Regional

Wed
07
Apr

Health Department continues to promote COVID testing


COVID tests are conducted in the parking lot of Reedsburg Area High School in this photo from late last summer. (Reedsburg Independent file photo)

The Sauk County Health Department is still recommending COVID-19 testing to track where the county stands with the virus.

Wed
07
Apr

Call before you dig

Gardeners, homeowners and business operators should know what’s beneath the soil before they break ground.

April is Safe Digging Month in Wisconsin following a proclamation from Gov. Tony Evers.

Sat
03
Apr

Sauk County Gardener: Time to start tomatoes, peppers and cole crops

“A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.” ~Laurie Colwin

Sat
03
Apr

NATURALLY SPEAKING: Skunk cabbage


Skunk cabbage is one of the first plants to appear in Wisconsin. It is a resilient--and--smelly--specimen that can be seen poking through snow as soon as February. (Photo by Jerry Davis)

Soon to arrive, poking through crusted snow and ice is an early arum plant, sending leaves first and then, or at the same time, a flowering stalk (spadix).

Thu
25
Mar

Naturally Speaking: Tufted titmice


A titmouse works on getting a seed out of a sunflower dry fruit. (Jerry Davis photo)

If tufted titmice are coming to a feeder, it’s likely there are chickadees, nuthatches and downy woodpeckers there, too. They form mixed-species groups during winter.

The tuft or crest is similar to blue jays, cardinals and waxwings, even though the titmouse is much more closely related to the chickadee.

Thu
25
Mar

Cooperative announces top-producing animals through December

South Central DHI has released its list of best-performing cows through December 2020.

The top Holstein came from Bells Udder Farm in Camp Douglas. O-2363 produced 43,347 pounds of milk that tested at 3.8 percent and 4489 cheese yield.

Sat
20
Mar

Sauk County Gardener: Spring’s arrival offers indoor, outdoor gardening opportunities

“Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breath the air deeply again.” ~Gustav Mahler

Fri
12
Mar

Sauk County continues to show COVID-19 improvements

Sauk County may be on the mend when it comes to COVID-19, but the pandemic still lingers.

Fri
12
Mar

Naturally Speaking: Admiring Wisconsin’s state tree


A gray squirrel partakes in sap that is being tapped from a maple tree. (Photo by Jerry Davis)

Wisconsin’s state tree, the sugar maple wears a number of hats. In addition to providing sap to boil down to syrup or sugar, the tree feeds wildlife with the same liquid. Squirrels, birds and deer all seem to sense this, maybe by the rising sugar full moon.

Thu
11
Mar

Free online seminars aim to help parents

The local UW-Extension office is organizing Zoom seminars to empower parents.

The Positive Parenting Program offers strategies and ideas to help those with children up through age 12.

Parents may attend one, some or all of the seminars, which are free.

The schedule is as follows:

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