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Powerful Fire destroys local farm home

A large farm home just outside of Fennimore has been completely destroyed by fire following a blaze suspected to have been started by a wood stove

April 18, 2019 | Emily Schendel Fennimore Times | LOCAL


Gays Mills Folk Festival coming up

GAYS MILLS - Spring is here and the Gays Mills Folk Festival of Music and Danceis just around the corner! Come on down to beautiful Gays Mills, Wisconsin on Mother's Day weekend, May 10, 11 and 12, for music, dancing and fun activities for all ages.

April 17, 2019 | | LOCAL


Finnegan, the canine escape artist

VIOLA - Finnegan, my 13-pound rat terrier mix, isn't allowed to run free when I'm not home because I don't want him getting dognapped. So I'm shocked, when I pull into the driveway and see Finn sitting on the front porch.

April 17, 2019 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


Pasture grazing

GAYS MILLS - I recently went on something called a pasture walk. Pasture walks have become more common in recent years as farmers turn to grazing their livestock rather than keeping them confined. Pasture walks happen when farmers who are grazing livestock currently, farmers thinking about grazing, or like me, people just interested in the idea of grazing, get together and visit a local grazing operation.

April 17, 2019 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


Spring offers so many new discoveries

GAYS MILLS - As I sit down at my desk–in my office that gets no natural light, I can hardly believe that its nearing 75 degrees outside. Or at least that's what the app on my phone tells me.

April 17, 2019 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


3C Co-op internet survey mailed again to residents

CRAWFORD COUNTY - The internet survey is being re-mailed to all Crawford County residents that have not yet completed and returned it. The survey was originally mailed to 1,157 randomly selected residents the first week of March. Over 800 of the randomly selected residents have not yet completed the survey.

April 17, 2019 | | LOCAL


Organic origins discussed at MOSES organic farming conference

LACROSSE - It has been 30 years since the very first local organic farming conference drew about 90 participants to a wedding hall on the south side of LaCrosse–a lot has changed since then.

April 17, 2019 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Grazing becoming a hot topic in Kickapoo River Watershed

KICKAPOO RIVER WATERSHED - Grazing is becoming a hot topic in 2019 in the Kickapoo River Watershed. The increased focus builds on long years of dedicated work by groups like the Kickapoo Grazing Initiative/Great River Graziers, the Pasture Project, Southwest Badger RC&D, the Wisconsin Meadows grassfed beef cooperative and the Driftless Area Back to the Land Pastured Pork Cooperative.

April 17, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Flood damage bids accepted by Soldiers Grove Board

SOLDIERS GROVE - The Soldiers Grove Village Board approved two bids for a total of $55,685 to repair flood damage at the park.

April 17, 2019 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Ruben and his new forever home

VIOLA - There is no middle ground: Either you don't have a clue there's a five-month-old puppy in the house, or you're made fully aware of his presence.

April 11, 2019 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


Unique inventions

GAYS MILLS - Mr. Charles Duell was the Commissioner of U.S. patents in 1899. In a statement that is widely attributed to Mr. Duell, (and largely debunked) he is quoted as saying "Everything that can be invented has been invented." Indeed, American inventors, and inventors world-wide, have and continue to create and patent millions of handy gadgets, machines, devices, materials, and a plethora of other things to make our lives better.

April 11, 2019 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


Robotics helping the small family farm

GAYS MILLS - Last Friday, I had an interesting opportunity to participate in something that typically is a bit out of my wheelhouse. I visited a dairy farm. Not just any dairy farm though, I visited a robotic dairy farm.

April 11, 2019 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


What happens if Babcock Genetics WPDES permit is denied by DNR?

LA CROSSE - After the March 14 hearing in the Town of Holland about the proposed reissuance by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources of the Babcock Genetics swine CAFO Wisconsin Pollution Discharge and Elimination System permit (WPDES), La Crosse County Board Supervisor Mike Giese engaged in a dialogue with WDNR employee Ben Uvaas. Uvaas was at the hearing, and is the person who drafted the permit under consideration for a five-year renewal.

April 11, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


North Crawford Board discusses on-bus cameras

NORTH CRAWFORD - The North Crawford School Board's agenda at their Wednesday, March 20 meeting, addressed a variety of staffing issues and installation of cameras on school buses, among other issues.

April 11, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Successful county cover crop program transitions to private sector leadership

PATCH GROVE - The successful aerial cover crop planting program, pioneered in Crawford County, is taking the next step in growth by transitioning from public to private sector management. Black Sand Granary of Patch Grove (Grant County) will be the private sector company that will now offer the aerial cover crop seeding service.

April 11, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


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Many in Southwest Wisconsin question need for cell phone towers

SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN - Local residents in Vernon and Richland counties are asking some hard questions about the company Bug Tussel's plans to install dozens of ...

May 09, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Mississippi River rule changes spur debate at Conservation Congress spring hearings

SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN - The 2019 Conservation Congress Spring Hearings, which took place in all 72 of Wisconsin's counties earlier in April, drew a total of ...

May 09, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


News from around the Driftless Area

VIROQUA –Westby Area High School band director Monte Dunnum was taken by surprise on Monday, April 22, when he was presented a VFW Certificate of ...

May 09, 2019 | | LOCAL


We can only continue to try

VIOLA - Three times a week, as I drive Highway 14 from Viroqua to Richland Center, I pass a large billboard with three words on it ...

May 09, 2019 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


SWTC education is quite practical

GAYS MILLS - I was wondering what to write about this week when I found the answer in my mailbox on Friday: The Southwest Tech Annual ...

May 09, 2019 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


Grandpa Ray was a true Kickpoo Hillbilly

GAYS MILLS - Ray Hadley was quiet magic. He was subtle, hilarious, without judgment, talented and my grandpa.

May 09, 2019 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


Crawford County Leadership honored at annual ceremony

CRAWFORD COUNTY - Sometimes in a world that can seem increasingly negative and impersonal, it's good to feel those positive vibrations again. The latest outbreak ...

May 09, 2019 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Crawford County well test results reviewed

CRAWFORD COUNTY - On a snowy Saturday, April 27, about 30 local residents gathered to hear Dr. Kevin Masarik, UW-Extension Groundwater Education Specialist, discuss high level ...

May 09, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Broadband survey by 3C Co-op gets 45 percent rate of response

CRAWFORD COUNTY - The Rural Crawford County Internet/Broadband Survey that was mailed to 1,157 randomly selected locations concluded on April 29, 2019–45 percent ...

May 09, 2019 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Dreaming both night and day of color

VIOLA - I've lived over half of my life surrounded by 'renter white' walls. I started dreaming of color around thirteen years ago, the day ...

May 01, 2019 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


What I wished I had known

GAYS MILLS - After spending four years in high school as a student and then 33 years as a high school teacher, this time of year ...

May 01, 2019 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


Tainter Creek Watershed Council to meet

CRAWFORD & VERNON COUNTIES - The Tainter Creek Watershed Council will meet on Monday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Franklin Town Hall at ...

May 01, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


North Crawford Board approves new hires

NORTH CRAWFORD - At their regularly scheduled board meeting on Wednesday, April 17, the North Crawford School Board approved a whole slough of new hires. Perhaps ...

May 01, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


An interesting look at dam history

In the heyday of dam construction in America, in the 50s and 60s, there were two competing philosophies of flood control that dominated the nation ...

May 01, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Vernon County Board learns that local watersheds to remain in limbo

VIROQUA - It was a packed house on Tuesday, April 16 when USDA-NRCS Conservation Engineer Scott Mueller addressed the Vernon County Board of Supervisors.

May 01, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


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