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Wed
23
Aug

Bartlett races toward greatness


Nathan Bartlett is pictured running in the annual Elvelopet 15K which took place July 29 during Decorah’s Nordic Fest. (Submitted photo)

By Rachel Mergen

 

Not many people can say they are capable of running approximately 9.3 miles in one hour and 35 seconds. Few people are able to power through 50 to 60 miles of running each week, pushed by just their own passion.

Nathan Bartlett, 29-year-old middle school cross country coach and high school math teacher in the Prairie du Chien School District, is one of those rare people.

“I have always been kind of a perfectionist,” Nathan stated about his start in running. “I wanted to discover my limits.”

In high school, Nathan found himself participating in cross country competitively. He enjoyed discovering what he was capable of doing.

From that point on, he always had a love for the activity, but held back on competing with others.

Wed
23
Aug

Bloomington American Legion building full of history, home-cooked meals


Mary Adrian opened Ma’s Bakery 23 years ago after having a passion for baking cakes for many years prior. (Photos by Rachel Mergen)

Ma’s Bakery and the American Legion building is located at 450 Canal St., in Bloomington.

By Rachel Mergen

 

In 1880, the American Legion Building in Bloomington was built by Sprague and Holford at 450 Canal St. It was the largest store in the village. Its dimensions were 57 by 60 feet, and it was built to have a hall over the entire building, which is said to be able to contain between 400 and 500 people. The bottom floor included two stores, one being the L.D. Holford’s Drug Store, which was eventually bought by James Hatch in 1898.

Ora Hatch, business partner of James Hatch, took over the Bloomington drug store in 1900, when James went to manage their Lancaster store. In 1905, Ora bought the Bloomington store.

 

The drug store was mentioned many times in local newspapers under headlines like “Hatch has a train” and “A close call for Ora Hatch.”

Wed
23
Aug

‘Flushable’ wipes, other items blamed for clogs

By Rachel Mergen

 

“Its seems like we tend to make lists of things that should not go down a toilet, which leaves us open to getting things that are not on the list down the toilet. For example, how many times have you found a G.I. Joe Doll at your wastewater plant? It obviously was flushed down the toilet, but since it was not on our list of things to not flush down the toilet, (people feel) it’s OK,” stated wastewater trainer Chris Groh, in a letter sent to the Prairie du Chien Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Lately, flushable bathroom wipes have become a trend in society. With buyers not wanting them collected in their garbage cans, they enjoy being able to simply dispose of them with a single flush.

Wed
23
Aug

Soccer Home Opener


Sam Peterson deftly moves the ball upfield. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Ramon Gonzalez (18) battles for control Tuesday afternoon.

Josh Dyer (8) races a Driftless United player to the ball.

Prairie du Chien’s Weston Hill (5) tries to get the ball away from the Driftless United player Tuesday afternoon on the Bluff View pitch.

 

Prairie soccer opens season 

with tough loss to Driftless United

The Prairie du Chien boys soccer team hosted the Driftless United Club team from Viroqua Tuesday night for their season and home opener.  

The Blackhawks played hard against the quick United team and the defensive line of Issac Nichols, Sam Peterson, Blake Garcia and Ben Teynor held them scoreless until the 29th minute when Driftless slipped in the first score of the match.  

Wed
23
Aug

Bagley Unmoved over Iowa Blast

 

Earth does 

not move in Bagley 

during latest Iowa blast

Seismographs pick up nothing

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
23
Aug

FEMA Meeting

 

FEMA approves 

all Crawford County 

storm damage projects

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
21
Aug

River Ridge Cross Country

 

River Ridge to have 

cross country again

By Ted Pennekamp

 

River Ridge High School will have boys and girls cross country this season after a 15-year absence.

Mon
21
Aug

Julia Lansing soon to be honored by Mt. Hope community


Julia Lansing (left) is pictured with her longtime friend and helper Maxine Bauer inside the Lansing Store in Mt. Hope.

By Rachel Mergen

 

A committee of Mt. Hope residents have united to work toward creating a memorial for one of the town’s most revered residents, Julia Lansing, who passed away on June 30.

Dick Lambert, Peg Moore, Marlys Schmitz and Janet Nichols came together to recognize the impact that Julia had on their community throughout her 80 years of life.

Julia was the daughter of George and Deloris Lansing, who, along with Julia’s sister Orlean, moved to Mt. Hope from Ossian, Iowa, to open a general store. Julia was born in the upper level of the store at Centre and Main Street.

Mon
21
Aug

Cynthia “Cyndi” Moberg

 

Cynthia “Cyndi” Moberg, 64 of McGregor, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.

 

She was born May 25, 1953, to Joseph and Helen Blahut in Pittsburgh, Penn. Cynthia graduated from St. Michaels Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Mon
21
Aug

City releases statement on pool investigation

 The city of Prairie du Chien released an update Friday afternoon regarding the Aug. 2 matter at the Wacouta Aquatic Park, where a 4-year-old boy was pulled from the swimming pool unconscious and later died in a hospital.

“The city is taking this matter very seriously and is currently conducting an extensive investigation to identify all facts associated with the drowning,” City Administrator Art Osten said in the press release. “Upon completion of the investigation, the city will take any and all necessary action to attempt to prevent such an incident from occurring again in the future.”

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