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Wed
05
Aug

‘Making it in manufacturing’ with SWTC’s Gold Collar 2.0 program


Business partner representatives, educators and students smiled with pride after the students recieved their graduation hardwear. Pictured above are (front, left) Keegan Ebrling, Ryan Friedrich, Jeremy Gobin, Braden Reames, Walker Rowcliffe, (back) Tom Harris, Dr. Jason Wood, Kim Graf, Andy Banasik, Shelly Gruber and Craig Woodhouse. (Photo by Addison Mumm)

By Addison Mumm

Five Prairie du Chien High School students participated in Southwest Technical College’s three-week Gold Collar 2.0 project this summer.

The Gold Collar 2.0 project is a spin-off of the original Gold Collar Certificate program for adults. The adult program, offered in Prairie du Chien and Richland Center, helps unemployed persons find a new career path in manufacturing and gives them the proper training and education for entry-level positions.

“It’s progression education,” said Dean of Industry, Trades and Agriculture Dr. Derek Dachelet. “Once you get into the entry-level positions, there is all the potential to move up, but you need to start somewhere. We can help you get there.”

Starting in January 2013, the Gold Collar Certificate program was introduced to adults wanting to enroll. As of this summer, there is now an option for high school students to get their foot in the door of the manufacturing work field.

Wed
05
Aug

City Council discusses drones

By Caitlin Bittner

At the Prairie du Chien City Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 4, the council discussed an ordinance regarding the illegal use of drones within the city.

“We decided to address this because drones have been in the news recently,” said city administrator Aaron Kramer. “There is, because of the city airport, a 5-mile no-fly zone in the city.”

The no-fly zone is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for safety purposes. If residents do have a drone, they are required to notify the FAA via the Prairie du Chien Airport prior to flying it and receive permission.

Those with permission would not be ticketed unless they are violating the law and interrupting others’ privacy. At that point, the Prairie du Chien Police Department would get involved and ticket the offender. In more serious cases, the offense would be turned over to the FAA.

Wed
05
Aug

Ritter takes on role as city's first municipal attorney


Chelsey Ritter, of Prairie du Chien, is Prairie du Chien’s first municipal attorney. Her first day in court will be Friday, Aug. 7. (Photo submitted)

By Caitlin Bittner

Recently, Prairie du Chien’s veteran city attorney Tom Peterson decided that it was time for him to step down. Because his boots were too big for one person to fill, the city of Prairie du Chien decided to hire Lara Czajkowski Higgins to take over the position of city attorney, and create the title of municipal attorney for Chelsey Ritter.

Ritter, a 2006 graduate of Prairie du Chien High School, attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She graduated in 2010, with a bachelor of science in social work. Afterward, she went to Marquette University Law School, graduating in May of 2014.

As a native of Prairie du Chien, Ritter decided that she wanted to return to her roots. “I’ve lived in Prairie my whole life. It’s exciting to come back,” said Ritter.

Wed
05
Aug

St. Mary’s School visits China


Some of the Chinese and American kids stood tall at the Huluyu Walnut Agra-tourist site.

At the trip to Xi’an, the Shijazhuang Middle School students and teachers smiled with their peace signs with the St. Mary’s students.

Can’t visit China without seeing the famous Great Wall. Pictured, from left, at the great landmark is the whole group: Laura Tolle, Anna Tolle, Mel Mergen, Margie Duwe, Julie Zenz, Katelyn Zenz and Carolyn Tolle. (Submitted photos)

By Julie Zenz

Over the summer, members of St. Mary’s School in Bloomington traveled to China as part of a school exchange with Shijiazhuang Middle School Number 40. Their trip started July 5 and ended July 19. The goal of this program is to create unique friendships and positive connections with others, and to bring a worldly experience to students in a positive setting.

Laura Tolle and her daughters Anna and Carolyn, Margie Duwe, Katelyn Zenz, Mel Mergen and Julie Zenz lived with families and traveled with students in China as the first group from St. Mary’s School to visit China.
“We just went with whatever was put in front of us,” said St. Mary’s School Principal Julie Zenz.

“It can be intimidating to place yourself in the hands of people you barely know, with little or no ability to speak the language, and remain open to unfamiliar food, a city of more than 10 million people and communicate using 14-year-old interpreters.”

Wed
05
Aug

Navy veteran to swim Mississippi


Chris Ring takes a break during his swim down the length of the Mississippi River. (Photo courtesy of legaciesalive.com)

Prairie du Chien Fire Department to help Navy veteran swim the length of Mississippi River

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
05
Aug

Orlyn David Chunat

 

Orlyn David Chunat, 91, of Prairie du Chien, died Friday, July 31, at Prairie Maison, Prairie du Chien. 

Orlyn David Chunat was born on Dec. 26, 1923 to George and Lydia (Kuchenbecker) Chunat. He graduated from Wauzeka High School in 1942 and joined the United States Air Force. Orlyn was co-pilot on a B17 named the Lady Alta and was part of the 303rd Bomb Group, 8th U.S. Air Force. On their twenty-first mission, the plane was shot down over Germany. Orlyn was wounded, taken prisoner and considered MIA. He was a POW for approximately five months before the POW camp was liberated by Patton’s 3rd Army.  Orlyn was awarded the Purple Heart.

Tue
04
Aug

Annual Blues Fest brings in a groovy crowd


It's all about that bass: Kerry Clark, the bass guitarist for Larry McCray’s band, was an animated entertainer on the main stage Friday night at the 18th annual Prairie Dog Blues Festival on St. Feriole Island. Thousands of fest-goers from all over the country enjoyed the global talent and the beautiful weather over the weekend in Prairie du Chien.

Fun from the land down under: Owen Campbell, an Australian musician, and his band graced the beer tent stage all evening Friday at the Prairie Dog Blues Fest. Campbell, a former Australia's Got Talent contestant, played a mean slide guitar for a rousing crowd. (Photos by Correne Martin)
Tue
04
Aug

PdC International Club visits homelands of Big Ben, romance and pasta


Janet Key, Ellen Antoniewicz and Tammy Antoniewicz are picture perfect in front of the famous Eiffel Tower.

Some students posed in front of the Roman Forum: (front, left) Nick Adamany, Ethan Kilbey, Jamie Kozelka, Jacqueline LaHaie and Maria Skemp; (back) Gunnar Kravchuk, Lindsey Ohlert, Erin Morvits and Ellen Antoniewicz. (Submitted photos)

By Addison Mumm and Tammy Antoniewicz

The Prairie du Chien High School International Club had the experience of a lifetime this summer traveling to some of Europe’s main capitals: London, Paris and Rome. The nine-day trip started out with an eight-hour flight from Chicago O’Hare airport to London, where the students hit the ground running.

They met up with their tour guide, Richard, who had over 25 years of experience as a guide.

The students saw Trafalgar Square; Buckingham Palace, where they witnessed the changing of the guard; Kensington Palace, where Prince William and Kate reside; Big Ben; the Houses of Parliament; and Windsor Castle. While in London the students were able to dine on the popular fish and chips­­—the American equivalent is fish and french fries.

“My favorite memory was the opportunity to try a variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts from different areas of Europe,” said Gunnar Kravchuk.

Tue
04
Aug

Relay for Life raises $46,000 to help kick cancer with hope

  

Tue
04
Aug

Local man charged with fifth OWI

A 41-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated - fifth offense.

Robert L. Whetzal faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Whetzal was stopped for speeding in the city of Prairie du Chien and then placed under arrest for OWI.

Whetzal was previously convicted of OWI four times, according to the complaint.

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