RV-Barneveld’s Lorisa Shatrawka advancing to the WIAA State Gymnastics meet

The 51st Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Gymnastics State Championships will take place Saturday, Feb. 27. Junior Lorisa Shatrawka of River Valley/Barneveld will compete at Elite Performance Gymnastics in La Crosse, Wis., under Division 2, which will be hosted by Onalaska High School. Both divisions will be conducted in two sessions. The first is scheduled to begin at noon with the second session to follow at 5 p.m.

Elijah Quigley, left, Lilian Quigley, center, and Megan Quigley, right, go for a skate in the snowing weather on Sunday.

Local teacher brings winter fun to backyard

The swishing and icy-slashing sounds you’ve been hearing over near Hoxie Street in Spring Green just might be the sound of skates gliding over the ice as the Quigley family enjoys their homemade labor of love—a backyard ice rink.

Photo via River Valley School District

Q&A: River Valley celebrates national FFA week

National FFA week is celebrated this year from Feb. 21 to Feb 27. Valley Sentinel spoke with River Valley High School FFA advisor Shari Graff under about how the RV chapter plans to celebrate.

Shari Graffunder

RV Agriculture educator, FFA advisor elected vice president off NAAE

Shari Graffunder, agriculture teacher at River Valley High School, in Spring Green, Wisconsin, has been elected the Region III Vice President of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) at the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention after her service as NAAE Region III Secretary.

Photo via Warner Bros

Movie Review: Denzel Washington’s ‘The Little Things’ Found Guilty

Director John Lee Hancock’s “The
Little Things” shows us the smallest of mistakes—even a wrong split-second reaction—can change a life forever. “The Little Things” is a psychological crime drama starring Denzell Washington as Joe “Deke Deacon, a Kern County Deputy Sheriff who left his all-consuming
life as a high-profile Los Angeles homicide detective, only to be drawn back on a serial killer case that rekindles past trauma. The story takes place in 1990 and stars Rami Malek as Jim Baxter, a young, upstart detective who has replaced Deacon.

Hailey Bornemann and Cassie Buelow enjoying a cold winter day on Lake Winnebago.

An Outdoorsman’s Journal: Sturgeon Spearing/The Big Chill

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 I made my annual trek over to Lake Winnebago (Stockbridge on the east side) to camp on the ice and try to spear a sturgeon. As always there is plenty to say so here goes.

APT The Road Back Chapter 5: Summer season return Q&A

We heard you have questions! Join us for some of the answers in this week’s ‘The Road Back.’ Last week, we asked you what questions you have about APT’s plans to put
on a season this summer. Today, we’re back to answer as many as we can in the latest edition of The Road Back.

Sen. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green

Gov. approves Marklein authored tax relief, reform bill

In the first legislative acts passed in nearly a year, Gov. Tony Evers signed two tax bills into law last week that will provide $480 million in tax relief to businesses and families that have been affected by COVID-19.

Letter to the Editor: Truth in food labeling legislation

As an owner and Master Cheesemaker at Klondike Cheese Company in Monroe, I am thankful to see State Senator Howard Marklein re-introducing his Truth in Food Labeling legislation to promote dairy product protections in our state.

Sen. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green

Column: Funding Our Priorities While Respecting Taxpayers

The Governor’s budget message, once again, is a wish list of things for Madison and includes several divisive policy items that should be discussed in the regular legislative process. Despite the fact that Wisconsinites have weathered an unprecedented pandemic, economic impacts and ongoing uncertainty, the Governor’s budget does not focus on our most important priorities, nor does it respect taxpayers.

Valley Sentinel

It’s never too early to start planning winter activities for next year

As winter gives way to spring (seriously, 40 degree weather? At least a few of you are guilty of breaking out the shorts this week), we’d like to revisit some of the ideas we’ve heard most over this past winter, while acknowledging that it’s never too early to start planning out next year’s winter activities and how we make them happen.

Sen. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green

Spring Green state senator pushes for food label clarity

Earlier this month, Republican Sen. Howard Marklein, Spring Green, re-introduced “Truth in Food Labeling” legislation that would require food labels to reflect the use of actual dairy and meat products, prohibiting plant based products from using those descriptors.

Ken Schuster built this cabin on his property.

An Outdoorsman’s Journal: Late Season Squirrel Hunt

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!

