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Mon
19
May

Prairie du Chien observes Memorial Day with annual parade and program

The annual Memorial Day observance will take place in Prairie du Chien on Monday, May 26. The parade will commence at 10:30 a.m.

The parade route will be from the intersection of Blackhawk Avenue and Michigan Street west to Beaumont Road and then south to the Fort Crawford Military Cemetery. The annual Memorial Day program at the military cemetery will follow around 10:45 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the will be held at Bluff View School.

All marching units, including the PdC Honor Guard, Legionnaires, VFW members, ex-servicemen, Legion and VFW Auxiliaries, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, patriotic organizations, school children carrying flowers and flags, Bluff View School band and the PdC High School band, are requested to assemble at the First Merit Bank parking lot on South Michigan Street no later than 10:15 a.m. Monday.

Mon
19
May

Prison gardens fulfill several purposes


The two-acre produce garden at the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution provided 14,845 pounds of produce last year. About 1,600 of that was donated to the local food pantry, while the majority was served to inmates in the dining hall. (Photo provided)

The compost space, which is located right off the kitchen of the correctional institution, measures 35x35 and is filled with table scraps from the inmates’ meal trays. The compost area started three years ago and has already proved to increase the yield of the produce garden. (Provided photos)

The reflection garden offers a place where inmates can think about their victims and crimes and receive group therapy.

By Correne Martin
 
At the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution (PDCCI), gardening is a tool that is used to sustain the kitchen by providing fresh produce for meals. It is also a means of building character, knowledge and life skills for inmates who will need to give back and reintegrate into the community someday.

The correctional institution currently cultivates a two-acre produce garden that is supplemented with a small plant nursery, composting and vermiculture (a worm farm). It also maintains a reflection flower garden, 60 feet in diameter, where inmates can quietly think about their victims and crimes and receive group therapy.

“These opportunities have been enabled thanks to the creativity of the staff and minimal funds,” PDCCI Program Supervisor Lisa Pettera said.

Mon
19
May

Prairie du Chien Memorial will be Crossing Rivers Health


Hospital Week Planning Committee members posed with a giant puzzle, which features the new name and logo for Crossing Rivers Health. A puzzle piece was given to every staff member signifying their importance as an essential piece of the organization. (Photo provided)

Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital announced Friday that it is changing its name to Crossing Rivers Health. The Crossing Rivers tagline will be “Your bridge to wellness.”

After extensive and thoughtful research and planning, some of which began over five years ago along with talks of a new health care center, the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital board of directors unanimously agreed in December that it was time for a new brand. That brand was then kept a secret until Friday, when it was revealed to the staff during a picnic, and to the public during an afternoon press conference.

“The new brand represents the evolution of our organization and its commitment to meeting the changing health care needs of the communities we serve in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa,” said Bill Sexton, chief executive officer of Crossing Rivers Health.

Fri
16
May

Brady Ray Jacobs

 

Brady Ray Jacobs, 23 days, died on Wednesday,  May 14, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minn. due to complications from a hypo plastic left ventricle. Brady was born on April 21, 2014, in Rochester, Minn., the son of Dwayne and Elizabeth (Moore) Jacobs of Boscobel.

Brady is survived by his parents; brother Sam at home; step-sister Angel Jacobs of Boscobel; maternal grandparents Chris and Rita Moore of Fennimore; paternal grandmother Jane Jacobs of Prairie du Chien; uncles Christopher Moore of Fennimore, Charles Moore of Fennimore, Scott (Evelyn) Jacobs of Prairie du Chien, Leroy Jacobs of Boscobel, and Willie Jacobs of Sextonville, as well as many special nieces and nephews. 

Thu
15
May

Jerry Foley

 

Jerry Foley, 69, of Prairie du Chien passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 13, at his home. 

He was born Aug. 13, 1944 on the family farm, the son of Thomas and Vermilda (Meyers) Foley. He married Chris Seeley on July 10, 1963. Jerry retired from John Deere in Dubuque, Iowa after 30 years of service at the age of 49. Following his retirement he volunteered at the Bargain Boutique and worked at Johnson’s One Stop and Design Homes. His love for his family was his greatest gift. Jerry was always willing to lend a hand even sharing his donuts. Grilling out was his passion. 

Wed
14
May

PdC School Board

 

School Board 

approves staff raise

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School Board elected new officers at its regular meeting Monday night in the high school auditorium. Christine Panka was elected president. Mark Forsythe will be the vice president. The clerk will be Lynn O’Kane. Ron Quamme was elected treasurer.

Wed
14
May

Fort Crawford Hotel

 

Future of Fort 

Crawford Hotel 

still up in the air

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
14
May

Prairie du Chien High School valedictorian, salutatorian selected


Valedictorian Caitlin Harris and Salutatorian Austin Roach

Graduation for the Prairie du Chien High School Class of 2014 will be held on Sunday, May 25, at 2 p.m., at John C. Mulrooney Field, weather permitting. In case of rain, graduation will take place inside the high school gymnasium. Class Night is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the high school gym.

Caitlin Harris has been named the valedictorian and Austin Roach has been named salutatorian for the Prairie du Chien High School 2014 graduating class.

Caitlin Harris is the daughter of Tom and Jody Harris. She was born in Prescott and moved to Prairie du Chien with her family the summer before her junior year. Prior to this, she had attended Cumberland High School in Cumberland. Next year she will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been admitted into the School of Business.

During her high school career, Caitlin has maintained a 4.0 GPA. She also scored a 35 on her ACT and was a November Student of the Month.

Wed
14
May

Pickup truck stolen from rural PdC residence

On Sunday, May 4, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a stolen green 2001 Ford F250 truck displaying Wisconsin license plates JP4901.

The truck was stolen from a residence located on Cypress Lane in the township of Prairie du Chien.

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.

Wed
14
May

Marketing grant assists Canoetananny paddle and music jam event


The Wisconsin Department of Tourism presented a Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant to the Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway on May 7 at the Villa Louis historic site in Prairie du Chien. The $1,500 grant is being utilized in the organization and marketing for the Canoetananny Paddle and Music Jam, which takes place this weekend, May 17-18. This two-day paddle totals more than 17 miles, from Bridgeport to Wauzeka. Pictured during the check presentation are (seated, from left) Scott Teuber, of Wisconsin River Outings; David Connolly, Crawford County Economic Development director; Susan Caya-Slusser, Villa Louis site director; (standing) Mary Antoine, Prairie du Chien Historical Society/Fort Crawford Museum president; Pete Flesch, Crawford County Board; Patrick Reinsma, Travel Wisconsin regional tourism specialist; Chad Breuer, Wyalusing State Park superintendent; Sherry Quamme, Wisconsin River Parkway Commission/Crawford County Tourism Council; and Mark Sethne, UW-Platteville outdoor recreation specialist. (Photo by Correne Martin)

 More travelers are invited for a weekend paddle adventure along the Lower Wisconsin River for Canoetananny with the help of a $1,500 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant. Canoetananny, The Lower Wisconsin Heritage Paddle and Music Jam, will be held May 17-18 and offers a two-day paddle along the Lower Wisconsin River, overnight camping at Wyalusing State Park and activities along the way. Event organizers estimate the festival will generate an economic impact of $16,240 from traveler spending at area hotels, restaurants and stores.

“We’re excited to support this event, which will allow people to experience the natural beauty of the Wisconsin and Mississippi River confluence with other paddling enthusiasts,” Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett said. “Investing in the promotion of this event positively brands the Lower Wisconsin River, attracts new visitors, and generates positive economic impact for the state and communities.”

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