STORY ARCHIVE

An Outdoorsman’s Journal: Swamped on the Petenwell

Follow along each week on the adventures of Mark Walters, a syndicated outdoor adventure columnist who lives in Necedah, Wisconsin. He began writing his column, An Outdoorsman’s Journal, in 1989. It includes hunting, fishing, lots of canoeing and backpacking. He currently writes for around 60 newspapers on a weekly basis. He hopes you enjoy reading about his adventures!

Back in 1982 I fractured my lower spine in three places and spent two weeks in Madison’s University Hospital with some serious questions about my ability to walk again. I do not know if I have ever written about this subject but long story short, I had an incredible recovery and the one thing that I remember my doctors repeatedly telling me is, “stay active or arthritis will set into your spine and life will not be pleasant.”

The Sauk County Gardener: Time to Dig into Gardening

May’s arrival was a beautiful warm sunny day. What made it even better was that my favorite nursery was finally open, so my sister and I went to buy my hanging baskets and annual bedding plants. Two and half hours later, we had the pickup bed of my truck full of plants and even the back seat was full. Good thing we didn’t take anyone else with us.

Solar survey underway— CLEA-N Gathers Iowa County Data

Homegrown solar electrical generation is one of the best ways to retain energy dollars in local communities. CLEA-N aspires to make small-scale home and business solar arrays a common site in Iowa County. To measure our level of success in doing so, we are creating a baseline of the current level of solar use in the county.

RV Golf, Girls Softball kick off shortened spring season

The RV Golf team began it’s season on April 27 at the Prairie du Chien Golf Course, RV scored 182. Individual scores include, Eli Johnson’s one over par 37, followed by Ashton Price – 46, Connor Fields – 48, Luke Snow – 51, and Jackson Thier – 52. Eli Johnson and Lancaster’s Noah Kirsch tied as medalist for the match.

Karissa Niehof

More Officials, Better Fan Behavior Needed in High School Sports

After months of working with state government, education and health leaders, schools in all 50 states have been given the go-ahead to resume high school sports at some level of competition. Schools in the District of Columbia were the last to receive the green light on April 1. This is great news and signals that a return to normalcy may be on the horizon by the time schools begin sports and activities this fall.

Valley Sentinel

EDITORIAL: Shutdown for two weeks now—or forfeit the school year

Occasionally, when perhaps a devil’s advocate is needed or more circumstances should be considered, we find ourselves at odds with our readers in our very unscientific weekly (okay, okay, it’s semi-regular at best) social media poll. This is one of those occasions.

Fishing forecasts look good for the general fishing opener on May 1. Photo via the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

General fishing season opens May 1: Fishing forecast looks promising

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds anglers that the 2021-2022 fishing season will open May 1, without any changes to season dates. All regulations and license requirements still apply.

Delaney Milanowski catching the ball (in her glove) and putting a take on a runner from Horicon at home plate.

Spring Sports Preview: Golf, Softball

The River Valley High School spring sports season officially kicked off on April 19—with a later start and a shorter season than usual due to COVID-19.

Spring Green Farmers Market

Spring Green Farmers Market: FoodShare and farmers market accessibility, keeping emergency benefits in the local economy

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released a statement Monday announcing that all FoodShare households will receive a minimum amount of emergency benefits, per USDA guidance. Households began receiving these benefits over the weekend. DHS estimates that under this new guidance Wisconsin will provide more than $75 million in emergency allotments to over 411,000 FoodShare households in April. This is an increase over the $57.5 million in emergency allotments provided to 265,000 households in February. DHS stated that recipients will spend these resources at local grocers and farmers markets across the state.

Letter to the Editor: Inspiring Hope through Healing

The Richland community has much to celebrate during this National Hospital Week, May 9-15. The staff at the Richland Hospital, along with the County Public Health and Emergency Response teams, took the lead in addressing the Covid pandemic from early on. During those first few months, adapting to the newly reorganized clinic and hospital structure added challenges.

Online exclusive: Prescribed woodland burn at Hemlock Draw Nature Preserve

Unfortunately, not everything can make it to print, we’re busy each week bringing you stories from all over Richland, Sauk and Iowa counties. To see additional news that doesn’t make it to print each week, follow Valley Sentinel on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/valleysentinel, or on Twitter and Instagram: @vs_wisconsin. The photo above appeared last week on our Instagram.

