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The drama, comedy and joy of a Wisconsin bellwether county from By the Seat of My Pants Productions

Monroe County Matters Kate Rice

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The drama, comedy and joy of a Wisconsin bellwether county from By the Seat of My Pants Productions

    Integrity in Elections-More Tales From the Trenches

    Integrity in Elections-More Tales From the Trenches

    Diane Coenen, the immediate past president of the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks 
    Association and  the current city clerk for Oconomowoc, Wis., talks about pride and integrity among Wisconsin's elections professionals and public servants. There's dramatic difference between her calm professionalism and some of the wild rhetoric that's been flying around!

    • 30 min
    City Clerks-Guardians of Our Democracy?

    City Clerks-Guardians of Our Democracy?

    I've been hearing a fair amount of ranting about voter fraud, so I decided to talk to an election expert, someone who has been working in the trenches of elections for 25 years. Meet JoAnn Cram city clerk in Tomah, Wisconsin. She does an excellent job of explaining the systems designed to keep our ballots--those we mail in and those that we cast in person--secure. Nothing like talking to someone who actually knows what they're talking about! 

    • 23 min
    From City Girl to Dairy Farmer

    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, calves, chickens and four kids! 

    • 19 min
    The Dairy Farmer

    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 dairy cows and Erin's in charge of raising new calves--the farm's future. And they're both raising their four kids. But this podcast is about more than farming. It's about making choices about your life. And it's also about a different kind of capitalism.. The Wisconsin model. 
    This is another in my ongoing series about cooperatives. 
    Today's podcast features Ben. The next features Erin.

    • 25 min
    Sparta schools and the Fall of 2020

    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. 

    • 24 min
    Westby Creamery Cooperative - The Wisconsin Model Part 2!

    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 seems to work!
    Here's what the creamery's general manager had to say about what it does and how it works.

    Meanwhile, here's a link to a video about an average day in the life of the Westby creamery. 

    • 24 min

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