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Showing plenty of Christmas spirit

GRATIOT – A recent study shows that people who put up their Christmas decorations early are happier than those who wait. For the Poss family of rural Gratiot, they have to decorate early in order to get all their decorations out.

December 20, 2017 | Kayla Barnes | LOCAL


My favorite tools

CRAWFORD COUNTY - Most of us accumulate a collection of tools as we go along in life. Every family should have a basic set of tools around the house: Screwdrivers, hammers, tape measure, some kind of a saw for wood, one for metal, files and rasps, pliers, a crescent wrench (technical name: open-end adjustable wrench) and others and, of course, a roll of duct tape. All of these things will come in handy sooner or later.

December 20, 2017 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


How nice a naughty dog can be

VERNON COUNTY - I needed to make peace with Téte.

December 20, 2017 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


My kid the caveman

GAYS MILLS - Over the weekend, Thatcher had his first daylong play date with a girl.

December 20, 2017 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


Gays Mills Village Board approves 2018 budget

GAYS MILLS - The Gays Mills Village Board discussed and reviewed the 2018 Budget and Tax Levy at a very sparsely attended public hearing held before their regular board meeting on Monday night.

December 20, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Waxwing Technology offers Driftless Region much-needed IT support

GAYS MILLS - Waxwing Technology Consulting and Device Repair moved in the Gays Mills Mercantile Center last week. Jake Stephens, who was in the last graduating class of Gays Mills High School (1991), has brought his work and family home to where his roots are.

December 20, 2017 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Crawford County to pay $62,518 for jail medical service

CRAWFORD COUNTY - The retirement of Crawford County Health Department Director Gloria Wall will cost the county an $62,518 annually to pay a contracted service to replace her work as the official jail nurse, according to Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick.

December 20, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


It’s budgets, beavers and fire department in Soldiers Grove

SOLDIERS GROVE - It's that budget time of year again, and the Soldiers Grove Village Board was in good shape to seek public input and pass their 2018 budget at their meeting on Thursday, Dec. 7.

December 20, 2017 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Winter Solstice gathering planned for Frank’s Hill on Dec. 21

MUSCODA - The public is invited to Frank's Hill in southern Richland County on Thursday, December 21, when the setting sun on the shortest of day of the year will be viewed from a small knoll peppered with effigy mounds in southern Richland County.

December 13, 2017 | | LOCAL


The thunderstorms of life

VERNON COUNTY - I never used to be frightened during thunderstorms, but I'm deathly afraid of them now. This seems odd because my hearing isn't all that good, nor is my eyesight. But I can sense when a storm is coming, and lately that's been in the evening when everyone is tucked in for the night. Everyone except me, that is.

December 13, 2017 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


Greetings sent from moot point

GAYS MILLS - I was pleasantly surprised last week to get a letter from our old friends the Tuttles, Tim and Tillie, from Tomahawk, Wisconsin. We call them the Traveling Tuttles because they always seem to be on a trip of some sort. They indicated that I could share their letter with you.

December 13, 2017 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


Health nurses were assets to community

GAYS MILLS - I have to admit, I was among the Crawford County residents who were completely floored with shock to find out Gloria Wall and Judy Powell had left our health department.

December 13, 2017 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


Christmas caroling in Gays Mills

GAYS MILLS - Everyone is invited to join their neighbors and friends in community caroling on Sunday, Dec. 17, beginning at 4:45 p.m., at Sannes Skogdalen Heim in Soldiers Grove.

December 13, 2017 | | LOCAL


Vernon County hog slaughter facility attractive nuisance

THE TARGETED AREA in a 50-mile radius around Viroqua indicated on this map would be considered the optimal location for hog CAFOs raising pigs for slaughter if the proposed plant is built by Premium Iowa Pork (PIP) at the former Premier Meats site off Highway 14 between Viroqua and Westby. The hog CAFO target area includes all of Vernon, Crawford, LaCrosse, Monroe and Richland counties, as well as portions of adjoining counties.

December 13, 2017 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


DNR releases report on Wild Rose Dairy manure spill

VERNON COUNTY - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) released their official report on the Wild Rose Dairy manure spill on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

December 13, 2017 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


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Adventures with obedience school

VERNON COUNTY - My two dogs run, leap, and chase each other through the snow as Dane and I labor to keep up. It's a ...

February 21, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


Old Gays Mills

GAYS MILLS - The morning train wended its way up the valley. It was running a little late, which was not unusual. There had been some ...

February 21, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


It was a real ‘Kodak Moment’ for Patty

GAYS MILLS - For the longest time as Thatcher babbled away in a language only he could understand, I dreamed of all of the things he ...

February 21, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


Soldiers Grove Fire Department purchases AED

SOLDIERS GROVE - The Soldiers Grove Fire Department or the 'Redcoats,' as they refer to themselves have purchased and installed an automated external defibrillator (AED) device ...

February 21, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


A developing farm crisis led Seneca woman to call meeting in search of solutions

SENECA - The farm crisis is upon us. That's probably not news to the producers, but to many others the depth of this problem may ...

February 21, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Soldiers Grove joining strong network for mutual aid

SOLDIERS GROVE - It was an action-packed agenda at the Thursday, Feb. 7 regularly scheduled meeting of the Soldiers Grove Village Board. Reports from the Fire ...

February 21, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Curtain call for the Driver Opera House

DARLINGTON – It won't be long now until the Driver Opera House will have their opening debut.

February 15, 2018 | Kayla Barnes | LOCAL


Cultivating the future of farming and rural life

VIROQUA - The Food, Faith and Farming Network is hosting five rural listening and networking sessions in late February and throughout March, 2018 in the Southwest ...

February 14, 2018 | | LOCAL


Finding sanctuary remains soothing

VERNON COUNTY - Often while I'm hiking in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, I find myself remembering a place I used to call "The New World."

February 14, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


Ag highlights

GAYS MILLS - Modern culture is a fascinating, ever changing topic and fun to try to keep up with. One of my favorite cultures is that ...

February 14, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


A very different view of a friend’s life

GAYS MILLS - In writing this, I realize many readers will see me as giving 'Sympathy for the Devil' as it were, but when I picked ...

February 14, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


Community plans benefit for Doug Martin

GAYS MILLS - A benefit will be held for longtime Town & Country Sanitation employee Doug Martin, who has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Syndrome ...

February 14, 2018 | | LOCAL


Big cat sighting on Orchard Ridge reported

GAYS MILLS - It was an exciting start to the day for Chad Black, Hillcrest Orchard manager, when he saw what appeared to be a large ...

February 14, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


‘Medicare for All’ event is well-attended

VIROQUA - A 'Medicare for All' event held on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the American Legion in Viroqua drew over 80 participants.

February 14, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Crawford County Sheriff discusses racism allegations

CRAWFORD COUNTY - During a recent sentencing hearing held in Crawford County Circuit Court for Jimmy McDaniel's reckless homicide conviction, the defendant talked about the ...

February 14, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


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