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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.  

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Regulations could affect jobs, housing for people with disabilities

Proposed federal restrictions to the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services program could stop funding for group homes, day programs and work programs for people with disabilities across the state. Locally, this could restrict jobs and housing for people utilizing the Opportunity Center and Lori Knapp Companies in Prairie du Chien.

But there is a plan to stop these regulations from becoming law. A national grassroots action campaign, sponsored in Wisconsin by RFW (Rehabilitation for Wisconsin) in Action, is underway to stop these proposed regulations. In Prairie du Chien, a letter writing event has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sharing Spaces Kitchen, behind the Opportunity Center.

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Michael Stonum

 

Michael D. Stonum, 62, of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, Oct. 5. A private service will be held at a later date. The Garrity Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

 
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Michael Stonum

 

Michael D. Stonum, 62, of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, Oct. 5. A private service will be held at a later date. The Garrity Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

 
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Shirley Winslow

 

Shirley A. “Squirrel” Winslow, 54, of Eastman passed away Friday, Oct. 4, at her home following a courageous battle with cancer. 

She was born Sept. 28, 1959 in Belvidere, Ill. the daughter of Lawrence and Margaret (Carter) Taylor. She married Earl Winslow on May 21, 1990, in Cherry Valley, Ill. She worked as the court clerk for Winnebago County, Ill. After moving to the Eastman area she cooked at Hubbard’s Float in Lynxville and most recently worked at The Title Company and the Black Angus in Prairie du Chien. She loved collecting squirrels of all shapes and sizes and enjoyed feeding the furry visitors in her yard. 

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