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Wed
29
May

PDC offering storm shelters to the public


The Prairie Du Chien Memorial Library is one of the few storm shelters in town. (Photos by Peyton Meisner)

By Peyton Meisner

With the summer storm season felt strongly around the area last Friday, Prairie du Chien Police Chief Kyle Teynor wants all citizens to be aware of the storm shelter options in town. 

There are three options for Prairie du Chien residents to take shelter in: the library storm shelter, Hoffman Hall and the county emergency government offices (sheriff's department/dispatch). 

The emergency government offices is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hoffman Hall and the library shelters would be opened by on-duty police officers when a tornado warning is put into effect. 

Wed
29
May

Bagley slasher: 77 tires damaged

On May 28, at around 12:30 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office started to receive multiple reports of a subject slashing vehicle tires in the village of Bagley. Witnesses were able to observe Joseph Neeley, 29, of Bagley, slashing multiple vehicle’s tires. They attempted to stop Neeley, but he was able to run across the railroad tracks and attempted to hide next to the BNSF railroad tracks. 

Deputies located Neeley and were able to take him into custody and transported him to the Grant County Jail. Upon the initial investigation, it was found that 77 separate tires had been damaged. Neeley was booked into the jail on the 77 counts of criminal damage to property and held on a $200 bond for each count. Neeley will also be cited for trespass to railroad property.

Wed
29
May

7-year-old sells 2,312 boxes of Girl Scout cookies


Natilie Mink, 7, sold 2,312 boxes of Girl Scout cookies this year, earning herself and her mom a trip to Disney World. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

A goal-seeking first grade Girl Scout from Prairie du Chien sold 2,312 boxes of the famous cookies this year—enough to win herself a trip to Disney World. 

Natilie Mink, a second-year Daisy, spent six consecutive weekends, from Feb. 9 through March 19, selling local favorites Thin Mints, Caramel deLites (Samoas), Peanut Butter Patties (Tagalongs) S’mores and other flavors of the beloved cookies. To achieve the magical two-person vacation, one Girl Scout needed to sell at least 2,019 boxes in 2019. By setting mini goals along the way, Natilie sold that many, plus several hundred more, mainly sitting at a stand graciously allowed inside Nelson True Value in Prairie du Chien. 

Wed
29
May

Ritchie, Teynor on to State Track


Gabby Ritchie, shown here at the Prairie du Chien Regional, earned a trip to the State Track Meet by getting second in the shot put at the East Troy Sectional. (Courier Press file photos)

Ben Teynor (middle), shown during a meet in Prairie du Chien earlier this season, qualified for the State Track Meet by taking second in the 300 hurdles at the East Troy Sectional Thursday.

 

The Blackhawk track and field athletes that made it to the East Troy Sectional and got themselves ready for the day with a nice quiet drive. 

Kori Jaynes got things rolling with a nice 100m dash and just missed her career PR by 1/10th of a second, finishing the season in 10th place. Faith Dillman was up next in the 100 High Hurdles and finished the day in 12th place with a 17.94. Ben Teynor was up next in the 110 High Hurdles. Ben hit a 15.80 and qualified for the finals. Ben then hit a career PR - 15.42 in the finals and just missed out on going to state by 1/100th of a second, finishing in 6th place. 

Wed
29
May

WS girls on to sectional


Tabitha Check of Wauzeka-Steuben gets ready to unwind and fire in a pitch to the De Soto batter. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Parker Mindham fields a bunt and throws to first base for the out.

Ravyn Krachey of the Lady Hornets dives to knock the ball down against De Soto.

Second baseman Jenna McCarthy grabs the knocked down ball and gets ready to fire it to home plate against visiting De Soto.

 

The Wauzeka-Steuben softball team won 6-5 over visiting and fourth-seeded De Soto Thursday, May 23 in regional softball action.

Top-seeded Wauzeka-Steuben improved their overall record to 21-0 and advanced to the sectional semifinal against second-seeded Highland at Wauzeka on May 28 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The winning pitcher was Tabitha Check. She gave up 5 runs on 7 hits, while fanning 6 and walking 4.

Wed
29
May

Prairie gets over Wisconsin Heights


Prairie’s Gavin Gillitzer pitched five innings versus Wisconsin Heights Tuesday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Mark Welter attempts a squeeze play bunt against visiting Wisconsin Heights.

Aaron Neisius easily gets back on a pick-off attempt.

 

Top seeded Prairie du Chien came from behind to get past visiting and fourth seeded Wisconsin Heights 4-3 in a regional semifinal baseball game Tuesday afternoon.

Heights took the early lead by scoring a run in the top of the second inning and another in the third to go up 2-0.

Prairie scored 2 runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 2-2.

Wed
29
May

Mississippi River predicted to reach 20.1 feet by June 4, Rendezvous, Flea Market and other events may be affected


A man wades and fishes on a road on St. Feriole Island Tuesday afternoon. The man’s piscatorial pursuit was cut short, however, when a police officer called him in because the man and his vehicle had gone beyond the barricades. Going past the barricades is not allowed and will be enforced. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There will be yet another crest of the Mississippi River this spring, which, unfortunately, is bound to affect the Prairie du Chien area’s economy now that the tourist season is about to be in full swing.

Thu
23
May

Thomas J. Panka

Thomas J. Panka, Sr., 79, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019, at his home in Prairie du Chien. 

Thomas James, the son of Thomas Henry and Helen Ann (Konichek) Panka, was born Dec. 28, 1939 in Prairie du Chien.

He graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1957 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after graduation. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 until 1961. Tom worked for the Howe Ribstone Silo Company as well as Skyline Mobile Home Company before Gencor Bituma. He retired from Gencor Bituma after 28 years.

Thu
23
May

Donald J. Cipra

Donald J. Cipra, 85, of Prairie du Chien, died as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile-pedestrian accident on Thursday, May 16, 2019. 

He was born March 10, 1934, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Frank and Esther (Berntgen) Cipra. 

Don served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. He married Shirley Carl on Nov. 24, 1957, at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Don worked as a sawyer for Hiram Walker in Prairie du Chien and later as a machinist for Wolf Machine Shop for many years. Wherever he worked, he was a hard and dedicated worker and a “jack of all trades.” Don was a faithful member of St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish. He was an active member of the Campion Council Knights of Columbus, serving for many years as financial secretary. He was fondly known as “Mr. Tootsie Roll.” 

Wed
22
May

Enjoy a Slovak Dinner and culture, say farewell to pastor


Luanne Neumann, a member of St. Peter, spent two years in Bratislava, Slovakia, teaching high school-aged Evangelical Lutheran students religion and English literature in the English language.

Pastor Kyle Svennungsen served his first call as a pastor at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien for the past four years. He and his family are relocating to the Bratislava International Church in Slovakia.

Luanne Neumann (far left) stands with her Slovak Lutheran students, who she taught English literature during a mission through the Central Europe Teachers program. The students are holding a book, sponsored by the La Crosse Synod, that she chose for them to read. An upcoming Slovak Dinner fundraiser will help increase literature opportunities like this for Evangelical Lyceum students in Bratislava, Slovakia. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

One member of Prairie du Chien’s St. Peter Lutheran Church returned last fall from Bratislava, Slovakia, where she taught teenagers English for two years. Now, St. Peter’s pastor and his family are relocating to the same Slovak community so he can serve as leader of the international church. 

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