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04
Dec

Hawks 1-1 in two contests


Ben Teynor (20) and Gavin Gillitzer (4) trap a Dodgee guard at the top of their opponent's offense.

Prairie du Chien's Mason Kramer splits the defense and puts in a layup one-handed.

As the home crowd anticipates his move, Mark Welter releases a shot from 3-point range in the second all of Friday's contest with Dodgeville.

Ben Teynor eyes up a teammate in the lane.

Josh Dyer turns around on defense and eyes the rebound.

Mason Kramer (14) and Cory Check (50) box out a Dodgeville rebounder on a free throw.

Blackhawk Mark Welter pops the ball out of his opponent's grasp.

Hunter Davis leaps above the competition for an easy jumper in Prairie du Chien's loss to Dodgeville Friday night.

The winter sports season has ramped up quickly for the Prairie du Chien boys basketball team, which recorded a conference loss and a non-conference win last week.

Friday night, they hosted South West Conference foe Dodgeville. The intensity was high. The speed was fast. In terms of height, the teams were evenly matched. But the Dodgers got out to a strong lead and held double digits over Prairie du Chien from about halfway through the first half through the rest of the contest. The score at the half was 33-22, Dodgeville.

In the second half, the Blackhawks pressed their opponents and managed to pull within six points several times, but it just wasn’t enough to secure the win. Dodgeville triumphed, 64-57.

On Saturday afternoon, the boys headed to compete with their rivals across the river, MFL Mar-Mac. The Hawks brought home the victory, 57-41.

Mon
04
Dec

Community lights up for Holiday Parade


To the delight of all children, Santa and Mrs. Claus led the Holiday Parade in downtown Prairie du Chien Friday night aboard a glowing carriage. They were both so pleased to see the good boys and girls waving and acting so nicely. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Howe Printing had one of the brightest floats in the Holiday Parade, through which the local shop’s elves kept busy making toys.

Nelson True Value's reindeer float has been quite popular at the most recent Holiday Parades.

It’s always a joy to see how the Prairie du Chien High School band members dress and light up their instruments for the Holiday Parade.

As with any parade, tiny tots enjoy not only collecting candy, but also dressing up, walking the route and passing out some treats to their friends.

Lori Bekkum and Char Bender were at the front of the parade, carrying the chamber’s banner. Every year, the chamber helps organize this beautiful, seasonal event for the community.

Grace Lutheran Church had a beautiful float depicting the story of the first Christmas.

Becky Hackett of Exit Realty was one of many business representatives who walked the parade route, handing out candy to excited youngsters and business promotional pieces to tehir parents.
Mon
04
Dec

Coyote at city hall

A coyote was reported to be hiding in the bushes behind city hall and the Bargain Boutique Friday about 10:30 a.m., according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department. A number of onlookers came out to take a peek at the wild animal before it was removed. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Mon
04
Dec

Industrial accident blamed for death of Wauzeka man

By Correne Martin

Curtis Groom, 26, of Wauzeka, died Nov. 29, as a result of injuries sustained in an industrial accident last Monday afternoon, Nov. 27, at Dillman Equipment, a division of Astec, in Prairie du Chien, according to a family friend. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) opened an inspection/investigation into the incident on Thursday, Nov. 30, after Groom died Wednesday night, according to Rhonda Burke, U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Director of Public Affairs.

OSHA’s Madison area office is looking into whether or not there was any violation of safety or health rules at the facility, Burke said. The action could take up to six months to complete and, at that time, Dillman could be cited and penalized if there are any violations found as a result.

According to a friend of the family, Groom’s injury involved a sandblasting accident. Aside from hearsay, exactly what happened could not be confirmed.

Mon
04
Dec

Hoffman Hall Holiday Concert to bring spirit of season to families

By Correne Martin

A special event meant to spread the true spirit of Christmas to local families will feature an affordable Holiday Concert at Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien. Michael J. Thoma and Friends will perform an evening of live Christmas music Saturday, Dec. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. The concert is the first of its kind at the rec center in modern years.

“With the hectic holiday season, we thought this would be a good time for parents, grandparents and kids to sit back, relax and enjoy some Christmas music,” Parks and Rec Director Mike Ulrich said. “This is a different kind of offering for parks and rec. We really think it’s going to be family-friendly.”

Thoma is from Waterloo, Iowa, and has performed shows at the Concerts in the Park on St. Feriole Island for several summers. Typically, he has 15 musicians in his full band. Yet, the ensemble performing Dec. 9 will be a five-piece, more intimate group.

Fri
01
Dec

Harlan G. Sanderson

 

Harlan G. Sanderson, 74, passed away in Eastman on Nov. 27. 

 

Fri
01
Dec

Nicholas A. “Toby” Toberman

 

Nicholas A. “Toby” Toberman, 27, of Lawler, Iowa, passed away Thursday, Nov. 23, at his home in Lawler, Iowa. 

 

Fri
01
Dec

Phillip Edward Gokey

 

Phillip Edward Gokey, 86, died after a short battle with pancreatic cancer Wednesday, Nov. 22, under the tender care provided by the Madison VA Hospital Community Living Center Hospice.

 

Wed
29
Nov

Lancaster outshoots Wolves


River Ridge’s Ryan Redman blows by a Flying Arrow defender. (Photos by A.J. Gates)

Gavin Steiber lifts a shot to the hoop. He contributed 12 points for River Ridge in its non-conference loss to Lancaster Monday.

The River Ridge boys basketball team had a rough time keeping up with Lancaster, especially for the long haul with a smaller pool of players, in non-conference action Monday, Nov. 27. The Flying Arrows were strong from the field and pretty accurate at the free throw line in their 84-49 victory.

Lancaster connected on 37 field goals, while making seven of 10 from the line. Three players were in double digits; Nate Timmerman led with 19 points.

River Ridge’s Cole Crubel had an outstanding night with 22 points himself, including three 3-pointers. Gavin Steiber also finished in double digits with 12. Ty Bloom ended up with seven, Blake Crubel three, Brett Moravits and Isaac White two apiece and Ryan Redman a free throw.

The Timberwolves’ team effort recorded 18 field goals and nine free throws on 20 attempts.

River Ridge will host Fennimore Thursday night, Nov. 30, in its second game this season.

Wed
29
Nov

Prairie du Chien efforts not enough to overcome Aquinas


Mark Welter attempts to avoid the big arms of his Aquinas opponent. La Crosse came to Prairie du Chien Tuesday night and dealt the Blackhawks its first loss of the season, 45-40. (Photo by Rose Ziel)

The Prairie du Chien boys’ basketball team lost Tuesday’s home non-conference opener against La Crosse Aquinas, 45-40.

The contest was tight all the way, with the visiting Aquinas up 20-17 at the half.

Blackhawk leaders for the night were Nathan Kramer with 14 points and Hunter Davis with 10. Gavin Gillitzer earned seven points, Ben Teynor added four, Cory Check had three and Mark Welter chipped in two.

Heading the Aquinas scorers, Randy Jacobson and Conley Malone posted 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Prairie du Chien’s first conference matchup is Friday night, as host against Dodgeville.

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