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Wed
07
Mar

Achievements create bee-autiful academic ‘Storie’


Storie Recker, an eighth grade student at Seneca Schools, has earned her way to both the state spelling and geography bee competitions, for the third consecutive year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Seneca eighth grader Storie Recker is creating quite a story for herself in academics. 

For the third consecutive year, Storie has won not only the local spelling bee, but also the sectional spelling bee—meaning she’ll compete at the Wisconsin State Scripps National Spelling Bee, this year, for the third time. 

As if that isn’t enough of an accomplishment, she’s achieved an incredible three-peat in National Geographic Bee contests as well, having won the local and sectional geography bees for three years in a row. Yet again, she’s earned her spot in the state geography bee this year. 

Mon
05
Mar

Prairie du Chien Coach Paul Bebow leaves lasting legacy


Coach Paul Bebow was a motivator and an inspiration to many.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Former Prairie du Chien High School Coach Paul Bebow was an inspiration and a motivator for many students during his coaching and teaching career.

Mon
05
Mar

Donation equips all Prairie du Chien squads with less-lethal beanbag shotguns


Duane, Misty and Kirsten Rogers, of Prairie du Chien, recently made a donation to the Prairie du Chien Police Department that has equipped all of the department’s squad cars with less-lethal 12 gauge shotguns that shoot beanbag rounds. (Submitted photos)

The Prairie du Chien Police Department now has all of its squad cars equipped with less-lethal 12 gauge shotguns that shoot beanbag rounds. They are categorized and impact munitions and are the equivalent of using a baton, but at a greater distance. 

The purchase and upgrade to existing equipment was made possible by a financial donation from the Rogers Family—Duane, Misty and Kirsten. Misty attended the department’s 2017 citizens academy and inquired about its less lethal options at that time. When she learned that only Prairie du Chien supervisors were equipped and trained to use the previous options, the Rogers family stepped forward and made this possible. 

Mon
05
Mar

River Ridge District looks to sell Bloomington school site

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The River Ridge School District is looking to sell the former Bloomington school building and grounds. The district has posted a request for bids on its website and also in the Courier Press and Grant County Herald Independent. 

Mon
05
Mar

Local woman’s life saved by good Samaritans


Donna Teynor had a tragic experience Sept. 15, 2017, when she crashed her 1971 three-wheeled Cushman Truckster. Police Chief Chad Abram was one of several good Samaritans who was there immediately after the crash, and utilized life-saving measures to assure Donna’s didn’t lose her right leg or her life. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Donna Teynor is still alive, and she still has her right leg, because the finest Samaritans showed up at the right place and time, Sept. 15, 2017.

It was a seasonal fall day on St. Feriole Island. Donna had been at the county building in Prairie, tending to flowers, as she does for many of the area’s beautiful parks. She was driving her 1971 three-wheeled Cushman Truckster west on Washington Street toward the city’s Memorial Gardens. She attempted to make a left-hand turn toward the Moore building and, as she rounded the corner, the steering wheel snapped hard to the left.

Mon
05
Mar

Pedretti credits ‘home base’ for hall of fame nod


Mark Pedretti enters his 27th season coaching Blackhawk baseball this spring. He was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. (Courier file photo)

By Correne Martin

 

Prairie du Chien varsity baseball coach Mark Pedretti has never wavered from his philosophy: “Give me nine kids who wanna play ball and we’ll win more than we lose.”

That conviction has been proven over 26 seasons by the coach’s 393 career victories, 18 conference championships, nine regional championships, four state-tournament berths and one state championship. 

Now he can add Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association (WBCA) Hall of Fame inductee to that list of accomplishments. 

If you ask Pedretti though, his success and hall of fame nod, in particular, are attributed to more than just his own strategies, skills and love for the game.

Mon
05
Mar

Seneca beats Wauzeka-Steuben


Seneca’s Terrance Clark (13) battles for a rebound against Wauzeka-Steuben’s Gavin Ralph. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca’s Cody Ostrander fights for a loose ball against Wauzeka-Steuben’s Nick Benish.

 

Seneca defeats 

Wauzeka-Steuben for regional title

Seneca defeated visiting Wauzeka-Steuben 61-51 in a WIAA Division 5 Regional final Saturday night in boys basketball action.

Top seeded Seneca held a 23-21 lead at the half over fourth seeded Wauzeka-Steuben. The Indians came out hot at the start of the second half and increased the margin to 10 points early in the half.

Mon
05
Mar

Prairie Boys Basketball


Gavin Gillitzer looks to pass past the River Valley defender. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Mason Kramer shoots a fall-away jumper in the lane versus visiting River Valley.

Ryan Thein of Prairie du Chien pump fakes the River Valley defender up in the air and then scores an easy basket Friday night.

 

River Valley tops Prairie du Chien

Fourth seeded Prairie du Chien lost to visiting and fifth seeded River Valley 66-37 in a WIAA Division 3 Regional semifinal Friday night.

Prairie du Chien finished its season with an 11-11 overall record. They were 6-4 in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference.

River Valley improved to 12-12 on the season and advanced to the regional final at top seeded Platteville.

Mon
05
Mar

River Ridge Girls End Season


River Ridge’s Maria Breuer (left) draws a foul against Shullsburg in Prairie du Chien. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Allison Ploessl drives the left baseline Thursday night versus Shullsburg.

Skylar White shoots over the Shullsburg defender.

 

Miners edge 

Lady Timberwolves

River Ridge’s nice season came to an end Thursday night as Shullsburg edged the Lady Timberwolves 36-34 in a WIAA Division 5 Sectional girls basketball game in Prairie du Chien.

Skylar White netted 16 points and Rachael Herrick scored 7 for the third seeded Timberwolves who finished their season with a 21-5 overall record.

Fri
02
Mar

Faye Marie Kautman

 

Faye Marie Kautman, 75, passed away on Feb. 27, at Crossing Rivers Health Hospice in Prairie du Chien. 

 

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