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Wed
02
Jan

PdC grapplers over River Valley


Sophomore 120-pounder Chase Fisher prepares to go to a two-on-one ride against his River Valley opponent en route to a 9-6 win.

Junior Ben Riter dominates his River Valley opponent as he heads for a fall to clinch the team win at 182 pounds.

 

On Friday, Dec. 21, the fifth ranked PDC Blackhawk wrestlers traveled to Spring Green for a conference showdown with always tough River Valley. Prior to varsity wrestling, there were a couple of JV matches. 

At JV 285#, Brice Martin picked up a first period fall. After a quick takedown, Martin put in a power half to deck his opponent. At JV 152#, Clayton DuCharme also decked his opponent in the first period. DuCharme also scored a quick takedown and went with a tight outside cradle for the fall. 

Wed
02
Jan

Prairie wrestlers at Bi-State Classic


Tyler Smock (top) placed 10th at the Bi-State Classic.

 

The 37th Annual Bi-State Classic, hosted by Holmen High School, was held on Dec. 28-29 at the La Crosse Center. This year, there were 68 teams competing, grouped together no matter the school size, in the ever tough tournament representing both Wisconsin and Minnesota high schools. 

A few quick tidbits about just how stacked this tournament is: 86 wrestlers were in their state tournaments last year, 38 wrestlers were state medalists, five wrestlers were state champions, 180 wrestlers are ranked in their respective states.

Wed
02
Jan

High-speed internet effort rapidly advancing in county

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The newly created Crawford County Communications Cooperative (3C Co-op) is certainly going full steam ahead to bring broadband internet to the rural parts of the county.

Wed
02
Jan

Polodna a man of service above self


The Prairie du Chien Police Honor Guard salutes the casket holding one of the police department’s own officers, Detective Stacy Polodna, who passed away Dec. 22, from cancer. Pictured (from left) are Ashley Erickson, Tara Henry, Jeff Henry, Max Erickson, Casey Cox, Kyle Teynor, Terry Sprosty and Chad Abram. For more photos, see the Courier's Facebook page. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Stacy Polodna served the Prairie du Chien Police Department for the better part of two decades, working part-time in college, starting as a full-time patrolman in 1999, and becoming a detective in 2009. He passed away Dec. 22, 2018, at the age of 50. The most savage of all criminals—cancer—is what took his life. 

Polodna, who lived in rural Bagley, was diagnosed a mere two years ago with glioblastoma brain cancer and retired in 2017. 

Wed
02
Jan

Over $5,000 made in Christmas bake sale for youth mission trip


Pictured are just a few of the cookie trays baked and assembled for supporters of the Eastman United Methodist Church Youth Group bake sale. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Frosting some of the sugar cookies were Eastman youth group members Anya and Andrew Aspenson (left, and third from left) along with helpers Allie Aspenson and Stephanos Pavlis. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Eastman United Methodist Church Youth Group organized a Christmas bake sale throughout December to help offset the costs of a mission trip to Hopkinsville, Ky., June 22-29. 

Exactly $6,710 was raised by the kids who are going and their families, who reside in Eastman, Prairie du Chien and Wauzeka. Around $5,275 of that was profit. Ninety percent of the funds was made in pre-sales, while some was garnered at a stand set up at Johnson’s One Stop in Seneca Dec. 29.

“They sold an insane amount of baked goods,” said parent Cindy Payne.

Wed
02
Jan

Non-emergency lockdown happens at PdC High School

There was a non-emergency lockdown at Prairie du Chien High School on Friday, Dec. 21.

It was brought to the attention of the school principal via the Prairie du Chien Police Department that there were some “troubling statements” made on social media that involved a student at the school.

Principal Andy Banasik called for a non-emergency lockdown and the building was searched by administration and the police department. The entire building and interior and exterior were swept and deemed safe by school administrators and the police officers onsite. The lockdown was then lifted and students returned to the regular student schedule (which at this time was lunch).  Students then proceeded to an all school assembly.

Wed
02
Jan

Man arrested for threatening county employees

On Dec. 21, at 12:30 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department spoke with staff members at the Crawford County Administration Building in reference to an agitated man who made threats to staff there. According to staff members at the Administration Building, Brian Pettit, 29, Prairie du Chien, became upset about missing an appointment. When he was told of the issue and told he needed to make another appointment, he became verbally irate and left the building. Staff members of the Administration Building placed a call to Pettit to reschedule his appointment and he continued to be verbally abusive towards staff.

Staff warned Pettit that if his pattern continued, they would call the police. Pettit responded by claiming to have a gun and a hand grenade.

Wed
02
Jan

One airlifted after crash on Christmas

A Christmas morning head-on crash resulted in one young adult being airlifted to a larger hospital for treatment of her injuries, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department. 

Just after 9 a.m., a two-vehicle crash was reported on Highway 18 south of County C in Bridgeport. Officers arrived on scene to find that Autumn Starrett, 19, of Prairie du Chien, had been driving east on Highway 18 in her 2000 Ford Taurus. She crossed the center line, striking a westbound 2017 Chevy Volt, driven by Alan Jentz, 55, of Beaver Dam. After colliding head-on, both vehicles came to a rest in the ditches on opposite sides of the highway.

Fri
28
Dec

Kathleen M. 'Kay' Armstrong

Kathleen M. “Kay” Armstrong, 87, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. 

She was born on Aug. 28, 1931, the daughter of Alfred and Jennie Douglas. 

Kay grew up in the Darlington area, where she met Joseph Armstrong, and they were married on July 8, 1947. She enjoyed cooking and found great joy working within food service in the Madison area. Kay loved to have her family around and they could always count on enjoying a big meal cooked for them. She also loved doing crossword puzzles, watching the deer that came into her yard, sneaking her puppies extra treats and truly looked forward to receiving her Sunday newspaper. 

Fri
28
Dec

Merlynn John Johnson

Merlynn John Johnson, 69, passed away on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at University of Iowa Hospitals, from complications after open heart surgery. 

Merlynn was born on Nov. 23, 1949, in Richmond Center, to the late Ronald and Wihelmina (Grabanski) Johnson. He grew up in the small town of Mt. Sterling, with two older sisters, Marlene and Bonnie, and a younger sister, Karen, where his father, Ronald owned a cheese factory. He graduated from Gays Mills High School and later received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Wisconsin University at La Crosse. 

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