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Mon
22
Jun

History made in Crossing Rivers births


Lillian Jasmine Beall was the last baby born at the old Crossing Rivers Health, on June 10, at 8:32 a.m. Holding her is proud mother Roseann Beall, of Prairie du Chien, with (from left) Chris Schroeder, RN, OB director; and Cheri Berntgen, RN. Lillian’s family includes sister, Angelina (left); sister, Chavon; and brother, Anthony. Older brothers, Victor and Ricky, were not available for the photo.

Casen Richard Johnson was born to Serita and Rob Johnson, of rural Wauzeka, at the new Crossing Rivers Health five days after it opened June 11. The happy family also includes big brother Chanse. Pictured with them are (from left) Rachael George, RN; Julia Nelson, RN, chief quality officer; Ellen Zwirlein, RN, chief nursing officer; and Chris Schroeder, RN, OB director. The delivering physician was Dr. Sara Mees, of Gundersen Clinic-Prairie du Chien.

Two area families experienced historic births at Crossing Rivers Health in the days surrounding the hospital’s big move from its former facility on Taylor Street to its new location, which opened to patients on June 11, along Highway 18.

Just one day before Crossing Rivers Health moved into the new medical center, Lillian Jasmine Beall made history by arriving at 8:32 a.m. on June 10. The baby girl is the daughter of Roseann Beall, of Prairie du Chien. The delivering physician was Dr. Chris Mees, of Gundersen Clinic-Prairie du Chien.

Casen Richard Johnson was the first baby born at the new Crossing Rivers Health, just five days after the state-of-the-art facility opened. The baby boy is the son of Serita and Rob Johnson, of rural Wauzeka.

Mon
22
Jun

Play ball!


Coach Drew Scott meets with some of the instructional league players before a catching drill. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

Adam covers first base and fields a grounder with a smile on his face. (Photo by Addison Mumm)

Cael Koenig waits for the ball at second. (Photo by Addison Mumm)

The instructional baseball league, for ages 7 to 9, drew many enthusiastic players, one of which is 7-year-old Wesley Corlett from Farmersburg, Iowa. (Photo by Addison Mumm)

Zac (left) observes as Dawson uses the throwing techniques they’ve been practicing to get the ball to first. (Photo by Addison Mumm)
Mon
22
Jun

Area teams face off in little league softball


Wauzeka Coach Bree Groom (left) makes sure that her player gets down before Prairie du Chien’s third baseman Mackenzie Knapp gets the ball to tag her out. Other coaches for Wauzeka’s team include Kirk Beers and Jason Hurda.

In a fifth and sixth grade little league softball game on Wednesday night, Prairie du Chien’s Gundersen team faced off against Wauzeka. Gundersen’s team is coached by Scott Kennedy, Jason Knapp, Keith Hill, Matt Keene and April Krahn. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

Gundersen’s third base player Mackenzie Knapp jumps to snag the ball at the top of the third.

Prairie du Chien’s pitcher Allison Kennedy winds up to throw for the waiting Wauzeka player.

Wauzeka’s pitcher Riley Groom fires the ball to first base, helping to seal the 0-1 win for Wauzeka.
Mon
22
Jun

Five receive all-conference honors for Prairie du Chien softball


Five Prairie du Chien softball players earned all-conference for the 2015 season. Pictured from left are Jacqueline LaHaie (1st team all-conference outfield along with the team most improved award), Kelsey Achenbach (1st team all-conference infield along with the team MVP award. Achenbach also received 1st team all-district, being the first softball player ever from Prairie to do so), Laura DuCharme (honorable mention all-conference infield), Lauren Nicholson (1st team all-conference pitcher) and Kelly Check (1st team all-conference infield along with the team most improved award).
Thu
18
Jun

Father William “Bill” S.J. Sullivan

 

Father William “Bill” S.J. Sullivan, 84, left to be with our Lord on June 16, 2015.

Father Bill was born Dec. 20, 1930 to Arlie and Bessie Sullivan. He graduated from Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, and was later named the first recipient of an annual distinguished Alumni award.

Wed
17
Jun

Prairie du Chien council indecisive on new city attorney

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council was unable to decide upon its next city attorney following closed session discussion Tuesday night. Three separate motions were made naming three different individuals who could replace the retiring Tom Peterson, but each motion failed, resulting in the council postponing the hiring decision until its July 7 regular meeting.

Wed
17
Jun

New True Value progressing

Construction is coming right along on the new Nelson True Value hardware store in Prairie du Chien, across North Marquette Road from Radio Shack. Friede & Associates, of Reedsburg, is the general contractor. Underground work is nearing completion and concrete floors will be poured next week, according to Roger A. Mortensen, Friede project manager. The community will soon see the drives and parking taking shape as well. Completion is still anticipated for October. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp and Caitlin Bittner)

Wed
17
Jun

Walgreens settles lawsuit involving prerecorded calls for prescriptions

A class action lawsuit against Walgreens (Kolinek v. Walgreen Co., Case No. 12-cv-04806, in Northern District of Illinois) has reached a settlement. According to a mailer received by a Prairie du Chien area resident, the lawsuit alleges that Walgreens made prerecorded calls to the cell phones of certain pharmacy customers, without their consent, to remind them when their prescriptions were due for refill. Walgreens denies any wrongdoing and maintains that prerecorded prescription calls are medical alerts that its customers want and are made with their consent. The settlement doesn’t establish who is correct, but rather is a compromise to end the lawsuit.

Wed
17
Jun

Experience fishing and canoeing adventures locally this summer


The number of fishing, canoeing, kayaking and other activities at the new Outdoor Recreation Center at Prairie du Chien’s Washington Street Park are endless. Individuals and families with children are encouraged to participate in the scheduled events offered to beginners interested in checking out such adventures for free or low-cost. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Living along the Mississippi River, you might think everyone in the community takes advantage of leisurely activities such as fishing and canoeing. But that’s not necessarily the case. Some residents spend hours upon hours on the river each summer, while others might take the river for granted and only view it from a nearby park on occasion.

The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department is trying to change that and get more people, especially families with children, involved with the adventures of fishing and canoeing. A number of free or low-cost programs are available this summer, all of which take place at the new Outdoor Recreation Center at Washington Street Park. And each of the programs is led by a local, volunteer expert who takes joy in passing along his knowledge.

Wed
17
Jun

Experience fishing and canoeing adventures locally this summer


The number of fishing, canoeing, kayaking and other activities at the new Outdoor Recreation Center at Prairie du Chien’s Washington Street Park are endless. Individuals and families with children are encouraged to participate in the scheduled events offered to beginners interested in checking out such adventures for free or low-cost. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Living along the Mississippi River, you might think everyone in the community takes advantage of leisurely activities such as fishing and canoeing. But that’s not necessarily the case. Some residents spend hours upon hours on the river each summer, while others might take the river for granted and only view it from a nearby park on occasion.

The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department is trying to change that and get more people, especially families with children, involved with the adventures of fishing and canoeing. A number of free or low-cost programs are available this summer, all of which take place at the new Outdoor Recreation Center at Washington Street Park. And each of the programs is led by a local, volunteer expert who takes joy in passing along his knowledge.

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