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Free fun for the whole family at Chinese New Year Festival


This inflatable slide, rented from Thunder Showers event rentals company, of Boscobel, will be new this year to the Chinese Lunar New Year Festival at Prairie du Chien High School Feb. 20, at noon. There will also be an obstacle course available for young event-goers, involving tricycles navigating through cones and more. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Chinese Lunar New Year Festival will celebrate the Year of the Monkey on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Prairie du Chien High School, in a free and entertaining public event. Spotlighted performances will include a traditional Chinese martial arts show and vibrant lion dance as well as several short plays written and directed by Bluff View students.

In its third year, the New Year festival is the perfect indoor spectacle for all ages.

“It’s something that’s always been real exciting for the kids,” said Adam Stout, Chinese language teacher in the Prairie du Chien School District. “It’s very interactive and very hands-on.”

Mon
15
Feb

Around 225 served monthly at free Come for Supper meal


Guests at a recent Come for Supper meal line up in the basement of St. Peter Church to fill their plates with healthy, home-cooked food. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Families, friends and strangers from all communities, needs and denominations are invited to attend the free monthly Come for Supper meal in the basement of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien. Always the third Thursday of the month, Feb. 18 is the next supper, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cheeseburger soup is the main dish on this month’s menu.

An average of 225 meals are served by volunteers, once a month, for those who seek good company, are trying to make ends meet, or simply want a night off from cooking.

The Prairie du Chien Come for Supper provision has been offered publicly since April 2009, when a local group of about five volunteers helped out at a free meal at Our Savior’s church in La Crosse and fell in love with the idea.

“We had no idea, when we started, that we’d become part of a movement,” Pastor Joe Irvin said, recognizing that a multitude of similar meals are shared in communities across the region.

Mon
15
Feb

Stump Dodger Trail

 

Kickapoo Stump Dodger 

Trail continues to make strides

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Kickapoo Stump Dodger Trail Project continues to move along, gaining traction one step at a time. 

Wed
10
Feb

River Ridge at State


River Ridge Dance Team members are, back row: Maya Harvey, Jiah Bailey, Olivia Breuer and Hunter Kisting. Middle row: Alison Hein, Karli Wachter and Madison Stagman. Front row: Franci Gates, Coach Kristin Collins, KayLynn Knight and Hope Schier. (Submitted photos)

The River Ridge Dance Team performs during the regional competition which earned them their first trip since 2003 to the State Competition at the La Crosse Center on Saturday, Feb. 6. The team finished 10th at the State Competition.

 

River Ridge dancers 10th in state poms

On Saturday, Feb. 6, the River Ridge Dance Team attended the WACPC State Championship held at the La Crosse Center. The team competed in the Division 5 pom category. The girls placed 10th in the state for their division.

Qualifying and dancing at state for the dance team is a great accomplishment that hasn’t happened at River Ridge since 2003.  

Wed
10
Feb

Hawkettes Make History


The Hawkettes perform one of their routines at the State Competition on Saturday at the La Crosse Center. (Photo submitted)

Members of the Prairie du Chien Hawkettes pose with the trophies that they earned at the State Dance Competition Saturday at the La Crosse Center. Team members are, front row: Stephanie Elmquist, Paige Severson, Caitlin Nolan, Autumn Kohler, Mariah Slaght, Katie Zahara, Lauren Kennedy, Ella Hein and Lindsey Ohlert. Back row: Katie Licht, Bree Holler and Morgan Kiesau. (Photo submitted)

 

Hawkettes make school history

The Prairie du Chien Hawkettes attended the Wisconsin Association of Cheer and Pom Coaches (WACPC) State Dance Championships Saturday, Feb. 6 at the La Crosse Center. The team competed at state in two categories. Teams placing in the top five at state took home hardware. 

The Hawkettes placed fifth in the Division 2 kick category, earning their first ever placing trophy at state. The girls also placed sixth at state in the Division 4 pom category, missing placing at state by only a small margin.

Wed
10
Feb

Coins, Gold, Diamonds, Antiques


Grant Reynolds stands behind the counter at his shop.

 

Reynolds Coins, Jewelry and Antiques good as gold

By Ted Pennekamp

 

People looking to buy, trade or sell their gold, coins, jewelry and antiques have increased in recent years. To keep up with this increased demand, businesses that specialize in these items have opened at various locations throughout the region.

Wed
10
Feb

Seneca native follows passions to the East Coast


Mark Anthony Dingbaum, a 2004 Seneca High School graduate, is pictured giving a campaign press conference in Los Angeles while working at Change.org. Though he misses his family and the relaxing rural atmosphere of the family farm in Seneca at times, he’s proud to have followed his passions and made a difference while working in digital communications.

Mark Anthony Dingbaum and his sister, Jennifer Varo, of Hudson posed for a picture outside the White House last May, when he worked for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

By Correne Martin

A passion for public service, community organizing and technology have provided a foundation for a career that Mark Anthony Dingbaum, a Seneca native now living and working in New York, N.Y., never believed he might someday experience.

He could have never dreamed he would have a hand in the Boy Scouts of America’s historic vote to overturn its ban on gay members. He also couldn’t have imagined being appointed by the nation’s president to serve in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Yet, these achievements are now reality for the 2004 Seneca High School graduate.

Wed
10
Feb

Bagley RNA chapter collects pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House


Members of the Bagley Royal Neighbors of America chapter are shown in the Bagley Community Building with their collection of pop tabs and $100 donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Pictured (seated, from left) are Birdie Meng, Ruth Timion; (standing) Nancy Rogers of McDonalds, Donna Harris, Diane Leffler, LaVon Schurman, Bob Meng, Bobbi Jo Meng, Lacey Meng and Dareen Schott. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Here is the pile of pop tabs collected by the Bagley RNA chapter.

By Correne Martin

Collecting pop tabs might seem trivial, but for Ronald McDonald House Charities, collection is taken very seriously.

The Bagley chapter of the Royal Neighbors of America received an informative presentation about the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, Minn., at its February meeting last week. Nancy Rogers, who has worked for the La Crosse McDonalds chapter for 30 years, explained that pop tabs are collected at the local stores, put in French fry boxes, packaged, labeled, weighed and recycled.

The designated Ronald McDonald House then receives the cash made from the recycled aluminum tabs, per pound. That income is used to pay salaries for the care physicians living at the house and to help families dealing with the stress and financial difficulties of being away from home.

Mon
08
Feb

CWD in Allamakee

 

Two wild deer in Allamakee County test positive for CWD

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Two wild deer killed in Allamakee County during the recent hunting season have been confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), marking the third year in a row the disease has been confirmed in a wild Iowa deer, all in Allamakee County.  

Mon
08
Feb

Haydn Street crossing ruled closed a fourth time

By Correne Martin

The Haydn Street railroad crossing in Prairie du Chien was ordered closed two years ago by the Wisconsin railroad commissioner, for the third time. Even after a fourth decision, last summer by the circuit court, to dismiss an appeal and close the crossing, it remains open today.

The two mainline tracks and the nearby spur track intersecting with Haydn Street have been in question for more than 15 years.

The first decision to close the crossing was made by the commissioner in 2001. Because nearby business owner Keith Coburn, of Frazier’s Old Faithful Inn, felt it would adversely affect his business to close the crossing, he’s exercised his rights and kept fighting the railroad for a decade and a half.

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