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First baby born at Crossing Rivers


Chaise Anderson and Rachel Mezera proudly show off their firstborn, Paisley Grace Anderson, the first baby born at Crossing Rivers Health in 2015—on Monday, Jan. 12, at 10:38 a.m. According to hospital records dating back to 1991, this is the latest in January that the New Year’s baby has been born. (Photos by Correne Martin)

One-day-old Paisley Grace was snuggled up in a cozy, pink blanket for her first photo shoot at Crossing Rivers Health Tuesday.

By Correne Martin

New Year’s baby watch 2015 at Crossing Rivers Health is officially over. A precious newborn girl, Paisley Grace Anderson, ended the wait when she arrived into this world on Monday, Jan. 12, at 10:28 a.m., weighing 7 pounds, 1.3 ounces, and measuring 18.8 inches long.

Mom Rachel Mezera and dad Chaise Anderson, who live in Patch Grove, are the new parents. Rachel is a Prairie du Chien High School graduate and Chaise a Wauzeka-Steuben High School graduate. Grandparents are Teresa and Dale Champion, of Prairie du Chien; Randy and Laurel Mezera, of La Crosse; Tammy and Steve Montalto, of Wauzeka; and Kraig Anderson, of Patch Grove.

“She’s been pretty good, either sleeping or feeding,” Rachel said, stroking the baby’s fine dark hair, about 27 hours after meeting her firstborn. “She likes her pacifier.”

Wed
14
Jan

Marquette Road reconstruction, from Mooney to La Pointe, set for 2017

By Correne Martin

Engineers presented the proposed 2017 Marquette Road project to a room of about 25 local citizens, mostly business owners, on Tuesday night at Prairie du Chien City Hall. The reconstruction will occur between La Pointe and Mooney Streets and consist of turning the existing four-lane undivided highway into a modified three-lane roadway with a two-way, left-turn lane and widened shoulders.

The project is provisionally scheduled to begin around April 2017 and last most of the construction season, likely through October. Plans are not yet finalized, and won’t be until August of 2016. Real estate acquisitions, which include four minor pieces of right-of-way, are the next phase for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. According to Heidi Schwarz, project engineer from Knight Engineers and Architects, of La Crosse, no businesses will close as a result of the acquisitions, though some signs may be moved.

Wed
14
Jan

Amundson

 

Overflow crowd at school 

board meeting, no action 

taken regarding principal

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
12
Jan

Principal disciplined

 

Principal placed 

on disciplinary leave

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
12
Jan

Principal placed on disciplinary leave

By Ted Pennekamp

Bluff View Intermediate School Principal Aaron Amundson has been placed on unpaid disciplinary leave for five days (Jan. 7-13) for using inappropriate language while addressing a group of students who were getting ready for a merit party on Dec. 23, 2014. Amundson will have no contact with any students or be on school grounds during the leave.

Shortly after the Dec. 23 incident, two complaints were filed by parents with the school district stating that Amundson called some students idiots and also used the word “kill” while addressing students in anger because they weren’t listening to his instructions.

Mon
12
Jan

Comedic madness at "Fun" Raising Follies


Tom Nelson and Cindy Hertrampf fronted a musical number alongside the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages. This was just one of many highlights from the “Fun” Raising Follies event, in support of the local Mississippi River Sculpture Park, this past weekend. (Photos by Randy Paske)

The Extreme Synchronized Swim Team shared their talents with the Follies audience. They included (front row, from left) Pauline Clanton, Suzette Cunningham, Lori Beckum, Randi Kleusner; (back row) Mike Rider and Dave Hemmer.

Mike McCoy and Erin Sanders put on a charming performance as the beloved Sonny and Cher during the “Fun” Raising Follies for the Mississippi River Sculpture Park. Visit sculpturepark.org for more information.

“Gene, Gene the Dancing Machine,” Ken Stoeffler, bravely went solo on the Follies stage, shaking his money maker.

Baton Twirlers were Mary Novey, Randi Kluesner and Cathie Sutton.

Randy and Kathly Paske took advantage of a photo opp with the three Klement's Famous Racing Sausages who attended the Follies.

The National Brass group included Bob Meyer, Kurt Kuenzel, Doyce Huebsch, Jim Klosterboer and Steve McCorkindale.

Hosts Tom Nelson, Cindy Hertrampf and

The audience was full for each of the three performances.

Cathie Nelson presented the pot to the winner of Saturday night's 50/50 raffle.

Mayor Dave Hemmer tries to sneak out of a picture with the Klement's sausages.
Mon
12
Jan

PdC Historical Society gains $7,000 in grants


This is one of three scenes painted on a 17-foot-long panel on one wall in the former music room at Wyalusing Academy. The title of the scene is “La Salle at the Mouth of the Mississippi 1682.” Water streaks can be seen on the right side of the painting as well as paint loss in the upper right corner.

The title of this scene is “Father Hennepin at the Falls of St. Anthony 1680,” painted by Sister Mary Gertrude (Ida Mary Klein) around 1910.

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Historical Society is the recipient of two grants, from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) and the Alliant Energy Foundation, totaling nearly $7,000. The NEH Project Assistance Grant for $5,999 will be used toward planning, supplies and staff training for the preservation of a photographic collection documenting community history. Alliant’s $1,000 community grant will assist in the conservation of several murals removed from the former Wyalusing Academy/St. Mary’s Academy in Prairie du Chien.

Included among the approximately 10,000 photographs in the historical society’s collection are images of the community’s schools, churches, homes, railroads, downtown street scenes and businesses; events such as floods, fires and parades; economic activities such as commercial fishing and clamming; and particular areas such as the Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Fort Crawford Hospital and Mississippi River.

Wed
07
Jan

Bluff View School principal placed on leave

By Ted Pennekamp and Correne Martin

 

Bluff View Intermediate School Principal Aaron Amundson has been placed on paid leave in the wake of complaints by parents to the Prairie du Chien School District alleging inappropriate behavior by Amundson.

Wed
07
Jan

Pickup truck goes into ditch

On Monday, Jan. 5 at 9:25 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a single vehicle accident on Highway 35, one mile north of Prairie du Chien.

Lance Mielke, 45, McGregor, was driving a 2004 Ford F350 pickup north on Highway 35.  His vehicle had gone onto the right shoulder. He steered left  then oversteered back right causing the pickup slide into the right ditch and come to rest on the passenger side.

Mielke was wearing his seat belt and escaped injury. His vehicle sustained moderate right side damage.

Wed
07
Jan

Woman injured in one-car crash on Highway 35

On Saturday, Jan. 2 at approximately 1:27 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle crash on Highway 35 near County Road D in the township of Eastman.  

Robert K. Moberg, 57, McGregor, was operating a 1999 Mercedes Benz southbound on Highway 35 when he lost control of the vehicle due to slippery conditions and crossed into the northbound lane before striking the concrete retaining wall. Moberg was able to regain control of the vehicle and safely maneuver it back to the southbound shoulder of the highway. Moberg’s passenger Cynthia Moberg, 61, McGregor, complained of chest pain at the scene and was transported by Tri State Ambulance to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. Robert Moberg did not appear to have any injuries and the vehicle sustained moderate damage.

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