Driftless Stories

The Driftless is full of great people, places, and things that inspire us to visit and play and do more great stuff ourselves! This collection of stories really gets to the heart of what makes the Driftless Region so special.

Interview with Artist Kelly Ludeking

Driftless Stories

Interview with Artist Kelly Ludeking

Sculpture artist Kelly Ludeking loves metal. Pretty much all kinds of it. And while he originally started with bronze and aluminum, it was an iron pour that really pulled him in. For Kelly, pouring iron is about community. It’s about learning and teaching, and it was this aspect that really sealed his path and passion.

Sandy Osler

Driftless Stories

Sandy Osler

Interviewed by Eric Paulson, Hometown Taxi driver, who says Sandy is the most inspiring person he has ever met. What’s the best advice anyone ever…

Dee Kuhlman

Driftless Stories

Dee Kuhlman

Dee Kuhlman, aged “it’s nobody’s business” but her own, loves to cook (and fancy at that), is incredibly organized, and has a wonderfully loving and…

Phyllis (Johnson) Leseth

Driftless Stories

Phyllis (Johnson) Leseth

“My Mother always said I was one of the first babies born at the old hospital,” says Phyllis Leseth from the heart of her historic home on Rural Avenue in Decorah. Speaking with her, it is apparent that this charming woman has more stories than one can imagine. At 92, Phyllis speaks eloquently about her experiences being among the first group of women to attend Luther College (class of ’39) and of being one of the first females to work on the Luther Newspaper & News Bureau.

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