Coming Together To Help Our Flooded Neighbors & Communities

“Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.” 

― Erich Fromm

Hello all,

I’m sure many of you, like me, are r just sick to your stomachs about the losses our neighbors have incurred in towns like Coon Valley, Ontario, La Farge, Viola, Gays Mills, and all points in between. I live between Ontario and La Farge and got off real easy. Farmers have miles of fences destroyed, a friend of mine on 131 lost most of his flock of sheep and I know some cattle have been lost, not to mention massive crop losses. And that’s in addition to millions of dollars of houses and other structures destroyed or damaged and all the contents that make a home.

Our friend Charlie Knower has put together the website below and is using the tax-exempt nonprofit he runs, that sponsors The Driftless Music Festival,, as a conduit. Please consider giving online or mailing a check. Like many of you I’ve already mailed a check, given cash and helped with a fresh food delivery but we can all do more. And there are still volunteer opportunities in almost every town – your muscles and solidarity are needed and of value.

And the following link hardly counts. Many of you will already know there’s a big benefit concert scheduled for next Friday at the Temple Theater in Viroqua. It doesn’t really count because we will get much more enjoyment out of this function and it will cost ($25 in advance). But I’m sure they will also pass the hat and it will be another opportunity to enrich our lives while we help our neighbors. Thanks to all the performers and organizers who are contributing their time:


Mark Kastel

(Commoner Call photo by Mark L. Taylor, 2017. Open source and free for non-derivative use with link to )