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Welcome to August

There are people whose art speaks to us in such a way that we are changed forever. In our nook of the Driftless Area, we are fortunate to be surrounded by artists…

Between the Lines

Make Words Your Superpower! I’m always looking for ways to increase my vocabulary. My ongoing passion is because of my love of words and the English language and how it can be…

A Veteran’s Journey Home

I retired from the Navy two years ago this month. One year ago, my subconscious mind began actively punching through walls that kept it boxed up and demanded items buried deep be…

Raising Driftless Kids

Nature and exploring new places are pretty important to our family. The pandemic, medical issues and home remodeling projects have kept us close to home this summer. I feel like I’ve used…

Tracking Your Past

Of late, many family historians hunkered at home to face their accumulated records, photos and artifacts. Some sorted through boxes brimming with postcards, pennants and all manner of mementos. Others reviewed carrousels…

Morrill Lecture Series Begins This Month

The 2021 Morrill Lecture series begins again in August. A program of River Valley Commons, the lectures are intended to foster community and a sense of connectedness with others; inspire people to…

Garden Blitz

Earlier this spring I was dismayed to find so much turfgrass in my garden. I wrote about it AND I ungraciously complained about it to every passerby who generously complimented the garden.…

Tom Kelly, Artist

By Justin O’Brien One might be forgiven to sayhe resembled a garden gnome,with a nose craggy as a Norwegian fjord,a laugh like a Manx leprechaun, and Brewery Creekcheeks reddened by wind and…