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Thu
22
Oct

Design Homes donation kicks off Prairie du Chien library campaign


Randy and Shelly Weeks, of Design Homes, proudly kicked off the capital campaign for the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library expansion project this week with a $125,000 donation. Randy and Shelly said they are pleased to contribute to this project as it will benefit the whole community. The city council has approved the $3 million expansion, while it is up to the community to raise $1.5 million. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library capital campaign received an extremely generous kickoff contribution Tuesday from Design Homes. Randy and Shelly Weeks and the Weeks family gave a $125,000 gift to name the children’s reading area in their honor.

Earlier this year, the city announced a $1.5 million capital campaign to match a $1.5 million contribution to the project by the common council.

“Shelly and I are very excited to be part of the library expansion project,” Randy Weeks said. “Like most people in this electronic age, we were not aware of how important the public library is to our community. It is not only a place to read or check out a book, but also a gathering and meeting place and a place for children to go use and see some of the latest in technology. We are excited to see the library expand and grow to meet the needs of this and the next generation.”

Mon
19
Oct

Oktoberfest feier fun for all ages


Fred Isaak, of River City Ruckus, was not only astounding in his accordion playing but he was also very much the entertainer with his expressions and crowd interaction inside the tent at Oktoberfest. Hundreds of festival-goers sought warmth under the big top, where delicious German food and beer were served and dancers got moving on the dance floor. (Photo by Correne Martin)

While the bigger kids were taking a break, Erin Nolan snuck onto the hay bales for a few brave jumps by herself. The hay bales were quite the attraction for the young ones attending Oktoberfest in Prairie du Chien Saturday. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Oktoberfest committee member Taegan Stein passes through a powder station during the Fall Color Run Saturday in Prairie du Chien. All proceeds from the Color Run, which is not officially timed, benefit the Prairie du Chien Skate Park. (Photo by Randy Paske)

“Bunny,” the French bulldog, attracted plenty of children wanting to pet the cute puppy. “Bunny” was one of the winners of the canine costume contest at Oktoberfest. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Scott and Joan Paulson, two of Oktoberfest’s volunteers, shared some German exuberance as they made their way through the parade route Saturday morning. (Photo by Correne Martin)
Mon
19
Oct

Antoine admires new city street bearing his last name


Team USA Skeleton racer Matt Antoine was in Prairie du Chien last week visiting family and friends before heading on to Lake Placid, N.Y., where he will begin preparing for the 2015-2016 season and the World Cup circuit. While here, he took a moment of his time to check out the new street named after him. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council decided in April to name two streets in its North Gateway Business Park after the community’s two Olympic medalists: Matt Antoine and Joe Delagrave. Antoine Way was named after the 2014 men’s skeleton bronze medalist and Delagrave Drive was chosen to honor the 2012 wheelchair rugby team bronze medalist.

While Antoine was back in Prairie du Chien last week visiting family and friends before heading to Lake Placid, N.Y., to start the 2015-2016 USA national skeleton season, he took some time to admire the street sign in his name and pose for pictures with it.

Mon
19
Oct

South Marquette Road project delayed to 2018

Due to recent state budget cuts, dozens of road construction and repair project delays were released in a memo to state legislators by Gov. Walker’s administration last week. The memo outlined 114 project delays in western and southwestern Wisconsin costing taxpayers millions more, increasing safety concerns and preventing the creation of thousands of jobs.

“These potholes and crumbling bridges aren’t going to fix themselves,” said Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “At a time when we should be working to grow businesses and create jobs, recent budget cuts are jeopardizing important economic development efforts.”

In Crawford, Vernon, La Crosse and Monroe counties, two dozen projects representing over $53.7 million in needed road upgrades and repairs are being delayed.

Wed
14
Oct

Advisory Task Force

 

Public votes on several facilities upgrade options for PdC Schools

By Ted Pennekamp

 

With a pair of all day Advisory Task Force meetings on Thursday and Friday of last week at Bluff View, and again on Tuesday night in the high school auditorium, the possible April 2016 referendum for facilities upgrades and exceeding the revenue cap is coming into the decision phase for the Prairie du Chien School District. 

Wed
14
Oct

Seneca secures Ridge and Valley Conference crown


The Seneca girls volleyball team was overcome with excitement and emotion when receiving the conference trophy. (Photos by Sandy Connors)

Members of the Seneca volleyball Ridge and Valley conference championship team include (front row, from left) Hannah Whiteaker, Haley Wall, Alivia Salinas, Emily Garfoot; (back row) Coach Angie Mabb, Liv Swanson, Erin Sime, Becky Trautsch, Nicole Manders, Michelle Clark, Jena Konichek, Taylor Sime and Coach Dawn Ray.

The Seneca High School volleyball team clinched the conference championship last night, Oct. 13, in front of their home crowd.

Coach Dawn Ray’s Indians defeated La Farge three games to one to secure the Ridge and Valley Conference title outright. The girls now have a 6-0 conference record and are 9-4 overall.

La Farge dropped to 6-3 in conference play, 6-4 overall, and are currently tied with De Soto for second place in the league.

