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Thu
19
Apr

TNT Gymnastics new facility open in Prairie du Chien


Some of the older girls practice their routines for regional gymnastics, which are happening this weekend in Minneapolis, while the younger ones get their time in too.

A group of TNT gymnasts stretches in preparation for class on the new floor mat, complete with springs beneath it.

TNT Gymnastics Owner Tracy Troxel assists a couple of her competitive gymnasts on the low bar. (Photo by Correne Martin)

With 8,200 square feet of space, there’s plenty of interaction to be had at TNT Gymnastics gym at 1890 E. La Pointe St., in Prairie du Chien.

In addition to the traditional beams, floor, bars and vault, a climbing wall, in-ground trampolines, climbing ropes, foam pit, obstacle course and toddler rooms have been added at the new TNT facility.

By Correne Martin

After 18 years of bouncing around to Prairie du Chien’s various gym spaces, TNT Gymnastics opened its own 8,200-square-foot pristine gym with the latest industry equipment at 1890 E. La Pointe St. on Feb. 25.

“It’s almost double the size we had,” remarked owner Tracy Troxel, comparing the new building to the business’ former space in a storage building next to Prairie Cinema. “We’ve already seen 25 additional members, including eight new boys. People are coming from other gyms. The kids currently taking classes have been able to improve so much more too. They’ve gained a lot more strength with the additional opportunities that have opened up.”

Mon
16
Apr

'Robin Hood,' an action-packed, comedic adventure


Pictured, a well-practiced fight scene ensues on a bridge, between the sprightly Robin Hood and the not-so-little, Little John, portrayed by Dylan Skime. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The Baroness’ persistent squeal and over-the-top character, played by Kama Tesar (center), was well matched by her fellow performers in Prairie du Chien High School’s “Robin Hood.” They include (from left) Sherwood foresters Jillian Kruempel and Erin Amdahl, as well as members of the “merry men,” Tristan Nesvold as Allan-a-Dale, Hailey Seitz as Meg, Ian Halderson as Will Scarlett and Sophie Miller as Beatrice.

The wise-cracking Marian, played by Katy Welsch (left), tantalizes the outlaws that Queen Eleanor, aka Ellie Mara, plans to “off with their heads.”

Derek Spiller was the perfect lead character in Robin Hood (center), surrounded here by his “merry men” (from left): Hailey Seitz as Meg, Dylan Skime as Little John, Ian Halderson as Will Scarlett and Carter Wittrig as Much the Miller. True to legend, the heart of Prairie du Chien’s version of “Robin Hood” is its story of taking from the rich to give to the poor.

Friar Tuck, played by middle schooler David Riniker, sits beneath a tree talking to himself and eating voraciously, before realizing he’s being spied upon by Robin Hood.

Distraught by the sheriff’s scheme to wed her, young Ellen, depicted by Alaina Lenz, converses with the inn keeper, played by middle school student Robert Groom.

“Robin Hood,” a humorous and action-packed play by Larry Blamire, was performed over the weekend in the Prairie du Chien High School Little Theater. The play tells the story of the grand adventure of Robin Hood, played by Derek Spiller (left) and his band of outlaws as they steal from the rich and give to the poor, while the audience simultaneously watches a romance bloom between the witty Robin and the skeptical and skilled Maid Marian, the lady-in-waiting to Queen Eleanor. 

Mon
16
Apr

Coalition forming to conquer Crawford County area addiction issues

By Correne Martin

Whether or not you have been affected by addiction, it’s still your problem. Substance abuse is a community problem. 

That’s according to behavioral and mental health therapists and professionals from the Crossing Rivers, Gundersen, Mayo Clinic and Crawford County health systems who gathered at the Responding to Addiction Town Hall April 10, at the Prairie du Chien City Hall. About 30 area citizens attended, including recovering addicts and their families as well as stakeholders in local law enforcement, justice, corrections, probation and parole, school, etc. 

Thu
12
Apr

Bluff View principal charged with physical abuse of a child

By Ted Pennekamp

Prairie du Chien Bluff View Intermediate School Principal Aaron Amundson was charged in Crawford County Circuit Court April 11 with one count of the physical abuse of a child.

