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Bluff View, BAK Construction


Renovation of the B.A. Kennedy Elementary School Library is underway. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Earth moving and grading has begun for the addition to Bluff View Intermediate School. The addition will house a gym, a wood working shop and a band room.

 

Construction underway at Bluff View, BAK

By Ted Pennekamp

 

In addition to the three-court gym, new greenhouse, Prairie du Chien Area Arts Center, and other improvements at Prairie du Chien High School, upgrades at B.A. Kennedy Elementary School and Bluff View Intermediate School are well underway as well. 

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Guilty plea entered in U’Ren crash case

By Correne Martin

A guilty plea was entered on behalf of the man who caused the February crash in Madison that took the lives of husband and wife, Kirk U’Ren and Prairie du Chien native Jennifer Steiner, according to Wisconsin Circuit Court records.

Brandon Ballweg, 26, of Stoughton, pled guilty July 13, in Dane County Court to five of 12 charges against him and no contest to a sixth charge. The court dismissed six counts. According to court records, bail has also been revoked and a pre-sentence investigation was ordered by Judge John Hyland.

U’Ren was driving and Steiner was a passenger in one of the four vehicles involved in a Feb. 12 crash on Highway 30 in Madison. He was pronounced dead at the scene, while she passed away two weeks later from injuries sustained in the crash. The couple was from Cottage Grove and left behind twin boys.

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Leona Weidenbach

 

Leona Weidenbach, 96, of Marquette, Iowa, died Wednesday, July 12, at Solon Care Center, Solon, Iowa. 

 

Leona L. was born Feb. 12, 1921, in Farmersburg, Iowa, to George and Ella (Wilke) Bruehahn. She attended school through the eighth grade in Monona, Iowa.

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Robert (Bob) George

Robert (Bob) George, 80. of Patch Grove, passed away on July 12, after the onset of an acute illness.

 

Bob was born Dec. 9, 1936, in Prairie du Chien, to Harris George and Faye Chamberlain. He grew up in Solders Grove. His love for nature and his passion for hunting continued his entire life. He was also very active in sports and he continued to watch and attend sporting events. 

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Loris Ervin Kickbush

 

Loris Ervin Kickbush, 82, died on Friday, July 14, at the Guttenberg Care Center following a brief illness. 

 

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‘Friends’ happy to help PdC Memorial Library

By Rachel Mergen

 

After fading away in recent years, the Friends of the Library program has been resurrected, reassembled and is ready to dominate the fundraising game to support the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library.

“We want the organization to be much more active and interactive,” Barbara Davis, member of the Friends of the Library Board, stated. Since the return of the program, the organization has grown greatly in the community. The number of members is continuously increasing with help from a variety of membership drives.

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Allied Horsemanship excited to benefit the area


Seth Brandt, 5, of Prairie du Chien, recently enjoyed a session with Allied Horsemanship, in which he played games and got to know his horse a little bit better. (Submitted photos)

Shannon Gher is excited to bring Allied Horsemanship to the Prairie du Chien area.

By Rachel Mergen

 

“Allied Horsemanship strives to empower people and improve their quality of life by promoting horse and human interactions through equine assisted activities,” reads the mission statement for the new non-profit therapeutic equine program in Prairie du Chien, created by Shannon Gher in January 2017.

“One of my older brothers came home one day and said, ‘Mom, dad, I bought a horse.’ Everything started after that,” Gher said. She joined the Crawford County 4-H and taught herself to ride. 

For college, she attended UW-River Falls, receiving a bachelor’s degree in animal science with an equine emphasis. She participated in many riding programs and volunteered often while in school. 

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Local Children Enjoy Youth Sports


On July 6, boys and girls enjoyed practicing baseball at Lochner Park in Prairie du Chien. Ages 5 and 6 meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m. to play T-ball. Children ages 7 to 9 participate in instructional league from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation program is sponsored by Sports World. (Photos by Rachel Mergen)

On July 10, at the Barnyard 9 Golf Course, many boys participated in the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department’s Junior Golf program. Leading the lesson was Jeff Graewin. The program is open to girls and boys ages 8 to 17 years old, who are at a beginner or advanced level. It is every Monday until July 30, with 13 to 17-year-olds at 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 8 to 12-year-olds at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Efforts are being put forward to have equipment available, but it is recommended that participants bring their own.
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River Ridge Construction


Construction of the new gymnasium for middle school students is moving right along.

Concrete work is being done in the new 28,895-square-foot addition to the River Ridge School building. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Construction of River Ridge 

school addition proceeding nicely

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Work continues to go along quite efficiently on the $8,866,400 River Ridge School District building addition and upgrade.

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Prairie du Chien District Administrator Retires


On his last day of work, Prairie du Chien School District Administrator Drew Johnson stands above what will be the orchestra pit of the new 750-seat auditorium. The $18.9 million school facilities upgrade project is among the latest and most noteworthy accomplishments in which Johnson played a large part during his 10 years as superintendent. “It will be a beautiful new auditorium and a remarkable school facilities upgrade,” he said. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The building that will house three full sized basketball courts on the west side of the high school is moving along quickly.

Work for the air conditioning is being done in the expanded home economics room at the high school. There will be air conditioning in all three Prairie du Chien school buildings. The air conditioning should be up and running by the start of the 2017-2018 school year, said retired District Administrator Drew Johnson.

 

District administrator had key role in 10 years of accomplishments

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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