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Wed
27
Apr

Nagel continues family farming tradition her own way


“I don’t live on a farm but I have a great opportunity working at Achenbach’s Hy-View Dairy Farm,” Brooklynn Nagel said. “Some of my daily tasks are feeding calves, treating sick calves by giving antibiotics and giving them fresh bedding.”

Brooklynn Nagel, 16, is from Eastman and works at Achenbach’s Hy-View Dairy Farm. Since she was 3 years old, her life has revolved around agriculture.

Brooklyn Nagel joined the ring, showing both pigs and lambs at fairs and specialty livestock shows at a very young age.

By Abrielle Backhaus, Agri-View newspaper, www.agriview.com

Brooklynn Nagel, 16, from Eastman, is continuing generations of family farming in her own way.

“I don’t live on a farm, but I have a great opportunity working at Achenbach’s Hy-View Dairy Farm,” Nagel said. “Some of my daily tasks are feeding calves, treating sick calves by giving antibiotics and giving them fresh bedding. Also every year for the county fair I purchase a few pigs and lambs that I keep at my grandpa’s farm. I am responsible for caring for them and working with them to become a show animal.”

With a family rooted in the agriculture industry, Brooklyn, at the young age of 3, joined the ring, showing both pigs and lambs at fairs and specialty livestock shows. Her agricultural interest only progressed from there.

Tue
26
Apr

Man convicted of beating Wasabi Restaurant owner

 

Man convicted of beating local restaurant owner

Charges against 

another man dismissed

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Tue
26
Apr

Wasabi Restaurant owner killed

Man was severely beaten in 2015 incident

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The former owner of the Wasabi Japanese Restaurant in the town of Bridgeport was killed when he was struck by a vehicle Monday in Clarksville, Tenn.

Mon
25
Apr

Dancing with the Hawkettes sure to be entertaining

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien High School’s Hawkettes dance squad is back for a second season of dancing with local celebrities to raise funds for cancer research. Dancing with the Cancer Kickin’ Hawkettes will take place on Wednesday, April 27, at the Dousman House in Prairie du Chien. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the dancing starts at 7 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to come out to support their favorite dancing duo.

Community participants include Max Erickson, Prairie du Chien Police Department; Nathan Gevlinger, Prairie du Chien Schools; Jimmy Jones, Edward Jones Investments; Dan Moris, Q94 Radio; Paul Morovits, Crawford Chiropractic; Tom Nelson, community volunteer; Dr. Michael Rogge, Mayo Clinic-Franciscan Health Care; Brent Sheckler, Suppz Gym; Jan Waller, Peoples State Bank; Tony Wedgeworth, Lori Knapp Companies; Bob Witt, community volunteer.

Mon
25
Apr

Citizens air disgust about lost river access


About 70 citizens shared their opinions and stories about public access to the Mississippi River by crossing the railroad tracks during one of two listening sessions at the De Soto Community Center Thursday morning. Sen. Jennifer Shilling hosted the session along with Wisconsin Railroad Commissioner Yash Wadhwa and Deputy Manager of the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge Tim Yager. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Sen. Jennifer Shilling ridiculed the absurdity of the railroad trespassing law now enforced for Wisconsin sportsmen desiring to access the Mississippi River during a listening session she hosted regionally at the De Soto Community Center Thursday morning. Living in La Crosse near the railroad tracks by the golf course, Shilling sarcastically wondered if golfers unintentionally hitting a ball over the tracks would not be able to cross to retrieve it.

A change in 2006 to Wisconsin state law removed an exemption allowing people to walk directly across railroad tracks in order to fish, hunt and trap along the Mississippi River. Shilling is among those state legislators in favor of keeping public river access available to the people.

Mon
25
Apr

New Scoreboards


Above is an example of what the two new scoreboards for Cecil Smith Field will look like.

 

Cecil Smith Field to be getting 

two new electronic scoreboards

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Cecil Smith Field in Prairie du Chien will soon be getting two new electronic (LED) scoreboards. 

Fri
22
Apr

Double Rainbow


Area residents were treated to a bright double rainbow Thursday afternoon during a light rain. These are views from South Beaumont Road in Prairie du Chien. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)
Wed
20
Apr

Mock accident presents real-life impact


Emergency responders zip up a deceased victim from the mock crash scenario demonstrated by Grant County volunteers to high school students at River Ridge Tuesday morning. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Emergency personnel assess the mock crash scene and prepare to utilize the Jaws of Life to remove victims from a vehicle and one of the injured, Bryan Maring, onto a stretcher. (Photos by Correne Martin)

River Ridge freshmen through senior students reacted emotionally during many portions of the mock crash scenario Tuesday morning in the high school parking lot.

The “drunken driver,” Jonathan Breuer, is taken away in handcuffs by Deputy John Barker.

By Correne Martin

The sounds of emergency sirens, the Jaws of Life popping metal and breaking glass, and a body bag being zipped up were bone-chilling as silence fell upon the River Ridge High Schoolers Tuesday morning. They watched intensely as a serious and emotional mock accident scenario unfolded in front of their eyes: a two-vehicle crash took the life of one, injured two others and resulted in OWI charges.

“It was pretty scary. I didn’t like it at all. I hope it never happens,” stated student actress Shannon Sturmer, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles and “died” in the crash.

The volunteer entities participating included the Bloomington Fire Department, West Grant Rescue Squad, Grant County Sheriff’s Department, Martin Funeral Home and B&M Auto. Led by Denny Cathman, of the rescue squad, 10 firemen, four EMTs and one deputy gave their time to present the mock accident lesson.

Wed
20
Apr

Projects tackled ahead of schedule, new fire truck purchase planned

By Correne Martin

As has become the trend for the city of Prairie du Chien in recent years, the city has more money remaining in its 2014-2016 capital fund than anticipated for this time of year. This is the result of a number of projects coming in under budget as well as other projects not taking place for various unpredictable reasons. So, administration came to the common council Tuesday night with a list of proposed projects to be completed ahead of schedule, resulting in a decrease to the capital fund’s remaining balance.

The projects, which the council approved, include:

1) Repairs to the aquatic park pool, $10,348,

2) Repairs to Hoffman Hall’s north wall, $11,000, this is in addition to the $10,000 already allocated for this project and will cover the entire building,

3) Electrical improvements on St. Feriole Island, $26,000.

Wed
20
Apr

Inaugural meeting set with hopes of starting local Young Professionals Group

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce is looking to start a Young Professionals (YP) Group.  An inaugural meeting is slated for Thursday, May 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Leisure Time Sports Bar and Bowl. Steve Benzschawel, the program director of Wisconsin Business World, will run the meeting.

Future business and community leaders are invited to this whiteboard session to help map the assets of Prairie du Chien and define what makes this an attractive area to work. Together, attendees will identify opportunities and articulate a clear strategy for developing a YP Group. Goals for the group will be to organize a community of peers under the guidance of the chamber, and provide opportunities for networking, career building, mentoring and leadership development.

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