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Effigy Mounds enlightens with Junior Ranger Program


Children enjoyed the beautiful landscape as they participated in the Junior Ranger Program at Effigy Mounds, June 17. (Photos by Rachel Mergen)

Michael Douglass spoke with the children about the unique details of the land, including the different types of effigy mounds present at the park.

By Rachel Mergen

 

Effigy Mounds held the Junior Ranger Day Program on June 17. The program’s motto, “Explore, Learn and Protect,” was held in the young junior rangers’ hearts as they enjoyed and learned from the multitude of activities available, including a hike to view the landscape and mounds. 

Available in over 200 national parks, the Junior Ranger Program is a way for children to connect to and be educated about the country’s national parks. Each year, over 2,000 kids participate at Effigy Mounds alone, said Michael Douglass, park ranger. 

The program is designed for children ages 5 to 8, but all ages are welcome to participate.

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Prairie du Chien embraces Rendezvous once again


Primitive dressed children help walk the family dog, using a rope to match the time period instead of a leash. (Photos by Rachel Mergen)

A variety of vendors, excited to offer their products to attendees, were present at Rendezvous.

Pictured in full costume are US Infantry J Co. including, from left to right, Cpl. Seveland, Pvt. Scafidi, Pvt. Huebner, Sgt. Dyar and Cpl. Boyle.

Buffalo products, including jerky, were sold at one of the many vendor booths.

A student repeats back notes as she practices her skills on a traditional instrument.

Two girls helped bring primitive items to those who attended the Rendezvous, June 15 to 18.
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Lauretta I. Fisher

 

Lauretta I. Fisher, 97, of Eastman, passed away Thursday, June 15, at the Skaalen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Stoughton. 

 

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David F. Bohnenkamp

 

David F. Bohnenkamp, 67, of Lake View, Ala., and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, June 13, at the Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham following an extended illness. 

 

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La Riviere Riders create family memories


A few of La Riviere Riders Saddle Club’s younger members enjoy taking charge as they help with the family horse. (Photo by Dee Baker)

By Rachel Mergen

 

With almost a decade of life behind it, the La Riviere Riders Saddle Club of Prairie du Chien is happy to offer horse owners a priceless experience. Finding its home in the beautiful La Riviere Farm Park, the club is organized by volunteers alone and consists of 135 member families. 

La Riviere Farm Park, donated by Dan La Riviere and his family, became a public park in 1977. The park’s 300-acre landscape is defined by a multitude of trails for both horse riding and hiking. The trails have been trotted on since the time Dan La Riviere’s friends visited his farm, traveling on horseback through the terrain. 

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Jun

UW-P professor, Congo native shares her passions with River Ridge sixth grade

By Correne Martin

The sixth graders at River Ridge School studied the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the end of the school year. To wrap up the unit, the students were treated to a visit by Dr. Annie Kinwa-Muzinga, a UW-Platteville professor of agribusiness who came to the United States from the DRC in 1990.

Dr. Annie, a friend of River Ridge sixth grade teacher Heidi Serres, discussed the acclimation she and her husband endured and the welcoming help they received in coming from Africa to the U.S. She also presented a slideshow about her home region and showed pictures of the Kivuvu Hope Farm she set up there in 2012, so young mothers can stay off the streets and instead cultivate food and care for themselves and their children.
Another topic Dr. Annie shared her passionate for is the fact that 80 percent of the coltan mineral used in powering many electronic devices, such as smartphones and video games, comes from dangerous mines in Congo.

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‘Prairie du Chien Area Arts Center’ the new auditorium name

The Prairie du Chien School Board approved of the name for the district’s new auditorium at its regular meeting Monday evening. The 27,960-square-foot auditorium will be called the Prairie du Chien Area Arts Center. Construction continues on the PAAC, which will have 750 seats and a hydraulic orchestra pit lift. The PAAC, which is on the west side of the high school, is part of the $18.9 million school facilities upgrade project. Progress is also being made on the addition on the west side of the high school. The west side addition will be 31,170 square feet and will house three gymnasiums and a green house. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

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Jun

Man arrested on felony warrants

On June 9, at 11:30 p.m., a deputy with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office located Todd F. Groom Jr., 28, Steuben, at the McDonald’s Restaurant in Prairie du Chien. Groom was placed under arrest for active felony warrants through Grant and La Crosse counties.

During a search of Groom’s pockets, ammunition was located. During a search of the vehicle Groom had been operating, a Mossberg .410 shotgun with a sawed off barrel and defaced serial number was located in the backseat. Groom is a convicted felon and, therefore, is not to possess firearms. Groom is also on bond through La Crosse County for a prior firearm possession charge. Groom’s bond conditions through La Crosse County prohibit him from possessing firearms and ammunition.

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Riding lawnmower stolen

On Monday, June 12, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated the theft of a riding lawnmower from a residence located on Sand Hill Road near Bell Center. The theft occurred on the above date, between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The lawnmower is described as a 2014 Cub Cadet LTX1045 Hydrostatic mower with a 32-inch deck.

Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or (866) 779-PAYS.

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Crossing Rivers observes 60 years of service to area


Two of the first medical staff members were Dr. Thomas Farrell (left) and Dr. Verne C. Epley.

Pictured as they cared for a patient in the early 1980s: Jan Weisensale, RN (seated), and Linda Schoulte, RN. Weisensale worked for the hospital from 1974-2015 and continues her involvement at the hospital as a Partners Board Member. Schoulte began her career at the hospital in 1978. She is the director of inpatient services at Crossing Rivers Health.

“Since 1957, the mission of the hospital has been to meet the healthcare needs of the communities we serve, and it has been an amazing six decades,” said Bill Sexton, chief executive officer at Crossing Rivers Health. “In the past 60 years, there have been revolutionary changes in medicine and technology, and the hospital has evolved and adapted to accommodate those changes. An integral part of the hospital’s success, is that our team has led our organization to make those changes over the years with dedication and vision.”

The early history of the hospital credits a group of dedicated community citizens with the idea of building a new hospital in 1954. Although there was a hospital in the area, patients often had to wait for surgery or other medical care, because there weren’t enough beds to accommodate them. Community members knew that the present hospital facilities were being pushed to well beyond their intended limits.

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