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The benefits of getting a closer look

VIOLA - Two years ago my razor fell off the rim of the tub and when I got out, instead of retrieving it I stepped on it. My decision to stop shaving was made for me: no razor, no shaving.

November 20, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


The art of joking

GAYS MILLS - The funniest people I know don't just tell jokes. Oh, they tell jokes alright, but they also make funny side comments, casually toss off hilarious bon mots, create snappy comebacks, throw in a few imitations, exaggerated reactions and in general crack wise. You know the type - the class clowns, shrewd observers of life who grow up to be Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, or the funniest person you know, the life of the party.

November 20, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


Soldiers Grove Board reviews 2017 audit report

SOLDIERS GROVE - At their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, Nov. 8, the Soldiers Grove Village Board received and approved their 2017 finanial audit. Due to a family concern, village clerk Tammy Kepler was not able to be present, and the board tabled the agenda items pertaining to health insurance and employee wages and the personnel policy to the next meeting.

November 20, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Swing voting in midterm election reviewed

SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN - Southwestern Wisconsin is holding on to its reputation as one of the last swing regions in the state.

November 20, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Viroqua Food Cooperative celebrates

VIROQUA - The staff and board of the Viroqua Food Cooperative, along with financial and community partners, kicked off the celebration of their expansion project on Thursday, Nov. 8, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

November 20, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Three-county study to test water quality

SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN - The Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology study, or SWIGG, aims to study the quality of the groundwater assets of Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Counties, and to identify the sources of any contamination found.

November 20, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Internet co-op formed to build fiber optic cable infrastructure

SENECA - Several rural Seneca neighbors have created the 3C Co-op for the express purpose of closing the gap in Crawford County between the haves and have-nots in broadband internet service.

November 20, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Gays Mills learns FEMA pre-application deadline is coming up soon

GAYS MILLS - Community Development Alternatives Executive Director Dale Klemme had the unenviable task of delivering a flood recovery wake-up call to the Gays Mills Village Board Monday evening.

November 14, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


‘Bookaholism’ essential to writing

VIOLA - A couple weeks ago I woke up screaming with my hands over my ears and my heart thumping against my ribs. Both of my dogs were sitting on the bed, looking at me with concern. Lately, I'd been feeling like I was waiting for bombs to fall, a soldier to knock on the door, or a long and terrifying train ride–time for a break from the World War II novels.

November 14, 2018 | | LOCAL


Monarchs rule

GAYS MILLS - Here's some good news as we head into winter: Monarchs are making quite a comeback. That is not a political statement. The Monarchy, you know, the sovereign heads of states, wherever they may reign, seem to be doing quite well, thank you very much. The British Monarchy in particular has been in the news a lot what with all the recent weddings, presidential visits, and so on. They should print up a program (including a chart) so people can keep track of the players in their much-watched, centuries-old pseudo governmental and royal activities.

November 14, 2018 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


LaCrosse releases report on nitrates in groundwater

LA CROSSE - The LaCrosse County Public Health Department's Nitrate Well Water Task Force (NWWTF) published a report and recommendations on nitrate contamination of groundwater in Holland and Onalaska Townships the second week of October 2018.

November 14, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Heavy voter turnout creates varied results in Wisconsin’s 2018 midterm elections

WISCONSIN - The midterm election held Tuesday, Nov. 6 had it all. There were upsets, blowouts and elections almost too close to call.

November 07, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Seneca School Board approves budget from annual meeting

SENECA - The Seneca Area School District's final budget was proved at the school board's regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Oct. 22. He balanced budget contains $4,478, 136 in revenues and the same amount in expenditures.

November 07, 2018 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


North Crawford School Board approves budget and tax levy

NORTH CRAWFORD - At their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 24, the North Crawford School Board approved the 2018-29 original budget and tax levy.

November 07, 2018 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Memories of trick-or-treating

VIOLA - "Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!"

November 07, 2018 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


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‘Decoding the Driftless’ to be shown at Gays Mills Library

GAYS MILLS - 'Decoding the Driftless' is a beautifully entertaining and educational documentary film about the ancient treasure trove of biodiversity known as the Driftless Region ...

January 16, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Time to end the feeding frenzy

VIOLA - Please tell me that you've been eating like a bear that just woke from a long hibernation, that it's not just me ...

January 16, 2019 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


Solar farm

GAYS MILLS - To my way of thinking, every farm is a solar farm. Regardless of what is being produced, farmers harvest solar energy to grow ...

January 16, 2019 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


McKnight-Brown Scholarship honors a local family history

NORTH CRAWFORD - Steven L. Brown would likely be quite surprised and honored if he were to return to Gays Mills today to find that his ...

January 16, 2019 | | LOCAL


Moran family group visits WWII crash site

CRAWFORD COUNTY - Recently several members of the Eugene Moran family joined John Armbruster to fly to Germany for the 75th anniversary of the B-17 Flying ...

January 16, 2019 | | LOCAL


Statewide groundwater quality to be task force’s focus

WISCONSIN - A report of contaminated well water test samples in Southwest Wisconsin recently produced a flurry of reactions locally and in Madison.

January 16, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


To reduce runoff, Vernon County multi-hazard mitigation plan emphasizes land use

VERNON COUNTY - In the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan approved by the Vernon County Board of Supervisors at their December meeting, addressing land use as a major ...

January 09, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


Year of fitness a good resolution

VIOLA - The odds of someone continuing their New Year's exercise regimen throughout the year are as slim as the radishes my dad would slice ...

January 09, 2019 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


At wits end

GAYS MILLS - Ah, yes, the tail end of one year and the front end of another one. Time to take stock of what has gone ...

January 09, 2019 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


Public input sought on Crawford County’s multi-hazard mitigation plan

CRAWFORD COUNTY - is holding a public input session on the final draft of their 2019-2023 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The meeting will be held on Thursday ...

January 09, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


2018 year in review (part two)

DRIFTLESS - JULY:The Seneca Fire Department honors one of their volunteers who passed away recently. Timothy D. Ray, 58, Seneca, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, July ...

January 09, 2019 | By SHARON SANDERS | LOCAL


Wishing for another miracle

VIOLA -Buying a swimsuit in winter for a vacation in sunny Isla Mujeres is about as easy as picking out a previously owned car that ...

January 02, 2019 | By JANE SCHMIDT | LOCAL


Favorite books

GAYS MILLS - At this time of year I like to look back at the books I've read during the year and share my favorites ...

January 02, 2019 | By JOHN GIBBS | LOCAL


Seneca decides to continue with co-op football team

SENECA - What many Seneca School Board members probably thought would be a routine approval to continue the co-op football team with Wauzeka-Steuben for two more ...

January 02, 2019 | Charley Preusser | LOCAL


Transportation and safety big topics for North Crawford

NORTH CRAWFORD - The regular meeting of the North Crawford School Board on Wednesday, Dec. 19 was definitely livelier than usual, with a demonstration by the ...

January 02, 2019 | Gillian Pomplun | LOCAL


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