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Tainter Creek Watershed Council to meet

VERNON AND CRAWFORD COUNTIES - The Tainter Creek Watershed Council will hold a meeting on Monday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., at the Franklin Town Hall in Liberty Pole.

April 20, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Dolling up for date night is demented

VERNON COUNTY - All day Friday, I was excited about my upcoming date night with Dane. He was taking me to a concert in Viroqua and I had devised a plan. Nothing outrageous or weird-I was simply going to get all dolled up and knock his socks off.

April 20, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL

Maple tree

GAYS MILLS - As the 'sugaring' season comes to a close, let's take a look at the amazing trees that produce such a wonderful thing as maple syrup. (And sugar, the syrup can be boiled down beyond the syrup stage to produce actual sugar.) The most common, and best, sap source for syrup making is the sugar maple. There are 200 varieties of maples worldwide; 13 of those varieties are native to North America.

April 20, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL

Grateful for a joyous, much-needed distraction

GAYS MILLS - Well, in the middle of lots of life changing chaos that has poured over our lives in the last two weeks, our frisky little Mao Mao gave birth to five fluffy kittens. The kicker? Three of them have no tails!

April 20, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL

Soldiers Grove Village Board had a very busy meeting

SOLDIERS GROVE - Although recently it may not have seemed very spring-like, the Village of Soldiers Grove really sprang into action at their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, April 5. Economic development, capital acquisitions for the fire department, and cleaning up residual problems from the relocation of the village from the old downtown dominated the board's agenda.

April 20, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Canada’s dairy supply management can offer farmers a stable pay price

VERNON COUNTY - The Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) recently conducted a five-city tour through Eau Claire, Edgar, Fond du Lac, Dodgeville, and Westby, featuring Ralph Dietrich, Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) Board Chairperson, and Murray Sherk, DFO Board Vice Chairperson. The purpose of the tour was to educate Wisconsin producers about Canada's dairy supply management program.

April 20, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Organic Valley faces first loss in 20 years

DRIFTLESS - There was an auspicious moment at the press conference of the Organic Valley Annual Meeting last week, when CEO George Siemon calmly told those present that the cooperative had suffered it first annual loss in 20 years. It was a moment you could see and feel the maturity of the business that had been reached in its 30 years of growth.

April 20, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Soldiers Grove Library will host Driftless Reader event

SOLDIERS GROVE - The Soldiers Grove Library will host a book event with the editors of 'Driftless Reader,' Keefe Keeley and Curt Meine, on Saturday, April 14, at 5 p.m.

April 11, 2018 | | LOCAL

Independent columnist releases a new kid’s book in ‘Finnegan’ series

DRIFTLESS - Jane Schmidt's newest children's book, 'Finnegan's Springtime Guide,' once again features her rat-terrier-mix buddy Finnegan as narrator. He invites the children on a search for spring and helps them discover bluebells, morels, spring beauties, turkey vultures, Sandhill cranes, and more. Finn encourages the children to use their senses-look for bloodroots, smell skunk cabbage, and listen for spring peepers. The book includes a 'Now You Know' section of interesting facts about each discovery, a glossary, and some pages on which children can write their own field notes.

April 11, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL

It’s getting to be tree planting time again

GAYS MILLS - Trees are important in our community. The village has a goal of planting enough trees to create canopy coverage similar to what existed prior to the arrival of emerald ash borer. While this does not always mean that a tree will be planted close to where every tree is removed, it does mean that many trees will be planted this year and in coming years.

April 11, 2018 | By CINDY KOHLES | LOCAL

A garden rookie learns about potatoes

VERNON COUNTY - When my landlord, Dave, commented on how good my potatoes looked, pride swelled in me and my chest puffed out a notch.

April 11, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL

Foster town

GAYS MILLS - The ad hoc village group finally got together for a formal meeting. They had been "meeting" informally for some time, as people do, savoring the community feeling of gathering at the local café for coffee most mornings. A common scene across America, and probably the world: "regulars" sharing gossip, news and ideas over a beverage of some kind. Ten people decided to gather in a church basement and have a serious talk about an idea that had gelled among them over the winter.

