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City of PdC to negotiate with DOT for surplus land near wastewater treatment plant

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council has decided to enter negotiations with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for a small piece of surplus DOT land that remained after the Highway 18 Bypass project years ago.

The land in consideration includes a section bounded by the city’s wastewater treatment plant, Lockwood Street, the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad tracks and campground property, as the council discussed Tuesday night.
“There’s some additional land there and the council wishes to negotiate with the DOT to see if they can agree on a plan that might be beneficial to the city,” noted City Administrator Art Osten.

No specific plans for that property have been released.

Brunson/Fowler alleys flooding
When heavy rains occur in Prairie du Chien, flooding has tended to be an issue in the area of Brunson and Fowler Streets, where they intersect with 9th and 10th Streets.

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19
Jul

Area student represents and wins at FBLA nationals


Pictured are (from left to right) Rebecca Breuer, Jonathan Breuer and Bea Mumm. These students were able to experience California and the national FBLA convention as Jonathan found success with his project by taking third place among the national competition. (Photos by Tina Dilley)

Jonathan Breuer, National FBLA winner for 3D animation, and his sister Rebecca, were defined as the sibling version of a “power couple.” Jonathan received third place at nationals in Anaheim, Calif.

By Rachel Mergen

 

Jonathan Breuer, at the age of 16, was officially the first to ever qualify, compete and win at National Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for River Ridge. He traveled to Anaheim, Calif., earlier this month with FBLA members Bea Mumm and his sister Rebecca, his adviser Tina Dilley and her husband Troy, for a life-changing experience that would lead to third place in the nation.

“I did the project so I could learn,” Jonathan said as he looked back on the simple start of a long journey. FBLA had determined the topic of his contest, 3D animation, as “Go Green.” He began researching and brain-storming about this theme in September 2016. For the next six months, he would find himself spending hundreds of hours creating what would eventually, according to Tina, “completely blow the judges away.”

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19
Jul

Wauzeka’s young adult population increasing quickly

By Rachel Mergen

 

“The beautiful area and small community is amazing. [It’s] so close you can’t go anywhere without running into someone you know. It makes Wauzeka very welcoming and a great place to live,” Kylie Zimmerman, Wauzeka resident, exclaimed about the community she calls home. Zimmerman is a member of the young adult population in the small municipality of 721 people.

Recently, University of Wisconsin-Madison graduates and faculty declared the town’s Millenial and Generation X population as one of the fastest growing in the state. 

The goal of the study, titled the Engaging Young People Research Project, is to “find how positive forms of community development attract and retain young adults,” according to the group of researchers who took the lead.

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Jul

Passenger arrested for meth

On July 9, at 11:06 p.m., a deputy with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office was patrolling County Road B near Morkrid Drive in the township of Utica. The deputy came upon a 1997 Toyota RAV 4 parked partially in the eastbound lane of traffic with its hazard lights flashing.

The driver was identified as Kimberly K. Brown, 37, Gays Mills, and the passenger, Ryan T. Melvin, 29, Readstown. Brown and Melvin provided the deputy with two different responses about why their vehicle was parked in the roadway. Melvin was acting nervous while speaking with the deputy.

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Students exchange familiarity for a year abroad through Rotary


Kamryn Tesar and Magnus Goltermann, both 16, have a unique bond. They’re both Rotary Youth Exchange students, Kamryn from Prairie du Chien traveling to Taiwan next month, and Magnus, who is headed home to Denmark after a yearlong adventure in Prairie du Chien. The coats they’re wearing exhibit pins from many fellow exchange students they’ve met and befriended. Kamryn’s collection is likely to look like Magnus’ within a year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Two teenagers from different parts of the world became close friends in Prairie du Chien this past year thanks to the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

Kamryn Tesar, of Prairie du Chien, and Magnus Goltermann, of Ballerup, Denmark, are 16-year-old exchange students with quite similar interests and outlooks. Magnus came to Wisconsin in August 2016 and Kamryn will leave her hometown next month for Dounan, Yunlin County, Taiwan.

