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Tue
05
Jun

Mary JoAnne Carl

Mary JoAnne Carl, 77, of La Crosse, lost her battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease on May 29.

She was born Feb. 2, 1941, in Prairie du Chien, to Marlowe and Ann (Richter) Waller.  She grew up in Prairie du Chien and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1958. On Nov. 7, 1959, she married Melvyn F. Carl. They promptly started a family and moved to La Crosse.

Mary Jo was a phenomenal woman. She was admired for her ambitiousness and her ability to create beautiful things. Examples of her artistic flare in the form of ceramics, restored furniture, sewing and quilting projects, scrumptious deserts and holiday decorations, could always be found throughout her home she somehow found time to keep spotless.

Tue
05
Jun

Matthew G. Harris

Matthew G. Harris, 52, of Bagley, and formerly Garnavillo, Iowa, passed away Friday, June 1, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital due to stage four metastatic colon cancer. 

He was born Aug. 30, 1965, in Racine, the son of John and Martha (Salisbury) Harris. He married Michelle Adams on Sept. 7, 1996, at Pike’s Peak State Park in McGregor, Iowa. Matthew enjoyed faming and spending time with his grandchildren. He loved participating in Mini Rod Pulling. 

He is survived by his wife Michelle, of Bagley; his children, Nathan Bode, of Cuba City, Darien (Natalie) Adams, of Millville, Iowa, and Nicole (Daniel) Bohr, of Spillville, Iowa; his sister-in-law Debbie Harris, of Oaktown, Ill.; his grandchildren, Lyle Spiker, Piper Adams, Evan Harris, Vivian and Donovon Bohr. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Cyndy Harris-Bohringer; a brother John Harris Jr.; and his stepfather James Mitsch.

Tue
05
Jun

Open intoxicants loophole in state law to be examined

By Rachel Mergen

 

With utility task vehicles (UTVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) being a focus of discussion within the Grant County Board, it is important to keep in mind the ordinances of Crawford County and the laws of Wisconsin. 

According to the Department of Natural Resources' pamphlet on Wisconsin’s all-terrain and utility-terrain vehicle laws, “It is illegal to operate an ATV/UTV under the influence of alcohol or other drugs while on any property that is open to the public (generally this means trails, routes, lakes/rivers or corridors). Being under the influence is a condition in which a person’s ability to operate an ATV/UTV is impaired due to the consumption of drugs and/or alcoholic beverages to the extent that the person’s decision making ability is negatively affected as well as their balance and reaction time.” 

Mon
04
Jun

Area athletes at State Track and Field competition


River Ridge's Taylor Langmeier hands to Riley Klein in the 3200 relay Friday at the State Track and Field Meet in La Crosse. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge's Skylar White runs the first leg of the 3200 relay at the State Track and Field Meet Friday in La Crosse. White also took eighth in the Division 3 pole vault at 9-6 and was 14th in the 800-meter run in 2:29.83.

Wauzeka-Steuben's Drew Zimmerman competes in the 110-meter high hurdles at the State Track and Field Meet Friday afternoon.

Several area high school athletes competed in the State Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse.
Prairie du Chien junior Gabby Ritchie finished in 10th place in the Division 2 shot put with a toss of 36-3.5.
The River Ridge girls scored 1 point as a team in Division 3.
Sophomore Skylar White scored the point by finishing eighth in the pole vault at 9-6. White also finished 14th in the 800-meter run in 2:29.83.
The River Ridge 3200 relay team of White, Taylor Langmeier, Riley Klein and Faith Schier took 11th in a time of 10:30.71.
Wauzeka-Steuben’s Allison Oswald, unfortunately, was disqualified in the preliminaries of the 300 hurdles in Division 3.
Wauzeka-Steuben senior Drew Zimmerman finished 16th in the preliminaries of the 110-meter high hurdles in a time of 17.25.

Fri
01
Jun

Catherine A. “Cathie” McGuire

 

Catherine A. “Cathie” McGuire, 60, of McGregor, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 29, at her home following a brief illness. 

 

She was born Sept. 26, 1957, in Marietta, Ga., the daughter of Joseph and Cecelia (Goltz) McGuire. Cathie had recently worked as a caregiver for Scenic Acres in Elkader, Iowa. 

Fri
01
Jun

Charles Albert Walker

 

Charles Albert Walker, 70, of Eastman, died Monday, May 28, at his home in Eastman. 

 

Charles was born May 31, 1947, to Charles and Anna (Mara) Walker in Prairie du Chien. He attended Wauzeka High School. Charles proudly joined and served in the U.S. Army, serving two tours in Vietnam.

Thu
31
May

Amundson bound over for trial


Prairie du Chien Police Department Detective Ashley Erickson (far left) and Crawford County Circuit Court Judge Lynn Rider listen to a question from District Attorney Amy Forehand Thursday afternoon.

By Ted Pennekamp

Thu
31
May

Prairie du Chien Baseball


Gavin Gillitzer was on the hill for the Blackhawks and picked up the complete-game victory. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie's Grant Martin tests the Fennimore pitcher with a good lead off of second base.

 

Prairie du Chien

beats Fennimore

Blackhawks advance to sectional

The host Prairie du Chien Blackhawks defeated Fennimore 9-1 for the WIAA Division 3 Regional Championship on Wednesday afternoon. 

Tyler Smock led the Blackhawks with 3 hits and 4 RBI.  Smock drove in runs on a single in the second, a walk in the fifth and a single in the sixth.  

Wed
30
May

Strong feelings regarding Amundson


A march in a show of support for the Bluff View student who was burned began Wednesday afternoon, May 30, near the high school grounds. A dozen people marched.

Amundson supporters have come out in force at his court appearance and at a recent school board meeting.

Signs such as this one have popped up in and around Prairie du Chien.

 

Simmering near the surface

Feelings of district residents split regarding Amundson

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
30
May

High speed chase leads to drug bust

On May 27, at 8:30 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department about a pursuit in progress involving a motorcycle traveling east on Highway 18 at a high rate of speed.

The motorcycle crossed into Crawford County. Prairie du Chien police officers attempted to conduct a maneuver to direct the motorcycle onto the Highway 18 Bypass and away from the city.

The motorcycle drove around the squad cars in excess of 100 mph and continued east on Iowa Street. Officers continued pursuit. After several minutes, the driver crashed in a drainage ditch on the east side of town.

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