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Sensitive area in Vernon County impacted by manure spill

VERNON COUNTY - A manure spill at the Wild Rose Dairy in Vernon County last week is suspected of killing 1,300 fish in Otter Creek, according to the Wisconsin DNR.

October 11, 2017 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Crawford County to hold Clean Sweep event in Seneca on Oct. 27

CRAWFORD COUNTY - Crawford County is holding an Ag Clean Sweep and electronics recycling event Friday, Oct. 27, at the County Highway Shop just south of Seneca on Highway 27. Hours of collection are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any Crawford County resident may participate who can provide proof of residency.

October 11, 2017 | | LOCAL


Clean Wisconsin seeks to intervene in lawsuit for CAFO deregulation

WISCONSIN - Clean Wisconsin today filed a Motion to Intervene in a Dairy Business Association (DBA) lawsuit, which attacks safeguards that protect surface water and groundwater from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) pollution.

October 11, 2017 | | LOCAL


Producer-led watershed grant amounts from DATCP increased to $40K

WISCONSIN - Groups of Wisconsin farmers can now apply for the Producer-Led Watershed Protection grants for 2018. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 3.

October 11, 2017 | | LOCAL


Jane buys cheaters by the dozen

VERNON COUNTY - I've sat on my reading glasses, stepped on them, and accidentally kicked them across the room. Finnegan, my rat terrier mix, has mistaken my reading glasses for teething toys ever since his razor-sharp permanent teeth came in.

October 11, 2017 | | LOCAL


A bespoked library float

GAYS MILLS - Bespoke: custom-made; dealing in or producing custom-made articles; a bespoke tailor.

October 11, 2017 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


Book worm finds trouble at the homestead

GAYS MILLS - In my former life, before I had a grabby toddler I really liked to read.

October 11, 2017 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


Gays Mills Village Board approves raising room rent for weddings

GAYS MILLS - At its meeting Monday night, the Gays Mills Village Board approved increasing the cost of using the Community Room for weddings to $500 for essentially a three-day rental.

October 11, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


North Crawford School Board discusses fun and finances

NORTH CRAWFORD - With the long delay and final passage of the state budget the prior week, financial issues featured prominently on the North Crawford School Board's agenda at their meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

October 11, 2017 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


North Crawford and Seneca School Districts hire bright new talent

NORTH CRAWFORD AND SENECA - The school year is launched, parents, and students and school staff have settled back into the school year routine. Now with passage of the state budget, districts will be able to finalize their budgets and get down to the business of educating future citizens.

October 11, 2017 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


North Shore Healthcare to buy Sannes Skogdalen

SOLDIERS GROVE - North Shore Healthcare is in the process of acquiring the Sannes Skogdalen-Heim Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove, according to David Mills, a managing partner of that Milwaukee-based company.

October 11, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Fire on Highway 81

FIRE IN HIGH WINDS with large amounts of black smoke were seen at the Katzman Farms, Inc. open barn set up on Highway 81 in Seymour Township. The fire happened Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 12 noon. Seven fire departments were called to respond on mutual aide to fight the blaze. 750,000 gallons of water was used at the fire.

October 06, 2017 | | LOCAL


North Crawford Playhouse presents 50th Anniversary performance of ‘The Wizard of Oz’

NORTH CRAWFORD - Performances of North Crawford Playhouse's fall musical, 'The Wizard of Oz,' will take placeNovember 3, 4, and the 9, 10, 11, at 7 p.m. There will also be a matinée on Nov. 4, at 2:30 p.m.

October 04, 2017 | | LOCAL


KGI 2017 Pasture Walk series final three events in October/November

DRIFTLESS - The 2017 season of pasture walk and facilitated discussion series is winding down with some important walks planned for October and November.

October 04, 2017 | | LOCAL


Unsolved case of the Little Free Library

VERNON COUNTY - We took a long Sunday drive on a narrow rural road, lined on both sides with chicory and Queen Anne's lace, to the middle of nowhere. I was on a mission. I was about to channel Nancy Drew.

October 04, 2017 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


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Swadley changes his plea to guilty in Vernon County Circuit Court

VERNON COUNTY - After spending about a year-and-a-half in jail awaiting trial on an attempted first-degree murder charge, Shayne Swadley changed his plea to guilty at ...

December 08, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Watercrest Café in Gays Mills to host dinner and dance event

GAYS MILLS - The Watercrest Cafe at the Kickapoo Exchange Food Co-op, 209 Main St., in Gays Mills, will host another Second Saturday Dinner, from 6 ...

December 06, 2017 | | LOCAL


Sunrise Orchard to host holiday weekend event

GAYS MILLS - A Holiday Celebration Weekend will be held on December 9-10 at Sunrise Orchards in Gays Mills, from 9 a.m. to 3 p ...

December 06, 2017 | | LOCAL


Warmer and dryer weather a gift for farmers

CRAWFORD COUNTY - No sooner did the ink dry on the page with the harvest story in last week's issue about challenges farmers had been ...

December 06, 2017 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Seneca School Board receives news of high school’s report card

SENECA - In a brief meeting last Tuesday, Nov. 21, the Seneca School Board approved six students to take Youth Options courses at local technical colleges ...

December 06, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


A letter to the driver of the red truck

VERNON COUNTY - It's my first morning drive to work after setting our clocks back. I'm relishing the fact that I am about to ...

December 06, 2017 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


Safety first!

GAYS MILLS - As a high school agriculture teacher, part of my job involved instruction about safety. Tractor safety, livestock safety, electrical safety, welding and carpentry ...

December 06, 2017 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


Thankful for the good times we had

GAYS MILLS - "You know, a heart can be broken, but it just keeps on a beating just the same." That quote from 'Fried Green Tomatoes ...

December 06, 2017 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


Local Christmas trees can create lots of special holiday memories

GAYS MILLS - Besides creating memories and family traditions, cutting a real Christmas tree benefits the economy and environment.

December 06, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


County nurses lost jobs over vacation reporting

CRAWFORD COUNTY - One thing is clear neither Crawford County Health Department Director Gloria Wall nor Crawford County Public Health Nurse Judy Powell is currently working ...

December 04, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Cooks find success - and plenty of holiday spirit - raising Christmas trees

It was just after lunch on a weekday before Thanksgiving and the stream of people coming to buy Christmas trees was slow but steady. That ...

December 01, 2017 | Erin Martin | LOCAL


DNR seeks public input on ‘sensitive area’ rule revisions

WISCONSIN - The Natural Resources Board (NRB) will meet in Madison on December 12-13 to take up long-awaited changes to two rules of the Wisconsin administrative ...

November 29, 2017 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Crawford County Public Health loses director

CRAWFORD COUNTY - It appears Crawford County Public Health Officer Gloria Wall and Crawford County Public Health Nurse Judy Powell no longer work at the county ...

November 29, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


When nothing is something

VERNON COUNTY -Walking steadily uphill, our toes pointing almost toward the sky, our breathing quickens and feels heavier. The trees stand bare, ready for the ...

November 29, 2017 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


Silver Screen Heroes II

GAYS MILLS - Last week, I confessed that my childhood heroes were the silver screen cowboys. Riding into a dicey situation on a good horse and ...

November 29, 2017 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


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