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Prairie Invitational


Prairie du Chien’s Taylor Hendrickson putts from the fringe of the ninth green on a rainy Friday morning at Prairie du Chien Country Club. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Lady Blackhawks’ Emily Trautsch chips up onto the putting surface of the ninth green Friday morning.

 

Prairie golfers host 

Prairie Invitational

The Prairie du Chien girls’ golf team hosted their annual Prairie Invitational at the Prairie du Chien Country Club on Friday, Aug. 28. Arcadia, Darlington, G-E-T, Lancaster, Southwestern/Benton/Cuba City, and Westby/Viroqua came to play even though rainy conditions prevailed.  

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Prairie gridders win


Prairie’s Drew Scott heads for a touchdown on a 34-yard pass from Brogan Potter. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Drew Scott makes a diving one-handed catch to get the ball to the Mayville 17-yard line.

Casey Hogenson gains good yardage on a kickoff return in the first quarter Saturday afternoon.

The Prairie du Chien running game powered forward for good yardage throughout the game.

 

Prairie du Chien Blackhawks blast Mayville Cardinals

By Zach Mara

 

In a complete reversal of last week’s game, Prairie du Chien protected the ball, not turning the ball over, allowing the offense to do its job during a 47-0 thrashing of the Mayville Cardinals.

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Bowfishing Tournament hits small snag

 

Complaint filed over area bowfishing tournament

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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Train carrying corn derails near Campion Boat Landing

Three railroad cars owned by Avalon Grain, of Madison, derailed and a fourth was damaged near the Campion Boat Landing in Prairie du Chien Sunday, Aug. 30, between 5 and 6 p.m. The train was headed to Mexico and carrying around 4,000 bushels of corn per car. According to a local grain authority, the current going rate for corn is $3.60 per bushel­—meaning a potential loss of more than $50,000 in corn alone. The train was traveling on Wisconsin & Southern Railroad track, about to switch to Burlington Northern Santa Fe track, at the time of the derailment. A witness said there were about a dozen people who saw the cars fall over as the train was moving at a relatively slow speed. “The noise was deafening. It was kinda scary. Everybody got away from the tracks,” said the witness, who did not want to be identified. The derailment caused a big hole next to the tracks.

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Gun safe stolen in burglary

On Sunday, July 26, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department initially investigated a report of a residential burglary at 106 Railway Ave. in the village of Soldiers Grove.

During the night hours of Saturday, July 25, or the early morning hours of Sunday, July 26, the residence was entered and a black gun safe was stolen. The 59” x 20” gun safe contained Browning rifles, ammunition, cash, and a Michael Jordan rookie card.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or 1-866-779-PAYS. Anyone calling either of these numbers with a Crime Stoppers tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for a tip which solves a crime with an arrest, charges being filed or recovery of stolen property.

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Counterfeit bills used

By Correne Martin

A suspect is being investigated in relation to four cases of counterfeit bills presented at Crawford County businesses over the last couple months, according to Sheriff Dale McCullick.

Fake $100, $20 and $10 bills were used to purchase goods at The Port, Tractor Supply and Piggly Wiggly, all in Bridgeport Township. Also, a customer attempted to use an imitation bill at Casey’s General Store, in Prairie du Chien Township, but the clerk caught it before it was accepted.

‘These were smaller than normal size bills and the color was off,” McCullick said, noting that they were likely made via a home computer and printer.

In these four cases, the businesses that accepted the bills may be out the money in the long run. McCullick said the sheriff’s department sends them into the U.S. Secret Service and the businesses aren’t always reimbursed.

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Closure of 3 city TIF districts will put money back on tax roll

By Correne Martin

Two of Prairie du Chien’s six tax increment financing (TIF) districts are expected to close at the end of 2015 and a third in the first half of 2016, putting about $3.5 million back on the local levy for city taxpayers.
“We still have to go through the official audit and notify the state that they’re being closed,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “But it’s essentially like we’re closing out a checking account.”

To realize the impact of this, it’s important for taxpayers to understand the complexity that is a TIF or a TID, aka, a tax increment financing district.

Here’s an explanation.

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Michael K. Thompson

 

Michael K. Thompson, 80, of Prairie du Chien passed awy Thursday, Aug. 27, at his home surrounded by his family. 

He was born April 20, 1935 in Ann Arbor, Mich. the son of John and Fern (Bourassa) Thompson. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Mary Balk on June 9, 1960 in Phoenix, Ariz. Mike worked as a barber and later became a plumber. He held other various jobs until his retirement in 1997. 

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Judy K. Paulus

 

Judy K. Paulus, 59, of Bloomington, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, at UW Hospital & Clinics in Madison. 

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Roger B. Helgerson Sr

 

Roger B. Helgerson Sr., 79, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, at his home. 

He was born Dec. 5, 1935 in Westby, the son of Otto and Della (DeWitt) Helgerson. After his graduation from high school Roger entered the US Army and served during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War before retiring from service. He also farmed near Brodtville. 

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