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Wed
17
Jan

Disabled Vietnam vet may be ‘falling through the cracks’


This photo of Steve Narcisse is one of his service time that he proudly displays outside his home at a local nursing home.

VA system laws not the perfect fit for all cases

By Correne Martin

Mainstream opinion is that United States veterans are deserving of the utmost attention when it comes to care and services. However, these vehement matters involve as much “red tape” as most other state and federal programs, making the processes, the benchmarks and the programs in general more complicated to navigate.

Steve Narcisse, a 79-year-old disabled Vietnam veteran from Wauzeka who’s a patient at a Prairie du Chien nursing home, is just one example of a veteran struggling to get everything desired within the veterans affairs (VA) system. The hearing-impaired, minimally-verbal, wartime veteran is of Creole descent and, according to those closest to him, he’s as nice as can be and lived a modest life in the cities of Milwaukee and New Orleans before moving to Crawford County in the mid-2000s.

Wed
17
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Mayne

By Rachel Mergen

 

“I want to make a difference in the world,” Terry Mayne, River Ridge kindergarten teacher, said sincerely about why she decided to become a teacher. For almost 40 years, she has taught in the district.

Mayne, originally from Lancaster, received her degree at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She also completed credits at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Wed
17
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Ellefson

By Rachel Mergen

Jean Ellefson’s mother was a teacher since the age of 18. Ellefson grew up in her foot steps, having watched her mother when she would bring her and her siblings to school on the weekends to help decorate the classroom and do small work activities.

Today, Ellefson finds herself as part of the current generation of educators, covering the role of Seneca Area School District’s librarian and Title I teacher since August of 1980.

“We didn’t have a whole lot of toys as kids,” Ellefson said about how she ended up with her love of reading. Her childhood was spent being read to by her parents and family and learning to read for herself. “I don’t remember a time not loving reading.”

Wed
17
Jan

GSA forms in Prairie du Chien

 

Prairie du Chien GSA strives to 

empower, educate

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
17
Jan

District administrator resigns from post at Wauzeka-Steuben

The School District of the Wauzeka-Steuben Board of Education has announced that District Administrator Robert Sailer has submitted a letter of resignation.

The resignation is effective June 30. The board and Dr. Sailer have discussed how to move forward with hiring a replacement administrator and determined that it would be in the best interests of the district to engage an interim administrator to facilitate that transition. Therefore, Sailer will step aside from his active role with the district effective immediately to allow the district to begin this transition work.

In his letter, Sailer thanked the staff members, students, families, board members and community members of Wauzeka-Steuben for making the school district community a special place. He also expressed his desire to explore new professional and personal options and opportunities.

Mon
15
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Antoniewicz

By Rachel Mergen

After watching his father and brother work as engineers, Dave Antoniewicz, a native to Waukesha, thought he had discovered the path for him. These influences in his life faded a bit though once he entered college at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. 

Antoniewicz’s change of plans was a blessing to the students of Prairie du Chien High School, who now learn from the mathematics and engineering teacher of over 35 years. 

Antoniewcz originally began his career in the school district as an intern. In this position, he took the roll of a part-time teacher. He taught pre-algebra and algebra 1, while also supervising a study hall. 

Mon
15
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Jungbluth

By Rachel Mergen

Katarina Jungbluth defines herself as “sort of a kid-at-heart.” She has been a teacher within the Wauzeka-Steuben Elementary School for the past 33 years, having taught all grades in the school except for first. Currently, she finds enjoyment in teaching fourth grade children.

As a youngster, Jungbluth found herself babysitting constantly. “I love working with kids,” she said.

Jungbluth attended the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minn. She stated that she loved studying there and “would recommend anyone to go there.”

After graduation, she discovered the job market was quite tight for teachers. She noted, “It was not unusual to have applied for a teaching job that more than 50 other people had also applied for.”

When she found employment in the Wauzeka-Steuben School District, she knew nothing about the area, except that it was on a “beautiful side of the state.”

Mon
15
Jan

Counseling could save your life


Colleen Teynor, a licensed clinical social worker at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in Prairie du Chien, is pictured in her office. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

By Rachel Mergen

 

Licensed professional counselors dedicate their lives to helping people who find themselves facing difficult emotions, major life changes and struggles that attempt to overpower them.

Colleen Teynor, a counselor at Mayo Clinic in Prairie du Chien, is prepared to help locals live a fulfilling life not defined by the battles in their heads and their lives. Each day, she and other counselors work with patients experiencing depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, behavioral issues and substance abuse, along with many other difficulties. These problems often result from traumatic events, abuse, divorce, brain irregularities and genetics, among a multitude of other causes.

Mon
15
Jan

Board races uncontested for River Ridge

The River Ridge School District Board will have two seats up for re-election for the April 3 election.

Board member Cory Raisbeck is no longer running, though newcomer Aaron Stagman is running for his seat. Incumbent Adam Guthrie is running again in his position.

Mon
15
Jan

PdC city council has 1 contested race

There will be one contested common council race on the ballot in the city of Prairie du Chien this spring.

Incumbent Ron Leys and challenger Nathan Bremmer are both seeking election to the District 1 council seat in the April 3 race.

All other races feature incumbents running for re-election without opponents: Mayor Dave Hemmer; council members Mike “Stubby” Jones (District 2), Todd Crotty (District 3), Karen Solomon (District 4), Heather Olson, (District 5) and Todd Myers (District 6); and Municipal Court Judge Dan Key.

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