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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.

Mon
08
Feb

Public school open enrollment application period is underway

Wisconsin’s public school open enrollment application period, which allows parents an opportunity to send their children to any public school district in the state, runs from Feb. 1 to April 29 for the 2016‑17 school year.

Traditionally, children in Wisconsin are assigned to public school districts based on the location of their parents’ home. Open enrollment is a tuition-free opportunity for parents to apply for their children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one in which they live.

The state’s open enrollment program is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and began in the 1998-99 school year with 2,464 students transferring from their home district to a nonresident district. The program has grown over the years with 53,188 students transferring during the 2014-15 school year.

Mon
08
Feb

Specialties provided in cardiology, endocrinology, pelvic floor issues and beyond


Center for Specialty Care patient Sheila Noordhoek (second from left) is joined by her Crossing Rivers Health women’s health team, including Jake Whitt, InterStim therapy consultant; Mandy Pettit, RN, MSN; and Jason Rexroth, MD.

By Correne Martin

In July 2015, Crossing Rivers Health expanded to offer a new Center for Specialty Care to patients in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa who want to be seen by specialists locally rather than drive out of town for such care. Having these specialists available regularly also means more opportunities for community education.

“The Center for Specialty Care was developed to meet the health care needs of the area, as they were identified from a community health needs assessment,” stated Mandy Pettit, clinic nurse manager and lactation consultant for Crossing Rivers Health. “A lot of our growth has come from that assessment. We’re really happy to bring these services to life right here, close to home for our patients in the region.”

The Center for Specialty Care is located at the medical center, in the outpatient services area from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and in the urgent care area after hours.

New specialist services include:

Mon
08
Feb

Removal of snow near fire hydrants discussed

By Correne Martin

Coincidently, last week’s snowstorm arrived one week after the Prairie du Chien Police and Fire Commission discussed removal of snow from around city fire hydrants. The conversation centered around who takes responsibility over removing the snow.

According to Prairie du Chien Fire Chief Harry Remz, it is the city’s territory. However, the city is asking for cooperation from its residents and property owners in taking care of snow around the hydrants in their neighborhoods, if possible.

“If you’re right there shoveling the sidewalk, we would greatly appreciate it if you can just clear the snow from around the hydrant at the same time. And if you are unable to move the snow, maybe you can ask the person who shovels for you,” Remz said. “It’s a matter of public safety.”

Wed
03
Feb

American Hazelnut Company


Southwestern Wisconsin (Third District) Congressman Ron Kind got his first peek recently during a meeting at the Hungry House Restaurant in Prairie du Chien at three products launched in January by the American Hazelnut Company of Gays Mills. Kind (left) was briefed by Brad Niemcek of Gays Mills on how the grower-owned company is introducing its nuts, oil and gluten-free flour to chefs, bakers and candy makers throughout the region.

 

American Hazelnut 

Company launches three products

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The American Hazelnut Company continues to crack right along with the launching of three products in January. The products include nuts, oil and gluten-free flour.

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