The drama, comedy and joy of a Wisconsin bellwether county from By the Seat of My Pants Productions
From City Girl to Dairy Farmer
How did Erin Klinkner get from the suburbs of the Twin Cities and dreams of being a veterinarian to dairy farming up on the Ridge? She took a detour or two, among them a stint as a cowgirl in Wyoming. Now, instead of cutting horses, she's managing cows,...
The Dairy Farmer
Ben Klinkner grew up on a dairy farm and went off to college swearing to his parents that he would never milk a cow again. His wife, Erin, was a city kid who grew up dreaming of being a vet. Guess what happened. You got it. Now they have 60 head of...
Sparta schools and the Fall of 2020
Dr. Amy Van Deuren, superintendent of the Sparta Area School District, talks straight about school in the time of Covid.
Westby Creamery Cooperative - The Wisconsin Model Part 2!
Did you know that the Westby Creamery is 70% organic? That it sells about $68 million worth a product a year? Not just here in West Central Wisconsin, but across the nation?And, that it's nearly 120 years old? Hmm, something about this cooperative model...
KwikTrip-What You Never Knew
KwikTrip is not your average convenience store. The milk you buy came from a cow just down the road from you. It has been using the close-to-the-source model for decades. It works directly with local suppliers and cooperatives to keep prices low and...
The Wisconsin Model: Cooperatives, Part 1
Wisconsin has more than 700 cooperatives--far more than most other states. What is a coop? It's democratic democracy, a model that is about far more about producing a return for investors and instead produces a return for the community. I talk to two...