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Dane dives into poolside safety

VERNON COUNTY - I often wonder how I survived childhood. I rode my bike without a helmet, sat in the car without being buckled into a car seat, and played on swing sets with hard asphalt below them. I was allowed to play outside without supervision, drank water from the hose, rode in the back of my dad's pickup truck, and had sugary cereal for breakfast. And when my face got dirty, Grandpa Jake would spit on a hankie and wipe it-no antiseptic wipes for this child!

June 13, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL

Are you ready for Soldiers Grove Dairy Days?

SOLDIERS GROVE - If ever there was a year to remember to put 'dairy' at the center of the Dairy Days celebration, held annually in Soldiers Grove, this is it. Dairy Days will take place Friday, June 15-Sunday, June 17.

June 13, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Heat wave dream

GAYS MILLS - During the recent heat wave, I took a break during the hottest part of the day and read awhile in front of a box fan. Explicably, I dozed off after only a couple of pages: Mother Nature's way of saying, slow down. I had been reading a western so it was no surprise that I dreamed a western. Here it is:

June 13, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL

Big-hearted mama will be sorely missed

GAYS MILLS - It seems as though I've been stuck in a whirlwind of craziness and crisis lately.

June 13, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL

Crawford County’s Dairy Royalty crowned at dairy breakfast

CRAWFORD COUNTY - Crawford County crowned three young women to represent the dairy industry Saturday at their annual dairy breakfast hosted this year by Al and Kathy Flansburgh at their heifer facility outside Prairie du Chien.

June 13, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Tainter Creek Watershed Council event well received by public

CRAWFORD AND VERNON COUNTIES - The Tainter Creek Watershed Council held a field day at Bruce and Sue Ristow's farm in rural Crawford County, on Saturday, June 2 to educate people on the watershed and improving water quality. "By coming here, you've made our place more valuable," said landowner Bruce Ristow.

June 13, 2018 | By AMBROSIA WOJAHN | LOCAL

Gays Mills Village Board approves being sponsor of an ad campaign

GAYS MILLS - The Gays Mills Village Board acted quickly at their meeting Monday night to approve a Driftless Wisconsin Sponsorship Request at the $500 level.

June 13, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Monkey’s dilemma is revealed

VERNON COUNTY - Why must you squeeze me? You call me and I come running-isn't that enough? Must you pick me up and hug me until I feel like I'm suffocating? What's wrong with you humans? Can't you just admire me from afar? A few scratches under my chin are nice, perhaps, but why the need to squish me? Worse, why the need to hold on to me when I clearly want to be four paws on the ground?

June 06, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL

Garden report 2018

GAYS MILLS - This is prime time for gardens. I hope your garden is doing well if you have one and it seems that most people around here do. Even a cherry tomato plant in a tub on your patio or porch qualifies and it can change your outlook and surprise you with how much food it will produce. But some of us tend to go a little hog wild with the mini-farms that good-sized gardens can become.

June 06, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL

Vernon County goes above and beyond to celebrate June Dairy Month

VERNON COUNTY - The Vernon County Dairy Breakfast will take place on Saturday, June 9, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wall-Stone Holsteins, Fortner Road, DeSoto – two miles west of West Prairie along Highway 82.

June 06, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Turkey Ridge Organic Orchard celebrates 30 years

GAYS MILLS - The general public is invited to join the owners and staff of Turkey Ridge Organic Orchard as they take a walk through the past, present, and future of the farm. Throughout the day, guests will have the opportunity to meet and listen to familiar and unfamiliar folks who have helped make this dream a reality.

May 30, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Tainter Creek Watershed Council holds first event

CRAWFORD COUNTY - The farmers of the Tainter Creek Watershed Council invite the public to a free education event on the Wisconsin Free Fishing Weekend, June 2-3. The event will take place on Saturday, June 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Bruce Ristow's farm, 50324 County B, in rural Soldiers Grove. A free lunch will be provided.

