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28
Nov

New Birth Center


Heather Kramer and Alison Peralta stand in front of Trillium Midwifery Services.

Trillium Midwifery Services has a large and comfortable birthing bed.

Trillium Midwifery Services Birth Center offers water births as well.

 

Birth center offers women a comfortable, safe alternative

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Many people in their 80s or older can probably recall when it wasn’t at all uncommon, especially in rural areas, to have births in homes rather than hospitals. 

Mon
21
Nov

Highway 18-60 Project


Both sides (three lanes) of Highway 18 are now open in the construction zone of the Highway 18-60 project in the town of Bridgeport. In the near future, all four lanes are expected to be open.

 

Both sides of Highway 18 open in construction zone

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Recently, both sides of Highway 18 have opened for traffic as part of the Highway 18-60 Project in the town of Bridgeport.

Mon
21
Nov

Wauzeka-Steuben School Budget

 

Wauzeka-Steuben School Board to review residents’ ideas regarding budget

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At a special school board meeting on Nov. 16, residents presented several ideas to the Wauzeka-Steuben School Board regarding the district’s budget deficit of $448,689.

Mon
21
Nov

Vinehout to talk locally on affect of state budget on schools

Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) will speak in Wauzeka Wednesday, Nov. 30, on “What everyone should know about schools and Wisconsin’s budget.”

The town hall meeting featuring her talk will be at 6 p.m., at Century Hall, 213 E. Front St. A discussion by those attending will follow Vinehout’s presentation.

“The current policies to privatize schools and to lower property taxes are on a collision course,” Vinehout said. “It is not possible to have both.  School districts chiefly held referendums for capital improvements. Now, many districts must hold them to keep the lights on and doors open. One significant way to lower school property taxes is for the state to put more money in aid to schools. Former Gov. Tommy Thompson put $1 billion into school aid, which resulted in a subsequent drop in property taxes.”  

Mon
21
Nov

Operation Santa helps brighten the holidays for Crawford County residents


Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home, of Prairie du Chien, has contributed $250 toward the 2016 Operation Santa efforts, organized by the Prairie du Chien Jaycees. Laura Moerer, of the Jaycees, is pictured with Ryan Kester, also a Jaycee, representing Thornburg-Grau, at Hoffman Hall during the Operation Santa hat, coat and mitten drive. (Submitted photo)

Joe Morovits delivered a donation of $100 to the Prairie du Chien Jaycees for Operation Santa during the Hat, Coat and Mitten Drive Saturday. Morovits puts Christmas lights up on Stuckey Road in Prairie du Chien every year. His donation is from the donation box that he puts at the light display. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Operation Santa has been assisting Crawford County citizens in need for well over 50 years. And, the Prairie du Chien Jaycees’ elves are at it once again—seeking contributions from community organizations and residents, coordinating donations and shopping for families so that no one goes without this Christmas season.

Donation boxes—where new or gently used toys, hats, coats, mittens and scarves can be given—have been placed at businesses around Crawford County.

“We have more and more businesses who just use their own box and decorate it up for donations,” said Tarah Marx, of the Jaycees. “But we can always bring you a box if you wish and we ask that businesses notify us if they’ve put out a box so we can be sure to schedule pick-up.”

Mon
21
Nov

Christmas Cookie and Candy Sale Dec. 10 at museum

 The annual Christmas Cookie and Candy Sale at the Fort Crawford Museum visitor center will take place Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cookies and candy can be purchased by the dozen and funds raised will benefit the museum.

About 40 volunteers, many of whom are associated with the museum, will give of their time to bake a variety of goodies for the sale. Community members are encouraged to view the display of beautifully-decorated Christmas trees, embellished by sponsors as part of Christmas at the Fort, and buy some yummy sweets to take home at the same time.

Around 150 dozen cookies are anticipated to be spread out across tables, from which customers can choose their favorite flavors. Shoppers are asked to bring their own containers.

The book store, including a selection of discounted books, will also be open during the cookie and candy sale for Christmas gift ideas.

Mon
21
Nov

Sponsor, decorate a tree for Christmas at the Fort


Businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to consider sponsoring and decorating a Christmas tree as part of Christmas at the Fort this holiday season. Creative and themed decor will be added to the trees Dec. 3-9, and then they will be lit Dec. 10-Jan. 1.

By Correne Martin

Thanksgiving hasn’t quite arrived yet, but many in the community are already thinking about the sights and sounds of Christmas, including the Fort Crawford Museum in Prairie du Chien.

Twenty-five real Christmas trees will be trimmed with various themes, strung with twinkling lights and sponsored by businesses, organizations and individuals as they so choose. The trees will adorn the wrap-around deck of the Fort Crawford Military Hospital and continue down the steps toward the museum’s visitor center.

“We have some regulars who always support this fundraiser and then, of course, we always have some new sponsors,” said Janet Finn, chairperson of Christmas at the Fort.

Those wishing to decorate a Christmas tree can embellish it any way they like. Trees may be in memory or honor of someone. The only stipulation is that no political or religious themes are allowed. There is a cost involved with the sponsorship.

Wed
16
Nov

Prairie du Chien hires new city clerk, extends airport operator’s contract

By Correne Martin

A new city clerk has been hired, the municipal airport operator’s contract extended and the 2017 budget proposed. The Prairie du Chien Common Council met Tuesday night and approved each of these actions.

Tina Fuller was named, after closed session, as the new city clerk. Ironically, she was hired on the exact same day that current City Clerk-Treasurer Barb Elvert started her position with the city in 1974. Fuller is anticipated to start the job on Dec. 5, and Elvert has agreed to stay on for training purposes until Jan. 6.

The council also approved an extended contract with Rich Yeomans, the airport operator, for another two years at no increase in compensation. Yeomans indicated his desire to stay on after his current contract expires on Dec. 31.

Wed
16
Nov

Wisconsin 4-H posthumously inducts Johnson into Hall of Fame


Ruth Ann Johnson (center) accepts an award on behalf of her late husband, Ken, who was inducted into the Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame. She is pictured with Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Program Director Dale Leidheiser and Wisconsin Leadership Council Youth President Sarah Schuster (right).

Crawford County 4-H and Youth Agent Kenneth Johnson was posthumously recognized for outstanding service and inducted into the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Green Lake Conference Center on Nov. 5. His wife, Ruth Ann Johnson, accepted the award on Ken’s behalf.

“Each of the 2016 Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame laureates has transformed the lives of children and families with whom they’ve worked and the communities in which they’ve lived,” said Dale Leidheiser, program director of Wisconsin 4-H youth development, which is part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Kenneth “Ken” Johnson passionately integrated his life into his career as a 4-H and youth agent for 33 years, 20 of them in Crawford County.

Wed
16
Nov

Bells to ring a Salvation Army tune


Jen Kapinus, Crawford County Salvation Army coordinator, helps organize the Red Kettle Campaign and the Christmas assistance program, which helps families in need provide gifts for their children. In addition, coats, hats and mittens are being accepted at the Salvation Army office in Prairie du Chien to assist families throughout the year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Bells will be ringing a Salvation Army tune, beginning Nov. 25 and ending Dec. 24—Black Friday through Christmas Eve—from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. In Prairie du Chien, volunteers will ring bells by red kettles at Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly and Wal-Mart, while Prairie du Chien police officers and city employees will ring at Cabela’s.

Volunteers are needed to fill two-hour shifts throughout the organization’s Red Kettle Campaign season.

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