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Tue
15
Oct

Whites generously give to health center


Sally White is joined by Fred Huebsch (left), foundation board president, and Tom Farrell, capital campaign co-chair.

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital Foundation received a gift in the amount of $10,000 from Sally White, and her late husband, Tom. This contribution will be used to help build the new state-of-the-art health center for the people of southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa.

Fred Huebsch, foundation board president, noted the significance of this donation: “The Whites have been long-time community supporters. This donation to the hospital’s foundation continues the Whites’ legacy of generosity to worthy causes. We’re honored to have their support and to be able to see their names on the Donor Wall in the new health center for decades to come.”

Tue
15
Oct

Fire Prevention Week presentations


During Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6-12, B.A. Kennedy students enjoyed a presentation by the Prairie du Chien Fire Department. In one portion of the show, they learned not to be afraid of the “friendly firefighters.” Pictured with her classmates is kindergartener Bobbi Finney greeting firefighters Ben Pintz (left) and Tim Deluhery Jr. (Photos by Correne Martin)

During Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6-12, B.A. Kennedy students enjoyed a presentation by the Prairie du Chien Fire Department. In one portion of the show, they learned not to be afraid of the “friendly firefighters.” Pictured with her classmates is kindergartener Bobbi Finney greeting firefighters Ben Pintz (left) and Tim Deluhery Jr.  (Photos by Correne Martin)The Prairie du Chien Fire Department presented its annual Fire Prevention Week show to students at B.A. Kennedy (kindergarten pictured), Bluff View Intermediate School and St. Gabriel’s School last Thursday. The fun and interactive performances carried a theme of “Prevent Kitchen Fires” and included information about “Stop, Drop and Roll,” calling 911 in an emergency, staying away from a hot stove, not playing with a stove, and being prepared for exit drills in the home. Pictured, three clowns led the show (from left) “Fireball”-Matt Stubbe, “Firepit”-Farshaun Ardestani and “Firecracker”-Mike Anthony.

Tue
15
Oct

Haydn Street railroad crossing will likely close

By Correne Martin

The Haydn Street railroad crossing in Prairie du Chien will likely close no later than Jan. 15, 2014. The Office of the Commissioner of Railroads handed down this proposed order last Wednesday, Oct. 9, five and a half months after public hearings were held on the matter. There is a 15-day window for written comments to be filed with the railroad commissioner before a final ruling is issued.

“I am disappointed with the decision, which seems to fly in the face of the public opinion of residents, business owners and the common council,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “I am also disappointed in the hearing examiner’s decision to recommend closure come before the Marquette Road project is complete.

Mon
14
Oct

Highland over River Ridge

Afternoon game in Bloomington
Zach Ertz easily gets past an arm tackle attempt by the Highland defender.
Afternoon game in Bloomington
River Ridge’s Zach Ertz hauls in an over-the-shoulder catch and races to the end zone for an 80-yard touchdown against visiting Highland Friday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)
Afternoon game in Bloomington
Kirk Martin passes into the flat against Highland.

 

Highland 

over River Ridge

Highland defeated host River Ridge 49-18 in Six Rivers football action Friday afternoon in Bloomington. 

The game was held at 4 p.m. due to the referees having a scheduling conflict. 

Highland scored 24 points in the opening quarter on a 47-yard run, a 1-yard run and a 25-yard run, all followed by 2-point conversion runs. 

Wed
09
Oct

October means Halls of Terror in Prairie du Chien

This year’s Halls of Terror in Prairie du Chien is Oct. 12, 18-19, 25-26 and 31. Scream Xtreme and Q94 will present the annual haunted house from 7-10 p.m. each night at the cedar building on the corner of West Blackhawk Avenue and 2nd Street on St. Feriole Island. There is a covered waiting area.

Wed
09
Oct

Man gets ear cut in altercation

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified of an altercation between two men and a knife was involved.

 
The incident occurred in the 1000 block of South Wacouta Avenue.  

Officers were advised that two men were verbally fighting and it became physical when the suspect cut the victim in the ear with a knife.

