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November-December 2017

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Covering the Heart of the Driftless Area for 25 Years


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In This Issue

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(Photo by Mary Coughlan)

Bears Among US
”Bears have lived in the Driftless Area for longer than humans, much longer than Euro-Americans.

“I think there are a lot more bears than we think. Maybe they’re watching us more than we know. — Mary Coughlan, Ettrick, Wis.
By Pamela Eyden


Distilling in the Midwest
Across the Upper Midwest and elsewhere, the convergence of the locavore movement and a resurgence of hip cocktail culture is fueling a boom in small distilleries.

By Sara Millhouse




The Driftless Reader
For readers unfamiliar with the Driftless Area, this book may be the beginning of a rewarding relationship ... Meine and Keeley's careful work is obvious from their choices.

Review by Sara Millhouse


PLUS — migrating big birds, boathouses on the Black River, game wardens.