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28
Mar

Public meeting held soon for Highway 27, Prairie du Chien to Eastman

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold a public involvement meeting to discuss proposed improvements for Highway 27 between Prairie du Chien and Eastman. The meeting is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at the Eastman Village Hall, 112 Shanghai Rd.

The project will involve reconstruction and rehabilitation of 10 miles of Highway 27 between Cipra Road in the town of Prairie du Chien and Water Street in the village of Eastman. Several horizontal curves in the rural portion will be reconstructed to current standards; the alignment of the remainder of the roadway will generally follow the existing alignment. Side road intersections, driveway entrances, culverts and storm sewer will be replaced.

Construction is currently scheduled for 2018.

Mon
28
Mar

Former PdC doctor gifts $40k to animal shelter


Dr. Marilu Bintz (right) presented Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteer Bev Pozega with a donation of $40,000.

Dr. Marilu Bintz has gifted Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter $40,000 toward its efforts to build a shelter for the Prairie du Chien area.

“This donation will certainly bring our goal of an animal shelter much closer to reality,” stated Bev Pozega, RABAS volunteer.

Dr. Bintz shared the reason for her generosity toward the organization. “In the 26 years that I have spent practicing here, Prairie du Chien and the surrounding communities were very good to me,” she said. “This is one way I can try to say thank you.”

Dr. Bintz’s donation, coupled with two other anonymous donations totaling $25,000, received in the same week, brings RABAS’ total to over $330,000.

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter will be constructed on two acres of land, donated by Steve and Lynda Welter, at the intersection of East Campion Boulevard and 22nd Street.

The group is beginning its ninth year of fundraising.

Fri
25
Mar

Bobbie J. Ostrander

 

Bobbie J. Ostrander, 87, of Eastman passed away Thursday, March 24, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester, Iowa.

He was born July 15, 1928 in Lynxville, the son of John and Estella (Huard) Ostrander. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Carolyn Bailey on Oct. 1, 1955 in Prairie du Chien. Bobbie worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad for 58 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Fisher- Lechnir- Wall Post 252 of Eastman. In his spare time Bobbie loved to fish. 

Thu
24
Mar

Allen G. Lanke

 

Allen G. Lanke, 80, of Plover, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at Care Partners.

He was born on Aug. 14, 1935, in Prairie du Chien, to the late Lawrence and Helen (Allen) Lanke and served in the U.S. Navy from Oct. 22, 1953, until his honorable discharge on Oct. 11, 1957.

On Oct. 24, 1959, he was married to Mary Alice Diederich at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Milwaukee. She died on Oct. 31, 2015.

Thu
24
Mar

Janice E. Barnes

 

Janice E. Barnes, 74, of Manitowoc, died Wednesday, March 23, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Green Bay.

Wed
23
Mar

Broadband Internet project benefits Ferryville-Seneca area

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Twenty-one people, including Ferryville, Crawford County, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and CenturyTel officials, were on hand for a presentation about the Seneca-Ferryville Broadband Internet Project Monday afternoon at the Ferryville Village Hall.

Wed
23
Mar

Volunteers needed for high school Reality Check


An area high school senior writes a check for a service at the Reality Check financial literacy simulation. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

High school seniors from nine area schools will soon take their turn participating in the financial literacy simulation Reality Check on Wednesday, April 20, at Prairie du Chien High School. Designed to give the students a first-hand look at the realities of life, the local Reality Check marks its 14th year in 2016.

There has been some changing of the guard though, and all of the contact information for volunteers from past years, as well as new people interested in helping, was not retained in entirety.

Volunteers who have not yet been contacted and wish to man a Reality Check booth for any length of time are asked to contact the new coordinator, Wally Byrne, at (608) 375-4161, ext. 2338, or wall@boscobel.k12.wi.us. In the past, over 125 volunteers have assisted in making the simulation a success.

Wed
23
Mar

Student assembly: Smartphone use while driving could be deadly


Prairie du Chien High School student Jacqueline LaHaie tries out AAA’s distracted driving simulator at the “It Can Wait” event hosted by AT&T, AAA and the Wisconsin State Patrol, Monday morning in the high school gym.

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien High School students were urged to pledge to keep their eyes on the road, not on their smartphones, when behind the wheel, as part of an “It Can Wait” campaign presented Monday morning. Nearly 350 students learned about the dangers of smartphone/cell phone activities while driving and that they can—and should—wait until they’re finished driving. The assembly was part of a series of high school events AT&T, AAA and the Wisconsin State Patrol are holding to drive home the dangers of distracted driving and encouraging kids to take the pledge.

“We’ve visited 99 schools since 2010,” noted Jessica Erickson, of AT&T.

Wed
23
Mar

New company to invest $2 million, create 24 jobs in Prairie du Chien


Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch was in Prairie du Chien Monday to announce WEDC assistance of $100,000 in business development tax credits to Solomon Corporation.

Prairie du Chien City Administrator Aaron Kramer (left) and Mayor Dave Hemmer (center) talk with officials about the institution of Solomon Corporation in the community’s North Gateway Business Park. A special announcement event, held Monday at the spec building Solomon will occupy, featured Lt. Rebecca Kleefisch announcing WEDC financial incentives for the company. (Submitted photos)

Solomon Corporation, headquartered in Solomon, Kan., will invest over $2 million in a previously vacant 20,000 square-foot facility, equipment and other initiatives to expand its manufacturing operations in Prairie du Chien. The company has existing operations in Kansas, Tennessee, Colorado and Texas.

The Courier Press first reported, in early December, that Solomon Corporation planned to open its fifth regional location in a North Gateway Business Park spec building, owned by Bill Adamany.
Solomon has already hired 14 employees and projects to employ 24 people when it opens later this year.

Wed
23
Mar

New Montessori offering a non-traditional education for 3-5 year olds


Grayson (center) and Wyatt (right) enjoy hearing the various sounds produced by the wooden Montessori shakers, as Addison builds a tower in the background. The object of the shakers is to match the sounds from a red one to those emitted from a blue one. Both boys did well identifying the matching sounds.

Addison, Wyatt and Grayson collaborated in a tower-building exercise in the Montessori classroom at Crossing Rivers Health Child Care last week. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The students in Montessori play with the various materials.

Kristi Shaffer reads to the kids in the Montessori program during circle time.

By Correne Martin

Crossing Rivers Health Child Care is offering an alternative, non-traditional choice of education for 3-5 year olds in the Prairie du Chien area this fall. Its new Montessori program is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning of practical skills and collaborative play. The unorthodox approach also emphasizes learning through all five senses.

“Every child is recognized as individual and unique. Through Montessori, they can enjoy freedom within limits. It’s very different from preschool where every kid does the same thing,” said Mari Beth Valley, Crossing Rivers child care director. “Expectations at school are so much more than they used to be. This model lines up more with the Wisconsin early learning standards. It helps prepare them for school and sets them up to be successful.”

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