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Crawford County gives city 6 months to create Blackhawk Junction plan


The east side of Blackhawk Junction Mall has been vacant for several years. Crawford County will determine what the extent of the structural damage is.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

City of Prairie du Chien representatives gave a presentation to Crawford County officials about Blackhawk Junction Mall at a joint County Finance/Delinquent Tax Committee meeting May 29.

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Prairie baseball on to sectional play


Mark Welter of Prairie du Chien lashes a run-scoring single against visiting Fennimore in the regional final. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Josh Dyer scores Prairie’s first run Wednesday, having been driven in by Mark Welter.

Aaron Neisius of Prairie du Chien and the Fennimore first baseman intently watch the action.

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks defeated third-seeded Fennimore 2-1 to claim the WIAA Regional championship on Wednesday in Prairie du Chien in high school baseball action. The victory advances the Blackhawks to the WIAA Sectional games to be played in Brodhead on Tuesday, June 4. 

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second, the Blackhawks scored their first run to tie the game. Ryan McGrath started the inning with a single followed by a single by Dylan Coleman. Pinch runner Josh Dyer scored from third on a ground ball by Mark Welter. 

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Four area athletes compete in State Track and Field Meet


Ben Teynor of Prairie du Chien clears a hurdle in the 300 hurdles Friday at the State Track Meet in La Crosse. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Gabby Ritchie finished in 10th in the Division 2 girls shot put at the state meet. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge’s Skylar White clears the bar in the pole vault Friday morning at the State Track and Field Meet. (Photo by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

Blake Laufenberg of River Ridge releases the shot in the shot put at the state track meet. (Photo by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Four area high school track and field athletes competed in the State Track and Field Championships at UW-La Crosse on Friday and Saturday.

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Music Fights Back considers back-up location, other island scheduling impacted

June 21 and 22 is Music Fights Back, the summer’s first music festival on St. Feriole Island. 

As of Friday, President Jeremy Cuff said organizers have been working on finding a back-up location for the rock fest fundraiser for cancer. 

“There is still a possibility of having it on the island, but Mother Nature would have to really be on our side,” he stated. “Either way, we will have a location and Music Fights Back will happen.”

Cuff said he hopes the river drops below 16 feet by June 10, which would give the island 10 days before Music Fights Back to dry out.

“Like our name, we won’t stop until we get this figured out,” he stated.

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Law enforcement focus on rapid response to active threats


During rapid response training, Prairie du Chien Police Officer Gunner Pitzer practiced his safe approach to a building, which was under a simulated “active threat.”

Crawford County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Tony Berg (left) and Lieutenant Ryan Fradette move together through the hallways at the former St. John’s School during police officer rapid response training May 23. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Law enforcement officers were reminded to isolate, distract and neutralize active threats or assailants during Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) May 23 in Prairie du Chien. 

Fifty-seven officers from mainly Crawford, Grant, Richland and Vernon Counties participated in this two-day, level one introductory class led by Jay Darin, from the FBI in Milwaukee; Cpt. Chris Tarmann, of the UW-Oshkosh Police Department, Rod Krakow, of the Wisconsin Rapids PD; and Jeff Gonzalez, from the Germantown PD. 

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BREAKING NEWS: Rendezvous canceled for 2019


Many St. Feriole Island streets have been under water since March 18. The Prairie Villa Rendezvous is looking to either cancel or possibly relocate, though options are slim. The annual flea market that runs in conjunction with the Rendezvous, will happen if the river goes down and the land dries out. If not, the flea market will be canceled as its organizers are not interested in moving it.

Editor’s note: This is the first story in a series about Prairie du Chien’s St. Feriole Island experiencing sustained flooding for more than two months, and how that has affected the community.

By Correne Martin

The Big River Long Rifles’ Prairie Villa Rendezvous is the first major event in Prairie du Chien at the mercy of the swelling Mississippi River this tourist season. As of Monday afternoon, the organization officially decided to cancel its 2019 festivities.

A prolonged flood has kept most St. Feriole Island streets under water since March. The island is closed and remains moderately flooded, with the river at McGregor cresting around 19.1 feet today. 

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Todd Stevens

Todd Stevens, 59, of Janesville lost his courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Todd was born to John “Jack” and Sally Stevens in Prairie du Chien, on Dec. 13, 1959. 

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Ruth A. Mundt

Ruth A. Mundt, 79, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health Care. 

She was born Feb 13, 1940, in Richland County, the daughter of Clifford and Leona (Chitwood) Fry. 

Ruth graduated from the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing and later received her Bachelor’s of Nursing from the University of Dubuque. She married Kelly Mundt on Dec 5, 1964, in Richland Center. 

Kelly preceded her in death on June 1, 2010. 

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Gerald L. 'Jerry' Falls

Gerald L. “Jerry” Falls, 85, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse. 

He was born Nov 30, 1933 in Fountain City, WI the son of Harvey and Pearl (Hertzfeldt) Falls. 

He married Delores Evenson on Aug. 18, 1957. He served in the US Air Force. He worked as a telephone lineman for General Telephone for over 30 years. Jerry also worked at Wonder Wash in Prairie du Chien after his retirement from GTE. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and garden. He was a longtime member of the Eagles Club Aerie 1502 in Prairie du Chien. 

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William K. 'Bill' Wild

William K. “Bill” Wild, 73, of McGregor passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.  

He was born April 26, 1946, in Waukon, Iowa, the son of William and Evelyn (Regan) Wild.

Bill served in the US Army in Vietnam as a sharpshooter in the infantry.  He was decorated for valor and received the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained there.  

Bill worked at Wyalusing Academy in Prairie du Chien for over 30 years as a social worker.  

He is survived by his brothers Mel (Maureen) of McGregor, Iowa, and Maurice (Marie) of Elmira, N.Y., his sister Eileen (Carl) Olofson of Lake Geneva.

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