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Wed
07
Nov

Mingle and Jingle while you shop PdC, Marquette, McGregor Nov. 16-17

The Mingle and Jingle downtown shopping promotion in 2017 was such a huge success for Prairie du Chien that organizers have decided to do it again a second year. Join in the fun-filled weekend with lots of great specials and door prizes. Two lucky winners, who visit all participating businesses, will win $150 in gift cards. 

Organizers are happy to announce that McGregor and Marquette area businesses will also be participating this year and, because there are so many businesses on board, Mingle and Jingle will be a two-day event on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17.

This is how the promotion works: 

1) Look for the Red Santa in the window.

Wed
07
Nov

Evers upsets Walker in governor race

By Correne Martin

Wisconsinites woke up to a new direction of leadership this morning (Wednesday, Nov. 7), as Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers ousted Republican incumbent Scott Walker in the what media outlets are saying is the tightest gubernatorial race in 50 years. Though, Walker had yet to concede at press time. Reports said he claims thousands of ballots in the Milwaukee area were damaged and may have skewed the count.

Walker was seeking a third term as governor, but Evers looks to have halted that effort with a margin of victory of 1.15 percent. The race wasn’t officially called until 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, when almost all precincts had been reported, including about 50,000 ballots that came in from the city of Milwaukee. 

Wed
07
Nov

Child sex trafficking identified in every Wisconsin county


Morgan Young, victim services training officer from the Wisconsin Office of Crime Victim Services, was in Prairie du Chien Oct. 30 for a two-hour public presentation about human trafficking, how it looks and what can be done about it. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Horrors of human trafficking crimes not exactly like what you see in the movies

By Correne Martin

People ordinarily interpret human trafficking to be something like the horrors of the action-thriller movie “Taken.” Though it absolutely happens, that’s not what human trafficking looks like in Wisconsin, according to Morgan Young, victim services training officer with the Wisconsin Office of Crime Victim Services. 

The film portrays the kidnapping and sex trafficking of mainly young, privileged white women into an international human slavery ring, from which—in true Hollywood fashion—a rescue constitutes the end of the story.

Wed
07
Nov

Operation Santa starts in Crawford County

The Rotary Club of Prairie du Chien has taken over Operation Santa for Crawford County. Last holiday season, the Prairie du Chien Jaycees assisted over 100 families in need across the county. By adding a sign-up location at the Gays Mills village office this year, the Rotary Club hopes to help even more families to shine light and good will on those in need.

Operation Santa provides families and individuals with various items of winter clothing, food and toys to help make the holidays a little warmer. Depending on donations and funds, the club anticipates providing fresh produce, butter and coupons for more fresh food items. Each child receives toys or chamber dollars, along with warm winter gear. 

Wed
07
Nov

‘Seussical the Musical’ captivating on melodies as well as acting talent


Katie Welch is one of many colorful characters—in flair and acting skills—in Prairie du Chien’s “Seussical the Musical.” She, of course, plays the part of the Cat in the Hat. The public can enjoy one of several whimsical performances of the high school fall musical this weekend in the new performing arts center. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Area music lovers will have a special opportunity to see a high school musical with captivating, diversified melodies when “Seussical the Musical” hits the freshly completed stage of Prairie du Chien High School’s new auditorium this weekend. The entire cast, from the leads to the ensemble, are commended by the musical’s directors for working as hard as they have to learn and perfect the songs, according to Deedee Bradshaw, musical director and first-year choral teacher at PdCHS.

“When you listen to the sound track, it makes the music sound easy, but this is a hard musical,” Bradshaw said. “The students put a lot of work into this.”

Mon
05
Nov

Bobcat north of Prairie du Chien


This bobcat was photographed recently by a trail camera at 9:15 a.m. on a property along County N north of Prairie du Chien. The temperature was 48 degrees. The bobcat has been photographed several times on the property. A bobcat is a medium-sized feline, approximately twice the size of a domestic house cat. It can be easily identified by its short, “bobbed” tail (up to 12 inches), prominent face ruff and slightly tufted ears. Its coat of short, dense fur can vary from a yellowish to reddish brown with distinct or faint black spots along its flanks and white underparts that are also spotted with black. In summer, the fur tends to be shorter and more reddish in color, becoming longer and much paler in the winter, although there can be much variation in color among individuals. Adult bobcats weigh 15–35 pounds and measure 28–47 inches in length. Size varies depending on sex, as male bobcats are approximately 33% larger than their female counterparts. (Photo submitted)
Mon
05
Nov

Momentum building for multi-use Great River Road trail

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The proposed multi-use trail along the Great River Road (Highway 35) in Crawford and Vernon counties is making progress.

Mon
05
Nov

‘Seussical’ opens in new PdC auditorium


It’s all because of JoJo’s “thinks” that The Cat in the Hat comes to life in “Seussical the Musical.” The Cat creates a “Seussian” world and characters around himself and JoJo (Alaina Lenz pictured with cast), then tells a story about someone as imaginative as JoJo: Horton the Elephant. The main story of the musical centers around that of “Horton Hears a Who,” which even includes JoJo as the child of the Mayor of Who-ville. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Horton the Elephant, portrayed by Dylan Skime, discovers a speck of dust, places it on a soft clover. He discovers that the speck is actually a microscopic planet populated by creatures called Whos, citizens of Who-ville. The Whos are on the brink of war and their entire population of Truffula Trees has been cut down. The Whos thank Horton for his protection, and he agrees to guard their planet.

“Oh the Places You’ll Go” with beloved Dr. Seuss characters The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and more during Prairie du Chien High School’s production of “Seussical the Musical” Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10. This year, there will be three shows: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and an 11 a.m. matinee Saturday. 

Tickets to attend a show in the brand new high school auditorium are available for purchase in advance at the high school, or at the door.

This family-friendly, delightful journey imagined by Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is a whimsical ride through the land of Seuss, featuring the tall and the small. Join the mischievous narrator, The Cat in the Hat, as Horton, JoJo and Gertrude embark on a zany and heartfelt adventure to discover the power of friendship, community and imagination.

Mon
05
Nov

Lending library available once again in PdC


The toy and child care equipment lending library is once again available for Prairie du Chien area residents. Catholic Charities took on the program after the Crossing Rivers Health Family Resource Center closed in August. Rent any of the above toys, as well as larger child care needs like exersaucers, strollers, pack and plays and more at no cost, regardless of income, faith or community of residence. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The Giving Shelf is also a new offering Catholic Charities in Prairie du Chien took on from the Family Resource Center. Through this program, parents, grandparents and caregivers in need may access diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, clothing, blankets, breast pumps and other infant/toddler necessities.

Stop by the Catholic Charities office in downtown Prairie du Chien to find out about the many community services they offer for all incomes and faiths.

Area parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and babysitters will be pleased to know that Catholic Charities in Prairie du Chien has taken on the lending library, formerly run by the Family Resource Center if Crossing Rivers Health. The lending library rents toys and child care equipment to all community members either for free or a small deposit. 

Catholic Charities has taken on the Family Resource Center’s Giving Shelf as well, with intentions to assist those in need of diapers, wipes, formula and other baby or toddler necessities. 

Mon
05
Nov

SBA doles out flood assistance

By Correne Martin 

Business owners and non-profits, homeowners and renters in Crawford and Vernon counties affected physically or economically by the Aug. 17-Sept. 14 severe storms, floods, landslides and winds have a new type of assistance available to them. These entities may qualify for low-interest loans to repair or replace disaster damage not covered by insurance, or to meet financial obligations during this disaster recovery period. These opportunities are made possible through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which works hand-in-and with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in times of declared disasters. 

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