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Register for Dec. 5 Wake Up Santa

Santa has been so busy planning for the upcoming holiday season that he has been caught napping on the job! Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter invites all children to Wake up Santa on Saturday, Dec. 5 in the community room of Prairie du Chien City Hall. Santa will be awakened promptly at 8:30 a.m. Kids are welcome to bring noisemakers to get the job done. Doors will open at 8 a.m. Children will wait quietly behind the closed doors of the community room until the countdown at 8:30. A pancake and sausage breakfast will follow and will be served until 10 a.m.

Admission includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast, a personalized visit with Santa, Santa games including Santa bingo, pin the nose on Rudolph and Santa says. Children can also “make and take” an ornament for their Christmas tree in Santa’s Workshop. New this year, Tristan the magician will entertain the children as they wait their turn to visit with Santa. Children 3 and under are free.

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LED lighting program to save city of Prairie du Chien money

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien started an exterior LED lighting program in 2013 with goals of becoming more energy efficient and saving money. These days, the program is about 95 percent complete, according to Co-Manager of Public Works Terry Meyer.  

“This fall, we did from Main Street west on Blackhawk Avenue, including Water Street, all of the (Highway 18) bypass and all of the city-owned lights on St. Feriole Island,” Meyer noted. “We have a couple parking lots to go yet and some small miscellaneous lights, like the ones in front of city hall, but that’s all we have left.”

LED bulbs draw less power, cost less per year in energy and maintenance, and last up to 50,000 hours, which is much longer than a typical incandescent, Meyer pointed out. The upfront cost of LEDs is higher, yet payback takes roughly three years, he said, and then the city begins saving money.

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Additional rooms at Bluff Haven Assisted Living near full already


The new great room at Bluff Haven Assisted Living includes a cathedral ceiling, two fireplaces and large flat-screen TVs for residents and visitors to enjoy. The entire addition put on this summer is 8,000 square feet and has 12 more private studio apartments, bringing the total to 18 rooms and 20 beds. Nearly all of these are full already too. (Photos by Correne Martin)

A hallway and entryway to an apartment in the addition are pictured.

Shown here is the wide open living space of a currently vacant apartment at Bluff Haven Assisted Living.

Residents can take a relaxing bath in the spa if they wish.

By Correne Martin

With an additional 8,000 square feet and 12 more private, assisted living studio apartments, Bluff Haven in Prairie du Chien now offers 18 rooms and 20 beds and nearly all of them are full. In April, when the addition was first announced, about 30 names were on the waiting list for a room. And it’s not expected to be long before that list grows again, according to Alesha Erdenberger, administrator of Bluff Haven Assisted Living and Community Health Services Corporation senior vice president of operations.

“It definitely filled a need,” Erdenberger said. “We would like to keep [occupancy] at 100 percent. We’ve only been open a couple weeks and we have just one single room and one double left to fill.”
Out of 39 residents, eight are men and 31 are women. The one double room already occupied houses a husband and wife.

For those adjusting to the transition of the new space, “it went much better than expected,” Erdenberger added.

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New Reading Program

 

New reading 

program becoming popular at library

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Public Library is offering a relatively new family reading project for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. 

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Hunter accidently shoots house window

On Nov. 22 at 7:42 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a window being shot out of a house on Bluff Wilderness Lane in rural Prairie du Chien Township.  

Crawford County deputies and Wisconsin DNR investigated the incident. It was learned that Terry L. Tesar, 54, Prairie du Chien, was hunting when he pulled up his gun to shoot a deer. Tesar hit and killed the deer but the bullet traveled through the deer and went approximately 140 yards and struck the window of an occupied residence. No one inside the residence was hurt.  

Tesar faces possible trespassing tickets and the incident remains under investigation.

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Wauzeka woman charged following crash

 

On Nov. 22, at 4:21 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 report of a one-vehicle rollover crash at the intersection of Highway 179 and Swatek Ridge.

First Responders and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene and determined that Justine Duha, 21, Wauzeka, was operating a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado southbound on Swatek Ridge approaching the stop sign at Highway 179. Duha was unable to stop her vehicle at the intersection, lost control and skidded sideways across Highway 179. Duha’s vehicle skidded sideways to the shoulder then flipped over on its top into the ditch.

Duha was transported to Crossing River’s Health by Tri-State Ambulance for minor injuries. Duha has been charged for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and operating a vehicle without insurance.

Assisting on the scene were the Eastman Fire Department, Eastman First Responders, Tri-State Ambulance and Bob’s Towing.

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Deer hunter dies following heart attack

On Nov. 21, the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of an 85-year-old man who had suffered an apparent heart attack while hunting.  

James Evers of Madison died from an apparent heart attack while walking with his son on property on Byers Road in Scott Township.

Evers’ 61-year-old son from Peoria, Ill. was performing CPR when the Boscobel Fire and EMS responded. Evers was transported to Boscobel Hospital where he was pronounced dead by Coroner Joe Morovits.

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Man killed in fall from tree stand

On Nov. 20, at 6:13 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of an individual who had fallen out of his tree stand on property located on Sunset Ridge in Eastman Township.

Dennis Kiefer, 51, Oconomowac, died from injuries suffered after he had fallen approximately 15 feet out of his tree stand while bow hunting.

Eastman Fire and EMS responded with four wheelers and a UTV to get to the victim. Tri State Ambulance was also called to assist and transported Kiefer to Crossing Rivers Health where he was later pronounced dead by coroner Joe Morovits.

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Shop local this holiday season

By Correne Martin

To save time during the holiday hustle and bustle, for quality products and services, and for trustworthy knowledge and experience, look no further than the Prairie du Chien area for gift shopping this year. Supporting local, independent merchants keeps the community thriving so those businesses can be available when you need them.

“If you don’t give back to them, they can’t give back to you,” said Theresa Mezera, owner of Panka Shoe Store. “Every time we’re asked to give to proms, school trips, benefits, church dinners, EMS—all fundraisers and charities—it’s so much easier to give to someone if they’ve been in my store.”

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Zabel shares rural farm life stories in book


Harvey Zabel tells stories about rural Crawford County farm life in his new book, “What Happened on Famechon Ridge.” A book signing is set for Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The farm life of yesteryear is the setting of the first non-fiction book, “What Happened on Famechon Ridge,” written by retired Prairie du Chien dairy farmer Harvey Zabel. A local book signing is planned at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Filled with short stories and poems about his real-life shenanigans on the home farm, which has been in the family for 120 years (first under his dad’s uncle William Schultz), the book tells about various episodes of his lifetime, including a combine showdown, coon hunting, tractor pulls and tractor purchases, hybrid seed corn, swinging on a cottonwood tree limb, weather predictions, maple syrup and sorghum, the sawmill, rope making, mustard plaster, his kids, dogs and cats, snowstorms, and how Famechon Ridge got its name. A few old-time photographs are sprinkled in among the pages.

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