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Wed
13
May

New greenhouses to offer locally-grown, off-season produce in Prairie du Chien


The footings for the two new greenhouses were placed Monday behind the existing greenhouse on the Opportunity Center/Sharing Spaces grounds in Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Ground was broken last week for the Opportunity Center’s newest project: two hydroponic greenhouses, in which tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, and possibly some other produce, will be grown out of season.

By Correne Martin

Locally-grown tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries will soon be available year-round at area food co-ops, thanks to two new greenhouses going up at the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien. These products will be grown by way of two different hydroponic systems inside the pair of greenhouses standing 30  by 100 feet each. The facilities are currently under construction—ground was broken last week—behind the center’s existing 22- by 75-foot greenhouse, which will remain in use for vegetables in season.

The new greenhouses are funded by numerous grants and donations as well as a small loan.

One of the main purposes of this project is to create additional duties for Opportunity Center clients, specifically jobs outside of the work center facility—as community-based employment is a high priority for them.

Wed
13
May

Seneca boys top Wauzeka-Steuben


Seneca’s Gavin Greene struck out 11 Wauzeka-Steuben batters Monday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca’s Tyler Zach dives back to first base on a pick-off attempt but Wauzeka-Steuben’s Brady Krachey has the ball waiting and tags Zach out.

 

Seneca tops Wauzeka-Steuben

Eric Konichek went 4x4 at the plate, helping the Indians to a 7-2 victory over Wauzeka-Steuben on Monday.

He tripled in the second inning and singled in the first, fourth, and sixth innings.

Gavin Greene kept contact to a minimum, striking out 11 Wauzeka-Steuben batters. Greene allowed two earned runs on five hits and five walks over seven innings.

Wed
13
May

Prairie du Chien School Board

 

Prairie du Chien School District 

to partner with other stakeholders 

regarding reuse of hospital building

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
11
May

Fidelity Bank & Trust opens in Prairie du Chien

By Correne Martin

Fidelity Bank & Trust, a family-owned institution historically focused on small-town markets, has expanded into Prairie du Chien. The new loan office opened at 100 North Marquette Road, in the Rickleff building, April 20.

Jamie Stram, a Prairie du Chien professional who has been in banking for over 15 years, is Fidelity’s vice-president and branch manager. Stram has experience in lending, deposits, management and compliance. She has a degree from UW-Platteville in business administration/finance. She currently serves on the Prairie du Chien Jaycees Board as treasurer, is president-elect for the Prairie du Chien Rotary Club, and is a Prairie du Chien Area Chamber ambassador.

Mon
11
May

Moret, Pattison are top 2 seniors at Prairie du Chien High School

The Prairie du Chien High School Class of 2015 has announced its top two seniors. Brooke Moret is valedictorian and Courtney Pattison salutatorian.

Brooke Moret is the daughter of Ken and Julie, of rural Prairie du Chien. She plans to attend UW-Whitewater this fall and major in biochemistry.

“I hope to one day work in health care; I just don’t know exactly what I want to do yet,” she said.

When she thinks about life after high school, Brooke said she’s really looking forward to meeting new people and experiencing new things. “I’m excited to see what the future has in store for me,” she said.
As valedictorian, Brooke earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.983. She was September student of the month this school year.

Mon
11
May

Plenty of activities for all ages in PdC this summer


Alice Kirschbaum, of Prairie du Chien, enjoyed one of the classic rock concerts last summer so much that she just couldn’t stay seated. Just like last summer, the Concerts on the River free music series of seven concerts is expected to draw large crowds to Lawler Park. For a full schedule of concerts, check out the PdC Parks and Rec activity guide.

Pool parties are a fun way for kids and adults alike to celebrate the heat of summer. Dress up for the specific theme and go soak in the sun. This year’s parties include a Luau Party on June 24, Christmas in July on July 8, Mardi Gras on July 29 and a Western Party on Aug. 12. All events are from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Wacouta Aquatic Park.

By Correne Martin

There are plenty of activities for kids and families to do in Prairie du Chien this spring and summer, that are free or low-cost, thanks to the city’s parks and recreation department. One of the first to begin will be swim lessons on June 15. Additional early programming includes youth tennis lessons, boys and girls baseball, T-ball and kickball, and junior golf. The summer flurry will conclude in August with Outdoor Adventure Day Camp, Every Day Heroes Pre-School Camp and the Puppy Paddle. Online registration begins May 13 for any of the summer rec programs. Go to http://pdc.recdesk.com/recdeskportal to sign up. Resident and non-resident fees apply for many of the lessons and camps.

Mon
11
May

Prairie du Chien baseball


The Blackhawks’ Brady Ulrich plays defense with a Hillmen runner at first base. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Brandon Check gets set to fire a pitch to the Platteville batter on a dark and overcast Thursday afternoon.

 

Blackhawks 

blank Hillmen

Prairie du Chien blanked visiting Platteville 10-0 in five innings on a drizzly afternoon Thursday in an SWC baseball game under a threatening sky and occasional thunder. 

The Blackhawks scored 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning, 3 in the second and 4 in the fifth en route to the victory. 

Mon
11
May

School battles budget cuts

 

Prairie du Chien School District battling budget cuts, discussing possible revenue limit referendum

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
11
May

Keith D. Kelly

 

Keith D. Kelly, 66, of Bloomington, died Thursday, May 7, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

Fri
08
May

Florence R. Olson

 

Florence R. Olson, 98, of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, May 5, at Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Dec. 12, 1916, near Gays Mills on her grandparents, David and Agnes Knoble’s farm. She was the daughter of Walter and Anna (Knoble) Frazier. 

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