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05
Oct

Bringing domestic violence awareness out into the open

Because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Catholic Charities has placed purple ribbons on the corn stalk bundles lining Blackhawk Avenue in Prairie du Chien. This is to remind citizens that domestic violence is a real problem and can include physical, verbal, emotional, sexual and economic abuse of a loved one. Catholic Charities offers advocacy, support, workshops and a 24-hour crisis line at 888-200-8426. Pictured, Lisa Johanningmeier, domestic abuse program coordinator, displays the colored ribbons signifying the awareness. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Wed
05
Oct

9-year-old wins Oktoberfest contest

As part of the Oktoberfest celebration in Prairie du Chien, a button design contest is held. This year’s winner, selected from 50 artists participating, is 9-year-old Fiona Etemi, of Prairie du Chien. She is pictured (front row, right) with her dad, Sam, and cousin Lejla Kamberi (both in front), as well as Oktoberfest Committee members (back, from left) Lorie Kuehl, Joan Paulson, Cathie Nelson, Tom Nelson, Suzette Cunningham and Mike Ulrich. For her efforts, Fiona received a gift basket with Oktoberfest-related goodies, a T-shirt, hat and several buttons, and she has been asked to partake in the festivities on Oct. 15, including the parade downtown and fun events on St. Feriole Island. More details about Oktoberfest will be published in next week’s Courier Press. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Wed
05
Oct

River Ridge is putting stand-up desks to the test


Sitting partially on the stool, with one foot on the stool and the other on the ground, is just one way students utilizing the stand-up desks can situate themselves for learning comfortably. Pictured (above), Danica, a third grader in Shawn Chatfield’s class, works independently on a Chromebook during class time. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Chatfield assists a student during work time. Helping out his pupils at their stand-up desks keeps the teacher from crouching to the level of a traditional chair and desk.

A student rests her foot on the swinging footbar and rocks that back and forth, while staying on task at her desk.

Former Sen. Herb Kohl fully funds $3K of project materials

By Correne Martin

Research purports that school children who utilize stand-up desks are actually more alert, perform better academically, burn more calories, minimize orthopedic problems, feel happier and just plain move more than those seated at traditional desks or tables.

At River Ridge Elementary School, teachers have put that theory to the test, and they have done so with assistance from the educational crowdfunding website DonorsChoose.org.

Sixteen students in Shawn Chatfield’s third-grade classroom have the opportunity this school year to share 12 such desks, complete with stools and swinging footbars, all while keeping their hands and minds on task. There are four others who study while sitting at a table, and assigned seats rotate throughout the year, so all of the children have the chance to experience the stand-up desks.

Wed
05
Oct

EAB infested trees removed from downtown, population of ash trees declining in the city


A row of emerald ash borer infested trees on the east boulevard of Michigan Street in Prairie du Chien were removed last month. Planting of a new variety of trees is anticipated. (Photo by Gary Howe)

By Correne Martin

A row of emerald ash borer (EAB) infested trees on the east boulevard of Michigan Street in Prairie du Chien were cut down last month. This reduces the number of ash trees in the city, though the loss is not something new for the North American tree population.

EABs are exotic beetles that were discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in the summer of 2002, according to the Emerald Ash Borer Information Network (emeraldashborer.info). The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients.

Wed
05
Oct

City, county to communicate with state regarding local impact of Cabela’s sale

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council briefly touched on Monday’s announcement that Cabela’s is being sold to Bass Pro Shops, at its regular meeting Tuesday night, Oct. 4.

Alderman Ron Leys asked about the status of the Cabela’s store located in the Prairie du Chien. City Administrator Aaron Kramer said the city and county are working with the state to communicate with the new owners. Though store closures have not been addressed by the public relations teams of either Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops, the local communities are certainly interested in how this sale may or may not affect the Prairie du Chien store, distribution center and employees.

Other news Tuesday night involved mainly ordinance and resolution approvals.

•An ordinance creating a no parking zone on the east side of Water Street, from Blackhawk Avenue north to Bolvin Street, adjacent to the railroad tracks, was approved.

Mon
03
Oct

‘Once Upon a Homecoming’ is this week in Prairie du Chien


The 2016 Prairie du Chien High School Homecoming Court includes (front row, from left) Eleora Ready, Calli Collins, Alexis Smith, Jennifer Slaght, Emily Steger; (back row) Riley Rieck, Josh Lenzendorf, Ethan Cummuta, Josh Cavanaugh and Jacob Mara. This year’s Homecoming theme is “Once Upon a Homecoming.” The dance will be Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 p.m. to midnight, in the high school cafeteria. (Submitted photo)

Homecoming in Prairie du Chien begins today (Monday, Oct. 3).

Dress up days include Monday-pajama day, Tuesday-jersey/sports day, Wednesday-color day (each class a different color), Thursday-fairytale day, and Friday-school spirit day.

The public is invited to enjoy the school district’s parade on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The route will be the same as last year, beginning at Wolf Machine and heading to the high school. Line-up is at 5:30 p.m., and the parade starts at 6 p.m. Skit night will follow at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.

On Friday, Oct. 7, there will be a homecoming breakfast at the high school at 7 a.m. Powder Puff football is at 1:15 p.m. on the high school football field. A school-wide pep rally will be held at 2:15 p.m. in the high school gym. All students will be in attendance.

The Homecoming football game kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday night.

Mon
03
Oct

PdC postmaster retires

By Correne Martin

After 34 years working for the United States Postal Service, Prairie du Chien Postmaster Darryl Martin retired at the end of September.

He started as a part-time clerk on May 29, 1982, in Prairie du Chien, sorting mail and running the window, where he quickly realized his gift of gab was a perfect fit for the customer-based business. It wasn’t long, however, before Martin slipped into the duty of carrying the mail.

From 1984 through 2006, he served as a part-time flexible carrier in the Prairie du Chien area.

“I enjoyed being outside and working with our customers,” Martin noted.

But after 22 years of the same, he stepped up into a postmaster job in Bloomington in 2006. There, he grew very fond of the people in the small community and being situated among the main street businesses for seven years.

Mon
03
Oct

Meetings held in all 72 counties regarding road and bridge repair

Crawford County officials, residents intend to 

pressure governor, legislature for more funding

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
03
Oct

Crawford County reports $4.9 million in damages so far from heavy rain and flooding

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Wisconsin Emergency Management Operations Center has reported preliminary damage figures as of Sept. 29 for damages sustained by Crawford and 11 other counties in the heavy rains of Sept. 21 and Sept. 22.

Mon
03
Oct

Bass Pro buys Cabela’s

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Inc., two American outdoor companies with similar humble origins, and with a shared goal to better serve those who love the outdoors, announced Monday that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Bass Pro Shops will acquire Cabela’s for $65.50 per share in cash, representing an aggregate transaction value of approximately $5.5 billion, according to a jointly released press release. The outdoor-recreation retailers are expected to close the deal in the first half of 2017.

Neither Cabela’s nor Bass Pro Shops has released comments about potential store closures.

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