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Mon
11
Nov

Trailer up in flames


The Mt. Hope Fire Department fought a trailer fire in the village Thursday morning, Nov. 7. According to department officials, the owner had just purchased the trailer and moved his belongings inside but was not actually living there yet. No one was injured and the cause is still unknown. (Photos by Emily Schendel, Fennimore Times)

UPDATE Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10:20 a.m.: A trailer house in Mt. Hope is a total loss following a fire last Thursday, Nov. 7.

“We think it was a combination of furnace troubles and an older trailer,” Mt. Hope Fire Chief Rick French shared. “It’s unclear if it was the wiring or furnace that exactly started it. We saw nothing suspicious. The renter reported that he could smell smoke and he opened the door and [the fire] got the oxygen it needed and the trailer became fully engulfed in flames.”

French noted, it took about two and a half hours to get the fire completely extinguished and their work finished. 

Patch Grove and Fennimore assisted at the scene. 

Currently, donations are being accepted for the owner, who lost all his possessions in the fire, at Reliable Auto Detailing, in Prairie du Chien.

Mon
11
Nov

Blackhawks blank Redhawks to advance in playoffs


Prairie du Chien’s Dylan Coleman breaks up a GET pass with 2 seconds to go before halftime and the Blackhawks leading 10-0 Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Traeton Saint follows the blocking of Bradyn Saint (31) and Isaac Avery (64).

Prairie’s Tyler Hannah (44) smashes for extra yardage versus GET Friday night.

Prairie du Chien’s Mason Kramer eludes a would-be tackler on a punt return Friday night against host GET in a Level 3 playoff game.

Braydyn Saint (31) gets a good block to allow Dylan Coleman (21) to get to the outside for a big gain against GET Friday night.

 

By Zach Mara

 

Wed
06
Nov

Banasik named Rural Principal of the Year

Prairie du Chien High School Principal Andy Banasik was named Rural Principal of the Year by the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA) at the annual Rural Schools Conference, Oct. 28. He was one of six individuals and one organization honored for their contributions to rural education.

Nominated by the high school’s Academic and Career Readiness Coordinator Karen Sjoberg, who has known Banasik since he was in high school, Banasik has spent more than 20 years bringing opportunities to students in rural southwest Wisconsin. 

“His achievements are immeasurable and his efforts will continue. He is the epitome of a Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance Principal of the Year,” Sjoberg said in her nomination. 

Wed
06
Nov

PdC fire chief resigns, UTV signage postponed

New municipal airport lease approved

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council moved to accept a key department head’s resignation, postpone the next step toward signage allowing ATVs and UTVs on city streets, and approve a new municipal airport agreement including a rent schedule change—all at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

The city’s fire chief, Jeff Boughton, submitted his resignation, effective Nov. 18. The resignation was acknowledged and confirmed by an 8-0 council vote. 

Wed
06
Nov

W-S approves tax levy decrease, though referendum looms

By Correne Martin

The Wauzeka-Steuben School District approved a tax levy of $1,019,503, and a mill rate of $11.68, for the 2019-20 school year, to be extended to all taxable property within the district. 

This means that, for every $1,000 of taxable value, $11.68 is asked in taxes to the school district—or on the typical example of a $100,000 home, $1,168 is owed.

According to information presented at the district’s Oct. 28 annual meeting, the school tax levy will decrease by 6.88 percent from last year, and the mill rate will also go down from $12.71 to $11.68.

Wed
06
Nov

PdC woman to talk about her summer educating people in the New Delhi garbage dumps


Melissa Collum, of Prairie du Chien, likes to spend her summers helping “repair the world” in developing countries. This past summer, she was in New Delhi, India, and Nepal for two months, where she specifically educated people living in the garbage landfills.

Melissa will speak about her time with the Indian landfill inhabitants during a presentation at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library, Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m.

By Correne Martin

The Friends of the Prairie du Chien Library will hold their annual meeting at the memorial library on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Following a short business meeting, the public is invited to hear current president, Melissa Collum, speak about her experiences this past summer, working with generations of families living in the garbage dumps of New Delhi, India.

Collum lives in Prairie du Chien, is the daughter of Ted and Janet Finn, and is a professor of educational studies at UW-La Crosse and Viterbo. 

Wed
06
Nov

Local events for Veterans Day

The Crawford County Veterans Service Office has announced local events in observance of Veterans Day. All are invited to attend.

On Saturday, Nov. 9, a flag raising will take place at Cabela’s in Prairie du Chien at 9 a.m. For veterans, free coffee and doughnuts will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by free hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, the Prairie du Chien St. John’s Church mass will be held in honor of local veterans and emergency personnel. At 11 a.m., there will be a luncheon with brats and hot dogs in the church hall, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. This is open to veterans and their spouses. 

Wed
06
Nov

Citron Creek, La Riviere Park and ADA fishing pier project to get grant funds

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Conservation Committee received three applications for Conservation Aids Grant funding. Dennis Kirschbaum of the Prairie Rod and Gun Club applied for grant funding for informational kiosks in LaRiviere Park, city of Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich applied for funding for an ADA compliant fishing pier on St. Feriole Island and Jerry Cummings of the Rod and Gun Club applied  for a Citron Creek trout habitat restoration project. 

Mon
04
Nov

Driver dies in ejection from vehicle

On Sunday, Nov. 3, at about 3:40 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a one vehicle traffic crash on State Highway 171 near Old 61, in the township of Clayton. The caller stated the driver of the vehicle was possibly ejected.

Officials later determined that Steve A. Collins, 48, of Gays Mills, was operating a 2013 Jeep Wrangler eastbound on Highway 171. The vehicle went off the right side of the roadway, striking a fire number. The vehicle then reentered the roadway before going off a short, steep embankment and back into the eastbound lane. The vehicle began sliding in the roadway, slid across the highway causing the passenger tires to dig into the shoulder of the roadway and making the vehicle overturn. Collins was ejected from the vehicle as a result of the rollover. 

Mon
04
Nov

Excellent season ends for River Ridge girls


River Ridge's Rylee Zinkle goes high to slam one back to Waterloo in the sectional final Saturday night. (Photos submitted)

Faith Schier of the Lady Timberwolves gets ready versus Waterloo Saturday.

 

The River Ridge volleyball team made the trek up to Dodgeland High School in Juneau on Saturday night to take on the Waterloo Pirates. The Pirates were ranked second in the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association poll and they were a number one seed. River Ridge was the number 3 seed but had taken out Wisconsin Heights, a number 2, and Brodhead, a number 1 seed. The Lady Timberwolves were ranked ninth in the WVCA poll. 

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