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Manhu Residency in Prairie du Chien

The five members of Manhu (front) join the students in a salute to Prairie du Chien’s school spirit Thursday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Several students had a good time learning a dance with members of Manhu.

R.J. Atkinson attempts to play a leaf while Chad Achenbach (55) gets ready for his turn.

Three members of Manhu perform before the student body in the gym at Prairie du Chien High School Thursday afternoon.

Bamboo flutes were among the many instruments played by Manhu.


Prairie students enjoy performance by Manhu

By Ted Pennekamp



Lyle D. Bedward Sr.


Lyle D. Bedward Sr., 79, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 12, at his home surrounded by his family. 


He was born July 27, 1938, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Richard and Mildred (Seely) Bedward. Lyle served in the U.S. Army. He married Margaret Jelinek on Nov. 16, 1963, at St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. She preceded him in death on July 3, 2008. 


Motorcyclist misses curve, slides into ditch

One motorcyclist was injured in a crash in Millville Township Sept. 9, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities said Anders Carlson, 43, of Chicago, Ill., was traveling east on County Highway C, near Rail Hollow Road in Millville, on his 2006 Triumph motorcycle when he failed to properly negotiate a curve. The motorcycle slid into the ditch causing Carlson to suffer minor injuries.

The Boscobel Rescue Squad, Mt. Hope Fire Department, and Woodman First Responders assisted at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.


Driver eludes officers, charges pending for meth possession, etc.

A local man led police officers on a high speed chase through the streets of Prairie du Chien Tuesday, Sept. 12, but ended up arrested on methamphetamine-related charges, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

During the early morning Tuesday, the sheriff’s department K-9 unit, along with a city of Prairie du Chien officer, were patrolling Wells Street when they observed a 2001 Volkswagen Passat, operated by Christian Weber, 25, of Prairie du Chien. Upon seeing the squad car, Weber made multiple abrupt turns, began accelerating and drove through the stop sign at Ninth and Brunson Streets. The Crawford County deputy activated his emergency lights and siren, though Weber accelerated and continued making abrupt turns, according to the sheriff’s department. Weber continued at a high rate of speed, eastbound on Campion Street, then up Bluff View Drive.


Mud conditions optimal for Saturday’s run

Regardless of whether you do the full course or the one-mile kids run, come prepared to get dirty at the Mississippi Mud Run Saturday, Sept. 16, on St. Feriole Island.

By Correne Martin

The mud conditions for this year’s Mississippi Mud Run are optimal, according to organizers, and Prairie du Chien’s four-mile, backwater obstacle course is nearly ready for the hundreds who will meet up to challenge themselves Saturday, Sept. 16, on St. Feriole Island.

“The river conditions are great,” said coordinator Lorie Floyd Tuesday. “The water’s going down fast, so [I’ll wait to] rope it off until I know the exact conditions. The last few years, there’s been a lot of water, but this year’s mud is going to be just perfect.”

Competitors and leisurely participants are reminded to “be prepared to get dirty.”

Race day registration will open at 7 a.m. The one-mile kids’ race will start at 8:30 a.m. Parents are asked that only one family representative race per child to make maneuverability greater for everyone. The full course will start at 9:30 a.m.


Local Artist Featured at Healing Arts Gallery

“Bedding Down” is one of seven watercolors by Dave Elvert on display in the Bill and Coreen Adamany Healing Arts Gallery in Crossing Rivers Health.


Local artist showing at Healing Arts Gallery

By Ted Pennekamp


David Elvert of Wauzeka is the latest area artist to have his works on display at the Bill and Coreen Adamany Healing Arts Gallery at the Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center.


River Ridge Over Benton

River Ridge’s Taylor Langmeier pops the ball over the Benton player Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge’s Skylar White blocks the ball back to the Benton side Tuesday night.


River Ridge 

girls defeat 


On Tuesday, the River Ridge volleyball team took on undefeated Benton on River Ridge’s home court. 

River Ridge won in five sets, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 18-25 and 15-8. It was a battle to the end with lots of great spiking, digs, and blocks. 


Michael G. Vavricka

Michael G. Vavricka, 67, of Fennimore, died on Friday morning Sept. 8, at his residence in Fennimore. 


Michael was born on April 18, 1950, in Dodgeville, the son of Joseph and Daisy (Timmens) Vavricka. He married Alana Harms on July 9, 1977, at the Highland Presbyterian Church.


Cross Country Champions

Madalyn Roche, Amber Huser, Ella Hein, Greta Hein, Karly Jaynes, Meg Katzung and Faith Dillman show the championship trophy. (Photos submitted)

Karly Jaynes surges past a Darlington runner.


PdC girl harriers are River Valley Invitational champions

The Prairie du Chien girls cross country team had another incredible race day on Saturday to win the River Valley Blackhawk Invitational.  

The girls came out on top of the field of 20 small-school varsity teams. Prairie du Chien earned 65 points to edged out fellow conference team, Lancaster, by just 5 points.  


SWS Football Wins

Jared Payne gets ready to unleash a 61-yard touchdown pass to Carter Lomas in the second quarter against visiting North Crawford Friday night in Seneca. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Braden Folbrecht carries the ball for Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben in the first half.

A trio of Blue-Gold defenders upend the Trojan running back in first half action.

The SWS defense closes in on the North Crawford ballcarrier Friday night.


Blue-Golds pull 

away from Trojans

Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben pulled away in the second half to defeat visiting North Crawford 49-26 in Ridge and Valley football action Friday night in Seneca.

The Trojans got on the board first on a 54-yard run to go up 6-0 in the first quarter.


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