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20
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River Ridge facilities project

 

River Ridge School 

Board moves forward 

with mandated upgrades

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
15
Jul

Voyage for Vets


Casey and Carson Barfels take off from the McGregor Boat Landing Sunday morning.

 

Father-son canoe voyage 

raising money for disabled veterans

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A 43-year-old Appleton, Wis. man and his 12-year-old son are in the midst of an approximate 995-mile adventure on the Mississippi, Wisconsin and Fox rivers. 

Mon
13
Jul

The colors were permanently retired July 8

Flag Retirement Picture 1
From left to right, are Charlie Paulus, John Horkheimer, Terry Reukauf, Zippy Reuter, Phil Kirschbaum, Vernon Graney, Mike Weber and Ron Fritz. (Photos by Addison Mumm)
Flag Retirement Picture 2
John Horkheimer disposes a tattered flag.
Flag Retirement Picture 3
The men saluted the flags among all the smoke as the ceremony came to its closing.

Unserviceable, distressed and faded flags were retired July 8 by the Bloomington American Legion Abraham Wetmore Post 148. The flag is a symbol of what Americans live and die by. This ceremony properly disposed of improper flags. Tattered, torn or too worn flags are not to be flown, as they are a sign of disrespect. To dispose of flags, take it to the local legion post and they can take care of it. In conclusion of the ceremony, the men saluted the flags among all the smoke. They honored the men and women who died protecting the American Flag and all it stands for.

Mon
13
Jul

The re-enactment lives

By Addison Mumm

Although a re-enactment was not on the agenda for 2015 last year, the Villa Louis is proud to announce the re-enactment of the War of 1812 will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19, on the Dousman’s grounds.

During the War of 1812, Prairie du Chien was involved in a battle, specifically July 17, 1814. This battle was the only battle that took place in Wisconsin during the War of 1812.

“People can see Wisconsin’s only War of 1812 battlefield and visit a historic encampment and battle re-enactment, on the west lawn of the Villa Louis estate located in beautiful Prairie du Chien, on the banks of the Mississippi River,” said M. Susan Witters, Villa Louis Office and Museum Store Manager.

Prairie du Chien prides itself on its history; this event celebrates what has happened and how it has shaped the town, state and country today.

Mon
13
Jul

Planted Tree hosts artist reception


The Planted Tree in Downtown Prairie du Chien held its third annual artists’ reception on Thursday, July 9. The reception is an opportunity for the artists and the public to mix and mingle. Above, Sallee Muehlbauer (center) examines some artwork with potter Jane Carlson (right) and Ronna DuCharme.

Live music was provided by Mandy LaBarge. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)
Mon
13
Jul

Classmates get together for 70th Wauzeka class reunion


Members of the Wauzeka High School Class of 1945 who gathered for their 70th Class Reunion were, front row: Elaine Schmitt of Steuben, Elaine “Brown” Heiar of Bloomington and Ruth “Reiger” Kessler of Onalaska. Back row: Harold “Sonny” Ray of Prairie du Chien and Robert Hazen of Bagley. Class members who could not attend were Elizabeth “Day” Cullison of Danville, Ill., Donna “Garvey” Lind of La Crosse and Shirley Lewig of Montana.

Above is a photo of the Wauzeka High School Class of 1945 taken on graduation day, May 24, 1945. Not all class members are present.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Wauzeka High School Class of 1945 held its 70th class reunion on Wednesday, July 8, with a nice lunch at Huckleberry’s Restaurant in Prairie du Chien.

Thu
09
Jul

Seneca Ridge and Valley Rally to be non-stop fun July 11

By Erin Martin, Crawford County Independent & Kickapoo Scout

For the spectators lining Highway 27 at 11 a.m. on July 11 in Seneca, there will be a moment when the line of tractors stretches to the southwest, breaching the horizon created by the hill on the way out of town. It’s an iconic moment of farming pride that can only be seen at the annual Ridge and Valley Rally parade.

Chris and Tammy Olson, the third generation owners and operators of Olson Feed Service, will serve as this year’s King and Queen of the rally.

But things get underway much earlier in the day. Each year’s rally begins with a 5K/10K walk-run at 7:30 a.m. The top three male and female runners in the 5K and 10K will receive medals.

The parade line-up goes on until a half-hour before the event. Entry is only $10 per person and $5 for children 14 and under.

The race begins and ends between the Seneca School softball and baseball fields on Taylor Ridge Road.

Wed
08
Jul

Hibbett Sports


Above is a view of the inside of a typical Hibbett Sports store. (Photo submitted)

 

Hibbett Sports store 

coming to Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc., the national sporting goods retailer based in Birmingham, Ala., is pleased to announce the execution of a lease for a new store in the Prairie du Chien area.

Wed
08
Jul

State Aid for Area Schools

 

PdC, Seneca school districts 

may see drop in aid; River Ridge and 

Wauzeka-Steuben may get increase

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Tue
07
Jul

Maryland 4-H visit Wisconsin 4-H in exchange program

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The group of 4-Hers posed for a smile on their adventures front row: David Degreenia (left), Joe Whittington, Matt Walz, Beth Bohringer and Kendra Jentz; middle row: Stephanie Groat, Lexi Solley, Sam Barlage, Bea Mumm and Shannon McCabe; back row: Lauren Yearous, Katelyn Zenz, Matt Reimer, Amber Patterson, Maura McCabe, Jenna Whittington and Tova Lindberg. (Submitted photos)

By Addison Mumm

Visiting a different part of America, some Maryland 4-Hers got a good taste of fresh cheese, the best milk and some Wisconsin adventures. Grant County 4-Hers hosted nine Marylanders for a week. On their week agenda in Wisconsin was tubing on the river, touring dairy farms, visiting Wisconsin Dells and, of course, a trip to Culver’s.

Each 4-H group signed up online for a few states they wished they could visit. The Wisconsin group emailed the Maryland group first. When each group agreed to visit the other, the dates were chosen, times were marked and schedules were created.
The Marylanders arrived in Wisconsin on June 23, in Milwaukee. The group traveled to Madison where they met up with the Grant County 4-Hers and took a stroll up and down State Street. From Madison, the Marylanders headed to Grant County to see their Wisconsin homes. The following day, they began their Wisconsin experience.

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