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Tainter Creek Watershed Council to meet

VERNON AND CRAWFORD COUNTIES - The Tainter Creek Watershed Council will hold a meeting on Monday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., at the Franklin Town Hall in Liberty Pole.

April 20, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Dolling up for date night is demented

VERNON COUNTY - All day Friday, I was excited about my upcoming date night with Dane. He was taking me to a concert in Viroqua and I had devised a plan. Nothing outrageous or weird-I was simply going to get all dolled up and knock his socks off.

April 20, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


Maple tree

GAYS MILLS - As the 'sugaring' season comes to a close, let's take a look at the amazing trees that produce such a wonderful thing as maple syrup. (And sugar, the syrup can be boiled down beyond the syrup stage to produce actual sugar.) The most common, and best, sap source for syrup making is the sugar maple. There are 200 varieties of maples worldwide; 13 of those varieties are native to North America.

April 20, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


Grateful for a joyous, much-needed distraction

GAYS MILLS - Well, in the middle of lots of life changing chaos that has poured over our lives in the last two weeks, our frisky little Mao Mao gave birth to five fluffy kittens. The kicker? Three of them have no tails!

April 20, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


Soldiers Grove Village Board had a very busy meeting

SOLDIERS GROVE - Although recently it may not have seemed very spring-like, the Village of Soldiers Grove really sprang into action at their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, April 5. Economic development, capital acquisitions for the fire department, and cleaning up residual problems from the relocation of the village from the old downtown dominated the board's agenda.

April 20, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Canada’s dairy supply management can offer farmers a stable pay price

VERNON COUNTY - The Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) recently conducted a five-city tour through Eau Claire, Edgar, Fond du Lac, Dodgeville, and Westby, featuring Ralph Dietrich, Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) Board Chairperson, and Murray Sherk, DFO Board Vice Chairperson. The purpose of the tour was to educate Wisconsin producers about Canada's dairy supply management program.

April 20, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Organic Valley faces first loss in 20 years

DRIFTLESS - There was an auspicious moment at the press conference of the Organic Valley Annual Meeting last week, when CEO George Siemon calmly told those present that the cooperative had suffered it first annual loss in 20 years. It was a moment you could see and feel the maturity of the business that had been reached in its 30 years of growth.

April 20, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Soldiers Grove Library will host Driftless Reader event

SOLDIERS GROVE - The Soldiers Grove Library will host a book event with the editors of 'Driftless Reader,' Keefe Keeley and Curt Meine, on Saturday, April 14, at 5 p.m.

April 11, 2018 | | LOCAL


Independent columnist releases a new kid’s book in ‘Finnegan’ series

DRIFTLESS - Jane Schmidt's newest children's book, 'Finnegan's Springtime Guide,' once again features her rat-terrier-mix buddy Finnegan as narrator. He invites the children on a search for spring and helps them discover bluebells, morels, spring beauties, turkey vultures, Sandhill cranes, and more. Finn encourages the children to use their senses-look for bloodroots, smell skunk cabbage, and listen for spring peepers. The book includes a 'Now You Know' section of interesting facts about each discovery, a glossary, and some pages on which children can write their own field notes.

April 11, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


It’s getting to be tree planting time again

GAYS MILLS - Trees are important in our community. The village has a goal of planting enough trees to create canopy coverage similar to what existed prior to the arrival of emerald ash borer. While this does not always mean that a tree will be planted close to where every tree is removed, it does mean that many trees will be planted this year and in coming years.

April 11, 2018 | By CINDY KOHLES | LOCAL


A garden rookie learns about potatoes

VERNON COUNTY - When my landlord, Dave, commented on how good my potatoes looked, pride swelled in me and my chest puffed out a notch.

April 11, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


Foster town

GAYS MILLS - The ad hoc village group finally got together for a formal meeting. They had been "meeting" informally for some time, as people do, savoring the community feeling of gathering at the local café for coffee most mornings. A common scene across America, and probably the world: "regulars" sharing gossip, news and ideas over a beverage of some kind. Ten people decided to gather in a church basement and have a serious talk about an idea that had gelled among them over the winter.

April 11, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


Crawford County identified as high sinkhole density area

CRAWFORD COUNTY - Crawford Stewardship Project has completed mapping and reviewing sinkholes in Crawford County using the methodology that was (along with Professor Emeritus Kelvin Rodolfo and our Legion GIS collaborators) developed for the Karst Citizen Science events identifying sinkholes from algorithm-identified points of all closed depressions of two-feet or greater depth.

April 11, 2018 | | LOCAL


In Gays Mills, owners request building buyouts

GAYS MILLS - A government-funded buyout of the Red Apple Inn and Kickapoo Locker Service was discussed at the Gays Mills Village Board meeting on Monday night.

April 11, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


North Crawford exchange students learned a lot while here

NORTH CRAWFORD - Not everyone is fortunate enough to go to high school in a different country. It's an idea that becomes a reality for some however, and this year North Crawford was host school to eight young people from other countries who learned about our culture and much more here in our cozy neck of the woods.

April 05, 2018 | By SHARON SANDERS | LOCAL


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

May 30, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


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