WAUPACA — Cindy Oerter said she approached the first 25 years of her health care career from the perspective of treating illness after it was diagnosed. She spent the next 25 years focusing on wellness and prevention, but the venue wasn’t a hospital or spa. Instead, she operates a four-room bed-and-breakfast in a turn-of-the-century Victorian home once owned by one of Waupaca’s most progressive physicians. ... Read more
For the past three years Wisconsin Rural Women’s Initiative has gathered women in rural areas to explore issues especially relevant to women in the second half of life. Women over the age of 50 are invited to a “Coffee and Conversation” from 10 a.m to noon on June 18 at the Frances L. Simek …
The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation has announced this year’s scholarship recipients. A record number of exemplary applications were submitted for consideration. Scholarships are awarded through company and individual endowed funds by supporters who share a passion for 4-H and the leadership and li…
MARSHFIELD — Faced with a number of students leaving central Wisconsin to advance their agriculture educations, Mid-State Technical College has taken steps in the past several years to convince these students to remain in the region.
A strong majority of farmers and farmworkers say financial issues, farm or business problems and fear of losing the farm impacts their mental health, according to a new national Morning Consult research poll.
RICE LAKE — Rural Wisconsin suffers from an “acute shortage” of trained professionals to help residents deal with mental health and substance abuse issues, according to Pamela Guthman, a clinical assistant professor in UW-Eau Claire’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Jarrad Fluekiger is relieved that a proposal for an antlerless-only deer hunting season in Buffalo County in November has been shot down by the state Department of Natural Resources.
Author Jerry Apps recently signed a contract with the Wisconsin Historical Society Press to write a book on the history of Wisconsin state, county and district fairs.
Two organizations were honored as the 2019 Top Rural Development Initiatives during the Wisconsin Rural Summit held late last month in Rice Lake. Awards were presented to the following:
Back when I was a kid, whenever a couple or more farmers got together, whether it was at the grist mill waiting for cow feed to be ground, around the table during grain threshing season, over the back fence when neighbors stopped their work for a chat, or when they came to town on Saturday n…
EAU CLAIRE — The Chippewa Valley Antique Engine and Model Club wants to make sure people of all ages have the chance to test their toys at their spring show.
RICE LAKE — Can small towns be cool?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency reaffirmed April 30 that a popular weed killer is safe for people, as legal claims mount from Americans who blame the herbicide for their cancer.
Editor’s note: Retired The Country Today Editor Jim Massey visited with members of the Register Family Bee Farm during a recent visit to northwest Florida.
Giving engaged couples a place to begin their new lives together is preserving a 150-year-old barn on the Horstmann family farm. Renovating the barn as a wedding venue has become the means for preserving the building.
There are as many ways of planting a vegetable garden as there are gardeners. I’ll share what I do and how I do it, but in no way do I suggest mine is the best way or the only way.
TREMPEALEAU — About a thousand years ago, a small group of people left the city life behind and paddled 530 miles north on the Mississippi River, settling briefly, but apparently very specifically, at what is modern-day Trempealeau.
From the cornfields to the baseball fields, America’s Dairyland and America’s pastime are coming together this season.
NEW HOLSTEIN — John Poch accumulated an impressive array of tractors over the years.
Registration is now open for 2019 Farmers Union Camps. Each summer, hundreds of rural and urban youth from across the Midwest participate in youth camps at Wisconsin Farmers Union’s Kamp Kenwood on the shores of Lake Wissota near Chippewa Falls.
Chris Kroeze’s magical run on NBC’s “The Voice” ended more than three months ago.
PONIATOWSKI — It’s not entirely uncommon when traveling Wisconsin roads to find a place billing itself as being located halfway between the equator and the North Pole.
They came from the farms and from the cities, from Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee, from small towns like Pine River and Tomahawk and from good farms and those less so. They represented a generation of the nation’s young men who, because of no fault of their own, could not find a job because …
SCHOOL HILL — Marion Lenz laughs whenever she thinks about her late father, Theodore Bonde, learning to drive a Ford Model A car on the family’s dairy farm.
EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. — Jeff Butler was on site and only days away from joining a special team of python hunters for a New Year’s Day 2017 trip into the Everglades of south Florida when he got word from back home in Frederic, Wis., that a best friend had died suddenly. It was devastating new…
BIRNAMWOOD — About the time most people are getting ready for bed, Linda Meade’s day is just beginning.
MANITOWOC — Sister Natalie Binversie learned plenty during her years as a student at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, Creighton University, St. Bonaventure University and Angelicum Pontifical University in Rome.
One of my first memories as a child involved gardening. I wanted to check Pa’s big potato patch. I had turned 3 in July and had developed a considerable exploratory nature much to the unhappiness of my mother, who tried to keep track of me while she did all the other tasks required of farm w…
CADOTT — The saying goes, “close only counts with horseshoes and hand grenades.” In Cadott, you might have to leave horseshoes off that list.
The Midwest-produced feature-length documentary film “Decoding the Driftless” has been named Best Picture and Best Cinematography in the Documentary Feature category by the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards.
Two The Country Today staff members received awards at the 2019 Wisconsin Newspaper Association Convention and Trade Show held March 7-8 in Madison.
The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents has authorized UW-Green Bay to establish the UW System’s first Bachelor of Science degree in water science.
SCHLESWIG — It’s not quite the time-traveling DeLorean from “Back to the Future” movie fame.
Many winters have come and gone since those days growing up on a farm. Although the stories happened many years ago, they are forever embedded in my mind. The details are as vivid to me as something I experienced yesterday. However the meaning of the stories has only begun to come into focus…
PRAIRIE DU SAC — When George and Ruth Culver opened their first restaurant in 1961 — and 23 years later when they opened their first Culver’s restaurant with their son, Craig — the Culver family didn’t have to be told how important farmers were to their business.
If there is one Culver’s restaurant owner who can identify with the company’s “Thank You Farmers” program a bit more than others, it is likely Eugene Smith.
For 30 years, Richard Kolarik faithfully ventured onto frozen Lake Winnebago for the sturgeon spearing season.
The 2019 sturgeon spearing season in the Winnebago System concluded with a total of 786 sturgeon harvested, including 479 on Lake Winnebago and 307 on the Upriver Lakes.