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Pulling for Preston offers a big schedule

GAYS MILLS - The Fourth Annual Pulling for Preston will return to the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Gays Mills this Saturday, July 28.

July 25, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Rustic Race and Traditional Wisdom at Kickapoo Valley Reserve

LA FARGE - Take a step back in time on July 28 at The Kickapoo Valley Reserve, where the Traditional Wisdom Celebration will celebrate the past with a day of family-friendly fun. Bridge 14, at the Reserve will be the site of traditional crafts and skills demonstrations, a Rustic Raft Rally, guided nature hikes, a paleo smorgasbord and dinner, campfire entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides, and other activities.

July 25, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

A weekly attempt at a one-person home run

VERNON COUNTY - This week marks the beginning of my sixth year of sitting at my desk with my two index fingers flying across the computer keyboard to type a story. Often, when asked about being a columnist, I remark, "You can't hit a home run every week." I doubt there are any professional ball players, who hit the ball out of the park every time they bat. But when they do, I bet it makes them more motivated to keep playing!

July 25, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL

Ask Andy

GAYS MILLS - I've asked my friend 'Andy' to pinch-write for me this week. He's always giving advice to me and anybody who'll listen to him, whether we want it or not, so I asked him to share his views on a few people's problems.

July 25, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL

Pesky protein bar problems persist

GAYS MILLS - It seems as though at this point in my life, I struggle a little more than ever with being girly. But, I never thought, peanut butter protein bars would throw a serious wrench in that entire equation.

July 25, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL

Brush truck talk returns in Soldiers Grove

SOLDIERS GROVE - After a long, sometimes adamant, discussion about what should be done with the Soldiers Grove Fire Department' s old brush truck, a couple of village trustees worked to broker a compromise at village board meeting held Thursday, July 12.

July 25, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Watershed conservation leaders gather in the heartland of watershed restoration

DRIFTLESS - It's no surprise that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Fishers & Farmers Partnership for the Upper Mississippi River Basin Steering Committee chose to hold their 2018 summer gathering in the Coon Creek Watershed on July 10-12.

July 25, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Don’t dare miss Ferryville River Bluff Daze

FERRYVILLE - Tractor Pull, Fun, Food, Farmers Market and Fireworks – All in Ferryville on Saturday, July 28 at River Bluff Daze. Mark your calendar now and be sure to be there! For more details go to

July 18, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Seneca Ridge & Valley event results

SENECA - Results from events at the Seneca Ridge & Valley Rally are as follows:

July 18, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Gays Mills Horseshoe Tournament drew a crowd

GAYS MILLS - Both locals and visitors could agree that the recently built sanctioned horseshoe pits in Gays Mills were mighty fine.

July 18, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Zoooom…and I’m green with envy

VERNON COUNTY - The whole wide world, as far as I can see from my wraparound deck, is green! I'm surrounded by trees of all kinds in my valley and I am loving the greenness of summertime. Green seems to bring out the best in me-unless it's the green of envy.

July 18, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL

Turtle tutorial

GAYS MILLS - Turtles are one of my favorite critters. I think of them now because they show themselves at this time of year. These ancient animals put themselves at considerable risk getting out into our modern world. Turtles are one of the oldest reptiles and have been around for 220 million of years according to fossil records. Their hard shells, armor against predators who might attack them, doesn't protect them very well crossing highways which is where they often show up.

July 18, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL

Going from the zoo to the moon in a day

GAYS MILLS - We embarked this weekend on yet another summer time family ritual. The Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison. My aunt and young cousin Romeo joined us for the adventure, which started with a quick pit stop at Peck's Market. For Thatcher, the thrill of baby goats sucking on his finger and throwing corn at a mountain of bunny rabbits may have been enough, but we continued onward to the big zoo!

July 18, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL

Gays Mills Board approves two new TIDs

GAYS MILLS - In a wide-ranging meeting on Monday, July 2, the Gays Mills Village Board touched on a variety of subjects.

July 18, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

With a new librarian, Gays Mills library is evolving with the changing times

GAYS MILLS - There's an old Zen Buddhist saying "you can never step into the same river twice." The moral of the story is that everything changes, and that is true of the Gays Mills Public Library as well.

July 18, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

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Driftless Area goes into high gear with flood relief fundraising

DRIFTLESS - A number of area communities have gone into high gear raising funds for relief for local residents, who have suffered due to recent historic ...

September 19, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

We will never forget this day in history

VIOLA - This week brings the anniversary of a date forever stamped in our minds and hearts. No doubt we'll hear people urging us, "Remember ...

September 19, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL

My Coop de Ville

GAYS MILLS - By the time you read this, I will have become a fledgling member of a cult that is gaining a strong foothold across ...

September 19, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL

Now that my toddler can talk, talk, talk

GAYS MILLS - Listening to Thatcher push out sentences really makes me wish I could remember what it was like to be learning my native tongue ...

September 19, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL

Gays Mills Board approves building Highway 131 trail

GAYS MILLS - It looks like the trail linking the Applewood Business Park to the Gays Mills Community Commerce Center is about to become a reality ...

September 19, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Soldiers Grove Board discusses recovery, development and art festival

SOLDIERS GROVE - Flood recovery, economic development, and the Driftless Area Art Festival were topics at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Soldiers Grove Village Board ...

September 19, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

West Fork Watershed Council holds meeting

VERNON COUNTY - The meeting of the West Fork Watershed Council on Sunday, Sept. 9, attracted almost 50 participants from the watershed. The event was held ...

September 19, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

Crawford County Fair announces award-winning entries

GAYS MILLS, Wisconsin, September 4, 2018– Crawford County Fair award winners.

September 19, 2018 | | LOCAL

Aftermath of yet another flood

VIOLA - Driving up and down hills with my windows open on a storybook late-summer day-wind blowing, maple leaves starting to yellow, and the air ...

September 12, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL

Scenes from the flood

GAYS MILLS - The entire Kickapoo River Valley just went through a disastrous, record level flood. In Gays Mills, the river level reached 22.05 feet ...

September 12, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL

Community efforts show a silver lining in times of need

GAYS MILLS - As the rain continues to trickle on this Monday Labor Day, the beleaguered residents of Crawford and Vernon counties carry on with their ...

September 12, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL

Dams played a role in historic flood levels

KICKAPOO VALLEY - The overtopping and breaching of two dams in the headwaters of the West Fork of the Kickapoo River in Vernon County played a ...

September 12, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL

The recent flood set new records

KICKAPOO VALLEY - Yes it flooded again last week in the Kickapoo River Valley and it set another all-time record. This flood was deeper than the ...

September 12, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Driftless Area Art Festival this weekend at the Crawford County Fairgrounds

GAYS MILLS - Can floods cancel one of mid-America's favorite art festivals? Not in the Driftless!! And not when beauty and friendship can do much ...

September 12, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL

Record flooding devistates area

Boscobel was spared, but residents living along the Kickapoo River from Ontario to Steuben have been devastated by flooding last week and through the weekend ...

September 07, 2018 | Emily Schendel | LOCAL

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