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Wed
13
Sep

Driver eludes officers, charges pending for meth possession, etc.

A local man led police officers on a high speed chase through the streets of Prairie du Chien Tuesday, Sept. 12, but ended up arrested on methamphetamine-related charges, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

During the early morning Tuesday, the sheriff’s department K-9 unit, along with a city of Prairie du Chien officer, were patrolling Wells Street when they observed a 2001 Volkswagen Passat, operated by Christian Weber, 25, of Prairie du Chien. Upon seeing the squad car, Weber made multiple abrupt turns, began accelerating and drove through the stop sign at Ninth and Brunson Streets. The Crawford County deputy activated his emergency lights and siren, though Weber accelerated and continued making abrupt turns, according to the sheriff’s department. Weber continued at a high rate of speed, eastbound on Campion Street, then up Bluff View Drive.

Wed
13
Sep

Mud conditions optimal for Saturday’s run


Regardless of whether you do the full course or the one-mile kids run, come prepared to get dirty at the Mississippi Mud Run Saturday, Sept. 16, on St. Feriole Island.

By Correne Martin

The mud conditions for this year’s Mississippi Mud Run are optimal, according to organizers, and Prairie du Chien’s four-mile, backwater obstacle course is nearly ready for the hundreds who will meet up to challenge themselves Saturday, Sept. 16, on St. Feriole Island.

“The river conditions are great,” said coordinator Lorie Floyd Tuesday. “The water’s going down fast, so [I’ll wait to] rope it off until I know the exact conditions. The last few years, there’s been a lot of water, but this year’s mud is going to be just perfect.”

Competitors and leisurely participants are reminded to “be prepared to get dirty.”

Race day registration will open at 7 a.m. The one-mile kids’ race will start at 8:30 a.m. Parents are asked that only one family representative race per child to make maneuverability greater for everyone. The full course will start at 9:30 a.m.

Wed
13
Sep

Local Artist Featured at Healing Arts Gallery


“Bedding Down” is one of seven watercolors by Dave Elvert on display in the Bill and Coreen Adamany Healing Arts Gallery in Crossing Rivers Health.

 

Local artist showing at Healing Arts Gallery

By Ted Pennekamp

 

David Elvert of Wauzeka is the latest area artist to have his works on display at the Bill and Coreen Adamany Healing Arts Gallery at the Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center.

Wed
13
Sep

River Ridge Over Benton


River Ridge’s Taylor Langmeier pops the ball over the Benton player Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge’s Skylar White blocks the ball back to the Benton side Tuesday night.

 

River Ridge 

girls defeat 

Benton

On Tuesday, the River Ridge volleyball team took on undefeated Benton on River Ridge’s home court. 

River Ridge won in five sets, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 18-25 and 15-8. It was a battle to the end with lots of great spiking, digs, and blocks. 

Tue
12
Sep

Michael G. Vavricka

Michael G. Vavricka, 67, of Fennimore, died on Friday morning Sept. 8, at his residence in Fennimore. 

 

Michael was born on April 18, 1950, in Dodgeville, the son of Joseph and Daisy (Timmens) Vavricka. He married Alana Harms on July 9, 1977, at the Highland Presbyterian Church.

Mon
11
Sep

Cross Country Champions


Madalyn Roche, Amber Huser, Ella Hein, Greta Hein, Karly Jaynes, Meg Katzung and Faith Dillman show the championship trophy. (Photos submitted)

Karly Jaynes surges past a Darlington runner.

 

PdC girl harriers are River Valley Invitational champions

The Prairie du Chien girls cross country team had another incredible race day on Saturday to win the River Valley Blackhawk Invitational.  

The girls came out on top of the field of 20 small-school varsity teams. Prairie du Chien earned 65 points to edged out fellow conference team, Lancaster, by just 5 points.  

Mon
11
Sep

SWS Football Wins


Jared Payne gets ready to unleash a 61-yard touchdown pass to Carter Lomas in the second quarter against visiting North Crawford Friday night in Seneca. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Braden Folbrecht carries the ball for Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben in the first half.

A trio of Blue-Gold defenders upend the Trojan running back in first half action.

The SWS defense closes in on the North Crawford ballcarrier Friday night.

 

Blue-Golds pull 

away from Trojans

Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben pulled away in the second half to defeat visiting North Crawford 49-26 in Ridge and Valley football action Friday night in Seneca.

The Trojans got on the board first on a 54-yard run to go up 6-0 in the first quarter.

Mon
11
Sep

Skill levels improving for Prairie du Chien students

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School District has been doing quite well with regard to improving the reading and math skills in the elementary grades. 

Mon
11
Sep

Years of service many at PdC Schools

The day before school officially started, the Prairie du Chien School District congratulated its current staff members who’ve dedicated many years of service toward making a difference in the lives of students. Pictured (front row, from left) are Hannah Rabbitt (10 years), Paula Shedivy (10 years), Brent Seamans (10 years), Dave Antoniewicz (35 years), Aaron Amundson (20 years), Karen Hertrampf (10 years); (second row) Stephanie Timmerman (20 years), Kalen Hagen (5 years), Deanna Thein (5 years), Angela Voelzke (5 years), Kelli Saxe (10 years), Kathy Schneider (5 years), Susan Boldt-David (25 years) Hannah Walleser (5 years); (third row) Lisa Ashbacher (25 years), Ron Sedgwick (20 years), Jim Schilling (30 years), Dan Roche (5 years), Megan Copsey (5 years), Chelsie White (5 years), Amanda Wagner (5 years), Chris LaHaie (15 years), Michele Kraus (20 years); (fourth row) Jenny Campbell (5 years), Kim Carlson (5 years) and Shelley Tesar (5 years).

Mon
11
Sep

Soldiers Grove festival features visual, culinary and musical art


Over 5,000 art lovers attended the 2016 Driftless Area Art Festival, and this year’s event, Sept. 16–17, expects to attract as many visitors from across the Driftless region, including portions of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. (Submitted photo)

Eighty of the finest visual artists from three states within the Driftless Region will converge in Soldiers Grove, Sept. 16 and 17, for the 13th annual Driftless Area Art Festival. They’ll be joined by 10 local culinary artists and four musical groups, some familiar names from previous years and some new to the festival.

The festival features art in traditional as well as contemporary styles and includes ceramics, fiber arts, glasswork, jewelry, painting, photography, prints and collages, sculpture, metalworks and wood art. Creative pieces by elementary, middle and high school students will also be on exhibit in the youth art tent, where young people can also try their hand at painting and other creative activities. The entire listing of artists, and information of their media, can be found on the festival’s website and on Facebook.

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