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Thu
09
May

James D. 'Jim' Gorman

James D. “Jim” Gorman, 79, of Wauzeka passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. 

He was born Jan. 24, 1940, in Alexandria, Ohio, the son of F.M. and Betty (Grandstaff) Gorman. 

He married Jacqueline (Boruch) Bergeron on April 17, 1999, at The Center in Palos Park, Ill. 

Jim worked as a sales manager of construction equipment for Komatsu International for 47 years until his retirement. He was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wauzeka serving as council president. Jim was also involved in the revitalization of the Lower Wisconsin River Genealogical and Historical Society. 

Thu
09
May

Norma J. Sokolik

Norma J. Sokolik, 64, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. 

She was born Nov. 5, 1954, to Richard and Pearl (Warren) Torgerson in La Crosse, the youngest of 11 children. 

Norma graduated from Holmen High School. She was united in marriage with Robert W. Sokolik on Oct. 17, 1992, in LaCrosse. Norma worked for Lori Knapp in Prairie du Chien for over 20 years. She liked to travel, sew and do puzzles. 

Norma is survived by her husband, Robert, of Prairie du Chien. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Mathew R. Torgerson; and five siblings. 

Thu
09
May

Nicole L. 'Nikki' Arms

Nicole L. “Nikki” Arms, 36, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse,  following a courageous battle with cancer.  

She was born Aug. 30, 1982, in Corning, Iowa, the daughter of David and Kris (Keller) Arms. Nikki was a 2000 graduate of Boscobel High School and later graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  She was most recently the manager of the Shoe Department in Prairie du Chien.  Nikki was vibrant and outgoing. She loved the outdoors, hiking and animals, but most of all spending time with family. She was an advocate of Young Living.  

Wed
08
May

Southwest Wisconsin expansion on tap at Driftless Brewing


This is the view of the 15 BBL brewhouse from Driftless Brewing Company’s office mezzanine with its brewer Chris Balistreri working in the background. (Photo courtesy of Driftless Brewing Company)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Driftless Brewing Company of Soldiers Grove recently was honored for their business development efforts during the Crawford County Leadership Awards on April 25 at Crossing Rivers Health of Prairie du Chien.

Wed
08
May

Highland, Belmont top River Ridge


David Nies of River Ridge gets a jump off of first base following a single in the second inning against Highland. Nies would later slide into home plate to score on a double steal. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Logan Drone scores a run for River Ridge versus Highland Tuesday. Highland won 14-3.

 

Highland defeated host River Ridge 14-3 in high school baseball action Tuesday afternoon in Patch Grove.

On Monday, Belmont defeated visiting River Ridge 11-1.

The Braves scored 1 run in the first inning, 1 in the second, 2 in the third, and 7 in the fifth en route to the win.

Mon
06
May

Howe ownership comes to a close as Courier Press gets sold


Morris Newspaper Corporation of Wisconsin has purchased the Mississippi Valley Printers Inc. newspaper group of Crawford County and Clayton County (Iowa), including flagship publication, the Courier Press. The acquisition was finalized Tuesday, April 30, with MNC taking over operations on Wednesday, May 1. Pictured are MNC of Wisconsin Publisher John Ingebritsen and Courier Press General Manager Gary Howe. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Courier Press has changed ownership after four generations and 108 years under the Howe family name. 

Morris Newspaper Corporation of Wisconsin purchased the Courier, The Trader shopper, as well as their three sister publications in northeast Iowa: North Iowa Times in McGregor, The Guttenberg Press in Guttenberg, and Clayton County Register in Elkader. 

Mon
06
May

Blackhawk Motors sold to Fillback

Blackhawk Motors in Prairie du Chien was sold to Mark Fillback of Fillback Motors, effective April 30. Current owners Kelly Bachelder and Randy Imoehl, of KAR Auto Group, have run the dealership for the last four years. 

In a news release last week, Bachelder and Imoehl shared their appreciation for the support of Prairie du Chien and its surrounding communities and people during their time. They also attributed their success to the employees who gave of their time, dedication and hard work for Blackhawk Motors.

Mon
06
May

Soldiers Grove man arrested in meth bust

On April 30, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 Unit made a traffic stop on a 2000 Pontiac Montana Van at 301 Karl Ave., Soldiers Grove. The van was being operated Matthew Lecher, 46, who also resides at the above address. 

The deputy observed items of methamphetamine paraphernalia in and around the van, along with observing Lecher to be displaying several indicators of drug impairment. After a brief conversation, Lecher ran toward his residence and was pursued by the deputy. The deputy caught Lecher as he was opening his front door. Lecher began to resist the deputy and throw items into the residence and pull away from the deputy. The deputy escorted Lecher back outside and to the ground before getting him detained. 

Mon
06
May

City, residents and businesses getting ready for more flood clean-up efforts in Prairie du Chien


St. Feriole Island is still mostly covered with water, but it is hoped that the river will have receded enough by mid-May that clean-up efforts can begin. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The St. Feriole Island Ballpark parking lot was full. The three ball diamonds, the concession stand and the press box are high and dry, however, because the ballpark was constructed so as to be higher than a 100-year flood.

The River is expected to get down to 16 feet by May 10. Minor flood stage is 16 feet.

This alligator looks quite content, having found a nice resting spot on the roof of a quiet cottage on North Main Street near the intersection with Frederick Street.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Mississippi River crested at 21.75 feet on Friday, April 26 and has been steadily receding since. At 6:45 a.m. on Monday it was at 18.32, and it is expected to be down close to 16 feet by May 10.

Mon
06
May

Prairie golfers host SWC match


Prairie’s Jaret Semanko chips to the fourth green Thursday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jack Peterson makes a nice shot to the fourth green at Prairie du Chien Country Club.

Collin Seeley watches his chip on the first hole.

Prairie’s Logan Shedivy launches his drive on the first tee Thursday afternoon.

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawk golf team played their final home match of the season on Thursday, hosting all of the SWC teams.

The match was played on the front nine at Prairie du Chien Country Club. 

Jaret Semanko led the Hawks by carding a 52, followed by Jack Peterson with a 55 and Collin Seeley with a 58. Cody Crusan and Logan Shedivy both shot 76 for a 241 varsity team score. Shaun Downey had a 79 in junior varsity play.

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