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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 gorgeous, sunshine-filled winter day. I've been telling my pups about the obedience classes they'll be taking for the next six weeks. I've read that if you tell your animals in advance what they'll be doing and what's expected of them, they'll experience less anxiety.

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 cattle on the track near Steuben and they needed to be herded aside, cowcatcher notwithstanding. Part of the fine print of the crew's job description on the Kickapoo Valley Line was "clearing the track of stray cattle."

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 would say. For we all know 'kids say the darndest things.'

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, to be housed in the village hall building.

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 not be understood yet.

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 Department, Department of Public Works and trash collection in the village ensured there was never a dull moment for meeting participants.

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 region of Wisconsin. Farmers, food producers and rural community members that interact with farmers on a personal or professional level are encouraged to attend.

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 of the 'agri' variety. Along with just about every other facet of our society, agriculture and farming is plowing*(pun fully intended) ahead to get bigger, better, more productive, faster, more technology based, etc.

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 up last week's Independent-Scout, I felt moved to sadness after reading the headline, 'Swadley gets 30 years in prison.' You see Shayne Swadley was someone I considered a friend.

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). Doug and his family, wife Tina and son and daughter, Jason and Nichelle, are residents of Gays Mills.

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 cat crossing Highway 171 in front of his truck.

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 racism he had experienced while incarcerated in the county jail.

February 14, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

April 05, 2018 | By SHARON SANDERS | LOCAL

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