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Apr

Weather a factor in several accidents

On April 18, the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded to multiple weather-related traffic crashes.

At 12:48 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of South l0th Street and East Parrish Street. A westbound vehicle being operated by Chad Peterson, 36, Prairie du Chien, collided with a southbound vehicle being operated by Tina Becwar, 50, Boscobel. The Becwar vehicle was able to driven from the scene and the Peterson vehicle was removed by Nagel’s Towing Service. No injuries were reported as a result of this crash.

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23
Apr

Dairy Princess and Little Miss Squirt contests happening in Crawford County

Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Crawford County Dairy Princess. High school age students who are residents of Crawford County and interested in promoting the dairy industry are invited to compete for the title of Crawford County Dairy Princess. Each candidate will give a 3-5 minute speech about a current dairy industry topic, and answer interview questions from the judges. Each contestant will be judged on her ability and willingness to promote the dairy industry in Crawford County and surrounding areas.

Candidates should be knowledgeable about the dairy industry, enjoy meeting new people and be able to participate in dairy events such as the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast, parades, fairs, educational activities and community promotions throughout the year.

Mon
23
Apr

A mock reminder: Be smart, safe


Isaac Blum played the "seriously injured" victim in River Ridge's mock crash last Thursday, April 19.

Deputy Dan Reuter hollers at James Breuer, aka the drunken driver in the mock crash, to blow as hard as he can during a "breathalyzer test," done in front of his classmates to show what happens when a driver is suspected to have been drinking. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Funeral director Nathan Popp rolls the "deceased victim" in front of the student body, as he explains what his role is at a scene where someone is pronounced dead.

Key participants in the mock crash included (from left) makeup artist Jordan Mink, Deputy Dan Reuter, Kerrigan Trautsch, Denny Cathman, Isaac Blum and James Breuer.

By Correne Martin

There’s screeching, a loud boom, the cracking and popping of glass breaking and metal bending. You’re screaming and crying and feeling your body being jerked around. There’s the smell of coolant and other chemicals. 

Then...silence...

This experience is a nightmare of a lifetime. It’s not only the sounds that will remain with you, when you’re involved in a severe crash. But, in a drunken driving crash that ends in injuries, even death, the memories and consequences—if you live—will haunt you forever. 

Mon
23
Apr

Harper's Slough Project


Rotary Club Prairie du Chien High School students plant trees as part of the Harper’s Slough Project Friday. (Photos courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel, Rotary Club Prairie du Chien students and other volunteers dig holes on one of the seven Harper's Slough Project islands to plant trees.

 

Harper’s Slough Project construction complete

McGregor Lake Project in final 

planning phase

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Thu
19
Apr

Three Prairie Archers to Nationals


Taia Dressler, Devan Jacobson and Allison Davis qualified to shoot at the 2018 NASP Eastern Nationals in Louisville, Ky. on May 10 to May 12. (Photos submitted)

Members of the Prairie du Chien team compete in Cashton earlier this season.

The Martin Adkins Archery Club of Prairie du Chien comprised 23 of the more than 1,600 archers at the state competition in Wisconsin Dells.

The Martin Adkins Archery Club poses at the NASP State Tournament.

 

Three Prairie du Chien archers 

to shoot at national competition

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On Friday, March 23, the Prairie du Chien School District’s archery team competed in the Wisconsin National Archery in the School’s Program (NASP) state competition at the Woodside Sports Complex in Wisconsin Dells. 

Thu
19
Apr

Teen arrested after vehicle rolls on Bypass

On Tuesday, April 17, at 3:30 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department received a call of a vehicle driving erratically on South Beaumont Road. The caller then told dispatch that the vehicle had hit a curb and rolled over several times on the Highway 18 Bypass near South Wacouta Avenue. The vehicle came to rest on its tires and the driver proceeded to drive in a field until the vehicle struck a power utility box, where it was disabled.

During the course of the crash investigation, it was determined that Dylan Yeomans, 19, Prairie du Chien, was the operator and lone occupant of the vehicle. Yeomans was taken to the Crossing Rivers Health emergency room for possible injuries.

The vehicle suffered severe damage. Yeomans was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant (first offense) and reckless driving.

Thu
19
Apr

Public info meeting planned for Michigan Street project

The city of Prairie du Chien will host a Public information meeting on Thursday, April 26 to review the upcoming North Michigan Street project. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the community room at city hall.

