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Wed
25
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.

Wed
25
Feb

Prairie cheerleaders on to State


Prairie du Chien High School cheerleaders include, front row: Cali Collins, Autumn Kohler, Katlyn Grondin and Brittany Bunts. Middle row: Angela Elmquist, Stephanie Elmquist and Lindsey Ohlert. Back row: Coach Kelli Saxe, Mariah Slaght, Allison Lynn and Katie Zahara.

 

Prairie du Chien 

cheerleaders advance to State

On Saturday, Feb. 21 the Prairie du Chien Blackhawk Cheerleaders attended the WACPC (Wisconsin Association of Cheer and Pom Coaches) Northern Regional Cheer Competition held at Waupaca High School. Teams placing in the top halves of their divisions advanced on to state competition.

Wed
25
Feb

Seneca wins R&V Crown


The Seneca High School boys basketball team hoists the Ridge and Valley Conference Championship trophy after defeating visiting De Soto Monday night. (Photo by Sandy Connors)

 

Seneca clinches R&V title

Seneca walloped visiting De Soto 70-33 to clinch the Ridge and Valley boys basketball crown Monday night. 

Seneca built a 23-14 lead after the first period and a 36-23 halftime advantage. 

Seneca took the second half 34-10 to breeze to victory. 

Wed
25
Feb

Timothy Raymond Troester

 

Timothy Raymond Troester, 43, died on Monday, Feb. 16, at Crossing River Health in Prairie du Chien. 

He was born Nov. 20, 1971 in Dubuque, Iowa to Raymond and Janis (Hamann) Troester. Timothy was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church, McGregor. He graduated from Mar-Mac High School in 1990 and continued his education at U-W Platteville and then transferred to Upper Iowa, where he earned his BA in business.  Timothy was united in marriage with Darcy Winters on March 9, 2011.

Mon
23
Feb

Permits issued for CWD hunt

 

462 tags issued for the 

shooting of 200 deer near Harpers 

Ferry for CWD testing purposes

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
23
Feb

PdC wrestlers at Sectional


Stephen Ronnfeldt of Prairie du Chien fends off a taken down attempt by Tristan McDonald of Lodi in their 160-pound match at the Richland Center Sectional.

Ethan Swiggum of Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben gains the upper hand against Tyler Grant of Evansville-Albany in their 170-pound match.

Austin Stram of Mount Horeb (left) grapples with Brock Polhamus of Sparta in their 145-pound match Saturday.

Prairie du Chien’s Nicholas Rogge (left) tangles with Bryant Ziegler of Lodi in their 113-pound match at the Richland Center Sectional Saturday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Prairie du Chien matmen 

at Richland Center Sectional

Three wrestlers from Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben wrestled at the Division 2 Richland Center Sectional on Saturday. The following are the individual results. 

113 pounds-Quarterfinals - Trenton McManus (Adams-Friendship) over Nicholas Rogge (Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steub) (MD 11-0)

Mon
23
Feb

Marijuana, LSD and ecstasy found in drug bust, two arrested

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office Investigators obtained and executed a narcotics-related search warrant at two separate residences, 137 and 141 Cedar Street in the village of Gays Mills, on Feb. 19, around 2:30 p.m.

The search warrant was the result of a lengthy investigation into the illegal possession and sale of narcotics at the residences. The occupants were Thomas Coleman, 50, and Rebecca Anderson, 42, (141 Cedar St.); Gerald Anderson III, 20, and Thomas Holtz, 21, (137 Cedar St.).

The search of the two residences uncovered numerous items associated with the suspected illegal sale and possession of narcotics. Subsequent to the search, Gerald Anderson III and Thomas Holtz were arrested and face possible charges including possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of LSD, and possession of ecstasy.

The investigation remains open and additional charges may be brought against more individuals.

Mon
23
Feb

American Queen will make long-awaited, daylong stop in Prairie du Chien

By Correne Martin

The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen will stop in Prairie du Chien on Wednesday, Aug. 12, as its passengers spend a full day touring the city’s historical attractions.

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Coordinator Patti Wacker have been working with Shore Excursions of America for the past two years to bring the American Queen to town. It’s been 20 years since it last stopped in Prairie du Chien.

The elegant steamboat will carry a potential 426 passengers, from lands as far away as California and Australia, up and down the Mississippi River from St. Louis to St. Paul. The paddlewheel boat will dock in Prairie du Chien at 8 a.m. and leave around 4 p.m. While here, the visitors will take group tours of the community and its most magnificent and memorable tourist destinations.

Mon
23
Feb

Plow drivers aim to keep streets clear and safe

By Correne Martin

This winter’s lack of precipitation has surely been a welcome aspect by the snowplow drivers as well as many residents of the region. Nevertheless, the age-old grievance that plows block driveways and reload sidewalks with snow after the shoveling is done is one that drivers and city personnel in Prairie du Chien hear nearly every time white flakes fly.

The truth is, plow operators are not out there launching snow onto driveways and sidewalks maliciously. Prairie du Chien Co-Manager of Public Works Terry Meyer recently explained the city’s snow plowing process and expressed that the drivers’ number one goal is to keep the streets clear and safe.

Mon
23
Feb

PdC native creates virtual video of downtown Prairie du Chien in 1960s

By Correne Martin

You can take the man out of Prairie du Chien, but you can’t take the Prairie du Chien out of the man. Mike Sutton fits that description perfectly. Though he’s lived in Texas since 1979, his devotion to his hometown has remained strong. In fact, the community served as the inspiration behind a virtual project he spent all of 2014 producing.

Currently an Arlington, Texas, resident, Mike is a Prairie du Chien High School and UW-Eau Claire graduate. With a background in information technology and computers, he worked in defense for Lockheed Martin for much of his career before retiring last year.

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