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Wed
17
Feb

Crawford County Board

 

Presentation about PdC 

School District referendum 

given at County Board meeting

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
17
Feb

Eagle Appreciation Days


An adult bald eagle surveys the water near the Washington Street Bridge. Eagles have been very prominent of late in the Prairie du Chien area. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Bald Eagle Appreciation Days to offer variety 

of educational programs, exhibits and live raptors

The 11th Annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27 in Prairie du Chien. The event will feature new programs and presentations by state and local birding experts. Bald Eagle Appreciation Days will consist of educational and fun activities for outdoor enthusiasts and the whole family.

Wed
17
Feb

Fort Crawford was founded 200 years ago


Fort Crawford stood guard over Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, from 1816 until 1856. Now, the Fort Crawford Museum displays the history of the fort, its city, and the many lives that crossed here. (Courier Press file photo)

This year is the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien. In commemoration, the Prairie du Chien Historical Society worked with Wisconsin State Sen. Jennifer Shilling to introduce a resolution into the State Legislature (Senate Joint Resolution 91) honoring the 200th anniversary. The resolution was ordered immediately and passed both houses last week. Shilling and State Rep. Lee Nerison will present a copy of the resolution to the Prairie du Chien Historical Society and the Villa Louis at the Fort Crawford Museum this spring.

In conjunction with the 200th anniversary, a new exhibit will be installed at the Fort Crawford Museum and a book will be published.

Wed
17
Feb

Renovated rec room offers new rental space at Hoffman Hall


Dan Titlbach (pictured) and fellow city employee Nick Gilberts, laid carpet tiles last week in the new rec room in the downstairs of Hoffman Hall. They had some assistance from Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution inmates.

Currently, foosball (pictured), ping pong and nok hockey tables as well as a 50-inch TV have been donated to Hoffman Hall and will be used in the new rec room by the end of March. More gently-used donations of games and accessories would be appreciated. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

What was once a former locker room at Campion Jesuit High School is now being reinvigorated for the purpose of a recreation room at Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien. By the end of March, the renovated space will offer members as well as the public a new space for a variety of uses, such as parties, games and other casual entertainment.

Last week, city employees Dan Titlbach and Nick Gilberts, with assistance from Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution inmates, laid about a thousand carpet tiles—in warm earth tones—in the large, open space of Hoffman Hall’s downstairs.

Mon
15
Feb

Peoples State Bank gift pushes library funds over $350,000


The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library expansion project now has over $350,000 of the $1.5 million that’s needed from the capital campaign before construction begins in 2017.

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library’s capital campaign has passed the $350,000 mark, thanks to a $100,000 contribution from Peoples State Bank. Last year, the city announced a $1.5 million campaign to match a $1.5 million common council contribution to the project. Estimated at $3 million, the project is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017.

“A key component to the Capital Campaign will be the support of local businesses, and the contribution by Peoples State Bank is a large step forward in reaching our ultimate goal,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “The city of Prairie du Chien is blessed with pro-active businesses who truly believe in moving the city forward and improving the quality of life for today’s residents as well as those who will enjoy the expanded library for decades to come. As we have stated in the past, every donation—no matter how large or small—is very appreciated and needed.”

Mon
15
Feb

Free fun for the whole family at Chinese New Year Festival


This inflatable slide, rented from Thunder Showers event rentals company, of Boscobel, will be new this year to the Chinese Lunar New Year Festival at Prairie du Chien High School Feb. 20, at noon. There will also be an obstacle course available for young event-goers, involving tricycles navigating through cones and more. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Chinese Lunar New Year Festival will celebrate the Year of the Monkey on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Prairie du Chien High School, in a free and entertaining public event. Spotlighted performances will include a traditional Chinese martial arts show and vibrant lion dance as well as several short plays written and directed by Bluff View students.

In its third year, the New Year festival is the perfect indoor spectacle for all ages.

“It’s something that’s always been real exciting for the kids,” said Adam Stout, Chinese language teacher in the Prairie du Chien School District. “It’s very interactive and very hands-on.”

Mon
15
Feb

Around 225 served monthly at free Come for Supper meal


Guests at a recent Come for Supper meal line up in the basement of St. Peter Church to fill their plates with healthy, home-cooked food. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Families, friends and strangers from all communities, needs and denominations are invited to attend the free monthly Come for Supper meal in the basement of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien. Always the third Thursday of the month, Feb. 18 is the next supper, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cheeseburger soup is the main dish on this month’s menu.

An average of 225 meals are served by volunteers, once a month, for those who seek good company, are trying to make ends meet, or simply want a night off from cooking.

The Prairie du Chien Come for Supper provision has been offered publicly since April 2009, when a local group of about five volunteers helped out at a free meal at Our Savior’s church in La Crosse and fell in love with the idea.

“We had no idea, when we started, that we’d become part of a movement,” Pastor Joe Irvin said, recognizing that a multitude of similar meals are shared in communities across the region.

Mon
15
Feb

Stump Dodger Trail

 

Kickapoo Stump Dodger 

Trail continues to make strides

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Kickapoo Stump Dodger Trail Project continues to move along, gaining traction one step at a time. 

Wed
10
Feb

River Ridge at State


River Ridge Dance Team members are, back row: Maya Harvey, Jiah Bailey, Olivia Breuer and Hunter Kisting. Middle row: Alison Hein, Karli Wachter and Madison Stagman. Front row: Franci Gates, Coach Kristin Collins, KayLynn Knight and Hope Schier. (Submitted photos)

The River Ridge Dance Team performs during the regional competition which earned them their first trip since 2003 to the State Competition at the La Crosse Center on Saturday, Feb. 6. The team finished 10th at the State Competition.

 

River Ridge dancers 10th in state poms

On Saturday, Feb. 6, the River Ridge Dance Team attended the WACPC State Championship held at the La Crosse Center. The team competed in the Division 5 pom category. The girls placed 10th in the state for their division.

Qualifying and dancing at state for the dance team is a great accomplishment that hasn’t happened at River Ridge since 2003.  

Wed
10
Feb

Hawkettes Make History


The Hawkettes perform one of their routines at the State Competition on Saturday at the La Crosse Center. (Photo submitted)

Members of the Prairie du Chien Hawkettes pose with the trophies that they earned at the State Dance Competition Saturday at the La Crosse Center. Team members are, front row: Stephanie Elmquist, Paige Severson, Caitlin Nolan, Autumn Kohler, Mariah Slaght, Katie Zahara, Lauren Kennedy, Ella Hein and Lindsey Ohlert. Back row: Katie Licht, Bree Holler and Morgan Kiesau. (Photo submitted)

 

Hawkettes make school history

The Prairie du Chien Hawkettes attended the Wisconsin Association of Cheer and Pom Coaches (WACPC) State Dance Championships Saturday, Feb. 6 at the La Crosse Center. The team competed at state in two categories. Teams placing in the top five at state took home hardware. 

The Hawkettes placed fifth in the Division 2 kick category, earning their first ever placing trophy at state. The girls also placed sixth at state in the Division 4 pom category, missing placing at state by only a small margin.

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