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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.

Wed
09
Oct

Susan Waller

 

Susan K. Waller, 60, of Vallejo and formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, following a courageous battle with cancer. 

She was born Jan. 1, 1953 in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Robert and Irene (Schmitz) Waller. Sue worked for Citi Bank in their community reinvestment division for over 25 years. She was proud to help moderate to low income people in the San Francisco Bay area realize their dreams. She was an avid sports fan.

Mon
07
Oct

Prairie du Chien woman wins Paula J. Tower Award

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Coleen Skaife of Prairie du Chien is this year’s recipient of the Paula J. Tower Memorial Award. Coleen (right) is pictured with Paula Tower’s children, Kate and Jeff, who presented the award. (Submitted photo)

Every year the Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care in La Crosse, which is supported by Gundersen Medical Foundation, honors someone with the Paula J. Tower Memorial Award. This award is given to one individual in the Coulee Region in recognition of their efforts to advance the message of hope for a future without breast cancer.

 At this year’s Steppin’ Out in Pink event, Coleen Skaife of Prairie du Chien received the award.

Coleen is a breast cancer survivor. “Coleen holds nothing back when talking about breast cancer. By talking openly and honestly to the community about her cancer experience she hopes to encourage women to have yearly mammograms,” explains Debbie Siedel, who nominated Coleen for the award.

 Coleen has been the honorary chair for Relay for Life and a guest speaker at the 100 + Women United event that was held to promote women’s health and wellness in Prairie du Chien.  

Mon
07
Oct

‘Governor Lucey Highway’ dedicated along Hwy. 35 from PdC to Ferryville


Sen. Jennifer Shilling (left) and Rep. Lee Nerison (right) pose with Gov. Patrick Lucey in front of the Patrick J. Lucey Historical Society marker in Ferryville.

Surrounded by a crowd of about 30 local officials and his family, Gov. Patrick Lucey is shown listening to an address at the Prairie du Chien Tourism Center on Oct. 2.

Sherry Quamme, Ferryville Tourism Council treasurer, addressed the crowd that gathered in Prairie du Chien prior to a motorcade from the city to Gov. Lucey's hometown of Ferryville.

Senator Jennifer Shilling spoke about Gov. Lucey's legacy, which included growing up in Ferryville and attending Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien. He traveled the stretch of Highway 35 now named the "Governor Patrick Lucey Highway" many times in his years growing up in southwest Wisconsin.

The 95-year old Gov. Lucey served with distinction as the 38th Governor of Wisconsin from 1971 to 1977 and later as the United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1977 to 1979. His best known accomplishments in office include the formation of the University of Wisconsin System, an overhaul of the state shared tax formula, the strengthening of ethics laws, mental health treatment reforms, and progressive land conservation initiatives.

Gov. Lucey's son David told the crowd that his father had been asking him to bring him back to southwest Wisconsin, a beautiful region he loved so much.

Dozens of community members, elected officials, family and friends joined together on Wednesday, Oct. 2 to help celebrate the unveiling of the “Governor Patrick Lucey Highway” along the scenic Great River Road. The commemorative roadway extends along State Highway 35 in Crawford County from the village of Ferryville to the city of Prairie du Chien.

Patrick J. Lucey was born in La Crosse, grew up in the village of Ferryville, and graduated from Campion High School in Prairie du Chien. He served with distinction as the 38th Governor of Wisconsin from 1971 to 1977 and later as the United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1977 to 1979. His best known accomplishments in office include the formation of the University of Wisconsin System, an overhaul of the state shared tax formula, the strengthening of ethics laws, mental health treatment reforms, and progressive land conservation initiatives.

Mon
07
Oct

City park sign stolen

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This is what the Michigan Street Park sign that was stolen would look like. (Photo submitted)

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded to a theft at the Michigan Street Park.  

It was reported by city employees that someone had stolen the sign for the park that was affixed to posts. If anyone has information on this sign please call the Police Department or Crawford County Crimestoppers.  
The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or 1-866-779-PAYS.

Anyone calling either of these numbers with a Crime Stoppers tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for a tip which solves a crime with an arrest, charges being filed or recovery of stolen property.

Mon
07
Oct

PdC City-wide Cleanup next week

The 2013 City-wide Residential Fall Cleanup, sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Street Department, is scheduled to be held Oct. 14-16.

Cleanup will be Monday, Oct. 14 for those residents living north of Blackhawk Avenue. Tuesday, Oct. 15 will be for those living south of Blackhawk Avenue and east of Marquette Road. Wednesday, Oct. 16, will be for those living south of Blackhawk Avenue and west of Marquette Road.

Garbage picked up by the street department will include:

Appliances—Must have doors and locks removed.

Brush—Must be piled parallel to the curb or alley so it can be scooped up easily or it will not be picked up. Construction and remodeling material will not be picked up. It must be put in a dumpster.

* Appliances, metal recyclables, brush, glass and trash must be kept separate.

* Appliances and brush must be curbside in front or in alley to rear of residence.

Mon
07
Oct

Locks and dams operating as normal, waterfowl seasons continue though federal properties are closed

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On the first day of the shutdown, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put up this small barrier and posting at the entrance to the Sturgeon Slough Hiking Trail between Prairie du Chien and Marquette. There are various barriers and postings in the Prairie du Chien, Marquette and McGregor area. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Ted Pennekamp

The locks and dams on the Mississippi River, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will remain open for the duration of the federal government shutdown because commercial river traffic and flood control are considered core functions.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District spokesman George Stringham said that both lock and dam and dredging operations to keep the channel clear will continue during the shutdown, as they have been deemed vital government services. The locks will also be open for recreational boaters.

An operator at Lock and Dam 9 said that the shutdown isn’t affecting the operation of the Lock and Dam whatsoever. All of the regular personnel are on the job and work is continuing as normal.

Lock and Dam 9 is located south of Lynxville, and 12 miles north of Prairie du Chien. It serves as a step in the Upper Mississippi River water stairway of 29 locks and dams.

Mon
07
Oct

Young and old display their wares at McGregor Fall Arts and Crafts Festival

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Ryan Halbur of Independence, Iowa, picks one of the glass dish flowers from his display garden at the Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, which was held in McGregor on Saturday and Sunday. When Halbur first began experimenting with the craft a few years ago, he used glue to hold the dishes together. However, now the dishes are held together with hardware in order to make them more weather resistant. (Photos by Audrey Posten)
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Austin Ruff, of Farmersburg, shows off some of the pumpkins he and his mom, Connie, had for sale at the McGregor Fall Arts and Crafts Festival. The festival featured a number of handcrafted and homegrown items.
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Jewlerymaker Vicki Bedeian, who is from Blue Grass, Iowa, demonstrates how she sizes her Viking knit bracelets at the Fall Arts and Crafts Festival. The festival, which was held in McGregor on Saturday and Sunday, marks the first of two weekends of crafting in McGregor. Next weekend, visitors can check out the Leaf Arts and Crafts Festival.

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