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River Ridge School Board moves forward with mandated upgrades

By Ted Pennekamp

The River Ridge School Board voted unanimously July 15 to rescind a resolution for a $2 million state trust fund loan that was approved by the board on May 26 for an energy efficiency project in order to address building safety and compliance issues mandated by the state.

District Administrator Jeff Athey said that a petition with approximately 690 signatures, of which 617 were accepted as valid, was presented to the school district on June 29. Athey explained that if a petition against exceeding the revenue cap is signed by at least 20 percent of the district’s residents who voted in the last governor’s election, the board must drop the energy efficiency project resolution.

“There were more than enough signatures,” said Athey.

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Felony charges filed in Grant County against PdC woman

Charges were filed against Cheryl A. Bartels, 58, of Prairie du Chien, on Wednesday, July 15. The former corrections officer at the Wisconsin Secure Program Facility in Boscobel is charged with eight counts of delivering illegal articles to an inmate and 15 counts of second-degree sexual assault by correctional staff.

Bartels has not been arrested, and her initial court appearance is set for 10 a.m. Aug. 3. She could not be reached for comment Thursday.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department started investigating Bartels on June 15 when they were contacted by prison officials.

According to court documents, an inmate identified only as EAG and a second inmate at the prison got into a fight that day. After the fight, prison staff found an iPod Touch in EAG’s cell. Staff looked at its contents to determine its owner and found several nude photos of Bartels.

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Benish and Taylor tie the knot in June 1 ceremony

Danielle Benish, daughter of Deb and Gary Benish, and Ariel Taylor, son of Cindy Taylor and Rodney Whetson, were married June 1, in a private ceremony in Dallas, Texas. A Wisconsin reception was held July 4, at the bride’s parents’ home. Both Danielle and Ariel are employed in food service in the Dallas, Texas area. The couple has planned a honeymoon trip to Dubai this coming winter.

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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.”

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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)
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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.

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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.
 

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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.

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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.

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