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Fireplaces, tradition and stockings

VIOLA - My family once lived in an apartment while our home was being renovated, and my mom sometimes spoke about the house's fireplace. I only knew about fireplaces from pictures I'd seen in the books she read me.

December 12, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


There’s no place like (our) people

GAYS MILLS - Our daughter went to college at Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. There's a town on the way to Ames, just south of Highway 3, that has a unique sign indicating the town, which can be seen about a mile away across the flat corn and bean fields. We always got a kick out of that sign: 'Readlyn-857 Friendly People and One Old Grump.' I'm sure that the residents of Readlyn have a lot of fun deciding who that grump is; it's a small enough town that maybe they take turns?

December 12, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


Community supper helps residents to heal after the trauma of flooding

GAYS MILLS - Gays Mills held what is planned to be the first of a series of free community suppers on Friday, Nov. 30. The event was a collaboration between Luther Memorial Church in Gays Mills and Our Savior's Church in Soldiers Grove, the Village of Gays Mills and North Crawford School District.

December 12, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Rural internet co-op meets with cooperative specialists

SENECA- The recently incorporated Crawford County Communications Cooperative (3C Co-op) intends to build the fiber optic infrastructure to provide Fiber To The Home (FTTH) Gigabit service for the underserved rural residents of Crawford County.

December 05, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Tainter Creek Watershed Council meeting will feature water testing results

CRAWFORD AND VERNON COUNTIES - The farmers of the Tainter Creek Watershed Council (TCWC), in a watershed located in northwest Crawford County and southwest Vernon County, sampled 49 wells in the watershed in late October. General, non-well-specific results of the testing will be the subject of a public presentation by the UW-Stevens Point Center for Watershed Science and Education (CWSE) on Monday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Franklin Town Hall at Liberty Pole.

December 05, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


VSN has exciting week with presentation and member meeting

VIROQUA - Rounding out an action-packed year, Valley Stewardship Network had a very busy second week of November. The group hosted the second in their 'Conservation on Tap' series on Wednesday, Nov. 14, and then held their annual member meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15.

December 05, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


A large, unforgettable pumpkin

VIOLA - I'm not crazy about Halloween or Thanksgiving, but I love pumpkins! I've become obsessed with pumpkins ever since Louisa, my pet pig, came to live with me.

December 05, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


Wood poor

GAYS MILLS - I find myself wood poor this year, meaning I've got a lot of wood and don't know what to burn first. Normally, it's a good idea to be cutting wood now for next winter and burn wood this year that's been seasoned for at least a year. But I'm in a situation where I have beaucoup wood that has accumulated over a period of years and needs to be burned before it leaves of its own accord, in other words gets punk and rotten and is no good to burn.

December 05, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


North Crawford approves eight-man football

NORTH CRAWFORD - A seemingly perennial debate came to an end at the Monday, Nov. 19 meeting of the North Crawford School Board. The board voted unanimously to transition to eight man football, starting with the 2020 season.

December 05, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


CSP reports two streams high in E.coli

CRAWFORD COUNTY - E.coli readings in the surface waters of Boydtown and Richland Creeks in Crawford County were measured by Crawford Stewardship Project (CSP) in the month of October at 82,000 and 19,000 colony forming units respectively.

December 05, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Man faces charges in Seneca incident

SENECA - Tov L. Balentine, 34, appeared in Crawford County Circuit Court on Monday, Nov. 26 to face six charges that resulted from incidents that allegedly occurred during the last week of October at a West Avenue residence in the Town of Seneca.

December 05, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Do your holiday shopping at the VIVA Gallery Holiday Market

VIROQUA - VIVA Gallery's monthly First Thursday reception will be held on December 6, again featuring the Seventh Annual Artisan Market and the works of 33 member and guest artists. The Market, which opened in November and runs through December on Main Street in Viroqua, is a perfect place to find one-of-kind gifts for the holidays. Consider for your shopping list...