Amundson, 43, faces up to 3.5 years of imprisonment and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer met with Dennis Knight, Melody Cox and their son on March 24. Knight wanted to speak to an officer regarding his son being assaulted in school, the complaint said. 

Wed
11
Apr

Crawford, Clayton, Allamakee counties launch market analysis

Driftless Development, Inc., the newly formed economic development organization for Crawford County, is partnering with Allamakee and Clayton counties in Iowa, on a new market analysis study of the greater Prairie du Chien market area. As a part of the study, residents and business owners in the region are encouraged to participate in a short survey including questions about shopping habits and preferences; perceptions of the communities where they live, shop and work; satisfaction with various aspects of the region; resources that could most support local businesses; and challenges they face. 

Wed
11
Apr

Water rate increase 32.59 percent average for PdC residents

By Correne Martin

A water rate increase will be effective in Prairie du Chien for service rendered on and after its next reading date, June 1. The city water department received authorization from the Public Service Commission and the common council approved the action at its meeting Tuesday, April 10.

According to a memo from Water Superintendent Larry Gates, the increase is necessary due to a 54.61 percent increase in gross plant investment and a 31.99 percent increase in operating expenses since the last water rate case was completed in 2009.

Wed
11
Apr

Seneca grad to appear on ‘Forged in Fire’


Pat Biggin (right), a Seneca High School alumnus, works with his friend’s dad, Mike, on making a few knives for his 60th birthday. They used a lemon tree branch for the handles, since it was a tree his deceased son had planted in their back yard in elementary school. The tree had died but they saved the branch to be used in something special. Biggin was chosen to appear on the History Channel show, “Forged in Fire: Knife or Death,” airing on Tuesdays, beginning April 17, at 9 p.m.

This piece shows a test blade that Biggin just finished in an effort to replicate an original.

This is Pat Biggins’ take on a bird and trout knife. The handle was dyed and soaked in linseed oils. (Submitted photos)

By Correne Martin

A Seneca High School graduate will appear in the History Channel TV series, “Forged in Fire: Knife or Death,” on Tuesdays, beginning April 17, at 9 p.m. The series focuses on extreme cutting performance of hand-created knife blades. Contestants will face challenges with their blades and attempt to “pass” them. 

Pat Biggin, a 2006 Seneca graduate and knifemaker since 2005, was selected for the show by application. He saw an advertisement on a Facebook knifemaker group page and sent out a letter of interest in September 2017. He was  phone interviewed, Skype interviewed and then cast on the show. 

Wed
11
Apr

PdC Country Club


This is a view from the loft of the new clubhouse showing the ceiling and the bar area below. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

It is not yet known what the loft will be used for. The loft is a relatively late addition.

The new banquet and dining room is nearing completion.

 

Inside of new Country Club clubhouse moving along

Completion projected for May 4

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The new clubhouse at Prairie du Chien Country Club is continuing to proceed well and is projected for completion by May 4, said Karen Moravits, the food and beverage manager.

Tue
10
Apr

Service truck rear ends grain truck on Hwy. 18 Bypass


A semi hauling grain was stalled along the Highway 18 Bypass Wednesday afternoon when a service truck came along and rear ended it, causing fuel leakage, a couple fires and a mess from the grain. No one was injured but both vehicles were heavily damaged and towed. (Submitted photo)

On April 4, at about 4:50 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was dispatched to a two-vehicle traffic crash on the Highway 18 Bypass near the intersection of East LaPointe Street in Prairie du Chien.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Randy Thornton, 60, of Marquette, Iowa, was traveling west on 18 in a 2018 Peterbilt utility truck when he collided with a 1990 International semi-tractor trailer that was disabled on the highway.

Tue
10
Apr

Tires slashed, campers entered

Over the past few weeks, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department has been notified and investigating several complaints of criminal damage to property in the village of Gays Mills. The complaints have consisted of slashed tires to vehicles parked at residences and forced entry or attempted entry to several campers at Kickapoo Stump Dodger Campground.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or 1-866-779-PAYS. Anyone calling either of these numbers with a Crime Stoppers tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for a tip which solves a crime with an arrest, charges being filed and/or recovery of stolen property.

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