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Feb

Bloomington man gets 15 years for sexual abuse

A 59-year-old Bloomington man, who is guilty of repeated sexual abuse of a girl over a three-year period, was sentenced to 15 years in prison during a hearing in Grant County Circuit Court Friday. James F. Crubel will receive credit for 339 days already served.

Crubel had faced up to 67 years in prison.

Crubel had pleaded no contest to two counts of exposing genitals to a child and one count each of repeated sexual abuse of the same child with at least three violations of first-degree sexual assault; causing a child younger than 13 to view/listen to a sex act; child enticement-sexual contact; and exposing a child to harmful material.

There were approximately 100 people who filled the courtroom for the hearing on Friday.

Wed
27
Feb

Hornet basketball program has unrivaled twin power


Four sets of twins (including one that has a triplet sister) are on the high school boys basketball team at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools. Pictured (front row, from left) are sophomores Zach and Nate Martin, freshmen Jonah and Isaac Reichmann; (back row) seniors Nate and Nick Benish and sophomores Brad and Ethan Karnopp. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Wauzeka-Steuben High School boys basketball program has written such an explicit narrative this season that you might wonder if there’s something in the water. 

It has little to do with the successful 21-1 record the Hornets have achieved. It’s not that the varsity conference champions secured its first regional win last night. It’s not even the personal achievements (Carter Lomas’ all-time scoring record) or the diverse talents of the team.

It’s something more of a phenomenon. 

It’s an unexplainable marvel really that there are currently four separate sets of twins on the boys basketball team. 

Wed
27
Feb

UWP strategic in attracting students


UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis Shields delivered his State of the University Address Feb. 19. Locally relatable topics included the university’s intentional high school marketing efforts and its incorporation of a Driftless Area theme within its 2019-2020 science hall renovation. (UWP photo)

By Correne Martin

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is facing an immense challenge. Chancellor Dennis Shields said during his State of the University Address, Feb. 19, the number of high school students nationwide, especially in the upper Midwest, has declined. This means the university must take a multi-pronged approach in order to attract and retain students for the future.

“We want to continue to offer a world-class education that’s affordable and accessible to our students,” said Shields, concluding his address.

Wed
27
Feb

Rilla F. Oppriecht

Rilla F. Oppriecht, 94, of rural Eastman, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Prairie Maison Nursing Home in Prairie du Chien.  

Rilla Fern Kramer was born May 2, 1924, on the Shanghai Ridge family farm, rural Eastman. Rilla was the 10th of 11 children born to Hubert and Mary (Brady) Kramer.  

Wed
27
Feb

WS boys cruise past Riverdale for 21st straight win


The Hornets’ Carter Lomas scores on a hook in the lane Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Nate Benish (3) and Tyler Walters (10) apply full-court pressure in the first half Tuesday night.

Nick Benish scores over a Riverdale defender.

Gavin Ralph drives to the hoop versus Riverdale.

 

Top seeded Wauzeka-Steuben easily dismantled visiting and 16th seeded Riverdale 99-46 in a WIAA Division 5 Regional boys basketball game Tuesday night. 

The Hornets, ranked sixth in the state in Division 5,  won their 21st game in a row for a 21-1 overall record. Riverdale ended their season at 1-22.

Wauzeka-Steuben will next host eighth seeded Kickapoo in the regional semifinal on Friday, March 1.

Wed
27
Feb

Prairie girls are regional champs


Prairie’s Macey Banasik looks to score down low Monday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Gabby Ritchie maneuvers against the defense of Wisconsin Dells in second-half action.

Lily Krahn scores in the paint versus Wisconsin Dells.

 

On Feb. 25, the Prairie du Chien girls basketball team hosted Wisconsin Dells in Regional Final action. 

Once again, Prairie came out hot and jumped to a 8-2 lead. The Dells continued to fight back to tie the game halfway through the first half. However, PdC played solid defense and was able to go into the half up 25-13. 

Wed
27
Feb

River Ridge exploring financial options, timeline for track, football field project

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At its regular meeting Monday evening, the River Ridge School Board discussed possible ways to finance the proposed track and athletic fields project for Patch Grove.

Mon
25
Feb

Underwater repairs to Lock 9 should be done in early March


Divers at Lock and Dam 9 prepare to spend the day in frigid water while concrete will be pumped through a tube under the guidewalls and into the cribbing. The divers wear “hot water” suits which have hot water pumped through continually to keep the divers warm. (Photos courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

The Lock and Dam 9 guidewall is under repairs as concrete will fill in voided areas where rip rap rock once was. Work will continue until early March when the navigation season opens on the Mississippi River.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Repairs to the lock extensions at Lock and Dam 9 near Lynxville has been underway since December and is part of a two-year maintenance project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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25
Feb

Clarence J. 'Zippy' Reuter

Clarence J. “Zippy” Reuter, 71, of Lancaster, passed away on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at his home. 

 He was born on June 22, 1947, the son of Reaford and Letha (Zenz) Reuter. Zippy graduated from Lancaster High School in 1966.  

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Feb

Zelma L. 'Percie' Moore

Zelma L. Moore, 93, of McGregor, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

Zelma Louene “Percie” Moore, the daughter of Percy Roy and Zelma Marie (Huber) Freeman, was born Jan. 1, 1926 in Norwood, Ohio. She was baptized, and later confirmed on March 24, 1940, at the Congregational Church in McGregor, Iowa. She graduated from McGregor High School in 1943 and was the co-valedictorian of her class. Percie was united in marriage with Kenneth James Moore on July 13, 1946 at the Congregational Church in McGregor. Percie worked as an usher at the McGregor Theater, was a telephone operator, worked at Vick’s Grocery Store, was an office manager at Brooks-Teaser Insurance and worked at Star Milk Coolers. 

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