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Mary A. McGrath


Mary A. McGrath, 90, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at the Crossing Rivers Hospital. 


River Ridge-Cassville wrestling

River Ridge-Cassville's Marty Fischer (top) looks to gain an advantage against Hunter Wardell of Fennimore in their 132-pound match Tuesday night at River Ridge High School. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Tristan White of River Ridge-Cassville controls Brandon Ashmore of Fennimore in the 170-pound match.

The Timberwolves' Desmond Crapp tries to turn the Golden Eagles' Justin Mulrooney in the 152-pound match.

River Ridge Cassville's Jordan Kline goes for the take down against Fennimore's Trevor Neuroth.

Bo Kluesner of the Timberwolves (right) squares off against Alex Cleven of the Golden Eagles in the 138-pound match, the first match of the night.




RR-C wrestlers

Fennimore defeated River Ridge-Cassville 61-10 in a wrestling meet Tuesday night. River Ridge-Cassville is a small team and gives up a number of forfeits to opponents with more wrestlers.


Wauzeka-Steuben girls hoops

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Molly Heisz forces Highland’s Bianca Yager to commit a foul in the third quarter of Monday’s nonconference game. (Photos by Nate Beier)

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Kylie Zimmerman tries to pounce on a loose ball as Highland’s Mackenzie Drury tries to scoop up the ball during Monday’s game.



gets past W-S girls

Highland narrowly defeated host Wauzeka-Steuben 50-46 in nonconference girls basketball action Monday night. 

Highland led 15-14 after the first quarter and 24-20 at halftime. 

The Lady Hornets outscored the Cardinals 18-12 in the third quarter to take the lead at 38-36. 


Bluff View School principal placed on leave

By Ted Pennekamp and Correne Martin


Bluff View Intermediate School Principal Aaron Amundson has been placed on paid leave in the wake of complaints by parents to the Prairie du Chien School District alleging inappropriate behavior by Amundson.


Pickup truck goes into ditch

On Monday, Jan. 5 at 9:25 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a single vehicle accident on Highway 35, one mile north of Prairie du Chien.

Lance Mielke, 45, McGregor, was driving a 2004 Ford F350 pickup north on Highway 35.  His vehicle had gone onto the right shoulder. He steered left  then oversteered back right causing the pickup slide into the right ditch and come to rest on the passenger side.

Mielke was wearing his seat belt and escaped injury. His vehicle sustained moderate right side damage.


Woman injured in one-car crash on Highway 35

On Saturday, Jan. 2 at approximately 1:27 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle crash on Highway 35 near County Road D in the township of Eastman.  

Robert K. Moberg, 57, McGregor, was operating a 1999 Mercedes Benz southbound on Highway 35 when he lost control of the vehicle due to slippery conditions and crossed into the northbound lane before striking the concrete retaining wall. Moberg was able to regain control of the vehicle and safely maneuver it back to the southbound shoulder of the highway. Moberg’s passenger Cynthia Moberg, 61, McGregor, complained of chest pain at the scene and was transported by Tri State Ambulance to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. Robert Moberg did not appear to have any injuries and the vehicle sustained moderate damage.


Slippery conditions are a factor in accident

On Saturday, Jan. 3, Crawford County roads had scattered slippery spots.

At 8:45 a.m., the Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle accident in Eastman Township on Prew Hill approximately 1/4 mile north of County Road D.

A 2005 Chrysler van owned by David Skemp Jr. and operated by Olivia Skemp, 19, of rural Eastman, was southbound on Prew Hill when control was lost.

The vehicle left the east side of the road and came to rest against a tree.

There were no injuries.


Pickup slides off road and rolls over

On Jan. 3 at 9:17 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle accident with injuries on Highway 61 in Scott Township.

Hannah E. Robertson, 22, Boscobel, was traveling northbound on Highway 61 in a 2004 GMC truck just south of Childs Hollow Road. The truck was negotiating a curve, started to slide on the slippery roadway, slid off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment, rolled once and came to rest back on its wheels.  

Robertson and her passenger Tammy L. Brand, 40, Boscobel, were both transported to Boscobel Area Hospital by the Boscobel EMS to be treated for injuries sustained in the accident.

Robertson and Brand were issued citations for failure to fasten seat belts.  

The vehicle was towed from the scene by Fry’s Repair.

Assisting at the scene were the Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Crawford County Highway Department.


City of PdC receives flood control grant for Jackson Street mitigation project

The Wisconsin DNR has awarded the city of Prairie du Chien a Municipal Flood Control Grant for $436,050, which will require a match of $255,000 from the city. The funds will be used toward the flood mitigation project involving the area near Godden pit and the Jackson Street ditch. During its regular meeting Tuesday night, the common council discussed the proposed plans and funding, which will be finalized by the council at its Feb. 3 meeting.

The proposal involves the construction of two detention basins and a secondary ditch from the Jackson Street ditch to Godden Pit. Roger Kordus, a South Jackson Street resident, asked several questions about the proposal and asked the council to consider a land swap between him and the city related to the secondary ditch. No formal action was taken Tuesday night.


Unwind to the hysterics of the ‘Fun’ Raising Follies this weekend

The “Fun” Raising Follies fundraiser for the Mississippi River Sculpture Park will take place this weekend in the Little Theater at Prairie du Chien High School. According to Organizer Cindy Hertrampf, “Mike McCoy’s interpretation of Lambeau Field and the Packers as Cousin Cletus is worth the price of admission alone.” (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

What could be more amusing than a show full of sarcastic songs, zany dances, hysterical jokes, exaggerated stories and riotous skits put on by your friends, neighbors and local celebrities?

For the second year in a row, the “Fun” Raising Follies, a variety-show fundraiser for the Mississippi River Sculpture Park, will offer a uniquely good time that’s sure to evoke plenty of laughter and side-splitting entertainment. Brought back due to the overwhelming response from last year’s audience of around 400, the Follies will once again be held in the Little Theater at Prairie du Chien High School.

Three performances are scheduled for this weekend: Friday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The “Fun” Raising Follies are presented by the Mississippi River Sculpture Park Board as well as the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department.


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