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Mon
06
Nov

PdC High School musical a twist on classic fairy tales

By Correne Martin

“Into the Woods” may not be as well known as some of the musicals of the Prairie du Chien Drama Hawks’ past, but the fairy tales that make up the story are as classic as it can get. Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk are the familiar plots, while the story of The Baker and His Wife will be the thread that intertwines all the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales together.

“Into the Woods,” by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, was actually made into a Disney movie adaptation, starring Meryl Streep, in 2014. But it never rose to the level of recognition some feel it deserved. The musical was also produced on Broadway in the late 1980s.

“It’s funny, but a little dark,” laughed first-year Director Eric Amweg. “By intermission, we get to ‘happily ever after.’ After intermission, a lot of stuff goes awry. It’s like a fairy tale soap opera. Everything does end up the way it’s supposed to end.”

Mon
06
Nov

Water aerobics an easy way to strengthen your body, improve your health


Water aerobics, instructed by Arlene Fernberg (far right), is offered to the public at Hoffman Hall, Monday through Friday at 8:15 a.m. All ages and abilities are welcome to participate periodically or every day. The first class is free. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Working out in the water is one of the most therapeutic activities a person can experience. Water aerobics builds cardio, strength and resistance all while being easy on the joints and in a cool and relaxing atmosphere. Such activity can also improve the cardiovascular and respiratory system in the same way as cycling or running but, of course, it’s low impact.

Some 15 to 21 participants take part in water aerobics at Hoffman Hall regularly. Class is offered from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Monday through Friday in the facility’s Olympic-sized, handicapped accessible pool. Currently, a second class focused more on strengthening than full-fledged aerobics, is being considered for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. New class members are invited to join any day they wish; the first class is always free.
Arlene Fernberg is the instructor and was new to the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department in September.

Mon
06
Nov

County eyes drone purchase


Drones have a variety of uses in today’s world and they are becoming an increasingly vital tool for law enforcement and emergency personnel. (Submitted photo)

By Ted Pennekamp

Drones are being used for many purposes these days, some of which include farming applications like monitoring field health, personal recreation and videos, getting aerial views of sporting events or concerts, delivery of small items, keeping an eye on wildlife, and for mapping and archeological surveys.

Evermore, drones are also becoming a vital tool for first responders, fire departments and law enforcement. In fact, Crawford County Emergency Management is eyeing the possibility of getting a drone in the near future.

Wed
01
Nov

We Buy Nearby-Shop for a Cause promotes shopping local for the benefit of non-profits

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien’s downtown retailers are continuously trying to attract shoppers to Blackhawk Avenue. Especially with Christmas coming, and Halloween now over, a new event aims to help four local non-profits, while also getting people downtown to buy merchandise.

We Buy Nearby-Shop for a Cause is a downtown promotion involving 13 main street merchants, Thursday, Nov. 9 through Saturday, Nov. 11. Customers can shop at the stores and, with each transaction, choose one of four organizations to receive a percentage of their purchase. Each retailer has selected a different discount, or percentage, to donate per sale; most range from 5 to 15 percent.

Non-profit entities benefitting from the donations will include Prairie du Chien Public Schools, the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library, Crossing Rivers Health Hospice and Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter.
Businesses participating and their percentages include:

Wed
01
Nov

Efforts continue, hard work achieved at Brodtville School


A handicap accessible ramp was constructed on the back of the Brodtville Schoolhouse, where a bathroom addition stood previously. Plans are to build a small bathroom at the front of the building down the road. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The cracked and caving front steps were re-structured and re-cemented at the front entrance to the school.

By Correne Martin

Brodtville School Preservation Inc. has completed a significant scope of work at the one-room schoolhouse in Wyalusing Township in the past year and a half.

“I’m proud to say we really got a lot done this year,” said Joe Stagman, a member of the committee.

The 153-year-old school has been cleaned and painted inside, the front steps re-cemented, a new roof installed and a new handicap ramp built where the back addition previously stood. A clean-up day in July 2016 brought about 30 people to the property and was a big help in this process.