November 28, 2018 | | LOCAL


I’m grateful for the hard times too

VIOLA - Today, I silently said Thank you many times:

November 28, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


Hunters needed

GAYS MILLS - I don't hunt. I never have. I didn't grow up around hunting and didn't live in a place where hunting took place in my formative years. So, it's interesting to me to observe the ritual that's currently going on here throughout the Driftless and the entire state–The Gun Deer Hunt. Over a half-million gun deer hunting licenses have been sold for the Wisconsin deer hunt this fall. The vicarious excitement of hunting can be contagious and the financial boost to the state is significant.

November 28, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


Crawford County Clean Sweep another success

CRAWFORD COUNTY - Crawford County Conservationist Dave Troester reported to the Land Use Committee that the 2018 Clean Sweep Event had been a great success.

November 28, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


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Fair maps resolution is coming before the Crawford County Board

CRAWFORD COUNTY - At their February 19 meeting, the Crawford County Board of Supervisors will vote on a 'Resolution to Create a Nonpartisan Procedure for the ...

February 13, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Crawford County amends two ordinances

CRAWFORD COUNTY - The Crawford County Board of Supervisors enacted changes to their Floodplain and Shoreland-Wetland Zoning ordinances. The changes were made in order to bring ...

February 13, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Jill: the smart, pretty sister

VIOLA - We grew up hearing the slogan 'A mind is a terrible thing to waste.' But what if your mind begins to waste on its ...

February 13, 2019 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


Bag of spuds fed the class

GAYS MILLS - Potatoes are good food year round, but they are extra good in the winter. Potatoes are a great comfort food, filling and starchy ...

February 13, 2019 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


Winter fun with cousins and their kids

GAYS MILLS - Recently at the Schendel-Dremsa household, we've had a bit of a treat. My cousin Brandon and his family have ventured our way ...

February 13, 2019 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


Andrews receives prestigious award

NORTH CRAWFORD - Demetri Andrews, North Crawford School District Business Manager, was named the George Gray WASBO New School Business Manager of the Year in acknowledgement ...

February 13, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Hearing planned on water permit for LaCrosse County CAFO

LACROSSE - LaCrosse Public Health Director Jennifer Rombalski has confirmed that the DNR will schedule a public information hearing regarding the reissuance of the Babcock Genetics ...

February 13, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Seneca High School competes in Wisconsin Civic Games

SENECA - Nearly 100 students from 25 schools competed last Saturday in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation's Civics Games regional competitions.

February 13, 2019 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Weather swings provide wild ride

DRIFTLESS - Some who were suffering through a cold snap for the record books on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 29 and 30, followed newscasters in referring ...

February 13, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Three buyouts recommended in Gays Mills

GAYS MILLS - The Gays Mills Village Board meeting followed an hour-long closed session to review and make recommendations on FEMA-funded buyouts.

February 13, 2019 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Winter memories with my snow dad

VIOLA - I have my dad to thank for loving snow. He never did grow tired of playing with me outside in winter.

February 06, 2019 | | LOCAL


Home remedies

GAYS MILLS - Home remedies. It's got a nice ring to it, doesn't it? It conjures up the ability to take care of things ...

February 06, 2019 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


Waylee Bopper makes his debut as a human

GAYS MILLS - Hello my dear readers, I have returned to the Independent-Scout Mother Ship. Likely, as you'll be reading this you'll have hopefully ...

February 06, 2019 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


Landowners urged to protect Driftless Region as ‘biodiversity hotspot’

VIROQUA - Participants at the fourth in the 'Conservation on Tap' series of educational events, sponsored by Valley Stewardship Network (VSN), were treated to Dr. Melinda ...

February 06, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Mary Kuhn provides 20 years of dedicated service

NORTH CRAWFORD - Mary Kuhn, who has served on the North Crawford School Board for the last 20 years, received some hard earned recognition at the ...

February 06, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


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