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.
One is “very, very, very outgoing,” whereas the other is “much more laid back.”
Well-known author Madeleine L’Engle once said, “A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.” Colfax comedian Steve Russell definitely agrees.
My daughter Sue, who is a second-grade teacher, tells me that kids today are absolutely forbidden to take part in snowball fights at school. That’s probably a good thing, but that rule was certainly not in place when I attended our one-room country school. Snowball fights were as common as p…
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation is accepting applications from eligible Wisconsin FFA members for its 2018-19 Post-Secondary Scholarships.
School Name and Chapter Name: Portage FFA Chapter, Portage High School and Bartels Middle School.
More than 300 members attended the Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association’s 39th Annual Convention earlier this month in Stevens Point.
Nine years after first entering college, Emily Watson is moving closer to her long-awaited goal of becoming an agriculture teacher.
MARYTOWN — For the longest time, Willie Matznick didn’t know hog oilers existed.
Jon Eiden doesn’t need to embellish this fish story.
“Just know you’re not alone/’Cause I’m going to make this place your home.” Some of you may recognize these lyrics as part of the song “Home” by Phillip Phillips. While these words are part of a famous song, I believe that this phrase also epitomizes the experiences of FFA members all across…
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation has opened the application period for the 2019 Chapter Grants. Five opportunities are available to encourage FFA chapters statewide to develop individual and cooperative activities to enhance their communities.
EAU CLAIRE — As a nursing student at UW-Eau Claire, Hannah Sjostrom is bringing an interesting perspective to her new position as 2019 American Honey Queen.
COOPERSTOWN — As a youngster, Roy Post was enamored with his grandfather’s McCormick-Deering threshing machine.
The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison will host the fifth annual World Food Prize Wisconsin Youth Institute April 8 on campus.
The eastern North American monarch population estimate for the winter of 2018-2019 reports a population size of 6.05 hectares, it was recently announced by World Wildlife Fund-Mexico and the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas.
When I was a kid, the bakery in Wautoma sent a truck throughout the countryside, stopping at each farmer’s place with the hope of selling bread, sweet rolls, doughnuts and much more.
Three individuals were recently honored by UW-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences for their outstanding contributions to the Agricultural Research Stations program during an annual reception and dinner. This year’s ARS award recipients included Kenneth Albrecht, who received …
Chef Joe Schneider, sous chef at Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse in Sun Prairie, was named the Chef Par Excellence at the 2019 Wisconsin Pork Association Taste of Elegance competition. The competition encourages chefs to develop creative and innovative entrees using pork.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress will host a public meeting to discuss testing and surveillance in response to the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer in western Eau Claire County.
STEVENS POINT — Bitter cold weather may have been an unwelcome guest at this year’s Wisconsin Auctioneers Association Convention in Stevens Point Jan. 27-29, but Kendall Thiel, WAA president, said it was still a highly anticipated event for the organization.
STEVENS POINT — Sue Bauer, former The Country Today employee, was this year’s Wisconsin Auctioneer Association’s Friend of the Industry award recipient. Bauer joins other The Country Today past employees Jim Massey and Marion Loew as recipients of the award.
STEVENS POINT — Jenny Markham-Gehl, from the greater Milwaukee area, was crowned the 2019 champion of the Wisconsin Champion Auctioneer Contest on Jan. 27 at the Wisconsin Auctioneers Association Convention in Stevens Point. This was her fourth time competing in the competition.
Josie Rudolphi, associate research scientist at the National Farm Medicine Center-Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, was recently selected as a 2019 Rural Health Fellow by the National Rural Health Association. Through this role, Rudolphi will spend the year educating and advocating for t…
WAUPACA — Forrest Peters grew up fishing in the Milwaukee area, but the one thing that really bothered him was the equipment he was buying.
Therapeutic photography will be the topic for a soup lunch and program at noon Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Long Lake Lutheran Church in Sarona.
LENA — If there’s an ideal book for the Lena Public Library, it’s “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.”
Editor’s note: For this installment of “Country Matters,” The Country Today reporters take a look at the state of several small-town libraries and what libraries mean to their communities.
HOLLANDALE — On Main Street in the village of Hollandale there sits a cream-colored, triangular-shaped brick building adorned with large, arched windows and the words “bank” and “library” printed on its front face — clues to the building’s past and present uses. Once inside, patrons to the H…
A lawsuit filed Jan. 15 seeking to prevent wedding barn owners from needing a liquor license to host those events has prompted pushback from the Tavern League of Wisconsin.
Starting a chain saw carving business was not on Tom Nowacki’s radar before he saw a dead tree in his yard four years ago.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has recognized two Focus on Energy programs as being among the best in the nation.
Many people may have received or been given poinsettias as gifts during the holiday season. Sadly, many people do not know how to care for poinsettias, or believe that they will not turn color again next year and end up throwing out the plant.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Green Tier program launched a video series in November with its report to the Wisconsin Legislature, showcasing new tools for participants committed to improving their environmental footprint. In the videos, Green Tier participants tell how partn…