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Vernon Vineyards will hold its Spring Fling March 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 50 vendors are participating. This is not to be missed. For more information, visit the Vernon Vineyards Facebook page.

Bad Axe Tigers, March 6

“Vernon County Soldiers in the Civil War: The Bad Axe Tigers of the 18th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry” will be presented at the Vernon County Museum March 6 at 7 p.m. Storyteller and local pastor Pete Beckstrand will share his research on the Bad Axe Tigers of Viroqua and their captain, Newton Layne. The museum is at the corner of South Main and South streets, Viroqua. Call 637-7396 for more information.

Murder Mystery Series, March 10

Join Pedretti’s Party Barn for an Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner March 10 from 6-10 p.m. Who: Upstage Productions; What: Murder Mystery Dinner Theater; When: Saturday, March 10, at 6 p.m.; Where: Vernon Vineyards, S3426 Peterson Lane and Hwy. Y, Viroqua, WI 54665. To make a reservation, call 608-632-7042, email or instant message on Facebook.

I & E Club, March 14

Therese Bergholz and her husband Gene left corporate America and started planting wine grapes near Westby in 2007. Their dream quickly grew to starting a winery. Their dream became a reality in May of 2013 when Branches Winery opened. Since then, the vineyards have grown to more than 9,000 vines and the winery produces more than 8,000 gallons of wine each year.Their experience going from the medical technology field to become grape farmers and ultimate wine makers has been fraught with lessons — tastes of success and excitement, as well as frustrations and challenges. Therese will share her perspective — infused with humor — on what the couple has learned in running a small, mainly retail wine business. Learn about marketing and branding strategies, how to assess and attract your customer base as well as what worked and what didn’t work as they developed their new business.

Therese’s professional background includes more than 30 years in marketing and communications roles including nonprofit, direct marketing and advertising agency positions, to a director of marketing position in the medical field. At Branches Winery she handles branding, advertising, marketing, winery and private special events, as well as managing the tasting room and food service staff.

The meeting will be held at the Food Enterprise Center, 1201 N. Main St. in Viroqua, Wednesday, March 14. Networking starts at 5:30 p.m., the program begins at 6 p.m. The I&E Club is organized jointly by Vernon Economic Development Association and Viroqua Chamber Main Street. For more information, contact Sue Noble at or 638-8332, or Nora Roughen-Schmidt at or 637-2575.

The meetings are free and no reservations are required. Whether you have an idea or just like to think business, join us for a dynamic evening of networking with lots of creative people. Everyone is welcome.

Western basic welding workshop, March 17, 24

Western Technical College in Viroqua is offering a free welding workshop on March 17 and 24. Participants are required to bring their own safety equipment and must attend a safety workshop March 13 from 5:30-7 p.m. Sign up to participate by calling 608-789-6191. Space is limited.


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