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Wed
13
May

New greenhouses to offer locally-grown, off-season produce in Prairie du Chien


The footings for the two new greenhouses were placed Monday behind the existing greenhouse on the Opportunity Center/Sharing Spaces grounds in Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Ground was broken last week for the Opportunity Center’s newest project: two hydroponic greenhouses, in which tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, and possibly some other produce, will be grown out of season.

By Correne Martin

Locally-grown tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries will soon be available year-round at area food co-ops, thanks to two new greenhouses going up at the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien. These products will be grown by way of two different hydroponic systems inside the pair of greenhouses standing 30  by 100 feet each. The facilities are currently under construction—ground was broken last week—behind the center’s existing 22- by 75-foot greenhouse, which will remain in use for vegetables in season.

The new greenhouses are funded by numerous grants and donations as well as a small loan.

One of the main purposes of this project is to create additional duties for Opportunity Center clients, specifically jobs outside of the work center facility—as community-based employment is a high priority for them.

Wed
13
May

Prairie du Chien School Board

 

Prairie du Chien School District 

to partner with other stakeholders 

regarding reuse of hospital building

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
11
May

Fidelity Bank & Trust opens in Prairie du Chien

By Correne Martin

Fidelity Bank & Trust, a family-owned institution historically focused on small-town markets, has expanded into Prairie du Chien. The new loan office opened at 100 North Marquette Road, in the Rickleff building, April 20.

Jamie Stram, a Prairie du Chien professional who has been in banking for over 15 years, is Fidelity’s vice-president and branch manager. Stram has experience in lending, deposits, management and compliance. She has a degree from UW-Platteville in business administration/finance. She currently serves on the Prairie du Chien Jaycees Board as treasurer, is president-elect for the Prairie du Chien Rotary Club, and is a Prairie du Chien Area Chamber ambassador.

Mon
11
May

Moret, Pattison are top 2 seniors at Prairie du Chien High School

The Prairie du Chien High School Class of 2015 has announced its top two seniors. Brooke Moret is valedictorian and Courtney Pattison salutatorian.

Brooke Moret is the daughter of Ken and Julie, of rural Prairie du Chien. She plans to attend UW-Whitewater this fall and major in biochemistry.

“I hope to one day work in health care; I just don’t know exactly what I want to do yet,” she said.

When she thinks about life after high school, Brooke said she’s really looking forward to meeting new people and experiencing new things. “I’m excited to see what the future has in store for me,” she said.
As valedictorian, Brooke earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.983. She was September student of the month this school year.

Mon
11
May

Plenty of activities for all ages in PdC this summer


Alice Kirschbaum, of Prairie du Chien, enjoyed one of the classic rock concerts last summer so much that she just couldn’t stay seated. Just like last summer, the Concerts on the River free music series of seven concerts is expected to draw large crowds to Lawler Park. For a full schedule of concerts, check out the PdC Parks and Rec activity guide.

Pool parties are a fun way for kids and adults alike to celebrate the heat of summer. Dress up for the specific theme and go soak in the sun. This year’s parties include a Luau Party on June 24, Christmas in July on July 8, Mardi Gras on July 29 and a Western Party on Aug. 12. All events are from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Wacouta Aquatic Park.

By Correne Martin

There are plenty of activities for kids and families to do in Prairie du Chien this spring and summer, that are free or low-cost, thanks to the city’s parks and recreation department. One of the first to begin will be swim lessons on June 15. Additional early programming includes youth tennis lessons, boys and girls baseball, T-ball and kickball, and junior golf. The summer flurry will conclude in August with Outdoor Adventure Day Camp, Every Day Heroes Pre-School Camp and the Puppy Paddle. Online registration begins May 13 for any of the summer rec programs. Go to http://pdc.recdesk.com/recdeskportal to sign up. Resident and non-resident fees apply for many of the lessons and camps.

Mon
11
May

School battles budget cuts

 

Prairie du Chien School District battling budget cuts, discussing possible revenue limit referendum

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
06
May

The Dinky Trail opening soon between Woodman and Fennimore

The name doesn’t mean small, short or less in any way but instead refers to the longest running narrow gauge railroad in Wisconsin’s history. From 1878 until 1926, a small narrow gauge railroad, known as the Dinky, connected what is now the city of Fennimore and the village of Woodman in Grant County. Two round trips a day, every day for 48 years! The railroad disappeared with the introduction of the automobile and all that remained until now were memories and some footprints in the landscape. Well, the Dinky’s route will soon become popular again with the opening of the Dinky Bike Trail on Saturday, May 16.

Wed
06
May

River Ridge Schools picks superintendent

The River Ridge School District has named its newest superintendent, Dr. Jeff Athey, who will officially accept duties July 1. Athey, who has been principal at Dodgeville High School since 1988, was selected from a pool of three finalists. He will take over from the current interim superintendent, Tom Andres, who replaced Lee Pritzl at the end of February.

Athey was chosen for the superintendent post over Rich Hanson, district administrator at Le Suer-Henderson School District, Minnesota; and Marirose Lucey, director of teaching, learning and technology at Marinette School District.

Wed
06
May

Recognized for Blackhawk Blast support

Jenny Coleman (right), of the Prairie du Chien Booster Club, recently presented a plaque of appreciation to Chip, Roxanne and Olivia Skemp of Huckleberry’s Restaurant. Huckleberry's has hosted the Blackhawk Blast for the past 11 years. Their donation of the meal and services has made a huge contribution to the Prairie du Chien athletic department over the years. The Blackhawk Blast would not be possible without the support of this venue. (Submitted photo)
 

Wed
06
May

Steuben boy confesses to burglaries

On Wednesday, April 29, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received reports of three residential burglaries in the township of Seneca. One burglary occurred on Duha Lane and the other two occurred on Fawn Drive.

Several items were stolen from the dwellings such as tools, CDs, a firearm, a cellphone, and other items.

Members of the sheriff’s department investigated the burglaries and obtained a confession to all three burglaries from a 14-year-old boy from Steuben. The juvenile confessed that he gained entry by breaking windows and once inside he stole several items from each home.  The stolen items from have been recovered and will be returned to the victims.  

The boy will be referred on criminal charges of burglary to a dwelling and criminal damage to property.

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