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Mon
15
Jan

Cecil E. Olson

 

Cecil E. Olson, 70, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Friday, Jan. 12, at the Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse, after a brief illness. 

 

Fri
12
Jan

Arlene Schmidt

 

Arlene Schmidt, 88, of Prairie du Chien, formerly of Bloomington, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 9, surrounded by her loving family at Prairie Maison Care Center in Prairie du Chien. 

 

Wed
10
Jan

Prairie du Chien gymnasts host River Valley


Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnastics coaches Alex Kress and Tasha Buchheit assist Hannah Garrity on the uneven parallel bars Monday night. River Valley won the event 113.725-92.375. It was Parent’s Night for Prairie du Chien-Fennimore. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

Prairie du Chien-Fennimore’s Lexi Kregel performs on the balance beam versus visiting River Valley Monday night.

Mackenzie Pettit does a jump on the balance beam.
Wed
10
Jan

Wildlife Viewing Area


The shoulder will be widened along a portion of County K in the town of Prairie du Chien to create a wildlife viewing area for Gremore Lake. (Photo courtesy of Crawford County)

 

Wildlife viewing 

area to be constructed 

along County Highway K

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
10
Jan

PdC School Board

 

School facilities 

project continues 

on inside of buildings

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
10
Jan

Trains unexpectedly stopping cause traffic slowdowns in PdC

By Rachel Mergen

 

In recent years, Prairie du Chien drivers have noticed multiple trains slowing down and stopping in the city, causing the blockage of multiple main crossings, including the ones located on Blackhawk Avenue, Wisconsin Street, Iowa Street and Wells Street. These unexpected stops have led to the slowing down of traffic for up to a half an hour at times. In addition, the crossing arms have been lowered when there is no obvious coming train, which can lead to drivers attempting to break the law and drive around the crossing arms unsafely.

These disruptions in traffic, according to Amy McBeth, the director of public affairs for Wisconsin at Burlington Northern Santa Fe, are often the result of equipment malfunctions or railway breakages. These events are especially common when temperatures decrease greatly. It is the only option to stop, so the team aboard the train can continue to travel safely.

Wed
10
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Mezera

By Rachel Mergen

Prairie du Chien native Kayla Mezera has been the special education teacher in the Prairie du Chien School District since 1980, a career she dreamed about as a young child playing teacher.

Mezera attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to receive a degree in special education. She completed a master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minn. Her qualifications also include training in food therapy. 

She found herself interested in the field after witnessing the strength of her sister and a childhood neighbor, who both faced handicaps.

“I was destined to come back here,” Mezera stated. She enjoyed growing up in the community, and her husband, who she met in college, was to take over his family’s local business Mezera Heating and Air Conditioning. 

Wed
10
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Cooley

By Rachel Mergen

“I just love kids. I love watching them learn,” remarked Susan Cooley, Wauzeka-Steuben Middle School science teacher. These are the reasons she has dedicated herself to teaching in the rural community for the past 33 years.

Cooley was the youngest member of a large family. She became used to taking care of her siblings’ children, which inspired her to pursue teaching and helping the youth. 

Wed
10
Jan

60 years in American Legion

Calvin Horsfall, of Bloomington, was honored by the American Legion Post #148, of Bloomington-Glen Haven, recently for being a member for the past 60 years. Present for the ceremony were (from left) daughter Linda Ihm and her daughter Rachael Ihm. Representing Post #148 was (right) John Horkheimer, adjutant and service officer. (Photo by Jim Warczak)

Wed
10
Jan

Primary set for 3 candidates seeking school board seat in Wauzeka-Steuben district

There are three residents of the Wauzeka-Steuben School District who filed papers to run for school board in the spring election. Mara Hird, Bill Marfilius and Kathleen Schwarz are vying for the one seat on the board open for re-election, according to Superintendent Robert Sailer.

Since there are three candidates up for election, the board requires a primary election on Feb. 20. From the primary, the top two vote-getters will be placed on the regularly scheduled spring election ballot on April 3. From there, the top vote-getter is elected to the school board.

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