Johnsmith’s musical partnership with Dan Sebranek started 30 years ago this year, beginning on a slightly sour note. Their first show together was at La Crosse’s Riverfest in the summer of 1987, and the sign next to the stage announced them as John Smith — as he was known then — and “Don.”

BANGOR — For many kids growing up, home is a sanctuary — the one place where they know they will be safe, secure and loved. But what is a kid to do when her home is in constant upheaval, and when the only grown-up in the group is one of the youngest family members?

Miss Seven Rivers Pageant founder and director Abby Ryan has another full slate of contestants for this year’s sixth annual pageant, which starts at 4 p.m. Saturday at Holmen High School. In fact, she allowed 13 contestants this year, one over the limit of 12 entries she set after 14 turned …

Dense stands of dry prairie grasses and flowers on the New Amsterdam Grasslands north of Holmen in the town of Holland are a winter study in shades of color and texture – straw and umber, reddish gold, the stout stems of big bluestem or prairie bush clover and wispier arching stems of the li…

Have you ever had the feeling that you’re supposed to make a change in the path you’re following? Most of my new year’s resolutions usually fail within a few weeks, so these days I’ve given up on formally setting any kind of substantial resolutions. However, this year I’m pretty sure some hi…

With Onalaska High School’s 28th annual Show Choir Classic just days away, OHS choral director Richard Moses was pretty relaxed, considering 20 high school show choirs, nine high school concert choirs and six middle school show choirs were coming to town for two days of music making at the e…

After losing his job with the shutdown of SkipperLiner’s boat-building operation, Troy Lichthardt is once again running his own custom woodworking business — this time at the former LaCrosse Footwear factory where he was a production worker for seven years.

It’s 2015 and boy is it a big year for movies. Among the much-anticipated blockbuster mega hits (“Star Wars,” “Mad Max” and “Jurassic World”) there are a whole new cadre of books-to-film to look forward to.

Area show choirs are gearing up for the start of the competition season, with Holmen and West Salem groups set to sing at Saturday’s Viterbo 101 competition at Viterbo University in La Crosse.

After several years of eyeing possible sites, Tyson and Julia Koput will open their second Ground Round Grill & Bar at 4 p.m. Monday in the former Ciatti’s Italian Restaurant location in the Crosseroads Center shopping center in Onalaska.

When people think of German exports they’re most likely — in Wisconsin anyway — to think of beer. But lately there’s another German export that’s been making major waves in the world of a cappella music.