Early this fall I decided that I was going to do a squirrel hunting story. I have been writing this column for almost 32-years and although I was an avid squirrel hunter as a kid growing up in Columbia County, I have not hunted squirrel since the 70’s.

APT The Road Back: Chapter 5—Testing, podding, housing

Nicole Tilford’s spreadsheets are not working. Since she became APT’s Company Manager in 2015, she has relied on her trusty Excel template to map out housing for the season. Though no two seasons are alike when charged with the care and housing of 140 theater artists, at least the season has always had the same shape. She had come to rely on the pattern of two parts – the first rep of 5 plays, followed by the second rep of 3. The leases always started on March 1 for a move-in date of April 15. Every detail was there in her spreadsheet – which apartments allowed pets, which were accessible, which had shaky internet. Her job is never easy, but it’s familiar. She could depend on a modicum of consistency. Until now.

Carey Mulligan in “The Dig” (Larry Horricks/Netflix)

Movie Review: Netflix’s ‘The Dig’ is a gift

Looking for an engaging, feel-good movie as you weather the pandemic? The Dig (directed by Simon Stone, 2021) is the true story of Mrs. Edith Pretty (Carey Mulligan), who hires Basil Brown (Ralph Fiennes), a local, self-taught archaeologist to explore the burial mounds on her estate.

Various offerings from the Lone Rock Bistro and Taproom Sunday brunch menu, including the Lone Rock breakfast, steak and eggs, bottomless mimosas and Brewhaha coffee.

Review: Lone Rock Bistro starts regular Sunday Brunch on Valentine’s

Okay, so I sincerely doubt that Miss Antoinette actually proclaimed the peasants of the third estate should be allowed to brunch (Fun Fact: she also never said her infamous “let them eat cake” line but that’s a story for another time.) Anywhoo, I do imagine that the French monarch loved herself some brunch—something her and I would have in common.

4PeteSake announces successful 2020 fundraising, new recipients

Spring Green, WI – When the Covid-19 pandemic forced Spring Green’s 4PeteSake charity to cancel its largest fundraising event of the year – the annual Day in the Park – the future of the organization looked uncertain. The single-day event typically raises over $40,000.

Blackhawk Will Bailey takes a shot at the game against Dodgeville on Feb. 11.

River Valley Boys Basketball take on Regionals

Following four games on the road, the RV Boys Basketball team took on Regionals Tuesday against Westby, and went home with a 56-52 win.
Next, the Blackhawks go back on the road to take on the Richland Center Hornets Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in another WIAA Regional match-up.

Letter to the Editor: Wisconsin Elections Commission follow-up

By now I’m sure it’s apparent to you and your readers that the majority of Wisconsin republican voters, half of the Wisconsin supreme court judges and I disagree with the Wisconsin Election Commission regarding how the November election was run.

Plain Village Hall
Plain Village Hall

Plain, Lone Rock remove fluoride from water supply

Recently, the village of Lone Rock and the village of Plain have decided to remove fluoride from their municipal water supplies, citing resident concerns, staff safety concerns and modern dental products containing fluoride as reasons for the removal.

New Sauk County Health Officer takes department reins

Last month, the Sauk County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to appoint Treemanisha Stewart to serve as the county’s Public Health Officer. Stewart started work in the county Feb. 1.
Valley Sentinel spoke with Stewart regarding her first weeks on the job, her experience and her goals for the county health department. Below are her answers.

Father with three kids running in beautiful winter forest. The little girl is aged 10 and her brothers are aged 7. Cold winter day

Catch and release tips, winter fire safety and more

Whether you are fishing an open stream or in a shanty, remember to practice responsible catch and release. It’s important to reduce the stress on a fish after it has been caught.

River Valley Girls Basketball resume action after 10 days away

After a ten day mandatory recess due to COVID-19 protocols the River Valley girls basketball team resumed play this past week. Despite the lack of practice and having numerous games canceled the Blackhawks returned to normal action by having four games in one week.

Governor Tony Evers

Gov. Evers unveils historic agriculture investment proposal

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers announced Feb. 5 his 2021-23 biennial budget proposal will include a more than $43 million investment in Wisconsin’s agriculture economy and farm families aimed at expanding market opportunities, supporting new and innovative farming practices, strengthening the agricultural workforce, connecting local producers to foodbanks and pantries, and supporting farmer mental health and wellbeing.

