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Groundhog may reveal…bucket or boat?

Thursday, January 25, 2024 5:08 am

The groundhog may reveal how we play winter’s back nine. Right now, we’re sloshing through a January thaw on the heels of an arctic Snowmaggedon. Will this weather trend continue like it did last year or return like the brutal winter of 1978-79?

Driftless Health: When seconds count… CPR and AEDs save lives

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 10:58 am

Every year in the U.S., more than 435,000 people die from cardiac arrest (when the heart stops beating) due to coronary artery and heart disease, obesity, trauma, smoking, high cholesterol and other causes.

Driftless Health: Popular medications show weight loss success, but experts say they’re not for everyone

Friday, January 19, 2024 3:47 pm

Cripe cautions that these drugs aren’t a cure of obesity and says they certainly aren’t meant for those only looking to shed a few extra pounds gained over the holidays. With any type of disease management, to sustain the desired results, the medications need to be taken indefinitely.

Greetings from the Statehouse: Condition of the State

Friday, January 19, 2024 1:57 pm

On Monday, Jan. 8, the House began the second session of the 90th General Assembly with typical formalities.

Driftless Health: Keeping allergy and asthma symptoms under control in the new year

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 2:24 pm

According to Dr. Knox, here are five “free” resolutions for those suffering from allergies or asthma.

Driftless Health: Boosting the body’s feel-good chemical

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 1:56 pm

How to increase feelings of wellness naturally

Supply chain issues and global effects on the Automotive Paint market

Thursday, January 4, 2024 4:17 pm

It has become more difficult to source the materials required to create many industrial paint components and enamels utilized in the automotive industry.

Driftless car-gazing: Torkelson Motors changes with the times, keeps pace with evolution of electric vehicles

Tuesday, January 2, 2024 8:08 am

Some area residents may recall that an antique gasoline pump originally stood in front of Torkelson Motors’ Elgin store. And, while that isn’t the case anymore, in the not-so-distant future, another pump may appear in front of the store. But, the new one will be pumping electricity instead of gasoline.

Driftless Outdoors: Muskrats Predict cold winter

Thursday, December 28, 2023 3:45 pm

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been predicting America’s winter severity for over 200 years. This journal predicts a snowier and colder winter here in the Driftless Area as we look to 2024. Few folks would wager a Ben Franklin against the Almanac’s forecast of heavy snow and colder temperatures in late December through mid-January.

Echoes of the Past: Youngsters to be adopted in Waukon

Friday, December 15, 2023 2:08 pm

Fifteen bright and attractive young children have arrived in Waukon for placement in homes under the direction of the Children’s Aid Society of New York City.

Driftless Foodie: One pan, weeknight dinner

Thursday, December 7, 2023 4:32 pm

This skillet, one pan meal is the perfect weeknight alternative to this winter favorite dish.

Noticing Nonprofits: Local nonprofit healing through horses for 17 years

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 11:02 am

Thunder Rode provides confidence building and rehabilitative training to individuals of all ages with special needs, within aspects of the equine industry. The program has no boundaries regarding developmental growth, program growth and learning potential for individuals, enhancing their abilities to live and work successfully within the community.

Noticing Nonprofits: Opportunities for independence

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 10:47 am

“Larry and I were both getting older, and even though his sister lives in town and could take care of him, we wanted to get Brian into a group home so he would be independently stable and comfortable,” explained Sherry.

Thanksgiving holiday provides climate change insight

Friday, November 24, 2023 2:40 pm

Thanksgiving week has ushered the “big push” of waterfowl down the Mississippi since before I was born.

Know your Driftless Neighbor: Richard Gaard

Monday, November 20, 2023 3:29 pm

Around Decorah, his name is synonymous with high school golf.  His face is instantly recognizable at ribbon cuttings, board meetings, and military services.  He is a constant figure around town, walking with his wife and cheerfully chatting up everyone he meets.  How well do you really KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR?

Driftless Home & Harvest: Setting roots, spreading wings

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 2:47 pm

The couple moved to Dubuque where Allie attended the University of Dubuque to become a Physician’s Assistant, all while battling and beating cancer. The couple moved back to the area in 2020 – renting at the time – but dreaming of a home of their own.

Driftless Foodie: Philly cheesesteak pasta skillet 

Thursday, November 2, 2023 9:15 am

To make weeknights a bit less hectic, I like to break out all of my (almost) one pan meals.

Driftless Home & Harvest: The enduring allure of an older home … An inside look at a Victorian home renovation

Monday, October 30, 2023 4:03 pm

The Victorian home of Dale and Joleen McCarty is a striking example of successful renovation and expansion.

Home & Harvest: Ossian family enjoys backyard oasis

Friday, October 20, 2023 3:30 pm

“It was a dream of how we wanted to use our outdoor space for family time,” Trisha explains of the entire project.

Home & Harvest: Storing tender bulbs

Friday, October 20, 2023 2:56 pm

The only thing I do not like about autumn is that some of my favorite flowers reach the end of the bloom cycle. The important thing to remember is that if these are tender bulbs, they need to be put into proper storage.