for Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter and you could help the organization earn $1,000 toward its establishment of a shelter in the Prairie du Chien area.

RABAS has from now through the end of May to collect 2,500 pairs of new or gently used wearable shoes in good condition (no holes) and of any variety: kids, adults, boots, flip flops, tennis, oxfords, etc. Now is the time to clean out your closets and donate those shoes that have been taking up space.

Fri
18
Mar

Prairie du Chien at State Tournament


Nathan Banasik goes up for a shot in the second half at the Division 3 State Boys' Basketball Tournament Thursday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Connor George looks for a teammate.

Drew Scott looks to score down low.

The Prairie du Chien Band gets the fans pumped up before tip-off.

Zach Neisius pulls up for a jumper in the paint.

Connor George draws three Waupun defenders.

Wesley Schwager backs in.

Chas Sagedahl muscles his way past.

The Hawkettes get their kicks in a rousing halftime performance.

Members of the student section react to a score by Prairie du Chien.

Chas Sagedahl fights for a loose ball.

The Prairie du Chien cheerleaders rev up the crowd.

Prairie du Chien players salute their appreciative fans.

The Prairie du Chien crowd cheers the team as it walks from the court.

 

Prairie du Chien’s fine season 

comes to an end at State Basketball Tournament

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Prairie du Chien’s fine boys’ basketball season came to an end Thursday afternoon at the Division 3 State Tournament in the Kohl Center in Madison as the Waupun Warriors defeated the Blackhawks 55-43 in a semifinal contest.

Thu
17
Mar

Volunteers host 8th annual Easter Party at Children’s Ranch


Colleen Martin and her daughter, Lila, attended the Children’s Ranch Easter Party last spring and enjoyed petting the horses and feeding them hay. (Submitted photo)

The Children’s Ranch’s annual Easter Party will be held Saturday, March 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. Families can enjoy pony rides, crafts, games, a visit from the Easter bunny and more, all for free admission. A meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Everything takes place rain or shine at 61011 Sebastian Ln., rural Prairie du Chien.

This is the eighth year the Children’s Ranch has hosted its Easter Party.

“It’s a great event to get families outside after the long winter,” according to Gracie (White) Ferries, Children’s Ranch director. “Many grandparents bring their visiting grandchildren. The pony rides are always the most popular event.”

Before entering the barn, each child will be given two tickets good for two free pony rides. For children who might be afraid of riding the horses, there will be a couple of horses just for petting and brushing.

Thu
17
Mar

PdC Schools referendum roundtable set

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce’s Advocacy Committee will host a roundtable discussion on the upcoming Prairie du Chien Area School District referendum on Thursday, March 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall.

School Board President Christine Panka and Superintendent Drew Johnson will be joined by several of the school district’s architectural, design and financial consultants in a review of the April 5 referendum questions. City Administrator Aaron Kramer, a member of the advocacy committee, will serve as moderator. The event will be televised live on local cable access channel 6.

Thu
17
Mar

Slow-no wake zone at Campion adjusted in size

The slow-no wake zone adjacent to the Campion Boat Landing was officially approved by the Prairie du Chien Common Council, after a second reading of the ordinance, during its Tuesday night meeting.

City resident Jim Gallagher questioned the need for the zone and said the proposed area, 400 feet north and 400 feet south of the landing, was too large.

The council decided to approve the ordinance with an adjustment to the size of the zone. The slow-no wake zone is defined as follows: 250 feet north of the midpoint of the Campion Street boat landing, then west to a point on Challifaus Island, then south 500 feet along the meandering line of the Mississippi River to a point on Challifaus Island, then east to a point 250 feet south of the midpoint of the Campion Street boat landing, then north along the meandering line of the Mississippi River back to the beginning. The public works committee will be closing the north entrance to the Campion Boat Landing.

Wed
16
Mar

State Tournament Memories


The 1985-86 Prairie du Chien basketball team was, front row: Chris Klema, Jeff Nelson, Tom Trautsch, Tom Hinkel and Jim McClusky. Middle row: Name not known, Bob McClain, Mike Heisz, Jaaren Riebe and Scott Shedivy. Back row: Head Coach Mike Urbach, Alex Dearborn, Dennis Esser, Don Steger, Andy Banasik and Assistant Coach Pat Gasser.

 

Statebound Blackhawks bring back memories

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks have earned a trip to the State Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison, and that accomplishment has spurred thoughts among area residents of other teams throughout the school’s history that also played at state.

Mon
14
Mar

Bound For Glory


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks pose with their sectional championship trophy in Waunakee Saturday night. Pictured are (front row, from left) Ryan Waller, Camryn Knapp, James Reilly; (middle row) Tyler Adrian, Jack Stoeffler, Andrew Waller, Cory Check, Jacob Lenzendorf, Connor George, Casey Hogenson, Chas Sagedahl, Nick Weber, Coach Paula Shedivy; (back row) Coach Brett Trautsch, Coach Jan Waller, Coach Bruce Waller, Coach Andy Banasik, Wesley Schwager, Nathan Banasik, Zach Neisius, Drew Scott, Manager Kevin Thein, Evan Teynor, Jon Dyer, Josh Lenzendorf, Ben Baxter, Coach Randy Schneider, Coach Brent Seamans. (Photo submitted)

 

Prairie du Chien Blackhawks going to State

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
14
Mar

Work resumes on two-story, eight-bedroom PdC house


This eight-bedroom home at the corner of Wacouta Avenue and Iowa Street is owned by River to Valley Initiatives. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

Interior construction and property cleanup has resumed at the two-story, eight-bedroom house located at the intersection of Iowa Street and Wacouta Avenue in Prairie du Chien.

Last October, a notice to cease construction was placed on the front door at 225 S. Wacouta Ave. by the city of Prairie du Chien’s planning and zoning department, which had not seen state approval of building plans and code requirements.

But, in the past couple of weeks, work has resumed at the house, which is owned by River to Valley Initiatives Inc.

The Prairie du Chien Plan Commission met in October with RVI representative Judy Wall and the owners of AAA Family Homes, who then applied for a conditional use permit to operate a community-based residential facility (CBRF) at that location, which is zoned R-3 high density residential. A public hearing was held at that time and about a half-dozen community members shared concerns as well as support.

Mon
14
Mar

Silver Alert: A variation of ‘Amber Alert’ for seniors with dementia

By Correne Martin

Wisconsin’s Silver Alert Program was established in August 2014, after an elderly Green Bay couple, Leo and Claire Baeb, who had dementia, got lost in June 2013 while traveling to see family. They were located more than 24 hours later, alive and safe, but after having traveled several hundred miles. Their daughter, who lived in Florida, where a Silver Alert program was in place, wondered if her family would have been found if a similar network had been available in Wisconsin. That is what sparked legislation in the state that implemented the Silver Alert Program (modeled after the commonly-known Amber Alert).

Mon
14
Mar

Wisconsin outbreak of blood infections has not occurred in Crawford County

By Correne Martin

An outbreak of deadly bloodstream infections caused by bacteria called Elizabethkingia is under investigation in Wisconsin. Since Nov. 1, there have been 48 cases of Elizabethkingia anophelis infections, including 18 related deaths, according to the Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health.

Crawford County Public Health Director Gloria Wall confirmed that Crawford County and the surrounding counties have not seen any cases of the infections.

“It’s mostly over on the other side of the state,” she said, “and it’s mostly very ill people who are getting it.”

Affected counties include Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sauk, Sheboygan, Washington and Waukesha, according to the Wisconsin DHS website (dhs.wisconsin.gov).

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