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Mon
22
Oct

Driftless Development aims for broadband in Crawford County

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Driftless Development of Crawford County has contracted with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Survey Research Center to conduct a survey to help determine a plan for providing broadband Internet throughout the county.

Wed
17
Oct

Tree rooted in Mt. Hope and in the hearts of countless admirers


The iconic and symbolic landmark that is known as the Mt. Hope tree is a beautiful subject to photograph, paint or simply experience on any day, in any season. It stood, as always, a peaceful picturesque silhouette in the fall sunlight and light breeze on Tuesday, Oct. 16. (Photo by Correne Martin)

A few of the snapshots taken by admirers and shared on Facebook. By Shelly Huberd Stagman (black and white) and Aarik Lee.

By Correne Martin

You might say it’s your tree. 

A landmark. A solitary silhouette on the horizon. A sign of positive energy, strength, comfort, coming and going. 

No matter its symbolism for you, the Mt. Hope tree is, perhaps, one of the most cherished and recognized life forms in all of the area. 

“I’m still flabbergasted that everybody feels it’s their tree,” delighted Lynda Coon, one of the countless passers-by whose family has claimed ownership over the icon. For several years, Coon has also instructed local painting classes, where the Mt. Hope tree is depicted on canvas by amateur artists. 

Wed
17
Oct

Fire destroys home on Prairie Street


This older trailer house at 820 N. Prairie St., was a total loss in a fire that started after midnight, Oct. 16, in Prairie du Chien. Above is the view from Prairie Street. At right is a picture taken from the alley behind the home. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A vacation home at 820 N. Prairie St., in Prairie du Chien, caught fire early Tuesday morning and is a total loss, according to Fire Chief Jeff Boughton. Yet, nobody was home when it happened, so there were no injuries and no loss of life. The adjacent homes were undamaged. 

“It was fully engulfed when we got there,” he stated. 

The call came in to the Prairie du Chien Fire Department about 12:30 a.m. Ablaze was an old trailer house with two garage additions, owned by a couple from Chicago. Five Prairie du Chien fire trucks were dispatched, and the Bridgeport and Rural Prairie du Chien Fire Department was called in for mutual aid. They sent three trucks to the scene, Boughton said. 

Wed
17
Oct

Prairie du Chien sweeps Mauston


Prairie’s Emily Groom (1) steers the ball away from the Mauston defender. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Caitlin Pattison bops the ball high over the Mauston defense Tuesday night.

Mackenzie Pettit (9) of Prairie du Chien spikes past Mauston Tuesday night.

Hope Martin (2) and Lily Krahn (19) go up for the block.

 

Prairie du Chien hosted Mauston for the regional quarterfinal match on Tuesday night. 

With a rowdy crowd of students, parents and fans, (not ready to see the season end) the Blackhawks were on the attack keeping the Golden Eagles on their heels. 

The Blackhawks took set one 25-15, and rode that momentum through the rest of the match, winning set two 25-19 and set three 25-15. 

Wed
17
Oct

Prairie soccer advances by beating Ozaukee


Prairie du Chien’s Ben Teynor (4) tries to maneuver past the Ozaukee player Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Ramon Gonzalez of Prairie du Chien fends off Ivan Garcia of Ozaukee.

Derek Grondin passes to a teammate Tuesday afternoon versus Ozaukee on the Bluff View Pitch.

Weston Hill of the Blackhawks receives a pass Tuesday afternoon at Bluff View.

 

The Prairie du Chien boys soccer team began regional play hosting the Warriors of Ozaukee Tuesday afternoon on the Bluff View Pitch.  

The Hawks started out quick, and with just 3:56 into the contest, Mark Welter fired a powerful and perfect kick for Prairie’s first goal.  

Nineteen minutes later, (22:02) it was Ben Teynor’s turn, ripping through the Warrior defense then pounding it in for Prairie’s second goal.  

Wed
17
Oct

Diggin’ in the Driftless


Students take soil samples and record data in one of the four pits of different soil types on the Mark and Kati Forsythe property on Forst Road north of Prairie du Chien Thursday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Michelle Cliff, a UW-Platteville student from Patch Grove and a former River Ridge student, evaluates and records information about her samples from one of the pits. Cliff finished second in the individual contest.

 

Region 3 Collegiate Soils 

Contest held near Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
17
Oct

County board hears about energy efficiency program for businesses as well as Couleecap annual report

 

Sheriff’s union contract a 2.5 percent raise

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Board heard a presentation by Jon Hochkammer about the PACE Program at its regular meeting Tuesday morning. 

Tue
16
Oct

Terry Edward Benish

Terry Edward Benish, 66, of Milton, passed away Oct. 11, from a debilitating stroke. He was born in Prairie du Chien, to Edward Benish and Norma (Schmitz) Benish. He was the youngest of four children, and sadly, the first to pass away. In his youth, Terry loved hunting and fishing with his father, Ed. Following his graduation from Prairie du Chien High School, he joined the National Guard and was stationed in Fort Ord, Calif.

Terry married Shirleen Stubbendick in November of 1977, and settled in Janesville. Together, they had two children, Luke and Maggie.

Terry worked for many years at Janesville Products, now known as Janesville Acoustics, until the company closed its Janesville plant in the late 2000s. For the past five years, Terry worked at Generac Power Systems in Whitewater. 

Tue
16
Oct

Nicholas Walker Smethurst

Nicholas Walker Smethurst, 40 years old and 44 days, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 13.

He was born Aug. 31, 1978, in Prairie du Chien. Nick’s childhood was spent enjoying the outdoors at his grandparent’s farm, on the river and in the woods with family and friends. Nick graduated from Prairie du Chien High School, the class of 1997. Nick’s love of golf ran deep. He served as his high school’s golf team captain and led his team to multiple sectional and regional tournaments. Nick went on later in life to compete in the Dakota Professional Golf Tour. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Minnesota (Winona), and later moved to the Twin Cities, attending Anoka Technical College.  

Mon
15
Oct

Hawks win first outright conference crown since 1988


Prairie’s Carter Pederson hauls in a 39-yard touchdown pass to make the score 49-0 at halftime. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Mason Kramer stops the Richland Center ballcarrier Friday night to help the Blackhawks win their first outright conference crown in 30 years.

The Blackhawks’ Colten Wall (9) goes after a Hornets’ fumble deep in Richland Center territory Friday night.

Prairie's Ben Riter grabs a touchdown pass.

Ben Riter (bottom) and Zach Swiggum (24) team up for a tackle.

Isaac Avery makes a good open field tackle Friday night.

 

By Zach Mara

 

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