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Another year of crossing the state, Barry Adams looks back on 2021 | Local news

One of my favorite places to travel is the No-Drift region in southwestern Wisconsin. And since I started fly fishing about four years ago, it’s a great way to discover new streams filled with brown trout, fountains and rainbow.

One of those trips was in May when I traveled to Lancaster to write about the new owners of Walker’s Clothing & Shoes, a downtown institution since 1928. I left Madison at 5.30am in the morning. morning and I was on a creek that was going up with browns shortly after. after 7 a.m. About three hours later, I found myself exploring Walker’s vast basement which is home to one of the state’s largest shoe stores. Nelson Dewey, Wisconsin’s first governor, is buried a few blocks away.

The Platteville Fruit and Vegetable Auction opened last spring north of Platteville and features plants, vegetables and homemade items sourced from local Amish and Mennonite farmers.


A month earlier, I had traveled north to Platteville to experience the Platteville Product Auction at a new $ 700,000 facility where Amish and Mennonite farmers sell vegetables, plants, flowers and decorations from homemade wooden garden.

“The broccoli plants were three inches tall, swathes of thoughts and impatience waiting to bloom, and hundreds of hanging baskets had yet to see a porch,” I wrote. “A food trailer was well stocked with fresh, homemade donuts, bacon and egg breakfast sandwiches, and rhubarb pie promises later in the season.”

Another trip to the drift-free region took place in August where we watched in awe of near Ridgeway Nels Diller and two interns use large axes, draw knives, hand drills, planers and chisels in what is now a seven-year effort to rebuild a log house for Folk Village. The house was originally built from 1848 by Aslak Olsen Lie, his family and friends near the hamlet of Klevenville, northeast of Mount Horeb.