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River Ridge names top 2 graduates


Valedictorian Jonathan Breuer & Salutatorian Jordyn Vogt

River Ridge High School has named its valedictorian and salutatorian for the graduating Class of 2019. They are Jonathan Breuer and Jordyn Vogt, respectively. The two will be recognized at the school’s graduation ceremony Friday, May 24, at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.

Valedictorian Jonathan Breuer is the son of Leo and Sara Breuer, from Wyalusing Township. He plans to attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and major in architecture. 

During his four years at River Ridge, Jonathan has been involved in student council, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Friends Helping Friends and forensics. His extra-curricular activities have included band, track and field and cross country. 

Mon
13
May

The Pickett Fence a Top 10 Shop in BH&G Quilt Sampler mag


The Pickett Fence Owner Louanne Davis (center) and a few of her employees, Joan Tayek and Wendy Smethurst, hold up the sign they received for being selected as a Top 10 Shop by Quilt Sampler magazine. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Pickett Fence quilt shop has made it to the Super Bowl of the quilting world, and they publicly celebrated last weekend.

The 21-year-old downtown Prairie du Chien store is featured in the spring/summer edition of Better Homes and Gardens’ Quilt Sampler magazine, as one of the Top 10 Shops from coast to coast.

“There are about 3,000 shops who try for this and they only feature 10 in each edition,” said Owner Louanne Davis. 

Mon
13
May

Bluff View seventh grader a national finalist in rap contest


Kate Olson, 12, of Prairie du Chien, was selected as one of eight finalists from 1,000 entrants in the national Black History Rap Contest through Flocabulary. She wrote and recorded a catchy song about Edna Lewis, a pioneering African American chef and teacher. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A Bluff View seventh grader was one of eight national finalists from over 1,000 student entrants in a Black History Rap Contest. 

Kate Olson, the daughter of Matthew and Jennifer Olson, of Prairie du Chien, wrote an original rap song about Edna Lewis, a pioneering African American chef and teacher, as part of Mrs. Michelle Kirchman’s language arts class. The 12-year-old’s confident bluster and running rhymes were a sure standout for the contest.

The rap was required to start out as a poem written about a lesser-known African American historical icon, have at least 16 lines and include a hook—or a musical phrase used to catch the listener’s ear.

Wed
08
May

Southwest Wisconsin expansion on tap at Driftless Brewing


This is the view of the 15 BBL brewhouse from Driftless Brewing Company’s office mezzanine with its brewer Chris Balistreri working in the background. (Photo courtesy of Driftless Brewing Company)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Driftless Brewing Company of Soldiers Grove recently was honored for their business development efforts during the Crawford County Leadership Awards on April 25 at Crossing Rivers Health of Prairie du Chien.

Mon
06
May

Howe ownership comes to a close as Courier Press gets sold


Morris Newspaper Corporation of Wisconsin has purchased the Mississippi Valley Printers Inc. newspaper group of Crawford County and Clayton County (Iowa), including flagship publication, the Courier Press. The acquisition was finalized Tuesday, April 30, with MNC taking over operations on Wednesday, May 1. Pictured are MNC of Wisconsin Publisher John Ingebritsen and Courier Press General Manager Gary Howe. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Courier Press has changed ownership after four generations and 108 years under the Howe family name. 

Morris Newspaper Corporation of Wisconsin purchased the Courier, The Trader shopper, as well as their three sister publications in northeast Iowa: North Iowa Times in McGregor, The Guttenberg Press in Guttenberg, and Clayton County Register in Elkader. 

Mon
06
May

Blackhawk Motors sold to Fillback

Blackhawk Motors in Prairie du Chien was sold to Mark Fillback of Fillback Motors, effective April 30. Current owners Kelly Bachelder and Randy Imoehl, of KAR Auto Group, have run the dealership for the last four years. 

In a news release last week, Bachelder and Imoehl shared their appreciation for the support of Prairie du Chien and its surrounding communities and people during their time. They also attributed their success to the employees who gave of their time, dedication and hard work for Blackhawk Motors.

Mon
06
May

Soldiers Grove man arrested in meth bust

On April 30, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 Unit made a traffic stop on a 2000 Pontiac Montana Van at 301 Karl Ave., Soldiers Grove. The van was being operated Matthew Lecher, 46, who also resides at the above address. 

The deputy observed items of methamphetamine paraphernalia in and around the van, along with observing Lecher to be displaying several indicators of drug impairment. After a brief conversation, Lecher ran toward his residence and was pursued by the deputy. The deputy caught Lecher as he was opening his front door. Lecher began to resist the deputy and throw items into the residence and pull away from the deputy. The deputy escorted Lecher back outside and to the ground before getting him detained. 

Mon
06
May

City, residents and businesses getting ready for more flood clean-up efforts in Prairie du Chien


St. Feriole Island is still mostly covered with water, but it is hoped that the river will have receded enough by mid-May that clean-up efforts can begin. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The St. Feriole Island Ballpark parking lot was full. The three ball diamonds, the concession stand and the press box are high and dry, however, because the ballpark was constructed so as to be higher than a 100-year flood.

The River is expected to get down to 16 feet by May 10. Minor flood stage is 16 feet.

This alligator looks quite content, having found a nice resting spot on the roof of a quiet cottage on North Main Street near the intersection with Frederick Street.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Mississippi River crested at 21.75 feet on Friday, April 26 and has been steadily receding since. At 6:45 a.m. on Monday it was at 18.32, and it is expected to be down close to 16 feet by May 10.

Wed
01
May

Now I know what it feels like to experience dementia


Wearing specialized gear like monocular glasses, sound-emitting headphones and knitting gloves, participants of Dementia Live can experience some of the challenges dementia sufferers do.

By Correne Martin

For just seven minutes, I struggled. 

I couldn’t flip the newspaper pages or punch the tiny keys on the phone. I had to adapt when I couldn’t remove silverware from the drawer or pick up a pen from the table. My dexterity was weakened and I could hardly open the pet food container to feed my dog.

I saw people around me smiling and nodding, sometimes shrugging their shoulders and laughing. But I could barely hear what they said. 

My distant vision was poor and my peripheral vision was non-existent. To see and hear someone behind me, I had to turn my entire body around and face her—and even then, my senses were limited. 

Wed
01
May

Woodman Veterans Memorial effort gets going

Construction of the Woodman Area Veterans Memorial began recently in Woodman. The memorial will honor all of the area men and women who served and are serving in the U.S. military. This unique memorial also points out the unique diversities as “One Nation, Under God,” the country strives to preserve freedom and equality throughout the globe.

The statue was inspired by the only Civil War veteran from the Woodman area laid to rest in the Woodman Cemetery: Chauncy Bangs. On the four sides of the statue base, four different stories about military history will be told.

The front side tablet thanks all of the Woodman area service men and women for their service and recognizes Chauncy Bangs as the inspiration for the statue. 

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