April 11, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL

Crawford County identified as high sinkhole density area

CRAWFORD COUNTY - Crawford Stewardship Project has completed mapping and reviewing sinkholes in Crawford County using the methodology that was (along with Professor Emeritus Kelvin Rodolfo and our Legion GIS collaborators) developed for the Karst Citizen Science events identifying sinkholes from algorithm-identified points of all closed depressions of two-feet or greater depth.

April 11, 2018 | | LOCAL

In Gays Mills, owners request building buyouts

GAYS MILLS - A government-funded buyout of the Red Apple Inn and Kickapoo Locker Service was discussed at the Gays Mills Village Board meeting on Monday night.

April 11, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

North Crawford exchange students learned a lot while here

NORTH CRAWFORD - Not everyone is fortunate enough to go to high school in a different country. It's an idea that becomes a reality for some however, and this year North Crawford was host school to eight young people from other countries who learned about our culture and much more here in our cozy neck of the woods.

April 05, 2018 | By SHARON SANDERS | LOCAL

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Local students compete in state trapshooting meet

NORTH CRAWFORD AND SENECA - On Saturday, June 9, members of both the North Crawford and Seneca trap shooting teams participated in the 2018 State Tournament ...

June 20, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Mom, “Will you marry me?”

VERNON COUNTY - I can tell you're leaving again. You start moving quicker around the house and you pile up stuff on the extra bed ...

June 20, 2018 | | LOCAL


GAYS MILLS - Education is a perennial topic of conversation. It has been going on forever.

June 20, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL

Family vacations and fish you meet along the way

GAYS MILLS - We decided to take the plunge! Well not the plunge into marriage, but rather, into a family vacation.

June 20, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL

Soldiers Grove Board discusses roadwork

SOLDIERS GROVE - As many may have noticed, the county is forging ahead with roadwork along County Highway C, which they are trying to complete before ...

June 20, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

State grant supports broadband expansion in Vernon County

VERNON COUNTY - Governor Scott Walker and several state officials stopped in Viroqua on Monday to award a $244,701 broadband expansion grant to the Vernon ...

June 20, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Congressman Kind unveils 2018 Farm Bill Priorities Report

DRIFTLESS - On Monday, U.S. Representative Ron Kind unveiled his 2018 Farm Bill Priorities report, which outline his proposed changes to the current Farm Bill ...

June 20, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Dane dives into poolside safety

VERNON COUNTY - I often wonder how I survived childhood. I rode my bike without a helmet, sat in the car without being buckled into a ...

June 13, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL

Are you ready for Soldiers Grove Dairy Days?

SOLDIERS GROVE - If ever there was a year to remember to put 'dairy' at the center of the Dairy Days celebration, held annually in Soldiers ...

June 13, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Heat wave dream

GAYS MILLS - During the recent heat wave, I took a break during the hottest part of the day and read awhile in front of a ...

June 13, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL

Big-hearted mama will be sorely missed

GAYS MILLS - It seems as though I've been stuck in a whirlwind of craziness and crisis lately.

June 13, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL

Crawford County’s Dairy Royalty crowned at dairy breakfast

CRAWFORD COUNTY - Crawford County crowned three young women to represent the dairy industry Saturday at their annual dairy breakfast hosted this year by Al and ...

June 13, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Tainter Creek Watershed Council event well received by public

CRAWFORD AND VERNON COUNTIES - The Tainter Creek Watershed Council held a field day at Bruce and Sue Ristow's farm in rural Crawford County, on ...

June 13, 2018 | By AMBROSIA WOJAHN | LOCAL

Gays Mills Village Board approves being sponsor of an ad campaign

GAYS MILLS - The Gays Mills Village Board acted quickly at their meeting Monday night to approve a Driftless Wisconsin Sponsorship Request at the $500 level.

June 13, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Monkey’s dilemma is revealed

VERNON COUNTY - Why must you squeeze me? You call me and I come running-isn't that enough? Must you pick me up and hug ...

June 06, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL

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