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17
Mar

Antoine reception

Congratulations Matt
Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine of Prairie du Chien receives a plaque from Governor Scott Walker Friday evening during a reception and welcome home for Antoine in the Dousman House on St. Feriole Island. Several hundred people attended the event to congratulate Antoine, to see his bronze medal, and to get autographs. State representatives Jennifer Schilling, Lee Nerison, Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer, and Prairie du Chien Chamber Director Robert Moses also spoke before Antoine took the podium and addressed the crowd to a standing ovation. Antoine won the bronze medal in the men’s skeleton at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February, culminating nearly 12 years of hard work. He said he will go for the gold in four more years. The reception was put on by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)
Mon
17
Mar

asian carp

 

Asian carp eggs, 

embryos found near Lynxville

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Asian carp eggs, including late-stage embryos nearly ready to hatch from the egg, were recently identified in samples collected by U.S. Geological Survey scientists in 2013 from the Upper Mississippi River as far north as Lynxville.

Wed
12
Mar

Clayton Township couple’s lives end tragically

Murder-suicide
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department learned Monday evening of an apparent murder-suicide involving Robert and Karen Reagan on County Highway X in rural Clayton Township (Wis). Investigators are following a lead that Karen may have received some troubling health news and that was the motive for why the tragedy occurred. (Photo by Rebecca Eby)

On March 11, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department reported a suspected murder-suicide on County Highway X in rural Clayton Township (Wis). An autopsy was completed on both individuals involved. Preliminary autopsy results along with the evidence gathered at the scene confirmed what investigators initially believed happened.  

On March 10, sometime in the mid-afternoon, Robert J. Reagan, 70, entered his wife’s bedroom where she was in bed. He shot and killed his wife, Karen M. Reagan, 68, with a single gunshot wound to the head.

“It appeared that she may have been asleep when she was killed but we will never know for sure if she was sleeping or awake,” Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick said.

At some point after killing his wife, Robert walked out to his driveway and shot and killed himself with a single gunshot to the head with a .357 caliber revolver.

Wed
12
Mar

Antoine coming home

Great Olympics experience
Matt Antoine wears his bronze medal while standing next to Apolo Anton Ohno, an eight-time Olympic medalist in short track speed skating. (Photo by Mary Antoine)

 

Olympics ‘a truly great experience’

Antoine will go for the gold in four more years

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
10
Mar

Recall petition

 

Citizens seeking recall 

of Bridgeport officials

By Ted Pennekamp

 

This week, some residents from the town of Bridgeport began circulating a recall petition aimed at recalling two Bridgeport Town supervisors. 

Mon
10
Mar

Flood potential

 

Flood potential slightly above normal in Wisconsin

It’s been a long, cold winter and everyone is looking forward to spring. The upcoming spring thaw, however, has many people thinking about how high area rivers might get. 

Predicting the potential for spring floods can be tricky and takes into account numerous factors. According to the hydrologic outlook issued by the La Crosse Office of the National Weather Service on March 6, the flood potential across Wisconsin is a little above normal. For Northeast Iowa, the potential is near normal. 

Wed
05
Mar

knife maker

knife maker
Phil Toberman holds one of his antler-handled knives.

 

Local man enjoys being on the cutting edge

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Since about 1990, a rural Prairie du Chien man has enjoyed the artful, yet practical hobby of knife making. 

Mon
03
Mar

Reception will welcome home Matt Antoine


Matt Antoine

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Prairie du Chien are co-sponsoring an Open House Reception for 2014 Winter Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine. Antoine, 28, won the bronze in the men’s skeleton in Sochi, Russia. 

The reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 14 in the Dousman House on St. Feriole Island. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Chamber of Commerce Director Robert Moses said, “Everyone in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area is invited to come to the reception and show your hometown spirit in congratulating Matt.” 

Mon
03
Mar

New field house at PdC High School

 

New auditorium, field house at PdC High School being considered

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Meetings were held at City Hall and at Prairie du Chien High School Wednesday night to get public input regarding a possible expansion project at  the high school. 

Mon
03
Mar

Elliott second at State

Elliott takes second
Taylor Elliott of Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben battles against Rice Lake’s Luke Schroeder Friday morning. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Elliott second at State

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Taylor Elliott, the first four-time state qualifier in Prairie du Chien history, took second place at the State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison this past weekend. 

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