Sen. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green

Recapping Ag Forum: The economic outlook for agriculture has improved

MADISON— Each year, I eagerly await the Agricultural Economic Outlook Forum that is hosted by the Renk Agribusiness Institute at the University of Wisconsin Madison. This forum is always a terrific way to see the data side of agriculture in Wisconsin. It also provides a view of the potential for the future of this important economy. This year, the event was entirely virtual and I appreciate the Institute’s work to provide a high-quality program.

In close match RV Mock Trial will not see state competition this year

River Valley Mock Trial competed in the Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Regionals on Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7. The regional was conducted virtually with the River Valley trial members performing at the high school and the opposition schools at their homes or local campus. The tournament was coordinated from La Crosse with judges from the La Crosse area. The regional consisted of two trials per day, with River Valley representing the prosecution twice and the defendant twice.

A prairie grass-lined path showing imprinted tracks in the many inches of snow the Valley has seen recently leading up to the hills of the Spring Green Nature Preserve.

Winter scenes from Spring Green Natural Preserve

A prairie grass-lined path showing imprinted tracks in the many inches of snow the Valley has seen recently leading up to the hills of the Spring Green Nature Preserve.

Tickets available for American Players Theatre ‘Winter Words’ series

Winter Words is a public play-reading series where APT artists explore new-to-APT plays, some of which may someday make their way to our stages. This popular series is, of course, typically held in the Touchstone Theatre. But this year, Zoom is where it’s at. So while the format may be different, these readings still teem with the raw energy of an early table read, produced for you with just one day of rehearsal.

A beautiful sunrise on our Mississippi river home on the ice! (Photo by Mark Walters, Contributor)

An Outdoorsman’s Journal: Home on the Ice

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 weekend all of my immediate family and much of my extended family was supposed to be having a great time celebrating our Christmas together for two nights and days of being together while fishing, eating really good food, and laughing. Covid 19 put an end to that and so Michelle Chiaro and I along with my pup Ruby went on a four day winter camping and ice fishing trip on the Mississippi River near Buffalo City.

Valley Sentinel

Legal Editor’s Column: Masks – What can Evers do? An analysis.

On February 4, the Governor issued two orders: one declared an emergency; the other cited that emergency to mandate the wearing of face coverings to combat the spread of COVID-19. The order applies to people in enclosed spaces other than private homes, when persons outside their household are present, subject to about 16 other exceptions. The order may be enforced with a 200 dollar fine. This mask order expires on its own on March 20, or could be withdrawn or superseded before that. The state of emergency expires after 60 days but could be revoked by legislative action or by the governor, or could be extended by the legislature.

Lands’ End Comer Activity Center at the company’s Dodgeville headquarters will be converted into a COVID-19 vaccine distribution center, and will be Iowa County’s largest vaccine distribution space. (Photo via Lands’ End)

Lands’ End assisting with Iowa County COVID-19 vaccinations

The Iowa County Health Department announced Feb. 5 it is partnering with Lands’ End to transform the Comer Center, a fitness and recreational center, at its Dodgeville, Wisconsin headquarters, into a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. The facility will have the capacity to vaccinate 160 people over a four hour period and will eventually be able to accommodate up to 1600 people over eight hours, making it the largest vaccination center in Iowa County. The Iowa County Health Department began administering vaccines, by appointment, at the Comer Center on Feb. 8 and will continue for the foreseeable future.

A wild mink leaves a live trap in Ontario, Canada in 2008. The photo was taken by scientists during a field study of interactions between escaped domestic and wild American mink. Officials in Wisconsin are scrambling to protect both humans and mink after outbreaks of the virus that causes COVID-19 on two Wisconsin mink farms killed 5,500 animals last year.

Wisconsin’s No. 1 mink farming industry now seen as a COVID-19 risk

State officials knew little about the secretive industry until the pandemic struck; now they are scrambling to keep mink farmers and their animals safe.

A still from the music video for “Forty Acres Deep”, Michael Perry’s latest release. Photo via

Review: Michael Perry and the Long Beds drop new song ‘Forty Acres Deep’

Local favorite and New Auburn, Wisconsin native Michael Perry and his band, the Long Beds, have released a new single, ‘Forty Acres Deep’. A music video accompanies the new single, visually telling a dark and familiar story that draws the listener hopelessly in.