Walters canoeing down the Wisconsin River.

An Outdoorsman’s Journal: Paddling the Wisconsin River/Petenwell Flowage

Follow along each week on the adventures of Mark Walters, a syndicated outdoor adventure columnist who lives in Necedah, Wisconsin. He began writing his column, An Outdoorsman’s Journal, in 1989. It includes hunting, fishing, lots of canoeing and backpacking. He currently writes for around 60 newspapers on a weekly basis. He hopes you enjoy reading about his adventures!

The last time that I canoed on the stretch of the Wisconsin River that I am about to write about was back in 1991. That was a big year in my life as I spent the winter camping and training to hike the Appalachian Trail with my golden retriever Ben in the Meadow Valley Wildlife Area. With Ben carrying 12-pounds and me a whole bunch more we hiked 1244 miles of the AT. When I got home I purchased “Star” who was 6-weeks old and would be Ben’s future mate. The three of us jumped in a canoe and I paddled down the Wisconsin River and when I got home in the early fall, I returned to Meadow Valley.

Portrait of a Wild Fox in Grafton, Wisconsin: 2019 Great Waters Photo Contest. Photo Credit: Joseph Eichers, via the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin DNR Outdoor Report: Keep wildlife wild

Spring is baby animal season! It’s also a great time to remember the importance of keeping wildlife wild.

Spring Green Village Hall

Spring Green Board approves ATV/UTV ordinance, asks ice cream truck to answer questions

The Village of Spring Green Board met April 14 virtually to stamp their approval on the Farmer’s Market location, complete the several meeting process of allowing ATV’s and UTV’s on village roads, to accept the resignation of Trustee Robin Reid as she transitions to village president — and to request the attendance of an ice cream truck owner at their next meeting to answer questions.

A view of Festge County Park in Cross Plains. Photo by Grace Vosen

Driftless Grace Column: The Outlook — observing life

“Fearsome” isn’t a word that people would use to describe me. But it fit the other day when a squirrel, attempting to perch outside my window, became paralyzed with fear by a glimpse of my giant’s face. Not long after, a mourning dove suffered a similar fate. Although I live on the second floor and at the same level as these denizens, I doubt they’ll ever accept me into their community.

Rep. Dave Considine

Considine: Governor Nelson, Milli Zantow, and Earth Day

Wisconsin’s former Governor and U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a day for Americans to speak out about preserving the environment and the crises that our fragile environment faces. This year as we’re beginning to return to “normal” from COVID-19 I encourage you to observe and participate in an Earth Day celebration. This may include a masked and socially distanced park clean up, planting something in your garden, taking a walk to discover native plants, or learning about recycling.

Letter to the Editor: No, We Should Not Legalize Marijuana

As a father and grandfather, I am very upset by the news that Governor Evers is advocating for the legalization of marijuana in the upcoming Wisconsin Budget. However, this does not surprise me as Democrats are promoting this at the federal level also.

A view inside the Wyoming Valley School. Photo via WEDC

Restoration of Wright-designed Wyoming Valley School gets state boost

Wisconsin is dotted with Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. During his decades-long career, the famed architect designed structures ranging from the Monona Terrace to the Robert Lamp House — a single family home on North Butler Street in Madison. Now, one of Wright’s lesser-known buildings is getting a boost from the state of Wisconsin.

A photo of the antique pellet gun that broke into two pieces during a fight in Muscoda. Photo via Bill Schramm, Muscoda Police Department

RV High School students involved in fight serves as reminder against rumor mill

Late last week, we started hearing various rumors about a major fight that occurred involving at least two River Valley High School students, which I’m sure many of you have heard various versions of by now.

An Outdoorsman’s Journal: Deep South Fishing Trip

Follow along each week on the adventures of Mark Walters, a syndicated outdoor adventure columnist who lives in Necedah, Wisconsin. He began writing his column, An Outdoorsman’s Journal, in 1989. It includes hunting, fishing, lots of canoeing and backpacking. He currently writes for around 60 newspapers on a weekly basis. He hopes you enjoy reading about his adventures!

