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Prison gardens fulfill several purposes


The two-acre produce garden at the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution provided 14,845 pounds of produce last year. About 1,600 of that was donated to the local food pantry, while the majority was served to inmates in the dining hall. (Photo provided)

The compost space, which is located right off the kitchen of the correctional institution, measures 35x35 and is filled with table scraps from the inmates’ meal trays. The compost area started three years ago and has already proved to increase the yield of the produce garden. (Provided photos)

The reflection garden offers a place where inmates can think about their victims and crimes and receive group therapy.

By Correne Martin
 
At the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution (PDCCI), gardening is a tool that is used to sustain the kitchen by providing fresh produce for meals. It is also a means of building character, knowledge and life skills for inmates who will need to give back and reintegrate into the community someday.

The correctional institution currently cultivates a two-acre produce garden that is supplemented with a small plant nursery, composting and vermiculture (a worm farm). It also maintains a reflection flower garden, 60 feet in diameter, where inmates can quietly think about their victims and crimes and receive group therapy.

“These opportunities have been enabled thanks to the creativity of the staff and minimal funds,” PDCCI Program Supervisor Lisa Pettera said.

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May

Prairie du Chien Memorial will be Crossing Rivers Health


Hospital Week Planning Committee members posed with a giant puzzle, which features the new name and logo for Crossing Rivers Health. A puzzle piece was given to every staff member signifying their importance as an essential piece of the organization. (Photo provided)

Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital announced Friday that it is changing its name to Crossing Rivers Health. The Crossing Rivers tagline will be “Your bridge to wellness.”

After extensive and thoughtful research and planning, some of which began over five years ago along with talks of a new health care center, the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital board of directors unanimously agreed in December that it was time for a new brand. That brand was then kept a secret until Friday, when it was revealed to the staff during a picnic, and to the public during an afternoon press conference.

“The new brand represents the evolution of our organization and its commitment to meeting the changing health care needs of the communities we serve in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa,” said Bill Sexton, chief executive officer of Crossing Rivers Health.

Wed
14
May

PdC School Board

 

School Board 

approves staff raise

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School Board elected new officers at its regular meeting Monday night in the high school auditorium. Christine Panka was elected president. Mark Forsythe will be the vice president. The clerk will be Lynn O’Kane. Ron Quamme was elected treasurer.

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14
May

Fort Crawford Hotel

 

Future of Fort 

Crawford Hotel 

still up in the air

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
14
May

Prairie du Chien High School valedictorian, salutatorian selected


Valedictorian Caitlin Harris and Salutatorian Austin Roach

Graduation for the Prairie du Chien High School Class of 2014 will be held on Sunday, May 25, at 2 p.m., at John C. Mulrooney Field, weather permitting. In case of rain, graduation will take place inside the high school gymnasium. Class Night is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the high school gym.

Caitlin Harris has been named the valedictorian and Austin Roach has been named salutatorian for the Prairie du Chien High School 2014 graduating class.

Caitlin Harris is the daughter of Tom and Jody Harris. She was born in Prescott and moved to Prairie du Chien with her family the summer before her junior year. Prior to this, she had attended Cumberland High School in Cumberland. Next year she will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been admitted into the School of Business.

During her high school career, Caitlin has maintained a 4.0 GPA. She also scored a 35 on her ACT and was a November Student of the Month.

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14
May

Pickup truck stolen from rural PdC residence

On Sunday, May 4, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a stolen green 2001 Ford F250 truck displaying Wisconsin license plates JP4901.

The truck was stolen from a residence located on Cypress Lane in the township of Prairie du Chien.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or 1-866-779-PAYS.

Anyone calling either of these numbers with a Crime Stoppers tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for a tip which solves a crime with an arrest, charges being filed or recovery of stolen property.

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May

Marketing grant assists Canoetananny paddle and music jam event


The Wisconsin Department of Tourism presented a Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant to the Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway on May 7 at the Villa Louis historic site in Prairie du Chien. The $1,500 grant is being utilized in the organization and marketing for the Canoetananny Paddle and Music Jam, which takes place this weekend, May 17-18. This two-day paddle totals more than 17 miles, from Bridgeport to Wauzeka. Pictured during the check presentation are (seated, from left) Scott Teuber, of Wisconsin River Outings; David Connolly, Crawford County Economic Development director; Susan Caya-Slusser, Villa Louis site director; (standing) Mary Antoine, Prairie du Chien Historical Society/Fort Crawford Museum president; Pete Flesch, Crawford County Board; Patrick Reinsma, Travel Wisconsin regional tourism specialist; Chad Breuer, Wyalusing State Park superintendent; Sherry Quamme, Wisconsin River Parkway Commission/Crawford County Tourism Council; and Mark Sethne, UW-Platteville outdoor recreation specialist. (Photo by Correne Martin)

 More travelers are invited for a weekend paddle adventure along the Lower Wisconsin River for Canoetananny with the help of a $1,500 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant. Canoetananny, The Lower Wisconsin Heritage Paddle and Music Jam, will be held May 17-18 and offers a two-day paddle along the Lower Wisconsin River, overnight camping at Wyalusing State Park and activities along the way. Event organizers estimate the festival will generate an economic impact of $16,240 from traveler spending at area hotels, restaurants and stores.

“We’re excited to support this event, which will allow people to experience the natural beauty of the Wisconsin and Mississippi River confluence with other paddling enthusiasts,” Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett said. “Investing in the promotion of this event positively brands the Lower Wisconsin River, attracts new visitors, and generates positive economic impact for the state and communities.”

Mon
12
May

Jim Teynor honored posthumously by Department of Corrections

The late Jim Teynor, who was a correctional officer at the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution until his untimely death while on duty on April 11, 2014, posthumously received a SALUTE Award on May 8 from the Department of Corrections. He was remembered, at a ceremony honoring this year’s recipients of SALUTE and Lifesaving/Valor Awards at the State Capitol, for his positive attitude and ongoing smile while at work.

The ceremony was held during Correctional Employees Week (May 5–9). The week was dedicated as a time to recognize and celebrate correctional professionals for their devotion, bravery, and ongoing commitment in creating the best possible outcomes for victims of crime, offenders and the public.

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12
May

Marquette Road Construction Update--May 12

Some of the first pieces of equipment showed up for the Marquette Road project Thursday, May 8. Breaking of the concrete pavement was completed Friday and Saturday. Removal of the concrete pavement from just north of Crawford Street up to Iowa Street will take place the first part of this week. Sanitary sewer and water main work will begin on the south end of the project.

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12
May

Former Governor Lucey has died

Former Wisconsin Gov. Patrick Lucey died Saturday at the age of 96.

Lucey, who was born in La Crosse, grew up in Ferryville and graduated from Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, died Saturday night at the Milwaukee Catholic Home after a brief illness.
Lucey was a hard-nosed Democratic politician who was elected twice as the 38th Governor of Wisconsin, from 1971 to 1977, and later as the United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1977 to 1979. He also ran for vice president of the United States as an independent in 1980.

His best known accomplishments in office included the formation of the University of Wisconsin System, an overhaul of the state shared tax formula, the strengthening of ethics laws, mental health treatment reforms, and progressive land conservation initiatives.

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