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03
Sep

First Day of School at B.A. Kennedy


Nervous, excited, scared, rambunctious—all those feelings are part of the first day of school, especially in those first moments as students meet their new teacher and classmates and march down the hallway to their classroom. The youngest of B.A. Kennedy’s students, the 4K kids, exuded all those emotions Tuesday, Sept. 2. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Mrs. Megan Copsey showed one of her 4K students, Emma Niedziejko, where to hang her bookbag Tuesday morning. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Parker Bedward and his classmates were full of questions as Mrs. Copsey’s 4K class sat together to learn about how their routine will start each and every school day at B.A. Kennedy.

Students in Mr. Shawn Zeeh’s first grade started their first day of school off with a tour of their classroom and a rundown of how to behave well in class. They were all ears.
Wed
03
Sep

Opportunity Center clients find job success in community


Patricia Majors has become a great fit as a True Value employee. She is pictured (middle) with her supervisor, Donna Teynor, and store manager, Oscar Eastman.

Deb Reed and Andrea Neis worked on jarring soups at the Sharing Spaces Kitchen recently.

By Correne Martin

As all eyes focus on work centers for citizens with disabilities and their future in the state of Wisconsin, which is altering its Family Care regulations, the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien currently has over a dozen clients excelling in community-based employment.

Many adults with disabilities are happy and satisfied completing tasks on the Opportunity Center work floor. Yet, there are others who can and want to go out into the community and perform jobs at the expected standards. That’s where the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Division of Vocational Rehab (DVR) comes in. The DVR program has made it possible for about 14 Opportunity Center clients to be hired for jobs with local businesses.

Wed
03
Sep

Rare, white hummingbird in Prairie du Chien

Extremely rare hummingbird
This white ruby-throated hummingbird was photographed by Gary Benish of Prairie du Chien. Fewer than 100 white hummingbirds have ever been reported in the Americas.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Gary Benish of Prairie du Chien recently had a strange visitor to his backyard hummingbird feeder. On Wednesday, Aug. 27, Gary noticed a white hummingbird at his feeder, got his camera and began snapping numerous photos.

Wed
03
Sep

Former Olympic rower passes through Prairie du Chien

Positive strokes
The two Victorian skiffs of the Mississippi Million Challenge row past Lawler Park in Prairie du Chien on Saturday afternoon. More than $250,000 has been raised so far. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On Saturday afternoon at about 3 p.m., people along the beach on St. Feriole Island, at Lawler Park or on the water had the opportunity to see a pair of Victorian skiffs rowing steadily along through the slow-no-wake area. 

The large wooden skiffs were about 20 feet long and each had three occupants including two rowers and a coxswain. 

Wed
03
Sep

Something to bear in mind

Bearish in Eastman
This bear was seen at 59378 Lucky Lane, Eastman, the home of Jack and Betty Olson. It was spotted by Betty at about 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29. (Photo by Jack Olson)

 

Eastman couple surprised by big back yard visitor

By Ted Pennekamp

 

An Eastman couple got quite a large surprise on Friday afternoon when they saw a big black bear in their back yard. 

Thu
28
Aug

Cabela’s Campfire Committee gives back in a unique way

By Ted Pennekamp

Various businesses in Prairie du Chien make an effort to give back to the community, and Cabela’s is no different in this regard. Cabela’s is perhaps unique, however, in that its employees democratically choose which charitable project to work on from year to year.

This year, for example, approximately 100 Cabela’s employees voted by secret ballot to raise money for new dugouts at Bluff View. Cabela’s Powersports Administrative Assistant Kay DeLanzo said the dugout project was chosen from a group of seven proposals submitted.

“We’re always trying to give back to the community,” said DeLanzo, who is a member of the Cabela’s Campfire Committee, a group of 10 employees who volunteer their time to fund-raise for various causes. “This year, we reached out and will raise funds to build new dugouts for the Prairie du Chien High School girls softball team, which will be built next year.”

Wed
27
Aug

Construction Cash winner

Susan Johnson, of Prairie du Chien, was the winner of $50 in Construction Cash this week. She registered to win at Tender Care Animal Hospital in Prairie du Chien. Pictured, Johnson and her canine Rascal receive their “cash” as well as a gift basket full of dog treats, Heartguard, Frontline and other pet care products from Ken Quick, co-owner of Tender Care. Construction Cash is a Courier Press promotion running in conjunction with the Marquette Road construction project. The cash can be spent at any one of the 27 participating businesses in the community. Be sure to sign up for your chance to be the next winner.

Wed
27
Aug

Local man charged with substantial battery

A 24-year-old Prairie du Chien man was charged on Aug. 20 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of substantial battery.

Joshua A. Moeck faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a witness saw Moeck on Aug. 9, at approximately 2 a.m., hit a man on the back patio of Bob’s Bar for no apparent reason. The man fell to the ground apparently unconscious. The witness later told investigating officers that he saw Moeck strike the man several more times in the head while the man was on the ground. The witness said Moeck then ran from the area, according to the complaint.

The victim later told officers he was outside the bar when he was blind-sided by someone and does not remember much after being hit, the complaint said.

The victim sustained lacerations to the head and a broken nose. He was taken to Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital.

Wed
27
Aug

Stubbe’s purpose has been ‘Jest For Kids’ for 25 years


Rhonda Stubbe and her day care students from last school year are pictured on Zebra Day. “Z is for zebra. Run, run, run. Having lots of fun in the sun, sun, sun.” Pictured with Rhonda are (from left) Brianna, Bella, Deven, Kadyn, Parker, Madie and Zach.

Rhonda Stubbe started the Jest For Kids licensed day care center 25 years ago in her Prairie du Chien home.

By Correne Martin

Someday, the children Rhonda Stubbe has cared for at Jest For Kids Family Child Care Center may come back as adults and express their gratitude for giving them a good start in life.

“For a minimal part of the day, I get to be the parent they can’t have while mom and dad are working,” Stubbe said. “That’s my purpose. I’ve always loved children and I’ve enjoyed my job providing care for hundreds of children over the years.”

Rhonda, with support from her husband, Matt, started Jest For Kids 25 years ago. She remembers the day remarkably well.

“Jim and Cheryl Trentin were my first day care parents. I remember her handing me a $10 and a $5 and, I said, ‘What is this for? You mean I get paid to do this?’” she recalled.

She had been working as a computer operator for Peoples State Bank and was frustrated going to work knowing her two young daughters weren’t happy at their day care.

Wed
27
Aug

Boat landing improved

Parking lots are better
The parking lots on both sides of the tube at the Ambro Slough Landing have been improved through a shared project between the Wisconsin DNR and the Gremore Lake District. Another photo of the project is on page B2.

 

DNR, Gremore Lake Disrict team 

up to improve Ambro Slough Landing

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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