I am writing to you once again this week about a very unique trip that I took to my brother Tom Walters lake home on Lake Washington which is in west central Mississippi and one of the nation’s top ten crappie lakes. I have written in the past about my love for hunting and fishing in both Louisiana and Mississippi and this adventure once again reaffirmed that belief.

Gov. Evers tours Spring Green Preserve, discusses need for Knowles-Nelson Stewardship funding renewal

As part of his Badger Bounceback initiative, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers toured the Spring Green Preserve State Natural Area (SNA) on April 19. The main focus of the trip was to highlight Evers’ 2021-23 biennial budget request to renew funding for the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program while touring a site that has benefited from the funding in the past.

Mike Walters with the first crappie of the trip.

An Outdoorsman’s Journal: Crappie on the Delta

Follow along each week on the adventures of Mark Walters, a syndicated outdoor adventure columnist who lives in Necedah, Wisconsin. He began writing his column, An Outdoorsman’s Journal, in 1989. It includes hunting, fishing, lots of canoeing and backpacking. He currently writes for around 60 newspapers on a weekly basis. He hopes you enjoy reading about his adventures!

This week and next I will be writing to you about a very interesting fishing trip that I just took with my brother Mike Walters to my brother Tom Walters lake home on Lake Washington in west central Mississippi.

One of Wisconsin’s most iconic species, common loons can now be found on larger lakes throughout the state. Photo Credit: Robert Bergen, via the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Birding Report: Mild weather brings diversity of waterfowl & sparrows to south, new birds to the north

Mild and dry weather allowed migration to advance steadily this week. The south continues to see excellent abundance and diversity of waterfowl, but with smaller numbers of swans and geese now. Shallow wetlands, ponds in open habitats and flooded fields have been hotspots, hosting various ducks, some greater white-fronted geese, good numbers of Bonaparte’s gulls, American white pelicans and growing numbers of shorebirds, including greater and lesser yellowlegs, pectoral sandpipers, Wilson’s snipes, and the first black-necked stilts. Tree swallows have become more prevalent, and the first purple martins and barn swallows have returned as well. Other water-associated species to look for now include ospreys, belted kingfishers and yellow-headed blackbirds.

Riverway board approves battle site restoration project

MUSCODA—A somber tone was set as the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board (LWSRB) acknowledged the recent death of Crawford County representative James Czajkowski. Czajowski, a former attorney and Crawford County Circuit Court Judge, died on April 2nd. A moment of silence was observed. Mark Cupp, Executive Director, said the process of finding a replacement for Czajkowski was underway.

Graphic via National Weather Service

Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 12-16

MADISON, Wis. – Gov. Tony Evers has declared April 12-16 Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin, and ReadyWisconsin wants everyone to take time to talk about weather safety with their families. ReadyWisconsin, the National Weather Service (NWS), Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, and Wisconsin Emergency Alert System Committee also encourage everyone in the state to participate in statewide tornado drills on April 15.

Photo via The New York Times

If you want to watch a boy steal the show from Justin Timberlake: Palmer

Based on the previews and trailers, I had moderate hopes for this movie and it’s always a nice surprise when a film exceeds expectations. Palmer is one of those films. It’s not perfect, but performances by Timberlake, as Eddie Palmer, a recently released convict, Ryder Allen as Sam, a seven-year boy who enthusiastically identifies as a girl, and Alisha Wainwright as Maggie, Sam’s grade school teacher, give this movie legs. Allen, eight-years old in real life, is a joy to watch in his movie debut. Sam is unexpectedly thrust upon Palmer who is already facing challenges reintegrating into society and must decide what is best for the boy. Juno Temple (Sam’s wayward and absent mother, Shelly) and June Squibb (Vivian, Palmer’s kind grandmother) also deliver outstanding performances. Directed by Fisher Stevens.

The orange highlight line shows the portion of Highway 14 through Mazomanie that will be under construction starting April 19. Photo via WisDOT

Three-week closure of US 14 in June for culvert work, early work set for April

Construction is expected to begin Monday, April 19 on US 14/Commercial Street, between Walter Road and County KP, in Mazomanie. The project will address deteriorating pavement conditions and substandard pedestrian accommodations. Additional improvements include storm sewer, grading, aggregate, curb and gutter, asphalt pavement, street lighting, sidewalk, and traffic signals at the US 14 and Brodhead Street intersection.