In March 2016, Kamryn, the daughter of Kim Corpian and Kevin Tesar, had been approved for an overseas exchange and, expressing a desire to know more about the program, became connected online with Magnus, who was soon to embark on his journey to the United States. Cheryl Mader, the Prairie du Chien Rotary Club’s youth exchange coordinator, helped bring the pair together. The two were fast friends; Kamryn even went along when Magnus was picked up at the airport last summer.

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17
Jul

Casual community party at Memorial Gardens July 19

By Correne Martin

A picturesque garden and a boisterous party—how might they mesh if brought together?

Well, the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens Committee hosted a couple hundred people last July, upon bringing the idea of a party gathering to the serene gardens. They will host Went to a Garden Party once again on the 10 acres of city property, Wednesday, July 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. The entire community is invited to this open house in the gardens, rain or shine.

This free, casual event is intended as an opportunity to showcase the gardens to the public. There will be samples of Eagles Landing wine and Potosi beer, Valley Fish and Cheese specialties and complementary music to enjoy. Local and statewide Master Gardeners will be in attendance to talk with anyone having questions and give informal tours, while informational pamphlets will also be available for the taking.

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Bluff View, BAK Construction


Renovation of the B.A. Kennedy Elementary School Library is underway. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Earth moving and grading has begun for the addition to Bluff View Intermediate School. The addition will house a gym, a wood working shop and a band room.

 

Construction underway at Bluff View, BAK

By Ted Pennekamp

 

In addition to the three-court gym, new greenhouse, Prairie du Chien Area Arts Center, and other improvements at Prairie du Chien High School, upgrades at B.A. Kennedy Elementary School and Bluff View Intermediate School are well underway as well. 

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Jul

Guilty plea entered in U’Ren crash case

By Correne Martin

A guilty plea was entered on behalf of the man who caused the February crash in Madison that took the lives of husband and wife, Kirk U’Ren and Prairie du Chien native Jennifer Steiner, according to Wisconsin Circuit Court records.

Brandon Ballweg, 26, of Stoughton, pled guilty July 13, in Dane County Court to five of 12 charges against him and no contest to a sixth charge. The court dismissed six counts. According to court records, bail has also been revoked and a pre-sentence investigation was ordered by Judge John Hyland.

U’Ren was driving and Steiner was a passenger in one of the four vehicles involved in a Feb. 12 crash on Highway 30 in Madison. He was pronounced dead at the scene, while she passed away two weeks later from injuries sustained in the crash. The couple was from Cottage Grove and left behind twin boys.

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12
Jul

‘Friends’ happy to help PdC Memorial Library

By Rachel Mergen

 

After fading away in recent years, the Friends of the Library program has been resurrected, reassembled and is ready to dominate the fundraising game to support the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library.

“We want the organization to be much more active and interactive,” Barbara Davis, member of the Friends of the Library Board, stated. Since the return of the program, the organization has grown greatly in the community. The number of members is continuously increasing with help from a variety of membership drives.

Wed
12
Jul

Allied Horsemanship excited to benefit the area


Seth Brandt, 5, of Prairie du Chien, recently enjoyed a session with Allied Horsemanship, in which he played games and got to know his horse a little bit better. (Submitted photos)

Shannon Gher is excited to bring Allied Horsemanship to the Prairie du Chien area.

By Rachel Mergen

 

“Allied Horsemanship strives to empower people and improve their quality of life by promoting horse and human interactions through equine assisted activities,” reads the mission statement for the new non-profit therapeutic equine program in Prairie du Chien, created by Shannon Gher in January 2017.

“One of my older brothers came home one day and said, ‘Mom, dad, I bought a horse.’ Everything started after that,” Gher said. She joined the Crawford County 4-H and taught herself to ride. 

For college, she attended UW-River Falls, receiving a bachelor’s degree in animal science with an equine emphasis. She participated in many riding programs and volunteered often while in school. 

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