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Thu
12
Sep

Museum pillar adoption a success


Architectural Restorations has been contracted by the Prairie du Chien Historical Society to restore the pillars that hold up the Fort Crawford Museums military hospital veranda. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

All 26 wooden pillars holding up the Fort Crawford Military Hospital veranda have been adopted by generous Prairie du Chien area community members, so they can be restored and continue to support the museum. The project got underway Monday. 

Circa 1940s, the white-painted pine columns were in deteriorating shape and in need of repair or replacement in order to hold up the fort for the future, said Mary Antoine, Prairie du Chien Historical Society president. Total replacement was cost prohibitive, so the museum reached out to the public with the idea of simply repairing them and received a swift response. 

Thu
12
Sep

Adults have plenty to do at Hoffman Hall this fall and winter

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series about upcoming recreational offerings in Prairie du Chien. 

By Correne Martin

Adult fitness, aquatics and leisure activities are abundant through the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department over the winter season. 

More details about the programs, which are mainly held at Hoffman Hall, are available in the city’s fall/winter activity guide, available at the rec center or city hall. Register online at pdc.recdesk.com/community/program, or mail or drop off completed registration forms and fees to the city office. 

Wed
11
Sep

Baseball coach resigns, board talks superintendent position

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The resignation of Mark Pedretti as Prairie du Chien High School baseball coach was accepted at the Prairie du Chien School Board meeting Monday night. 

Wed
11
Sep

Settlement anticipated for hospital lawsuit

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There is an anticipated settlement of the lawsuit filed by Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center against the town of Bridgeport, Crawford County and eight other defendants because of the mediation hearing on the matter on Sept. 6 in Madison.

Wed
11
Sep

Holy Family Parish marks 50 years of its fall bazaar

The 50th annual Holy Family Parish Fall Bazaar is Sunday, Sept. 15, at St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. 

Enjoy a charcoal broiled chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Also, homemade chicken noodle soup and chicken salad and ham sandwiches will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. 

During the bazaar, entertainment includes raffles, games and refreshments. The raffle drawing at the evening meal is highlighted with a grand prize of $1,000. There will be a country store with produce, crafts and baked goods, a basket raffle and money cage, parcel post and paddle wheel. This will be fun for the whole family, as many more games and activities will fill up the day. 

Mon
09
Sep

Enthusiastic crowd enjoys K9 unit fundraiser


There was plenty of fun, food, family and friends at the K9 unit fundraising event outside of Jim’s Bar in Prairie du Chien Thursday evening. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

An event to raise funds for a new K-9 unit for the Prairie du Chien Police Department drew an enthusiastic crowd Thursday evening outside of Jim’s Bar of Prairie du Chien.

Mon
09
Sep

Stark’s Sport Shop to host 75th anniversary event


Randy, Deidre, Alex and Ron Stark are the third and fourth generations who run Stark’s Sport Shop today. Deidre is holding an old cream can, which was used to transport cream from the creamery to the sweet shop owned by Frank Stark in the late '30s/early '40s. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Frank Stark (left) and an unidentified man stand inside of the former Stark’s Sport Shop at 106 W. Blackhawk Ave. They are dressed in period attire to celebrate Villa Louis Days. Stark’s was at 106 W. Blackhawk Ave. from 1944 to 1955.

In 1954, Richard Stark, service manager of Stark’s Sport Shop, examines the new 5.5 horsepower outboard that won the National Noise Abatement Council’s Certificate of Merit for quiet operation. The photo was taken at the Waukegan, Ill. Johnson Motors factory, where Dick was specially trained in outboard mechanics.

This is the view from inside the store in 1957 at its current location.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On Sept. 14, Stark’s Sport Shop of Prairie du Chien will be hosting its 75th Anniversary Celebration from noon until 4 p.m. with several fun activities for the whole family.

Thu
05
Sep

Pedestrian struck while walking along train tracks

A pedestrian walking along the railroad tracks in Prairie du Chien was struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train Wednesday evening, Sept. 4, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At about 5:50 p.m., the police department was notified of the accident, which happened near the Parrish Street railroad crossing.

The victim, a 23-year-old Prairie du Chien resident, told officers he was walking along the tracks with headphones in and did not hear the train approaching him. As the train passed, the pedestrian’s right arm was struck, causing damage to his arm.

Wed
04
Sep

W-S announces new interim superintendent

The Wauzeka-Steuben School Board has announced its selection of an interim superintendent, David Alexander, who will assume duties from current interim, Gary Albrecht. Alexander's contract will be approved at the Sept. 16 board meeting. 

Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from UW-La Crosse, and a Master of Science in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. Prior to his retirement in June of 2019, Alexander worked 24 years in the Yorkville (Wisconsin) School District, including 18 as superintendent. 

Alexander will work approximately 15 days during a transition period from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, and then assume all duties beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

Wed
04
Sep

New staff members start new school year


The Prairie du Chien Area School District has welcomed several new staff members for the 2019-20 school year. Pictured (front row, from left) are Elbert Hale (alternative education teaching assistant), Amy Pham (K-4 general music, 6-8 choral music), Thomas Cavanaugh (sixth grade math), Chelsea Crossin (Bluff View teaching assistant) and Devyn Marazes (high school administrative assistant); (back row) Brek Schneider (alternate education teacher), Brooke Moret (9-12 math), Lindsey Ariss (5-12 Spanish) and Jessica Pedretti (fourth grade). (Submitted photo)

River Ridge is pleased to welcome the following new employees to the district (from left) Janell Meier (special education assistant), Brad Lange (middle school/high school social studies), Olivia Skemp (third grade), Bill Hannah (elementary principal), Jessica Hosey (high school science), Mick White (finance assistant), Billie Jo Hyer (special education assistant), Tricia Petrowitz (special education), Megan Copsey (EC/4K) and Chris Mayne (custodian).

The Seneca Area School District welcomes six new staff members for the academic year. Pictured (from left) are Michaela Chambers (interventionist), Madalyn Welsh (fifth grade teacher), Nissa Johnsrud-Klema (kitchen support staff) and Phillip Davies (music teacher). Not pictured are Richard Krikchoff (bus driver) and Louis Prew (bus driver). (Photo by Peyton Meisner)

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