Seneca will travel to Wauzeka-Steuben Thursday night, Oct. 15, to take on the Hornets (5-7) for the final conference match of the regular season.

Wed
14
Oct

Amundson named Packers High School Coach of the Week


The Prairie du Chien football team is: coaches (on left) Todd Yager, Jeff Dick, Mark McWilliams, Jason Thiry and Nathan Gevelinger. Players, front row, Bryce Bedward, Jarrett Debruin, Clinton Cale, Gavin Gillitzer, Dylan Yeomans, Dominic Wright, Ethan Swiggum, Cody Cauffman, Chris Check, Hunter Sheckler, Peyton Hall, Reid Koenig and Grant Martin. Second row, Austin Bachman, Riley Meyers, Ryan McGrath, Carter Pederson, Mitch Luster, Zach Swiggum, Owen Feye, Chad Mara, Nick Rogge, Ty Smock, Keenan Holley, Drake Coleman, Casey Hogenson, Adrian Johanningmeier and Gunnar Kravchuck. Back row, Robert Velasco, Cade Clark, Drew Scott, Scott Sauter, Cory Check, Eric Nolan, Luke Wright, Aaron Neisius, Tyler Adrian, Sean McGrath, Josh Kotte, Cory Fischer, Tyler Mason, Steve Ronnfeldt, Zach Neisius and Nathan Banasik. Coaches (on right) Paul Morovits, Head Coach Aaron Amundson, Brad Lange, Jeff Riter, Dave Antoniewicz, Kalen Hagen and Sean Montgomery. Kevin Campbell is not pictured. (Photo submitted)

The Green Bay Packers have announced Aaron Amundson of Prairie du Chien High School has been named the Green Bay Packers High School Football Coach of the Week.

Amundson, who is in his seventh year as the head coach of the Prairie du Chien football program, led the Blackhawks to a 44-43 victory Friday over conference powerhouse Lancaster. The victory marked the program’s first win over the Flying Arrows since 2004 and secured at least a share of the Southwest Wisconsin Conference title, a feat they haven’t achieved since 1988.

Prairie du Chien will now host the 7-1 River Valley Blackhawks for a chance at sole possession of the conference championship.   

“We are blessed to have a great group of seniors who have been playing a lot of varsity ball over the past few years,” said Amundson. “These young men endured some hardships over time and it’s a testament to our players for buying into what we’ve been asking of them over this past year.”

Wed
14
Oct

Breast feeding videos downloaded locally lead to Florida woman’s arrest

A Florida piano teacher was arrested last week after authorities discovered she was trying to sell sexual breast-feeding videos.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department found out about Leigh Felten, 31, of Tallahassee, when a Crawford County man downloaded several videos and paid for them using a PayPal account.

Felten was arrested on Friday, Oct. 9. The videos displayed Felten breast feeding an infant and rubbing oil on herself and the child and other sexual acts, the sheriff’s department said. According to court documents, the video “was clearly not done for the purpose of education or artistic display. Based on the content, and the fact it is being sold by Felten, it is clear this video is for sexual purposes.”

Wed
14
Oct

Stolen work trailer recovered, Highland man arrested

The Prairie du Chien Police Department has recovered a work trailer that was stolen from Prairie du Chien in late August.

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, the police department traveled to Stoughton to follow up on a lead of the previously stolen work trailer, which had about $20,000 worth of construction tools inside when it disappeared.

The two officers who traveled to Stoughton found the trailer parked at a Days Inn. They immediately contacted the Stoughton Police Department and requested their assistance in the investigation. After the Stoughton Police Department arrived, identification of the trailer was made through phone calls and pictures sent to the police department. Upon identification, the trailer was seized and towed to a secure location in Stoughton for further investigation.

On Friday, Oct. 9, officers returned to Stoughton and towed the trailer back to a secure location in Prairie du Chien for further investigation.

Wed
14
Oct

Clown storyline sure to torment


The lights might be on in this picture, but imagine these nightmarish clowns in the pitch dark of the Halls of Terror setting on St. Feriole Island. If you dare to experience this year’s haunt, organizers are trying out a themed thrill this time, starring Charlie the former circus clown who has turned the cedar building into an asylum. He and his buddies are ready to frighten you out of your wits and chase you and your friends around the Halls of Terror, which are open Oct. 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Kid-friendly haunts are Oct. 17 and 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. and Oct. 31 from 2 to 5 p.m. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The terrifying new twists and turns at the Halls of Terror are killer this year! If creepy clowns unnerve you, the 2015 haunt may or may not be for you.

Scheduled for Oct. 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31 from 7 to 10:30 p.m., with kid-friendly opportunities on Oct. 17 and 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. and Oct. 31 from 2 to 5 p.m., Halls of Terror will literally scare you away with its storyline this year.

Charlie, the former circus clown, committed a number of murders, allegedly. On the run from the law, he’s taken asylum in the cedar building on Prairie du Chien’s St. Feriole Island—the site of Halls of Terror for the past four years. Anybody who has entered the building has become his victim.

Those who dare to be scared by this menacing clown and his buddies—also former circus clowns turned lunatics—are certainly in for a disturbing experience.

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