Amy Fischer is seen with a photo of her son, Brian, on her family’s 350-cow dairy farm, Darian Acres, in Rio, Wis., on Dec. 18, 2020. Brian died by suicide at the age of 33, on Dec. 21, 2016. The Fischers attribute his death to a combination of stress from work, a drinking problem and depression from a recent break-up. Dairy farmers and their advocates say numerous stressors are leading to a mental health crisis in their industry, including financial pressures, long hours, labor shortages and harsh weather.

‘The happiness and joy has been sucked out of me’: Wisconsin dairy farmers face mental health crisis

It was Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. David Fischer had just arrived for work at his dairy farm in Rio, Wisconsin. A slight breeze punctuated the freezing, grey morning.

An Outdoorsman’s Journal: Eleven Christmas Trees

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 I am writing to you about an annual trip to Sawyer County, where I ice fish and generally have a blast with six friends.

A new season update from Artistic Director Brenda DeVita, and “The Road Back” (Photos via APT)

American Players Theatre announces steps toward 2021 season with The Road Back

Recently, American Players Theater announced a series entitled The Road Back, which discusses its journey back to the stage following the cancellation of the 2020 season. The following are the first three chapters, detailing the on-going process for the 2021 season.

Richland Hospital offering vaccine appointments, waitlist

On Jan. 25, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) had expanded the 1B group to include individuals 65 years of age or older. The Richland Hospital has a self-scheduling system that you can access by going to our website: and either scheduling yourself for an available appointment or adding your name to the waiting list.

Late January Ice Fishing Report

With all the snow on the ice and frequent cold fronts coming through, fishing has been pretty slow here on our river systems. If you put in the time, you can catch enough for a small fish fry! Getting a few pike on tip ups, great for pickling

Letter to the Editor: Wisconsin voter fraud, Responses

Letter to the Editor: Wisconsin voter fraud
Dear Editor, after reading your January 20 issue I once again feel the need to respond! It seems that all of media always covers only the stories that seem to lean in favor of democrat viewpoints, even though the majority of states are populated by republicans except for the big cities. It’s also the big democrat controlled big cities where known election fraud has gone on for decades.

Wis-Coat Wins National Pavement Award

Wis-Coat Asphalt Maintenance, in Lone Rock, recently won the National Pavement and Reconstruction Magazine’s “Best of the Web” Award. The award is awarded to the company that has the best and most recognizable web presence in the industry.

Red Cross Nurse Cherrie Jones, right, bandages Rachelle Roh’s arm on Feb. 2 at the Lone Rock Community Blood Drive. Following her blood donation, Jones provides care instructions for the donation site.

Lone Rock holds community blood drive

Scenes from the Red Cross Blood Drive in Lone Rock last week.

Letter to the Editor: COVID-19 coverage in Richland, Sauk counties

Thank you for publishing the wonderful article regarding Richland Hospital and the work they are doing in the community to make COVID vaccines available. Disseminating this information to the community is vital. Not everyone has access or uses the internet, particularly those who are most vulnerable.

Frontline Healthcare workers at the Richland Hospital receive COVID-19 vaccines.

Spring Green Medical Center offers COVID-19 vaccine clinic

The Spring Green Medical Clinic, a subsidiary of the Richland Hospital, is hosting daily COVID-19 vaccine clinics to distribute vaccines to eligible individuals in the area.

Our first trap held a beaver!

An Outdoorsman’s Journal: Beaver Trapping with Musky Joe

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 fur market has been decimated the last five years by low or nonexistent fur prices. My guess is that at least 50-percent of the people that were trapping five years ago are not laying steel anymore. Joe Flater has come up with a simple solution that is not going to get him rich but at least his pelts are being sold and a small profit is being made. In his tavern he is selling hats and gloves from muskrat, beaver and other animals, and this process requires a tanner and a hat maker.

At least eight great gray owls have been documented in Wisconsin since November. Distinguish this rare species from the commonly-found barred owl by its much larger size, yellow eyes, silvery-gray plumage, and bolder white bow-tie below the beak. Photo by Thomas Nicholls.

Warblers in Wisconsin in January?

The year’s biggest birding news so far is mild, dry weather allowing some species to linger much longer or in higher numbers than usual.

Sen. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green

Sen. Howard Marklein – Statement on Senate Joint Resolution 3

Madison, WI – Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) made the following statement following the Senate’s passage of Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 3, which ends the COVID-19 public health emergency, including all emergency orders and actions taken pursuant to the declaration of the public health emergency.

