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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.

Wed
10
Jan

March start hopeful for Marquette Road project

By Correne Martin

The 2018 Marquette Road reconstruction project is slated to begin in the middle of Prairie du Chien this spring, according to city officials. To bring community members and business owners up to speed with the ins and outs of the project, a public construction meeting is planned for Thursday, Feb. 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at city hall.

“We’re hoping it will start in March because the Michigan Street project is tentatively set to begin in June,” Interim City Administrator Chad Abram said. “Businesses (affected by the Marquette Road project) will receive separate letters about the Feb. 1 meeting.”

Then they will also be notified of meetings for detour routes, business assistance and signage, he said.

That’s where Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Moses and the Chamber comes into assistance.

Wed
10
Jan

Prairie du Chien hires new fire chief


Jeff Boughton started as the new chief of the Prairie du Chien Fire Department on Dec. 28. He has 38 years service experience. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien has hired a new fire chief. Jeff Boughton began his new duties on Dec. 28, and brings 38 years in the fire service—including 34 of them in Boscobel with  the last 12 as fire chief—to the community.

“This was a great opportunity. I’m familiar with the community and knew some of the guys [on the department],” Boughton said. “I taught just about every one of them here.”

The calm and cordial new chief has also served as a fire service instructor for Southwest Tech for 28 years. Due to his connections at the Fennimore technical college, he’s also contributed to the advisory board there. Citizens may also recognize Boughton’s friendly face as the owner/operator of Boscobel Auto Clinic for 23 years before he sold his business and moved to Verona, where he acted as deputy fire chief for a few years. This service was just prior to hearing about the opening in Prairie du Chien and accepting the local chief’s position.

Mon
08
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Oldenburg

By Rachel Mergen

 

Born to a family of teachers, Miriam Oldenburg has found a place to put her passion for education and children to good use the past 38 years. 

Oldenburg, who teaches second grade at the Seneca School District, is the daughter of a teacher and had two grandmothers who taught as well. She is the oldest of six siblings, who admired her as she showed them how to play school from an early age. 

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the winter of 1979.  She decided to follow in her family’s footsteps, because she had always enjoyed small children. She considered becoming a nurse, to help people, but realized that the hospital setting just wasn’t the place for her. 

Mon
08
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Osterday

By Rachel Mergen

 

Originally, Garth Osterday, River Ridge High School science teacher of 34 years, didn’t expect to spend his adult years working in a school. His younger self believed he would find a successful career in the medical field, but his dream changed to fit his love of wanting to help youth meet their goals. 

Osterday, a native to Stockton, Ill., attended four different colleges after high school. Initially, he attended Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill., where he received an associates degree. Following this achievement, he found himself at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. 

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