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Wed
09
Nov

Tranel defeats Bennett

Incumbent Travis Tranel (R, Rural Cuba City) defeated newcomer Jesse Bennett (D, Rural Wyalusing Township) for State Representative in the 49th District as a result of Tuesday’s general election.

Tranel was victorious by a vote of 15,057-11,344. Tranel received 57 percent of the votes. Bennett got 43 percent.

Tranel won in Grant County 13,542-10,170. Bennett won in the village of Bagley 130-58. Tranel took the village of Bloomington 186-167. In Blue River, the vote was tied at 91-91. Tranel won in Cassville 222-171. Tranel won Dickeyville 307-218.

Wed
09
Nov

Nerison elected to seventh term

Republican Lee Nerison has been re-elected to a seventh term in the Wisconsin State Assembly’s 96th District. The dairy farmer netted 16,001 votes, or 61 percent, while his challenger, Viroqua businesswoman, Democrat Alicia Leinberger, slated 10,184 votes, or 39 percent from the district, according to regional news outlets.

Crawford County ended up in line with the rest of the district, according to the county clerk’s office’s final unofficial results. Nerison recorded 4,396 votes in the county, or 58.7 percent, and Leinberger had 3,093, or 41.3 percent.

Wed
09
Nov

Shilling wins by 44 votes

A slim margin of 44 votes appears to have separated 32nd District State Senator Jennifer Shilling (D) from her challenger Dan Kapanke (R), with 96.9 percent of precincts reporting, early Wednesday morning, Nov. 9. Shilling had 40,883 votes, or 48.9 percent, over Kapanke, who had 40,839 votes, or 48.8 percent at that time. Third-party candidate Chip DeNure (I) had tallied 1,969 votes, or 2.4 percent.

Though her key opponent is holding out until vote totals are official, Sen. Shilling, the Senate minority leader, released an acceptance statement at about 3:40 a.m. Wednesday:

“I am proud to have earned the support of the voters in the 32nd Senate District and I look forward to continue serving as a strong voice for western Wisconsin in our State Capitol.

Wed
09
Nov

45th president stuns nation

Republican Donald Trump winning the electoral vote and being named the 45th president of the United States of America has stunned the nation. He upset those who voted against him and surprised many who voted in his favor.

According to numerous national news outlets, Trump claimed victory with 276 votes to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 218, with 44 votes still undecided.

In Wisconsin, 48 percent of voters, or 1,407,401 people, felt Trump is the man for the job, and 47 percent, or 1,380,512 people chose Clinton for president.

Once Crawford County’s results came in on election night, they showed that many of the townships and villages in the county supported Trump. The county’s final unofficial results depicted a decision for Trump with 3,844 votes over Clinton, who had 3,426 votes. Here’s the breakdown (Trump - T, Clinton - C):

Wed
09
Nov

Third time’s a charm at River Ridge

Voters of the River Ridge School District decided the third time was the charm, for all district students and staff to be located at one site. The district’s Patch Grove facilities will see additions and remodeling, to the tune of $9.5 million, on one pre K-12 campus.

In a presidential election that featured high voter turnout, the school district’s electorate voted in favor of Question 1 in Tuesday’s referendum. However, question 2 failed, meaning the school’s football field and track will remain in Bloomington, while all students and staff will be moved to one location in Patch Grove.

Unofficial voting results showed 938 “yes” votes and 851 “no” votes for question 1, and, for question 2, there were 969 “no” votes and 801 “yes” votes. Broken down into community, results were as follows:

Wed
09
Nov

Stream Restoration Projects


Stream restoration not only creates healthy trout populations, but has many other benefits as well. (Photo courtesy of TUDARE)

 

TUDARE to help restore streams in 

Crawford County, organization works toward making 

Driftless Area a showcase of what restoration can be

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
07
Nov

PdCHS Drama Hawks entertaining audiences with ‘Little Shop of Horrors’


Owen Feye, acting as Seymour, the botanical genius of a shop assistant, gains instant fame after discovering an unusual plant he names Audrey II. Still a small plant, he learns that it lives and grows after eating blood and flesh. He’s pictured feeding it a few drops of blood and asking it to grow and draw attention from his love interest, Audrey. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The three main characters, Audrey and Seymour, and Mr. Mushnik, their employer, are in awe of the money coming into the Skid Row flower shop since the overnight sensation plant draws attention to the shop.

