All tagged Wisconsin Driftless Area
“People in Hillsboro are smarter than people in Chicago. Do you know why?”
Since I had just moved to Hillsboro from Chicago, I took the bait. “No idea,” I said to my new neighbor, “Why are people in Hillsboro smarter than people in Chicago?”
“Because,” he said, “everyone in Hillsboro knows where Chicago is, but no one in Chicago knows where Hillsboro is.”
A couple months ago I did a short on a group that gets together every weekend to go kayaking/canoeing on the Kickapoo river. While talking with the group, I learned that they were all members of the Kickapoo Valley Crochet Club.
I need to give a little background to begin the story. Recently I have been doing lots of presentations at schools to encourage young people to take up fishing. Along the way I was asked to speak at some nursing homes also. I have spoken at five now and have a couple more scheduled. My wife used to work at a nursing home and she thought it was a good thing for the retired folks. She called it bringing the trout stream to them.
Sitting pretty as the Grant county seat in Southwest Wisconsin, Lancaster with a population of around 3700, packs a large dose of hometown pride.
On July 18th, Lancaster held its annual ‘Night on the Square’, that saw people from inside the city and surrounding areas gather for an evening of music, dance, fun, food, fundraising, and fellowship.
I didn't even have the trout on and it haunted me. My friend Andy's encounter with it was chapter one of the saga. I remember reading his email at first and dismissing the possibility of a monster in that stretch. My left knee was at full "I hate you" phase and I dismissed the fish story partially because of my knee not cooperating. I was supposed to be with Andy that day but I chickened out because of my knee.
I caught up with Matt Albright, a technician for Vernon County Land and Water Department and Caroline Druschke of UW Madison, last week to look at the nearly completed project.
The ritual was always the same. He would kick me out of bed at 4 am. Mom would have poached eggs over toast for us ready on the table. We would discuss where we were going and any things of interest in the area. We would examine our rods and reels for wear. The first spinner of the day was tied on at the table to assure the knot was true in the light. Tying on a lure in the dark on stream many times was a recipe for disaster.
Continuing a legacy, Hillsboro resident Paul Knower’s company METCO celebrated forty years in business last week. METCO is a single-source petroleum contractor for the installation, service, and environmental consulting of all types of fuel system applications.