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18
Apr

Leonard Michael Check

Leonard Michael Check, 95, of Eastman, joined his heavenly family on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.  

Thu
18
Apr

William G. 'Bill' Hying

William G. “Bill” Hying, 68, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, after a courageous battle with cancer, with his wife Alice by his side during his entire hospitalization.  

Thu
18
Apr

High-speed chase involves motorcyclist

On Tuesday, April 16, at around 5:30 p.m., an officer with the Prairie du Chien Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Victory motorcycle near the Prairie du Chien Airport on Highway 18/35.

The motorcycle was registered to Ryan Rogers, 22, of Darlington. A license check showed that Rogers did not have a motorcycle endorsement or permit to be operating a motorcycle, a news release from the police department said. 

Initially, Rogers pulled the motorcycle to the right side of the road, but then accelerated quickly southbound on Highway 35. Officers initiated a pursuit with the motorcycle and a second police officer joined the pursuit. 

Thu
18
Apr

No. 44 to be retired at Hornets game in Krachey’s memory


Todd Krachey is pictured as a 1983 Wauzeka graduate and more recently as an assistant coach for the Wauzeka-Steuben baseball team. His number 44 will be retired April 27.

By Correne Martin

A prominent member of the Wauzeka community will have his athletic number retired, posthumously, at a Saturday, April 27, Wauzeka-Steuben Hornet baseball game against Boscobel. 

Todd Krachey wore the number 44 while playing sports in high school. He played baseball, football and basketball. The school’s baseball program has chosen to retire Krachey’s number. 

Though it’s rare for rural school districts to retire numbers, Wauzeka-Steuben has decided to honor Krachey in this way because there may be no other person so deserving, according to Ben Dums, high school baseball coach and math teacher.

Thu
18
Apr

Customers flip for Pete’s burgers for 110 years


Pete’s Hamburger Stand is observing 110 years in business in 2019. Pictured are the third-generation owners (from left) Colleen and Paul Gokey and Mary and Bill Huser. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Pete E. Gokey, founder.

The first Pete’s onion peeler was a true hands-on job. Pete Gokey is pictured slicing some for his hamburgers. Today, the onions are peeled, sliced with an electric slicer and then ground into a fine half-moon shape, before dumped on the grill.

By Correne Martin

Pete’s Hamburger Stand was an adventure of humble beginnings. Still in Prairie du Chien, 110 years later, the same flavorful burger—with or without onions, on a fluffy, home-baked bun—is sold from a modest food stand in the heart of the community.

Pete Gokey was a painter by trade. He was also a volunteer fireman who was asked to grill hamburgers for the crowds that occasionally gathered at fire department events. They armed him with a kerosene stove and a couple huge, cast-iron skillets, and he delivered. 

As people were coming at different times, Pete noticed he could cook the meat in water to keep every single hamburger as juicy and tender as the one before it. 

Wed
17
Apr

Hospital lawsuit discussed at Crawford County Board meeting

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

An update was given as to the status of the lawsuit filed by Crossing Rivers Health Hospital of Prairie du Chien against Crawford County and the town of Bridgeport during the county board meeting Tuesday morning.

Wed
17
Apr

School board meeting Wednesday regarding principal’s resignation

 

District also being sued by 

family of student who sustained burn

A special meeting of the Prairie du Chien School Board will be held on Wednesday regarding the possible resignation of Bluff View Principal Aaron Amundson. The meeting will begin sometime after a 5:15 p.m. expulsion hearing has concluded.

Mon
15
Apr

Intentional play helps 3K kids better absorb school and life skills


Gracelynn McShane (left) and Layla Peak engaged with a variety of farm animals and the barn, while playing in the farm center. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Braxton Bahls (left) and Nash Hubanks picked up the manipulatives after playing in that center, where there were tons of little people and characters they could explore in their fingers.

(From left) Lexi Prew, Tony Mayer-Chavez and Maelene Gilliland loved dressing up and role playing in the dramatic play center.

Maisie Rabbitt (left) and Gwen Martin enjoyed a book together in the books and puzzles center.

The 3K/early childhood team of teachers at B.A. Kennedy includes (from left) Emily O’Brien, Chelsie White and Andrea Govier.

Riley Stark spent some quiet time coloring in the art station.

Mikey Mergen drove a few little vehicles around the road playmat.

Arlind Kamberi and Grayson Copsey got busy in the Lego center, testing their building skills.

Gwen Martin sorted through some puzzle pieces in one of the two centers she chose for the day.

Mikey Mergen took a look at the picture above his center, while cleaning up, making sure to put everything back as he found it.

Killian Schneider plays with some magnetic blocks in one of the stations he chose.

By Correne Martin

Guiding the 3- and 4-year-olds at B.A. Kennedy Elementary School means walking a fine line between structured projects and instruction, and intentional play time, according to 3K teachers Andrea Govier, Emily Quam and Chelsie White. 

Through reorganization of the 3K/early childhood wing playroom earlier this semester, the way the kids play there improved tremendously, from a “free-for-all” to a system that better enhances each child’s cognitive, physical, language/literacy and social/emotional skills. 

Play is essentially young children’s work. 

Mon
15
Apr

Six power poles blow down north of Seneca


This power pole leans precariously in high wind Thursday. (Photos by Dennis Pelock)

Along with high wind, thick ice on the wires and poles was a major factor in each pole’s demise. “The ice on the lines was as big as softballs,” said Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Six power poles blew down north of Seneca along Highway 27 on April 11 and caused power outages in the area. There was wind gusting up to approximately 40 miles per hour, plus the wires were covered in ice.

Mon
15
Apr

Highway 18 resurfacing project expected to begin in July


Highway 18 will be resurfaced from the Wisconsin River Bridge to near the River Ridge School. (Map courtesy of the Wisconsin DOT)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Plans have been finalized for the resurfacing of Highway 18 in Grant County and bids will soon go out, so motorists can expect a construction zone this summer from the Wisconsin River Bridge and heading southeast 6.3 miles to the US 18/WIS 35 intersection near the River Ridge school.

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