A photo of Nicole Aimone, Editor-in-Chief, posing for an obligatory selfie following her Johnson & Johnson vaccination at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Photo via Nicole Aimone, Editor-in-Chief

Vaccinations are still important—even after the J&J news

Editor’s Column: This week is the first time in almost a year and a half that I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel that has been this pandemic.

A for sale sign remains outside of Freddy Valentine’s Public House as the building will remain on the market as the current owner transitions the restaurant into a pizzeria, Last Leaf Public House, which is expected to open in late May. Photo by Nicole Aimone, Editor-in-Chief

Freddy Valentine’s location to become Last Leaf Public House with pizzeria focus

Freddy Valentine’s Public House in Spring Green is getting a new menu and a new name come May, Last Leaf Public House will take its place downtown.

An Outdoorsman’s Journal: Walleye at DePere

Follow along each week on the adventures of Mark Walters, a syndicated outdoor adventure columnist who lives in Necedah, Wisconsin. He began writing his column, An Outdoorsman’s Journal, in 1989. It includes hunting, fishing, lots of canoeing and backpacking. He currently writes for around 60 newspapers on a weekly basis. He hopes you enjoy reading about his adventures!

When I hit send on this column I will be getting in my truck and heading to the state of Mississippi with my brothers Tom and Mike for a week of fun and crappie fishing. First, I have to tell you about a real cool experience that I had while fishing on the Fox River at DePere for walleye out of my canoe.

These two wild turkeys are gobbling to a nearby group of turkey hens. This image was taken in California near the Pinnacles National Monument.

2021 Spring Turkey Season opener April 21, ends June 1

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding Wisconsinites to get ready for the upcoming 2021 spring turkey hunt happening April 21 – June 1.

DNR prepares for 10th Anniversary of the ‘Air, Air Everywhere’ poetry contest

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Air, Air Everywhere poetry contest. Parents and teachers can lead students through an activity (or more than one) from the Air, Air Everywhere Teacher’s Activity Guide, which aims to teach third, fourth and fifth grade students about air quality and the importance of clean air.

Share the trail: Etiquette tips for a better outdoor experience

Spring means new trails and new opportunities for adventure in Wisconsin’s outdoors. It’s also a good time to remember to share the trail and practice caution
on muddy or rutted trails. Here are a handful of OutWiGo good
practices for biking and hiking to help make everyone’s outdoor experience (including your own) more enjoyable.

Photo via The Cinemaholic

If you want to see Owen Wilson like you’ve never seen him before: No Escape

This movie was recently in Netflix’s Top 10 Viewed list, so I checked it out. With Owen Wilson as the lead character, I was expecting action with a bit of light-hearted comedy: wrong. This film is frenetic and very intense. It doesn’t take long before the action starts, and it never stops. Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson) works for a US-based water infrastructure company and takes his wife Annie (Lake Bell) and family on a new assignment in an unnamed county bordering Vietnam. Pierce Brosnan stars as Hammond, someone that always seems to be around at the right time—is he good or bad? You’ll have to watch to find out.

Photo via IndieWire

If you are too young to know the story of civil rights crusader Fred Hampton

Daniel Kaluuya (Black Panther, Get Out) gives a compelling performance as Fred Hampton, a trailblazer in the 1960s Black empowerment movement. At just 21 years of age, Hampton was a senior leader in the Black Panther party in Illinois and was known as a unifier. His ideas were viewed as radical by many and the FBI saw him as a threat. LaKeith Stanfield stars as Bill O’Neil, a small time criminal coerced by FBI agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons) to infiltrate the Black Panther party. Judas and the Black Messiah has six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (both Kaluuya and Stanfield). (Premiered on HBO Max. Still playing in theaters and should return to streaming by this summer).

Plain EMS member Tracy Brent serves a to-go spaghetti dinner April 6 outside the American Legion. The dinner raised money for scholarships for River Valley seniors who plan to go into a medical field.

Plain EMS hosts spaghetti dinner to raise funds for scholarships

Plain EMS member Tracy Brent serves a to-go spaghetti dinner April 6 outside the American Legion. The dinner raised money for scholarships for River Valley seniors who plan to go into a medical field.