May 30, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Open enrollment figures at Seneca Schools are favorable

SENECA - The Seneca School Board received some good news at their meeting Monday night, when district administrator Dave Boland informed them that 17 students had filed paperwork to open enroll into the district and none were open enrolling out of the district.

May 30, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Don’t fool with Mother Superior

VERNON COUNTY - The ride across Lake Superior on the Voyageur II today is serene. I sit with my back against the iron wall of the boat's bow, eyes closed, the sun warming my face. My hands are folded in my lap as if in prayer. I'm not praying though-not this time. Today, the deep blue water is as smooth as glass.

May 30, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL

End of an era

GAYS MILLS - Maura Otis is retiring at the end of this month after serving for nearly 32 years as the Gays Mills Public Library Director. She has implemented many changes and done a fantastic job of developing the library into the fine institution it is today.

May 30, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL

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Driftless Area landscape holds groundwater treasure deep within

SENECA - The Driftless Region in Southwest Wisconsin, Northwest Illinois, Northwest Iowa, and Southeast Minnesota is an ancient, intricately layered landscape that holds its treasure of ...

August 15, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Tragedy and triumph in the duck world

VERNON COUNTY - My neighbor called to alert me that her flock of ducks had been wiped out the night before last. Only one duck survived ...

August 15, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL

Visit to remember

GAYS MILLS - Bobby was excited. He was going to be staying with his Grandma and Grandpa for a whole week while his mom and dad ...

August 15, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL

Playing outside gives kids a better chance

GAYS MILLS - This summer more than ever, we have spent our time exploring the outdoor fun our area has to offer.

August 15, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL

Parmalee will rock the county fair with their rambunctious spirit

GAYS MILLS - The band Parmalee will provide the headline entertainment on Friday, August 24 at the Crawford County Fair. Smoking Gun Showdown will provide the ...

August 15, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Louisiana fisherman asked farmers to plant cover crops

UPPER MIDWEST - With issues like low agricultural commodity prices, problems with agricultural nutrients in our surface and ground waters, and increasing rainfall and flooding, it ...

August 15, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Fire trucks are a meeting topic in Soldiers Grove

SOLDIERS GROVE - Yet again, the Soldiers Grove Fire Department's new brush truck and the truck it replaced became the focus of attention at the ...

August 15, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Launch fee takes effect at Boscobel boatlanding

The Boscobel Boat Landing Commission met Monday to discuss its new launch/landing fee, which went into effect Aug. 1.

August 09, 2018 | David Krier | LOCAL

Tainter Creek Watershed Council to meet

CRAWFORD AND VERNON COUNTIES - The next meeting of the Tainter Creek Watershed Council will take place on Monday, August 13, 7:30 p.m at ...

August 08, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Voters to select a candidate to run for the 96th District State Assembly seat

CRAWFORD, VERNON AND MONROE COUNTIES - Well, voters in the 96th Wisconsin State Assembly District can't complain about not having choices in the upcoming election.

August 08, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Precious moments a cure for the un-zen

VERNON COUNTY - I'm not usually the type that goes around categorizing the events in a day into zen and un-zen moments. But, today is ...

August 08, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


GAYS MILLS - I have kept bees a couple times in the past. By that I mean I have owned hives, had the right equipment, managed ...

August 08, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL

Last minute vacation creates lifelong memories

GAYS MILLS - Last week those of you who faithfully turn to page four each week may have noticed my column was missing.

August 08, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL

96th Assembly District candidates speak at Farm Bureau forum

CRAWFORD, VERNON AND MONROE COUNTIES - The Crawford, Vernon and Monroe County Farm Bureaus hosted a candidate forum in Viroqua on Monday, July 23, for the ...

August 08, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Industrial hemp off to a good start

DRIFTLESS - In the first growing season since the industrial hemp administrative rule was released by Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, four local ...

August 08, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

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