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PdC Handmade to showcase trendy, local craft vendors April 1

‘Not your typical grandma craft fair’

By Correne Martin

The number of trendy, talented local crafters is on the rise. Consumers are looking to shop small and support local entrepreneurs. Combining the area’s most up-and-coming handmade crafters with an opportunity for potential customers to purchase their products, PdC Handmade is a first-time vendor fair unique to the area.

On April 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Barn Restaurant, PdC Handmade will showcase about 10 innovative and stylish creators and in-home shop owners along with their customized pieces. The mix of products range from jewelry and baby clothing to artwork and bath essentials at a range of price points appealing to every age. Admission to the vendor fair is free and open to everyone.

Wed
22
Mar

Rotary exchange to India spreads friendship, understanding


Cheryl Mader, Prairie du Chien Rotary Club exchange coordinator, enjoyed a personal Rotary Friendship Exchange to three communities in India recently. She is pictured in a girls hostile in Vapi, in west-central India. (Submitted photo)

Cheryl Mader dressed in a locally-traditional kurti tunic for one of her days sightseeing in Junagadh. She’s pictured at a botanical garden at an agricultural university.

The scenic beauty in Junagadh, and all of India, is spectacular.

By Correne Martin

One of Rotary International’s mottos is “World Peace through Understanding.” It is to convey that, when you know people better, they can’t be your enemies.

Rotary Club members in Prairie du Chien and all over the world strongly believe in that mantra, so much so that Rotarians like Cheryl Mader, the local Rotary exchange coordinator, have immersed themselves into some unforgettable globe-trotting adventures.

Mader visited England in 2011 and Nigeria in 2014. And, just over one month ago, she spent 10 days in India. All of her trips have been with family and friends through the Rotary Friendship Exchange Program. The Prairie du Chien club is working with Peru, Denmark and Iceland to affirm friendship (and even youth) exchanges to those countries as well.

Wed
22
Mar

Prairie du Chien hires school district administrator

By Ted Pennekamp

The Prairie du Chien Area School District will have a new district administrator on July 1. School Board President Christine Panka said that Robert “Bob” Smudde will replace Drew Johnson, who will retire on June 30, after 10 years of dedicated service.

The school board utilized consultant services from the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) to provide assistance in the hiring of Smudde, said Panka. It was a multi-step process, which began with the WASB consultant, Rachel Schultz, interviewing the school board, administration, staff and community members in addition to an online survey to determine the characteristics most desired in the new district administrator.

Mon
20
Mar

Southwest Badger RC&D concerned about loss of funding, potential adverse impact

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Funding structure changes for organizations such as the Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council (Southwest Badger RC&D) will mean a reduction by almost half for the funding of environmental projects in Southwest Wisconsin.

Mon
20
Mar

Woman patents own sleeve cruncher invention


Bethany Iverson patented her Shizzles Sleeve Crunchers and manufactures them right here in Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Bethany Iverson’s 16-year-old daughter, Diamond, has been her model for Shizzles. Here, she shows a couple ways they can be worn.

By Correne Martin

Three years ago, Bethany Iverson was delivering mail in Prairie du Chien, in the heat of the summer. She would roll up her uniform’s long shirt sleeves, only for them to fall down again moments later. It was driving her crazy.

In order to solve her problem, Bethany came up with the idea of putting a button she cut off her jeans onto a piece of elastic. She then slid the elastic under her sleeve and bra strap, through her collar and intertwined it with the button.

“I came up with the idea really quick. The idea for Shizzles is that they make your shirt sizzle,” she remembered. “Then, my mail customers started asking me about them. I’ve worked at this for so long; it’s just now starting to gain major attention.”

Mon
20
Mar

All local seats unopposed for April 4

All seats up for election Tuesday, April 4, for four area school districts and the city of Prairie du Chien, are unopposed. However, a few newcomers’ names will appear on the ballot.

The non-partisan office of state superintendent of public instruction pits incumbent Tony Evers and Lowell Holtz against one another, while the justice of the supreme court and the district 4 court of appeals judge seats, which are both unopposed, will require voter selection as well. There are no seats up for election on the Crawford County Board of Supervisors and no election for county offices for this spring election.

All polling places for all wards in Prairie du Chien will be located at Hoffman Hall, 1600 South Wacouta Ave. Polling places will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

In the Prairie du Chien School District, Kyle Kozelka is the school board incumbent and the only person who will be listed on the ballot.

Mon
20
Mar

New solar farm powering hundreds of Scenic Rivers members


The Mount Hope solar farm went live on property owned by Bob and Sharon Wood, north of U.S. Highway 18, in February. The solar array is owned by SoCore and the electricity is contracted to Dairyland Power and Scenic Rivers Energy cooperatives.

By Correne Martin

The solar farm near Mount Hope has been attracting quite a lot of attention in recent months. It just went live in February. The 1.25 megawatt solar installation is said to power about 300 homes for one year, according to Steve Lucas, CEO of Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative, of Lancaster.

Dairyland Power Cooperative has a 25-year purchase power agreement with owner and solar developer SoCore Energy, of Chicago. Scenic Rivers also has a 25-year contract, for .25 megawatts, or 250 kilowatts.

Dairyland is a La Crosse wholesale electricity provider that serves distribution cooperatives and municipal utilities across Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota. Scenic Rivers is a retail service provider servicing 13,000-plus members in the counties of Crawford, Grant and Lafayette and the neighboring communities. Dairyland will direct its 1 megawatt of power generated at the farm to Scenic Rivers.

Mon
20
Mar

Semi rolls over inside the city


Truck driver Richard Snitker, of Monona, Iowa, was uninjured when the semi he was traveling in rolled over in Prairie du Chien last week. He was attempting to avoid a collision with a passing vehicle when the accident occurred. (Photo by Correne Martin)

A truck driver was uninjured in a semi rollover in the city of Prairie du Chien Wednesday afternoon, March 15, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At about 1:45 p.m., the police department was notified of the rollover at the intersection of Pine Street and State Highway 35, across from 3M. Officers learned, Richard Snitker, 59, of Monona, Iowa, was traveling south on Highway 35 in a 2003 International semi and attempting a left turn onto Pine Street when he observed a vehicle passing him on the highway. In Snitker’s attempt to evade a collision with the passing vehicle, the semi rolled over on Pine Street into the grassy area near Design Homes.

Officers said there were no injuries in the accident, though the passing vehicle remains unidentified. Snitker was operating a 2003 International Semi.

Wed
15
Mar

Stream Bank Restoration

 

Land Conservation Department 

helps landowners with stream bank projects

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There are various stream bank restoration programs each year in Crawford County and the Crawford County Land Conservation Department is one entity that can help landowners with projects. 

Wed
15
Mar

Two vehicles in accident

On Monday, March 13, at 7:52 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a two-vehicle crash with injuries on Highway 27, just south of Kendall Lane in the village of Eastman.

Jordan Cipra 19, Eastman, and her passenger, Jamie Crusan, 18, Eastman, were traveling north on Highway 27 in a Ford Expedition. Cipra lost control of her vehicle while negotiating a curve and went off the east side shoulder.

While trying to regain control of the vehicle, Cipra started sliding on Highway 27, which caused the vehicle to cross the center line into the southbound lane.

Brita Prew, 31, Eastman, was traveling south on Highway 27 in a Chevrolet Traverse. The Prew vehicle was unable to avoid striking the Cipra vehicle in the rear passenger side, causing both vehicles to come to rest along the guardrails. The guardrails sustained minor damage from the crash.

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