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Thomas J. McGrath

Thomas J. McGrath passed away Oct. 23, at Hospice Alliance House in Pleasant Prairie. 

Tom was born Sept. 28, 1934, in Prairie du Chien, to Thomas P. and Ruth Marie (Smrcina) McGrath. After graduating from high school in Prairie du Chien, Tom enlisted and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force, where he was awarded the National Defense Service medal. Tom settled down in California, where he worked as an iron worker until his retirement. Tom was well-known for his physical strength, his strong work ethic and his wonderful sense of humor and story telling. He was an avid fisherman and loved doing jigsaw puzzles and gambling in his later years. 

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Norma R. Smrcina

Norma R. Smrcina, 84, of Waukon, Iowa, died Friday, Oct. 26, at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. 

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Michael Charles Cavanaugh

Michael Charles Cavanaugh, 72, of Dunedin, Fla., died Sunday, May 27. Michael was born on Aug. 22, 1945, to Orrel and Mary (Kluss) Cavanaugh in Miami, Fla. After graduating high school, where he was a star basketball player, Mike attended Amundsen Junior College in Chicago, Ill. 

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Oct

Meeting to discuss Badger-Hawkeye Bridge from Cassville to Guttenberg

The Badger-Hawkeye Bridge Coalition and Cassville Economic Development are hosting a regional informational meeting next week to discuss an initiative to construct a new Mississippi River bridge crossing between Cassville, Wisconsin, and rural Guttenberg, Iowa—located 30 miles north of Dubuque, Iowa and 30 miles south of Prairie du Chien.

This meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Cassville Elementary School gymnasium, 412 Crawford St., Cassville. 

The meeting is open to all interested individuals and groups from Grant, Clayton, Crawford and Dubuque counties and surrounding areas who wish to receive information about where the proposal stands currently and where it could go in 2019 with community assistance.

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Oct

Man arrested after allegedly endangering his brother’s safety

A Bloomington man was arrested on the tentative charge of first degree recklessly endangering safety after an incident involving his brother that happened Friday morning, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

On Oct. 26, around 8:10 a.m., the sheriff’s department responded to 11134 Hickory Rd. in Bloomington Township. An investigation showed that  Robert Steiger, Jr., 26, was woken by a family member who was operating a piece of machinery near the residence. Steiger exited his residence, armed with a shotgun, and confronted his brother, a 15-year-old male. Steiger was upset his brother had woken him, so he approached his brother and discharged a 12-gauge shotgun near him while he was on the machinery, the sheriff’s department said.

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Oct

Active shooter training


A couple Prairie Catholic teachers evacuate the main floor of the school during an active intruder drill, which was part of ALICE training provided by the Prairie du Chien Police Department Friday. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Sgt. Kyle Teynor sporadically wandered the hallways of Prairie Catholic, blaring air horns and rattling door knobs to heighten the emotions of the staff participating in active shooter training last week.

Pictured is just one example of how staff barricaded a classroom door with close by furniture and other heavy objects.

By Correne Martin

Alert. Lock down. Inform. Counter. Evacuate.

These are the five strategic methods taught in ALICE active shooter civilian response training. The staff at Prairie Catholic School was the latest in the area to review and practice these methods, thanks to Prairie du Chien Police Sergeant Kyle Teynor and funding from the Wisconsin Department of Justice. 

On Friday, the staff spent several hours examining signs of violence, psychology of perpetrators and the environmental design of their specific classrooms and the school campus. 

Are their rooms prepped for quick and easy ways to barricade their doors if doing so became necessary? 

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29
Oct

Olympic skeleton medalist Antoine announces retirement


Matt Antoine waves to the parade crowd on Blackhawk Avenue in Prairie du Chien while wearing his 2014 Winter Olympic Bronze Medal in skeleton. (Courier Press file photo)

 

Before leaving the mixed zone at the completion of his fourth and final run at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in 2018, Matt Antoine of Prairie du Chien said he was going to “take it easy, decompress a little bit” before he figured out what he was going to do next.

Antoine won the national team selection trial held in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Saturday, Oct. 20, Thursday, Oct. 25 and Friday, Oct. 26, but he knew the fire wasn’t there anymore and reigniting the passion wasn’t going to happen on his sled. Antoine figured out what will: coaching.

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Oct

Katzung, Huser run at State Cross Country Meet


Amber Huser (left) and Meg Katzung run at the sectional meet in Spring Green. Photos of Huser and Katzung at the State Meet will be in Wednesday’s Courier Press and at pdccourier.com and the Courier Press Facebook page. (Courier Press file photo)

 

Prairie du Chien’s Megan Katzung, a sophomore, and Amber Huser, a senior, finished 35th and 44th, respectively at the Division 2 State Cross Country Meet at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday.

Katzung ran a 6:09 first mile and was at 12:58 at the 2-mile mark. She had an overall pace of 6:32 and finished in a time of 20:17.6.

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Oct

Reichmann at State Cross Country


Jacob Reichmann (right) of Wauzeka-Steuben took 32nd at the Division 3 State Cross Country Meet. (Photo by Mitchell Cernek)

 

Jacob Reichmann, a junior from Wauzeka-Steuben, finished in 32nd place in the Division 3 State Boys Cross Country Meet at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. 

Reichmann set a pace of 5:34 over the 5,000-meter course. He ran a 5:11 first mile and was at 10:59 at the 2-mile mark. Reichmann finished with a time of 17:17.1.

It was Reichmann’s second straight appearance at the state meet.

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Lady Timberwolves advance to state tournament


Skylar White (9) goes high to win this battle at the net. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge’s Rylee Zinkle (22) pops the ball over the attempted block of Iowa Grant Thursday night. The Lady Timberwolves are 24-0 and going to the state tournament for the first time.

River Ridge’s Taylor Langmeier just nudges the ball over the net for a point.

McKenzie Graf of River Ridge blocks a shot by Iowa Grant.

Jaci Williams slams one past the Panther defenders.

The Lady Timberwolves’ Skylar White smashes one past the Panthers.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The top seeded Lady Timberwolves of River Ridge took down top seeded Hillsboro, three sets to one, to win their first trip to state for volleyball in its program history.

Bloomington had a volleyball team go to state back in the 1970s.

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