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Fri
24
Jan

Wauzeka-Steuben School District sets spring referendum

By Correne Martin

 

The Wauzeka-Steuben School District has approved a referendum to be part of the spring 2020 general election in the district. Voters will have opportunities to become informed about the three-year, non-recurring operational referendum in the months leading up to choosing yes or no on the ballot.

At the Jan. 13 regular school board meeting, the board formalized two resolutions allowing the referendum and including state-approved verbiage for the referendum, as it will appear for constituent consideration on April 7.

Fri
24
Jan

Walking path desired on Prairie Maison/Bluff Haven site


The Growing Connections Walking Path is anticipated to be located on the southwest side of the Prairie Maison/Bluff Haven complex. It will feature trees, shrubs, flowers, decorative rock and bricks, benches, lighting, bridges and flowing water. (Drawing by Outdoor Creations)

By Correne Martin

 

A serene, lush and safe walking path will be enjoyed by residents and tenants of the Prairie Maison nursing home and Bluff Haven assisted living facility if the Community Health Services Foundation realizes its goal of raising approximately $69,000.

The proposed, 6-foot-wide, 752-foot-long, continuous walking path is an effort of the Growing Connections Campaign. This is driven by the non-profit foundation in celebration of the campus’ 10 year anniversary at its current location, with a goal of completion set for summer of 2020. 

Fri
24
Jan

Eagles Telethon could surpass $1 million total at 45th annual event


It’s certainly likely the metaphorical dollar will be raised during this year’s Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon Saturday, Jan. 25. But there is a good chance, based on previous years’ totals, that the fundraiser could surpass $1 million overall at the 45th annual event. (Telethon file photos)

In honor of caricaturist John Mundt, who passed away in December but was a longtime part of the Eagles Telethon, there will be an easel and two empty chairs set up in the back of the room this year.

Call in during the telethon to have the name of a family member or friend who needs hope of any kind for any reason.

By Correne Martin

 

Each year, for the past 45 years, the goal has been for the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon to raise just one dollar. The annual fundraiser has eclipsed that metaphorical amount hundreds of thousands of times over.

For the 2020 telethon this Saturday, Jan. 25, organizers are, in fact, eyeing the $1 million mark.

Wed
22
Jan

Highway 35 rehabilitation projects planned


The above graphic depicts the north and south rehabilitation projects planned for Highway 35 along with the possible detour routes. (Wisconsin DOT graphic)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Southwest Region held a public meeting in De Soto Tuesday night to discuss proposed improvements to Highway 35 in Crawford and Vernon counties.

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
15
Jan

Beautiful new Prairie du Chien library needs some landscaping

By Correne Martin

 

The new Prairie du Chien Public Library is an evolving and happening place of helpful discovery—on the inside. But outside the facility, which was renovated and expanded in 2018, patrons may have noticed the landscaping leaves much to be desired.

A pointed effort has begun to bring the grounds up to speed with the modern opportunity that’s available inside the public library. 

“It’s not much on the outside, but they’re very visible grounds,” said Cindy Robertson, who’s leading the charge toward creating a more inviting, aesthetically-appealing exterior for the library. 

Wed
15
Jan

Inmate stabs officer

The Boscobel inmate who has been charged with two counts of attempted murder for assaulting two correctional officers at Boscobel Gundersen Hospital last June shanked another officer Monday at the Boscobel prison.

Wisconsin Secure Program Facility inmate Dexter Ewing, 48, of Milwaukee, has been held in segregation since the June 25 attacks, but has refused to come out of his cell for the past two months. On Monday, two correctional officers were directed to conduct a forced removal, and that’s when the attack occurred with a homemade weapon Ewing fashioned in his cell.

The officer was stabbed in the neck, but his partner was able to push Ewing away and avoid serious or fatal injuries, according to sources that wished to remain anonymous.

Wed
15
Jan

Get after your goals: Fitness testimonials from friends, neighbors

Prairie du Chien’s Hoffman Hall offers a myriad of fitness and aquatics classes over the winter. What follows is a sampling of the courses, instructors and participant testimonials about their results and experiences.

Yoga—taught by Connie Hudson, who started yoga practice in 2006 and has evolved to leading Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga: “A Hatha flow combines breath with movement in active physical postures. A Yin flow is a gentler practice that allows us to work the deeper tissues of the body. All yoga poses can be modified so you can practice throughout your lifetime. Yoga makes me feel good and I enjoy sharing both practices.”

“Yoga class is relaxing and calming after a long day at work” – L.B.

Wed
15
Jan

FFA Pick a Pack program receives numerous donations

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

It was noted at the Prairie du Chien School Board meeting Monday night that numerous donations have been made to benefit the fledgling FFA Pick a Pack program. 

Wed
15
Jan

Former Prairie du Chien student enjoying acting career


Amy Malcom in a scene in “Southern Gothic” with Windy City Playhouse in 2019. (Photo submitted)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Prairie du Chien High School alumnus has made a nice career for herself in the somewhat unusual vocation of actress, and text and vocal coach. Amy Malcom, a 2004 graduate, said acting is challenging but can also be quite gratifying.

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