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Mon
26
Jan

Eagles Telethon achieves 40 years, looks to exceed $750,000 this year


It wouldn’t be the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon without the locally-famous Ding-a-Lings. These lovely ladies have been performing on the telethon stage since the very first year of the event in 1976. (Photo by Randy Paske)

By Correne Martin

The Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon will reach a major milestone on Saturday, Jan. 31. Not only will this be the 40th year of the community celebration in support of heart and cancer research, but it will also be the year in which donations exceed $750,000. That’s three-quarters of a million dollars!

The 2015 talent show, live auction and eight-hour spectacle will begin at 5 p.m. at Bluff View Intermediate School in Prairie du Chien and last until 1 a.m. Up to 15 raffles and live auction items will include a 2014-15 mens’ Wisconsin Badger basketball, signed by all the players and coaches; a 2014-15 Packer football signed by the team; a Robin Yount signed print; a Corey Hart signed print accompanied by two Brewers club seat tickets.

Wed
21
Jan

Eastman man charged with fifth OWI

A 45-year-old Eastman man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth offense).

Corey Lee Hammond faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Hammond was driving in Prairie du Chien when he attempted to make a turn, missed the street and ended up in snowbank in a nearby yard. Hammond then backed up and proceeded down the street, the complaint said.

A Prairie du Chien Police Officer then stopped Hammond and subsequently placed him under arrest.

Hammond has previously been convicted of an OWI four times.

Wed
21
Jan

Where do your taxes go in the city of Prairie du Chien?


TOTAL TAXES ON A $100,000 HOME

By Correne Martin

Full payment or at least the first installment of property taxes in Prairie du Chien are due to the city by Saturday, Jan. 31. (Second installments must be paid to the county treasurer by July 31.) Prairie du Chien tax bills are around $2,890 per $100,000 of property value, which equals a decrease of about $5.39 over the previous year.

A breakdown of the 2014 tax bill, generated by City Administrator Aaron Kramer, can help property owners understand exactly where their money is going.

Mon
19
Jan

Out To Lunch


Members of Out To Lunch include, front row: Jordyn Fischer, Brianna Herreid and Anna McDuffy. Second row: Kelly Check, Mariah Schwager and Erin Morovitz. Third row: Hope Russell and Autumn Kivi. Fourth row: Jacob Mara, Carter Wittrig and Kyle Wilkenson. Fifth row: Ethan Kilby and Claton Kansier. Sixth row: Nate Oehler, Adam Rider and Daniel Rider. (Photo submitted)

 

A note of distinction for Prairie du Chien vocal group

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Prairie du Chien High School’s long-standing vocal jazz group “Out To Lunch” has earned yet another noteworthy distinction. The a cappella group will be one of only three music groups which will perform at the Wisconsin State Education Convention in Milwaukee which runs from Jan. 21-23. 

Wed
14
Jan

First baby born at Crossing Rivers


Chaise Anderson and Rachel Mezera proudly show off their firstborn, Paisley Grace Anderson, the first baby born at Crossing Rivers Health in 2015—on Monday, Jan. 12, at 10:38 a.m. According to hospital records dating back to 1991, this is the latest in January that the New Year’s baby has been born. (Photos by Correne Martin)

One-day-old Paisley Grace was snuggled up in a cozy, pink blanket for her first photo shoot at Crossing Rivers Health Tuesday.

By Correne Martin

New Year’s baby watch 2015 at Crossing Rivers Health is officially over. A precious newborn girl, Paisley Grace Anderson, ended the wait when she arrived into this world on Monday, Jan. 12, at 10:28 a.m., weighing 7 pounds, 1.3 ounces, and measuring 18.8 inches long.

Mom Rachel Mezera and dad Chaise Anderson, who live in Patch Grove, are the new parents. Rachel is a Prairie du Chien High School graduate and Chaise a Wauzeka-Steuben High School graduate. Grandparents are Teresa and Dale Champion, of Prairie du Chien; Randy and Laurel Mezera, of La Crosse; Tammy and Steve Montalto, of Wauzeka; and Kraig Anderson, of Patch Grove.

“She’s been pretty good, either sleeping or feeding,” Rachel said, stroking the baby’s fine dark hair, about 27 hours after meeting her firstborn. “She likes her pacifier.”

Wed
14
Jan

Marquette Road reconstruction, from Mooney to La Pointe, set for 2017

By Correne Martin

Engineers presented the proposed 2017 Marquette Road project to a room of about 25 local citizens, mostly business owners, on Tuesday night at Prairie du Chien City Hall. The reconstruction will occur between La Pointe and Mooney Streets and consist of turning the existing four-lane undivided highway into a modified three-lane roadway with a two-way, left-turn lane and widened shoulders.

The project is provisionally scheduled to begin around April 2017 and last most of the construction season, likely through October. Plans are not yet finalized, and won’t be until August of 2016. Real estate acquisitions, which include four minor pieces of right-of-way, are the next phase for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. According to Heidi Schwarz, project engineer from Knight Engineers and Architects, of La Crosse, no businesses will close as a result of the acquisitions, though some signs may be moved.

Wed
14
Jan

Amundson

 

Overflow crowd at school 

board meeting, no action 

taken regarding principal

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
12
Jan

Principal disciplined

 

Principal placed 

on disciplinary leave

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
12
Jan

Principal placed on disciplinary leave

By Ted Pennekamp

Bluff View Intermediate School Principal Aaron Amundson has been placed on unpaid disciplinary leave for five days (Jan. 7-13) for using inappropriate language while addressing a group of students who were getting ready for a merit party on Dec. 23, 2014. Amundson will have no contact with any students or be on school grounds during the leave.

Shortly after the Dec. 23 incident, two complaints were filed by parents with the school district stating that Amundson called some students idiots and also used the word “kill” while addressing students in anger because they weren’t listening to his instructions.

Mon
12
Jan

Comedic madness at "Fun" Raising Follies


Tom Nelson and Cindy Hertrampf fronted a musical number alongside the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages. This was just one of many highlights from the “Fun” Raising Follies event, in support of the local Mississippi River Sculpture Park, this past weekend. (Photos by Randy Paske)

The Extreme Synchronized Swim Team shared their talents with the Follies audience. They included (front row, from left) Pauline Clanton, Suzette Cunningham, Lori Beckum, Randi Kleusner; (back row) Mike Rider and Dave Hemmer.

Mike McCoy and Erin Sanders put on a charming performance as the beloved Sonny and Cher during the “Fun” Raising Follies for the Mississippi River Sculpture Park. Visit sculpturepark.org for more information.

“Gene, Gene the Dancing Machine,” Ken Stoeffler, bravely went solo on the Follies stage, shaking his money maker.

Baton Twirlers were Mary Novey, Randi Kluesner and Cathie Sutton.

Randy and Kathly Paske took advantage of a photo opp with the three Klement's Famous Racing Sausages who attended the Follies.

The National Brass group included Bob Meyer, Kurt Kuenzel, Doyce Huebsch, Jim Klosterboer and Steve McCorkindale.

Hosts Tom Nelson, Cindy Hertrampf and

The audience was full for each of the three performances.

Cathie Nelson presented the pot to the winner of Saturday night's 50/50 raffle.

Mayor Dave Hemmer tries to sneak out of a picture with the Klement's sausages.

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