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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 clean, cold water deep within. Never run over by the glaciers that shaped the landscape in the rest of Wisconsin, its hydrogeology is made up of layers of different bedrock, many of which are riddled with cracks and fissures, caves, and underground rivers.

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 the attack. She called to warn me for my own flock's sake, but also to ask if I could take in the one young survivor, a black-crested runner she had gotten from me a year ago.

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 went on a trip. Bobby was seven years old and this would be the first time he'd spent any time away from his parents. Grandma and Grandpa lived on a small hobby farm about 100 miles from the city where Bobby lived. His parents dropped him off on their way to the airport early Saturday morning.

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 opening act. The concert starts at 7 p.m., and takes place in the grandstand at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Gays Mills.

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 has become more common to hear agricultural producers talking about conservation land management and growing cover crops.

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 village board meeting last Thursday.

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 the Lavon 'Spanky' Felton farm at S6214 Hwy 27 (go past the house to his shed/ shop).

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 different.

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 the swarms that occupied the hives, and extracted and enjoyed some of the honey they produced. I have been very fortunate to have had the help of some serious, seasoned beekeepers to guide me as I entered bee kindergarten and progressed up until about I'd say bee third grade. I learned enough to know how much I don't know about bees and keeping them.

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 three candidates currently vying for the 96th State Assembly seat recently vacated by Representative Lee Nerison.

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 organic growers have taken on the challenge of bringing back this old American agricultural crop.

August 08, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

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Dinosaurs of the past and future

VIOLA - There's a dinosaur in my house. Day and night, it sits on a tall, narrow table near my front door. When I'm ...

October 10, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL

Kickapoo Chautauqua

GAYS MILLS - Here's an idea I've had kicking around my brain pan for quite a while, something I call, for lack of a ...

October 10, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL

It’s Apple Fest, and the show must go on

GAYS MILLS - This weekend was our favorite weekend of the year. Good Ol' Apple Festival of Gays Mills.

October 10, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL

Why not party with the writer?

GAYS MILLS - The public is invited on Saturday, October 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. to join author Jane Schmidt in celebrating five years ...

October 10, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Gays Mills Village Board regroups after flooding

GAYS MILLS - The floods had come and gone (at least for now). Apple Fest had happened without a major problem, other than the cool, cloudy ...

October 10, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Will sand dams help the Muellers fight flooding?

LIBERTY - Town of Liberty landowners Mike and Susan Mueller are no strangers to the impacts of flash flooding. On their rural property where the two ...

October 10, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

North Crawford Foodservice is innovating

NORTH CRAWFORD - The North Crawford foodservice program is making lots of innovative changes. The program has gained steadily in popularity in recent years with both ...

October 10, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Firefighters are terminated

SOLDIERS GROVE - Following a closed session held at the Soldiers Grove Village Board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 6, the board took action to "terminate" two ...

October 05, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Polo, pop and Pabst Blue Ribbon


October 05, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL

Fearing the lack of flying insects

GAYS MILLS - This recent headline in the Wisconsin State Journal caught my good eye: 'Scientists fear lack of flying insects.' I doubt that this is ...

October 05, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL

Taking Papa Tom to his old hometown

GAYS MILLS - Over the weekend, my little family loaded up the car and took a road trip to Beloit. My dad, or papa as Thatcher ...

October 05, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL

Field to Vase event offers a reminder of the region’s magical bounty

CRAWFORD COUNTY - A perfect blue sky and crisp, cool, September air graced Star Valley Flowers in an autumnal golden glow as the more than 200 ...

October 05, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

North Crawford School Board glad to get the school year started

NORTH CRAWFORD - After all their busy days of preparation, the North Crawford School Board seemed happy to have their school year successfully launched after a ...

October 05, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Gays Mills orchards are ready for Apple Festival

GAYS MILLS - If there ever was a good day for a tour of the Gays Mills apple orchards, last Sunday would surely be it-a ...

September 26, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Driftless Area shows generosity in flood relief fundraising

DRIFTLESS - A number of area communities have gone into high gear raising funds for relief for local residents, who have suffered due to recent historic ...

September 26, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

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