The main female lead in the musical, Audrey, the flower shop’s arrangement maker, is played by Anna McDuffey. She’s in an abusive relationship but has a crush on her co-worker, Seymour. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Carter Witzig is Mr. Mushnik who owns the little flower shop on Skid Row. Here, he sings about calling his overnight sensation assistant “his son” in order to increase the business’ fortune.

David Yager was full of energy and hilarity in his role as the dentist/boyfriend of Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors.” He is shown here wearing a laughing gas mask and singing about the enjoyment he feels in inflicting pain on others. Meanwhile, Seymour ponders whether to shoot him before the gas mask becomes stuck and asphyxiates him.

Mr. Mushnik sings with the Goddesses of Swag.......

By Correne Martin

If you missed the “Little Shop of Horrors” presented by the Prairie du Chien High School Drama Hawks, you have a few more chances to see the horror comedy rock musical in the high school’s little theater: Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The cast and crew of about 25 have put on four spectacular shows already and audiences are loving it.

“A lot are quite familiar with the story,” Director Phil Stiemke said. “We did a short concert-type presentation a few years ago and some of this year’s kids were there for that. Some of them have a lot to do in this one.”

Mon
07
Nov

Piggly Wiggly receives Governor’s Award for Exemplary Employment


Those congratulating Curt and Shelly Zinkle on the Governor’s Award for Exemplary Employment were (front row, from left) Fabian Hurley, Chelsey Natwick, Marvin Bannister; (back row) Samina Grimes-DVR counselor, Amy Grotzke-Workforce Development director, Delora Newton–DVR administrator, Shelly Zinkle, Curt Zinkle, Kim Thompson–Opportunity Center employment specialist and Amy Studden–DVR business services consultant.

By Correne Martin

Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly in Prairie du Chien was recognized on Oct. 26, with the Governor’s Award for Exemplary Employment for the store owners’ commitment to recruit and hire job seekers with disabilities. Curt and Shelly Zinkle accepted the award from the Department of Workforce Development Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).

The Zinkles have worked with the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien to find employment opportunities for people with disabilities served by the center.

Mon
07
Nov

Seventh graders emerged in mock election campaign


These seventh graders just found out what their political map looks like for the day. The Republicans (seated in the forefront) realized their campaign has not been gaining them as high of a percentage of votes as their Democratic counterparts. Pictured (from left) are Mani Watson, Duke Scherf, Faith Meyer, Dom Tanner, Joseph Ruskey and Syler Wall.

The Democratic Party, including campaign manager Lily Kregel and presidential nominee Eva Keene, focus on seeking support from interest groups while their social studies teacher Josh Rabbit prepares to video a dinner party speech.

Speech writer Faith Meyer and vice-presidential nominee Joseph Ruskey go over a speech just before Ruskey shares it with his classmates. An updated political map and some of the students’ propaganda hang in the background. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Political posters, many of which reflect issues of the true national election, hang all over Mr. Rabbit's room.

By Correne Martin

The seventh grade students in Josh Rabbit’s social studies classes at Bluff View Intermediate School are as perplexed about the 2016 presidential election as the adult electorate. They’re in the home stretch of attending rallies, spending money on and appealing to voters’ emotions through advertising, focusing on winning key states, and reciting their views on the most controversial points of this election. It’s the end of a full campaign and, just like the rest of the United States citizens, they will realize the impact of the election’s conclusion Nov. 8.

Wed
02
Nov

Utility pole taken out, OWI arrest made in crash

A Mount Hope man crashed early Sunday morning in the town of Bridgeport, striking a utility pole and narrowly missing a fire hydrant. The incident resulted in an arrest for OWI and failure to maintain control.

According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, just before 12:55 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, a one-vehicle crash on East Lapointe Street at U.S. Highway 18 was reported.

Paul Bakkum, 31, of Mount Hope, was operating a 2008 Pontiac G6 east on East Lapointe Street and attempting to make a right turn onto Highway 18, when he failed to negotiate the curve and drove over the curb in the grass on the south shoulder of the roadway. Bakkum’s vehicle then struck a utility pole and spun 90 degrees, barely missing a fire hydrant.

While investigating the crash, it was found that alcohol was a factor. Bakkum was subsequently arrested for OWI first offense and cited for failure to maintain control.

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