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Wed
29
Apr

Take your pick from the Memorial Gardens Plant Sale


You too can have a “garden of dreams” if you stop by the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens on Saturday, May 9 to take your pick from a variety of plants and flowers available at the annual Plant Sale. While you’re there, take a seat on this bench and ask questions of the local gardeners there too. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Whether you’re looking to fill a whole garden, find some blooms to complement a couple pots, or pick up that perfect Mother’s Day gift, the annual Memorial Gardens Plant Sale will offer a beautiful variety of flowers for everyone. On Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Prairie du Chien’s Memorial Gardens on St. Feriole Island, the public is invited to browse through the loads of colorful flowers and plants and purchase their favorites. All proceeds will go back into the Memorial Gardens.

A wide assortment of blossoms such as coneflowers, sedum, lilies—Stella De Oro daylilies and tiger lilies—hostas, different types of groundcover and more will be sold at various prices. As many as 400 lilies are expected. Many of the flowers and plants will even be potted and ready to go, or you can bring your own pots, containers or leaf bags and fill them on site. Wood chips in natural colors can also be purchased at the sale.

Wed
29
Apr

PdC Uncorked wine tasting to showcase Marquette Road businesses

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce will present a new event, PdC Uncorked, on Friday, May 15 from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

PdC Uncorked is an exclusive, one of a kind experience allowing guests 21 years and older to sample newly-released regional wines and hors d’oeuvres while strolling between some of the finest businesses along Marquette Road in the Prairie du Chien area. Participating retailers are within a short walk from each other. Each guest will begin the wine tasting event at Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly/Blooming Basket at Riverside Square Mall.

“The idea for PdC Uncorked was to showcase all the great businesses that typically don’t get a lot of traffic from parades and other downtown promotions,” Chamber President and CEO Bob Moses said.

Wed
29
Apr

City to host public meeting on North Ohio Street project

The city of Prairie du Chien will host a public information meeting on Tuesday, May 5, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., to review the upcoming North Ohio Street project. It will take place in the council chambers at city hall. Representatives from the city and Vierbicher Associates, the city’s consultant on the project, will be in attendance.

The project involves the reconstruction of North Ohio Street from Blackhawk Avenue (State Highway 27) to Washington Street. It will consist of the following:

•Reconstruction of 1,600 lineal feet of 32-foot-wide street.

•Reconstruction of 3,200 lineal feet of concrete curb and gutter.

•Reconstruction of 3,000 lineal feet of 5-foot sidewalk.

•Reconstruction of 1,550 lineal feet of sanitary sewer, manholes and laterals (to the street right-of-way).

•Reconstruction of 1,650 lineal feet of water main, hydrants, valves and services (to the street right-of-way).

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.

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