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Participant enthusiasm running high for North Crawford trap shooting team

NORTH CRAWFORD - About 20 students from North Crawford Schools will participate in a trapshooting league this spring, which will include teams from Boscobel, Prairie du Chien Kickapoo, Westby, DeSoto, Weston and Wonewoc Center.

November 15, 2017 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Pie Day at Fleming Orchard

VERNON COUNTY - Waking up with my nose practically touching the ceiling and my eyes still closed to the day, I remembered that it was my first Pie Day-and in my eagerness, I sat up too quickly and bumped my head. I decided to drop and roll.

November 15, 2017 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


A plethora of pumpkin

GAYS MILLS - Eureka!! There's gold in them thar fields, and in them thar gardens, and on them thar lawns and porches, and in them stores, and in your coffee if you choose to have it there. Pumpkins are, and pumpkin is, everywhere. Pumpkin is so common this time of year that we can't help but be aware of pumpkins and most of us don't think about them that much. But, I have a few thoughts to share.

November 15, 2017 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


Battling the beetle barbecue of doom

GAYS MILLS - I've had my mother-in-law staying with me for about a week. I am one of the lucky gals who can say they actually get along with their mother-in-law. We fancy ourselves fairly similar, except, she is really tidy, and I am really not.

November 15, 2017 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


Legion and Lions host Thanksgiving Dinner in Soldiers Grove

SOLDIERS GROVE - Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by the Soldiers Grove American Legion Auxiliary and the Soldiers Grove Lioness

November 15, 2017 | | LOCAL


BAPI learns better recruiting is key to finding their qualified employee

GAYS MILLS - Last week, we reviewed the efforts of the North Crawford School District to find and retain qualified staff in an increasingly competitive employment market in the first of a three-part series on local jobs and hiring. In this edition, we'll look at employment challenges of one of the largest local manufacturers.

November 15, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Tainter Creek Watershed Council applies for DATCP grant

CRAWFORD AND VERNON COUNTIES - In the first week of November 2017, the Tainter Creek Watershed Council (TCWC) applied for a $40,000 Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grant. The next meeting of the group will take place on Monday, Jan. 8, at 1 p.m. at the Franklin Town Hall in Liberty Pole.

November 15, 2017 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Proposed Gays Mills village budget moves forward

GAYS MILLS - The Gays Mills Village Board approved the proposed 2018 Budget for publication and scheduled a public hearing on it for Monday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. prior to the regular board meeting.

November 15, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Sannes Skogdalen nursing home is discussed

SOLDIERS GROVE - A crowd of 75 to 80 people gathered in the dining room of the Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home to hear a presentation by a team from North Shore Healthcare, the company scheduled to purchase the facility soon.

November 15, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Viroqua Township residents question benefits of proposed hog slaughtering plant

VERNON COUNTY - Almost 150 residents of the Viroqua and Westby areas came to learn more about a proposed hog slaughtering facility to be located between the two cities. The meeting took place on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the Westby Elementary School.

November 08, 2017 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Sad river blues

GAYS MILLS - I've been feeling a bit guilty the last few weeks. I wound up having to clean up a house that I own to get it ready to rent out. Luckily, the new renters kindly agreed to repaint, install flooring, make plumbing and electrical repairs, and do some semi-major remodeling in exchange for rent. But before that could happen, some serious cleaning had to happen.

November 08, 2017 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


The toddler, the chicken and the hound

GAYS MILLS - We went and visited our new nephew in Arcadia this past Sunday.

November 08, 2017 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


North Crawford School Board tackles budget and levy

NORTH CRAWFORD - There was a lot of business taken up by the North Crawford School Board at their meeting on Thursday, Oct. 26. After waiting on the state legislature to adopt a biennial budget and confirm state aid amounts for local school districts, district staff were more than prepared to get the budget and tax levy passed, and get on with the school year.

November 08, 2017 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


North Crawford School District adapts to changing employment environment

This is the first in a three part series about employment in Gays Mils.

November 08, 2017 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Rural La Crosse County residents seek answers about well water contamination

HOLMEN AND ONALASKA - More than 60 residents of the Town of Holmen in LaCrosse County, along with representatives of the Coulee Region Sierra Club, and other concerned citizens gathered in the Holland Town Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

November 08, 2017 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


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Kickapoo Valley Reserve Winter Festival schedule

LA FARGE - The Kickapoo Valley Reserve Winter Festival, Saturday, Jan. 13, will feature all-day family-friendly activities from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

January 10, 2018 | | LOCAL


Pursuing the perfect New Years Eve

VERNON COUNTY - New Year's Eve is a thorn in my side. I'm a fan of New Year's resolutions (not that I always ...

January 10, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


Happy New Year

GAYS MILLS - I'm usually a fairly happy-go-lucky kind of guy. But lately I'm starting to wonder if I might have a touch of ...

January 10, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


Lil’ Ole Lady’s New Years Eve celebration

GAYS MILLS - I was listening to a comedian on NPR, complain about New Year's Eve-she didn't understand why everyone gets all gussied ...

January 10, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


Rick Busch retires as Royal Bank president

GAYS MILLS - Things changed at the Royal Bank of Gays Mills Tuesday morning. After more 26 years, bank president Rick Busch was not there and ...

January 10, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Workshop about farm succession in Prairie du Chien

CRAWFORD COUNTY - UW-Extension and the UW Center for Dairy Profitability will host 'Cultivating Your Farm Business's Future' farm succession meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 10 ...

January 04, 2018 | | LOCAL


Workshop about overwintering cattle in Coon Valley

VERNON COUNTY - The Wallace Center Pasture Project will host a discussion and demonstration of the value of out wintering cattle on crop fields. The event ...

January 04, 2018 | | LOCAL


Crawford County meeting about growing cover crop seed

CRAWFORD COUNTY - The Crawford County Land Conservation Department and Natural Resources Conservation Service are sponsoring a farm meeting on growing cover crop seed. This meeting ...

January 04, 2018 | | LOCAL


The wish – a mother’s wish fulfilled

VERNON COUNTY - My mom's wish was to go the Milwaukee Art Museum. I was in town for my grandson's birthday, so I arranged ...

January 04, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


Non-fiction picks in 2017

GAYS MILLS - Last week's column was about fiction, this week it's non-fiction, in other words reality.

January 04, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


We survived another Christmas extravaganza

GAYS MILLS - We all survived another Christmas extravaganza.

January 04, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL


A farmer breakfast and conversation- protecting our family farms

VERNON COUNTY - Farmers, and landowners renting out farmland, are invited to a free breakfast and community discussion to be held on January 20, 8-10 a ...

January 04, 2018 | | LOCAL


Tainter Creek Watershed Council to meet on Monday, Jan. 8

VERNON AND CRAWFORD COUNTIES - The Tainter Creek Watershed Council will meet on Monday, Jan. 8, 1 p.m. at the Franklin Town Hall in Liberty ...

January 04, 2018 | | LOCAL


Longtime Crawford County UW-Extension Ag Agent retires

CRAWFORD COUNTY - If one were to say of Vance Haugen, retiring Crawford County UW-Extension Agent, that he is a "giant of an agricultural agent," that ...

January 04, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Crawford County Board approves motion merging two departments

CRAWFORD COUNTY - Although there were a few pertinent questions asked at the Crawford County Board of Supervisors meeting held Tuesday, Dec. 19, the board voted ...

January 04, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


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