Letter to the Editor: Thank you to Music Booster supporters

The Music Boosters Committee would like to thank everyone who participated and helped with the Culver’s gift card fundraiser in December 2020. We would especially like to thank Robin Fortier, the owner of Culver’s in Spring Green, for generously donating 15% of the gift card money to the Music Boosters. The fundraiser was a huge success with the money raised going to the River Valley High School Choir and Band members for scholarships, music related trips, camps, seminars among other music activities for the students.

Valley Sentinel

A WisEye paywall would be yet another impediment to open government

This week, the WisconsinEye Public Affairs Network, also known as WisEye, a non-profit State Capitol broadcast organization, announced they intend to implement a paywall on their content. We regard this move as disastrous for open and accountable government at the state level in Wisconsin.

Mid-January Ice Fishing Report for the Lower Wisconsin River

On the ice a couple of days last week. Fishing is still rather slow, but catching a few each day. Have to work for them, moving around till you land on some. Marking lots of fish on our electronics, but getting them to bite is another thing! Mark and his grandson Nolan iced a couple of nice bluegills. I caught a sucker, think it is the first time I’ve ever caught one through the ice! Pretty good battle on a light ice fishing pole with 3 pound line! Be careful when going onto the ice. Some of the shorelines are bad due to warmer temps and fluctuating river levels.

Brody, Cody, and Cole Rurup enjoying life and catching crappie in their ice shack.

An Outdoorsman’s Journal: Good Times in Sawyer County

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 I am writing to you about an annual trip to Sawyer County, where I ice fish and generally have a blast with six friends.

Aubree Hay and Abigail Bevenvies play on the ice while ice fishing on Helena Marsh/Goofy’s Slough.

Outdoor adventures: Fishers take to the ice in the Valley

Last weekend was Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin, where fishers of all ages could get out on the ice without a license and fish for the weekend. Anglers reported great turnout on sloughs and ponds in the area.

A second free fishing weekend will be June 5-6.

RV Girls basketball team finishes a daunting part of schedule

The mid-January schedule challenged the River Valley Girls basketball team as they played six games in ten days against top competition from the area. Despite playing competitive basketball for portions of the games, on both ends of the floor, the Blackhawks were unable to secure a victory.

Brewhaha’s product on the shelves at the Woodman’s Food Market on Madison’s west side. Photo by Quincy Aston-Lott, Managing Editor

Brewhaha expanding to four Woodman’s Food Market locations throughout Madison, surrounding area

Brewhaha coffee, headquartered in Spring Green, is now available in Woodman’s Food Market stores throughout the Madison and Milwaukee area, as the coffee roastery is expanding the stores that offer its local whole bean blends.

Ten checks the state of Wisconsin uses to catch voter fraud

Since Election Day, no evidence of widespread voter fraud has emerged in Wisconsin — or anyother state. But politicians, propagandists and social media influencers have sought to undermine the results of the presidential election in Wisconsin before and after Nov. 3. With President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration set for Jan. 20, mistrust of the electoral system has continued festering despite a recount in Dane and Milwaukee counties that detected no signs of malfeasance — and added to Biden’s lead by 87 votes. The former vice president won the state by more than 20,000 votes.

Selina Walters holding up an impressive catch of two Northern Pike.

An Outdoorsman’s Journal: Christmas Break on the Big River

This week I am writing about a winter camping and ice fishing trip that I went on with my 19-year-old daughter, Selina Walters. We headed over to Buffalo City, which is about 35-miles north of LaCrosse on the Mississippi River and hiked in a short way, pulling Otter sleds loaded with gear to our destination.

Luke Kannenberg, Blackhawk No. 34, defends inbounds pass from Prairie du Chien.

RV boys fall to Lancaster 72-69 in overtime

In a normal year it would be surprising to play a team with six more games played than their opponent. In the 2020-21 season, it’s just one of many unusual circumstances surrounding high school athletics. Lancaster came to River Valley last Tuesday night with a record of 10-2, going against the 2-2 Blackhawks.

Annual Bald Eagle viewing will be held virtually this year

Wisconsin’s longest-running bald eagle watching extravaganza is going virtual for 2021, with programming available throughout January and February. Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Sauk Prairie area’s Bald Eagle Watching Days will be livestreamed. Bald eagle lovers will be able to see their favorite parts of this annual event from the comfort and safety of their own home during its 35th year.

