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Thu
21
Feb

Donald J. DesRocher

Donald J. DesRocher, 79, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa, following an extended illness.  

He was born July 4, 1939, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Filbert and Marie (DuCharme) DesRocher. He attended St. Gabriel’s Grade School and graduated from Prairie du Chien High School. Don worked for the railroad and later for GTE Electronics. 

He is survived by his brothers, Paul of Racine, and Cyril “Zeke” (Ginger) of Prairie du Chien; along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. 

His parents; sisters, Dorothy Selvera, Rose Ruppert, Marge Wood; a brother, Ken; and two infant sisters preceded him in death.

Wed
20
Feb

Stolen, crashed vehicle pins reported drunken driver inside

A stolen, crashed vehicle led Grant County authorities to arresting a Cassville man last week. 

On Feb. 15, at around 6:30 p.m. the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stolen truck in the city of Lancaster. Officers checked the area but could not locate the truck. At about 8 p.m., the sheriff’s office took a report of a crash on County A near Milner Road in rural Mt. Hope. Upon officer arrival, the crashed vehicle was determined to be the one originally stolen from Lancaster. 

Gabriel Phillips, 21, was pinned inside the truck. 

He was freed by Bloomington Fire and West Grant EMS and transported to Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. Phillips was later transported to another hospital due to his injuries. 

Wed
20
Feb

Man injured when snowmobile hits tree

On Feb. 15, at 11:33 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a snowmobile crash on a trail along State Highway 171, approximately two miles east of US Highway 61, in the township of Clayton.

Joshua J. Bindl, 29, Richland Center, was operating a 2016 Polaris 795 snowmobile eastbound on a snowmobile trail. While attempting to negotiate a curve, Bindl struck a tree with the front end of the snowmobile. Bindl was riding the trail with five other snowmobilers who were able to call for assistance and render aid. 

The North Crawford Rescue Squad responded to the scene and transported Bindl to Vernon Memorial Hospital. The extent of Bindl’s injuries are unknown. This crash remains under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Wed
20
Feb

Wauzeka-Steuben girls survive in OT


Wauzeka-Steuben’s Jordan Mormann grabs an offensive rebound Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Hornets’ Haley Atkinson looks to pass inside in first-half action versus Belmont.

Ravyn Krachey drives past the Belmont defender Tuesday night in regional action.

Erin Krachey gets past three defenders for a hoop against visiting Belmont.

 

Third seeded Wauzeka-Steuben had a scare but survived visiting and 14th seeded Belmont 53-50 in overtime Tuesday night in a WIAA Division 5 Regional girls basketball game.

The Lady Hornets improved to 19-3 on the season. Belmont ended its season at 2-19.

Wauzeka-Steuben, ranked eighth in Division 5, will host sixth seeded Shullsburg on Feb. 22.

Wed
20
Feb

Fur Trade Museum restoration priority is building stability


This picture shows the river side of the Fur Trade Museum around 1930.

Placement of 18 cement footings and four, 400-pound steel beams in the basement will ensure the stability of the structure into the future.

The first floor of the building has been vacated while work is being done to stabilize the historic structure.

The riverside and back door entrances are being widened as part of the restoration project at the stone building that houses the Fur Trade Museum. (Submitted photos)

By Correne Martin

The Villa Louis Fur Trade Museum was given a Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) capital project number in 2006. Though, it hasn’t been until this off-season that renovation of the 1851, two-story brick structure has begun. Exhibits dating back to the mid-1970s were removed prior to the 2017 tourism season, in preparation for the work. 

“This is a long-awaited project. Its basis is to stabilize the building,” said Susan Caya-Slusser, Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) southwest sites director.

Wed
20
Feb

1st grade writers develop independence


First grade writing partners Charlie Copsey and Kaylie Kronberg worked diligently and excitedly on their books about candy and cats, respectively, Feb. 14. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Caycen Erickson wrote his informative chapter book about sharks, while his writing partner Briar Smith taught readers about dogs with her title. Each shared their book’s favorite pages.

First graders in Ms. Kelssi Copus’ class talked with their teacher about the different chapters in a book about Grandad Bluff in La Crosse.

Volunteer grandparent Evelyn Dow visited her grandson’s first grade class last week to help during writing time. She worked with Aubrey Fish on her non-fiction book about brownies.

'PAW'SING TO READ Feeling on top of the world for getting time to read with one of B.A. Kennedy School’s regular visitors, therapy dog Spencer, first grader Hayden Cejka practiced his reading skills with a book he personally chose for his sweet friend. The dog’s owner, Gerry Downey also listened, helped Hayden with his words and worked to keep her comfy and relaxed mini golden doodle awake. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Once upon a time, the first grade students at B.A. Kennedy Elementary School put their young minds to work, placed their pens to paper, and started writing and illustrating their little hearts out. 

These first graders embody the spirit of the Lucy Calkins writing program, a method of writing instruction the school district has embraced for grade levels K-6. The process— which will start in seventh and eighth grades next year—focuses on fostering lifelong writers by coaching students to write for a variety of audiences and purposes. The youth write about their own lives, write consistently and develop independence as writers, according to the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (readingandwritingproject.org).

Wed
20
Feb

County adopts new hazard mitigation plan

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Board approved of adopting the Crawford County Multi-Hazards Mitigation Plan for 2019-2023 at its regular meeting Tuesday morning.

Mon
18
Feb

Blackhawks sending 4 to state


Qualifying for the WIAA State Tournament for Prairie du Chien are Bradyn Saint (152#), Matt Rogge (113#), Reid Koenig (145#) and Traeton Saint (138#).

Sophomore Bradyn Saint takes down his opening round Sugar River opponent with a blast double leg. Saint would win by fall in 2:57.

Senior Reid Koenig uses a tight waist to ride his Lodi opponent in the opening round. Koenig would win by major decision 9-0. (Photos submitted)

Sophomore Matt Rogge toes the line against his Lodi opponent in the match to advance to state. Rogge won 6-2.

Junior Traeton Saint applies heavy pressure as he works for a take down in the finals against his River Valley opponent. Saint would win 2-1 in ultimate tiebreaker.

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestling team is advancing four individuals to the state tournament. Adams-Friendship was the host of a WIAA Division 2 Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 16. PDC was represented by seven individuals, all of whom advanced from last Saturday’s Regional Tournament. 

Mon
18
Feb

Daniel J. Hawes

Daniel J. Hawes, 83, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born Oct. 26, 1935, on the family farm in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, the son of Urban and Ruth (Farley) Hawes. 

He married Kathleen Kramer on Nov. 16, 1968, at Immaculate Conception Church in Wexford, Iowa. Daniel worked in road construction before taking over the family farm near Harpers Ferry, and then later went back into road construction working for F.C. Raemisch, in Waunakee, until his retirement. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 139 and was an avid hunter. He especially enjoyed coon hunting. 

Mon
18
Feb

Experience bald eagle’s mystique at appreciation days

By Correne Martin

Our national bird, the bald eagle, will be celebrated Feb. 22-23, at Bald Eagle Appreciation Days in Prairie du Chien, sponsored by the city’s tourism council. A few events are scheduled for Friday night at Country Inn and Suites; then on Saturday, a full day of programs will take place at Hoffman Hall. All activities are open to the public and most are free. 

At Country Inn and Suites, starting Friday at 6:30 p.m., nature photographer Ty Smedes will present “Bald Eagles, Hawks and Owls of the Upper Midwest.” At 7:30, a feature of Neil Rettig’s award-winning cinematography, will be shared by local birding professional Dennis Kirshbaum. 

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