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Thu
20
Apr

Groundbreaking for School Upgrade Project


Taking their turn with the gold shovels are Duane Rogers (school board), Nick Gilberts (school board), Cassie Hubanks (school board), Devan Toberman (school board), Christine Panka (school board president), Drew Johnson (district administrator), Lynn O’Kane (school board), Kyle Schauf (HSR Associates), Jason Yahnke (Olympic Builders) and Bill Yahnke (Olympic Builders).

Bluff View Intermediate School students display the banner that the school received for being honored as a “School of Recognition” for the past five years. In the front row, holding the flag, are Breanna Smithson, Greenlee Krahn, Laklyn Jackson and Emily Luedtke. Back row, Kylie Downing, Kelly Wagner, Deacon Chesebro, Blake Thiry, Alaina Lenz and Grace Pedretti.

Excavation began Thursday on the west side of the high school for the new auditorium.

 

Groundbreaking ceremony honors community, staff and 

students for helping to achieve facilities upgrade project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Thu
20
Apr

Darol M. “Rusty” Boldt

 

Darol M. “Rusty” Boldt, 89, of Prairie du Chien, passed away surrounded by his family Wednesday, April 19, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien. 

 

Thu
20
Apr

Ruth Margaret Seely

 

Ruth Margaret Seely passed away at Cerenity Care Center in St. Paul, Minn., on Jan. 15, after living courageously with dementia for more than a decade. 

 

Thu
20
Apr

James R. Atkinson

 

James R. Atkinson, 95 of Prairie du Chien, and Mesa, Ariz., passed away at home on  April 18, as a result of congestive heart failure. 

 

Jim was born on Feb. 16, 1922, to John and Myrtle Atkinson in Crawford County, Wisconsin, one of six children. 

Wed
19
Apr

Drugs reportedly in driver’s system at time of fatal crash


Brandon Ballweg is pictured at his initial Dane County Court appearance. (Credit John Hart, Wisconsin State Journal)

By Correne Martin

A Wisconsin state toxicology lab report indicated the presence of THC and cocaine in Brandon Ballweg’s system the evening he crashed his vehicle in Madison, resulting in the deaths of Kirk U’Ren and Jenni Steiner, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court. Wisconsin State Patrol speed estimates also determined Ballweg’s speed range at the time of the crash was between 87 and 92 mph.

Wed
19
Apr

Southwest Tech and Workforce Connections open facility as one


The April 11 ribbon cutting and open house at 1304 S. Marquette Rd., made the new facility official for Southwest Tech and Workforce Connections. The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and the Prairie du Chien School District congratulated both entities. Pictured (from left) are Paul Ginkel, Kiel Fritz, Christine Panka, Bob Standorf, Tom Nelson, Tyler Diktanas, Char Bender, Mike McCoy, Kevin Mulrooney, Frankie Mezera, Peg Baxter, Roy George, Teresa Pierce, Drew Johnson, Jason Wood, Julie Pluemer and Bob Moses. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Southwest Tech and Workforce Connections have both held offices in Prairie du Chien for a number of years. On April 11, they made their presence more prominent in the community by holding a ribbon cutting and open house at a new facility at 1304 S. Marquette Rd. Together, the two will continue to connect people, training and employment, while advancing self-sufficiency for area citizens.

The reason for the more visible location is because both entities had outgrown their former spaces near one another in the Crawford County Administration Building.

“About a year ago, we made the decision to leave. Because of the awesome partnership we have, we asked the technical college to go with us,” stated Teresa Pierce, Workforce Connections executive director. “We provide services in nine counties. The college provides the training part of it and we provide the employment part.”

Wed
19
Apr

Prairie Relays


Alexis Nolan of Prairie du Chien clears the bar in the high jump at the Prairie Relays Monday afternoon at Prairie du Chien High School. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Amber Huser (right) competes in the 3200 relay at the Prairie Relays Monday.

The Blackhawks’ Weston Hill rounds a curve in the 3200 relay Monday afternoon.

Mitch Luster of Prairie du Chien competes in the triple jump.

Stephen Ronnfeldt gets ready to put the shot at the Prairie Relays.

 

PdC track team 

hosts Prairie Relays

The Prairie du Chien track and field team hosted their first invitational of the year, the Prairie Relays, on Monday afternoon. Of the 14 teams competing, the boys placed seventh and the girls finished in ninth place. The following athletes placed:

1st: Evan Teynor (300 Hurdles; Personal Record at 42.34)

Wed
19
Apr

Construction underway at Prairie du Chien High School


Excavation and the installation of footings has begun on the east side of Prairie du Chien High School. The gymnasium and greenhouse addition will be 31,170 square feet. (Photos by Luke Lucas)

A rooftop view of the construction shows busy crews moving earth. (Photo by Luke Lucas)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Construction has begun on the $18.9 million facilities upgrade project that will involve Prairie du Chien High School, Bluff View Intermediate School and B. A. Kennedy Elementary School.

Wed
19
Apr

Street department workers help get family out of burning house


The house at 710 N. Wacouta Ave., Prairie du Chien sustained heavy damage.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Two members of the Prairie du Chien Street Department may have saved the lives of four people sleeping in a house that caught fire Monday morning. 

Wed
19
Apr

Crawford County Board

 

New supervisor 

appointed to county board

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A new Crawford County Board Supervisor was sworn in and began his duties at Tuesday morning’s board meeting at the County Administration Building.

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