Valley Sentinel

A look at Wisconsin local municipal caucuses amidst a pandemic

Every January across Wisconsin, some towns and villages hold timehonored, in-person caucuses to nominate candidates for local offices. Residents gather in town or village halls, schools and other community spaces to vote, orally or on slips of paper, for candidates in races for positions such as supervisor, treasurer and clerk. It’s a practice guided by state law and rooted in tradition. But after the COVID-19 outbreak brought upheaval to the state’s 2020 primary and general elections, the unique structure of January caucuses now raises questions about balancing inclusion and transparency with safety concerns.

Valley Sentinel

Let’s not mince words, that was insurrection, we should condemn it, here’s what we can learn from it

🎶 Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men? 🎶
Just kidding… but not really.
Having at least one History minor on our editorial board requires us to differentiate between the anti-monarchist insurrection of Parisian republicans (little ‘r’) in 1832 (as beautifully adapted in song by Les Misérables) and what happened last Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.
And indeed, what happened?

Plain Village Hall
Plain Village Hall

Plain to receive Strassenfest grant funds

The village of Plain was approved last week for $500 in grant funds from Sauk County, which will be used toward the cost of Strassenfest, the annual event planned for Oct. 2 this year.

Red Cross Nurse Emma Cannon, left, swabs the Scott Heimerdinger’s arm after he gives blood Jan. 6 at the blood drive held at the Arena Fire Department

Arena Fire Department hosts Red Cross Blood Drive

Scenes from the Red Cross Blood Drive in Arena last week, with multiple stations set up for blood donations. Donors were given temperature checks and hand sanitizer upon entry and required to wear masks.

A view of Wisconsin beers on tap that are available at the Lone Rock Bistro and Taproom.

Lone Rock Bistro set to bring dining, drink options

The Lone Rock Bistro and Tap Room opened recently in downtown Lone Rock, offering different local tap beers, elevated American style food and cocktails. Valley Sentinel had the opportunity to ask some questions of Head Chef and Kitchen Manager, Justin Scofield, to introduce the restaurant.

The creation and maintenance of this food plot was a labor of love for Mark Walters.

An Outdoorsman’s Journal: 2020, A Year on the Go!

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!

Ice Fishing in Wisconsin

“Hard water” fishing for panfish is fun and easy and may result in a fine dinner when the winds blow cold. Here are some basic tips and considerations to improve chances of success.

Blackhawk No. 23, Morgan Brickl, right, looks to rebound at the Dec. 28 game.

RV Girls Basketball vs. Barneveld sees loss

On Dec. 28, the RV girls squared off with Barneveld in a non-conference matchup. The Blackhawks came into the game looking for their second win against five losses, while Barneveld was playing their first game of the season. Unfortunately for the RV girls, this game would be close throughout, but Barneveld ultimately prevailed 42-37.

Emergency Room Nurse Belle Koch getting vaccinated.

Healthcare workers recieve vaccine at Sauk Prairie Healthcare

Media Gallery Sauk Prairie Healthcare in Prairie du Sac recieved its first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 30, and began vaccinating healthcare workers as part of the Phase 1a distribution model. Both healthcare workers pictured were of the first healthcare workers to recieve the shot at the hospital.  Contributed photos

Valley Sentinel

Special Column: Your responses to River Valley Resolutions

For the past month we’ve asked the community to share with us some ideas they have to better the community. We asked to figure out the services/offerings/events, etc. that an area would need to have to want to settle down there. We asked what some things are that every community should offer its residents? Not just now during COVID, but in normal times too. What things represent that concept of community? Some things you’d wish your hometown had?

Valley Sentinel

Editor Column: If Stars Hollow can do it, so can the River Valley

We’re right in the middle of the season where I like to re-watch one of my all-time favorite shows, “Gilmore Girls”, which is exactly what I was doing last week when I realized just how active the Connecticut small town setting and its characters are in their community.

Local nursing facilities opt-in for additional COVID-19 testing

Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced last week an opt-in program that would expand regular COVID-19 testing in assisted living and nursing homes in the state. Valley Sentinel reached out to facilities in the area regarding the program and how it might impact their COVID-19 response.

Zumm leads the parade through downtown Spring Green with Flo the Paddle Fish, FLOW’s mascot.

Paddling into the New Year through Spring Green

Media Gallery Photos by Emilie Conlon, Editor-in-Chief On Dec. 31, an impromptu New Year’s Eve parade drove through downtown Spring Green to help bring some joy to the starting new year. The parade was planned on a budget, where participants were instructed not to purchase anything to deck out their vehicles for the event, and…