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Local gunsmithing shop uses beetles to make European mounts


NCS Gunsmithing and Sales’ dermestid beetles have the ability to help produce European mounts by eating away at the muscle tissue and ligaments. The beetles’ favorite meat is not rotten, slightly freezer burnt and moistened to provide water. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

For a year now, Chad Smethurst of NCS Gunsmithing and Sales has had a trick up his sleeve when it came to making European mounts—dermestid beetles.

“They don’t eat rotten meat. Mostly they eat the muscle tissue and ligaments,” explained Smethurst.

To begin, Smethurst said that he bought 100,000 beetles, but now his population has grown. “I’m guessing that the colony has about three to four million bugs in it now.”

Smethurst said that his beetles are able to eat any meat, noting that his beetles have been used to clean whitetail deer, elk and some small rodents.

Although the beetles are not known to be picky eaters, Smethurst did say that it is necessary for him to do some of the work in order to prepare the meat for them. “I have to take all the skin off, but then it takes about two days [for them] to clean off a deer head. Their perfect meat is also freezer burnt and then I moisten it for them.”

Mon
20
Jul

Lucille Marie ‘Lucy” Eulgem

 

Lucille Marie ‘Lucy” Eulgem, 80, of Madison, formerly of Eastman, died Friday, July 17, at Trinity Senior Community in Madison. 

She was born on Oct. 15, 1934 to Ernest and Lillian (Granzow) Eulgem in Crawford County. She attended DuCharme Ridge Country School and graduated from Prairie du Chien High School. 

Lucy worked at Prairie City Bank and also for the State of Wisconsin in Madison. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison. Lucy enjoyed spending time with her friends.

Thu
16
Jul

New bench sits on USPS grounds


There is a new bench at the Prairie du Chien Post Office next to the flag pole. The bench was donated by the family of Clem Wachuta, a former Postal employee who started his career in 1948, and ended it as Postmaster, serving from 1978 until 1986. A dedication for the bench was held on July 3. Pictured, from left, are brothers (standing) Jerry, Jim, Clem Jr., Tim, Ed, and (seated) is mother Caryl. The family also donated a solar light for the Prairie du Chien Post Office’s flagpole. (Photo submitted)
Thu
16
Jul

Second Harvest food pantry open July 22 in Gays Mills

The Second Harvest Foodbank’s mobile food pantry will come to 212 Main Street in Gays Mills, on Wednesday, July 22. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.

Food distribution will be from 2 to 3 p.m. People struggling to make ends meet can come to the pantry to receive fresh and non-perishable food. Frozen meats, fresh and canned vegetables, breads, staples such as rice or noodles, and fruits are regularly available. Each household receives between fifty and seventy pounds of food. The food is free and varies each month.

Thu
16
Jul

Man cited for failure to yield

On Saturday, July 11, at 11:18 a.m. the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a two vehicle crash on State Highway 60/61 at Marietta Valley Road, two miles north of Boscobel.

Gary Peckham, 66, of Richland Center, was driving a 2015 Chevy Silverado. He pulled out from Marietta Valley Road in front of a northbound 2013 Chevy Equinox driven by Linda Oler, 56, of Dubuque, Iowa.

Oler was transported to the Boscobel Hospital where she was treated for bumps and bruises and later released. Oler was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident. Peckham was also wearing his seatbelt and escaped injury.

Oler’s vehicle sustained severe front end damage, Peckham’s vehicle sustained severe right side damage. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Peckham was cited for failure to yield right of way.
Assisting at the scene was the Boscobel Rescue Squad, Boscobel Fire Department, Boscobel Police Department and Terry’s Tire and Tow.
 

