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Area man charged with fourth OWI

A 37-year-old Viroqua man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense in five years), one count of operating while revoked, and one count of failure to install ignition interlock device.

Joseph W. Fortney faces up to seven and a half years in prison and fines totalling $13,100 if convicted of all three counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Fortney was pulled over for allegedly driving 76 mph in a 55 mph zone on Highway 61 in Crawford County. The state trooper then administered field sobriety tests and arrested Fortney for alleged OWI.

Fortney has previously been convicted of OWI on June 10, 2008, on June 26, 2008, and on Jan. 2, 2011.

 

 

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Packers Tailgate Tour coming to Prairie du Chien


Hall of Famer Dave Robinson was an outstanding linebacker for the Green Bay Packers for 10 seasons. He also played for the Washington Redskins for two seasons.

Jerry Kramer (64) leads the Packer sweep. Kramer had a stellar 11-year career for the Green Bay Packers.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Green Bay Packers fans in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area should be excited to know that the Packers will be here for a visit on April 15 as part of their 10th Anniversary Tailgate Tour. 

“It’s a big thing for the city,” said Dan Schickert, of the St. Feriole Island Ballpark Committee. “It gets our name out there. The community is starting to get very excited already.” 

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02
Mar

Immunization rates relatively high among schools in area

By Correne Martin

Most schools in the area have vaccination rates above 90 percent, with River Ridge touting the highest percentage and Seneca the lowest.

According to Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) rates from 2013, River Ridge had 98.02 percent of its 505 students vaccinated. Of the 1,117 enrolled in Prairie du Chien public schools, 96.70 percent had up-to-date immunizations. Wauzeka-Steuben had 95.0 percent of its 280 students vaccinated, St. Mary’s School in Bloomington had 93.06 percent (72 students), Prairie Catholic Schools had 92.3 percent (147 students) and North Crawford had 92.18 percent (409 students). Prairie Christian Academy was not listed in the report.

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Mar

Ruby G. Harville

 

Ruby G. Harville, 85, of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital. 

She was born March 15, 1929 in Valeo, Calif., the daughter of Fred and Etta (Eisenhower) Hohstadt. She married Keith Harville on Oct. 14, 1947 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She and her husband farmed many years in Patch Grove Township. Ruby was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved to bake and cook. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed gardening. 

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Feb

Dwendell (D.C./Dusty) Solem

 

Dwendell (D.C./Dusty) Solem, 84, passed away on Feb. 25, in Prairie du Chien.

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Feb

Alan Oscar Nyberg

 

Alan Oscar Nyberg, 70, of Prairie du Chien, formerly of Postville, Iowa died on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Gundersen Lutheran Health Systems, La Crosse. 

He was born on Oct. 20, 1944 in Postville, Iowa to Allard and Jacqueline (Lane) Nyberg. He graduated from Postville High School and attend Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa where he obtained a BA degree in business administration. Alan was united in marriage with Katherine Handke in 1968, they later divorced.

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Feb

McGregor District Office of Mississippi River Refuge moving

 

The office for McGregor District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) has been located at 401 Business Highway 18N in McGregor, Iowa since the 1980s. As of March 30, the office will be located at 470 Cliff Haven Road, Prairie du Chien.

The Prairie du Chien facility is a leased facility. The Refuge will continue to explore options to acquire property to permanently locate this facility.

The Refuge plans to have an open house later this spring after the move is completed.  

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25
Feb

Prairie du Chien firemen recognized at awards banquet


For devoting 50 years of service to the Prairie du Chien Fire Department, John Yager (second from right) was recognized by the firefighters association, the retired firemen as well as Senator Jennifer Shilling (not pictured) and Representative Lee Nerison (second from left) at the awards banquet Saturday night. Also pictured are Fire Chief Harry Remz (far right) and Deputy Chief Tim Deluhery Sr. (Photos by Tim Hill)

Wayne Koecke was named 2014 Firefighter of the Year and presented an award for 35 years of service on the department.

Derrick Eastman (center) was named 2014 Rookie of the Year for the Prairie du Chien Fire Department. He is pictured with Fire Chief Harry Remz (right) and Deputy Chief Tim Deluhery Sr.

Fire Chief Harry Remz (right) and Deputy Chief Tim Deluhery Sr. (left) present Doug Rickleff his award for 20 years of service to the Prairie du Chien Fire Department.

Fire Chief Harry Remz (right) and Deputy Chief Tim Deluhery Sr. (left) present Mike Jacobson his award for five years of service to the Prairie du Chien Fire Department.

By Correne Martin

The annual Prairie du Chien Firefighters Awards Banquet was held Saturday night at The Barn Restaurant in Prairie du Chien. Rookie of the Year and Firefighter of the Year distinctions were also presented. In addition, numerous honors were accorded to the firefighters who have reached milestones in their commitment to the department.

Wayne Koecke was named the 2014 Firefighter of the Year. Derrick Eastman was selected as the 2014 Rookie of the Year. The fire department’s officers choose the title winners each year. Rookies are eligible their first five years with the department.

According to Fire Chief Harry Remz, both honors are given to the men who have attended the highest percentage of fire calls, business meetings and practice meetings. Extra credit activities—such as fire prevention promotion, fire truck washing, fire station cleaning or triathlon volunteering—are also considered in the selection process.

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Feb

Gymnasts at Conference Meet


Jesse Gutknecht gets ready to dismount from the balance beam as her teammates look on during the Conference Gymnastics Meet. (Photos by Laurie Pedretti)

Morgan Pedretti competes in the floor exercise at the Conference Meet.

Paige Severson pushes off for a nice vault at the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Meet.

Dayton Fleshner prepares to swing through on the uneven parallel bars.

 

PdC gymnasts at SWC Meet

The Prairie du Chien gymnastics team competed in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Meet on Friday night. 

Southwestern-Cuba City won the meet with 133.575 points. Prairie du Chien was fifth with 84.55.

Prairie du Chien will next travel to the Sectional Meet on Feb. 28 in Reedsburg.

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Feb

River Ridge superintendent departing from district this week

By Correne Martin

This Friday, Feb. 27 will be Lee Pritzl’s last day as superintendent of River Ridge Schools. After three years in the district, Pritzl is moving back to the Marshfield area due to serious health issues in his family. He said he will select from a couple of job opportunities there—one in education and the other in ministry.

“I’ve got to be there for my family,” he said in a recent interview.

Since Pritzl announced he would be leaving a few weeks ago, he said he’s been overwhelmed by the “gracious and kind people who’ve come forward and said some really nice things I didn’t know they felt.”

Pritzl said he’s grown personally and professionally while at River Ridge. “We’ve worked hard to do things here and I’m thankful that we’ve all shared the common goal of maximizing students’ potential,” he stated.

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