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Wed
09
Jan

PdC-Fennimore gymnasts host meet in fieldhouse


Madison Puckett completes a maneuver on the beam. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Lily Kregel of Prairie du Chien-Fennimore performs on the beam.

Mackenzie Pettit of Prairie du Chien-Fennimore jumps while on the balance beam Monday night in the new Prairie du Chien High School Fieldhouse.

Kylee O’Kane stands at the end of the balance beam Monday evening.

Madison Puckett is cheered on by some of her teammates Monday as she begins a run during her floor exercise.

Hailey Ohlert concentrates on her floor exercise routine Monday night.

Hailey Ohlert finishes her floor exercise.

 

Prairie du Chien held its first varsity event in the new fieldhouse at the high school Monday night as the Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnastics team hosted Platteville-Belmont-Lancaster for the first home meet of the season.

The gymnasts will next host River Valley on Senior Night on Jan. 14.

Wed
09
Jan

New Prairie du Chien police chief appointed


Prairie du Chien Police Chief Kyle Teynor was sworn into his position by City Clerk Tina Fuller Jan. 7, at 10 a.m., at city hall. He was appointed to the position by the city’s five-man police and fire commission.

By Correne Martin

Fifteen-year Prairie du Chien police officer and former sergeant, Kyle Teynor, 35, was appointed the next chief of police for the city, Jan. 2, and sworn in Jan. 7, by the city clerk. He was selected by the Prairie du Chien Police and Fire Commission after two candidates were interviewed for the chief position.

“This has been a lifelong goal. I grew up across the street from the old police department on Prairie Street and was the kid looking out the window anytime I observed a squad car drive by. Police officers have always been my heroes,” Teynor stated. “Also, policing is a passion and, more importantly, the advancement of the job of policing into a profession is important to me. The steadfast progression of this department is always on my mind.”

Wed
09
Jan

Even greater place to swim this winter

Setting out to make the pool deck as safe as possible for patrons at Hoffman Hall, staff researched products that could provide a durable, anti-slip surface. In doing so, they learned that 3M in Prairie du Chien had products that would fit that bill. Collaborating with 3M staff, the perfect matting was chosen. Several rolls of vinyl Nomad were donated to Hoffman Hall, valued at $1,000 apiece, for placement along the outside edge of the pool and inside the men’s and women’s bathrooms. The Nomad is resistant to grease and oil that swimmers’ feet could otherwise leave on the deck, it helps protect the original 1962 floor surface and it covers up the old non-slip strips. The Nomad is also easy for the staff to clean. So far, patrons are loving it, according to pool staff, and only one roll has been used. The second roll will be added in other areas at Hoffman Hall and likely at the city’s outdoor pool as well.

Tue
08
Jan

William 'Bill' Leonard Neises

William “Bill” Leonard Neises, 77, of Patch Grove, succumbed to cancer on Jan. 2, 2019, at his residence, after a courageous nine-year battle. 

He was born on Nov. 20, 1941, in Prairie du Chien, the first son of Leonard and Elsie (Graf) Neises. 

Mon
07
Jan

Familiar owners take over Eastman Locker


Kevin and Jane Schaaf (right) sold the Eastman Locker to Grant and Nikki Stluka and family. Both are pictured here on the day the sale closed at Adams Auction & Real Estate.

The age of the Eastman Locker was not known by either owners, though there’s a neat picture of it inside the store from back in 1912 when it was a general store.

The J.F. Pier General Store, now known as Eastman Locker, is pictured here in 1912.

By Correne Martin

After 13 and a half years of ownership under Kevin and Jane Schaaf, the Eastman Locker was sold to Grant and Nikki Stluka, who took over Dec. 31.

“This is big news for a small town,” Jane noted. 

The deal closed through Adams Auction & Real Estate on New Year’s Eve, and as soon as 2019 started, the Stlukas were in the meat locker plant, ready for business as usual. The same employees will remain in Brian Cipra, Matt Lorenz, Tim Sprosty and Roy Kramer, and the hours, services and products are expected to be much the same. 

Mon
07
Jan

So much love already for New Year’s baby


Jordan Nance and Christopher Conant were full of joy in sharing their newborn, Cayden Allen, this year’s New Year’s baby in Prairie du Chien. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Cayden never made a sound or opened his eyes during his first official interview last week.

By Correne Martin

 

“Most people aren’t as blessed to come into the world with what he has,” the dad of the 2019 New Year’s baby in Prairie du Chien remarked quietly, looking at the tiny face of his two-day-old son, Cayden Allen. 

Cayden was born to Jordan Nance and Christopher Conant, of Prairie du Chien, just 23 minutes after midnight on Jan. 1, at Crossing Rivers Health. He is the couple’s first child together, but joins Conant’s older son, age 6, in their loving family. His middle name was chosen in memory of Cayden’s late grandfather, who passed away last May. 

Mon
07
Jan

Highway 18 project in Grant County to begin in summer


This map from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows the stretch of Highway 18 that will be resurfaced during the summer.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Motorists on Highway 18 in the Prairie du Chien area are not done with construction zones just yet. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is in the process of developing final plans to improve US 18, beginning just south of the Wisconsin River Bridge and continuing southeast to the US 18/WIS 35 intersection near Patch Grove. The project length is 6.3 miles.

Mon
07
Jan

Prairie du Chien gymnasts at Mount Horeb Invitational


The Prairie du Chien gymnastics team is, front row: Hailey Ohlert, Manager Caitlin Nolan, Mackenzie Pettit and Kylee O’Kane. Back row: Sarah-Kate Kenney, Desiree Puckett, Madison Puckett, Audrey Watson, Lily Kregel and Sadie Koresh. Not pictured: Hannah Garrity, Manager Zach Mara and Coaches Alexandria Udelhofen and Tasha Buchheit.

 

By Zach Mara

 

The Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnasts had their first competition of the 2019 season at the Mount Horeb Invitational on Saturday. 

Mon
07
Jan

Blackhawk wrestlers take down Hornets


Junior Isaac Avery has a tight lock en route to a first-period fall against his Richland Center opponent. The fifth-ranked Blackhawks cruised to a 60-12 victory.

 

Another SWC foe, another win. The beat continues for the fifth-ranked PdC grapplers as they dismantled Richland Center 60-12 on Thursday evening in front of a raucous bunch of PdC wrestling faithful. Prior to the meet, Traeton Saint and Reid Koenig were presented plaques detailing their 100 career wins. Following that, a great number of local wrestling sponsors were recognized and thanked for their generosity in helping the team achieve their goals and be able to travel throughout the state. Brian and Jeananne Dillman were also recognized and thanked, as they have very generously purchased a new competition mat for the wrestling team.

Mon
07
Jan

Mar-Mac tops River Ridge


River Ridge’s McKenzie Graf eyes a jumper Thursday night. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Skylar White of River Ridge leans back to get off a shot versus MFL Mar-Mac.

River Ridge’s Taylor Langmeier drives against MFL Mar-Mac.

 

MFL/Mar-Mac came from behind to narrowly defeat host River Ridge 46-44 in nonconference girls basketball Thursday on Parents’ Night.

The Timberwolves missed a chance to tie the game in the waning moments and fell to 10-2 on the season. Their only losses are to undefeated Mar-Mac and undefeated Prairie du Chien. 

River Ridge led 22-16 at the half and looked to be in control for most of the game, leading by 8 points late, before succumbing to Mar-Mac.

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