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Renovated rec room offers new rental space at Hoffman Hall


Dan Titlbach (pictured) and fellow city employee Nick Gilberts, laid carpet tiles last week in the new rec room in the downstairs of Hoffman Hall. They had some assistance from Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution inmates.

Currently, foosball (pictured), ping pong and nok hockey tables as well as a 50-inch TV have been donated to Hoffman Hall and will be used in the new rec room by the end of March. More gently-used donations of games and accessories would be appreciated. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

What was once a former locker room at Campion Jesuit High School is now being reinvigorated for the purpose of a recreation room at Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien. By the end of March, the renovated space will offer members as well as the public a new space for a variety of uses, such as parties, games and other casual entertainment.

Last week, city employees Dan Titlbach and Nick Gilberts, with assistance from Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution inmates, laid about a thousand carpet tiles—in warm earth tones—in the large, open space of Hoffman Hall’s downstairs.

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Lola Mae Shinko

 

Lola Mae Shinko, 94, of Platteville passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, Feb. 12, at the Epione Pavillion in Cuba City. 

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Charles A. Buttke

 

Charles A. Buttke, 77, of Juda, passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, at his home. 

He was born on Dec. 12, 1938 in Gotham, the son of Floyd and Elizabeth (Hartwig) Buttke. He married Eileen J. Haman on Sept. 20, 1958 in San Diego, Calif.

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Peoples State Bank gift pushes library funds over $350,000


The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library expansion project now has over $350,000 of the $1.5 million that’s needed from the capital campaign before construction begins in 2017.

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library’s capital campaign has passed the $350,000 mark, thanks to a $100,000 contribution from Peoples State Bank. Last year, the city announced a $1.5 million campaign to match a $1.5 million common council contribution to the project. Estimated at $3 million, the project is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017.

“A key component to the Capital Campaign will be the support of local businesses, and the contribution by Peoples State Bank is a large step forward in reaching our ultimate goal,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “The city of Prairie du Chien is blessed with pro-active businesses who truly believe in moving the city forward and improving the quality of life for today’s residents as well as those who will enjoy the expanded library for decades to come. As we have stated in the past, every donation—no matter how large or small—is very appreciated and needed.”

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Free fun for the whole family at Chinese New Year Festival


This inflatable slide, rented from Thunder Showers event rentals company, of Boscobel, will be new this year to the Chinese Lunar New Year Festival at Prairie du Chien High School Feb. 20, at noon. There will also be an obstacle course available for young event-goers, involving tricycles navigating through cones and more. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Chinese Lunar New Year Festival will celebrate the Year of the Monkey on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Prairie du Chien High School, in a free and entertaining public event. Spotlighted performances will include a traditional Chinese martial arts show and vibrant lion dance as well as several short plays written and directed by Bluff View students.

In its third year, the New Year festival is the perfect indoor spectacle for all ages.

“It’s something that’s always been real exciting for the kids,” said Adam Stout, Chinese language teacher in the Prairie du Chien School District. “It’s very interactive and very hands-on.”

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Around 225 served monthly at free Come for Supper meal


Guests at a recent Come for Supper meal line up in the basement of St. Peter Church to fill their plates with healthy, home-cooked food. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Families, friends and strangers from all communities, needs and denominations are invited to attend the free monthly Come for Supper meal in the basement of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien. Always the third Thursday of the month, Feb. 18 is the next supper, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cheeseburger soup is the main dish on this month’s menu.

An average of 225 meals are served by volunteers, once a month, for those who seek good company, are trying to make ends meet, or simply want a night off from cooking.

The Prairie du Chien Come for Supper provision has been offered publicly since April 2009, when a local group of about five volunteers helped out at a free meal at Our Savior’s church in La Crosse and fell in love with the idea.

“We had no idea, when we started, that we’d become part of a movement,” Pastor Joe Irvin said, recognizing that a multitude of similar meals are shared in communities across the region.

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Four PdC-WS Wrestlers Advance


Peyton Hall, Clayton Beers, Nick Rogge and Stephen Ronnfeldt advanced to the Richland Center Sectional to be held Feb. 20. (Photos by Susan Herreid Curtis)

Ethan Swiggum records near fall points against his Cuba City opponent before pinning him.

Tyler Smock locks up a near side cradle against his Belmont/Platteville opponent. Smock would use this to get the pin.

 

Four Blackhawk wrestlers advance to sectional

On Saturday, Feb. 13, the Blackhawk wrestling team traveled to River Valley for the WIAA D2 Regional. This is the start of the tournament series on the road to State. The top two individuals at each weight advance to the Sectional. As a team, Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben finished third with 168 points behind Regional Champion River Valley and runner up Mount Horeb. 

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Stump Dodger Trail

 

Kickapoo Stump Dodger 

Trail continues to make strides

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Kickapoo Stump Dodger Trail Project continues to move along, gaining traction one step at a time. 

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Dale C. Duha

 

Dale C. Duha, 83, of Eastman passed away on Feb. 13, at the Prairie Maison nursing home. 

He was born on May 2, 1932 the son of Edward and Helen (Zlabek) Duha in Seneca. He graduated from Seneca High School in 1950. Dale served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan following WWII. He was proud of his conversion to Catholicism while in Japan. He farmed his entire life near Eastman in Seneca Township. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Council of the Knights of Columbus and his favorite Saint was St. Francis of Assisi.

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Mary J. Wilkinson

 

Mary J. Wilkinson, 78, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, Feb. 11, at her home in Prairie du Chien. 

Mary Janet, the daughter of Edgar and Lazora (Kies) Moore, was born Dec. 6, 1937. Mary was raised on a farm near Mt. Hope, with her parents, her sister, Ardell Dressler, two special uncles, and a special aunt. She attended the Brunson Country School and graduated at thirteen years of age with one classmate. From there she attended Patch Grove High School, graduating in 1954. Mary then graduated from the Milwaukee Business Institute. She worked part time for Attorney Melvin Bonns of Bloomington.

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