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Wed
21
May

Prairie du Chien Skate Park construction underway

Skate Park
This lift, donated by Novey Construction of Prairie du Chien, is being used to move units onto sub slabs provided by Pellock Construction. (Photo by Mike Ulrich)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Skate Park is finally becoming a reality much to the delight of local and area skateboarders.

“I’m very excited and the committee is very excited,” said Skate Park Chairwoman Lorie Floyd, who has spearheaded the project for the past 10 years. “It’s been a lot of hard work and we’re thrilled that it’s finally coming together.” 

Wed
21
May

Seneca names top two graduates from Class of 2014


Valedictorian Elizabeth Garfoot and Salutatorian Cacey Ostrander

Seneca High School graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 30, at 8 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Awards and scholarships for the Class of 2014 will be presented during the graduation ceremony.

Elizabeth Garfoot has been named the valedictorian and Cacey Ostrander the salutatorian for the Seneca High School Class of 2014.

Elizabeth Garfoot is the daughter of Susie (Bird) and Scott Garfoot. She is very active in school and in her community.

Wed
21
May

UnitedHealthcare, Hunger Task Force help put breakfast food on the table


Renee Ladewig-Lathrop (left) and her fellow community relations specialists from the statewide UnitedHealthcare organization distributed milk, bread and eggs to community members in the Prairie du Chien area Monday afternoon, with the help of some local volunteers as well. The semi-load of breakfast foods sat in the parking lot behind CouleeCap for two hours, in hopes of providing assistance for people who are food insecure. Free health screenings and informational handouts were also provided. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin
 
UnitedHealthcare and the Hunger Task Force have partnered to help put food on the table for area families. On Monday afternoon, for just two hours, a semi-load of milk, bread and eggs was stationed in the CouleeCap parking lot in Prairie du Chien, where volunteers distributed the breakfast groceries. No eligibility checks were done, though the hope was to serve people who are food insecure.

For the next couple of days, the organizations will hand out food in Crawford, La Crosse, Trempealeau, Monroe and Vernon Counties. There’s enough in the bags for a family of four to eat breakfast for at least one week.

“One of our missions is to help people live healthier lives. We wanted to do breakfast because it’s the most important meal of the day,” said Renee Ladewig-Lathrop, a community relations specialist with UnitedHealthcare.

Wed
21
May

PdC council takes steps toward development agreement with True Value

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council has taken another step toward a proposed development agreement with Nelson True Value to build a new store along Highway 35/Marquette Road, just north of Walgreens.

During the council’s regular meeting Tuesday night, a resolution transferring surplus funds from TID #6 to TID #4 was approved unanimously, completing the final phase of transferring funds related to the settlement between the city and Thomas Gialamas and Martin Rifken.

Wed
21
May

Crawford County hires animal control officer


Christine Reynolds, newly appointed Animal Control Officer for the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, and Sheriff Dale McCullick look forward to working together to address the county’s needs.

Sheriff Dale McCullick is pleased to announce the addition of an animal control officer to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office staff. Seneca resident Christine Reynolds will assume the role of animal control officer as of May 21. She will handle issues in a paid-on-call capacity.

“Our dispatchers receive many calls in the course of a year that do not necessarily require law enforcement intervention, but do require a response. An animal control officer will pick up the responsibility for these types of calls,” Sheriff McCullick said.

Wed
21
May

Raymond "Junior" William Shulka, Jr.

 

 Raymond “Junior” William Shulka, Jr., 67, of Prairie du Chien, died Sunday, May 18, at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse. 

He was born on Jan. 26, 1947 to Raymond Fred and Irene Helen (Horstman) Shulka in Guttenberg, Iowa where he also attended school.

Junior enlisted into the United States Army on Oct. 17, 1964. He was a missile mechanic during his service time. He was honorably discharged in 1967. Junior was married to Barbara Uher on Sept. 5, 1969; to this union two children were born, Laura and Travis. They later divorced.

Tue
20
May

Edith M. "Sis" Jelinek

 

Edith M. “Sis” Jelinek, 81, of Prairie du Chien passed away peacefully Sunday, May 18, at the Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, surrounded by her family after a sudden illness. 

She was born Sept. 18, 1932 the daughter of Rudy and Edith (Dubel) Konichek. She married Larry Jelinek Sr. on Sept. 21, 1950. She and her husband farmed for many years and Sis also worked at Walmart retiring after 25 years. She was a longtime member of the Cliffhangers Snowmobile Club and was an avid gardener. Sis was an excellent cook and a loving grandmother and great grandmother. 

Tue
20
May

Tonya R. Dutka

 

Tonya R. Dutka died unexpectedly Sunday, May 18, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital in Guttenberg, Iowa. 

She was born Feb. 28, 1968 in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Tom and Marilyn (Lipke) Yonke. She married Floyd Kevin Dutka on March 24, 1990 in Garnavillo. She worked as a home health provider for Lori Knapp Inc. in Prairie du Chien. Tonya loved crafts, crocheting and caring for her pets. She was a member of Plagmans Antique Association. 

Tue
20
May

Betty J. Hackett

 

Betty J. Hackett, 87, of rural Boscobel, passed away Sunday, May 18, at Boscobel Care and Rehab. 

She was born Dec. 29, 1926 in Augusta to Carl and Jo Marie (McBroom) Lambrecht. She was married June 3, 1950 in Eau Claire to Allen Hackett. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. 

Mon
19
May

Prairie du Chien Memorial rebrands itself: CROSSING RIVERS HEALTH

Is Prairie du Chien Memorial merging with or being acquired by another organization?

No. The organization has been and will remain independent, managed by a volunteer board of
directors and governed by an association of members.

 

Why is Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital changing its name?

• Hospital leadership conducted a brand audit in order to measure the perception and level of acceptance of the current brand. The audit included online surveys, external focus groups and internal
focus groups.

• Hospital administrators and the board of directors determined a new brand identity would better represent the hospital’s more than 60 diversified services, geographic service area and philosophy.

• The Community Health Needs Assessment conducted in 2012 reflected the need to shift the focus of area healthcare to a wellness model.

 

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