As a result of the investigation Troy L. Griffin, 54, Prairie du Chien, was arrested for alleged aggravated battery and was booked into the Crawford County Jail.  

The investigation is currently at the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Wed
09
Oct

Stuckeys’ proud family tradition was making cheese


Mary Stuckey, who currently resides in Prairie du Chien, holds a picture of herself and her husband Jim, who was a cheesemaker at Star Valley Cheese Factory in rural Mt. Sterling for three decades. Mary recently reminisced about her days making cheese alongside her husband. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Fifty-seven years ago—when life was more leisurely, farmers hauled canned milk down the winding rural roads and cheese making began at 5 a.m. every day—Jim and Mary Stuckey started running the Star Valley Cheese Factory, at the intersection of County Roads B and C in between Gays Mills and Mt. Sterling.

Sixty-seven patrons hauled or sent 34,000 pounds of milk per day during the flush of the milking season, and mostly cheddar barrels and cheese curds as well as some blocks of butter were the resulting products.

Today, fewer cheese factories dot Wisconsin’s landscape. Even Star Valley fell victim to the vast technological and economic changes and lower co-op volumes over the years.

Wed
09
Oct

New hospital springing up

The new hospital in Prairie du Chien has started to spring up since the ground breaking ceremony on June 10. The general contractor for the new hospital is Market & Johnson, which has offices in Eau Claire and La Crosse. The architect is BWBR Architects, which has offices in St. Paul, Minn. and Madison, Wis. The hospital is projected to cost $50 million. According to Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital Chief Financial Officer Dave Breitbach, in the long term, the United States Department of Agriculture has committed a $32.4 million direct loan for the new hospital. Peoples State Bank of Prairie du Chien, acting as lead bank in a syndicate of community banks, has committed $7.6 million in bank qualified, tax exempt bonds. Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital has committed $10 million. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Wed
09
Oct

Cross country walker grabs R&R in the area


Stacie Eichinger is doing a “Walk 4 Courage” across the country—from Washington to Georgia—for the organization Beads of Courage. After a few days of rest and relaxation in Marquette, she made her way along the Highway 18 bypass in Prairie du Chien Tuesday toward Madison and eventually Milwaukee. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Stacie Eichinger is doing a “Walk 4 Courage” across the country—from Washington to Georgia—for the organization Beads of Courage. Eichinger stopped at Eagles Landing Winery in Marquette on Oct. 7, one of her off days. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten

For six years Stacie Eichinger has been volunteering with the organization Beads of Courage, which provides arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, as well as their families and the health care providers who care for them. For every procedure a child in treatment receives, there is a very specific bead to go with it.

Three years ago that volunteerism turned into plans to walk across the country, an idea Eichinger, who is from Tucson, Ariz., had fostered since she read Peter Jenkins’ book “Walk across America” in high school.
Eichinger started her walk in Ocean Shores, Wash., on May 8. Her journey will continue through February, when it will end in Savannah, Ga.

Wed
09
Oct

Cross country walker grabs R&R in the area


Stacie Eichinger is doing a “Walk 4 Courage” across the country—from Washington to Georgia—for the organization Beads of Courage. After a few days of rest and relaxation in Marquette, she made her way along the Highway 18 bypass in Prairie du Chien Tuesday toward Madison and eventually Milwaukee. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Stacie Eichinger is doing a “Walk 4 Courage” across the country—from Washington to Georgia—for the organization Beads of Courage. Eichinger stopped at Eagles Landing Winery in Marquette on Oct. 7, one of her off days. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten

For six years Stacie Eichinger has been volunteering with the organization Beads of Courage, which provides arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, as well as their families and the health care providers who care for them. For every procedure a child in treatment receives, there is a very specific bead to go with it.

Three years ago that volunteerism turned into plans to walk across the country, an idea Eichinger, who is from Tucson, Ariz., had fostered since she read Peter Jenkins’ book “Walk across America” in high school.
Eichinger started her walk in Ocean Shores, Wash., on May 8. Her journey will continue through February, when it will end in Savannah, Ga.

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