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Spring Lake Inn changes hands


Spring Lake Inn’s new owners, Angela and Kyle Bode (left), stand with the former owners, Jon and Dena Schneeberger, at the main entrance to the restaurant. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien’s Spring Lake Inn has been sold. 

Dena and Jon Schneeberger officially passed the business on to Kyle and Angela Bode on April 1.

It’s a bittersweet transition for the Schneebergers, who’ve owned Spring Lake since 2010. They will miss the people and the friends they’ve made, yet they’re ready to take the summer off and spend time traveling in their new camper and on the river. Aside from that, Jon will continue working as a full-time pipe-fitter and Dena is not yet certain what her next move might be.

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08
Apr

Villa Louis staff still working on site, prepping for May 11 opening


Villa Louis staff—including Susan Caya-Slusser, Joe Morovits and Jake Koresh—boated into the site last week. You can also see the site’s old bathhouse and blockhouse in the background. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

When St. Feriole Island is closed to the public when the Mississippi River stage hits 19 feet locally, business still continues for the Villa Louis Historic Site, as preparations are made for the goal of opening the tourist attraction to the public May 11. 

At 20 feet, staff parks on Water Street and walks into work with knee-high boots and hip waders, according to Susan Caya-Slusser, southwest sites director for the Wisconsin Historical Society. As the water rises further, they begin to boat into the “house on the mound,” which Hercules Dousman somehow had the foresight to choose as a high and dry location for the mansion. 

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08
Apr

Advocate, River Town Iron Works team up to help Wisconsin veterans


Steven Pape holds one example of the steel-plated flags created by River Town Ironworks that will be sold in an effort to help Wisconsin veterans. To Pape’s left is one of the glasses bearing the Vietnam Veterans of America logo which are also for sale. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

These are a few of the types of steel-plated flags created by River Town Ironworks that will be for sale.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Steven Pape, a Vietnam veterans advocate, and River Town Iron Works of Prairie du Chien are teaming up to help veterans and their extended families with various issues.

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08
Apr

This spring’s flood highest since 2001

 

River stage sixth highest ever

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Mississippi River crested at 21.34 feet on Friday, April 5, according to the National Weather Service.

Wed
03
Apr

Have you noticed any warning signs of dementia? Consider a brain check

By Correne Martin 

There are approximately 500 individuals living in Crawford County with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, according to the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eagle Country.

That number is on the low end of estimation, and it is expected to triple in the next 20-30 years, shared Gina Laack, ADRC dementia care specialist, who provided free brain checks to about half a dozen people at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library Tuesday. 

Those who stopped by the scheduled event sat with Laack one-on-one for the confidential 10-15 minute session, which involved a series of three short tests to determine if there were possible memory impairments or not. 

Wed
03
Apr

Man arrested for meth related offenses

On April 1, at 4 a.m., a Crawford County deputy came across a vehicle stopped partially in the lane of traffic near the intersection of County Road E and Highway 60. The deputy observed that the 2004 Chevrolet Blazer had its hazard lights on, and that there was a man walking near the vehicle. The deputy identified the man as Derek McDiarmid, 25, Blue River. 

Upon making contact with McDiarmid, the deputy observed extremely prominent indicators of narcotics impairment. McDiarmid is on bond through Richland, Grant and Sauk counties for methamphetamine related charges. Furthermore, it was discovered that McDiarmid did not have a valid driver’s license. 

Wed
03
Apr

‘12 Angry Jurors’ a dramatic, actor-driven show for PdC Drama Hawks

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Drama Hawks spring play, “12 Angry Jurors,” is anticipated to be a serious, actor-driven and theatrical production challenging the moxie of the student actors substantially. It will give local audiences a chance to see the caliber of talent the high school drama department is turning out. 

Scheduled April 12 and 13, in the new performing arts center theater, with performances at 7 p.m. both nights and a 1 p.m. matinee Saturday only, “12 Angry Jurors” is a gritty courtroom drama with a 1950s feel in all aspects, from the costuming to the way the actors speak their lines. 

Wed
03
Apr

Birrenbach gives $25,000 memorial to Ft. Crawford


Ken Birrenbach, holding a picture of his late beloved wife, Dorothy, presents a $25,000 donation to Prairie du Chien Historical Society President Mary Antoine, April 1. The money is being used to establish a memorial Dorothy Birrenbach Friends of the Fort Crawford Museum Fund and support museum operations. (Photo by Gary Howe)

By Correne Martin

The most considerable personal donation ever given to the Prairie du Chien Historical Society, for the amount of $25,000, was made Monday, April 1, by Ken Birrenbach, in honor of his late wife. This tremendous contribution is being used to establish the Dorothy Birrenbach Friends of the Fort Crawford Museum Fund. 

“The Fort Crawford Museum was one of Dorothy’s favorite charities. For many years, she contributed her time by working in the museum gift shop. She especially enjoyed the Cannons at the Fort because she loved the children,” stated Ken. “I’m making this donation as an endowment so that, even though she’s no longer with us, she continues to give to the museum.”

Wed
03
Apr

Eighth-grade FFA off to a great start in Prairie du Chien


Eighth-grade Discovery Degree members were recognized at the FFA Banquet on Sunday. From left are: high school student Aisja Achenbach, chapter sentinel, sophomore mentor; Breanna Smithson, Sadie Torgerson, Reaghan Lear, Payton Key, Eowyn Earle, Lucas Kramer, and high school student Avery Cornford, chapter president and senior mentor. The annual FFA Banquet recognizes the achievements of FFA members. (Photo submitted)

 

Prairie FFA teams qualify for State Competition

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien FFA Chapter has added an exciting new element this school year with the beginning of eighth-grade FFA.

Wed
03
Apr

Hubanks, O’Kane retain Prairie du Chien School Board seats

 

Incumbents Cassie Hubanks and Lynn O’Kane have kept their seats on the Prairie du Chien School Board following the spring election on April 2.

Hubanks had 700 total votes. O’Kane garnered 645 and challenger and former board member Duane Rogers got 569.

The top two vote getters each won three-year terms for the two available seats on the school board.

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