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Opportunity Center will continue with business as usual

By Correne Martin

Employees, clients and supporters of the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien can collectively breathe a sigh of relief. Operations will continue as usual thanks to recent federal and state declarations that have allowed services in center settings to carry on for people with disabilities.

“The federal government—Center for Medicaid Services (CMS)—and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) have heard our voices loud and clear. And our voices made a difference,” wrote Pam Ritchie, executive director of the Opportunity Center, in a Dec. 23 memo to those directly affected by the decision. “I want to thank this community for standing up for people with disabilities. It is humbling to see the number of people who have supported us. I don’t know that we can provide any further evidence that the programs and services we deliver here are making a positive impact.”


New Year's Eve smooch

Gettin' Lucky
Pamela Olson of Guttenberg, Iowa will have one year’s worth of good luck after being one of the first people to pucker up and give Lucky the Carp a big smooch on New Year’s Eve in Lucky Park at the entrance to St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien Wednesday night during the 14th Annual Droppin’ of the Carp festivities. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


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