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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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28
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Walker’s Cabinet on the Road comes to Prairie du Chien


On Monday, March 21, Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Secretary Lon Roberts and Wisconsin Department of Administration Secretary Scott Neitzel visited Peoples State Bank to hold a roundtable discussion with the bank’s Board of Directors and staff to discuss various banking and economic issues. Pictured (from left) are Doug Wolf, director; Mark Forsythe, president; Stephen Welter, director; Darby Suckow, director; Secretary Roberts and Secretary Neitzel. (Submitted photo)

Many of Gov. Scott Walker’s appointed cabinet secretaries visited Prairie du Chien Monday, March 21, as part of Walker’s Cabinet on the Road initiative.

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch was in Prairie du Chien to announce a new facility and WEDC funding for Solomon Corp. of Solomon, Kan. The company, which sells electrical transformers, is projected to add 24 jobs. Ironically, the Solomon ceremony was interrupted, and another Prairie du Chien appearance by Department of Workforce Development Secretary Ray Allen at 3M was canceled, because of a power outage.

Secretary of Transportation Mark Gottlieb was in Prairie du Chien for a freight railroad talk session with Wisconsin and Southern Railroad and area businesses. He also spoke at an “It Can Wait” don’t text and drive event at Prairie du Chien High School, sponsored by the American Automobile Association and AT&T.

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Public meeting held soon for Highway 27, Prairie du Chien to Eastman

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold a public involvement meeting to discuss proposed improvements for Highway 27 between Prairie du Chien and Eastman. The meeting is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at the Eastman Village Hall, 112 Shanghai Rd.

The project will involve reconstruction and rehabilitation of 10 miles of Highway 27 between Cipra Road in the town of Prairie du Chien and Water Street in the village of Eastman. Several horizontal curves in the rural portion will be reconstructed to current standards; the alignment of the remainder of the roadway will generally follow the existing alignment. Side road intersections, driveway entrances, culverts and storm sewer will be replaced.

Construction is currently scheduled for 2018.

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28
Mar

Former PdC doctor gifts $40k to animal shelter


Dr. Marilu Bintz (right) presented Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteer Bev Pozega with a donation of $40,000.

Dr. Marilu Bintz has gifted Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter $40,000 toward its efforts to build a shelter for the Prairie du Chien area.

“This donation will certainly bring our goal of an animal shelter much closer to reality,” stated Bev Pozega, RABAS volunteer.

Dr. Bintz shared the reason for her generosity toward the organization. “In the 26 years that I have spent practicing here, Prairie du Chien and the surrounding communities were very good to me,” she said. “This is one way I can try to say thank you.”

Dr. Bintz’s donation, coupled with two other anonymous donations totaling $25,000, received in the same week, brings RABAS’ total to over $330,000.

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter will be constructed on two acres of land, donated by Steve and Lynda Welter, at the intersection of East Campion Boulevard and 22nd Street.

The group is beginning its ninth year of fundraising.

Wed
23
Mar

Broadband Internet project benefits Ferryville-Seneca area

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Twenty-one people, including Ferryville, Crawford County, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and CenturyTel officials, were on hand for a presentation about the Seneca-Ferryville Broadband Internet Project Monday afternoon at the Ferryville Village Hall.

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23
Mar

Volunteers needed for high school Reality Check


An area high school senior writes a check for a service at the Reality Check financial literacy simulation. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

High school seniors from nine area schools will soon take their turn participating in the financial literacy simulation Reality Check on Wednesday, April 20, at Prairie du Chien High School. Designed to give the students a first-hand look at the realities of life, the local Reality Check marks its 14th year in 2016.

There has been some changing of the guard though, and all of the contact information for volunteers from past years, as well as new people interested in helping, was not retained in entirety.

Volunteers who have not yet been contacted and wish to man a Reality Check booth for any length of time are asked to contact the new coordinator, Wally Byrne, at (608) 375-4161, ext. 2338, or wall@boscobel.k12.wi.us. In the past, over 125 volunteers have assisted in making the simulation a success.

