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Driftless Images in Pixels and Prose will feature people and places within the region as portrayed on this map.

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Driftless Products and Places

This fiction book is about a veteran journalist who tires of the hype and spin of modern media and decides to seek something truthful in the wilds of Tasmania.

Two chapters also are set in the Driftless area of Wisconsin. Available via www.iUniverse.com, www.amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Or: Order here.


For photos of items for sale, go to the gallery link for this site below. 

For overall info, go the Shed's Facebook page by clicking here.

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Westby House Victorian Inn

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Branches Winery

http://www.brancheswinery.com

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Ottervale General Store

S4015 Husker Hollow Rd.

La Farge, WI. 54639

608-625-4258 - 608-343-8261

Email: kpalderson@gmail.com

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Valley Stewardship Network

Our Mission:

Valley Stewardship Network works to protect the lands and waters of the Kickapoo River Valley through stewardship outreach and citizen action that result in healthy food and water for generations to come.

Explore our site.

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Welcome to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve

The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is an 8,569 acre tract of land located between the villages of La Farge and Ontario in southwestern Wisconsin.

Its history, resources, administration, and recreational diversity make it unique - a place like no other. We invite you to come see for yourself the many wonders of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.

Here sandstone outcroppings tower over the Kickapoo River as you paddle its quiet waters, and native plants and animals abound in all seasons.

Whether you'd like to join us for a scheduled interpretive hike, adventure into the back country on your own, or simply stop and admire the beauty, the Kickapoo Valley Reserve welcomes you! Click here for more.

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Gallery Featured Photos

For galleries of photos from around the Driftless Area and beyond, click here.

For archives of stories done about the area, go to the Message Board of this web site and scroll down.

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Welcome To Driftless Images

Sunny on the ridgetop; foggy over the Big River. Taken on County Road UU near Red Mound.

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Later this year, this web site will be moved completely to Facebook. For now, stories and links to photo galleries will be posted on both sites. Please consider becoming a friend of the Facebook site. You can access it by clicking here.

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Welcome to Driftless Images, a site that morphed out of the Driftless Writers Blog. into Driftless and now to its present format .

The site still serves as a forum for folks who love the creativity and challenge of using the language in written form. It doesn't matter whether you are a student, hobby writer or a pro -- or whether you write prose or poems -- you can post your work here. Just use the Driftless Writers Blog Message Board below.

You won't be paid for your writing. Any obscene or libelous/slanderous posts will be removed by the publisher. But, if you can live with those rules, you can use this as a forum to see your work in "print" in cyberspace.

Over the next few years, I plan on writing about the people, places and things that make the Driftless area unique. We also will work to capture the beauty of the area and document the life here in photos. Thus, the Pixels and Prose part of the site name.

The Driftless Area is a relative well-kept secret in the southwest corner of Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa and northwest Illinois. Its karst geology makes it unique, gives it beauty and also makes it an environmentally fragile area. 

We'll document that as well as the characters who inhabit the area and some of the communities and places that give it further identity. ... Gregg Hoffmann

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You can write your piece right on the blog, but it usually is better to copy and paste it into the site from your own computer. All works on this site are copyright protected and cannot be used again without permission from the authors. Feel free to post notices and opinions about community issues. Features that appear on this site also will be archived on the Blog.

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Shrimp Biz Growing Bigger

When you think about aquatic species in the Driftless Area, trout in inland streams and catfish and others in the Mississippi River come to mind.

Shrimp…not so much. Yet Pacific White Shrimp are living in tanks at the Dairyland Shrimp LLC facility in the industrial park of Westby.

Forbes Adam started the business earlier this year. He’s the first shrimp farmer in Wisconsin. He’s also the first to try it indoors.

Shrimp live off a special feed and biofloc, a bacteria that consumes the shrimp's waste. The operation is environmentally sustainable in a warehouse structure that is kept at a rather tropical 93 degrees.

So far, Adam is hustling to keep up with demand. “After we got some initial publicity, it really took off,” Adam said of the business. “My biggest market has been to individuals. I do supply a couple restaurants (in Palmyra and Wausau), and would like to do more with those markets. We’ll have to expand to do that though.”

Right now, the shrimp live in tanks that are in 1500 square feet of space overall. The operation could be expanded, however, into the rest of the 5,000 square feet building.

There also is a chance of a second location for Dairyland Shrimp, but Adam wasn’t ready to make any announcements when this story was prepared.

Adam is from Indiana, lived in Chicago for a while and was a double major in political science and philosophy at Loyola University. He found his way to the Driftless Area, in part because he thought it would be a good place for his family of wife and three kids.

“I was in the excavating business,” he said. “My mother sent me a story about a shrimp business near my hometown in Indiana. I jumped in the truck and went down to see it.

“None of my background is in aquaculture. I don’t particularly even like shrimp myself. But, a lot of people do, and there is a demand for it, grown closer to home.”

About 90 percent of shrimp are imported. Many come from China, India, Thailand, Vietnam and elsewhere. There often is little regulation in these countries, and chemicals banned in the U.S. get into the shrimp’s waters.

“Wild caught shrimp are dwindling around the world,” Adam said. “China will eventually be importing shrimp. So, there is a need for raising of shrimp closer to home, under sustainable conditions.” For more of this story, go to the Driftless Writers Blog link on this site.

Black Hawk Trail

The Black Hawk Trail has never been more traceable with enhanced presence of markers and a brochure produced by the Vernon County Historical Society with support of several other organizations.

Black Hawk was the Native American leader who brought about 1,000 of his people from a site west of the Mississippi River back to their native lands east of the river in 1832. This violated a treaty, which Black Hawk and others never agreed to, and prompted the U.S. army to dispatch General Henry Atkinson to lead troops against the tribe.

The trail marks the route taken by Black Hawk and his people as they tried to return to the land west of the Mississippi. The flight ended at the Battle of Bad Axe, where a gun boat and troops took heavy tolls on the tribe.

These markers mark designated spots within Vernon County. The brochure is available at the Vernon County Historical Society, in holders near the markers and at other locations within the county.

For photo gallery, go to the gallery section link of this site. The photo gallery on this web site includes several of the markers and brief descriptions from them, as well as some other historic markers in the area.

Vesterheim: A Treasure of Norwegian-American History

Many places in the Driftless Area perserve the Norwegian heritage, but Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, takes it to a another level. For a photo gallery of the museum, go to the gallery link in the left hand column of this site. For more on Vesterheim, go to http://vesterheim.org.

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