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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

Wrestlers win championship


Blake Garcia power halves his Plymouth opponent in a 120-pound match. (Photos submitted)

Clayton Beers of Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben pins his Wisconsin Dells opponent with a double arm bar in the 126-pound match.

 

PdC-WS wins championship of Dells Duals Classic

On Saturday, Dec. 12, the Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben wrestling team traveled to Wisconsin Dells and the Woodside Sports Complex for the 2015 Dells Duals Classic. There were 30 participating teams split into six evenly matched pools. PdC’s pool consisted of PdC, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin Dells, Plymouth and Brookfield Central. 

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

 

Wed
16
Dec

Margaret Brandes

 

Margaret Brandes, 89, of Boscobel passed away on Monday, Dec. 14, at Boscobel Care and Rehab in Boscobel. 

She was born June 28, 1926 in Crawford County, the daughter of Fredrick and Dorothy (Hudson) Sander. She married Henry “Hank” Brandes on Feb. 26, 1949 in Wauzeka.

Tue
15
Dec

Edward “Ed” Walech

 

 Edward “Ed” Walech, 94, of Prairie du Chien, formerly of Dubuque, passed away Dec. 12.

He was born Dec. 3, 1921, to Nick Walech and Genevieve (Rupp) Walech in Dubuque. Ed was a Veteran of World War II. He worked for H&W Motor Express in Dubuque for over 34 years, retiring at the end of 1981. He served for 43 years on General Drivers Credit Union and 30 years on teamster union board. 

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

PdC-WS versus MFL MarMac


At 106 pounds, Reid Koenig (top) of Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben gains control over Zach Trudo of MFL MarMac Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Clayton Beers of PdC-WS, top, tries to turn Dylan Corlett of MFL MarMac.

In the 182-pound match, Brendan Fleshner, PdC-WS, right, attempts to take down Corbin Gardner of MFL MarMac.

Nick Rogge, right, of PdC-WS, tangles with Michael Egan of MFL in the 132-pound match.

 

Prairie du Chien grapplers fall to MFL Mar/Mac 39-36

On Thursday, Dec. 10, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestling team traveled to McGregor for a nonconference meet with rival MFL Mar/Mac. MFL Mar/Mac is one of the favorites to win the Upper Iowa Conference this year. As expected, it was a very close meet.

The match started at 120 pounds and MFL recorded a fall. PdC responded by winning the next two matches. Clayton Beers, 126, used a series of tilts before pinning his opponent in the second period. Nick Rogge, 132, followed with a decisive win, 8-2. 

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.

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