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Southwest Region

Wisconsin counties include: Vernon, Richland, Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Lafayette


Southwest Region

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McGrath on 3rd Congressional District run
McGrath on 3rd Congressional District run

Elections

McGrath on 3rd Congressional District run

Retired CIA officer Deb McGrath of Menominee discusses her run as a Democratic candidate for Wisconsin's open 3rd Congressional District seat and the issues she plans to prioritize in the campaign.

January 14, 2022

Cooke on 3rd Congressional District run
Cooke on 3rd Congressional District run

Elections

Cooke on 3rd Congressional District run

Eau Claire business owner Rebecca Cooke discusses her run as a Democratic candidate for Wisconsin's open 3rd Congressional District seat and the issues she plans to prioritize in her campaign.

November 19, 2021

Pfaff on 2022 3rd Congressional District Run
Pfaff on 2022 3rd Congressional District Run

Elections

Pfaff on 2022 3rd Congressional District Run

State Senator Brad Pfaff discusses his run as a Democratic candidate for Wisconsin's open 3rd Congressional District seat and the issues he plans to prioritize in the campaign.

October 8, 2021

Whither Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District?
Whither Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District?

Politics

Whither Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District?

Charles Franklin, Director of the Marquette Law School Poll, considers the future of Wisconsin’s Congressional Delegation in the wake of a high profile retirement and release of 2020 Census data.

August 13, 2021

Southern Wisconsin’s Deepening Drought
Southern Wisconsin’s Deepening Drought

Agriculture

Southern Wisconsin’s Deepening Drought

UW-Madison agronomy and environmental studies professor Chris Kucharik details how limited rain and hot weather are contributing to drought conditions across southern Wisconsin.

June 11, 2021

Cracks in dry soil on footpath surrounded by green grass and weeds
Cracks in dry soil on footpath surrounded by green grass and weeds

WisContext

A Wet Decade Shifts To Drought In Southern Wisconsin

Following the state's wettest decade on record, lower-than-normal precipitation in the spring of 2021 is leading drought conditions to emerge in agricultural areas reliant on steady rains.

June 7, 2021

Skeptical Crawford County Man Almost County’s First Fatality
Skeptical Crawford County Man Almost County’s First Fatality

Health

Skeptical Crawford County Man Almost County’s First Fatality

Craig Bell was skeptical COVID-19 would affect his small town in southwest Wisconsin. Now he's sharing a story of survival. Bell became Crawford County’s first case of the virus in late March. According to doctors, he was nearly its first COVID-19 fatality. He says people now ask him, "How bad really is it? Is it like the flu?” Bell says, “Not even close to the flu. This thing is mean."

May 15, 2020

Surviving COVID-19
Surviving COVID-19

Health

Surviving COVID-19

Craig Bell was skeptical COVID-19 would affect his small town in southwest Wisconsin. Now he's sharing a story of survival. Bell became Crawford County’s first case of the virus in late March. According to doctors, he was nearly its first COVID-19 fatality. He says people now ask him, "How bad really is it? Is it like the flu?” Bell says, “Not even close to the flu. This thing is mean."

May 10, 2020

Wisconsin Hunters on Chronic Wasting Disease
Wisconsin Hunters on Chronic Wasting Disease

Health

Wisconsin Hunters on Chronic Wasting Disease

A look at Marquette poll numbers on the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in the state. Four hunters explain differing reasons why some get their deer tested for CWD and the overwhelming reason why most do not. The poll shows that of the people who have heard of CWD, 64% feel it represents a threat to the future of deer hunting in Wisconsin.

November 22, 2019

Free Speech Proponent on Controversy in Lafayette County
Free Speech Proponent on Controversy in Lafayette County

Politics

Free Speech Proponent on Controversy in Lafayette County

After information related to water contamination was released, Lafayette county officials proposed a resolution that would prosecute journalists if they did not quote county news releases verbatim. Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council President Bill Lueders talks about Lafayette County Board's activities that raise freedom of the press questions.

November 15, 2019

Keeping Wisconsin Water Clean
Keeping Wisconsin Water Clean

Health

Keeping Wisconsin Water Clean

The issue of contaminated drinking water in Wisconsin has drawn the attention of both sides of the aisle. Gov. Tony Evers declared 2019 the year of clean drinking water and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos created the Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality. Here & Now’s Marisa Wojcik reports on the efforts to improve water quality in the state.

May 24, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Private Well Water Quality
Noon Wednesday: Private Well Water Quality

Environment

Noon Wednesday: Private Well Water Quality

Ken Bradbury of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey discusses a comprehensive study his group conducted in collaboration with local county conservationists. The study found that 40 percent of private wells in southwest Wisconsin are contaminated beyond safe limits. Bradbury discusses next steps as the Legislature prepares to find solutions during the budgeting process.

May 1, 2019

Fast Facts: Well Contamination
Fast Facts: Well Contamination

Environment

Fast Facts: Well Contamination

A recent analysis shows more than 40 percent of private wells in southwestern Wisconsin failed to meet drinking water standards. Marisa Wojcik reports on new rules implemented last summer that attempt to curb groundwater contamination in other parts of the state.

January 4, 2019