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17
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Ellefson

By Rachel Mergen

Jean Ellefson’s mother was a teacher since the age of 18. Ellefson grew up in her foot steps, having watched her mother when she would bring her and her siblings to school on the weekends to help decorate the classroom and do small work activities.

Today, Ellefson finds herself as part of the current generation of educators, covering the role of Seneca Area School District’s librarian and Title I teacher since August of 1980.

“We didn’t have a whole lot of toys as kids,” Ellefson said about how she ended up with her love of reading. Her childhood was spent being read to by her parents and family and learning to read for herself. “I don’t remember a time not loving reading.”

Wed
17
Jan

GSA forms in Prairie du Chien

 

Prairie du Chien GSA strives to 

empower, educate

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
17
Jan

District administrator resigns from post at Wauzeka-Steuben

The School District of the Wauzeka-Steuben Board of Education has announced that District Administrator Robert Sailer has submitted a letter of resignation.

The resignation is effective June 30. The board and Dr. Sailer have discussed how to move forward with hiring a replacement administrator and determined that it would be in the best interests of the district to engage an interim administrator to facilitate that transition. Therefore, Sailer will step aside from his active role with the district effective immediately to allow the district to begin this transition work.

In his letter, Sailer thanked the staff members, students, families, board members and community members of Wauzeka-Steuben for making the school district community a special place. He also expressed his desire to explore new professional and personal options and opportunities.

Mon
15
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Antoniewicz

By Rachel Mergen

After watching his father and brother work as engineers, Dave Antoniewicz, a native to Waukesha, thought he had discovered the path for him. These influences in his life faded a bit though once he entered college at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. 

Antoniewicz’s change of plans was a blessing to the students of Prairie du Chien High School, who now learn from the mathematics and engineering teacher of over 35 years. 

Antoniewcz originally began his career in the school district as an intern. In this position, he took the roll of a part-time teacher. He taught pre-algebra and algebra 1, while also supervising a study hall. 

Mon
15
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Jungbluth

By Rachel Mergen

Katarina Jungbluth defines herself as “sort of a kid-at-heart.” She has been a teacher within the Wauzeka-Steuben Elementary School for the past 33 years, having taught all grades in the school except for first. Currently, she finds enjoyment in teaching fourth grade children.

As a youngster, Jungbluth found herself babysitting constantly. “I love working with kids,” she said.

Jungbluth attended the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minn. She stated that she loved studying there and “would recommend anyone to go there.”

After graduation, she discovered the job market was quite tight for teachers. She noted, “It was not unusual to have applied for a teaching job that more than 50 other people had also applied for.”

When she found employment in the Wauzeka-Steuben School District, she knew nothing about the area, except that it was on a “beautiful side of the state.”

Mon
15
Jan

Counseling could save your life


Colleen Teynor, a licensed clinical social worker at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in Prairie du Chien, is pictured in her office. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

By Rachel Mergen

 

Licensed professional counselors dedicate their lives to helping people who find themselves facing difficult emotions, major life changes and struggles that attempt to overpower them.

Colleen Teynor, a counselor at Mayo Clinic in Prairie du Chien, is prepared to help locals live a fulfilling life not defined by the battles in their heads and their lives. Each day, she and other counselors work with patients experiencing depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, behavioral issues and substance abuse, along with many other difficulties. These problems often result from traumatic events, abuse, divorce, brain irregularities and genetics, among a multitude of other causes.

Mon
15
Jan

Board races uncontested for River Ridge

The River Ridge School District Board will have two seats up for re-election for the April 3 election.

Board member Cory Raisbeck is no longer running, though newcomer Aaron Stagman is running for his seat. Incumbent Adam Guthrie is running again in his position.

Mon
15
Jan

PdC city council has 1 contested race

There will be one contested common council race on the ballot in the city of Prairie du Chien this spring.

Incumbent Ron Leys and challenger Nathan Bremmer are both seeking election to the District 1 council seat in the April 3 race.

All other races feature incumbents running for re-election without opponents: Mayor Dave Hemmer; council members Mike “Stubby” Jones (District 2), Todd Crotty (District 3), Karen Solomon (District 4), Heather Olson, (District 5) and Todd Myers (District 6); and Municipal Court Judge Dan Key.

Mon
15
Jan

Soldiers Grove One Stop sells winning ticket

Six lucky Powerball players won between $50,000 and $150,000 in the Jan. 6 Powerball drawing after purchasing their tickets from Wisconsin retailers, including one in Crawford County.

Each player matched four out of five numbers plus the Powerball, which earns them the $50,000 prize. One of the six players added Power Play to increase their winnings to $150,000, and he or she purchased that winning ticket at RK Campbell’s One Stop in Soldiers Grove.

The winning numbers were 12, 29, 30, 33 and 61. The Powerball was 26 and the Power Play number was 3.

The other winning tickets were sold in Spring Green (River Valley Mobil), Marinette, Wisconsin Rapids, Kiel and Superior.

Winners at all prize levels have 180 days from the drawing to claim their prizes. Winners of more than $599 must claim their prize at the Lottery’s Madison or Milwaukee office or by mail.

Mon
15
Jan

Truck goes over embankment, man injured

On Thursday, Jan. 11, at 11:06 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a one-vehicle crash on County Highway D, two miles west of Eastman.

Roger Granzow, 88, rural Eastman, was driving a 1997 Ford F150 east on County D. The vehicle slid on the icy road and went over the right embankment, which caused the vehicle to overturn once and come to a stop on its wheels in the ditch.

Granzow was injured and transported to Crossing Rivers Health for treatment of a cut on the head and possible rib fracture.

The vehicle sustained heavy damage and was towed from the scene.

Assisting at the scene were the Eastman First Responders, Eastman Fire Department, Tri-State Ambulance, Eastman Village and Township, Crawford County Highway Department and Bob’s Towing.

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