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Pedretti leaves lasting legacy as baseball coach


Prairie du Chien’s Mark Pedretti gets fired up during a playoff game a few years ago. (Courier Press file photo)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mark Pedretti is stepping down as head baseball coach at Prairie du Chien High School after an 28 seasons at the helm in an accomplished coaching career.

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Bird hired as new district administrator for Prairie du Chien


Bryce Bird

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Bryce Bird has been hired by the Prairie du Chien School District to become the district’s new superintendent. Bird is replacing former superintendent Robert Smudde who is leaving for the Dodgeville School District.

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Bible Baptist Church to host 50th Anniversary Celebration


Bible Baptist Church at 1110 N. Marquette Road became a functional building in the summer of 1973. There have been several additions to the property since. (Photo submitted)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Bible Baptist Church of Prairie du Chien will be hosting a 50th Anniversary Celebration from Sunday, Sept. 22 through Tuesday Sept. 24.

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12
Sep

Museum pillar adoption a success


Architectural Restorations has been contracted by the Prairie du Chien Historical Society to restore the pillars that hold up the Fort Crawford Museums military hospital veranda. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

All 26 wooden pillars holding up the Fort Crawford Military Hospital veranda have been adopted by generous Prairie du Chien area community members, so they can be restored and continue to support the museum. The project got underway Monday. 

Circa 1940s, the white-painted pine columns were in deteriorating shape and in need of repair or replacement in order to hold up the fort for the future, said Mary Antoine, Prairie du Chien Historical Society president. Total replacement was cost prohibitive, so the museum reached out to the public with the idea of simply repairing them and received a swift response. 

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12
Sep

Adults have plenty to do at Hoffman Hall this fall and winter

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series about upcoming recreational offerings in Prairie du Chien. 

By Correne Martin

Adult fitness, aquatics and leisure activities are abundant through the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department over the winter season. 

More details about the programs, which are mainly held at Hoffman Hall, are available in the city’s fall/winter activity guide, available at the rec center or city hall. Register online at pdc.recdesk.com/community/program, or mail or drop off completed registration forms and fees to the city office. 

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12
Sep

Paul Richard Reinke

Paul Richard Reinke, 61, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, due to a prolonged illness. 

He was born Nov. 13, 1957, in Elgin, Ill., which sealed his lifelong love for Da Bears, the Cubbies, and Chicago-style hot dogs.

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12
Sep

Elaine O. DuCharme

Elaine O. DuCharme, 79, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. 

She was born on Dec. 24, 1939, in Eastman, the daughter of Paul and Tekla (Spalla) DuCharme. 

Elaine worked for the state of Wisconsin in many departments and retired in 1997 from a research unit at the University of Wisconsin. She enjoyed all outside activities whether it was kayaking, biking, golfing, pickleball or gardening. Whenever possible, she loved to travel and enjoyed many trips in the U.S. and overseas (some by bicycle). 

She is survived by her sister, Phyllis Foley; and many nieces and nephews.

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12
Sep

Nathan A. 'Nate' Wachter

Nathan A. “Nate” Wachter, 27, of Mt. Hope, died as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. 

He was born Oct. 13, 1991, the son of Thomas and Lisa (Kriz) Wachter. 

Nate was currently working with his father in the family logging business. He worked for Findorf Concrete, of Madison, prior to that. Nate was a proud father and loved to tinker with things, he was able to fix about anything. 

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11
Sep

PdC cross country hosts Dodge-Point


Prairie’s Max Anthony is on his way to a 10th-place finish. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Spencer DeHart maintains good form during the cross country meet against Dodge-Point Tuesday afternoon at La Riviere Park.

The Blackhawks’ Bryce Priebe cruises along on the first leg Tuesday at La Riviere Park.

Karly Jaynes, Meg Katzung and Ava Hager run together versus Dodge-Point Tuesday.

Kylee Rogers goes down a slight slope at La Riviere Park.

 

The Prairie du Chien High School cross country team hosted Dodgeville-Mineral Point at La Riviere Park Tuesday afternoon in SWC action.

Boys:

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11
Sep

Baseball coach resigns, board talks superintendent position

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The resignation of Mark Pedretti as Prairie du Chien High School baseball coach was accepted at the Prairie du Chien School Board meeting Monday night. 

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