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Thu
23
Jul

Special meeting of River Ridge School District July 29

The annual meeting of the River Ridge School District will be held on July 29 at the high school at 8 p.m.

One or more taxes may be voted on at the meeting, including:

A. Tax for sites, buildings and maintenance

B. School Debt Service Fund

C. School Capital Expansion Fund.

The School Capital Expansion Fund projects include: Heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems improvements and enhancements for buildings and sites; buildings and sites renovation, restoration and expansion/addition; buildings and sites structural improvements and enhancements necessary to comply with government regulations and violation notices; secure entrances and other structural security support modalities for buildings and sites; portable-type buildings for sites for the specific purposes of academic and other instruction, office space, and/or support for co-curricular and extracurricular activities and events to include athletics.

Wed
22
Jul

Wyalusing Academy donated to RVI


This is the front of the historic main building on the former Wyalusing Academy grounds.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Clinicare Corp., headquartered in West Allis, Wis., has donated the Wyalusing Academy buildings and grounds to River to Valley Initiatives (RVI) of Prairie du Chien. 

Mon
20
Jul

Blake's Prairie Fair


Rachel Schauer of Fennimore is in hog heaven as “Spots” gets friendly after being sprayed with water on a muggy Friday afternoon at the Blake’s Prairie Junior Fair in Bloomington. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Brandon Gutknecht of Lancaster puts the finishing touches on his farm diorama.

Shawna Linneman of Fennimore lets “Remi” the goat nibble on box elder leaves.
Mon
20
Jul

River Ridge facilities project

 

River Ridge School 

Board moves forward 

with mandated upgrades

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
15
Jul

Voyage for Vets


Casey and Carson Barfels take off from the McGregor Boat Landing Sunday morning.

 

Father-son canoe voyage 

raising money for disabled veterans

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A 43-year-old Appleton, Wis. man and his 12-year-old son are in the midst of an approximate 995-mile adventure on the Mississippi, Wisconsin and Fox rivers. 

Mon
13
Jul

The colors were permanently retired July 8

Flag Retirement Picture 1
From left to right, are Charlie Paulus, John Horkheimer, Terry Reukauf, Zippy Reuter, Phil Kirschbaum, Vernon Graney, Mike Weber and Ron Fritz. (Photos by Addison Mumm)
Flag Retirement Picture 2
John Horkheimer disposes a tattered flag.
Flag Retirement Picture 3
The men saluted the flags among all the smoke as the ceremony came to its closing.

Unserviceable, distressed and faded flags were retired July 8 by the Bloomington American Legion Abraham Wetmore Post 148. The flag is a symbol of what Americans live and die by. This ceremony properly disposed of improper flags. Tattered, torn or too worn flags are not to be flown, as they are a sign of disrespect. To dispose of flags, take it to the local legion post and they can take care of it. In conclusion of the ceremony, the men saluted the flags among all the smoke. They honored the men and women who died protecting the American Flag and all it stands for.

Mon
13
Jul

The re-enactment lives

By Addison Mumm

Although a re-enactment was not on the agenda for 2015 last year, the Villa Louis is proud to announce the re-enactment of the War of 1812 will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19, on the Dousman’s grounds.

During the War of 1812, Prairie du Chien was involved in a battle, specifically July 17, 1814. This battle was the only battle that took place in Wisconsin during the War of 1812.

“People can see Wisconsin’s only War of 1812 battlefield and visit a historic encampment and battle re-enactment, on the west lawn of the Villa Louis estate located in beautiful Prairie du Chien, on the banks of the Mississippi River,” said M. Susan Witters, Villa Louis Office and Museum Store Manager.

Prairie du Chien prides itself on its history; this event celebrates what has happened and how it has shaped the town, state and country today.

Mon
13
Jul

Planted Tree hosts artist reception


The Planted Tree in Downtown Prairie du Chien held its third annual artists’ reception on Thursday, July 9. The reception is an opportunity for the artists and the public to mix and mingle. Above, Sallee Muehlbauer (center) examines some artwork with potter Jane Carlson (right) and Ronna DuCharme.

Live music was provided by Mandy LaBarge. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)
Mon
13
Jul

Classmates get together for 70th Wauzeka class reunion


Members of the Wauzeka High School Class of 1945 who gathered for their 70th Class Reunion were, front row: Elaine Schmitt of Steuben, Elaine “Brown” Heiar of Bloomington and Ruth “Reiger” Kessler of Onalaska. Back row: Harold “Sonny” Ray of Prairie du Chien and Robert Hazen of Bagley. Class members who could not attend were Elizabeth “Day” Cullison of Danville, Ill., Donna “Garvey” Lind of La Crosse and Shirley Lewig of Montana.

Above is a photo of the Wauzeka High School Class of 1945 taken on graduation day, May 24, 1945. Not all class members are present.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Wauzeka High School Class of 1945 held its 70th class reunion on Wednesday, July 8, with a nice lunch at Huckleberry’s Restaurant in Prairie du Chien.

Thu
09
Jul

Seneca Ridge and Valley Rally to be non-stop fun July 11

By Erin Martin, Crawford County Independent & Kickapoo Scout

For the spectators lining Highway 27 at 11 a.m. on July 11 in Seneca, there will be a moment when the line of tractors stretches to the southwest, breaching the horizon created by the hill on the way out of town. It’s an iconic moment of farming pride that can only be seen at the annual Ridge and Valley Rally parade.

Chris and Tammy Olson, the third generation owners and operators of Olson Feed Service, will serve as this year’s King and Queen of the rally.

But things get underway much earlier in the day. Each year’s rally begins with a 5K/10K walk-run at 7:30 a.m. The top three male and female runners in the 5K and 10K will receive medals.

The parade line-up goes on until a half-hour before the event. Entry is only $10 per person and $5 for children 14 and under.

The race begins and ends between the Seneca School softball and baseball fields on Taylor Ridge Road.

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