I take a deep breath and tell myself that even amidst the chaos, I can enjoy the kaleidoscopic view of the sunset reflected in every direction by the surrounding skyscrapers, car windshields, and mirrors. As I exhale, the bus turns back into that farm truck and the skyscrapers into cornfields.Continue Reading

Tuesdays:  “Be a Superhero! Viroqua Parks and Recreation Department and McIntosh Memorial Library join forces to offer children imaginative and playful classes called “Be a Superhero!” Classes will include Superhero Story Times, activities, and crafts and are held at Bigley Park Shelter.  Tuesday afternoons the library features events for childrenContinue Reading

As we entered the restaurant, the warm glow of lights across the ceiling greeted us, casting a cozy and inviting atmosphere. The rustic yet modern decor added to the allure of the place, with wooden beams and exposed brick walls adorned with vintage photographs of the city’s rich history. TheContinue Reading

As I drifted into the cold water and floated free, I could feel the anticipation building. I carefully maneuvered the boat and the gentle bobbing motion signaled the beginning of my adventure. The farther away I got, the breaking of the serene silence of the riverbank. The current tugged atContinue Reading

“This season’s productions celebrate what it means to gather as a community, the tyranny of plotting against those we perceive having wronged us, and the difficulty of taking action when the truth is uncertain,” commented Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson. Hamlet and Much Ado about Nothing are among the most popularContinue Reading

As a former Catholic, Weiss was immediately intrigued by the idea of a priestless religion with no strict rules that succeeded in making people she knew happy. “I went back to a tiny town and started chanting on my own,” Weiss said. Dremsa, originally from Brazil, was also struggling withContinue Reading

When I arrived I was familiar with the Oktoberfest grounds, but not this festival. In the distance, I could hear music and laughter, but still did not know what I was walking into. They thanked me for coming and handed me a shirt and a name badge. Then, they calledContinue Reading

Have you read any good books?Yes. I have read many. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier is an all-time fave. The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout (and her sequel Outsmarting the Sociopath Next Door), Brood by Jacki Polzin, Fox and I by Catherine Raven, and Don’t Shoot the Dog byContinue Reading

Who is your personal hero?There is a little hero in everyone, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Jerry Baryenbruch. Jerry helped start an ambulance service in Spring Green when it was nothing more than a hearse, and kept it alive until we have a thriving volunteer serviceContinue Reading

At this particular class, I noticed a variety of ages interested in pickle ball from 9 through retirement age. There, I met Jaxson who started playing pickle ball at the YMCA  at around 8 just for fun but developed a competitive streak for the game.  Along with Jaxson, was hisContinue Reading

Preston Minnesota is located along the Root River in scenic Historic Bluff Country! Also known as “Minnesota’s Trout Capital” Preston is a family-fun destination offering visitors a variety of entertaining, educational, and recreational activities to choose from. We are home to the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery and we are theContinue Reading

  This same wonder washed over me as an adult as I stepped through those doors. It was like seeing it through the eyes of a kid again the moment I was among the stalactites and stalagmites.  We wandered down the paved path, careful not to step off the trailContinue Reading

The changing fall colors on my left and on my right are the cascading hills along the Minnesota border, which is right across the Mississippi River. There is just something about the sun shining through on this moody overcast day and seeing the bright beams of light as it ripples acrossContinue Reading

  A fervent believer in the transformative power of practical philanthropy and public service, Ellen was instrumental in numerous initiatives, including founding a home for children and contributing to the establishment of an early La Crosse hospital. Notably, she led efforts to preserve a prime section of local bluff land,Continue Reading

An innovation window opened between 1910 and 1930; between old style barns, then still (and forever) in use, and the agri-revolution style houses containing rows and rows of milking machines. For a time, Dairy Farmers built big round barns because they were following a sensible trend in crop production, timeContinue Reading

We met at a convenient downtown location right behind the old Tribune building. Here we were first introduced to Stopla, our conductor. Right away, I could tell he was fun, with a great sense of humor & kept our whole rambunctious group entertained! Our trolley experience allowed us to streamContinue Reading

On the day of my tour, I met with the Executive Director of Tinker’s Cottage, Samantha. She had a wealth of knowledge of everything Tinker. She said that if Mr. Tinker were around today, he would be on Shark Tank for all his ideas. He was a visionary, craftsman, andContinue Reading