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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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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.

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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.”

Thu
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Dec

Joyce Marie Fernette

 

 

Joyce Marie Fernette, 80, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, following a brief illness. 

She was born March 27, 1935 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Lawrence and Agnes (Gokey) Fernette. She worked as a data processor assistant boss for Farwell Ozman and Kirk Wholesalers in St. Paul, Minn. She later worked for West Publishing in St. Paul until her retirement. She was a member of the Eagles Club Aerie 1502. 

Wed
09
Dec

Cuba City over Prairie


Lindsey Welter applies tough defensive pressure in Cuba City’s back court. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Brooke Trautsch makes a nifty inside bounce pass against Cuba City Tuesday night.

Lindsey Welter fires up a three-pointer against visiting Cuba City in second half action.

Prairie du Chien’s Anna Zeeh hoists a shot along the right baseline against the defense of Elizabeth Misky of Cuba City Tuesday night in the second half.

Kelsey Achenbach wrestles for a loose ball against Jessi Marti of Cuba City Tuesday night.

 

Second half 

surge lifts Cuba 

City over Prairie

The Prairie du Chien Lady Blackhawks lost to the two-time defending Division 4 state champion Cuba City Cubans 48-35 in SWC girls basketball Tuesday night in Prairie du Chien. 

It was a case of two halves for Prairie as the halftime tie of 29-29 was countered by an offensive flurry by Cuba City’s Jessi Marti.  

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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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09
Dec

Prairie du Chien Economic Development to open downtown office

The Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation has announced plans to open an office in downtown Prairie du Chien, at 129 E. Blackhawk Ave. (former Kate's Hair Studio location). Established in 1951 as the Industrial Development Corporation, the organization is the oldest public/private non-profit corporation in the city. Since 2010, the organization has operated as the Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation and continues to establish itself as a leading organization for economic development for the city and southwest Wisconsin. The organization continues working behind the scenes on a number of projects that will eventually help benefit the community. “Unfortunately, most of what we do is sensitive in nature and cant’ be discussed openly to the public,” stated Bob McDonald, president.

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09
Dec

Trail of Trees, Christmas Cookie and Candy Sale at Fort Crawford Saturday

The Fort Crawford Museum and Prairie du Chien Historical Society will celebrate the holidays with its annual Trail of Trees and Christmas Cookie and Candy Sale on Saturday, Dec. 12.

This will be the ninth year that Fort Crawford Museum volunteers have set up lighted trees around the veranda of the Fort Crawford Hospital. Once again, 25 people, organizations, and businesses are sponsoring and decorating trees. The result is 25 uniquely ornamented trees, displaying a variety of colors and ideas. After sunset, the trees form a twinkling trail around the museum grounds. In the past, trees have been decorated in memory of a person or family, to reflect a theme, or symbolize a thought. A sign in front of each tree acknowledges its sponsor. Many of the sponsors have participated in the Trail of Trees since its inception.

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09
Dec

Man injured in black ice accident

On Dec. 4, at 9:20 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle crash on Limery Road about one mile east of State Highway 35 in Prairie du Chien Township.

Edward Stubbe, 56, of Prairie du Chien, was eastbound on Limery Road driving a 1997 Chevrolet S10 truck when Stubbe hit black ice. Stubbe lost control of the vehicle and hit the north side embankment causing the air bags to deploy. Stubbe was extricated from the vehicle by Bridgeport Fire and transported to Crossing Rivers Hospital by Tri- State EMS for treatment of his injuries.

Assisting on scene were the Bridgeport First Responders, the Crawford County Highway Department and Bob’s Towing.

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