Representatives from the city and Vierbicher, the city’s consultant on the project, will be in attendance.

Work is scheduled to begin in June. The contractor for the project is H. James and Sons Construction.

The project involves the reconstruction of North Michigan Street from Blackhawk Avenue to Perry Street, Haydn Street from Michigan Street to Illinois Street, and Park Street from Michigan Street to Illinois Street. The project will consist of the following:

Thu
19
Apr

TNT Gymnastics new facility open in Prairie du Chien


Some of the older girls practice their routines for regional gymnastics, which are happening this weekend in Minneapolis, while the younger ones get their time in too.

A group of TNT gymnasts stretches in preparation for class on the new floor mat, complete with springs beneath it.

TNT Gymnastics Owner Tracy Troxel assists a couple of her competitive gymnasts on the low bar. (Photo by Correne Martin)

With 8,200 square feet of space, there’s plenty of interaction to be had at TNT Gymnastics gym at 1890 E. La Pointe St., in Prairie du Chien.

In addition to the traditional beams, floor, bars and vault, a climbing wall, in-ground trampolines, climbing ropes, foam pit, obstacle course and toddler rooms have been added at the new TNT facility.

By Correne Martin

After 18 years of bouncing around to Prairie du Chien’s various gym spaces, TNT Gymnastics opened its own 8,200-square-foot pristine gym with the latest industry equipment at 1890 E. La Pointe St. on Feb. 25.

“It’s almost double the size we had,” remarked owner Tracy Troxel, comparing the new building to the business’ former space in a storage building next to Prairie Cinema. “We’ve already seen 25 additional members, including eight new boys. People are coming from other gyms. The kids currently taking classes have been able to improve so much more too. They’ve gained a lot more strength with the additional opportunities that have opened up.”

Mon
16
Apr

'Robin Hood,' an action-packed, comedic adventure


Pictured, a well-practiced fight scene ensues on a bridge, between the sprightly Robin Hood and the not-so-little, Little John, portrayed by Dylan Skime. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The Baroness’ persistent squeal and over-the-top character, played by Kama Tesar (center), was well matched by her fellow performers in Prairie du Chien High School’s “Robin Hood.” They include (from left) Sherwood foresters Jillian Kruempel and Erin Amdahl, as well as members of the “merry men,” Tristan Nesvold as Allan-a-Dale, Hailey Seitz as Meg, Ian Halderson as Will Scarlett and Sophie Miller as Beatrice.

The wise-cracking Marian, played by Katy Welsch (left), tantalizes the outlaws that Queen Eleanor, aka Ellie Mara, plans to “off with their heads.”

Derek Spiller was the perfect lead character in Robin Hood (center), surrounded here by his “merry men” (from left): Hailey Seitz as Meg, Dylan Skime as Little John, Ian Halderson as Will Scarlett and Carter Wittrig as Much the Miller. True to legend, the heart of Prairie du Chien’s version of “Robin Hood” is its story of taking from the rich to give to the poor.

Friar Tuck, played by middle schooler David Riniker, sits beneath a tree talking to himself and eating voraciously, before realizing he’s being spied upon by Robin Hood.

Distraught by the sheriff’s scheme to wed her, young Ellen, depicted by Alaina Lenz, converses with the inn keeper, played by middle school student Robert Groom.

“Robin Hood,” a humorous and action-packed play by Larry Blamire, was performed over the weekend in the Prairie du Chien High School Little Theater. The play tells the story of the grand adventure of Robin Hood, played by Derek Spiller (left) and his band of outlaws as they steal from the rich and give to the poor, while the audience simultaneously watches a romance bloom between the witty Robin and the skeptical and skilled Maid Marian, the lady-in-waiting to Queen Eleanor. 

Mon
16
Apr

Coalition forming to conquer Crawford County area addiction issues

By Correne Martin

Whether or not you have been affected by addiction, it’s still your problem. Substance abuse is a community problem. 

That’s according to behavioral and mental health therapists and professionals from the Crossing Rivers, Gundersen, Mayo Clinic and Crawford County health systems who gathered at the Responding to Addiction Town Hall April 10, at the Prairie du Chien City Hall. About 30 area citizens attended, including recovering addicts and their families as well as stakeholders in local law enforcement, justice, corrections, probation and parole, school, etc. 

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