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23
Mar

Student assembly: Smartphone use while driving could be deadly


Prairie du Chien High School student Jacqueline LaHaie tries out AAA’s distracted driving simulator at the “It Can Wait” event hosted by AT&T, AAA and the Wisconsin State Patrol, Monday morning in the high school gym.

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien High School students were urged to pledge to keep their eyes on the road, not on their smartphones, when behind the wheel, as part of an “It Can Wait” campaign presented Monday morning. Nearly 350 students learned about the dangers of smartphone/cell phone activities while driving and that they can—and should—wait until they’re finished driving. The assembly was part of a series of high school events AT&T, AAA and the Wisconsin State Patrol are holding to drive home the dangers of distracted driving and encouraging kids to take the pledge.

“We’ve visited 99 schools since 2010,” noted Jessica Erickson, of AT&T.

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New company to invest $2 million, create 24 jobs in Prairie du Chien


Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch was in Prairie du Chien Monday to announce WEDC assistance of $100,000 in business development tax credits to Solomon Corporation.

Prairie du Chien City Administrator Aaron Kramer (left) and Mayor Dave Hemmer (center) talk with officials about the institution of Solomon Corporation in the community’s North Gateway Business Park. A special announcement event, held Monday at the spec building Solomon will occupy, featured Lt. Rebecca Kleefisch announcing WEDC financial incentives for the company. (Submitted photos)

Solomon Corporation, headquartered in Solomon, Kan., will invest over $2 million in a previously vacant 20,000 square-foot facility, equipment and other initiatives to expand its manufacturing operations in Prairie du Chien. The company has existing operations in Kansas, Tennessee, Colorado and Texas.

The Courier Press first reported, in early December, that Solomon Corporation planned to open its fifth regional location in a North Gateway Business Park spec building, owned by Bill Adamany.
Solomon has already hired 14 employees and projects to employ 24 people when it opens later this year.

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New Montessori offering a non-traditional education for 3-5 year olds


Grayson (center) and Wyatt (right) enjoy hearing the various sounds produced by the wooden Montessori shakers, as Addison builds a tower in the background. The object of the shakers is to match the sounds from a red one to those emitted from a blue one. Both boys did well identifying the matching sounds.

Addison, Wyatt and Grayson collaborated in a tower-building exercise in the Montessori classroom at Crossing Rivers Health Child Care last week. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The students in Montessori play with the various materials.

Kristi Shaffer reads to the kids in the Montessori program during circle time.

By Correne Martin

Crossing Rivers Health Child Care is offering an alternative, non-traditional choice of education for 3-5 year olds in the Prairie du Chien area this fall. Its new Montessori program is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning of practical skills and collaborative play. The unorthodox approach also emphasizes learning through all five senses.

“Every child is recognized as individual and unique. Through Montessori, they can enjoy freedom within limits. It’s very different from preschool where every kid does the same thing,” said Mari Beth Valley, Crossing Rivers child care director. “Expectations at school are so much more than they used to be. This model lines up more with the Wisconsin early learning standards. It helps prepare them for school and sets them up to be successful.”

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Two airlifted following Thursday evening crash

Two people were airlifted following a two-vehicle crash on Highway 18 Thursday evening, March 17, around 6:25 p.m., near Ward Road in Bridgeport Township, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

William E. Hampton, 55, of Prairie du Chien, was operating a 2000 Chevy Malibu eastbound on State Highway 18 when he lost control of the vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway. Hampton attempted to correct the vehicle and get back onto the roadway and in his lane of travel. Once on the pavement, Hampton’s vehicle started to spin out of control, crossed the center line, and entered the westbound lane of traffic backwards.

Hampton’s vehicle was struck by a 2013 GMC Yukon operated by Michael R. McKinney, 68, of Houston, Minn. McKinney attempted to avoid the Hampton vehicle by swerving onto his shoulder of the roadway but was unable to avoid the collision. The vehicles crashed and stopped off the north side of the roadway.

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