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South West Region

South West Region

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


South West Region

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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