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Wed
24
Feb

Prairie du Chien’s four welcome signs will be refurbished this spring

By Correne Martin

The four “Welcome to Prairie du Chien” signs at the entries into the city have never been repaired or retouched since they were installed in 1998, and the Prairie du Chien Common Council is acting on that.

During its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 23, the common council approved a proposal from Openwood Studios, of Madison, to refurbish the front of each of the four signs at an expense of $2,025 apiece, or $8,100 total.

The work will include repairing and gluing all checks and cracks, sanding, priming and painting of the sign panel. The signs will actually be removed and delivered to Openwood Studios where two weeks of refinishing will take place. Then, they will be picked up and reinstalled by the Prairie du Chien Public Works Department. The company will supply stain for the posts to be refinished as well.

Wed
24
Feb

Slow no-wake at Campion landing to get second council reading

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council decided at its meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 23, to send a proposed slow-no wake designation for the Campion Boat Landing on to its March 1 council meeting for a second reading. This was based upon recommendation from the public works committee so the public has ample opportunity to share comments and concerns regarding the change.

The ordinance proposing the slow-no wake change has been reviewed and approved by the Department of Natural Resources. It would create a slow-no wake zone in the following area: 400 feet north of the northern edge of the Campion Street boat landing, then west to a point on Hunter Island, then south along the meandering line of the Mississippi River to the southern tip of Hunter Island, then east to a point 400 feet south of the southern edge of the Campion Street boat landing, then north along the meandering line of the Mississippi River back to beginning.

Wed
24
Feb

Packer fan’s memory bringing smiles to others


Julie, Tyler and Craig Bell proudly share one of their favorite photos of Todd Bell, who loved the Green Bay Packers so much that he applied for season tickets shortly before he passed away in 2012 from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In his honor, those handicap game tickets are now donated, through the Wheel of Todd organization, to kids, like Todd, who deserve a break in life. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Todd Bell’s great big smile was a contagious one. It was a smile that lit up every face around him. And it was never bigger than when his beloved Green Bay Packers were winning.

It’s been three years since Todd passed, 11 days before his 27th birthday. Yet, his unforgettable grin, along with a little team spirit in his honor, is still making an impact on kids and families across Wisconsin. Through the unrivaled Wheel of Todd, a non-profit organization started by his parents, Craig and Julie Bell, his joyful legacy lives on in the experiences of kids attending Packer games.

Born and raised in Eastman, Todd Orland Bell inherited Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and was diagnosed at age 5 with the genetic disorder, characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness.

Wed
24
Feb

Ag Students Study Aquaponics


Zach DuCharme, Nick Johnson and Joshua Linder stand next to their grow bed. The fish tank with its automatic feeder can be seen through the window of the greenhouse.

 

Prairie du Chien agriculture students build aquaponics system

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A group of Prairie du Chien High School agriculture students have been delving into the interesting and increasingly popular field of aquaponics this year. Zach DuCharme, Nick Johnson, Joshua Linder and Travis Strnad have built an aquaponics apparatus in the greenhouse and are hoping to grow fish as well as plants.

Mon
22
Feb

Railroad crossing bill approved in State Assembly

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A bill authored by State Representative Lee Nerison (R-Westby), which would allow pedestrians to walk directly across a clear stretch of railroad track without facing a fine for trespassing, has passed in the Wisconsin State Assembly by a vote of 59-34.

Mon
22
Feb

Teen accepted into special effects institute


Kaci Mansfield, 18, a 2015 Prairie du Chien High School graduate, is pictured in some gory glycerin- and gelatin-based makeup she created on herself for her Instagram page.

Kaci can apply special effects makeup to herself in a way that looks pretty real. (Submitted photos)

Kaci also enjoys applying beauty makeup and has a modern eye for fashion and hair styling.

Her own “zombie” hand

By Correne Martin

Since she was a little girl, Kaci Mansfield has had an eye for color and creativity. She’s always loved art and painting and her talents seem to come naturally.

The 2015 Prairie du Chien High School graduate has also been watching horror movies since she was 8 years old.

“I used to watch them with my dad, and we liked to watch the special features afterward where they showed how they make everything happen,” she recalled. “I definitely think the gore looks awesome.”

Fast forward about eight years—Kaci started watching YouTube tutorials and practicing special effects makeup on herself in high school. She fell in love with using cosmetics and appliances to create the appearance of bruises, cuts, blood and other deformities on her face and her arms and hands. She began experimenting by making herself into a zombie by using gelatin, glycerin and food coloring. She also started using latex for some of her ghastly looks.

Mon
22
Feb

Veterans and families can receive free counseling services in Prairie du Chien

By Correne Martin

Wisconsin Vet Centers serve veterans and their families by providing quality individual, marital, family and group counseling sessions at no cost.

The organization’s fully-licensed counselors are combat veterans with master’s degrees. Neil O’Connor, a readjustment counselor from the Madison Vet Center, comes to Prairie du Chien to meet with area veterans every second and last Thursday of each month. Appointments take place at the Crawford County Veterans Service Office, 225 N. Beaumont Rd., Suite 137, Prairie du Chien.

“We work hand-in-hand with the veterans hospital, but we find that, if veterans have to go there for care, they simply don’t,” said Dave Hosking, Vet Center outreach specialist. “So, we have someone travel here to meet with the veterans close to home.”

Mon
22
Feb

PdC third grader directs her compassion toward buddy benches


Mickenzie Dahl, 9, of Prairie du Chien, sold nearly 400 suckers at a quarter apiece over the course of the four-hour Valentine’s Day dance at Bluff View Feb. 12. She brought in $92 and is now averaging about $20 a week in sucker sales toward her fundraiser for buddy benches to be installed at Bluff View and B.A. Kennedy schools. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

A 9-year-old Prairie du Chien student is passionate about anti-bullying. Her belief: always take the nice path.

Mickenzie Dahl, a third grader at Bluff View Intermediate School, is actively trying to raise money, and has collected about $1,500, toward purchasing two buddy benches for the Bluff View and B.A. Kennedy Elementary School playgrounds.

A buddy bench creates a safe spot for shy classmates to signify that they want to partake in playground activities, that they’ve been bullied or that they’re upset and would like a friend. The concept is simple; a buddy bench provides a more inclusive environment within the school community.

Mickenzie’s venture started several weeks ago when her mom, Serena Lindner, noticed she had written some personal thoughts about bullying on their home computer. They said, in part:

Wed
17
Feb

Crawford County Board

 

Presentation about PdC 

School District referendum 

given at County Board meeting

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
17
Feb

Eagle Appreciation Days


An adult bald eagle surveys the water near the Washington Street Bridge. Eagles have been very prominent of late in the Prairie du Chien area. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Bald Eagle Appreciation Days to offer variety 

of educational programs, exhibits and live raptors

The 11th Annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27 in Prairie du Chien. The event will feature new programs and presentations by state and local birding experts. Bald Eagle Appreciation Days will consist of educational and fun activities for outdoor enthusiasts and the whole family.

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