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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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Driftless Images Moving To Facebook

The first snow of the season hangs in the cliffs near the West Fork.

Driftless Images in Pixels and Prose will soon move exclusively to Facebook. For the last few weeks, we've been posting both on this free standing web site and the Facebook site. You can access it by clicking here.

We are making the move to increase readership of the site. Facebook has the resources to promote and attract readers beyond what our capacity is with a free standing site.

This site morphed out of the Driftless Writers Blog. into Driftless and now to its present format. The Blog link will be maintained as a link on the Facebook page.

The Blog 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. Community notices will continue to be posted there. So, if you want to utilize the Blog in the future it might make sense to make the link one of your favorites abd bookmark it.

Over the next few years, I still 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. We feel the move to Facebook will ,allow us to better accomplish these things... Gregg Hoffmann

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**************************************************************** Gundersen Is Energy Independent

Gundersen Health System achieved its first days of energy independence, becoming the first health system in the nation to attain the distinction. Oct. 14, 2014 was the first day that Gundersen produced more energy than the health system consumed.

In 2008, Dr. Jeff Thompson, Gundersen CEO, set a goal for the organization to control rising energy costs and improve the health of the communities it serves. They focused on two main initiatives--reducing consumption by improving efficiency and creating cleaner energy.

"We did not set out to be the greenest health system," says Dr. Thompson. "We set out to make the air better for our patients to breathe, control our rising energy costs and help our local economy. We believe we have made more progress on all three than anyone else in the country." For more, go to http://www.gundersenhealth.org.

Solar Farm Draws Attention

After more than three months of operation, the Vernon Electric Cooperative Community Solar Farm has performed well and drawn attention.

A group of Dairyland Power board members toured the facility to see if a similar project is feasible for their cooperatives. 

Representatives of Gov. Scott Walker's office, representatives from power coops from elsewhere in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, and students also have visited the project, which is located on Highway 27 near the coop headquarters. For more on the project, go to: http://www.vernonelectric.org/content/community-solar-farm.

Mysteries Of Driftless Wins Emmy

Photo from George Howe Facebook page

The documetary, "Mysteries of the Driftless," recently won a regional Emmy award at the Chicago/Midwest competition. Tim Jacobson, George Howe, Rob Nelson, Dan Bertalan and the Mississippi Valley Conservancy participated in the making of the film, released in 2013. 

A story on Jacobson and the film can be found in the Driftless Writers Blog archives link on this page. You also can order it by going to the link in the left hand column of the 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.

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