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Trick-or-treating and costume contest fun are Oct. 31 in PdC

This year, Halloween falls on Saturday, Oct. 31. In the city of Prairie du Chien, as with prior years, the sirens will sound around 5 p.m. to begin trick-or-treating hours. The sirens will sound again at 8 p.m., signifying the end of festivities for young goblins and their families.

Police Chief Chad Abram would like to remind trick-or-treaters and parents, as well as community members who plan to be out and about, of these tips, to assure a pleasant and safe night.

•Watch for children crossing the street.

•A parent or adult friend should accompany children.

•Wear light-colored, flame-retardant costumes decorated with reflective tape or stickers.

•Wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes to prevent falling.

•Wear face paint or makeup; a mask can restrict vision.

•Carry a flashlight or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers.

•Trick-or-treat at houses with porch lights on.


Remax realizes success among ‘river’ of real estate agents

Randy and Kristin Kozelka, of Remax Ridge-N-River Realty, were selected by Top Agent magazine as the cover story feature for Wisconsin’s October edition.

By Correne Martin

Since 2010, Randy and Kristin Kozelka have built their business, Remax Ridge-N-River Realty, above and beyond what they even expected, with attention paid to hard work, honesty and trustworthiness. They’ve taken great joy in helping people buy their dream homes and sell their financial burdens and, through meeting their clients’ needs, they have achieved numerous honors from the industry.

Most recently, Top Agent real estate magazine chose Ridge-N-River Realty to be the cover story for its October issue in Wisconsin.

“Three are chosen a month out of over 5,000 agents in Wisconsin. It’s a very elite group,” Randy explained. “You need to have the performance though (to be selected).”


Design Homes donation kicks off Prairie du Chien library campaign

Randy and Shelly Weeks, of Design Homes, proudly kicked off the capital campaign for the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library expansion project this week with a $125,000 donation. Randy and Shelly said they are pleased to contribute to this project as it will benefit the whole community. The city council has approved the $3 million expansion, while it is up to the community to raise $1.5 million. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library capital campaign received an extremely generous kickoff contribution Tuesday from Design Homes. Randy and Shelly Weeks and the Weeks family gave a $125,000 gift to name the children’s reading area in their honor.

Earlier this year, the city announced a $1.5 million capital campaign to match a $1.5 million contribution to the project by the common council.

“Shelly and I are very excited to be part of the library expansion project,” Randy Weeks said. “Like most people in this electronic age, we were not aware of how important the public library is to our community. It is not only a place to read or check out a book, but also a gathering and meeting place and a place for children to go use and see some of the latest in technology. We are excited to see the library expand and grow to meet the needs of this and the next generation.”


Prairie du Chien in Regional

Prairie du Chien’s Maria Skemp smashes one past the Fennimore player Tuesday night in a Division 3 Regional match. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Lauren Nicholson shows some finesse and placement to make the ball hard to return for Fennimore.

Caitlin Pattison blasts a winner past the Fennimore defender Tuesday night.

Jacqueline LaHaie slams the ball past two Fennimore defenders Tuesday night in the first game of the match.


Fennimore bests 

Prairie du Chien

Fifth seeded Fennimore defeated host and fourth seeded Prairie du Chien three games to none in a Division 3 Regional volleyball match Tuesday night. 

Fennimore won the three close and hard-fought games by scores of 25-23, 25-22 and 25-22 to advance in regional competition.


Floyd L. “Frog” Wilder, Jr.


Floyd L. “Frog” Wilder, Jr., 61, of Mount Hope, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. 

He was born on Aug. 24, 1954, in Flint, Mich., the son of Floyd L. and Nona L. (Dunnington) Wilder, Sr. Frog worked at Crossing Rivers Health, formerly Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital, for 15 years as a maintenance technician. Frog was loved by his co-workers, family and many, many friends. He will be best remembered for his eagerness to help anyone, anywhere, at any time; his playful humor, love of the outdoors and animals - wild, domestic, sautéed or fried.


River Ridge ends season

River Ridge’s Ben Ertz looks for an open receiver Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge makes the tackle on the sideline in first half action.

The River Ridge defense moves in to stop the Black Hawk ballcarrier Friday night.





River Ridge

Black Hawk defeated host River Ridge 42-0 in the Timberwolves’ final football game of the season Friday night. 


Prairie shares SWC title

Brogan Potter looks to throw. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Dylan Yeomans attempts to elude a River Valley defender Friday night in second half action.

Dominic Wright (22) finds good running room.

Adrian Johanningmeier forces a fumble by the River Valley quarterback in the second half Friday night in the SWC Championship game.

Cody Cauffman (23) follows his blocking to the outside for a big gain down the left sideline in second half action.


Prairie du Chien shares conference crown

By Zach Mara


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks hosted the River Valley Black Hawks Friday night with sole possession of the SWC Championship on the line. 


LaVern A. Shogren


LaVern A. Shogren, 80, of Marquette, Iowa, died Sunday, Oct. 18, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. 


Oktoberfest feier fun for all ages

Fred Isaak, of River City Ruckus, was not only astounding in his accordion playing but he was also very much the entertainer with his expressions and crowd interaction inside the tent at Oktoberfest. Hundreds of festival-goers sought warmth under the big top, where delicious German food and beer were served and dancers got moving on the dance floor. (Photo by Correne Martin)

While the bigger kids were taking a break, Erin Nolan snuck onto the hay bales for a few brave jumps by herself. The hay bales were quite the attraction for the young ones attending Oktoberfest in Prairie du Chien Saturday. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Oktoberfest committee member Taegan Stein passes through a powder station during the Fall Color Run Saturday in Prairie du Chien. All proceeds from the Color Run, which is not officially timed, benefit the Prairie du Chien Skate Park. (Photo by Randy Paske)

“Bunny,” the French bulldog, attracted plenty of children wanting to pet the cute puppy. “Bunny” was one of the winners of the canine costume contest at Oktoberfest. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Scott and Joan Paulson, two of Oktoberfest’s volunteers, shared some German exuberance as they made their way through the parade route Saturday morning. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Antoine admires new city street bearing his last name

Team USA Skeleton racer Matt Antoine was in Prairie du Chien last week visiting family and friends before heading on to Lake Placid, N.Y., where he will begin preparing for the 2015-2016 season and the World Cup circuit. While here, he took a moment of his time to check out the new street named after him. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council decided in April to name two streets in its North Gateway Business Park after the community’s two Olympic medalists: Matt Antoine and Joe Delagrave. Antoine Way was named after the 2014 men’s skeleton bronze medalist and Delagrave Drive was chosen to honor the 2012 wheelchair rugby team bronze medalist.

While Antoine was back in Prairie du Chien last week visiting family and friends before heading to Lake Placid, N.Y., to start the 2015-2016 USA national skeleton season, he took some time to admire the street sign in his name and pose for pictures with it.