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Wed
16
Dec

Pet ruffed grouse frequents area farm


Wauzeka farmer Mike Mullikin talks to his pet ruffed grouse, who he’s named Henry, in the field recently. The grouse naturally feeds and shelters on the Mullikin property and comes and goes for weeks at a time, but he always returns. For a video of the two friends interacting, visit the Courier Press’ Facebook page. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The detail and depth of color in this ruffed grouse’s feathers make him quite the sight to admire in nature.

Mike Mullikin reaches out for his pet, Henry the grouse.

By Correne Martin

In the late 1970s and early ‘80s, it wasn’t uncommon to see 50 or 60 ruffed grouse a day in this region. But now, no matter who you talk to, they aren’t seeing anywhere near that many of the small game bird locally. In fact, some might venture to say they’re pretty rare in these parts.

The ruffed grouse population has declined about 90 percent over the past few decades. The reason for fewer numbers in the area is a declining habitat base due to forests simply growing older, according to Scott Walter, regional wildlife biologist of the Ruffed Grouse Society.

Wed
16
Dec

SafeRide retains some funds from city of PdC

By Correne Martin

Strong community support of SafeRide has outweighed a previous city of Prairie du Chien proposal to eliminate funding for the program. During Tuesday night’s meeting of the common council, a new recommendation to allocate $5,000 from the city’s 2016 contingency fund (which has over $100,000) toward SafeRide for the next year was approved unanimously. The amount is less than the original $7,500 presented in the budget; however, more funds could be provided later in 2016 if ridership continues to grow.

Wed
16
Dec

Crawford County Board


On hand for the Crawford County Community Fund grant awards were, front row, from left: David Robertson (village of De Soto); Tamera Kepler (village of Soldiers Grove); and Jeanne Rutter and Sherry Quamme (Crawford County Tourism). Standing: Sharon Murphy (Crawford County Community Fund Board Chair); Eric Frydenlund (retiring Crawford County Community Fund Board member); Cheryl Mader (Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin Board member); and Miriam Simons (village of Gays Mills – Swimming Pool). (Photo by Barb Daus)

 

Crawford County’s 

delinquent tax properties up to date

County Community Fund awards four grants

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
16
Dec

Wyalusing Academy property re-zoning

 

Planning Commission to 

recommend re-zoning of 

former Wyalusing Academy property

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Tue
15
Dec

Man charged with taking remains from Effigy Mounds

 

Local man charged with 

removing Native American 

remains from Effigy Mounds

A long-retired National Park Service official at Effigy Mounds National Monument is expected to make a plea at his arraignment on Dec. 16 involving a charge of removing ancient Native American remains from the museum he managed at Effigy Mounds. 

Mon
14
Dec

Man charged with taking remains from Effigy Mounds

A long-retired National Park Service official at Effigy Mounds National Monument is expected to make a plea at his arraignment on Dec. 16 to removing ancient Native American remains from the museum he managed at Effigy Mounds. 

Former Effigy Mounds Superintendent Thomas Munson, 76, of Prairie du Chien, allegedly kept the remains for 22 years.

Munson was charged on Dec. 8 with embezzlement of government property following a long investigation. Munson is expected to plead guilty in the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as part of a plea agreement.

Mon
14
Dec

Wyalusing Academy


Steps are being taken to have the former Wyalusing Academy building developed into a 40-unit apartment complex. (Courier Press file photo)

 

Wyalusing Academy may become apartment building

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Steps are underway to have the main building on the former Wyalusing Academy property developed into a 40-unit apartment building.

Mon
14
Dec

Driver hits parked police car, receives numerous citations

An alleged drunken driver was arrested and charged after he hit a parked police car in Lansing, Iowa, but was pulled over in Crawford County.

According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 11:52 p.m., Tyler R. Collier, 22, of Rubicon, was operating a 2005 GMC Sierra in the city of Lansing, when he struck a parked Lansing Police Department squad car. Collier continued driving until the Lansing officer was able to make traffic stop on the vehicle on Highway 82, a few hundred feet into Crawford County. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was asked to take over the traffic stop due to the fact that they were now in Crawford County.

Collier was arrested and transported to the Crawford County Jail for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. Collier was also charged with operating after suspension.

Mon
14
Dec

‘Tis the season to drop a world-famous carp, Carp Fest festivities begin Dec. 26


A new Lucky the Carp will soon take his or her position amid the quirky chaos that is Carp Fest’s Droppin’ of the Carp. Prairie du Chien’s annual festival starts Dec. 26 and culminates with the carp drop at midnight on New Year’s Eve. (File photo)

By Correne Martin

Lucky the Carp has become quite the superstar fish in the Prairie du Chien community, so much so that he’s the bright-eyed, smiling face of the annual Carp Fest. He’s a world-famous, friendly symbol of the river, of fun times with family and friends, and of good fortune for the coming year.

2015 is the 15th year of this annual winter festival in Prairie du Chien.

“Time flies when we’re having fun,” said Tom Nelson, co-coordinator who, along with his wife Cathie, had the original idea that started Carp Fest. “Here we are in the Midwest, with an outdoor activity, at midnight, and we’re celebrating an iconic carp. That’s the uniqueness of it, and that kissing Lucky signifies bringing luck in the new year.”

“It’s hard to figure out a way in the middle of winter to get people outside,” Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich added. “The partiers come out for this but also the families. It’s a lot of fun.”

Wed
09
Dec

Adult Education


Adult Education Instructor Chris Foley stands near two of the computers in Suite 125 of the Crawford County Administration Building in Prairie du Chien.

 

Adult Education classes are free, GED priceless

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The classes that are offered through the Adult Education Program in Crawford County are free, but the knowledge gained is very valuable indeed. 

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