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Reception will welcome home Matt Antoine


Matt Antoine

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Prairie du Chien are co-sponsoring an Open House Reception for 2014 Winter Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine. Antoine, 28, won the bronze in the men’s skeleton in Sochi, Russia. 

The reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 14 in the Dousman House on St. Feriole Island. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Chamber of Commerce Director Robert Moses said, “Everyone in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area is invited to come to the reception and show your hometown spirit in congratulating Matt.” 

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New field house at PdC High School

 

New auditorium, field house at PdC High School being considered

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Meetings were held at City Hall and at Prairie du Chien High School Wednesday night to get public input regarding a possible expansion project at  the high school. 

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Elliott second at State

Elliott takes second
Taylor Elliott of Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben battles against Rice Lake’s Luke Schroeder Friday morning. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Elliott second at State

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Taylor Elliott, the first four-time state qualifier in Prairie du Chien history, took second place at the State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison this past weekend. 

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Man arrested after high-speed chase

On Feb. 25, at 1:46 a.m., officers of the Prairie du Chien Police Department were notified of a hit and run traffic accident at the intersection of South Marquette Road and East Iowa Street. An officer arrived at the scene and observed damage to road signs. Officers were given a description of the suspect vehicle by witnesses and began searching the area.

A short time later, a Clayton County, Iowa deputy, who was monitoring radio traffic of the hit and run, advised that he had located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle. The Clayton County deputy initiated a traffic stop and the suspect vehicle then fled Iowa at a high rate of speed back to Prairie du Chien. An officer from the MarMac Police Department joined the pursuit as the suspect vehicle left Iowa and officers from the Prairie du Chien Police Department took over the pursuit as the vehicle entered Wisconsin.

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PdC Memorial and SWTC partner to develop Fennimore clinic


The new health clinic will be located in the Health Science Center on the Southwest Wisconsin Technical College campus in Fennimore. Days of operation will be Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it will be closed when the college is closed.

Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital has been awarded the contract to provide a medical and dental clinic on the campus of Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore. Prairie du Chien Memorial Health Clinic - Fennimore will be open to the public beginning Monday, March 3 and will be located in the Health Science Center.

Nurse Practitioner Peggy Barton, a Linden resident, will serve as the clinic’s primary provider. Barton has worked 32 years in nursing and has 19 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, certified in women’s health and family care, with an interest in diabetes. Primary care services offered at the new clinic beginning in March include annual health and wellness visits, health promotion and maintenance, disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment, general consultation and referral. Dental services and behavioral health services will be added later in 2014.

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Community invited to enjoy area kids’ performance of ‘Pinocchio’


These four young actors, in partial costume, are part of the cast from around the area performing in this Saturday’s Prairie du Chien Parks and Rec Drama Club play, “Pinocchio.” Pictured are (back) Sarah Block-“Lorenzo,” (left) Hannah Block-“Jill,” (right) Rachel Block-“Lucky the Cat” and Nicholas Stavroplus-“Pinocchio 1 and 4.” (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

About 25 area youths, ages 6 to 14, will perform the cherished children’s classic story “Pinocchio,” in the St. Gabriel Catholic School cafeteria in Prairie du Chien on Saturday, March 8, at 2 p.m. The production, directed by Luana Stiemke, is sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department Drama Club. The public is invited to enjoy the show. Free will donations will be collected, with all proceeds going toward Hoffman Hall improvements.

“It’s a casual performance that’s about 45 minutes, which is just right for this young group,” Stiemke stated. “It’s for the kids to learn and experience being on stage. They haven’t been instructed to learn word for word but to have fun and to ad-lib. It’s not about trying to present the most polished performance, but more about learning the acting and the production.”

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Sen. Schultz touring area to talk with constituents

State Senator Dale Schultz will be listening to the people he represents during stops in Grant County communities on Friday, Feb. 28.  He will be available to talk with anyone about any subject during stops in Muscoda, Patch Grove, Bloomington, Beetown, Cassville, Hazel Green and Cuba City.

In Muscoda, from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m., Schultz will hold a listening session at JoDen Shell Station, 802 N. Wisconsin Ave. Community members are welcome to stop in and share a concern or an opinion on certain issues.

In Patch Grove, from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m., Schultz will be at River Ridge High School, 11165 County P.  He will meet with Lee Pritzl, superintendent, to discuss issues for rural schools and the referendum question pondered by River Ridge voters.

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Eastman recommends residents run water

The village of Eastman Water Utility is recommending residents immediately start running a small, pencil-sized stream of water in their homes to prevent frozen laterals (pipes) to their homes. This recommendation remains in effect until further notice and is voluntary.

Deep frost poses a potential risk to the village’s utility mains and, more important, laterals that bring water to homes. Water flowing helps keep water temperatures warmer and limits the risk of potential freezing. Cold water faucets should be used because running hot water is not as effective and also wastes energy. Customers should also watch for discolored water or rusty water as this is an early indication of pipes freezing. If you see discolored water, run your cold water hard until the water clears.

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Public hearing on proposed 2017 Marquette Road improvements is March 4

The Prairie du Chien Common Council will hold a public hearing at its Tuesday, March 4 meeting to hear from residents on the proposed improvement plans for Marquette Road, scheduled for 2017. The section of road that is scheduled to be reconstructed is bordered by La Pointe Street on the south and Mooney Street on the north. Representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) will be present.

Preliminary plans for the project are online at www.prairieduchien.info/marquetteroad.html. This site also includes information on the improvements scheduled for this year to Marquette Road from Mooney Street to Washington Street. The third phase of the project, from Washington Street north to the City limits, is targeted for later this decade or the first part of the 2020s.

The preliminary plans for the 2017 project include the following:

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Master gardeners keep city green and blooming


Finishing a clean up job at Bluff View Middle School garden are (from left) Nola Nagel, Donna Teynor, Julie Hazen and Lisa Lewke-Rogers.

Celebrating the conclusion of a downtown garden cleanup last fall are (from left) Millie Senesac, Arlene Wilms, Deb Goree, Donna Teynor, Cathie Nelson, Julie Hazen, Kathy Leard and Mike Thomas. (Submitted photos)

Cathie Nelson points out photos of master gardener projects at a recent environmental event at Hoffman Hall.

Nola Nagel and Illene Olson decorate trees at Memorial Gardens.

By Sandy Vold

Retired Courier Press associate editor.

Although snow still blankets the ground, Crawford County Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) are already envisioning green gardens with bevies of blooms in many of the city’s public spaces. Over the years, master gardeners have gradually extended the scope of their gardening activities in Prairie du Chien to include not only the Memorial Gardens, with which they have been active from the beginning, but many more. Currently, master gardeners are responsible for  gardens at Prairie Maison, St. John’s Catholic Church, Aquatic Park, Bluff View Middle School, Veterans Memorial, the fire department, Family Resource Center, the southwest corner of the court house, several gardens on St. Feriole Island which are not part of the Memorial Gardens and most of the green areas downtown.

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