Ut Trinh, a Madison, Wis., resident formerly from Cambodia, gets her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a free vaccination clinic on March, 9, 2021, at Life Center Madison. The Hmong Institute ran the clinic in partnership with the Benevolent Specialists Project. The clinic targeted Hmong and Southeast Asian adults 65 and older. Peng Her, CEO of The Hmong Institute, brought in a Hmong nurse to help with the vaccine clinic to make it less stressful for people receiving the shot. Photo via Coburn Dukehart, Wisconsin Watch

‘We’re not given the option to get vaccinated’: Advocates work to narrow racial and ethnic disparities in Wisconsin

Barbara felt ecstatic in January when a Wisconsin Department of Health Services letter confirmed that she and her parents were eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. The 28-year-old education student lives with her parents in Milwaukee. All three share caretaking duties for Barbara’s young child, who is on the autism spectrum. That unpaid work qualifies them as frontline health care personnel in Wisconsin’s vaccine rollout.

Photo via driftlessgrace.com

Driftless Grace—Booking it: Little Free Libraries

When I moved here from Sauk City, I left behind a small volunteer project. A few months into last year’s lockdown, I decided to become the unofficial steward of a Little Free Library two blocks from my apartment.

Federal coronavirus funding received by school districts thus far

Madison—State Representative Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) and Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee on Finance, released the following statement following an analyses by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau of the federal funding received for school districts under federal coronavirus aid.

Local health officials respond to overturned mask order

Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the statewide COVID-19 emergency order, meaning masks are no longer required in public spaces, at the state level. Local health officials in Sauk, Iowa and Richland counties were quick to respond with the importance of wearing masks, even without a mandate.

Spring Green resident Declan Daniel submits his first-ever ballot at the village of Spring Green polling location, the Spring Green Community Library, on April 6. Daniel said “It’s awesome to finally be part of a system that’s happened for hundreds of years, that people fought for.” As of Tuesday morning, Village Clerk Wendy Crary reported that 127 of the 167 absentee ballots requested have been returned. In Spring Green for the April 2020 election, 584 absentee ballots were returned, and for the November 2020 election, 639 absentee ballots were returned.

Absentee numbers appear to return to pre-COVID levels

Spring Green resident Declan Daniel submits his first-ever ballot at the village of Spring Green polling location, the Spring Green Community Library, on April 6. Daniel said “It’s awesome to finally be part of a system that’s happened for hundreds of years, that people fought for.” As of Tuesday morning, Village Clerk Wendy Crary reported that 127 of the 167 absentee ballots requested have been returned. In Spring Green
for the April 2020 election, 584 absentee ballots were returned, and for the November 2020 election, 639 absentee ballots were returned.

Walters and Ruby on the trek to paradise.

An Outdoorsman’s Journal: Mississippi River Perch Challenge

Follow along each week on the adventures of Mark Walters, a syndicated outdoor adventure columnist who lives in Necedah, Wisconsin. He began writing his column, An Outdoorsman’s Journal, in 1989. It includes hunting, fishing, lots of canoeing and backpacking. He currently writes for around 60 newspapers on a weekly basis. He hopes you enjoy reading about his adventures!

The last two years in the month of March I have headed down to Buffalo City which is located on the Mississippi River about 40-miles north of Lacrosse and used my ATV to go three miles where I fish some of the backwaters of the Mississippi for perch and walleye These backwaters are very close to the dam that controls pool number 5 and I have had excellent success shore fishing for perch and walleye that temporarily migrate to it for the spawning season. In all honesty I have been very excited for this trip for at least a month.

Hooded mergansers and other waterfowl are plentiful across Wisconsin right now. Can you spot the well-camouflaged female in this photo? Photo via DNR Conservation Biologist Ryan Brady

Birding Report: Parade of migrating birds arrive on southerly winds

Most of the state welcomed a parade of migrating birds this past weekend thanks to southerly winds and mild temperatures. The north finally saw a significant influx of early migrants such as robins, red-winged blackbirds, grackles, sandhill cranes, ring-billed gulls, killdeer, American woodcock and a wide variety of waterfowl. Canada geese were on the move there in large numbers, as were bald eagles, a few golden eagles and some red-tailed, rough-legged and sharp-shinned hawks. Feeder watchers noted a few more dark-eyed juncos, pine siskins and purple finches, as well as the highest numbers of common redpolls so far this year. Some evening grosbeaks also continued, and small numbers of Bohemian waxwings were found migrating along the Lake Superior shore.

