Driftless Weddings: Ericksons celebrate wedding day in personal style

Thursday, February 16, 2023 10:11 pm

The first three years of the COVID-19 pandemic left many newly engaged couples with tough decisions to consider, like whether to postpone their nuptials; go forward with plans hoping restrictions would lift; or scrap the idea of a wedding all together. Sara and Tyler Erickson became engaged in the heart of the pandemic’s uncertainty, December 2020, but decided early in their engagement that having the day they dreamed of trumped any timeline – they’d wait it out.

Driftless Weddings: The tapestry of family woven into a very special day

Thursday, February 16, 2023 10:07 pm

Ashley and Ethan Smith had no idea when they first met exactly how special their wedding day would be, weaving in threads from so many family members, traditions of importance, and making their day the perfect tribute not only to those celebrating with them that day, but those who had helped shape their lives that had passed away before the date was set.

Finding food economy with the Driftless Foodie and Taco Tuesdays

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 5:35 pm

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be less wasteful. More specifically, ensuring that I use all the food and produce that I buy, and not letting anything die in my crisper.

‘I Do,’ take two

Monday, February 6, 2023 5:41 pm

Vow renewal for Lansing couple proves love is better the second time around

Driftless Weddings: Christensen-Moritz vows solemnized in November boho riverside ceremony

Monday, February 6, 2023 5:24 pm

Returning home to Iowa after living on the West Coast led to romance for two Driftless-area natives.

Driftless Weddings: Nice day for a Walsh wedding

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 8:52 am

Matison & Zack Walsh throw a party to remember.


Driftless Weddings: Country-inspired wedding boasts refined, homespun flair

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 10:30 pm

Kelly Casterton and Joshua Dee married on scenic hillside

Greetings from the Statehouse: Into the third week

Monday, January 30, 2023 8:48 pm

The third week of session continues at a brisk pace. I expect this pace to continue through the first funnel, as bills move through sub-committee and committee.

Greetings from the Statehouse: Week 2

Monday, January 30, 2023 7:28 pm

Activity in the House has increased with committee and subcommittee meetings during our second week of session.

Know your Driftless Neighbor: Ainsley Gesing

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 4:40 pm

Just like neighbors, entrepreneurs come in all sizes. Meet Ainsley Gesing, 9, of Spillville, a small Iowa town towards the western edge of the Driftless area. 

Driftless Outdoors: Season of the Song Dog

Friday, January 20, 2023 9:26 pm

Some species would survive — even prosper — in the wake of nuclear holocaust. Topping this list would likely be cockroaches, crows and coyotes. Coyotes sightings in northeast Iowa were rare back in 1961.

Driftless Health: A first in Iowa, Lansing clinic offers ketamine therapy

Friday, January 20, 2023 9:16 pm

When Dr. Erica Burger, owner/psychiatrist at Driftless Integrative Psychiatry in Lansing, graduated from medical school and completed her psychiatry residency at a major hospital chain, she knew traditional medicine would not be her calling.  

We’re all the same: A doctor’s experience along the Polish-Ukrainian border

Friday, January 20, 2023 9:12 pm

Spillville native Stacey Maroushek has always known she wanted to be a doctor. Now working at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn., Maroushek works in pediatric infectious diseases and general pediatrics, with a focus on immigrant and refugee health.

Driftless Health: Advance Care Planning not just for elderly, experts say

Friday, January 20, 2023 7:57 pm

Speaking about the health care one wants to receive in end-of-life situations is never an easy conversation, but it’s something many medical centers and hospitals believe adults of all ages should discuss more openly. 

Greetings from the State House

Thursday, January 19, 2023 2:41 pm

The Iowa House of Representative began its session on Monday, January 9 with its typical formalities. Governor Reynolds assures us the condition of the state of Iowa is strong.

Mental health and military Veterans — An invisible battlefront

Saturday, January 14, 2023 3:37 pm

For those who are serving or have served in the military, mental health concerns are an often-overlooked issue. The military culture fosters the mindset that soldiers can’t be weak or ask for help, which lends credence to why many military members past and present are often hesitant to admit mental health issues.

Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health plans expansion

Friday, January 13, 2023 3:34 pm

NEIBHC’s Executive Director Charlie Woodcock said they are currently in the process of purchasing a building and will focus their efforts to increase access to children’s behavioral health services by at least 30 percent within the next year.

Focus on health with Mikah Jaschke

Friday, January 13, 2023 3:27 pm

Local health provider believes in the power of the body and mind

Iowa Donor Network helps family through the unthinkable

Friday, January 13, 2023 12:29 pm

Fort Atkinson family recalls son’s life, decision to save lives as an organ donor

Best December for outdoor sports in years

Friday, December 30, 2022 10:59 pm

The fishing diary I’ve kept for nearly 40 years says we have experienced the best year in the Driftless since 2015. Results so far this month have not been stellar. But it was still possible to get out on the River in a boat til just a week or so ago.