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Gerald L. 'Jerry' Forst

Gerald L. "Jerry" Forst, 84, of Janesville, passed away at home on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. He was born in Prairie du Chien, on May 30, 1934, the son of Leonard and Leona (Becwar) Forst. 

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Feb

PdC-Fennimore gymnasts perform at sectional


Kylee O’Kane dances during her floor exercise at the sectional Saturday at Platteville. (Photos submitted)

Madison Puckett performs a scale on the balance beam.

Mackenzie Pettit vaults at the Platteville Sectional Saturday.

Desiree Puckett performs on the uneven bars.

 

The Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnastics team finished their season at the sectional meet on Saturday, Feb. 23. 

Kylee O’Kane led the team with her season best all around score of 30.725. O’Kane missed her second trip to the State Tournament by one fall on the balance beam. O’Kane also led the team on the uneven bars with a score of 7.3, placing 12th, and the balance beam with a score of 7.7, placing 12th.  

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Feb

Pickup truck rear-ends skid loader

On Feb. 20, at 8:22 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a two-vehicle traffic crash on US Highway 18, approximately one-quarter of a mile east of Vineyard Road in the township of Bridgeport.

Nicholas D. Steiger, 25, Woodman, was operating a New Holland L180 skid loader westbound in the left lane of US Highway 18 at a speed of approximately 15 miles per hour. The skid loader was equipped with front and rear lighting, including an orange strobe light mounted on top of the cab. There was not a slow moving vehicle emblem mounted on the back.

Trisha A. Stanek, 31, Prairie du Chien, was operating a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup westbound in the left lane of US Highway 18. Stanek struck the rear end of the skid loader.

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Snowplow dump truck crashes

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 4:39 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a snowplow dump truck crash at 60357 Buck Creek Road, Ferryville.

Kevin Sidie was operating a 2006 International truck owned by Freeman Township, plowing snow. He attempted to back up a driveway. 

The truck spun out and went over the embankment coming to rest on its passenger side. 

Sidie received an injury to his head and face from an object in the cab of the truck, but did not require medical treatment.

The truck was removed from the scene by Ken’s Towing.

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Feb

Farmers weather turbulent winter


Dairy farmer Kim Moret shared a picture of herself on one of the coldest days this winter, bundled up in seven layers plus a parka hat and scarves. (Submitted photo)

According to Kim, this photo was taken in late January a few years ago. She shared the following memory, "You can notice the green background. In reality we were maybe 50 feet from the barn door. We had to create a trail of barn lime to a spot for the photographer to stage the shot so the cow wouldn't fall. The temperature that day did not get above zero and the nights were at the minus 20 range. Josie was quite alert because she was watching the other cows in the barn yard and had not been out of the barn for several days. The photographer kept his camera in his running car to prevent it from freezing until he could get the perfect shot .We were actually surrounded by snow and ice and through the magic of photoshop Josie was given a lush background. And yes that is me holding her bundled up in my cold weather attire. We needed a photo of her asap for some marketing opportunities and so we braved the cold and got it done."

By Correne Martin

“Every winter, there’s a brutal cold snap and we (farmers) deal with it.”

That’s according to Kim Moret, who has weathered dairy farming with her husband, Greg, in rural Prairie du Chien, for 37 years. Currently, the couple manages their registered holsteins along with help from daughter Kayla, who commutes from Illinois part-time.

For nearly four decades, the Morets have had a pretty good handle on Wisconsin winters. There’s a wall in their barn where they record extreme temperatures, and late January this year was one period that made that list. She recorded one morning when the temperature alone reached -34oF and wind chill temps reached 60 below. 

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Feb

Prairie du Chien girls on to regional final


Prairie du Chien’s Lily Krahn exploits an excellent passing lane versus Edgewood. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

Macey Banasik drives past an Edgewood defender.

Ella Hager looks for an opening in the Edgewood defense.

Makenzie Knapp draws a double team versus Edgewood in the regional semifinal Friday.

 

Prairie du Chien trounced visiting Madison Edgewood 60-43 in a WIAA Division 3 Regional semifinal Friday night. 

Top seeded Prairie du Chien led 32-23 at the half before taking the second half 28-20. The Crusaders ended their season at 7-17.

Lili Krahn pumped in a game-high 19 points to pace the Lady Blackhawks. Macey Banasik and Gabby Ritchie each netted 11.

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Feb

Saint takes third, four Prairie du Chien grapplers at State Tournament


Prairie du Chien’s Traeton Saint gains a double leg takedown of Mitchel Harmon of Bloomer-Colfax in their quarterfinal match Friday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Matt Rogge gains an advantage over Blaze Thurber in their round-one match.

The Blackhawks’ Reid Koenig applies pressure to Zach Pooler in round one Thursday night.

Prairie’s Bradyn Saint looks to gain control in his round-one match versus Gage Coppock.

 

The 76th annual WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament was held Thursday Feb. 21 through Saturday,  Feb. 23 in Madison at the Kohl Center. Prairie du Chien was represented by four wrestlers; Matt Rogge, Traeton Saint, Reid Koenig and Bradyn Saint. 

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Donald J. DesRocher

Donald J. DesRocher, 79, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa, following an extended illness.  

He was born July 4, 1939, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Filbert and Marie (DuCharme) DesRocher. He attended St. Gabriel’s Grade School and graduated from Prairie du Chien High School. Don worked for the railroad and later for GTE Electronics. 

He is survived by his brothers, Paul of Racine, and Cyril “Zeke” (Ginger) of Prairie du Chien; along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. 

His parents; sisters, Dorothy Selvera, Rose Ruppert, Marge Wood; a brother, Ken; and two infant sisters preceded him in death.

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Feb

Stolen, crashed vehicle pins reported drunken driver inside

A stolen, crashed vehicle led Grant County authorities to arresting a Cassville man last week. 

On Feb. 15, at around 6:30 p.m. the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stolen truck in the city of Lancaster. Officers checked the area but could not locate the truck. At about 8 p.m., the sheriff’s office took a report of a crash on County A near Milner Road in rural Mt. Hope. Upon officer arrival, the crashed vehicle was determined to be the one originally stolen from Lancaster. 

Gabriel Phillips, 21, was pinned inside the truck. 

He was freed by Bloomington Fire and West Grant EMS and transported to Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. Phillips was later transported to another hospital due to his injuries. 

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Feb

Man injured when snowmobile hits tree

On Feb. 15, at 11:33 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a snowmobile crash on a trail along State Highway 171, approximately two miles east of US Highway 61, in the township of Clayton.

Joshua J. Bindl, 29, Richland Center, was operating a 2016 Polaris 795 snowmobile eastbound on a snowmobile trail. While attempting to negotiate a curve, Bindl struck a tree with the front end of the snowmobile. Bindl was riding the trail with five other snowmobilers who were able to call for assistance and render aid. 

The North Crawford Rescue Squad responded to the scene and transported Bindl to Vernon Memorial Hospital. The extent of Bindl’s injuries are unknown. This crash remains under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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