Spring peepers are beginning to call now, signaling the need for volunteers for the Wisconsin Frog & Toad Survey. Photo by A.B Sheldon

DNR: Volunteers needed for frog call surveys

MADISON, Wis. – Frogs will soon begin chorusing throughout Wisconsin and the Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to lend their ears for help with two different frog and toad surveys.

Photo via APT

APT’s The Road Back : Spring Green is back in business

The announcement of APT’s 2021 in-person Summer Season was an emotional event here in Spring Green. And, from what we’ve heard, it was for you as well. So to start, we want to thank you for the support, the excitement and even the tears you’ve shared with us since then. Your emails, notes and social media comments make us so happy, and keep us going when challenges come our way (and they do keep coming). But today is for accentuating the positive, so thanks once again for being the best audience we could hope for.

Painting via Jen Salt

Art from around the Valley: Oil painting of LWR off Highway 60

I’ve had a love affair with the Wisconsin River since I can remember. The river’s source begins at Lac Vieux Desert in the Lake District of Northeastern Wisconsin and travels 430 miles to meet the confluence of the Mississippi River, near Prairie du Chien. A while back I’d heard rumors of a re construction project on my favorite stretch of river road, Highway Sixty West along the Wisconsin from Gotham to Muscoda. This eleven-mile Scenic Highway is to me, the most magical section of the road with its curves and rock outcroppings which never lose sight of the river. A trip back in time to relax and leave the world behind for a while.

Photo via Prime Video

If you want to see what all the buzz is about: Promising Young Woman

Billed as a thriller, it’s more drama than thriller (although the conclusion is certainly suspenseful and builds to a crescendo). Deeply affected by the sexual assault of her friend Nina while both attended medical school, Cassandra (Carey Mulligan) launches a one-woman crusade to entrap and educate men (and women) on the gravity of their misconduct. Cassandra employs highly effective in-your-face strategies to drive her message home to those complicit in the sexual assault on Nina. Smartly done and a worthwhile message for all. Promising Young Woman has five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress (Carey Mulligan). Written and directed by Emerald Fennell. (Still in theaters, currently available for rental on online sources.)

Photo via Netflix

If you’ve always been taken with Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn: Audrey

An excellent, tastefully done documentary, the film chronicles the life of Audrey Hepburn from a young girl separated from her parents during World War II and suffering from malnutrition, to an overnight movie star, to her later years as the face of UNICEF. Lots of archival video and insightful interviews with family members, friends, and Hollywood associates. A worthwhile investment of your time.

The pig runs behind the feeder to meet his new-found friends, some neighboring cattle. Photo by Deanna Brennum, Town of Clyde Clerk

Pot-belly pig goes on weekend adventure through Clyde

A pot-belly pig went on a grand adventure through the town of Clyde this weekend, befriending neighborhood cattle on its way.

A view of the construction working being done on the Highway 23 Bridge. The bridge is expected to be open for single-lane traffic by June. Photo via WDOT

Highway 23 bridge expected to be open to one-lane traffic by June

The relatively good weather this winter and even warmer weather these last few weeks have kept this project on schedule. The dedicated employees of Kraemer North America worked nearly every day this winter. They took only a few days off for some large snowfall events and a week of bitterly cold temperatures.

Governor Tony Evers

Gov. Evers, DHS Announce Everyone 16 and Older Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Starting April 5

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers, with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), today announced everyone age 16 and over will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5, 2021. Wisconsin currently leads the nation in being one of the most efficient vaccinators for getting available shots in arms. With increased vaccine supply and an accelerated vaccination pace in recent weeks, the state is able to push the eligibility date four weeks earlier than expected. “We knew all along our COVID-19 vaccination program would be a massive undertaking, and we’re proud Wisconsin is currently leading the country in these efforts and that we’re now able to give all Wisconsinites 16 and older the opportunity to get vaccinated,” said Gov. Evers.

Photo via The Badger Project

Badger Project: Gerrymandering defeats campaign cash?

Wisconsin Democrats were flush with cash in the 2020 election cycle. Billionaire liberals like Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and other super rich donors used a loophole in Wisconsin campaign finance law to dump money into the coffers of the Democratic Party, which routed a considerable chunk of contributions to state legislative candidates.

