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Wed
15
Jan

Beautiful new Prairie du Chien library needs some landscaping

By Correne Martin

 

The new Prairie du Chien Public Library is an evolving and happening place of helpful discovery—on the inside. But outside the facility, which was renovated and expanded in 2018, patrons may have noticed the landscaping leaves much to be desired.

A pointed effort has begun to bring the grounds up to speed with the modern opportunity that’s available inside the public library. 

“It’s not much on the outside, but they’re very visible grounds,” said Cindy Robertson, who’s leading the charge toward creating a more inviting, aesthetically-appealing exterior for the library. 

Wed
15
Jan

Inmate stabs officer

The Boscobel inmate who has been charged with two counts of attempted murder for assaulting two correctional officers at Boscobel Gundersen Hospital last June shanked another officer Monday at the Boscobel prison.

Wisconsin Secure Program Facility inmate Dexter Ewing, 48, of Milwaukee, has been held in segregation since the June 25 attacks, but has refused to come out of his cell for the past two months. On Monday, two correctional officers were directed to conduct a forced removal, and that’s when the attack occurred with a homemade weapon Ewing fashioned in his cell.

The officer was stabbed in the neck, but his partner was able to push Ewing away and avoid serious or fatal injuries, according to sources that wished to remain anonymous.

Wed
15
Jan

Get after your goals: Fitness testimonials from friends, neighbors

Prairie du Chien’s Hoffman Hall offers a myriad of fitness and aquatics classes over the winter. What follows is a sampling of the courses, instructors and participant testimonials about their results and experiences.

Yoga—taught by Connie Hudson, who started yoga practice in 2006 and has evolved to leading Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga: “A Hatha flow combines breath with movement in active physical postures. A Yin flow is a gentler practice that allows us to work the deeper tissues of the body. All yoga poses can be modified so you can practice throughout your lifetime. Yoga makes me feel good and I enjoy sharing both practices.”

“Yoga class is relaxing and calming after a long day at work” – L.B.

Wed
15
Jan

FFA Pick a Pack program receives numerous donations

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

It was noted at the Prairie du Chien School Board meeting Monday night that numerous donations have been made to benefit the fledgling FFA Pick a Pack program. 

Wed
15
Jan

Former Prairie du Chien student enjoying acting career


Amy Malcom in a scene in “Southern Gothic” with Windy City Playhouse in 2019. (Photo submitted)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Prairie du Chien High School alumnus has made a nice career for herself in the somewhat unusual vocation of actress, and text and vocal coach. Amy Malcom, a 2004 graduate, said acting is challenging but can also be quite gratifying.

Wed
15
Jan

High school rain garden project receives a boost


This is the area where the first rain garden will be created behind the Performing Arts Center at the high school.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There has been some good news recently for the rain garden project underway at Prairie du Chien High School.

Teacher Diane Colburn said that because of the article published in the Courier Press on Dec. 11, a donor has come forward to help with the project.

Wed
15
Jan

PdC-F gymnasts host two meets


Hailey Ohlert sticks her landing on the vault versus Dodgeville-Mineral Point. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Alyssa Schoepp swings through on the uneven parallel bars.

Prairie’s Kylee O’Kane goes from the low bar to the high on the uneven parallel bars Monday night.

Hannah Garrity performs her routine on the balance beam.

Hailey Ohlert concentrates while on the beam.

 

The Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnastics team hosted Viroqua on Friday night, Jan. 10 in PdC-F’s first dual of the season. 

The girls pieced together an impressive performance, surpassing their Mt. Horeb Invitational score with a 106.900 for the night. 

Tue
14
Jan

Patricia A. Prochaska

Patricia A. Prochaska, 76, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at the Divine Rehabilitation Center in Fennimore. 

She was born Nov. 19, 1943, in San Pedro, Calif., the daughter of Ambrose and Eleanor (Wilkins) Gleason. 

Patricia was married to Lawrence Prochaska, and they later divorced. She worked as a nurse’s aide at Good Samaritan and later for the Prairie Convalescent Center. Patricia also assisted in the daily operation of the Pine Tree Inn with her partner Chester Barr. 

Tue
14
Jan

Herman G. Sime

Herman G. Sime, 92, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Ferryville, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020.

Herman was born Nov. 1, 1927, to Herman Sr. and Grace (Helgerson) Sime. After the sixth grade, he stayed home to work on the family farm. He farmed pretty much his whole life, both before and after serving his country in the United States Army. He married Alice Kapanke and together they raised six children. Alice passed away Feb 8, 1971.

Tue
14
Jan

Robert J. Heilmann

Robert J. Heilmann, 89, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at the Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse.

He was born Aug. 27, 1930, in Fennimore, the son of Albert and Elizabeth (Stivarius) Heilmann. 

Robert worked for Voth Oil, Balk’s Sunoco and Harold DuCharme’s DX Station in Prairie du Chien. He later retired after working for many years for the city of Prairie du Chien. 

He is survived by his sons, Chuck (Linda), Terry (Donna) and Doug (Vicki) Heilmann; his sister, Dorothy Trameri; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 

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