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Holiday Parade twinkles


Santa and Mrs. Claus brought their radiant carriage to Prairie du Chien for the community’s annual Holiday Parade Friday, Dec. 7. For more photos, see page 7. (Photos by Correne Martin)

A festive Tonya Jones, of Dental Associates in Prairie du Chien, tossed out dental floss to the youngsters along the parade route.

Joseph and Mary, aka Josh and Gracie Ferries, helped tell the real story of Christmas and the birth of baby Jesus, atop the Grace Lutheran Church float in Friday’s parade.

At the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Parade, the business community always gets into the spirit by illuminating their vehicles, floats and even the winter clothing of those walking and passing out candy. Bob’s Towing’s reindeer appeared to take flight right on Blackhawk Avenue.

The local Girl Scouts were out in full force, spreading Christmas cheer to all who dared to brave the cold as well.
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American Idol contestant delivers message of revival from bullying in PdC


2013 American Idol contestant Jada Vance, 22, performed at Prairie du Chien High School Dec. 5, and shared a powerful message about her experiences with bullying when she was a teen. She is pictured with her guitarist Conner Fersher.

During time for questions, Lily Kregel raised her hand and told Jada she was dared to ask her to sing on stage together. Jada welcomed the teen up and the two sang a bit of a a Carrie Underwood tune. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

From the American Idol stage to that in the new Prairie du Chien High School Performing Arts Center, Jada Vance rocked her style of country music for an attentive group of local students Dec. 5. The 22 year old also shared her personal and powerfully real experiences with bullying she lived through as a teenager.

Six years ago, at the age of 15, Jada tried out and sang her way into the top 45 of the illustrious American Idol competition. The Portland, Tenn.-native thrilled the audience with her blend of bluegrass, gospel and country before she was eliminated from season 12, right before the live rounds of the television show. 

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Dec

Droppin’ of the Carp discontinued

Carp Fest still on

By Correne Martin

Most special occasions take a dedicated amount of preparation and effort. If they go off without a hitch, and are successful, it’s likely that they’re planned again and again. If it’s a public activity that evolves annually, and offers people that something different, it may continue fulfilling its capacity in the community year after year. 

Still, events come and go. Some take a hiatus for a year or two, and then return in an altered state.

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Dec

Prairie du Chien grapplers over West Salem-Bangor


Sophomore Matt Rogge uses a tight chicken wing while preparing to get a turn. Rogge would win by major decision, 10-2.

Junior Bradyn Saint works a front headlock from his feet. Saint would win by major decision, 9-1.

 

The #6 ranked in the state Prairie du Chien Blackhawks traveled to Bangor on Thursday evening, Dec. 7, for a non-conference meet with West Salem-Bangor. The meet opened up at 285# where Luke Wright would score the opening takedown on a nice slide by. In the second period, Wright would score a reversal into a pinning combination for a fall. 

At 106#, Nick Mara received a forfeit. At 113#, highly-ranked Matt Rogge scored a couple of nice takedowns, one with a leg sweep single. He also had a couple of pinning combinations, one with an outside cradle, en route to a 10-2 major decision. 

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PdC boys easily defeat Dodgeville


A determined Hunter Davis of Prairie du Chien scores 2 of his 17 points Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Josh Dyer eyes a shot in first-half action versus Dodgeville.

Prairie du Chien’s Mason Kramer drives hard along the left baseline Friday night.

 

On Friday night, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawks played in front of an inspired student section and home crowd as the Hawks opened up SWC play.  

The Hawks showed tremendous ball movement on the offensive end by making the extra pass which led them to shoot 56 percent from the floor for the game.  

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10
Dec

Two new bridges would greatly improve emergency response time


This map shows the locations of two new bridges proposed for the Kickapoo River in Crawford County. (Map courtesy of the Crawford County Highway Department)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

In his grant application to the State of Wisconsin Division of Emergency Management, Crawford County Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock states that two proposed bridges to span the Kickapoo River would improve response time to emergencies during floods by one to one-and-a-half hours.

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Dec

Loren R. 'Larry' Massie Jr.

Loren R. “Larry” Massie Jr., of rural Seneca, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 at the age of 69. 

He was born April 20, 1949, in Kenosha, the son of Loren and Elizabeth (Keisler) Massie. 

Loren had an inquisitive and creative mind with the ability to build and/or fix almost anything. He enjoyed the outdoors, traveling and reading. He also loved to fish and hunt. Loren built his own home and loved to work on projects. He went to college for aerospace engineering and later started a landscape and design building firm in Denver, Colo.

He is survived by his son, Nicholas Massie of Perth, Australia, and his brother Michael (Susan) Massie of North Oaks, Minn. 

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Dec

William L. 'Bil' Batson

William L. “Bill” Batson, 84, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Yorkville, Ill., passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at the Great River Care Center. 

He was born Jan. 25, 1934, in southern Missouri, the son of Elmer and Sarah Pauline (Wells) Batson. 

He married Carol Woodrick on April 24, 1954, in Aurora, Ill. She preceded him in death on Nov. 27, 2014. Bill worked as a beer deliveryman for Stroh’s and Miller High Life. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He will be missed by his friends at “The Port.” 

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Margaret Deluhery

Margaret Deluhery, 90 of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at her home surrounded by her family after a brief illness. 

Margaret Ann Dawson was born Jan. 17, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, the youngest child of Frank and Loretta (Foley) Dawson. She met the love of her life, Dale Deluhery, in Des Moines, Iowa, and they married on Oct. 1, 1951, at St Ambrose Cathedral. Throughout her life, she enjoyed camping, cooking, baking and playing cards. She was a great lover of animals and supported many charitable causes. A devout Irish Catholic, she relied on her faith in times of difficulty and hardship, and was a true inspiration to her family.

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Driftless Development to host 2019 Economic Outlook

Driftless Development Inc. (DDI) invites all area businesses and residents to attend the “2019 Economic Outlook: A Vision for Our Future” on Monday, Dec. 10. The event will take place at the historic Dousman House on the riverfront in Prairie du Chien from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the program starting at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature a community-wide celebration of 2018 accomplishments and an economic outlook for 2019 and beyond in the greater Crawford County region.

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