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Wed
30
Sep

One block of Illinois Street by B.A. Kennedy will be two-way starting Monday

By Correne Martin

One block of Prairie du Chien traffic on South Illinois Street, from Webster Street to Cass Street, will become two-way, and parking will be prohibited on either side of that stretch of road, thanks to an ordinance approved Tuesday night by the Prairie du Chien Common Council. The change is effective Monday, Oct. 5.

According to Police Chief Chad Abram, the need for this adjustment came to the department’s attention through the common council.

“The aldermen in that district felt something needed to be done to alleviate congested traffic issues in the area of B.A. Kennedy Elementary School,” Abram said. “This is just the simplest solution we could provide for parents driving vehicles dropping off and picking up children at B.A. Kennedy. It’s a difficult area; the school is landlocked and there is no off-street parking. The long-term solution would be to look at creating a parking lot for staff.”

Wed
30
Sep

Public input sought for future of historic Brodtville school


The Brodtville School sits empty among the hills of farmhouses in Wyalusing Township, between Bagley and Patch Grove. At one time, 100 school children filled the one-room facility with the sounds of learning. Today, the town board is seeking public input as they decide what to do with the rundown building. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Taking up a large space within the historic walls of the schoolhouse landmark is this hand-painted fabric banner showing an honor roll of sorts of Patch Grove, Bloomington and Bagley area businesses from yesteryear.

A one-time class schedule for the Brodtville School might bring back fond memories for former schoolchildren.

These old photographs are just begging for people to reminisce near them about the days when the one-room Brodtville School was filled with young learners seated two per desk. Several former students in these photos are still alive today.

By Correne Martin

In 1852, some 163 years ago, a one-room schoolhouse was built on the settlement of Brodtville. Twelve years later, in 1864, the original building sold for $71, and a new 26x40 schoolhouse was constructed for $285 in taxes from the township—which was then Patch Grove Township and is now Wyalusing Township.

These days, when most of the men mentioned in those historical minutes now lie in the graveyard behind the schoolhouse, the future of the 151-year-old deteriorating facility is up in the air.

Wed
30
Sep

Seneca tops Wauzeka-Steuben


Liv Swanson (1) of Seneca hits the ball to the awaiting Wauzeka-Steuben team.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Tatem Baures (7) gets ready to spike the ball back to Seneca Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Nicole Manders of Seneca (14) pounds the ball past Samantha Groom of Wauzeka-Steuben.

Seneca’s Jena Konichek hits the ball over the Wauzeka-Steuben player.

 

Seneca 

girls sweep 

Wauzeka-Steuben

Seneca swept visiting Wauzeka-Steuben three games to none in a Ridge and Valley volleyball match Tuesday night. 

Seneca improved to 4-0 in conference action and 6-4 for the season. 

Wed
30
Sep

Wisconsin River Trail

 

Wisconsin River Trail 

project gets $200,000 grant

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Wisconsin River Trail Organization (WRTO) has been awarded a $200,000 Knowles Nelson Stewardship Grant to go towards starting construction of the Wisconsin River Trail, which will eventually run from Boscobel to Wauzeka. 

Tue
29
Sep

Dennis D. Oswald

 

Dennis D. Oswald, 60, died on Monday afternoon Sept. 28, surrounded by his loving family at his residence in Wauzeka. 

Dennis was born on March 18, 1955 in Prairie du Chien, the son of Duane and Maxine (Lathrop) Oswald. He married Page Havens on Sept. 6, 1975 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Wauzeka. 

Tue
29
Sep

Robert V. Sawyer

 

Robert V. Sawyer, 87, passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, at St. Therese Care Center in New Hope, Minn. 

He was born Feb. 26, 1928 in Mobile, Ala. the son of Edward and Marie (Peterson) Sawyer. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Kathleen Stoehr on May 8, 1954 in Chicago, Ill. Robert worked as an art director for American Hospital Supply in Waukegan, Ill. for many years until his retirement. 

Mon
28
Sep

Margaret M. Wachter

 

Margaret M. Wachter, 81, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, Sept. 28, at her home surrounded by her family. 

She was born Feb. 28, 1934 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of James and Clara (Berentgen) Powers. She married John Wachter on July 9, 1952 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Together they farmed in rural Prairie du Chien and Margaret also worked at 3M Company for over 26 years until her retirement. She was an active member of St. Gabriel’s Parish. 

Mon
28
Sep

SWS Homecoming


Tyler Zach (25) and TJ Sprosty (82) team up to bring down the Weston ballcarrier Friday night during the Seneca homecoming game. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Austin Duha (52) is one of several SWS defenders arriving to tackle the Weston runner in first-half action Friday night in Seneca.

The SWS ballcarrier goes for a good gain.

 

 

Weston defeats 

SWS on homecoming

Weston defeated host Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben 38-8 on Seneca’s homecoming Friday night in Ridge and Valley football action. 

Weston scored on a 15-yard pass and a 2-point conversion to take an 8-0 first quarter lead. 

Mon
28
Sep

Prairie Homecoming


Prairie du Chien’s Peyton Hall (18) runs behind the blocking of Scott Sautter (65) Friday night against visiting Dodgeville during Prairie’s homecoming game. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Dominic Wright (22) gets past a Dodgeville defender for a big gain in second-half action Friday night at Prairie du Chien High School.

 

Blackhawks’ defense secures homecoming victory

By Zach Mara

 

Mon
28
Sep

Slow-no wake

 

Proposed slow-no wake at Campion Boat Landing considered for safety

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The process of possibly implementing a slow-no wake zone at the Campion Boat Landing is continuing. Prairie du Chien City Administrator Aaron Kramer said that the permit application has been sent to the Wisconsin DNR for review and fine tuning. 

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