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Prairie Football

Prairie du Chien’s Jacob Mallat catches a pass from Brogan Potter and crosses the goal line for a touchdown in the first half on a drizzly Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Eric Nolan (56) makes the tackle on the Waterloo ballcarrier.

Prairie’s Casey Hogenson looks for running room around the right side on a rainy night.

Blackhawk quarterback Brogan Potter runs for a good gain in the first half.

Jacob Mallat runs to the outside against visiting Waterloo.


Successful season ends for Prairie du Chien

By Zach Mara


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks hosted the Waterloo Pirates in Round 1 of the WIAA Division 5 State Tournament Friday night. 

The Pirates (7-3, 1-0) ended the Hawks’ (6-4, 0-1) successful season, defeating them 25-19 in an exciting, closely contested game.


Business owner brutally beaten in burglary

Wasabi Japanese Restaurant in Bridgeport was closed late last week after the owner was severely beaten and the restaurant burglarized, allegedly by three Illinois rail workers Wednesday, Oct. 21. A tribute gift of balloons and a stuffed animal were tied to the front door of the establishment, along with a card with Kim’s name on it, Friday.

By Ted Pennekamp and Correne Martin

Three Illinois rail workers were arrested last week after they allegedly brutally beat a Prairie du Chien man and left him unconscious inside the Wasabi Japanese Restaurant he owns, according to Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick.

Young Su Kim, who was initially taken to Crossing Rivers Health, was med-flighted to a La Crosse hospital with severe head and brain trauma. A Wasabi employee who arrived to work at the restaurant Wednesday, Oct. 21, around 3:30 p.m., found Kim, 42, sitting unresponsive in a chair and covered in blood.

Officers from the sheriff’s department and the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded to the scene, as well as Tri State Ambulance.


Group lodging possible at large home on Wacouta

This eight-bedroom home at the corner of Wacouta Avenue and Iowa Street is owned by River to Valley Initiatives, who would like to lease it to AAA Family Homes, of Viroqua, for the purpose of a community-based residential facility. (Photos by Correne Martin)

This is the original banister, right off the front entryway of the home, leading to the second level—simply cleaned up and painted/stained.

This is a picture of how the kitchen will look upon completion of renovation.

The modern light fixtures in the home are quite ornate.

A notice to cease construction was placed on the front door of the 225 S. Wacouta Ave. home late last week by the city’s planning and zoning department, which has not seen state approval of building plans and code requirements.

River to Valley Initiatives and AAA Family Homes are meeting city and state roadblocks

By Correne Martin

A group lodging facility is proposed for the two-story, eight-bedroom home still undergoing renovation at the corner of South Wacouta Avenue and Iowa Street in Prairie du Chien. Owned by River to Valley Initiatives Inc. (RVI), the facility, which occupies three city lots, could be leased as early as April by AAA Family Homes, owned by William and Serap Graser, of Viroqua. It may be opened up to elderly individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or mild mental disabilities. But, the two entities have some hoops to jump through before that might happen.


Irene Mezera


Irene Mezera, 93, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, Oct. 23, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa surrounded by her family. 

She was born June 25, 1922 in Nottingham, England the daughter of James and Elsie (Hopewell) Whysall. She married Frank Mezera on May 21, 1945 at St. Patrick’s Church in Nottingham. He preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 2004. Irene worked at Campion Jesuit High School and the Ben Franklin Store in Prairie du Chien. She also worked as the bookkeeper for the family business, Mezera Heating and Air Conditioning. Irene enjoyed playing cards and games with her grandchildren, especially scrabble. She loved corresponding and traveling back to see her family in England. 


Dennis D. “Borgie” Bahr


Dennis D. “Borgie” Bahr, 64, of Waukon, Iowa, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, at his home in Waukon. 


Trick-or-treating and costume contest fun are Oct. 31 in PdC

This year, Halloween falls on Saturday, Oct. 31. In the city of Prairie du Chien, as with prior years, the sirens will sound around 5 p.m. to begin trick-or-treating hours. The sirens will sound again at 8 p.m., signifying the end of festivities for young goblins and their families.

Police Chief Chad Abram would like to remind trick-or-treaters and parents, as well as community members who plan to be out and about, of these tips, to assure a pleasant and safe night.

•Watch for children crossing the street.

•A parent or adult friend should accompany children.

•Wear light-colored, flame-retardant costumes decorated with reflective tape or stickers.

•Wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes to prevent falling.

•Wear face paint or makeup; a mask can restrict vision.

•Carry a flashlight or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers.

•Trick-or-treat at houses with porch lights on.


Remax realizes success among ‘river’ of real estate agents

Randy and Kristin Kozelka, of Remax Ridge-N-River Realty, were selected by Top Agent magazine as the cover story feature for Wisconsin’s October edition.

By Correne Martin

Since 2010, Randy and Kristin Kozelka have built their business, Remax Ridge-N-River Realty, above and beyond what they even expected, with attention paid to hard work, honesty and trustworthiness. They’ve taken great joy in helping people buy their dream homes and sell their financial burdens and, through meeting their clients’ needs, they have achieved numerous honors from the industry.

Most recently, Top Agent real estate magazine chose Ridge-N-River Realty to be the cover story for its October issue in Wisconsin.

“Three are chosen a month out of over 5,000 agents in Wisconsin. It’s a very elite group,” Randy explained. “You need to have the performance though (to be selected).”


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.”


Prairie du Chien in Regional

Prairie du Chien’s Maria Skemp smashes one past the Fennimore player Tuesday night in a Division 3 Regional match. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Lauren Nicholson shows some finesse and placement to make the ball hard to return for Fennimore.

Caitlin Pattison blasts a winner past the Fennimore defender Tuesday night.

Jacqueline LaHaie slams the ball past two Fennimore defenders Tuesday night in the first game of the match.


Fennimore bests 

Prairie du Chien

Fifth seeded Fennimore defeated host and fourth seeded Prairie du Chien three games to none in a Division 3 Regional volleyball match Tuesday night. 

Fennimore won the three close and hard-fought games by scores of 25-23, 25-22 and 25-22 to advance in regional competition.


Floyd L. “Frog” Wilder, Jr.


Floyd L. “Frog” Wilder, Jr., 61, of Mount Hope, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. 

He was born on Aug. 24, 1954, in Flint, Mich., the son of Floyd L. and Nona L. (Dunnington) Wilder, Sr. Frog worked at Crossing Rivers Health, formerly Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital, for 15 years as a maintenance technician. Frog was loved by his co-workers, family and many, many friends. He will be best remembered for his eagerness to help anyone, anywhere, at any time; his playful humor, love of the outdoors and animals - wild, domestic, sautéed or fried.