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Wed
29
Apr

Top 2 seniors named at River Ridge High School

River Ridge has named its valedictorian and salutatorian for the class of 2015. Kari Breuer, daughter of Joe and Cindi Breuer, of Glen Haven, is the valedictorian. Tanner Irish, son of Tom and Lori Irish, of Bagley, is the salutatorian.

Kari Breuer will attend UW-River Falls and major in animal science this fall. She is excited about meeting new people and having new experiences.

As her high school career comes to a close, Kari is proud to have achieved a 3.982 cumulative GPA, made the high honor roll all four years, and scored a 29 on her ACT. She was a National Merit semifinalist as well.

She was active in the Science Club, FFA Chapter as treasurer and National Honor Society as secretary. She also served as track manager for three years and wrestling manager for one year.

Mon
27
Apr

Pedaling for Pets


Ashley and Brandon Christensen, pictured with their dog Nibbles, are taking on their own Pedaling for Pets challenge this summer. They will be bicycling 750 miles from Prairie du Chien to the Bayfield area and back, from Aug. 16 to Sept. 6. They have eight checkpoints along the way, where they will stop at animal shelters and humane societies to gain knowledge and spread awareness about Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter. All funds raised from this journey will benefit RABAS and its efforts toward building a local animal shelter.

 

Pedaling for Pets fundraising challenge taking couple on a 750-mile bike ride

By Correne Martin

 

Mon
27
Apr

Arbor Day Event


Teacher Miranda Polodna holds a tree branch still while Public Works Co-Manager Terry Meyer demonstrates how to properly prune branches. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Students watch as Prairie du Chien Park Board Chair Tom Nelson plants a tree. For more photos, please see the Courier Press’ Facebook page.

Students, teachers, parents and city officials took a group photo with an Arbor Day flag and the Tree City USA plaque. (Photos by Correne Martin)

 

 

First graders celebrate trees at Arbor Day event

By Correne Martin

 

Mon
27
Apr

Mighty River School

 

Mighty River Charter School flowing strong in second year

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Mighty River Charter School, an online school in its second school year in the Prairie du Chien School District, has become quite successful. 

Wed
22
Apr

The Bridges of Crawford County


The above photo shows cracking on a bridge on County U in the town of Clayton. Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock told the county board that the walls of the bridge have moved in an inch. This is not one of the four to be worked on this year, but it is one of 17 that will need to be reconstructed in the coming years and illustrates the problem that the county is facing.

 

County to use reserves to 

pay for four bridge projects

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
22
Apr

Local entities making joint plans for current hospital facility’s future


The future state of the current Crossing Rivers Health facility (formerly Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital) at 705 East Taylor Street is unknown at this time. But the hospital is banding together with the city, school and local economic development groups to create a plan for promoting economic and community development at that location. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The new eight-person Prairie du Chien Common Council decided, Tuesday night, to partner with four other entities, including Crossing Rivers Health, to create a plan to redevelop the current hospital facility at 705 East Taylor Street. The council will join forces with the hospital, the Prairie du Chien and Crawford County economic development corporations, and the Prairie du Chien Area School District in encouraging the hospital facility’s reuse in a manner that promotes economic and community development. If their efforts are unsuccessful, the collaboration may resolve to raze the facility and redevelop the site in a way that would complement the surrounding neighborhood and also encourage economic and community development.

Wed
22
Apr

Wauzeka-Steuben names top seniors

Kelsey Kapinus has been named the valedictorian and Alexis Bird the salutatorian of the Wauzeka-Steuben High School graduating class of 2015.

Kelsey is the daughter of Bill and Lisa Wallin-Kapinus. She has been a very active, goal-oriented student throughout her high school career, earning academic honors all four years. In addition, Kelsey has earned four academic letters/pins for her excellence in the classroom. Kelsey has been actively involved in a number of extra-curricular activities over the past four years.

Mon
20
Apr

Man hit by train, medflighted

A 22-year-old Prairie du Chien man was hit by a train at the Blackhawk Avenue railroad crossing early Saturday morning, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

Officers responded to the scene at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday, April 18, to find that a southbound Burlington Northern train had struck Daniel M. Gillitzer, who had been walking east on Blackhawk Avenue. From the initial investigation, officers learned that the train had been traveling at a reduced speed after conducting a crew change about a mile and a half from the scene of the accident.

Gillitzer was transported to Crossing Rivers Health by Tri-State Ambulance and later flown to Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse by Medlink Air, according to the police department.

The incident remains under investigation. Police Chief Chad Abram said he was meeting with Burlington Northern officials Monday morning.

Mon
20
Apr

$1.6M assisted living project underway at Bluff Haven complex


A concrete patio to the east of the current Bluff Haven/Prairie Maison complex has been removed to make way for 12 additional assisted living studio apartments. The $1.6 million project is slated for completion by November or December 2015.

Crews work to compact water main at the site of the Bluff Haven studio apartment addition.

By Correne Martin

Twelve additional assisted living studio apartments are coming soon to the Bluff Haven complex in Prairie du Chien. The $1.6 million project will be constructed to the east of the existing facility and is anticipated for completion in November or December 2015.

The project is a solution to a need determined by Community Health Services Corporation (CHSC), the non-profit organizatoin which owns senior citizen facilities in Prairie du Chien and Soldiers Grove, based on an increased number of calls looking for these types of services and a growing waiting list that has about 30 names on it now.

“It’s a sign of the demographics of this area. The people are getting older, said Alesha Erdenberger, administrator of Bluff Haven Assisted Living and CHSC senior vice president of operations.

Mon
20
Apr

Packers in Prairie du Chien


Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy addresses the crowd and the seven former and current players at the Tailgate Tour Party at the Barn Restaurant Wednesday evening. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

A group of happy Green Bay Packer fans go through the autograph line.

Owen Oldenburg and Westin Marx of Prairie du Chien display their Packer footballs.

 

Packer fans thoroughly enjoy Tailgate Tour event

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Hundreds of diehard and always enthusiastic Green Bay Packers fanatics filled the Barn Restaurant Wednesday evening to meet some of the players, past and present, from their favorite team.

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