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Mon
27
Feb

Fabulous Farm Babe comes to Prairie du Chien for farmers luncheon


Farm broadcaster Pam Jahnke was the guest speaker at the annual Farmer Appreciation Luncheon, hosted by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by local businesses as thanks to farmers for their economic support of the community. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Wisconsin’s Fabulous Farm Babe herself, Pam Jahnke, was in Prairie du Chien last Wednesday, Feb. 22, for the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce’s 28th annual Farmer Appreciation Luncheon. She was the guest speaker at the luncheon, held at Huckleberry’s Restaurant, which provided an opportunity for businesses to express their thanks for area farmers’ economic contributions.

About 100 business and community representatives attended the event, sponsored by 29 chamber members who are grateful for the farmers’ support of their businesses and the community. The chamber’s agri-business committee has attempted for four years to secure the farm broadcaster as its keynote speaker, but she’s always had other obligations—until this year.

Mon
27
Feb

Memory of young man’s life lives on in Wauzeka


Built in recent years, this playground adjacent to the Wauzeka fire station was erected in memory of John Peloch. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

It’s been nearly six years since Wauzeka’s John Peloch passed from lymphoblastic lymphoma with acute leukemia at the age of 27. In addition to his family, his friends and the community keep memories of his big-hearted personality alive.

A memorial, American Red Cross blood drive will be held Friday, March 3, from noon to 6 p.m., at Century Hall. It is sponsored by Wauzeka-Steuben Schools and John’s former wife, now Justine (Bedward) Sparrgrove ,and her family.
John’s parents, Paul and Joanne, his siblings and some of his extended family also participate by attending and giving blood at the drive each year.

Food is provided for the donors and community members spend some time talking with John’s family and friends, laughing about their good times together, his mom said.

Mon
27
Feb

PdC native dies, Madison police request reckless homicide charges


Kirk U’Ren and Jenni Steiner, husband and wife from Cottage Grove, both died as the result of a horrific crash in Madison Feb. 12. Jenni is a Prairie du Chien native and Kirk was from Mineral Point. (Photo from Baker Tilly)

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien native Jenni Steiner, 34, died Saturday, Feb. 25, as a result of severe head and brain injuries sustained in the car crash that also killed her husband, Feb. 12, in Madison. The Madison Police Department has requested reckless homicide charges be filed against Brandon Ballweg, 25, Stoughton, in relation to the fatal crash.

The police department is recommending the Dane County District Attorney’s Office charge Ballweg with two counts of second degree reckless homicide, three counts of second degree recklessly endangering safety and reckless driving causing injury. Another woman from Madison and a couple from Pewaukee were also impacted by the crash.

Mon
27
Feb

Bald Eagle Appreciation Days


Sara Sloan, a raptor educator for Schlitz Audubon Nature Center of Milwaukee, has a great time as she shows off Valkyrie, a 6-year-old female bald eagle, to the enthusiastic crowd during a presentation at Hoffman Hall Saturday morning as part of the Prairie du Chien Bald Eagle Appreciation Days. The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center conducted several raptor presentations. There were numerous other displays and presentations at Hoffman Hall along with various programs Friday night and Saturday at venues including the AmericInn, Country Inn and Suites, and the Prairie du Chien Regional Tourism Center. There were about 85 eagles in the Prairie du Chien area on Saturday, including 65 near Ritter’s Fish Market at the intersection of County N and Highway 27, said Effigy Mounds volunteer Dennis Kirschbaum. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Some youngsters have fun building an eagle nest at Hoffman Hall Saturday as part of the Prairie du Chien Bald Eagle Appreciation Days.
Mon
27
Feb

Prairie Gymnast To State

 

O’Kane earns trip 

to State Gymnastics Meet

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien High School gymnastics team scored 107.35 points at the Baraboo Sectional Thursday night. 

Wed
22
Feb

Crawford County Board

 

Crawford County 

catching up on tax 

delinquent properties

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
22
Feb

Local emergency room handles thousands of visits each year


Exchanging thoughts about the revolutionary new dashboard touch screen in the Crossing Rivers Health emergency room are (from left) Heidi Kirschbaum, ER clinical services director; Kimberly Hable, Gundersen regional services and telemedicine representative; and Dr. Kevin Whitney, ER medical director. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The accustomed dramas of doctors, nurses and patients on television aren’t exactly like visiting a real emergency room. Prairie du Chien’s only ER is as high-tech and can be just as fast-paced as the likes of those popular medical shows, but the caregiving team doesn’t have nearly as much spare time for personal dramas.

The Crossing Rivers Health emergency room handles about 9,000 visits a year. The medical staff sees virtually every illness—from sniffles and the flu to a heart attack, stroke and trauma—and proficiently treats its patients in a timely manner.

“In addition to our area residents, we see a large number of tourists in the summer, and they’re often pleased with the high level of care and that they can access quick, efficient, good care in a small town,” said Dr. Kevin Whitney, ER medical director.

Wed
22
Feb

Bald eagle fun in Ferryville March 4


Laura Freeman, of the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, and Maxim, an American Bald Eagle, delight a past Ferryville Bald Eagle Day audience. (Photo by Sherry Quamme)

The ninth annual Bald Eagle Watching Day in Ferryville is Saturday, March 4, at the Village Community Center on Highway 35. This program is sponsored by the Ferryville Tourism Council, co-sponsored by Friends of Pool 9 and free to the public. Complimentary refreshments and children’s craft activities will be available throughout the event.

Event activities are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located right on the Mississippi River, Ferryville is an ideal place to host Bald Eagle Watching Day. There are many eagle nests in the area, including a new one just south of Ferryville. The Pool 9 section has more nests than in any other part of the Mississippi River.

At 10 a.m., bald eagle nest building will start off the day. Dr. Michael White, with the help of children from the audience, will build an eagle’s nest. Learn how “really big” these nests are, how heavy they are and how they are constructed.

Mon
20
Feb

Area Schools and State Budget

 

School districts could benefit if proposed state budget is approved

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Area school districts as well as districts throughout the state could benefit if Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed $76.1 billion two-year state budget is passed. 

Mon
20
Feb

Old Abe, American War Eagle program part of Eagle Days

The Fort Crawford Museum will be open Saturday, Feb. 25, as part of Bald Eagle Appreciation Days in the Prairie du Chien area. There will a special program on Old Abe, American War Eagle, at 2:30 p.m., at the museum
Andrea Hoffman, collections manager, and Russell Horton, reference and outreach archivist from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, will give a talk with images on Old Abe.

Old Abe was an American Bald Eagle. The eagle was the mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the American Civil War. Later, his image was adopted as the eagle appearing on a globe in Case Corporation’s logo and as the screaming eagle on the insignia of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.

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