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Register for Dec. 5 Wake Up Santa

Santa has been so busy planning for the upcoming holiday season that he has been caught napping on the job! Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter invites all children to Wake up Santa on Saturday, Dec. 5 in the community room of Prairie du Chien City Hall. Santa will be awakened promptly at 8:30 a.m. Kids are welcome to bring noisemakers to get the job done. Doors will open at 8 a.m. Children will wait quietly behind the closed doors of the community room until the countdown at 8:30. A pancake and sausage breakfast will follow and will be served until 10 a.m.

Admission includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast, a personalized visit with Santa, Santa games including Santa bingo, pin the nose on Rudolph and Santa says. Children can also “make and take” an ornament for their Christmas tree in Santa’s Workshop. New this year, Tristan the magician will entertain the children as they wait their turn to visit with Santa. Children 3 and under are free.

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LED lighting program to save city of Prairie du Chien money

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien started an exterior LED lighting program in 2013 with goals of becoming more energy efficient and saving money. These days, the program is about 95 percent complete, according to Co-Manager of Public Works Terry Meyer.  

“This fall, we did from Main Street west on Blackhawk Avenue, including Water Street, all of the (Highway 18) bypass and all of the city-owned lights on St. Feriole Island,” Meyer noted. “We have a couple parking lots to go yet and some small miscellaneous lights, like the ones in front of city hall, but that’s all we have left.”

LED bulbs draw less power, cost less per year in energy and maintenance, and last up to 50,000 hours, which is much longer than a typical incandescent, Meyer pointed out. The upfront cost of LEDs is higher, yet payback takes roughly three years, he said, and then the city begins saving money.

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Additional rooms at Bluff Haven Assisted Living near full already


The new great room at Bluff Haven Assisted Living includes a cathedral ceiling, two fireplaces and large flat-screen TVs for residents and visitors to enjoy. The entire addition put on this summer is 8,000 square feet and has 12 more private studio apartments, bringing the total to 18 rooms and 20 beds. Nearly all of these are full already too. (Photos by Correne Martin)

A hallway and entryway to an apartment in the addition are pictured.

Shown here is the wide open living space of a currently vacant apartment at Bluff Haven Assisted Living.

Residents can take a relaxing bath in the spa if they wish.

By Correne Martin

With an additional 8,000 square feet and 12 more private, assisted living studio apartments, Bluff Haven in Prairie du Chien now offers 18 rooms and 20 beds and nearly all of them are full. In April, when the addition was first announced, about 30 names were on the waiting list for a room. And it’s not expected to be long before that list grows again, according to Alesha Erdenberger, administrator of Bluff Haven Assisted Living and Community Health Services Corporation senior vice president of operations.

“It definitely filled a need,” Erdenberger said. “We would like to keep [occupancy] at 100 percent. We’ve only been open a couple weeks and we have just one single room and one double left to fill.”
Out of 39 residents, eight are men and 31 are women. The one double room already occupied houses a husband and wife.

For those adjusting to the transition of the new space, “it went much better than expected,” Erdenberger added.

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Samson Boylen

 

Samson Boylen, 14, of Waterville Iowa, died Sunday, Nov. 29, from complications with the treatment of leukemia.

Samson was the son of Scott and Kelli (Kaderly) Boylen. He was born Feb. 20, 2001.

He enjoyed reading, video games, fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed many sports, especially soccer. Samson was awesome with younger children, especially his cousin Mabel. He had a kind heart and a tender soul. Many appreciated his great sense of humor and quick wit.

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Scotty Joe Lessard

 

Scotty Joe Lessard, 51, of Prairie du Chien, died Monday, Nov. 16, at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien. 

Scott Joe was born on June 17, 1964 to Ronnie and Carol (Heins) Lessard in McGregor, Iowa. He graduated from Prairie High School. Scotty was united in marriage with Kathleen A. Keene on Nov. 15, 1997 at Faith Evangelical Church in Prairie du Chien. Scotty enjoyed fishing and hunting.

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Turkey Trot


Several participants begin the 3.1-mile run-walk.

Prairie du Chien’s Jack Mulrooney starts the annual Turkey Trot at Hoffman Hall Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26.
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New Reading Program

 

New reading 

program becoming popular at library

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Public Library is offering a relatively new family reading project for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. 

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Esther Kathryn Breuer

 

Esther Kathryn Breuer, 97, of Glen Haven, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster surrounded by her loving family. 

She was born Feb. 22, 1918, the daughter of Frank and Clementine (Herbers) Bohnenkamp. Esther attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Bloomington, graduating 8th grade, and came home to work on the family farm. She also spent her time cleaning homes and assisting families when new bundles of joy arrived.

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Anthony “Tony” F. Stankus

 

Anthony “Tony” F. Stankus, 78, of Soldiers Grove passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. 

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June Rose Burns [nee Huecker]

 

June Rose Burns [nee Huecker], 92, of Dodgeville, formerly of Platteville, died on Thursday, Nov. 19. 

She was born on Nov. 12, 1923 in Mt. Prospect, Ill., to Richard and Amanda (Linnemann) Huecker. June graduated from Arlington Heights Township High School, Ill. in 1941. She married James J. Burns (Jim) on Feb. 17, 1945 in Brooklyn, N.Y., ten months before Jim was discharged from the Navy. They resided in Wheeling, Ill. where they had three children, Theresa, Alexis and Daniel. June worked as secretary for the University of Illinois Extension Office in Rolling Meadows, Ill. She was also a 4-H leader.

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