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Thu
03
May

Sugar Creek Park


The base around existing equipment will be made more resilient to flooding. (Photo submitted)

This is a rendering of what the new piece of park equipment will look like as well as the green base around it.

The Walmart Foundation gave a grant for $1,500 Tuesday morning to the Sugar Creek Park Project in Ferryville. In the front row are Walmart Assistant Manager Katie Fitzwater, Theresa Yaeger of the Ferryville Vision and Promotion Board, Walmart Department Manager Heidi Stoddard, Ferryville Playground Committee Co-Chair Sherry Quamme, Marsha Stross of the Ferryville Vision and Promotion Board and Ferryville Playground Committee Co-Chair Joanne White. Several Walmart associates are in the background. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Ferryville working to make Sugar Creek Park more flood resistant, adding equipment

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
02
May

Arleen E. Skaife

 

Arleen E. Skaife, 95, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, May 1, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

 

Wed
02
May

PdC Jaycees disband, yet leave rich legacy


The Prairie du Chien Jaycees' sandbox fill was a community service provided out of necessity. When the young Jaycees members had kids with sandboxes that needed filled, they found a way to make it happen for everyone—just one example of the organization's dedication to its community. Pictured just a few decades ago (from left) are Ed Hamman from Prairie Sand and Gravel, Gary Howe, Shelby Eastman, Oscar Eastman and Carol Baumeister.

These grease monkeys manned the Jaycees' Rendezvous food stand in 1990: Lynn McCreary (Rider), David Shihata and his dad Moe Shihata. This fundraiser and the Rendezvous flea market were, together, among the largest fundraisers for the Jaycees.

Ready to record the distance, Jaycee John Green watches as a Punt, Pass and Kick participant lofts a long ball. This event was just one of dozens the Jaycees organized over the years.

These Jaycees and Jaycettes had a fun time at Mecca in Milwaukee in 1974.

Prairie du Chien Jaycees alumni Tom Nelson, Gary Howe and Cathie Nelson stand with the current Jaycees' most senior member, Tarah Marx, in front of the Old Rock School, which was most recently home to the local chapter. The Jaycees voted in February to disband the organization after six decades of existence in Prairie du Chien. The move was mainly due to declining membership. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Jaycees are disbanding after six decades of shaping humanity in the community. Though the decision came with heart-rending resolve, a rich legacy is being left behind, the result of purposeful devotion invested by hundreds of local Junior Chamber members. 

As the last line of the Jaycees International Creed states, “That service to humanity is the best work of life.”

“We have a lot of respect for the Jaycees who came before us, and that (is why this decision) has weighed heavily on us,” lamented Treasurer Jamie Stram, a 12-year member.

Tue
01
May

Katherine Carol Tittle

 

Katherine Carol Tittle, 55, of Lancaster, formerly of Prairie du Chien, died Saturday, April 21, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital, La Crosse.

 

Mon
30
Apr

Prairie du Chien Soccer


Prairie's Gabby Toberman takes a shot at the Richland Center goal Thursday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Gracie Colson of Prairie du Chien attempts to take the ball away from a Richland Center player.

Mackenzie Pettit tries to maneuver around a Richland Center defender.

 

Prairie soccer 

blanks Richland Center

The Prairie du Chien Lady Hawks soccer team had a phenomenal game to defeat the visiting Richland Center Hornets 2-0 Thursday afternoon. 

In the first half, Prairie dominated the game, only allowing Richland Center to get into Prairie’s defensive half of the field two times. 

Mon
30
Apr

Prairie du Chien Softball


Prairie's Lauren Kennedy takes a big lead off of second base. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien pitcher Rilee Wikan whips the ball towards the plate against Lancaster.

 

Lancaster 

defeats Prairie girls

The Prairie du Chien softball team lost 11-1 in 5 innings against visiting Lancaster Thursday afternoon at Bluff View. 

Rilee Wikan took the loss. She gave up 13 hits and had 1 strikeout. 

Only 5 of Lancaster’s 11 runs were earned.  

Mon
30
Apr

Driftless Development striving to build greater Crawford County into vibrant community


This map shows the area Driftless Development targeted for their recent surveys. Driftless Development is working with counties and communities beyond the Crawford County border for the benefit of all.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Driftless Development Inc., is at a pivotal point as the economic development organization begins to look at the challenges faced by the greater Crawford County area while also starting its shift from a transitional board of directors to a permanent board, aided by several committees.

Mon
30
Apr

Outdoors vital to first grade Arbor Day experience

The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department invited Prairie du Chien School District first graders (public and private) to the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens Friday for its annual Arbor Day program. Guest speakers included Tom Nelson, who talked about the history of trees on the island; Mike Ulrich, who spoke about the history of how the park setting came to be there; and Mark Pedretti, who discussed the trees, fruits and wildlife around us. Pictured, garden curator Tom Nelson let Zach Quick and all his fellow first graders give their class’ arborvitae tree some “love” before planting it near the intersection of Fourth and Rolette Streets. Former teacher Mark Pedretti let the kids hold and feel some of the branches, nuts, berries and other items found out among nature, including a deer shed.

Mon
30
Apr

Vehicle goes down embankment

On Thursday, April 26, at 11:49 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle accident on Highway 35 in Freeman Township about five tenths of mile north of Old Highway 35. 

Joanna E. Wiese, 36, La Crosse, was traveling southbound on Highway 35 in a 2015 Toyota Camery. The Wiese vehicle was making a right turn onto a pull-off area to turn around and misjudged the turn.  

The Wiese vehicle went off the left side of the pull-off, down an embankment, struck a few trees and came to rest.  

Wiese and her passenger, 59-year-old Teresa E. Schroeder, La Crosse, sustained bumps and bruises but refused medical transport at the scene.  

 

Mon
30
Apr

John "Jack" Whiteaker

 

John Whiteaker, known to his family and friends as “Jack” lost his brave battle with cancer, and passed away on April 27, at the age of 72.

 

Jack was born in Boscobel, on March 28, 1946, and was a lifelong resident of Wisconsin. He resided in Solders Grove from 2010 until his death where he made many friends. Jack was a member of the BMZ church.

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