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Wed
12
Jan

This old house has become their home: Restoring century-old integrity a surprising newfound interest


Dakota Smith stands by the front profile blueprint of the home he owns with wife, Jill. He’s on the stairwell at the center of his main floor living room, dining room, kitchen and half-bath. In the forefront is an example of one of the home’s original built-in cabinets. (Photos by Correne Martin)

This home was built in 1913 by J.W. Parish, whose father owned the Prairie du Chien Woolen Mills. For the past two years, Dakota and Jill Smith have been restoring more of its original character.

In the Smiths’ dining room, they added wainscoting, as the room once had years ago. Dakota stripped paint and refinished the door between this room and the north side sun room. He also added a mini split air conditioning system in the corner and covered it with decorative wood and aluminum.

Below photos by Melissa Collum

By Correne Martin

 

Wed
12
Jan

Ice fisheree creating awareness for mental health is Saturday

By Correne Martin

 

Wed
12
Jan

Prairie Subway, Papa Murphy’s sold to next generation


Randy and Paula Sheckler (left) have owned Subway in Prairie du Chien for 33 years. On Dec. 8, they sold the franchise to their son and daughter-in-law, Brent and Mary Sheckler. They also sold out their portion of the adjoining Papa Murphy’s franchise, making the younger Shecklers sole proprietors to both businesses. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

 

Wed
12
Jan

Primary Feb. 15 for District 12 of county board

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
12
Jan

Masks at Prairie’s Bluff View School optional

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Thu
06
Jan

FIRST BABY: Young couple welcomes firstborn at Crossing Rivers


The first baby of 2022 born in Prairie du Chien was Layla Rose, born to mom, Phoenix, and dad, Cesar Espinoza.

By Correne Martin

 

Thu
06
Jan

Police officer, street superintendent close out 2021 with retirements


Mayor Dave Hemmer presented a resolution to both Gerald Tippery (above) and Dan Titlbach honoring their service to the city of Prairie du Chien. (Submitted photos)

By Correne Martin

 

Thu
06
Jan

Emergency personnel save deer

By Correne Martin

 

Wed
05
Jan

Educational bird programs offered by Avian Connections


Katie Ibsen holds Shiloh, a turkey vulture who is one of the attractions of the live bird educational programs presented by Avian Connections of Prairie du Chien. (Submitted photos)

Juniper, a saw-whet owl, is popular with audiences. Saw-whet owls are one of the smallest owl species in North America. They can be found in dense thickets, often at eye level, although they can also be found some 20 feet up. Saw-whet owls are the approximate height of a robin.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
05
Jan

Truvant offers a true advantage in packaging services


Truvant has two locations in Prairie du Chien. Above is the building at 38023 Airport Lane. Below is the facility at 800 N. State Street.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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