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Apr

Sale signs must be 15 feet from road’s edge


This garage sale sign on the corner of Dousman and Blackhawk is in compliance with the city’s sign placement regulations because it sits at least 15 feet away from the roadway and not between the sidewalk and the road. (File photo)

By Correne Martin

It’s garage sale season. But before the bargain-hunters come crowding your event, city officials would like sale holders to keep city sign ordinances in mind. It turns out that driving sale signs into the grassy boulevard between the road and the sidewalk is not permitted. Such signs aren’t allowed to be affixed onto telephone poles or street signs either.

Prairie du Chien Street Superintendent Dan Titlbach said the most common mistake those hosting the garage sale make is to put the signs too close to the road (in the boulevard), on a telephone pole, street sign, tree or parked car or truck.

That’s not legal, he pointed out. “We will take it down,” he said of the city staff.

Instead, ordinance dictates that signs must be placed at least 15 feet away from the edge of a road surface.

Signs must not be posted on city or a private homeowner’s or business’ property, without consent from the owner.

Mon
10
Apr

Dancing with the Cancer Kickin’ Hawkettes in its third year supporting cancer research

By Correne Martin

The third annual Dancing with the Cancer Kickin’ Hawkettes—a Great River Relay For Life fundraiser—will be held Wednesday, April 26, at the Dousman House in Prairie du Chien. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 5:30 and the dancing will begin at 6:30.

This year’s lineup includes community members Josh Smelzer, Jason Thiry, Pete Pazour, Josh Gerrity, Mike Moret, Dr. Matt Olson, Gary Wynos, Dr. John Kurt and Joe Morovits. These gentlemen will be paired with the following Prairie du Chien High School dance team members, respectively: Kina Myers, Katie Licht, Caitlin Nolan, Archi Patel, Lauren Kennedy, Morgan Kiesau, Paige Severson, Kara Katzung and Katie Zahara.

Mon
10
Apr

Prairie Girls Soccer


Sophie Miller (2) of Prairie du Chien battles for control against a La Crosse Central player.

Prairie’s Caitlin Pattison eyes the ball Friday afternoon against La Crosse Central. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Taylor Hendrickson of Prairie du Chien gets ready to pass the ball upfield.

Prairie du Chien’s Caitlin Nolan gets the ball and gets ready to advance.

 

La Crosse Central 

blanks Prairie girls

La Crosse Central blanked host Prairie du Chien 10-0 on the Bluff View pitch in nonconference girls soccer Friday afternoon.

The Lady Blackhawks are now 0-1 overall. 

Prairie du Chien will next travel to Galena, Ill. on April 11 for another nonconference match.

Wed
05
Apr

Senior Rec adds to offerings for PdC area aging population


Pat Collins (left) and Ron Leys engage in a friendly game of pool in the basement rec room of Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien. There, Senior Rec will be offered free Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9 to 11 a.m., to area community members, especially seniors, who wish to socialize and simply gather to relax and enjoy others’ company. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Ping pong, pool, foosball, cards, puzzles, games, newspapers and magazines, TV and Internet are just a few of the many possible activities seniors may enjoy while passing the time among friends at Senior Rec.

By Correne Martin and Preston Crowley-Lee

Being a senior citizen in Prairie du Chien just got better.

Hoffman Hall has introduced Senior Rec, a free opportunity for seniors 60 and older to gather at a common site and engage in socialization, relax and enjoy activities with other friends and acquaintances from area communities. They can have a cup of coffee, read the newspaper, maybe play a game of pool, browse the Internet and check emails, watch TV and perhaps even listen to a speaker or join a group class on occasion.

“We felt it was important we had not only an area to do things but also a set time where people were welcomed to engage with one another,” explained Ron Leys, a senior Hoffman Hall user from Prairie du Chien. “I swim here daily and I saw this nice space and thought we should make use of it.”

