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Wed
21
May

Crawford County hires animal control officer


Christine Reynolds, newly appointed Animal Control Officer for the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, and Sheriff Dale McCullick look forward to working together to address the county’s needs.

Sheriff Dale McCullick is pleased to announce the addition of an animal control officer to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office staff. Seneca resident Christine Reynolds will assume the role of animal control officer as of May 21. She will handle issues in a paid-on-call capacity.

“Our dispatchers receive many calls in the course of a year that do not necessarily require law enforcement intervention, but do require a response. An animal control officer will pick up the responsibility for these types of calls,” Sheriff McCullick said.

Mon
19
May

Prairie du Chien Memorial rebrands itself: CROSSING RIVERS HEALTH

Is Prairie du Chien Memorial merging with or being acquired by another organization?

No. The organization has been and will remain independent, managed by a volunteer board of
directors and governed by an association of members.

 

Why is Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital changing its name?

• Hospital leadership conducted a brand audit in order to measure the perception and level of acceptance of the current brand. The audit included online surveys, external focus groups and internal
focus groups.

• Hospital administrators and the board of directors determined a new brand identity would better represent the hospital’s more than 60 diversified services, geographic service area and philosophy.

• The Community Health Needs Assessment conducted in 2012 reflected the need to shift the focus of area healthcare to a wellness model.

 

Mon
19
May

Court orders frac sand meeting in town of Bridgeport

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Alleged conflict of interest was the topic at a joint meeting of the Bridgeport Town Board and the Bridgeport Planning Commission at the Bridgeport-Rural Prairie du Chien Fire Department Building Thursday evening.

Mon
19
May

River Ridge valedictorian, salutatorian are recognized


Valedictorian Sabrina White and Salutatorian Alex Morgan

River Ridge High School graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 23, at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. The Senior Awards Banquet for the Class of 2014 will be presented at Huckleberry’s Restaurant in Prairie du Chien, Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m.

Sabrina White has been named valedictorian and Alexander Morgan the salutatorian for River Ridge’s 2014 senior class.

Sabrina White is the daughter of Doug and Rita White, of Bagley.

Not only is Sabrina at the top of her class, she is also involved in National Honor Society, FFA, Friends Helping Friends, forensics, Spanish Club, basketball and softball. As a school leader, she is captain of her basketball and softball teams.

Sabrina’s future plans are to attend Milwaukee School of Engineering this fall and major in biomedical engineering.

Mon
19
May

Memorial Day ceremonies take place in Bloomington, Glen Haven

The Bloomington-Glen Haven American Legion Memorial Day ceremonies will be observed Monday, May 26. All veterans, civic groups and children are encouraged to participate.

In Bloomington, at 11:30 a.m., the American Legion will lead the parade from the Bloomington firehouse through main street and into the Bloomington cemetery.

Memorial services for outlying cemeteries will start at 8 a.m. at Blake’s Prairie, 8:15 at Lumpkin, 8:30 at Scott, 8:45 at Goekel, 9:00 at the Glen Haven levee, 10:00 at Charlotte, 10:15 at Ramsey, 10:45 at Dodge and 11:00 at Providence. The River Ridge band will perform at the Glen Haven levee and at the Bloomington cemetery.

A picnic lunch for all veterans and their families will be held at the Bloomington Community Par following the ceremonies. If there is inclement weather, the picnic will be held in the Legion Hall. For more information, contact John Horkheimer at (608) 994-2872.

Mon
19
May

Prairie du Chien observes Memorial Day with annual parade and program

The annual Memorial Day observance will take place in Prairie du Chien on Monday, May 26. The parade will commence at 10:30 a.m.

The parade route will be from the intersection of Blackhawk Avenue and Michigan Street west to Beaumont Road and then south to the Fort Crawford Military Cemetery. The annual Memorial Day program at the military cemetery will follow around 10:45 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the will be held at Bluff View School.

All marching units, including the PdC Honor Guard, Legionnaires, VFW members, ex-servicemen, Legion and VFW Auxiliaries, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, patriotic organizations, school children carrying flowers and flags, Bluff View School band and the PdC High School band, are requested to assemble at the First Merit Bank parking lot on South Michigan Street no later than 10:15 a.m. Monday.

Mon
19
May

Prison gardens fulfill several purposes


The two-acre produce garden at the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution provided 14,845 pounds of produce last year. About 1,600 of that was donated to the local food pantry, while the majority was served to inmates in the dining hall. (Photo provided)

The compost space, which is located right off the kitchen of the correctional institution, measures 35x35 and is filled with table scraps from the inmates’ meal trays. The compost area started three years ago and has already proved to increase the yield of the produce garden. (Provided photos)

The reflection garden offers a place where inmates can think about their victims and crimes and receive group therapy.

By Correne Martin
 
At the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution (PDCCI), gardening is a tool that is used to sustain the kitchen by providing fresh produce for meals. It is also a means of building character, knowledge and life skills for inmates who will need to give back and reintegrate into the community someday.

The correctional institution currently cultivates a two-acre produce garden that is supplemented with a small plant nursery, composting and vermiculture (a worm farm). It also maintains a reflection flower garden, 60 feet in diameter, where inmates can quietly think about their victims and crimes and receive group therapy.

“These opportunities have been enabled thanks to the creativity of the staff and minimal funds,” PDCCI Program Supervisor Lisa Pettera said.

Mon
19
May

Prairie du Chien Memorial will be Crossing Rivers Health


Hospital Week Planning Committee members posed with a giant puzzle, which features the new name and logo for Crossing Rivers Health. A puzzle piece was given to every staff member signifying their importance as an essential piece of the organization. (Photo provided)

Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital announced Friday that it is changing its name to Crossing Rivers Health. The Crossing Rivers tagline will be “Your bridge to wellness.”

After extensive and thoughtful research and planning, some of which began over five years ago along with talks of a new health care center, the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital board of directors unanimously agreed in December that it was time for a new brand. That brand was then kept a secret until Friday, when it was revealed to the staff during a picnic, and to the public during an afternoon press conference.

“The new brand represents the evolution of our organization and its commitment to meeting the changing health care needs of the communities we serve in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa,” said Bill Sexton, chief executive officer of Crossing Rivers Health.

Wed
14
May

PdC School Board

 

School Board 

approves staff raise

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School Board elected new officers at its regular meeting Monday night in the high school auditorium. Christine Panka was elected president. Mark Forsythe will be the vice president. The clerk will be Lynn O’Kane. Ron Quamme was elected treasurer.

Wed
14
May

Fort Crawford Hotel

 

Future of Fort 

Crawford Hotel 

still up in the air

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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