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Wed
22
Jan

70th Fisheree could be pike paradise, bass bonanza


It might take a really nice fish to claim the biggest largemouth bass or northern pike prize at this year’s Prairie du Chien Ice Fisheree because the hard water anglers have been hauling in some big ones in the weeks leading up to the big event. Local angler John Balk holds a 20-inch largemouth he caught on a recent day fishing with tip-ups. He also caught a 34-inch, 15-year-old (est.) northern pike that day. Balk and numerous others have caught bass and northerns about this size, which have been the norm on Gremore Lake as of late. Assorted panfish and some nice walleyes have also added to the excitement. No fish were harmed in the taking of this photo. They were released. (Photo by guide Gary Howe)

John Balk holds the 34-inch northern pike he caught on Gremore Lake recently.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce will welcome area ice fishing enthusiasts to Prairie du Chien for the 70th Annual Ice Fisheree on Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2, with headquarters at the Crooked Oar Bar and Marina. Fishing is open to bodies of water in the Prairie du Chien area, with concentration on Gremore Lake. The fishing begins on Saturday at 7 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m.

Wed
22
Jan

Seneca over Weston, Boland gets 500th win


Seneca boys basketball coach David Boland holds a ball commemorating his 500th career victory following Tuesday night’s win over Weston.

 

Seneca overwhelmed visiting Weston 64-12 in a Ridge and Valley boys basketball game Tuesday night. 

Seneca upped their record to 8-5 on the season and 5-2 in the Ridge and Valley Conference. Weston fell to 0-7.

Seneca Coach David Boland gained his 500th career victory.

Wed
22
Jan

Prairie grapplers dominate Dodgeville


Freshman Kurt Wall scores near fall points in this 132# match. Wall would win be technical fall 16-0 in 3:39.

Junior Chase Fisher applies pressure from top to keep his opponent’s hips down. Fisher would win by decision 6-4.

 

On Thursday, Jan. 16, the Prairie du Chien grapplers welcomed SWC foe Dodgeville to town for some wrestling action. Prior to the meet, Parents Night took place, with all wrestlers and cheerleaders being introduced and recognized before a large group of wrestling supporters. In addition, Bradyn Saint and Colten Wall received plaques for their 100th wins and Tyler Hannah for his 150th win. It was also Alumni Night. Dozens of PdC wrestling alumni were recognized. Tom and Cathie Nelson were recognized as “Fans of the Year.” Tom and Cathie can be seen at most all PdC wrestling events. If they aren’t cheering the Hawks on together, it’s because Tom calls a number of the duals for WPRE radio. The Prairie du Chien Color Guard led the National Anthem and the grappling began. 

Wed
22
Jan

Lady Hawk gymnasts continue to improve, have fun


Haylee Sheckler executes a jump on the balance beam Monday night versus visiting Southwestern on Senior Night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Kylee O’Kane flips during her dismount in the high school gym Monday.

Kylee O’Kane leaps on the balance beam Monday night in Prairie du Chien.

Sadie Koresh completes a kneeling move on the beam Monday night.

Prairie du Chien’s Madison Puckett prepares to land a jump.

 

 

The Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnastics team hosted Southwestern-Cuba City-Benton-Darlington on Monday in the team’s final home dual of the season. 

PdC-F also celebrated Senior Night and honored Kylee O’Kane, Hannah Garrity and manager Zach Mara after the meet. 

Tue
21
Jan

Alice M. Cathman

Alice M. Cathman, 62, of Boscobel, was called home unexpectedly to her heavenly Father on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at the Gundersen Boscobel Hospital. 

Tue
21
Jan

Shirley E. Ellis

Shirley E. Ellis, 78, of Patch Grove, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Shirley was born on April 12, 1941, the daughter of Roy and Edna (Jarms) Haberichter. She, her father, and her grandmother, were all born in the same farmhouse located southeast of Monona, Iowa. Shirley spent her early childhood in Clayton County, Iowa, moved to the Patch Grove area in 1952, and graduated from Patch Grove High School in 1958. She married Jerry Ellis on Oct. 24, 1959, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Bagley. Shirley and Jerry raised their family in the home that he built in 1960. Shirley was the Patch Grove Village Clerk for 18 years, and secretary/treasurer for the Patch Grove Fire Department for 31 years. Shirley enjoyed time spent with her family, reading, sewing, gardening, and dancing with Jerry. 

Mon
20
Jan

Shirley Guyer

Shirley Jean Guyer, 79, of Luana, Iowa, passed Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. She was born Sept. 29, 1940. Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m., at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Elkader, Iowa. Visitation will be Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the hall.

Mon
20
Jan

Jill Renee Frazier

Jill Renee Frazier 46, went to her heavenly home on Saturday, Jan 18, 2020. Her devotion to her family and faith in God were characteristics of her life, which was cut short due to cancer. 

Mon
20
Jan

Shirley M. Gelbach

Shirley M. Gelbach, 87, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at the Orchard Manor Care Center in Lancaster.  

She was born April 19, 1932, in Lancaster, the daughter of Parke and Lillian (Cox) Gelbach Sr.  

Shirley worked at the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien for over 36 years. 

She is survived by nephews, Greg and Randy Gelbach; a niece, Sheri Breuer; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and her dear friends, Mary and Ken Stoeffler.  

Mon
20
Jan

Nancy Gail Ahrens

Nancy Gail Ahrens, 76, passed away at Crossing Rivers Health medical center in Prairie du Chien, surrounded by her family on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. 

She was born on Sept. 11, 1943, in Platteville, to Don and Bette Knapp. 

She grew up in Prairie du Chien, where, as a child, she had a love for horses and dreamt of being a cowgirl. She owned a horse named Bill, a.k.a. “Knothead Bill.” In high school, she was the drum majorette for the high school band. She could twirl that baton like no other. She graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1961. 

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