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Kickapoo Grazing Initiative kicks off 2017 pasture walk series

The 2017 season of pasture walk and facilitated discussion series is in full swing, with the grass turning green and the temperatures warming up.

April 28, 2017 | | LOCAL


Crawford County updating Farmland Preservation Plan

The Crawford County Farmland Preservation Plan (FPP) and map are currently moving toward an update.

April 28, 2017 | By GILLIAN POMPLUN | LOCAL


The marvelous morel is here

For many people, hunting mushrooms can be likened to gold fever. One man who understands the lure of the morel is Larry Stanek, a 1971 Hillsboro grad now living in Union Center.

April 28, 2017 | By STEVEN J. STANEK | LOCAL


Lengthy investigation nets multiple suspects

In April, 2017 investigators from the Crawford County Sheriff's Office concluded a lengthy investigation into the illegal sale and possession of methamphetamine, prescription medication, and marijuana in the Soldiers Grove and Gays Mills area.

April 28, 2017 | | LOCAL


Cover crop field day features soil health expert

Two exciting Cover Crop Field days will be held featuring nationally known Soil Health expert Jay Fuhrer! Local farmers will share what they are doing and what they have learned.

April 28, 2017 | | LOCAL


Laughter Yoga offers many benefits

"The joke we make is that Ferryville is the laughter capital of the universe" was how 'Laughing' Laura Gentry described the upcoming event in Ferryville.

April 19, 2017 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


Local group sends hay and supplies to Kansas farmers hit hard by fires

The Dudenbostels, from rural Seneca, played a large role in the local effort to help Kansas farmers who were devastated when wildfires swept through the Plains in the first week of March.

April 10, 2017 | By GILLIAN POMPLUN | LOCAL


Mueller's have the can-do spirit for pastured pork

Susan and Mike Mueller of rural Viola are literally laboring in the trenches to launch a pastured-pork cooperative in southwestern Wisconsin.

April 10, 2017 | By GILLIAN POMPLUN | LOCAL


Stream access rules clarified for anglers

It's getting to be that time of year. The catch-and-release trout-fishing season started officially on Saturday, Jan. 7. However, there seemed to be a little bump in activity with the unusually warm weather earlier this spring.

March 27, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Independent-Scout columnist writes childrens book

Crawford County Independent columnist Jane Schmidt has done it again!

March 01, 2017 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


Area survives an icy winter storm

Over the last couple of weeks, there have been several days where we've found ourselves anxiously awaiting the sound of a plow. The rain, sleet, snow and ice all has hit Crawford County with a fury, following what seemed to be an extremely mild December.

January 28, 2017 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


Internet access remains an issue

Despite repeated announcements about the need for improving high-speed internet access for rural areas, progress or even planned progress on making those improvements seems slow.

January 28, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Local woman attends march in Washington

Last Saturday will be forever remembered in history. The 2017 Women's March on Washington D.C. drew an estimated half a million people, including one Gays Mills woman and her sister.

January 28, 2017 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


Will 2017 be the year of regenerative grazing?

Regenerative grazing production and anti-inflammatory foods are two of the top consumer food trends for 2017, according to trend predictors for Whole Foods Market. Grass-fed beef and dairy, and pastured pork are agricultural products that may allow Crawford County farmers to cash in on both of these trends.

January 12, 2017 | By GILLIAN POMPLUN | LOCAL


2017 - the year of purple foods

Cashing in on some of the identified 2017 consumer food trends favoring purple foods and anti-inflammatory foods could be a way for Crawford County farmers to reinvigorate the agricultural economy.

January 08, 2017 | By GILLIAN POMPLUN | LOCAL


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First sanctioned horseshoe game coming to Gays Mills

On Saturday, July 1, Gays Mills will see its very first sanctioned horseshoe game at the pits located at the Log Cabin Village Park.

June 21, 2017 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


Tainter Creek Watershed Council resurrects an old county tradition

GAYS MILLS - There's an old saying that "history repeats itself," and that just might be happening. A longstanding Crawford and Vernon County tradition has ...

June 21, 2017 | By GILLIAN POMPLUN | LOCAL


Crawford County yields bountiful strawberry crop

GAYS MILLS - A beautiful June in Crawford County brings beautiful bright red strawberries for area residents.

June 21, 2017 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


North Crawford School Board discusses personnel matters, and more

GAYS MILLS - After meeting in closed session to discuss a personnel matter, the North Crawford School Board reconvened in open session and voted to not ...

June 21, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


North Crawford Community Education Foundation awards scholarships

GAYS MILLS - North Crawford Community Education Foundation Board Chairperson Chuck Bolstad presented scholarships to six North Crawford students at the recent Scholarship Night for Seniors.

June 21, 2017 | | LOCAL


Ferryville to host bonfire event series this summer

FERRYVILLE - The Ferryville Tourism Council is sponsoring the first of three summer bonfire programs on Wednesday, June 28 at 8 p.m. at the south ...

June 21, 2017 | | LOCAL


Gays Mills Tree Board is seeking volunteers

GAYS MILLS - The Gays Mills Village Board is looking into establishing a volunteer tree board to assist with planning and management of its urban forest ...

June 21, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Soldiers Grove Board receives update on ‘Pulling for Preston’ event

SOLDIERS GROVE - Guy and Tammy Nelson discussed the upcoming 'Pulling for Preston' event at a meeting of the Soldiers Grove Village Board last Thursday.

June 21, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Crawford County Fair deadline approaches

GAYS MILLS - It's hard to believe but the Crawford County Fair is just around the corner! This year the fair will be held August ...

June 21, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Seneca first responders are updating their radios

SENECA -Last year, Seneca Emergency Medical Responders and Seneca Volunteer Firefighters were on calls that led them on foot nearly a mile into the woods ...

June 21, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


North Crawford Chorus and Band perform at District Solo and Ensemble

North Crawford High School Chorus and Band students competed in District Solo and Ensemble on March 25 at Westby High School. The students, who received ...

June 10, 2017 | | LOCAL


Gays Mills library launches into summer

The Gays Mills Public Library launches the Build a Better World Summer Library Program on June 14 at 10 a.m. with a Super Heroes ...

June 10, 2017 | | LOCAL


Sewer fees in Gays Mills are a focus of discussion

One of the bigger sore points in Gays Mills surfaced again as an item on the village board agenda Monday night-the Code of Ordinance ...

June 10, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Original furniture plans are built by woodworker

One of the most famous people to have hailed from the Driftless Area, Frank Lloyd Wright has a milestone birthday today, June 8. The date ...

June 10, 2017 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


Driver killed when road collapses into Mississippi

A 59-year-old Lansing man was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 82 in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 30, according to the ...

June 01, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


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