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?The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is an 8,600 acre tract of public land located between the villages of La Farge and Ontario in southwestern Wisconsin. Its history, resources, administration, and recreational diversity make it unique - a place like no other.
THE NEWSLETTER OF FRIENDS OF THE KICKAPOO VALLEY RESERVE
VIROQUA, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Vernon County Humane Society has officially changed its name to The Driftless Humane Society, and will be holding a Grand Re-opening on Saturday, April 1 to celebrate.
“This is our opportunity to introduce our new name, as well as thank our volunteers, donors, staff, executive board, vets, and all the cat and dog lovers who support us,” said shelter manager, Linda Kica.
To start the festivities, some of the Driftless Humane Society’s adoptable dogs will be available for a meet and greet at the 5th Annual 5-K-9 Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run at the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at 8 a.m. in support of the Vernon County K-9 unit......more
A gallery featuring the photography of Bob Modersohn on display at Luther April 5-May 21
The gallery and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission....more
On of them is:
...Alexis Dunnum, Westby, was raised on her family`s fourth generation, organic beef and crop farm in Wisconsin`s Driftless Region. She was an active member of the Nerison 4-H Club and the Westby FFA. Dunnum showed beef steers, swine, and poultry each year at her county fair and served as the 2014 Vernon County Fairest of the Fair. She is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, double-majoring in life science communications and Scandinavian studies and will receive a certificate in environmental studies.
In the spring of 2016, Dunnum studied at the University of Southeast Norway and traveled the country independently to interview farmers about sustainable agriculture. Upon her return to the U.S., Dunnum continues to spend her time as a member of Collegiate FFA, the Association of Women in Agriculture, and playing trumpet in the UW Marching Band.
"Wisconsin`s agricultural industry has supported generations of family farmers and has become an integral part of our state`s identity, as well as my own. As the 70th Alice in Dairyland, I will exemplify what Wisconsin agriculture has taught me and educate people about our agricultural heritage and the opportunities that await the industry in the future.”......more
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Funding structure changes for organizations such as the Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council (Southwest Badger RC&D) will mean a reduction by almost half for the funding of environmental projects in Southwest Wisconsin.
“The money from the state will be about $8,000 per county,” said Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist Don Barrette of Southwest Badger. “This will be about half as much as we get now.”
Southwest Badger is a conservation organization serving Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, La Crosse, Lafayette, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties. Its mission is to implement natural resource conservation, managed growth, and sustainable rural economic development. Southwest Badger, based in Platteville, is a non-profit organization that works towards innovative, economic and sustainable use of natural resources.
Southwest Badger is one of seven RC&D councils in Wisconsin. Each of these RC&D councils is committed to improving Wisconsin’s economy while conserving its rich resources...
Congressman Kind will be hosting a listening session this Saturday, March 25th from at the Dousman House in Prairie du Chien.
This is a great opportunity to talk about all the good things happening in Prairie du Chien. I hope you can attend.
Office of Congressman Ron Kind
205 5th Avenue S., Suite 400
La Crosse, WI 54601...more
Julia Notes: Ron Kind has represented the Driftless Region for many years. An engaged and informed exchange is critical for wise decision making, and a thriving region. There are a number of important initiatives locally and nationally to discuss.
Nearly 150 years ago, the railroad pushed through the picturesque Root River Valley in the Driftless Region of southeastern Minnesota.A year later, in 1869, the town of Lanesboro was incorporated on the south side of the river. It was the creation of a group of East Coast businessmen who bet that tourists would want to visit the area.... ...more
BEAVER, Minn. — A gouger of gullies and a destroyer of dreams, Beaver Creek rose 27 times in 1938 and flooded the little town of Beaver.
A feast for hungry trout and a beautiful friend for humans, Beaver Creek this month meekly riffled through the town.
Today, the story of the transformation of the little creek in the heart of the Whitewater Valley has become a symbol of land abuse and recovery....more
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After a winter of snow, mud, feed supplements, and moving bales in subzero weather, opening the gate to spring pastures is a welcome transition for both cattleman and cow.
Early spring pasture growth is the equivalent of rocket fuel for grazing livestock; in fact, said Travis Meteer at January’s Driftless Region Beef Conference in Dubuque, Iowa, it’s so good in quality that nutritional problems can arise. The University of Illinois beef specialist outlined three feeding challenges associated with initial spring pasture growth......more
Looking to add some “extra” to the “ordinary” in your getaway? Venture beyond the expected to find these brag-worthy local secrets in southwestern Wisconsin, from the best pie you`ve ever had to a converted caboose "cottage" to a river where you can see the best of wild Wisconsin.
I`ll confess: I`m completely obsessed with southwest Wisconsin. I think it is underrated for a lot of reasons but mainly, because the Driftless Area`s unique and gorgeous terrain makes this region worthy of national attention. With a beautiful landscape comes a plethora of equally awesome events, festivals, parks and activities worth experiencing. Get your highlighter handy…I`m throwing 10 creative ideas at you to discover in Wisconsin`s stunning southwest corner!
1. Fish it, canoe it or tube down it — however you decide to relish Wisconsin`s largest river, you`ll be awestruck by the remarkable views and diverse wildlife that surround you on the Lower Wisconsin River.
2. Pack a picnic lunch, throw on a decent pair of hiking boots and tour the parks! Our top picks: Blue Mound State Park in Blue Mounds, Blackhawk Lake Recreation Area in Highland, Governor Dodge State Park in Dodgeville, and Wyalusing State Park in Bagley.
3. Amidst the southwestern Driftless Area`s steep hills and valleys are 345 lakes. This is definitely a fisherman`s dream destination. The abundant trout inhabiting cold-water streams in Richland and Vernon counties specifically entice fishing aficionados from afar.
4. Up for a unique history lesson? Take a step back in time and visit Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien. Our crew recently spent some time filming at this former Dousman residence, one of the official Wisconsin Historic Sites. If you still haven`t satisfied your hankering for history, go experience Stonefield Historic Site in Cassville for a look into a rural community at the turn of the 20th century as well as the home and estate of Wisconsin`s first governor at Nelson Dewey State Park.
5. A sightseeing staple here in Wisconsin, the House on the Rock in Spring Green definitely lives up to its fun and eclectic reputation. This former vacation home — created by Alex Jordan–is now enjoyed by thousands every year as an attraction, inn and resort.
6. Norskedalen is a nature and heritage center located in Coon Valley. Take a stroll on the six miles of nature trails and enjoy the guided tours of the restored Bekkum pioneer log homestead and the Skumsrud Heritage Farm, which features an open-air museum with 12 different types of Norwegian immigrant log houses.
7. When in Wisconsin, do as the Wisconsinites do: appreciate cheese. Stop by Cedar Grove Cheese in Plain for a tour of the facility and a deep dive into the art of cheesemaking.
8. For the adrenaline junky, we`ve got just the thing. Southwest Wisconsin isn`t just nature walks and sightseeing, the area can really get your heart pumping too. Get an adrenaline rush when you climb on-board a small plane to enjoy 60 seconds of free fall over Lancaster with Airborne Skydiving.
9. An impressive line-up of country music stars will touch down in Wisconsin`s second oldest city for Country on the River, August 6-8, 2015. Artists such as Alabama, Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley and Big and Rich will make this music fest a must.
10. Journey to Platteville`s downtown historic district and check out the Mining Museum - Rollo Jamison Museum for an underground tour of the 1845 Bevans Lead Mine. Psst…while you`re in the area, be sure to climb the world`s largest M for a spectacular view of southwest Wisconsin....more