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Wed
03
Apr

Birrenbach gives $25,000 memorial to Ft. Crawford


Ken Birrenbach, holding a picture of his late beloved wife, Dorothy, presents a $25,000 donation to Prairie du Chien Historical Society President Mary Antoine, April 1. The money is being used to establish a memorial Dorothy Birrenbach Friends of the Fort Crawford Museum Fund and support museum operations. (Photo by Gary Howe)

By Correne Martin

The most considerable personal donation ever given to the Prairie du Chien Historical Society, for the amount of $25,000, was made Monday, April 1, by Ken Birrenbach, in honor of his late wife. This tremendous contribution is being used to establish the Dorothy Birrenbach Friends of the Fort Crawford Museum Fund. 

“The Fort Crawford Museum was one of Dorothy’s favorite charities. For many years, she contributed her time by working in the museum gift shop. She especially enjoyed the Cannons at the Fort because she loved the children,” stated Ken. “I’m making this donation as an endowment so that, even though she’s no longer with us, she continues to give to the museum.”

Wed
03
Apr

Eighth-grade FFA off to a great start in Prairie du Chien


Eighth-grade Discovery Degree members were recognized at the FFA Banquet on Sunday. From left are: high school student Aisja Achenbach, chapter sentinel, sophomore mentor; Breanna Smithson, Sadie Torgerson, Reaghan Lear, Payton Key, Eowyn Earle, Lucas Kramer, and high school student Avery Cornford, chapter president and senior mentor. The annual FFA Banquet recognizes the achievements of FFA members. (Photo submitted)

 

Prairie FFA teams qualify for State Competition

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien FFA Chapter has added an exciting new element this school year with the beginning of eighth-grade FFA.

Wed
03
Apr

Prairie soccer shuts out Christian


Gabby Toberman of Prairie du Chien maneuvers against the Coulee Christian defender. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Kylee Weber of Prairie du Chien battles for control Monday afternoon.

The Lady Blackhawks’ Caitlin Nolan booms a kick downfield Monday.

 

On Monday afternoon, the Lady Blackhawks kicked off the season with a great start against Coulee Christian. Prairie du Chien went on to win 1-0.

Wed
03
Apr

Hubanks, O’Kane retain Prairie du Chien School Board seats

 

Incumbents Cassie Hubanks and Lynn O’Kane have kept their seats on the Prairie du Chien School Board following the spring election on April 2.

Hubanks had 700 total votes. O’Kane garnered 645 and challenger and former board member Duane Rogers got 569.

The top two vote getters each won three-year terms for the two available seats on the school board.

Mon
01
Apr

This spring is 16th time Mississippi has gone over 20 feet


St. Feriole Island is closed to vehicle traffic and water was covering most of the intersection of North Main and Washington streets Monday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

This is the view from the intersection of North Main and Washington streets looking towards the Washington Street Bridge.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Mississippi River at McGregor was at 20.3 feet at 6:45 a.m. on April 1 and is expected to reach 21.9 feet by April 5, according to the National Weather Service.

Mon
01
Apr

Iowa man charged with fifth OWI

A 35-year-old Dorchester, Iowa man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating while intoxicated (fifth offense), one count of failure to install an ignition interlock device, and one count of operating while revoked.

Nicholas Mahr faces up to  11.5 years of imprisonment and fines of $28,100 if convicted of all counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a vehicle hit a truck which was parked in a parking lot in downtown Prairie du Chien. The driver of the vehicle then asked someone for directions to Bob’s Bar and left the scene.

Mon
01
Apr

Bagley man charged with meth possession

A 41-year-old Bagley man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of meth (repeater), and one count of operating with a restricted controlled substance in his blood (fourth offense).

Jason Udelhofen faces up to $20,000 in fines and 9.5 years in prison if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Crawford County Sheriff’s Department deputy made a traffic stop in the village of Ferryville. The traffic stop led to a search, and the deputy found a plastic baggie containing large crystalline chunks, which later was identified as meth.

Udelhofen said he had just purchased the baggie of meth in La Crosse for $120 and had taken a “hit” of meth while he was in La Crosse earlier, the complaint said.

Mon
01
Apr

Prairie men charged with meth possession

A 48-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine as a party to a crime, and one count of possession of marijuana as a party to a crime (repeater).

Patrick Tesar Sr. faces up to $11,000 in fines and four years of imprisonment if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Patrick Tesar Sr. and Patrick Tesar Jr. both resided in the same motel room. Officers knew that Tesar Jr. was on probation for a drug offense and was in possession of a device that would provide a sample of urine other than his own.

Mon
01
Apr

Woman swept away by river

A 74-year-old De Soto woman wandered away from her home and was swept away by the rising Mississippi River. Her body was found a short time later.

Mary Heath’s home is in a flooded area along the river. Heath was reported missing at about 6:55 a.m. Saturday from her residence on a road near Blackhawk Park which had been closed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently.

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Department said it was reported that an elderly woman may have wandered away from her residence during the night.

Law enforcement could only get to the residence by boat, so the Wheatland and De Soto fire departments launched their boats from a boat landing to get to the residence.

Mon
01
Apr

Bridge at Lansing closing for a week

The Iowa 9/Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing will be closed for about one week beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, April 15, for a project to remove and replace several structural steel pieces, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s New Hampton construction office. 

Message signs will be in place along state highway routes in both Iowa and Wisconsin to alert motorists of the pending road and bridge closure.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.

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