Thu
16
Jul

Ferryville celebration will have attendees in a daze

A busy and noisy day is in store for everyone in Ferryville on Saturday, July 25. The day begins at 9 a.m. with Market in the Park featuring Amish goods, produce and variety of products in Sugar Creek Park. The antique tractor pull weigh-in runs from 10 a.m. to noon. There are three classes for the pull. The Antique Class, Ageless Farm Class and Non-Turbo Farm Class. At noon, the 9th Annual Antique Tractor Pull begins for all to enjoy. To register for the Antique Tractor Pull, go to www.ferryvilletractor.com. The Antique Tractor Pull is hosted and organized by the Ferryville Antique Tractor Association with raffle tickets on sale now and drawings in the afternoon at the event. Raffle tickets can be purchased before and during the event.

Wed
15
Jul

River Ridge welcomes new superintendent

By Addison Mumm

With over 30 years in education, Dr. Jeff Athey is a qualified addition to the River Ridge School District. He began his title of superintendent for the entire school district as well as the K-4 grade principal July 1.

Replacing the temporary district administrator, Tom Andres, Athey is coming into the job with an open mind, open ears and a determined outlook.

Athey has a long history of working in education­— teaching high school English and high school theatre and speech; coaching softball,  baseball, girl’s basketball and  girl’s track; advising cheerleader; directing theatre; and working as an assistant principal and as a principal.

Attending Cornell College in Iowa, Athey received a Bachelors of Special Studies, majoring in English and in theatre and speech, in addition to a coaching minor. Athey started working after graduating from Cornell College.

Wed
15
Jul

PdC tennis court project officially complete


The grand opening of the Prairie du Chien tennis courts by Hoffman Hall took place on Saturday, July 11. Present for the event were (from left, front) Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich, Eyon Pergande, Heidi Kirschbaum, Annie Beinborn, Darla Hermanson, Ella Kirschbaum, Olivia Kirschbaum, Sharon Davis, Kati Forsythe, Diane Witt, Tom Nelson, Cathy Nelson, (back) Mark Oehler, Nathan Rickerton, Jan Keiser, Dick Beinborn, Chris Hermanson, Dave Hemmer, Kay Wessling, Jeff Davis, Bob Witt and Nick Gilberts. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

10-year-old Eyon Pergande is ready to take advantage of the new Prairie du Chien tennis courts across the street from Hoffman Hall. Eyon was very proud of his door prize—the Spongebob Squarepants headband—that he made sure to put it on right away.

By Caitlin Bittner

On Saturday, July 11, the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department held a grand opening in honor of the completely refurbished tennis courts across from Hoffman Hall.

Before the door prizes were awarded, event attendees were anxious to get onto the court and start playing. Although the anticipation was high, Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich wanted to take a moment to commemorate and honor all the people and businesses who helped make the new courts a reality.

“I’m always happy to have something like this provided to the community,” said Ulrich.

Park Board Chairman Tom Nelson called the remodel wonderful, recalling a meeting where a group of tennis players from the community came to ask for an update. “They weren’t even on the agenda,” Nelson laughed, happy to have been a part of the group to see this project through to completion.

Wed
15
Jul

Bagley completes second storm shelter

By Caitlin Bittner

Better safe than sorry is the motto for the village of Bagley in the case of severe weather striking the area. In May, Bagley’s second storm shelter was completed with the assistance of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant.

“The grant was for $403,250,” said Village President David “Buck” Schott. Schott also noted that the village’s share in the expense was 12.5 percent, meaning that the village paid $34,000 for the project.

“We were $8,000 over budget because we put in a new storm sewer as was suggested by FEMA,” explained Schott. “We put in a new hydrant and a drain to help keep the water from gathering there. It was actually helpful for the community, too. The drain works for everyone.”

Schott also said that the village may have an opportunity to get some money back from FEMA if there is any left over in the grant fund after the year is over.

Wed
15
Jul

Voyage for Vets


Casey and Carson Barfels take off from the McGregor Boat Landing Sunday morning.

 

Father-son canoe voyage 

raising money for disabled veterans

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A 43-year-old Appleton, Wis. man and his 12-year-old son are in the midst of an approximate 995-mile adventure on the Mississippi, Wisconsin and Fox rivers. 

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