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30
Jan

Bomb threat not substantiated at River Ridge; district works to ensure student safety

By Correne Martin

 

A bomb threat was found written on a middle school boys' bathroom wall at River Ridge Schools Wednesday, Jan. 29, as Superintendent Clay Koenig confirmed. The Grant County Sheriff's Department quickly responded, and after a careful search of the building, authorities found no bomb or alarming foreign objects. According to Koenig, protocol was followed every step of the way and student safety was top priority. 

 

"Every move we made obviously had the kids' safety first and foremost in our minds," Koenig stated Thursday morning.

 

Wed
29
Jan

‘Decoding the Driftless’ reconnects residents with their home region


George Howe, one of the producers of “Decoding the Driftless,” a documentary about the Driftless Area in which we live, presented the film to an audience of about 40 at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library last week. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

 

The average person living in the Driftless Area is disconnected with the kind of landscape gem in which he resides. 

“Decoding the Driftless”—the 2018 feature-length documentary film starring the region in southwest Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa and extreme northwest Illinois—was made to spread awareness to those living in and others who’ve never heard of the world-class resources and ancient geological story of the Driftless Area.

Wed
29
Jan

New Crawford County DA to begin Feb. 3

 

By Ted Pennekamp

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has appointed Lukas Steiner to serve as Crawford County District Attorney.

This appointment fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Tim Baxter on Jan. 3, 2020. Steiner will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term that ends in January 2021. Steiner will begin as Crawford County District Attorney on Monday, Feb. 3.

Wed
29
Jan

Mary Benish

Mary Dolores Benish, 98, of Mason City, Iowa, died Saturday, Jan 25, 2020, at Country Meadow Place in Mason City.

Wed
29
Jan

Rev. Dwight Albers

Rev. Dwight Albers, 67, of Postville, Iowa, died Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 at his home in Postville. 

He was born Aug 7, 1952 to Herbert and Helen (Beckman) Albers in Wells, Minnesota. 

Wed
29
Jan

County approves funds for well testing

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

During its Wednesday, Jan. 22 meeting, the Crawford County Finance Committee approved of  $8,000 for the Land Conservation Department to conduct well testing in the county this spring and fall.

Wed
29
Jan

John B. Meng

John B. Meng, 76, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, of complications from lung and heart disease. 

John was born July 20, 1943, the son of Richard and Dorothea (Williams) Meng. He worked in construction and was an avid sports fan. He loved playing basketball and baseball as a young man. John enjoyed his work as a crossing guard near the B.A. Kennedy Elementary School. 

Wed
29
Jan

Donald J. Ames and Cleone E. Ames

Donald J. Ames and Cleone E. (Hall) Ames, 80 and 79, of Potosi, passed away within hours of each other surrounded by family on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, a true testament of their love and devotion to each other after being married for 62 years. 

Donald was born on Nov. 7, 1939, in Detroit, Mich., the son of Bert A. and Gertrude (Fecht) Ames. He graduated from Franklin High School, now Potosi High School, in 1957. 

Cleone was born on March 27, 1940, in Lancaster, the daughter of Guerdon W. and Gila (Marcue) Hall. She graduated from Platteville High School in 1957. 

Wed
29
Jan

Extremely high winter river flow ‘a real concern’

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is monitoring high water conditions affecting parts of the Upper Mississippi River in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa as a result of historic flows this winter. 

Wed
29
Jan

Snow Dog hits the local ice fishing scene


Local ice fisherman Richard La Rocque sits on his creation, the Snow Dog.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Prairie du Chien man has built a contraption that is sure to draw the attention, and possible admiration, of fellow ice fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts.

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