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Wed
09
Oct

Man gets ear cut in altercation

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified of an altercation between two men and a knife was involved.

 
The incident occurred in the 1000 block of South Wacouta Avenue.  

Officers were advised that two men were verbally fighting and it became physical when the suspect cut the victim in the ear with a knife.

As a result of the investigation Troy L. Griffin, 54, Prairie du Chien, was arrested for alleged aggravated battery and was booked into the Crawford County Jail.  

The investigation is currently at the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Wed
09
Oct

Stuckeys’ proud family tradition was making cheese


Mary Stuckey, who currently resides in Prairie du Chien, holds a picture of herself and her husband Jim, who was a cheesemaker at Star Valley Cheese Factory in rural Mt. Sterling for three decades. Mary recently reminisced about her days making cheese alongside her husband. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Fifty-seven years ago—when life was more leisurely, farmers hauled canned milk down the winding rural roads and cheese making began at 5 a.m. every day—Jim and Mary Stuckey started running the Star Valley Cheese Factory, at the intersection of County Roads B and C in between Gays Mills and Mt. Sterling.

Sixty-seven patrons hauled or sent 34,000 pounds of milk per day during the flush of the milking season, and mostly cheddar barrels and cheese curds as well as some blocks of butter were the resulting products.

Today, fewer cheese factories dot Wisconsin’s landscape. Even Star Valley fell victim to the vast technological and economic changes and lower co-op volumes over the years.

Wed
09
Oct

New hospital springing up

The new hospital in Prairie du Chien has started to spring up since the ground breaking ceremony on June 10. The general contractor for the new hospital is Market & Johnson, which has offices in Eau Claire and La Crosse. The architect is BWBR Architects, which has offices in St. Paul, Minn. and Madison, Wis. The hospital is projected to cost $50 million. According to Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital Chief Financial Officer Dave Breitbach, in the long term, the United States Department of Agriculture has committed a $32.4 million direct loan for the new hospital. Peoples State Bank of Prairie du Chien, acting as lead bank in a syndicate of community banks, has committed $7.6 million in bank qualified, tax exempt bonds. Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital has committed $10 million. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Wed
09
Oct

Cross country walker grabs R&R in the area


Stacie Eichinger is doing a “Walk 4 Courage” across the country—from Washington to Georgia—for the organization Beads of Courage. After a few days of rest and relaxation in Marquette, she made her way along the Highway 18 bypass in Prairie du Chien Tuesday toward Madison and eventually Milwaukee. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Stacie Eichinger is doing a “Walk 4 Courage” across the country—from Washington to Georgia—for the organization Beads of Courage. Eichinger stopped at Eagles Landing Winery in Marquette on Oct. 7, one of her off days. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten

For six years Stacie Eichinger has been volunteering with the organization Beads of Courage, which provides arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, as well as their families and the health care providers who care for them. For every procedure a child in treatment receives, there is a very specific bead to go with it.

Three years ago that volunteerism turned into plans to walk across the country, an idea Eichinger, who is from Tucson, Ariz., had fostered since she read Peter Jenkins’ book “Walk across America” in high school.
Eichinger started her walk in Ocean Shores, Wash., on May 8. Her journey will continue through February, when it will end in Savannah, Ga.

Wed
09
Oct

Cross country walker grabs R&R in the area


Stacie Eichinger is doing a “Walk 4 Courage” across the country—from Washington to Georgia—for the organization Beads of Courage. After a few days of rest and relaxation in Marquette, she made her way along the Highway 18 bypass in Prairie du Chien Tuesday toward Madison and eventually Milwaukee. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Stacie Eichinger is doing a “Walk 4 Courage” across the country—from Washington to Georgia—for the organization Beads of Courage. Eichinger stopped at Eagles Landing Winery in Marquette on Oct. 7, one of her off days. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten

For six years Stacie Eichinger has been volunteering with the organization Beads of Courage, which provides arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, as well as their families and the health care providers who care for them. For every procedure a child in treatment receives, there is a very specific bead to go with it.

Three years ago that volunteerism turned into plans to walk across the country, an idea Eichinger, who is from Tucson, Ariz., had fostered since she read Peter Jenkins’ book “Walk across America” in high school.
Eichinger started her walk in Ocean Shores, Wash., on May 8. Her journey will continue through February, when it will end in Savannah, Ga.

Wed
09
Oct

Susan Waller

 

Susan K. Waller, 60, of Vallejo and formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, following a courageous battle with cancer. 

She was born Jan. 1, 1953 in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Robert and Irene (Schmitz) Waller. Sue worked for Citi Bank in their community reinvestment division for over 25 years. She was proud to help moderate to low income people in the San Francisco Bay area realize their dreams. She was an avid sports fan.