Wed
05
Apr

Good Friday Crosswalk tradition welcomes all to carry, reflect upon cross


The April 14 Crosswalk in Wauzeka welcomes people of all ages and faiths to carry the cross, reflect upon Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and proceed solemnly for a memorable moment on Good Friday. (Submitted photo)

Kristine Hanson (left) and Darlene Reichmann, parishioners of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Wauzeka, are among those who proudly advocate for the Crosswalk and the significance it can have for people of all faiths who choose to participate. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

To Christians, Good Friday is more than just another day off work or school. It’s a time to reflect upon Jesus Christ’s suffering at will and death by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for people’s sins. To give prominence to the Friday before Easter, the annual Crosswalk in Wauzeka will be Friday of Holy Week, April 14, promptly at 12:30 p.m. This is the 23rd year the solemn ritual will be observed in the community.

“The Crosswalk is a silent procession led by a lone drummer who is followed by a crowd of Christians carrying a large cross,” St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Pastor Lynn Schreck cited. “The walk is intended as a public witness of faith to awaken people to the true meaning of Good Friday.”

Wed
05
Apr

Evers earns most votes across county and state

Tony Evers has secured his third term as state school superintendent in Wisconsin, defeating Whitnall School District Superintendent Lowell Holtz. Statewide in Tuesday’s general election, Evers earned 70 percent of the vote. Crawford County voted along with the state’s constituents, casting 1,424 votes for Evers, or 78 percent, and just 394 for Lowell.

Locally, the non-contested election for at-large representatives on the Prairie du Chien Common Council saw incumbents Nate Gilberts and Edward Hayes-Hall voted back in, with 65 and 41 votes, respectively.

Also, a number of school board and township board seats were on Tuesday’s ballot.

Wed
05
Apr

Seneca announces top two graduates


Valedictorian Jena Konichek and Salutatorian Samantha Boland

The Seneca High School has recognized its valedictorian Jena Konichek and salutatorian Samantha Boland for the Class of 2017.

Valedictorian Jena Konicheck, the daughter of Doug and Susie Konichek, of Steuben, will attend Southwest Tech in Fennimore this fall for ag business. Being part of the FFA and National Honor Society at Seneca are activities she believes will be helpful for her in her future endeavors. Jena also pursued softball and basketball in high school and played volleyball through her junior year.

Over the last four years, Jena has appreciated every interaction with her teachers and classmates and the opportunities she’s had to be outgoing among her peers. She’s proud that she’s remained committed to her small school environment, which has helped her become a better person overall.

Wed
05
Apr

Home-cooked meals ‘Turnip the Beet’ at Wauzeka-Steuben


Wauzeka-Steuben Food Service Director Jannette Ward is proud of the top-notch quality meals and efforts provided to youth in the school district during the school year, as well as the summer. And, rightfully so, since the district was named a Turnip the Beet Gold Award recipient by the USDA. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Letters like the one above are the reason “lunch ladies” like those at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools love what they do.

By Correne Martin

The Wauzeka-Steuben School District has been recognized for its efforts to “Turnip the Beet.”

Its food service staff participated, for the first time last summer, in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Meal Program, serving free meals to anyone ages 0-18. And, just last week, administration was informed it had been validated by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service program as one of the nation’s first Turnip the Beet Gold Award winners.

“The (new) award program recognizes summer meal [providers] who have worked hard to serve nutritious and appealing meals during the summer months,” said Amy Kolano, DPI summer food service program coordinator. “Three Turnip the Beet award levels were available and nominations were evaluated based on a wide range of nutrition and meal quality criteria. Three in Wisconsin have earned awards in this first year (of the program).”

Wed
05
Apr

Cafe Hope Getting Ready


Mark and Andrea Oppermann display some of the tasty treats that will be available in the retail section and/or the restaurant section of Cafe Hope which should be open sometime this summer. Cafe Hope will feature homemade soups, salads, pizza, crepes, cakes, cupcakes, panini sandwiches and many other items with ingredients sourced from local producers, including the Sharing Spaces Kitchen and Greenhouse. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Sharing Spaces Kitchen and Greenhouse grows basil plants (above), along with tomatoes, peas, cucumbers and kale.

Here are four examples of the gourmet cupcakes that will be offered at Cafe Hope.

 

Café Hope to offer numerous delicious, homemade items

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Work is being done in the north half of the former Kozelka’s Men’s Wear building, and it is hoped that a new cafe along with an adult day care center will be open sometime this summer. 

Wed
05
Apr

Connie E. Hanson

 

Connie E. Hanson, 67, of Garnavillo, Iowa, passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Monday, April 3, 2017 following an extended illness. 

 

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