“The next thing on the agenda is water and sewer,” said Chuck Stagman, chair of the Brodtville School Preservation committee. He said they’ve been quoted $35 per foot for drilling and casing, “and we’re hoping we don’t have to go more than 100 feet to hit water.” The group is also looking at installing at least a 1,000-gallon holding tank as part of that project.

Wed
01
Nov

PdC chamber tailgate fundraiser in support of McGregor tornado relief

By Correne Martin and Audrey Posten

McGregor, Marquette and Prairie du Chien are, in some ways, one large community. So when McGregor was devastated by an EF1 tornado July 19, members of the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce were compassionate, wanting to do something to help their partners in local business.

The chamber decided a border battle tailgate party would be a suitably fun and enticing fundraiser in support of the McGregor/Marquette Chamber of Commerce, as they assist McGregor businesses with tornado recovery.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, the PdC Chamber will sponsor an Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers Fundraiser Tailgating Party at Old Man River in McGregor. The big game starts at 2:30 p.m., and doors will open at 12:30. There will be a suggested donation asked for admission. In addition to the game on TV, live music and an auction will keep attendees busy as burgers and brats are served and beverage tickets are available for purchase.

Wed
01
Nov

Prairie du Chien School District tax rate remains $10.66

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School Board approved of the 2017-2018 budget at the District Budget Hearing Monday evening in the library meeting room in the high school. 

The total levy will be $5,585,238, which is a 1.75 percent increase over the 2016-2017 levy of $5,489,327.

Mon
30
Oct

Businesses: Look to the Opportunity Center to fill employee gap


Tyler Bell, of Eastman, works through the Opportunity Center’s Community Prevocational Services program, cleaning at various business locations that welcome employment of adults with disabilities. Bell and a crew of three others from the Opportunity Center clean twice a week at Hoffman Hall, sweeping, mopping, washing tables, vacuuming, dusting and tidying bathrooms. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Opportunity Center’s Community Prevocational Services program gives local people with disabilities the chance to gain skills and on-the-job experience, while also ensuring local businesses’ needs are met at a time where employee vacancies are high county wide.

“We have a consistent, dedicated workforce of people who are excited to come to work each day,” explained Pam Ritchie, Opportunity Center director.

“We transport our clients to and from the business. So, employers know they’re going to be on time,” added Kari Kossman, community services coordinator.

Community Prevocational Services started about three years ago at the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien. More recently, the administration has really focused on developing the program and getting more clients as well as county businesses to participate. The program can be paid if its at a for-profit business or volunteer if it’s for a non-profit.

Mon
30
Oct

Jaycees hand over flea market management to fire association


The Prairie du Chien Jaycees (manning the beer tent last year) are passing the torch on to the Prairie du Chien Fire Association, who will now manage the flea market, beer tent and buffalo burger stand on the Prairie Villa Rendezvous grounds each June.

By Correne Martin

For over 30 years, the Rendezvous flea market has been a large and successful function organized by the Prairie du Chien Jaycees. But, for the 2018 event, the Jaycees are passing the torch on to the Prairie du Chien Fire Association, which will coordinate and continue the efforts behind the event for the community.

Due to declining volunteer availability, the Jaycees feel they can no longer productively staff the flea market, beer tent and buffalo burger stand at the Prairie Villa Rendezvous grounds every June, said Jaycee Tori Varo. Because the fire association has worked the burger stand for 15 years, the switchover seemed a natural fit for both parties, fellow Jaycee Tarah Marx added.

Mon
30
Oct

Citizen’s call leads to fourth OWI arrest

On Oct. 27, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 transfer from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department. Grant County received a driving complaint of a 2014 Ford F 150 all over the roadway heading north on Highway 18 approaching the Grant/Crawford County line. It was reported the vehicle crossed the center line several times. The reporting party then stated that the vehicle was driving in the wrong lane of traffic for a period of time and that the vehicle drove down into the ditch line before coming back up onto the roadway.

A Crawford County deputy got behind the vehicle near Highway 18 and Sugarloaf Trial and observed the vehicle swerving in the roadway. The deputy activated his emergency lights and siren as the truck swerved across both lanes of travel and drove over the median and proceeded into oncoming traffic northbound in the southbound lane.

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