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La Riviere Park welcomes brand new shelter


Members of the Prairie du Chien Park Board and the La Riviere Park Board pose in front of La Riviere Park’s brand new shelter Aug. 21. The project, completed by Top Notch Construction, features electrical power, lights, handicap-accessible bathrooms, water and a utility room. (Photo by Peyton Meisner)
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PdC to be highlighted on Discover Wisconsin TV


Discover Wisconsin host Mariah Haberman films in one of Prairie du Chien’s historic locations, the “Dungeon.” The episode will air Saturday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin and is available now for streaming on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, Chromecast, Smart TV and at discoverwisconsin.com (Submitted Photo)

Discover Wisconsin, the state’s leading media brand and tourism TV show, will be shining the spotlight on Prairie du Chien in an upcoming episode. “Prairie du Chien —Journey Through Time” airs Saturday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin and is now available for streaming on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, Chromecast, Smart TV and at discoverwisconsin.com.

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FT. Crawford Museum Fall Bus Tour

The 17th Annual Bus Trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul is planned for Oct. 16-18. This bus tour was organized in 2002 by Maury Oehler. It was his goal to help support the Prairie du Chien Historical Society in its efforts to preserve local history. The hospital building of the 2nd Ft. Crawford and the Museum of Prairie du Chien are owned and operated by the society. Since 2002 this three-day- two-night bus trip has generated several thousand dollars to keep the museum a viable and valuable city treasure. In 2016 Maury passed the reigns of this fundraiser to Janet Finn. With the help of Maury, she has been able to plan three successful trips and has planned another for 2019. These trips have always included historical, cultural, theatrical and mystery venues. This year’s venues include three plays: Mamma Mia! at the Chanhassen Theater, Gloria-A Life at the History Theater and A New Bermuda Triangle at a small theater called Day Trippers; two Historical sites — St.

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Aug

Smoke Screen Program held at Prairie du Chien High School


The Smoke Screen Program was held at Prairie du Chien High School Aug. 20. The program covered the concerns of vaping and social media trends. (Photo by Peyton Meisner)

By Peyton Meisner

 

The Smoke Screen Program was held at Prairie du Chien High School Aug. 20. The program provided an opportunity for adults and parents to learn about e-cigarettes and social media trends among the youth. 

“The notion that only certain types of kids are vaping is no longer the case, all kinds of kids are doing it these days,” said Sonya Lenzendorf, Crawford County Public Health educator.

While smoking rates among teenagers have gone down in the past few years, vaping rates have gone up significantly Lenzendorf noted.

“The long-term effects of vaping are still not known at this time, as these devices are still relatively new,” she said.

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Rep. Ron Kind hosts town hall meeting in Prairie du Chien


Rep. Ron Kind talks to a concerned voter on the topic of healthcare at his town hall meeting in Prairie du Chien Aug. 21. (Photo by Peyton Meisner)

By Peyton Meisner

 

Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) held a town hall meeting Aug. 21 at the Crawford County Administration Building in Prairie du Chien.

Rep. Kind opened the meeting by discussing his priorities for the 116th Congress which included lowering healthcare costs for Wisconsin seniors, families and individuals, resolving the crisis facing Wisconsin’s family farmers, rebuilding Wisconsin’s aging infrastructure, reauthorizing the Higher Education Act and recommitting to a strong sense of fiscal responsibility answered a variety of questions from local citizens that ranged from immigration, conservation, gun control, global warming, impeaching President Trump and healthcare.

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Aug

Peoples State Bank student and intern programs may lead to future job opportunities


Zach Mara has spent the past two summers at Peoples State Bank. This summer he worked as a Help Desk Technician in the IT Department. Peoples State Bank has employed dozens of former student/interns. (Submitted Photo)

By Peyton Meisner

 

Every summer, Peoples State Bank hires high school students and has an intern program for college students to help give real-world experience to local youth. 

Many of these students and interns have turned into full-time employees. Currently around 10-15 former students and interns are working at the bank full-time, including their current CFO and SVP of Bank Operations Brennen Clark.

“We’ve employed high school students for a long time now, but we started the college internship program in 2016,” said Aphton Check, Peoples State Bank marketing manager. “Most students start as a teller, but eventually most also gain experience with other departments, such as loan officers, processing, credit finance and IT,” she added.

This summer, Peoples State Bank had three students work as interns; McKenna Keeney, Zach Mara and Erin Hemmer. 

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21
Aug

Public Health: More than just shots- Child passenger safety checks and lead poison testing


Crawford County Public Health provides free car seat checks to help parents learn and ensure that their child’s car seat is installed correctly. (Photo by Peyton Meisner)

By Peyton Meisner

 

This is a series about the Crawford County Health Department and the array of services they provide.

Child Passenger Safety Checks

Road injuries are the leading cause of unintentional deaths to children in the United States. When installed and used correctly child safety seats decrease the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent among infants, 54 percent among toddlers and 45 percent among children ages 4 - 8. 

Crawford County Public Health offers free Car Seat Checks. “An estimated 59 percent of car seats and 20 percent of booster seats are installed or used improperly.  Our hope is to help parents and caregivers learn how to properly install their car seats and feel confident in doing it themselves in the future,” said Sonya Lenzendorf, Crawford County Public Health educator.

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Conservation warden gives presentation to city council about ATVs-UTVs

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien City Council heard a presentation by Crawford County Conservation Warden Cody Adams about ATVs and UTVs during it regular meeting Aug. 20.

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Driftless Area Water Study discussed at county board meeting

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Land Conservationist Dave Troester, County Nurse Cindy Riniker and State Representative Loren Oldenburg gave a presentation about the upcoming Driftless Area Water Study during the county board meeting Tuesday morning.

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BARD buys Prairie Ready Mix

By Correne Martin

 

BARD Materials, of Dyersville, Iowa, officially purchased Prairie Ready Mix, Inc., a Prairie du Chien company, on July 1. This includes only the concrete and aggregate assets of the privately-held ready mix plants in Prairie du Chien, Boscobel and Richland Center, owned by Dillman family.

BARD was started in 1946 by Bill Mescher and Art Thier, as Dyersville Sand and Gravel Company. As it grew, acquired purchases and welcomed the founders’ sons on board, the company adopted the name BARD to represent Bill and Art, as well as their sons, Roger Mescher and Dennis Thier. Today, Chad Thier is the third generation vice-president running the family trade.

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