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Intentional play helps 3K kids better absorb school and life skills


Gracelynn McShane (left) and Layla Peak engaged with a variety of farm animals and the barn, while playing in the farm center. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Braxton Bahls (left) and Nash Hubanks picked up the manipulatives after playing in that center, where there were tons of little people and characters they could explore in their fingers.

(From left) Lexi Prew, Tony Mayer-Chavez and Maelene Gilliland loved dressing up and role playing in the dramatic play center.

Maisie Rabbitt (left) and Gwen Martin enjoyed a book together in the books and puzzles center.

The 3K/early childhood team of teachers at B.A. Kennedy includes (from left) Emily O’Brien, Chelsie White and Andrea Govier.

Riley Stark spent some quiet time coloring in the art station.

Mikey Mergen drove a few little vehicles around the road playmat.

Arlind Kamberi and Grayson Copsey got busy in the Lego center, testing their building skills.

Gwen Martin sorted through some puzzle pieces in one of the two centers she chose for the day.

Mikey Mergen took a look at the picture above his center, while cleaning up, making sure to put everything back as he found it.

Killian Schneider plays with some magnetic blocks in one of the stations he chose.

By Correne Martin

Guiding the 3- and 4-year-olds at B.A. Kennedy Elementary School means walking a fine line between structured projects and instruction, and intentional play time, according to 3K teachers Andrea Govier, Emily Quam and Chelsie White. 

Through reorganization of the 3K/early childhood wing playroom earlier this semester, the way the kids play there improved tremendously, from a “free-for-all” to a system that better enhances each child’s cognitive, physical, language/literacy and social/emotional skills. 

Play is essentially young children’s work. 

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Apr

Six power poles blow down north of Seneca


This power pole leans precariously in high wind Thursday. (Photos by Dennis Pelock)

Along with high wind, thick ice on the wires and poles was a major factor in each pole’s demise. “The ice on the lines was as big as softballs,” said Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Six power poles blew down north of Seneca along Highway 27 on April 11 and caused power outages in the area. There was wind gusting up to approximately 40 miles per hour, plus the wires were covered in ice.

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Apr

Highway 18 resurfacing project expected to begin in July


Highway 18 will be resurfaced from the Wisconsin River Bridge to near the River Ridge School. (Map courtesy of the Wisconsin DOT)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Plans have been finalized for the resurfacing of Highway 18 in Grant County and bids will soon go out, so motorists can expect a construction zone this summer from the Wisconsin River Bridge and heading southeast 6.3 miles to the US 18/WIS 35 intersection near the River Ridge school.

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Apr

Men arrested for stealing car, drug violations

On Tuesday, April 9, at approximately 3 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified of a vehicle that had been stolen from Fennimore. Officers located the vehicle in a parking lot in the 1600 block of South Marquette Road, Prairie du Chien, unoccupied. Further investigation led officers to a residence on North Main Street in Prairie du Chien.

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Steuben woman, 21, helps elephants and dogs through Thailand veterinary service


Jadyn Sander, 21, a UW-Platteville animal science student from Steuben, was selected by a study abroad organization to spend two weeks in Thailand, volunteering in an elephant sanctuary and dog shelter. (Photos by Loop Abroad)

Jadyn had the opportunity of a lifetime to learn about veterinary medicine in Thailand this past winter. She worked with elephants, dogs, some cats and a few other animals.

This winter, Jadyn Sander, 21, of Steuben, spent two weeks in Thailand helping animals and learning hands-on what it’s like to be a veterinarian. Traveling with study-abroad organization Loop Abroad, Jadyn was selected as part of a small team that volunteered giving care at a dog shelter and spent a week working directly with rescued elephants at an elephant sanctuary.

Jadyn is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, majoring in animal science.

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10
Apr

New River Ridge superintendent chosen

River Ridge High School Principal Clay Koenig has accepted an offer to become the next district administrator.

Koenig will take over on July 1 for the retiring Jeff Athey. Koenig’s initial contract would be for one year.

Contract negotiations have not begun, but the school board expects to do so this month.

The school district is also seeking candidates to fill two full-time positions. One position would be a principal for fifth through 12th grades or a dean of students. The other position would be a 4K through fourth-grade principal or dean of students/curriculum director.

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Apr

Traffic stop results in drug-related arrest

On April 8, a Crawford County deputy initiated a traffic stop on a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero driving south on Marquette Road in the city of Prairie du Chien. 

The driver was identified as Danny Green, 55, Prairie du Chien. It was discovered that Green had a revoked driver’s license, and he was asked to exit the vehicle. Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and drug paraphernalia was located within the vehicle. Furthermore, a container containing suspected heroin was located near where the driver was sitting. 

Green displayed several prominent indicators of narcotics impairment and later failed field sobriety tests. 

Green was placed under arrest and transported to the Crawford County Jail. 

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10
Apr

City to distribute TID funds, room tax revenue down in 2018


Surrounded by a large turnout of his fellow Prairie du Chien firefighters, John Yager holds the framed resolution presented to him by the common council Tuesday night for 55 years of dedicated service to the department. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Fireman commended for 55 years of service

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved distribution of tax increment district (TID) funds, commended a fireman for 55 years of service, learned 2018 motel room tax revenue was down, and took the final step in getting Crossing Rivers Health the entrance driveway it’s wanted since the new hospital was built. 

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Apr

At least 85 percent of students believed to be vaping


Some of the leaders of the Prairie du Chien High School student council sat down Friday morning to talk about trends in vaping among their peers. Pictured (from left) are Riley Hubanks, Clare Teynor, Gabby Toberman, Hunter Davis, Elizabeth Tesar and Joseph Gourdin. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Editor’s note: We are aware of a related situation that occurred involving Prairie du Chien High School students Friday afternoon. This article is not reactionary to these circumstances. In fact, interviews were already conducted and the story was planned for today’s paper, prior to what transpired.

By Correne Martin

Six student council members at Prairie du Chien High School feel 85-90 percent of their peers are vaping. 

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Apr

River Ridge continues toward athletic field project


This architectural drawing shows the proposed layout of the River Ridge athletic facilities improvements. (Photo courtesy of River Ridge School District and Top Notch Construction)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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