The cannon at the Spring Green Municipal Golf Course. (Photo by Taylor Scott, Managing Editor)

Winds of War Embroil Region, Cannons deployed after years of idle display

PLAIN, WI.—At first there were a few, then maybe a dozen, but by dusk more than 40 men and women had mustered near the Kraemer Library, to prepare for what all had feared but which now seemed inevitable: the winds of war had come to Plain.

An overhead view of the Spring Green Municipal Golf Course, which is now open for the spring and summer seasons. Photo by Mike McDermott, Contributor

Spring Green Municipal Golf Course open for season

One of the surest signs that Spring has arrived is the opening of the local golf course. In the absence of a winter golf trip to a warm climate, most golfers put away their clubs for approximately five months. Seeing the snow melt and weather turning for the better leads golfers to a happy place, knowing golf at our local course is not far off. Instead of just watching golf on television, we can actually go out and play golf with our friends. The Spring Green Municipal Golf Course is now open for play, and on good weather days has been quite busy.

The flames of a prescribed fi re rush up the side of the dry bluff prairie at the Spring Green Prairie preserve. Staff created fire breaks along each side of the burn to make sure the flames wouldn’t spread to the woods above. Photo by Emily Mills/The Nature Conservancy

Prescribed burns dot the landscape, Valley reaps ecological benefits

Spring is here and with it brings an increasing risk of wildfires, with two small wildfires burning a combined 0.30 acres in Spring Green over the weekend. On Saturday alone, there were 36 fi res burning over 100 acres across the state, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Five structures were burned and several more were threatened. None of those structures were in the Spring Green area.

American Players Theatre announces six-play 2021 season

American Players Theatre (APT) is thrilled to announce its projected 2021 Summer Season. The schedule is set to include six plays, with one production playing at a time in the Hill and Touchstone Theatres. The first two plays will be the world-premiere staging of James DeVita’s An Improbable Fiction in the Hill Theatre, and Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop in the Touchstone Theatre. Next up will be Tom Stoppard’s Rough Crossing (Hill) and a remount of An Iliad (Touchstone), Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s adaptation of Homer’s The Iliad. The third pair will be an adaption of William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline by Henry Woronicz (Hill) and Christopher Fry’s A Phoenix Too Frequent (Touchstone), which was originally slated for the 2020 season. APT also expects to announce three more productions in the coming months that will play in fall and winter.

Doug Cibulka, Mark Walters, and Jeff Moll had a great time on this fishing trip.

An Outdoorsman’s Journal: A Great Trip to Chequamegon Bay

Follow along each week on the adventures of Mark Walters, a syndicated outdoor adventure columnist who lives in Necedah, Wisconsin. He began writing his column, An Outdoorsman’s Journal, in 1989. It includes hunting, fishing, lots of canoeing and backpacking. He currently writes for around 60 newspapers on a weekly basis. He hopes you enjoy reading about his adventures!

This week’s column has way more to write about than I have space, so here it goes. Ashland, Lake Superior, Chequamegon Bay and ice fishing/winter camping along with two buddies that are all pushing 60 that have known each other since the early 70’s.

A welcome sign outside the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center in Spring Green.

Contributor Column: Moving Forward with (Driftless) Grace

The riverwalk in Sauk City became crowded earlier this month when the temperature soared, relatively speaking, into the 50s. Although I prefer to walk alone, I found I couldn’t blame my fellow hikers and cyclists. For those of us who didn’t book a spring break trip, these sunny days were a welcome reprieve from the gray depths of winter.

Photo via American Players Theatre

APT’s The Road Back : Department check-in

We thought we’d start this entry with a bit of exciting news: We are going to announce the 2021 Summer Season in next week’s Diversions, on March 24! Unless, that is, something very unexpected happens before then. The caveat comes from the fact that we have not yet received final approval from the unions.

Photo via Brewhaha Coffee Roasters

Brewhaha, SGAAC fundraiser coffee roast

Brewhaha Coffee Roasters and the Spring Green Area Arts Coalition (SGAAC) are working together in the month of March to raise funds for SGAAC throughout the month of March. All proceeds from orders of the special medium, Colombian roast from Brewhaha will go to SGAAC.