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18
May

Final plans underway at Crossing Rivers


The new Crossing Rivers Health medical center on Highway 18 is nearly ready for occupancy. A grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a ribbon cutting at 8:45 a.m. Providers and staff will welcome patients in mid-June.

“We’re on the home stretch of the construction of the new Crossing Rivers Health medical center. The final touches are being completed as the project enters its last month,” stated Bill Sexton, chief executive officer, recently. “We hope to be granted occupancy in the next few days. We’ve done a tremendous amount of planning, which will guide us through what we expect to be a well-orchestrated move from our current location on Taylor Street to the new medical center on U.S. Highway 18, across from the Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport.”

Mon
18
May

PdC gift shop going out of business after 23 years


Lucille Berns, of Avalo Designs, proudly stands amid a few of the creations she and her husband, Avalo or “Al,” handmade over the years. Avalo Designs is going out of business after 23 years at their little gift shop in Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

As times have evolved over the past 23 years, so has the collection of unique merchandise at Avalo Designs in Prairie du Chien. Lucille and Avalo “Al” Berns have sold handmade wooden creations, religious and inspirational gifts, framed pictures and more at their retail store all those years. But, since they’ve continued working well past retirement age, and they’re ready for a well-deserved break, the time has come to go out of business. A storewide sale is going on now until an undetermined date, when they will hold a garage sale to further disperse of the retail.

“We have mixed feelings (about closing) after being here so long,” Lucille said. “We’ve gotten to know such nice people over the years, but we’re getting older and I’m tired of getting up every morning.”

Wed
13
May

Main Street under construction

Iverson Construction proceeded with the milling and asphalt overlay project on North Main Street in Prairie du Chien early Tuesday morning. The project is going well according to the street department and, because of the progress they are making, the milling of South 9th Street, from Parrish to Wells, and Broadway Street, from Marquette to 10th Street, began Tuesday afternoon. Please plan alternate routes in these construction areas. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

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.

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