I was 31 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. “You are young and healthy; you’ll handle the treatments well” the doctors said. But you just said I had breast cancer I would think to myself, how could I also be ‘healthy.’ It was hard to believe, meContinue Reading

Stories from the Driftless By Mike Byrne – In the late spring of 1976, after graduation from college, I moved from my small town apartment to rural Wisconsin.  College seemed like only a dream a few weeks later.  I settled on a piece of mother earth and tamed an acreContinue Reading

Stories From The DriftlessBy Mike Byrne – SHORT RECAPA few more steps and I was out in the fields behind the farm buildings.  Now I knew how bad the wind had become.  It blew the snow so hard it stung my cheeks.  I bent my head down, turned up myContinue Reading

We Brew. Everybody Drinks. Repeat.Meet the Brew Crew …  Back in 1999, craft beers were revolutionizing America’s beer culture. That same year, Brewmaster Joe Katchever founded Pearl Street Brewery – with only a dream, a 1984 Eagle Wagon, and a trailer packed with brewery equipment driven from Colorado to theContinue Reading

It was a perfect April spring day in La Crosse, Wisconsin; thirty degrees, overcast, and a persistent cold mist that makes a human not want to move at all, much less actually go outside. In Wisconsin, we call it “Festing” weather. I couldn’t dream of better conditions to go toContinue Reading

David Barron began fly-fishing in 1960 on the spring creeks of the Missouri and began tying flies a few years later. He began teaching fly-fishing in 1985 and has conducted classes, schools and seminars throughout the US. In 1993 he became one of the first Federations of Fly Fishers certifiedContinue Reading

There is fun for the whole family in Freeport and Stephenson County. Enjoy our parks, museums and other indoor and outdoor activities for kids and families. Krape Park Explore beautiful Krape Park, awarded “Outstanding Multi-use Facility” by the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association. Heavily wooded Krape Park features a picturesqueContinue Reading

Seeking winter joy?  As the drifts build up and the sidewalks ice over, you’ll find the perfect antidote in southern Wisconsin’s Green County.  Instead of layers of fleece, the odds are stacked in your favor with layers of cheese.  And nothing says “comfort food” better than a dish featuring meltyContinue Reading

So, what’s your story? How long have you been here in the Driftless, Were you born in the Driftless? What keeps you here in the Driftless?A native Illinoisan, I have visited the Driftless area since childhood.  I’ve lived in the area since 1992 and love the beauty, nature, and allContinue Reading

By Rick Pedersen –  Finding a passion for the outdoors can occur at any age, and the inspirational story of Dana Sacia is a great example to prove that point. Dana is a self-described city girl gone country. She was born and raised in the city and graduated in 1993.Continue Reading