Mon
07
Oct

Prairie du Chien woman wins Paula J. Tower Award

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Coleen Skaife of Prairie du Chien is this year’s recipient of the Paula J. Tower Memorial Award. Coleen (right) is pictured with Paula Tower’s children, Kate and Jeff, who presented the award. (Submitted photo)

Every year the Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care in La Crosse, which is supported by Gundersen Medical Foundation, honors someone with the Paula J. Tower Memorial Award. This award is given to one individual in the Coulee Region in recognition of their efforts to advance the message of hope for a future without breast cancer.

 At this year’s Steppin’ Out in Pink event, Coleen Skaife of Prairie du Chien received the award.

Coleen is a breast cancer survivor. “Coleen holds nothing back when talking about breast cancer. By talking openly and honestly to the community about her cancer experience she hopes to encourage women to have yearly mammograms,” explains Debbie Siedel, who nominated Coleen for the award.

 Coleen has been the honorary chair for Relay for Life and a guest speaker at the 100 + Women United event that was held to promote women’s health and wellness in Prairie du Chien.  

Mon
07
Oct

‘Governor Lucey Highway’ dedicated along Hwy. 35 from PdC to Ferryville


Sen. Jennifer Shilling (left) and Rep. Lee Nerison (right) pose with Gov. Patrick Lucey in front of the Patrick J. Lucey Historical Society marker in Ferryville.

Surrounded by a crowd of about 30 local officials and his family, Gov. Patrick Lucey is shown listening to an address at the Prairie du Chien Tourism Center on Oct. 2.

Sherry Quamme, Ferryville Tourism Council treasurer, addressed the crowd that gathered in Prairie du Chien prior to a motorcade from the city to Gov. Lucey's hometown of Ferryville.

Senator Jennifer Shilling spoke about Gov. Lucey's legacy, which included growing up in Ferryville and attending Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien. He traveled the stretch of Highway 35 now named the "Governor Patrick Lucey Highway" many times in his years growing up in southwest Wisconsin.

The 95-year old Gov. Lucey served with distinction as the 38th Governor of Wisconsin from 1971 to 1977 and later as the United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1977 to 1979. His best known accomplishments in office include the formation of the University of Wisconsin System, an overhaul of the state shared tax formula, the strengthening of ethics laws, mental health treatment reforms, and progressive land conservation initiatives.

Gov. Lucey's son David told the crowd that his father had been asking him to bring him back to southwest Wisconsin, a beautiful region he loved so much.

Dozens of community members, elected officials, family and friends joined together on Wednesday, Oct. 2 to help celebrate the unveiling of the “Governor Patrick Lucey Highway” along the scenic Great River Road. The commemorative roadway extends along State Highway 35 in Crawford County from the village of Ferryville to the city of Prairie du Chien.

Patrick J. Lucey was born in La Crosse, grew up in the village of Ferryville, and graduated from Campion High School in Prairie du Chien. He served with distinction as the 38th Governor of Wisconsin from 1971 to 1977 and later as the United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1977 to 1979. His best known accomplishments in office include the formation of the University of Wisconsin System, an overhaul of the state shared tax formula, the strengthening of ethics laws, mental health treatment reforms, and progressive land conservation initiatives.

Mon
07
Oct

City park sign stolen

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This is what the Michigan Street Park sign that was stolen would look like. (Photo submitted)

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded to a theft at the Michigan Street Park.  

It was reported by city employees that someone had stolen the sign for the park that was affixed to posts. If anyone has information on this sign please call the Police Department or Crawford County Crimestoppers.  
The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or 1-866-779-PAYS.

Anyone calling either of these numbers with a Crime Stoppers tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for a tip which solves a crime with an arrest, charges being filed or recovery of stolen property.

Mon
07
Oct

PdC City-wide Cleanup next week

The 2013 City-wide Residential Fall Cleanup, sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Street Department, is scheduled to be held Oct. 14-16.

Cleanup will be Monday, Oct. 14 for those residents living north of Blackhawk Avenue. Tuesday, Oct. 15 will be for those living south of Blackhawk Avenue and east of Marquette Road. Wednesday, Oct. 16, will be for those living south of Blackhawk Avenue and west of Marquette Road.

Garbage picked up by the street department will include:

Appliances—Must have doors and locks removed.

Brush—Must be piled parallel to the curb or alley so it can be scooped up easily or it will not be picked up. Construction and remodeling material will not be picked up. It must be put in a dumpster.

* Appliances, metal recyclables, brush, glass and trash must be kept separate.

* Appliances and brush must be curbside in front or in alley to rear of residence.

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