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May

River Ridge, Seneca, Wauzeka-Steuben at Lancaster Regional


Ashton Marshall (left) and Faith Schier (right) of River Ridge burst from the blocks in the 100-meter dash at the Lancaster Regional. (Photos by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

Brenden Rolling of Seneca sails towards the sand in the triple jump Monday afternoon.

Tyler Walters of Wauzeka-Steuben leads the pack. Walters won the 1600 and the 3200.

 

River Ridge, Seneca and Wauzeka-Steuben competed in the Division 3 Lancaster Regional Track Meet Monday afternoon.

River Ridge won the girls meet with 93 points. Wauzeka-Steuben was ninth with 35 and Seneca was 11th with 22.

River Ridge was fourth in the boys meet with 90 points. Wauzeka-Steuben was sixth with 60 and Seneca was eighth with 30.

Wed
22
May

More of a conceptual plan approved for future city dog park

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved plans Tuesday night for a future dog park in the city.

According to details brought by the parks and recreation department and dog park committee—consisting of Bob Witt, Dawn McCoy, Randy Paske and Parks and Rec Director Mike Ulrich—it is hoped this park could be completed in the fall of 2019.

In April last year, the city purchased about five acres of land from the Department of Transportation, off Lockwood Street, near the Campion Boat Landing, and designated it for the development of a 1.9-acre, fenced-in dog park. The costs are all going to be funded through donations, contributions and fundraising.

Wed
22
May

Crawford County’s latest dairy princess crowned


The 2019 Crawford County Dairy Princess Regan Kramer was crowned by Rachel Kramer, who served as 2018 Crawford County Dairy Princess along with Caitlin Nolan.

Regan Kramer (back), 2019 Crawford County Dairy Princess, stands with Crawford County Little Miss Squirt Lorelai Young (left) and Little Miss Squirt Attendant Breckyn Schlee. (Submitted photos)

A well-attended Crawford County Dairy Kick-Off Banquet was held Sunday, May 19, at the Eastman United Methodist Fellowship Hall, where the 2019 Crawford County Dairy Princess was crowned. The new princess is Regan Kramer, the 15-year-old daughter of Travis and Becky Kramer, who resides on a dairy and beef farm near Eastman. 

Wed
22
May

Prairie du Chien hosts Division 2 track regional


Prairie du Chien’s Hope Martin attempts a high jump at the Division 2 Regional in Prairie du Chien Monday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Gabby Ritchie competes in the shot put at the Prairie du Chien Regional.

Jayden Johnson puts the shot at the Prairie du Chien Regional Monday afternoon.

Logan Nettesheim hands off to Jonah Hornseth at Prairie du Chien High School.

 

Prairie du Chien hosted a Division 2 track regional Monday afternoon.

Wed
22
May

Ridge Runners looking at ATV/UTV routes within city of Prairie du Chien

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County Ridge Runners Club approached the Prairie du Chien Common Council Tuesday night to revisit conversations, that have happened at the public works committee level since last fall, regarding the opening of some or all city streets as ATV/UTV routes.

Club President John Udelhoven and Vice President John Shimpach, along with about half a dozen supporters, attended the meeting to present proposed routes within the city for approval. Though the city took no action Tuesday, a city public hearing is on the horizon after the public works committee meets with the club again June 4, to solidify specific roadway route proposals. Then after listening to community members at the hearing, the council can make a decision. 

Wed
22
May

Dairy breakfast in Mt. Zion June 1


The 2019 Crawford County Dairy Breakfast will be at Riley Farms in Mt. Zion, Saturday, June 1, from 6 to 10 a.m. Hosts are (from left) Kaitlyn, Jody, Paulette and Justin Riley. The public is welcome to enjoy the 38th annual family event on this Jersey farm.

The 38th annual Crawford County Dairy Breakfast will be hosted on the Jody, Paulette, Justin and Kaitlyn Riley family farm in Mt. Zion, Saturday, June 1, from 6 to 10 a.m. The address is 44477 County Rd. W, Gays Mills (10 miles north of Boscobel or 10 miles south of Soldiers Grove, 1 mile west on County W, off Highway 61).

Jody was born into the dairy industry and, after graduating from Boscobel High School, he milked a small Jersey herd at home before renting his own farm in Mt. Zion where he milked 30 cows. In 1982, Jody expanded his herd and bought a 156-acre farm near Wauzeka.

The oldest of 11 children, Paulette was raised on a dairy farm in Iowa County. She grew up showing Holsteins but was a quick convert to the efficiencies of the Jersey breed after meeting Jody. The couple married in 1987. 

Wed
22
May

Iowa DOT considers options for rehab or replacement of Lansing Bridge


The iconic Lansing Bridge is being considered by the Iowa DOT for major rehabilitation or replacement. (Library of Congress photo)

 

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Iowa Department of Transportation is in the middle of an environmental assessment planning study weighing several options for the rehabilitation or replacement of Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing, Iowa.

Mon
20
May

County, city evaluating future of Blackhawk Junction Mall


The fate of Blackhawk Junction Mall will be discussed by the city of Prairie du Chien and Crawford County in upcoming meetings.

The east side of Blackhawk Junction Mall has been vacant for the past three and a half years, when True Value moved from there to its new location on Marquette Road.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The court timeline has passed and Crawford County will soon be the new owner of Blackhawk Junction Mall in Prairie du Chien.

Mon
20
May

Seneca val, sal exceptional in character and academics


Valedictorian Alissa Rooney & Salutatorian Taylor Sime

Seneca High School will celebrate its graduating Class of 2019 Friday, May 31, at 8 p.m. in the school gym. Valedictorian is Alissa Rooney and Salutatorian Taylor Sime are the top two seniors this year. 

Valedictorian Alissa Rooney is the daughter of Timothy and Pamela Rooney, of Seneca. She is looking forward to attending Viterbo University this fall to major in nursing. 

During the past four years, Alissa feels she has grown into a responsible, hardworking and dependable young woman. She’s kept busy in FFA and the National Honor Society academically, while helping with class fundraisers and school blood drives when possible. But, it’s been her work on the family’s dairy farm that has given her the greatest responsibilities and life lessons.

Mon
20
May

Area man totals his truck after swerving for deer

An area man was uninjured but ruined his truck on Friday, May 17, in Glen Haven Township, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department. 

At about 6:15 a.m., Larry Osterhaus, 66, of Glen Haven, was driving his 2013 Chevy truck west on Squirrel Hollow Road. He swerved to avoid hitting two deer in the road and, as a result, drove into a steep ditch, where the truck came to rest on its top. Osterhaus wasn’t injured but his truck was a total loss, according to authorities. No charges were filed.

Assisting at the scene were Glen Haven Fire and B&M’s Towing. 

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