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Thu
28
May

Memorial Day services in PdC, Wauzeka, Bloomington, Glen Haven


Former Crawford County Veterans Service Officer Jim Hannah of the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard addresses those gathered in the Bluff View gymnasium as part of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Day Ceremony Monday morning.

Ruth Taylor plays ‘Taps’ while other members of the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard salute the United States Flag.

These two Cub Scouts were among several who attentively watched and listened to the Memorial Day Ceremony.

In between showers the morning of Memorial Day, May 25, Wauzeka’s annual parade went on as planned. These men and women proudly represented the local American Legion post. The community’s Memorial Day festivities also included a program at the school and a chicken dinner, which was moved indoors due to the rain.

Joanne Peloch (left) and Dana Knutson pass out stars and stripes pencils to Wauzeka parade attendees Monday morning in honor of Memorial Day.

Brendan Jentz decorates the grave of Joseph Jacco, who served in the Mexican War, while the Abraham Hickok Wetmore American Legion Post stands in the background during the Bloomington-Glen Haven Memorial Day ceremonies Monday, May 25. As is the tradition each year, memorial services were held at 10 different cemeteries in the outlying countryside of the two communities.

Though the rain did fall, the brave stood tall. American Legion Post 148 Abraham Hickok Wetmore, Bloomington, is pictured standing solemnly during the drizzly and chilly Memorial Day observances in the Bloomington and Glen Haven area Monday.

Connor Mumm (left), Faith Schier and Bill Schier set the wreath for the fallen soldiers at sea in Glen Haven.

Photos by Ted Pennekamp, Correne Martin, Addison Mumm and Sue Kuenster

Wed
27
May

First Impressions

 

Lake Mills residents give their 

‘First Impressions’ of Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
27
May

Prairie du Chien will be a host community in 7-day marathon series

By Addison Mumm

Prairie du Chien will host a Heartland Series Marathon, sponsored by Mainly Marathons, Saturday, June 6, on St. Feriole Island, beginning at 5 a.m. The traveling marathon will start its seven-day series on June 1, in Bryan, Ohio.

The two-year-old Mainly Marathons company puts on traveling marathons for runners who have goals of competing in different states, local community members and other aspiring runners. Mainly Marathons has 40 states they will visit this year. Usually, small towns in each state host a race and all runners are welcomed to travel to the next location to finish all seven races.

Wed
27
May

Bluff View students to host golf outing, raise funds for trip to capital


Bluff View Intermediate School 7th graders Brandon Hanger (left) and Maggie Dobbs would love to see as many people as possible at their golf fundraiser at the Prairie du Chien Country Club on Saturday, May 30, at 10 a.m. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

Even though the school year is starting to wind down, the students of the 7th grade class at Bluff View Intermediate school are ramping up their efforts to raise money for their 8th grade Washington D.C. trip.
“They’ll be taking the trip in June of 2016,” said Chad Abram.

As one of the parents who helped orchestrate the trip and plan the stops along the way, Abram is very familiar with how much a trip like this will cost. “It’s about $1,200 a child, which is why we’re trying our best to offset some of the costs with fundraising,” stated Abram.

So far, the students have hosted a bowling tournament and a car wash. In addition, they have sold PdC Blackhawk yard signs. Their newest fundraiser is set to take place on Saturday, May 30, at the Prairie du Chien Country Club at 10 a.m. Students Brandon Hanger and Maggie Dobbs are encouraging anyone and everyone to come support their class.

Wed
27
May

River Ridge seeks to exceed revenue cap, make mandated repairs

By Correne Martin

In an effort to address building safety and compliance issues mandated by the state, the River Ridge School District is seeking a state trust fund loan not to exceed $2 million. The money would finance energy efficiency projects and be repaid over five years.

“When you go outside the revenue cap, although we would receive some aid, the majority of it comes from the tax bills,” explained Interim Superintendent Tom Andres regarding repayment of the potential loan.

On May 13, the school board voted to begin application paperwork for the state trust fund loan and, on May 26, the board approved a resolution authorizing the loan, also levying a tax in connection with it. Next, the resolution must be published within 10 days of the May 26 meeting. Then, there will be a 30-day period during which those who wish to petition the action can do so.

Wed
27
May

Man arrested after high-speed chase

On May 23, at approximately 1:43 a.m., a Prairie du Chien Police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for operating left of center and failing to dim their bright head lamps. The vehicle was first observed westbound in the 100 block of West Blackhawk Avenue. The vehicle initially stopped at the intersection of South Main Street and West Iowa Street. When the officer exited his squad car to approach the vehicle, the vehicle fled from the traffic stop and preceded south on the Highway 18 Bypass.

Wed
27
May

Local teen dies in crash

A two-vehicle crash took the lives of a rural Eastman teen and a Tomah man Sunday afternoon, May 24, in the town of Eastman, according to the Crawford County Sheriff's Department.

Bridget Achenbach, 19, was traveling south on Highway 27 near Messler Lane about 2 p.m. when her Chevrolet Cruze hydroplaned on wet pavement and spun across the centerline into the northbound lane. Her vehicle collided with a Chevrolet Impala, driven by Kenneth Eppers, 85, Tomah. Achenbach was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man and his wife, Genevieve Eppers, also 85, were extricated from their car with the Jaws of Life and taken to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, where Kenneth died from his injuries. Genevieve was later transported by ambulance to a La Crosse hospital, where she remained in critical condition Monday afternoon. An update on her condition was not available Tuesday.

Wed
20
May

Deadly bat disease found in Crawford County

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The deadly bat disease white nose syndrome is now in Crawford County. Winter surveillance in 2014-15 for white-nose syndrome has been completed, with 75 bat hibernacula visited for disease surveillance throughout Wisconsin.

Wed
20
May

Crawford County men among 1,200 who perished in Vietnam


Gordon Nagel, Nicholas Walz, Gary Walz

By Sherrie Ball

About 165,400 people served in the Vietnam Conflict from Wisconsin. More than 1,200 perished. Of those, three men were from Crawford County.

Gordon L. Nagel was from Wauzeka. He was born April 8, 1948, the son of Lester and Christie (Aspenson) Nagel. From a large family, Gordon was one of 11 children.

He was a Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class (BM2) assigned Harbor Security with the U.S. Navy. Gordon enlisted in the Navy with his brother, Myron Nagel under the “Buddy System.” (The Navy Buddy Enlistment Program offers for the enlistment of small groups of not more than four male individuals or four female individuals who wish to stay together for as long as possible during their enlistment.)

Wed
20
May

Seneca names val and sal

Seneca High School has announced its valedictorian as Taylor Redman and salutatorian as Dani Boland.

Taylor Redman is the daughter of Jeffery and Kimberely Redman, of Seneca. She plans to attend the University of La Crosse this fall for physician assistant studies.

“I am ready to begin the next chapter in my life,” she said. “I enjoy working with people and am excited to focus on my future career in the medical field.”

Academically, Taylor has been a highest honors (4.0) student throughout her high school career. She has been student of the month and was a Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award recipient.

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