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Building inspectors tour River Ridge facilities

By Correne Martin

The River Ridge Building and Grounds Committee held a special three-hour facilities tour Tuesday morning of both its Patch Grove and Bloomington sites. The three school board members on the committee as well as two other individuals running for board attended. Also touring were three state building inspectors, District Administrator/Elementary Principal Jeff Athey and representatives from contractor McKinstry and one from the community.

The tour served two purposes, according to Athey: 1) It covered the annual walk-through of both buildings with maintenance supervisor, Troy Marshall, and addressed the need to determine what projects the district may want to tackle during the summer, and 2) it allowed the building inspectors to see what’s happened at the facilities since state code updates were mandated.

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Three seats up for election in River Ridge School District

Of the seven seats on the River Ridge School board, three are up for election on Tuesday, April 5.

On the ballot will be the names of incumbents Kerri Schier and Randall Martin as well as newcomers Jason Cathman, Cory Moravits and Nick Kovacs.

The seats of Schier, Martin and Lea Breuer, who has decided not to run for re-election, are up for contention. Three votes may be cast for those school board seats.

After hearing word from the community that Nick Kovacs wanted to withdraw from the race, he was contacted Tuesday and responded by saying the law will not allow him to withdraw (since his name is already on the ballot), but he is throwing his “support to Cory, Kerri and Jason so that the vote is not split.”

 

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Bone marrow donor registration drive held April 8 at PdC Dentistry

By Correne Martin

Becoming a registered bone marrow donor is simple. It involves swabbing a person’s cheeks for 30 seconds each to collect cells for use in matching with a patient. Otherwise, all that is needed is a quick eligibility screening and a completed registration form.

New potential donors, between the ages of 18 and 55 and in good general health, are encouraged to attend a free bone marrow donor registration drive on Friday, April 8, from 1 to 4 p.m., at PdC Dentistry. Appointments are preferred but not required; call 326-8458.

“The more people we can get on the list, the better,” stated Kelly Thompson, whose aunt battled leukemia and was a bone marrow donation recipient. Thompson herself got on the national bone marrow registry at age 18 in her aunt’s honor.

Thompson noted that this drive is also being held in honor of Samson Boylen, who died of complications from leukemia. Samson was the son of Scott and Kelli Boylen.

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DramaHawks director’s finale: ‘The Shakespeare Mix-Up,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’


Luana Stiemke has served as the director of the DramaHawks Jr. Drama Club for the past six years. Her final two productions will take place Saturday, April 2, at 1 p.m., at the Prairie du Chien High School theater.

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department’s DramaHawks Jr. Drama Club will perform “The Shakespeare Mix-Up” and “Beauty and the Beast” Saturday, April 2 at 1 p.m., in the Prairie du Chien High School theater. These will be Director Luana Stiemke’s last productions, as she plans to resign from the position after six years. The public is encouraged to attend, enjoy the shows and wish Stiemke farewell.

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Three-term mayor to face challenger on the April 5 ballot

DAVE HEMMER (I)

Incumbent Dave Hemmer has served as mayor of Prairie du Chien since unseating Karl Steiner in 2010. He is finishing his third term. He has lived in Prairie du Chien his entire life and is married to Lori and works for Prairie Sand and Gravel.

1. What are the most important issues facing Prairie du Chien?
The completion of the Marquette Road project that has been pushed back to 2018 is an important issue. We plan to do a total reconstruction of North Michigan Street and a lot morepublic works projects.  Also, I’d like to see more focus on economic development and to see us keep going on recreation projects, like the bike paths. We also want to get the library expansion completed.  Another big thing is our comprehensive plan is about 10 years old. We just started working on updating that and that’s going to be a large undertaking.

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Go Wild!


Becky Nagel logs onto the Go Wild website on the new computer at the Crawford County Clerks Office in the Administrative Offices Building in Prairie du Chien. The customer and the license issuer can see the computer at the same time. In addition to the County Clerks Office and more than 1,000 vendors statewide, customers can also use their home computer to purchase hunting, fishing and conservation patron’s licenses.

 

Everyone invited to Go Wild

Questions answered about new DNR licensing system

Ted Pennekamp

 

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Wyalusing Academy Property

 

Wyalusing Academy 

project awaiting WHEDA tax credit approval

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The application for financing has been submitted and the developers hope that construction on the former Wyalusing Academy property can commence in the fall of 2016. 

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Mississippi River projects


This is an aerial view of McGregor Lake, also known as Horseshoe Lake. (Photo by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers).

 

McGregor Lake Project third on priority list, 

other habitat restoration projects move forward

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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New youth pastor comes to Faith Evangelical Free


Ryan Thompson began working as the student ministries/worship pastor at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Prairie du Chien in late February. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Faith Evangelical Free Church in Prairie du Chien welcomed a new student ministries/worship pastor, Ryan Thompson, at the end of February. Bringing with him a lifetime of service and commitment to the Lord, Thompson believes he’s following God’s calling to serve locally.

Faith Evangelical Free last had a youth pastor in 2012.

“We’ve been praying since then that God would send us the right person,” Pastor Mike Jacobson said. “We wanted to pay off our church debt (and did in July 2015) and that allowed us to be more aggressive in our search. Ryan’s really been able to hit the ground running for us.”

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Gundersen eye, dental clinic opens new Marquette Road location


A ribbon-cutting ceremony was hosted by the Gundersen eye and dental clinic and the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Wednesday. Pictured (from left) are Bob Sutton, Paul Ginkel, Kathy Kramer, Kim LaRue, Patricia Arnold, Todd McWilliams, Kevin Mulrooney, Char Bender, John Howe, Jodi Web, Dr. Phil Holzer, Dr. Brad Collins, Mayor Dave Hemmer, Dr. Mark Endrizzi, Aaron Kramer, Darla Zahn, Nicole Warnke, Trudy Joy, Jamie Stram, Michelle Gregerson, Nancy Posten, Kiel Fritz, Joyce Kregel, Lori Bekkum, Jacob Kanis, Roy George, Curt Zinkle, Nick Wilz, Donna Teynor and Chamber CEO Bob Moses. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Patients in the Prairie du Chien area who need vision and dental services can now receive their care in a new location.

The 8,000-square-foot clinic, located at 118 South Marquette Rd. (U.S. Highway 18/35), opened March 21 and combines Gundersen’s dental and eye services into one convenient location.

“The new clinic will benefit patients and our community by offering more access to high-quality eye care in a more comfortable and private setting,” said Philip Holzer, OD, optometrist at Gundersen Eye Clinic Prairie du Chien.

The clinic features a larger waiting area, additional exam rooms and designated rooms for specialized testing.

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