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03
Jan

Prairie du Chien a five-star school on 2016-17 report card

By Rachel Mergen

 

Every year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) releases report cards for each school and school district in the state, as part of the state accountability system. 

“Report cards are intended to help schools and districts use performance data to target improvement efforts to ensure students are ready for their next educational step, including the next grade level, graduation, college and careers,” the DPI stated.

Wed
03
Jan

Crossing Rivers’ New Year’s Baby: A girl on the 1st


Laci Meng and Job Nieland, of Monona, Iowa, are the parents of the 2018 New Year’s baby at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. Leah Elizabeth was born on Monday, Jan. 1, at 1:01 p.m., weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Leah is the hospital’s first Jan. 1 baby in many years, as the yearly VIP usually doesn’t arrive so quickly after the New Year. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Baby girl Leah Elizabeth snuggles with her mommy, Laci Meng, during their first photo session.

By Correne Martin

The very first baby born in the New Year is a celebrity of sorts—in a small town anyway.

Crossing Rivers Health’s 2018 New Year’s baby is a cherished little darling girl, Leah Elizabeth, born to parents Laci Meng and Job Nieland, of Monona, Iowa, on Monday, Jan. 1, at 1:01 p.m. She arrived weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and measuring 20.5 inches in length.

Grandparents are Sherry and Dean Nieland, of McGregor; Robert Meng, of Bagley; Judy and Glen Sjoerdsma, of Randolph; and great-grandma is Birdie Meng, of Bagley. The baby is the first grandchild for either side of the family.
Though they were quiet while doting over their new daughter’s delicate features—including a warm complexion, a fair head of hair, chunky cheeks and wrinkly feet—both mom and dad agreed she’ll be spoiled.

Wed
03
Jan

Carp Fest


Carp King Bob Witt and Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich proudly stand next to Lucky the Carp on New Year’s Eve following the 17th annual Droppin’ of the Carp at Lucky Park on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien. Ulrich said a great appreciation goes out to Parks and Recreation staff and volunteers at Hoffman Hall and to the Prairie du Chien Street Department staff. “We also greatly appreciate our sponsors: Prairie du Chien Tourism, Fuller Log and Lumber, Valley Fish and Cheese, Twisted Vision, Dan Gingerich, Design Homes, Leisure Time Sports Bowl and Banquet and the Prairie du Chien Eagles Club,” said Ulrich. Organizers include Carp Master Shawn Redman, Nate Gilberts, Tom Nelson and Mike Ulrich, along with Carp King Bob Witt. To keep this event going, the group will be looking for interested members for 2018. (Photos submitted)

The Early Bird Droppin’ of the Carp Party at Hoffman Hall drew a good crowd of parents, grandparents and children who enjoyed a variety of activities including arts and crafts, carnival games, noisemakers and hats, a pet therapy dog, and meet and greet with the Carp King and Queen. Lucky the Carp Junior was available to be kissed for good luck throughout the coming year. At left, Tristan the Magician wowed his attentive audience.

The crowd gathers ‘round as Lucky the Carp is lowered into place at the stroke of midnight.

Smoked carp samples were enjoyed by many at the Early Bird Droppin’ of the Carp Party Sunday.
Wed
03
Jan

New clubhouse


Construction on the new clubhouse at Prairie du Chien Country Club has been moving right along in recent weeks. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

New Prairie du Chien clubhouse taking shape

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Construction for the new clubhouse at Prairie du Chien Country Club has begun, and the much-anticipated building is taking shape.

Wed
27
Dec

Woman charged with felony retail theft

A 29-year-old Viroqua woman was charged Dec. 15 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of felony retail theft and one count of possession of a controlled substance. 

Tiffany McKittrick faces up to three years and seven months in prison and fines of $10,500 if convicted of both counts. 

According to the criminal complaint, McKittrick, who is known to the loss prevention personnel at Wal-Mart of Prairie du Chien, was seen on surveillance cameras walking through Wal-Mart with a cart and placing merchandise into plastic shopping bags that were already in the cart.

Wed
27
Dec

Ferryville man charged with meth possession

A 46-year-old Ferryville man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

William Zehner II faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a Sheriff’s Department deputy was dispatched to a residence in the town of Freeman and that a man there had an active warrant from Grant County.

The deputy found Zehner II sleeping in an upstairs bedroom and it took him several minutes to wake Zehner II up, the complaint said. 

Wed
27
Dec

Hoffman Hall receives $25,000 memorial donation


Bruce Welsch has donated $25,000 to Hoffman Hall for improvements in memory of his parents, Chuck and Bernice Welsch. He is pictured (left) with Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich (right). (Submitted photo)

Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien was recently the recipient of a $25,000 donation from Bruce Welsch, an avid swimmer at the recreation center’s pool. The donation was contributed in honor of his parents, Chuck and Bernice Welsch.
In his tribute to them, Bruce wrote, in part:

“Thank you for your love, caring and guidance. Thank you for supporting me in high school, college and when joining the Armed Forces. Thank you for being great role models. Thank you for your endless sacrifices. You may be gone but will never be forgotten.”

Chuck and Bernice have been honored with a plaque on the “Leaders” donor wall at Hoffman Hall and the donation will be earmarked for Hoffman Hall Improvements.

Wed
27
Dec

W-S after-school activities offer education, fun and balanced meals


Daniel Bryant enjoys dinner following an activity-filled after school session. (Photos by Sandy Vold)

Brianna Ray and Ella Jones carefully glue pretzels to cardboard to form the walls of their log cabins.

Slime is sloppy, but ever so much fun. Brody Ray, Liam Updike and Jordy Huber enjoy working with it.

By Sandy Vold

Thanks to two separate grants, Wauzeka-Steuben School is humming with after-school activity every Monday through Friday during the school term.

The Community Learning Center (CLC), in its fourth month of operation, is still growing and expanding. Assisted by a five-year grant from the Wisconsin Department of Education, staff members have enhanced their former Arts, Crafts, Technology program, tutoring and other programs to offer homework help, STEM, arts and crafts, physical fitness activities as well as volunteer opportunities after school Monday through Friday. In addition, the food service program has received a grant to serve a snack and an evening meal to students on school days.

Wed
27
Dec

CarpFest to culminate with another famous Droppin’ of the Carp


The Droppin’ of the Carp is happening for the 17th time this year in Prairie du Chien on New Year’s Eve. The festivities take place at Lucky Park downtown, from 8 p.m. to midnight, when the iconic frozen carp is dropped. (File photo)

The temperatures are frigid, but the fun and games won’t be this weekend as Prairie du Chien hosts its annual CarpFest.

A euchre tournament is offered Thursday, Dec. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hoffman Hall, while open gym and swim every day this week, also from 1 to 4 p.m. at the rec center.

But the big day is Sunday, Dec. 31.

Wed
27
Dec

Local man invents spot weld chisel tool


Matt Finn stands in the shop at Rick’s Auto Body. (Submitted photos)

Pictured is Finn’s manufactured spot weld chisel.

Here is the tool Matt originally invented out of an old bed frame section.

Matt and his wife Carissa posed for a picture on their wedding day in front of the Ford Model A.

Matt Finn can now include “inventor” on his list of accomplishments. Finn, a 2002 graduate of Southwest Tech’s auto collision repair program, created the Spot Weld Chisel, a repair tool designed for use on automobiles. The tool became available for purchase in October.

According to Finn, who lives in Prairie du Chien, the idea for this tool came to him about 10 years ago. He had purchased a 1931 Ford Model A that he wanted to transform into a hot rod.

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