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Oct

Two women arrested for methamphetamine

On Oct. 27, a Crawford County deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 Dodge Ram truck on Main St. in the village of Soldiers Grove. The deputy identified the driver as Kayla Kuykendall, 31, Viola, and the front passenger as Laura Schaller, 32, Soldiers Grove. 

Wed
30
Oct

Woman has spirited flair for investigating the paranormal

By Correne Martin 

On Halloween, Heather White will probably be watching some paranormal show on television. But she’ll be wishing she were out actually investigating and interacting with spirits herself. 

Originally from Arkansas and now living in Prairie du Chien, Heather began ghost hunting after watching them on TV. She and her ex-husband, who is from this area, thought the mysterious phenomenon was so intriguing that they “bought a digital voice recorder and headed to some cemeteries.”

Heather said her biggest motivation for getting into paranormal investigations was to satisfy her curious mind

Wed
30
Oct

How an Aussie ended up in PdC


Cameron Collins, of Australia, has toured the Prairie du Chien area these past few weeks. You may have run into him, as he’s been trying to meet and get to know the locals. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

There aren’t too many Australian citizens who pass through Prairie du Chien.

Last week, Cameron Collins, 50, came from the coastal city of Clifton Springs, Victoria, to America. 

“I know California and all the movies. I just wanted to get to know middle America and everyday life here,” Collins said.

He came to know about southwest Wisconsin because of his family connection with Jane Achenbach, from Eastman. 

Wed
30
Oct

Wauzeka-Steuben brings back musical with ‘The Lion King Jr.’

By Correne Martin

It’s been three years since the last play at Wauzeka-Steuben High School, and it’s unknown when one last happened prior to that. 

This year, students and staff are bringing back a theatrical production with a story that’s sure to be a crowd favorite. 

“The Lion King Jr.” is the Broadway musical selected for a collaborative show featuring about 40 Hornet students in grades K-12. 

“It’s exciting to bring this back in Wauzeka-Steuben,” said Director Shawn Zeeh, a fifth grade teacher in the district who has starred in area community productions himself. 

Wed
30
Oct

Prairie school tax rate remains $10.66

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At its annual budget hearing on Monday evening, the Prairie du Chien School Board approved of a 2019-2020 budget with a total property tax levy of $5,958.203. The levy for 2018-2019 was $5,746,975.

Wed
30
Oct

District Attorney nearing retirement

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County District Attorney Tim Baxter will be retiring after 30 years of dedicated service to the safety of county residents.

Mon
28
Oct

River Ridge gets past Belleville — River Ridge topples Heights


River Ridge’s McKenzie Graf (1) and Skylar White (9) go up for the block versus Belleville. (Photo by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

 

Third-seeded River Ridge beat sixth-seeded and visiting Belleville in a five-set thriller in a Division 3 regional semifinal Thursday night. 

The Lady Timberwolves were victorious by scores of 25-23, 24-26, 25-14, 11-25, and 15-5 to improve to 20-0 on the season. 

Mon
28
Oct

Seneca is regional champ


Delaney Boland of Seneca taps the ball over Kayden Groom of Wauzeka-Steuben in regional action Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca’s Makenna Greene (2) skims one just over the net Thursday night.

Ravyn Krachey of Wauzeka-Steuben slams the ball back to Seneca Thursday night.

The Lady Hornets’ Alexis Wielepski (12) battles at the net versus Seneca.

 

Second-seeded Seneca beat visiting and third-seeded Highland three sets to one in a Division 4 regional final volleyball match Saturday night.

Seneca won by scores of 25-13, 25-20, 25-27, and 25-10.

Seneca will next travel to top-seeded Iowa Grant for a sectional semifinal Thursday night.

Mon
28
Oct

PdC presents ‘The Addams Family Musical’ comedy


Practices for The Addams Family Musical at Prairie du Chien High School are going strong. On Oct. 23, the theater students worked on energy and expression, along with perfecting their lines. Pictured, Morticia (aka Ellie Mara, left) and Gomez (Jonah Hornseth (center) react to learning their daughter, Wednesday (Ally Schroeder, right), is getting married. Chaos develops around them. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Ally Schroeder plays Wednesday Addams, the irresistible bundle of malice, in this year’s fall musical. She’s all grown up in the musical and has found love, which his a problem because her fiancé is from a much different world than that of the Addams family and its values.

Dylan Skime sings and acts as Uncle Fester in the ensemble song, “Full Disclosure.” He reveals he’s in love with the moon.

Prairie du Chien High School students Ellie Mara and Jonah Hornseth portray Morticia and Gomez, two of the main characters in The Addams Family Musical. The Courier Press got a sneak peek into the entire cast and crew practice last evening.

By Correne Martin

The creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky characters of “The Addams Family” will be portrayed by Prairie du Chien High School theater students when the Drama Hawks perform their fall musical Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9. Showtimes are 7 p.m. both days and an 11 a.m. matinee Saturday. Tickets may be purchased in the high school office or online at paac.ludus.com (where purchasers can enjoy $1 off admission). 

“The Addams Family Musical,” a new comedy, was selected by the district vocal music teacher and first-year director, Deedee Bradshaw, because of its fresh script, memorable music and suitability for a strong female-led cast.

Mon
28
Oct

New district administrator ready to build on PdC’s educational foundation

The new district administrator for Prairie du Chien Schools, Bryce Bird, released a letter to the community last week stating he’s honored and excited to serve in the capacity. Bird stepped into the position after outgoing superintendent Bob Smudde, who took a different leadership position in the Dodgeville School District, left Sept. 13.

Officially, Bird is interim district administrator. This means, he will be working on a part-time basis through the end of June 2020.

“This district is highly regarded as one of the top school districts in the state of Wisconsin. This tradition of excellence is due to the support and partnering of community members and the hard work of our students and staff,” Bird stated.

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