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Feb

Chamber of commerce keeps PACE of the community going


The 2018 Prairie du Chien Area Chamber Board includes (from left) Chamber President/CEO Bob Moses, Nate Gilberts, Board President Curt Zinkle, Kiel Fritz, Mary Antoine, Brandon Thies, Sheri Bowar, Vice-President Steve Kleist, Owen Vincent and Jacob Kanis. Missing are Chris Meyer, Tanya Kangas, Rick Powell, Drew Hagar and Tiffany Pettera. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Mission is to promote, advocate, communicate and educate

By Correne Martin

Prior to the world of Google, chambers of commerce were the main “search engines” of their communities. They were the best place people could contact to find out information about businesses, residency and schools, events, activities and more. 

Since then, chambers have had to cultivate their niche in the community to provide more than just a knowledgeable welcome. 

Mon
19
Feb

Antoine’s story, Olympic experience great lesson for youth


Students in Mrs. Copsey’s 4K class at B.A. Kennedy have been keeping a close eye on the medal count each day, particularly acknowledging American athletes’ achievements. (Photos by Correne Martin)

You might have to use a creative eye in looking at this collaboration, but the second graders at Bluff View School are proudly displaying the colors of the Olympic rings.

By Correne Martin

Matt Antoine achieved 11th place in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic skeleton competition last week, certainly making his hometown fans proud. Along the way, the youngest of his fans have also shared in the excitement, learning all about Matt, the sport of skeleton and some Olympic fun facts, too. 

The teachers of the Prairie du Chien school district have found many ways to incorporate these current events into their curriculum, from 4K to second and third grades on up. Two such classes focusing on Olympic units have been Mrs. Megan Copsey’s 4K at B.A. Kennedy elementary and the entire second grade at Bluff View elementary.

Wed
14
Feb

Truck shears off pole

On Sunday, Feb. 11, at 11:04 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a truck versus power pole in Marietta Township on Hilldale Road near Sunny Crest Lane.

An eastbound 2001 Ford pickup, owned by Scott Folbrecht and operated by 16-year-old Kaleb Folbrecht, both of Wauzeka, lost control and sheared off a  power pole. There were no injuries.

Power was only disrupted to one set of buildings. The road was blocked for approximately an hour. The vehicle had heavy damage. The accident remains under investigation.

Assisting at the scene were the Boscobel Fire Department and Lomas Electric.

Wed
14
Feb

Car goes over guardrail, embankment

On Monday, Feb. 12, at 11 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a one-vehicle crash with injuries and property damage on Highway 61 in the township of Clayton near Bell Center Road.

Madison M. Dull, 17, Boscobel, was southbound on Highway 61 in a 2010 Chrysler Sebring. Dull said, after negotiating a curve, there was a deer in the roadway. Dull swerved to miss the deer, went off the west shoulder, struck the guardrail end, and continued over the west embankment before coming to rest in a wooded area.

Dull claimed injuries from the crash and was transported to the Boscobel Emergency Room for treatment of her injuries. The Dull vehicle sustained disabling damage and was towed from the scene.

Wed
14
Feb

Vehicle gets stuck, driver arrested

On Sunday, Feb. 11, at 5:45 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department located a vehicle that was off the roadway and stuck in the snow on Highway 60 near Cedar Lane in the township of Wauzeka. The vehicle was running with its lights on.  

Taylor M. Gillitzer, 21, Wauzeka, was operating a 2012 Chevy Cruze out of a parking lot onto Highway 60. Gillitzer drove over Highway 60 and into the north ditch of the roadway. Gillitzer’s vehicle then became stuck in the snow. Gillitzer was attempting to go toward Wauzeka, but missed his turn and went off the opposite side of the highway.  

Gillitzer claimed no injuries in the crash and his vehicle was not damaged. Gillitzer was arrested for first offense OWI.

Gillitzer was also cited for operating left of center and possession of open intoxicants in a vehicle.

Assisting on scene was Bob’s Towing.

Wed
14
Feb

Man punches people in two vehicles and is later arrested

On Feb. 12, at 8:51 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a man who punched a passenger of a vehicle and then jumped out of the vehicle while moving on Highway 131 south of County S in the township of Haney. The reporting party stated he was unable to locate the man.

At 8:59 p.m., a motorist, who was unaware of the initial report, called the Crawford County Communications Center and stated he was traveling on Highway 131 south of County Road S when he came upon a man along the road, so he stopped to offer him a ride. The motorist stated that when he arrived at his residence on Haney Valley Road, the man refused to get out of his truck. A deputy responded to the scene and was told by the motorist that the man punched him in the face two times, once while driving and again when they reached their destination.

Wed
14
Feb

Two charged with meth offenses

Two individuals were charged recently with methamphetamine-related offenses after one of them was found behind the wheel of a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

On Feb. 1, at about 2 a.m., Prairie police officers, along with Crawford County K-9 Breck, made contact with a suspicious vehicle parked on the 200 block of East Blackhawk Avenue in Prairie du Chien. The registered owner of the vehicle had a suspended driver’s license. As officers attempted to make contact with the driver and passenger, both occupants of the vehicle began walking away from the vehicle.

Wed
14
Feb

Wauzeka-Steuben School Board Primary Election Feb. 20

Because there are three individuals vying for the same seat on the Wauzeka-Steuben School District Board, there will be a primary election on Tuesday, Feb. 20, to narrow the field to two for the April election. These candidates were each asked the same series of questions regarding the issues of the district.

Mara Hird

Challenger
30 years old
Lifelong district resident, married, 2 young children
Peoples State Bank consumer loan officer

•What are the top 2 issues facing the district and how can you help address those problems or enhance growth in those areas?

Wed
14
Feb

Heart Health Month

 

Crossing Rivers Health to host heart health events

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
12
Feb

Prairie wrestlers earn first regional title as hard work pays off for team


The first-ever regional championship Prairie du Chien wrestling team was crowned Saturday afternoon during the very first regional meet hosted by the school. The Hawks scored 249.5 points in first place, which was well above second-place River Valley with 191. Pictured (front row, from left) are Jackson DeBruin, Matt Rogge, Reid Koenig, Bradyn Saint, Traeton Saint, Chase Fisher; (back row) Mike Rogge, Jason Thiry, Jerrod Osterkamp, Clayton DuCharme, Isaac Avery, Luke Wright, Tyler Smock, Keenan Holley, Colten Wall, Blake Garcia, Nick Rogge, Alex Osterkamp, Jon Quamme and Stephen Ronnfeldt. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The brevity of a single wrestling season, in the grand scheme of life, is incomparable to the character built through a passionate and supportive program like that which exists in Prairie du Chien. The high school team has a 21-1 regular season record, an outright conference championship and, for the first time in the 49-year program history, a regional title. The young teenagers who represent the Blackhawks are in the midst of the grind, hoping to push their level of success to the maximum this post-season.

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