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DramaHawks director’s finale: ‘The Shakespeare Mix-Up,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’


Luana Stiemke has served as the director of the DramaHawks Jr. Drama Club for the past six years. Her final two productions will take place Saturday, April 2, at 1 p.m., at the Prairie du Chien High School theater.

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department’s DramaHawks Jr. Drama Club will perform “The Shakespeare Mix-Up” and “Beauty and the Beast” Saturday, April 2 at 1 p.m., in the Prairie du Chien High School theater. These will be Director Luana Stiemke’s last productions, as she plans to resign from the position after six years. The public is encouraged to attend, enjoy the shows and wish Stiemke farewell.

Wed
30
Mar

Three-term mayor to face challenger on the April 5 ballot

DAVE HEMMER (I)

Incumbent Dave Hemmer has served as mayor of Prairie du Chien since unseating Karl Steiner in 2010. He is finishing his third term. He has lived in Prairie du Chien his entire life and is married to Lori and works for Prairie Sand and Gravel.

1. What are the most important issues facing Prairie du Chien?
The completion of the Marquette Road project that has been pushed back to 2018 is an important issue. We plan to do a total reconstruction of North Michigan Street and a lot morepublic works projects.  Also, I’d like to see more focus on economic development and to see us keep going on recreation projects, like the bike paths. We also want to get the library expansion completed.  Another big thing is our comprehensive plan is about 10 years old. We just started working on updating that and that’s going to be a large undertaking.

Wed
30
Mar

Go Wild!


Becky Nagel logs onto the Go Wild website on the new computer at the Crawford County Clerks Office in the Administrative Offices Building in Prairie du Chien. The customer and the license issuer can see the computer at the same time. In addition to the County Clerks Office and more than 1,000 vendors statewide, customers can also use their home computer to purchase hunting, fishing and conservation patron’s licenses.

 

Everyone invited to Go Wild

Questions answered about new DNR licensing system

Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
30
Mar

Wyalusing Academy Property

 

Wyalusing Academy 

project awaiting WHEDA tax credit approval

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The application for financing has been submitted and the developers hope that construction on the former Wyalusing Academy property can commence in the fall of 2016. 

Tue
29
Mar

Leonard “Lennie” G. Schmidt

 

Leonard “Lennie” G. Schmidt, 93, of Prairie du Chien, formerly of Bloomington, passed away Thursday, March 24, surrounded by his loving family at Crossing Rivers Health Center in Prairie du Chien. 

Mon
28
Mar

Mississippi River projects


This is an aerial view of McGregor Lake, also known as Horseshoe Lake. (Photo by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers).

 

McGregor Lake Project third on priority list, 

other habitat restoration projects move forward

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
28
Mar

New youth pastor comes to Faith Evangelical Free


Ryan Thompson began working as the student ministries/worship pastor at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Prairie du Chien in late February. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Faith Evangelical Free Church in Prairie du Chien welcomed a new student ministries/worship pastor, Ryan Thompson, at the end of February. Bringing with him a lifetime of service and commitment to the Lord, Thompson believes he’s following God’s calling to serve locally.

Faith Evangelical Free last had a youth pastor in 2012.

“We’ve been praying since then that God would send us the right person,” Pastor Mike Jacobson said. “We wanted to pay off our church debt (and did in July 2015) and that allowed us to be more aggressive in our search. Ryan’s really been able to hit the ground running for us.”

Mon
28
Mar

Gundersen eye, dental clinic opens new Marquette Road location


A ribbon-cutting ceremony was hosted by the Gundersen eye and dental clinic and the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Wednesday. Pictured (from left) are Bob Sutton, Paul Ginkel, Kathy Kramer, Kim LaRue, Patricia Arnold, Todd McWilliams, Kevin Mulrooney, Char Bender, John Howe, Jodi Web, Dr. Phil Holzer, Dr. Brad Collins, Mayor Dave Hemmer, Dr. Mark Endrizzi, Aaron Kramer, Darla Zahn, Nicole Warnke, Trudy Joy, Jamie Stram, Michelle Gregerson, Nancy Posten, Kiel Fritz, Joyce Kregel, Lori Bekkum, Jacob Kanis, Roy George, Curt Zinkle, Nick Wilz, Donna Teynor and Chamber CEO Bob Moses. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Patients in the Prairie du Chien area who need vision and dental services can now receive their care in a new location.

The 8,000-square-foot clinic, located at 118 South Marquette Rd. (U.S. Highway 18/35), opened March 21 and combines Gundersen’s dental and eye services into one convenient location.

“The new clinic will benefit patients and our community by offering more access to high-quality eye care in a more comfortable and private setting,” said Philip Holzer, OD, optometrist at Gundersen Eye Clinic Prairie du Chien.

The clinic features a larger waiting area, additional exam rooms and designated rooms for specialized testing.

Mon
28
Mar

Walker’s Cabinet on the Road comes to Prairie du Chien


On Monday, March 21, Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Secretary Lon Roberts and Wisconsin Department of Administration Secretary Scott Neitzel visited Peoples State Bank to hold a roundtable discussion with the bank’s Board of Directors and staff to discuss various banking and economic issues. Pictured (from left) are Doug Wolf, director; Mark Forsythe, president; Stephen Welter, director; Darby Suckow, director; Secretary Roberts and Secretary Neitzel. (Submitted photo)

Many of Gov. Scott Walker’s appointed cabinet secretaries visited Prairie du Chien Monday, March 21, as part of Walker’s Cabinet on the Road initiative.

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch was in Prairie du Chien to announce a new facility and WEDC funding for Solomon Corp. of Solomon, Kan. The company, which sells electrical transformers, is projected to add 24 jobs. Ironically, the Solomon ceremony was interrupted, and another Prairie du Chien appearance by Department of Workforce Development Secretary Ray Allen at 3M was canceled, because of a power outage.

Secretary of Transportation Mark Gottlieb was in Prairie du Chien for a freight railroad talk session with Wisconsin and Southern Railroad and area businesses. He also spoke at an “It Can Wait” don’t text and drive event at Prairie du Chien High School, sponsored by the American Automobile Association and AT&T.

Mon
28
Mar

Public meeting held soon for Highway 27, Prairie du Chien to Eastman

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold a public involvement meeting to discuss proposed improvements for Highway 27 between Prairie du Chien and Eastman. The meeting is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at the Eastman Village Hall, 112 Shanghai Rd.

The project will involve reconstruction and rehabilitation of 10 miles of Highway 27 between Cipra Road in the town of Prairie du Chien and Water Street in the village of Eastman. Several horizontal curves in the rural portion will be reconstructed to current standards; the alignment of the remainder of the roadway will generally follow the existing alignment. Side road intersections, driveway entrances, culverts and storm sewer will be replaced.

Construction is currently scheduled for 2018.

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