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Students exchange familiarity for a year abroad through Rotary


Kamryn Tesar and Magnus Goltermann, both 16, have a unique bond. They’re both Rotary Youth Exchange students, Kamryn from Prairie du Chien traveling to Taiwan next month, and Magnus, who is headed home to Denmark after a yearlong adventure in Prairie du Chien. The coats they’re wearing exhibit pins from many fellow exchange students they’ve met and befriended. Kamryn’s collection is likely to look like Magnus’ within a year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Two teenagers from different parts of the world became close friends in Prairie du Chien this past year thanks to the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

Kamryn Tesar, of Prairie du Chien, and Magnus Goltermann, of Ballerup, Denmark, are 16-year-old exchange students with quite similar interests and outlooks. Magnus came to Wisconsin in August 2016 and Kamryn will leave her hometown next month for Dounan, Yunlin County, Taiwan.

In March 2016, Kamryn, the daughter of Kim Corpian and Kevin Tesar, had been approved for an overseas exchange and, expressing a desire to know more about the program, became connected online with Magnus, who was soon to embark on his journey to the United States. Cheryl Mader, the Prairie du Chien Rotary Club’s youth exchange coordinator, helped bring the pair together. The two were fast friends; Kamryn even went along when Magnus was picked up at the airport last summer.

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Casual community party at Memorial Gardens July 19

By Correne Martin

A picturesque garden and a boisterous party—how might they mesh if brought together?

Well, the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens Committee hosted a couple hundred people last July, upon bringing the idea of a party gathering to the serene gardens. They will host Went to a Garden Party once again on the 10 acres of city property, Wednesday, July 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. The entire community is invited to this open house in the gardens, rain or shine.

This free, casual event is intended as an opportunity to showcase the gardens to the public. There will be samples of Eagles Landing wine and Potosi beer, Valley Fish and Cheese specialties and complementary music to enjoy. Local and statewide Master Gardeners will be in attendance to talk with anyone having questions and give informal tours, while informational pamphlets will also be available for the taking.

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Bluff View, BAK Construction


Renovation of the B.A. Kennedy Elementary School Library is underway. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Earth moving and grading has begun for the addition to Bluff View Intermediate School. The addition will house a gym, a wood working shop and a band room.

 

Construction underway at Bluff View, BAK

By Ted Pennekamp

 

In addition to the three-court gym, new greenhouse, Prairie du Chien Area Arts Center, and other improvements at Prairie du Chien High School, upgrades at B.A. Kennedy Elementary School and Bluff View Intermediate School are well underway as well. 

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Guilty plea entered in U’Ren crash case

By Correne Martin

A guilty plea was entered on behalf of the man who caused the February crash in Madison that took the lives of husband and wife, Kirk U’Ren and Prairie du Chien native Jennifer Steiner, according to Wisconsin Circuit Court records.

Brandon Ballweg, 26, of Stoughton, pled guilty July 13, in Dane County Court to five of 12 charges against him and no contest to a sixth charge. The court dismissed six counts. According to court records, bail has also been revoked and a pre-sentence investigation was ordered by Judge John Hyland.

U’Ren was driving and Steiner was a passenger in one of the four vehicles involved in a Feb. 12 crash on Highway 30 in Madison. He was pronounced dead at the scene, while she passed away two weeks later from injuries sustained in the crash. The couple was from Cottage Grove and left behind twin boys.

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‘Friends’ happy to help PdC Memorial Library

By Rachel Mergen

 

After fading away in recent years, the Friends of the Library program has been resurrected, reassembled and is ready to dominate the fundraising game to support the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library.

“We want the organization to be much more active and interactive,” Barbara Davis, member of the Friends of the Library Board, stated. Since the return of the program, the organization has grown greatly in the community. The number of members is continuously increasing with help from a variety of membership drives.

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Allied Horsemanship excited to benefit the area


Seth Brandt, 5, of Prairie du Chien, recently enjoyed a session with Allied Horsemanship, in which he played games and got to know his horse a little bit better. (Submitted photos)

Shannon Gher is excited to bring Allied Horsemanship to the Prairie du Chien area.

By Rachel Mergen

 

“Allied Horsemanship strives to empower people and improve their quality of life by promoting horse and human interactions through equine assisted activities,” reads the mission statement for the new non-profit therapeutic equine program in Prairie du Chien, created by Shannon Gher in January 2017.

“One of my older brothers came home one day and said, ‘Mom, dad, I bought a horse.’ Everything started after that,” Gher said. She joined the Crawford County 4-H and taught herself to ride. 

For college, she attended UW-River Falls, receiving a bachelor’s degree in animal science with an equine emphasis. She participated in many riding programs and volunteered often while in school. 

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River Ridge Construction


Construction of the new gymnasium for middle school students is moving right along.

Concrete work is being done in the new 28,895-square-foot addition to the River Ridge School building. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Construction of River Ridge 

school addition proceeding nicely

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Work continues to go along quite efficiently on the $8,866,400 River Ridge School District building addition and upgrade.

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Prairie du Chien District Administrator Retires


On his last day of work, Prairie du Chien School District Administrator Drew Johnson stands above what will be the orchestra pit of the new 750-seat auditorium. The $18.9 million school facilities upgrade project is among the latest and most noteworthy accomplishments in which Johnson played a large part during his 10 years as superintendent. “It will be a beautiful new auditorium and a remarkable school facilities upgrade,” he said. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The building that will house three full sized basketball courts on the west side of the high school is moving along quickly.

Work for the air conditioning is being done in the expanded home economics room at the high school. There will be air conditioning in all three Prairie du Chien school buildings. The air conditioning should be up and running by the start of the 2017-2018 school year, said retired District Administrator Drew Johnson.

 

District administrator had key role in 10 years of accomplishments

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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Ferryville’s River Bluff Daze offers plenty of family activities July 22


During last year’s River Bluff Daze antique tractor pull, Bob Witt pulled this Allis-Chalmers. (Submitted photo)

Ferryville’s River Bluff Daze has lots of fun activities, including fireworks, in store for everyone Saturday, July 22.

At 8:30 a.m., a nature hike at Sugar Creek Bluff will start. Participants should gather at the Ferryville Boat Landing to carpool up to the bluff. An expert guide will accompany the hikers to see birds, wildlife and wildflowers and experience the panoramic view of the Mississippi River valley. The hike is co-sponsored by the Ferryville Tourism Council and the Mississippi Valley Conservancy. Call Joanne White for more information at (608) 734-9018.

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City to create developmental plan for future of marina

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council has decided to work with Vierbicher Associates, its representative planning/engineering firm, to create a redevelopment plan for the marina. Now that Regal Marine Group has been court ordered to vacate the city-owned premises by August, the council approved a professional services agreement (PSA) with Vierbicher to develop recommendations on what the marina might look like in the future.

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