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Trust takes time, kindness and consistency

VERNON COUNTY - Diego is standing alone at the fence, waiting for his hay. But he and Carlos, my two miniature Sicilian donkeys, are like Siamese twins, alwaystogether. My heart beats quicker as I scan the pasture, looking for Carlos's ears standing above the tall greenery.

August 22, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL

The last cowboys

GAYS MILLS - I just read an interesting new book, 'The Last Cowboys - a Pioneer Family in the New West.' It was about the Wrights, a ranching family in southern Utah. The book was written by prizewinning sportswriter John Branch, who is a master of narrative nonfiction. I heard Branch interviewed on National Public Radio and checked the book out of the library, as soon as it was available.

August 22, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL

Kind words written about a beloved aunt

GAYS MILLS - Over the weekend, I spent the day with my Aunt Barb. We usually hook up and hang out on her weekends off.

August 22, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL

Gays Mills pedestrian-bike trail is out for bids

GAYS MILLS - The Gays Mills Village Board took on a lengthy, and at times complicated, agenda at their Monday night meeting this week.

August 22, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Energized Tainter Creek Watershed farmers move forward

CRAWFORD AND VERNON COUNTIES - It was a pumped up, invigorated group of 20 farmers from the Tainter Creek Watershed Council that gathered in the machine shop on council member LaVon 'Spanky' Felton's farm on Monday, Aug. 13.

August 22, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Blue River to host Autumn Fest

The annual Autumn Fest celebration will be held in Blue River this weekend, Aug. 24-26.

August 22, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL

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

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Seneca veteran recently honored

SENECA - This past September, a former Seneca resident, Sheldon Bartles was among those who were honored by participating on the Badger Honor Flight.

October 19, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL

North Crawford trap team has season underway

NORTH CRAWFORD - The North Crawford Trap Team has carried the momentum forward from their first season in the spring 2018 season of the Wisconsin State ...

October 19, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Ready for anything - survival


October 19, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL

Further birding

GAYS MILLS - I wrote a while ago about the bees. Let's turn now to the birds.

October 19, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL

My best friend the ‘Scorpion tornado’

GAYS MILLS - Many of us have that one friend who we've seemed to have known forever, hardly ever see, but can reunite with, without ...

October 19, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL

Go Macro riding a wave of success in Viola Business Park

VIOLA - Go Macro, a company which manufactures healthy, delicious, nutrition bars, has recently expanded their Viola manufacturing plant and added solar panels to a south-facing ...

October 19, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Monroe County discusses future of dams in Coon Creek headwaters

DRIFTLESS - Perhaps it's no surprise that Monroe County, located in the headwaters of the Kickapoo, Baraboo, and the Little LaCrosse Rivers, and Coon Creek ...

October 19, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Tollefson receives Bronze Star for actions taken in Vietnam

FERRYVILLE - It was a fine fall day in Ferryville last Thursday and we were a very long way from the Cambodian border with Vietnam in ...

October 19, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

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

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