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Southwest Region

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


Southwest Region

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Kayla Stampfle stands in a flat-bottomed boat next to an array of solar panels connected to other equipment, in a body of water with tree-lined shores on either side and along the horizon.
Kayla Stampfle stands in a flat-bottomed boat next to an array of solar panels connected to other equipment, in a body of water with tree-lined shores on either side and along the horizon.

Science

Scientists tag and track invasive carp to slow their Great Lakes push

Wildlife agencies have worked to capture invasive carp in Lake Erie and the Illinois and Mississippi rivers, implanting them with transmitters and following their movements to aid in their removal.

November 20, 2023

Katrina Shankland sits and faces a microphone while listening to another speaker.
Katrina Shankland sits and faces a microphone while listening to another speaker.

Elections

State Rep. Katrina Shankland announces 2024 run for Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District

State Rep. Katrina Shankland of Stevens Point has joined a crowded field of Democratic candidates in western Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Derrick Van Orden.

October 3, 2023

Tara Johnson poses for a portrait with out-of-focus foliage in the background.
Tara Johnson poses for a portrait with out-of-focus foliage in the background.

Elections

Tara Johnson launches 2024 bid for Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District

Former La Crosse County Board Chair Tara Johnson announced a run for Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District, making her the third Democratic candidate seeking the seat in the 2024 primary.

September 6, 2023

Rebecca Cooke speaks into a microphone while sitting at a table, with a water bottle, clipboard and glasses in front of her, in a room with a brick wall and closed vertical blinds in a window, with graphics on the image reading 3rd District Democratic Debate and ABC News 19.
Rebecca Cooke speaks into a microphone while sitting at a table, with a water bottle, clipboard and glasses in front of her, in a room with a brick wall and closed vertical blinds in a window, with graphics on the image reading 3rd District Democratic Debate and ABC News 19.

Elections

Cooke announces 2024 candidacy to challenge Van Orden in Wisconsin’s 3rd District

Rebecca Cooke, who finished second in the 2022 Democratic primary for Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District seat, is running again in 2024 to challenge U.S. Rep. Derrick Van Orden, the Republican incumbent.

July 10, 2023

A still image shows a man kneeling down and checking the dirt between rows of green crops in a field.
A still image shows a man kneeling down and checking the dirt between rows of green crops in a field.

Agriculture

Deepening drought conditions stir fears of Wisconsin farmers

Farmers are worrying about their crops as drought conditions expand across the majority of Wisconsin — Green County farmer Stan Turner and UW Extension educator Josh Kamps discuss the situation.

June 23, 2023

La Crosse, Prairie du Chien brace as spring flooding spreads
La Crosse, Prairie du Chien brace as spring flooding spreads

Environment

La Crosse, Prairie du Chien brace as spring flooding spreads

Melting winter snowpack and springtime rains are causing major floods on the Mississippi River in western Wisconsin, with communities facing road closures and neighborhood evacuations as waters rise.

April 26, 2023

Linda Gentes on effects of UW-Platteville Richland closing
Linda Gentes on effects of UW-Platteville Richland closing

Education

Linda Gentes on effects of UW-Platteville Richland closing

Richland County Board Supervisor Linda Gentes, an administrator and lecturer at UW-Platteville Richland, considers causes and community effects of the UW System ending in-person classes on the campus.

December 16, 2022

Students at UW-Platteville Richland navigate its closure
Students at UW-Platteville Richland navigate its closure

Education

Students at UW-Platteville Richland navigate its closure

Members of the UW-Platteville Richland student body share their concerns about their future educational opportunities after the UW System announced an end to in-person classes on the campus.

December 16, 2022

Three side-by-side photos show workers in meatpacking plants wearing protective gear, including coats and pants, helmets and goggles, working to clean floors and equipment of animal byproducts in wet conditions.
Three side-by-side photos show workers in meatpacking plants wearing protective gear, including coats and pants, helmets and goggles, working to clean floors and equipment of animal byproducts in wet conditions.

Economy

Federal judge orders Packers Sanitation not to hire children

The Wisconsin-based company entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor, promising to hire an outside consultant to review its hiring policies and provide additional training for its managers.

December 7, 2022

Wisconsin-based Packers Sanitation draws child labor order
Wisconsin-based Packers Sanitation draws child labor order

Agriculture

Wisconsin-based Packers Sanitation draws child labor order

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a temporary restraining order against Wisconsin-based Packers Sanitation after an investigation found children allegedly working long hours in hazardous conditions.

November 18, 2022

Three side-by-side images show Derrick Van Orden speaking into a microphone with seated audience members in the background.
Three side-by-side images show Derrick Van Orden speaking into a microphone with seated audience members in the background.

Politics

What’s next for Derrick Van Orden in Congress after winning Wisconsin’s 3rd

Here & Now extra: The winning Republican candidate for a U.S. House seat in western and central swaths of the state is getting ready to serve in the majority while Democratic candidate Brad Pfaff thinks his party can learn from the close margin in this 2022 race.

November 17, 2022

Anthony Chergosky on Van Orden’s win in Wisconsin’s 3rd
Anthony Chergosky on Van Orden’s win in Wisconsin’s 3rd

Elections

Anthony Chergosky on Van Orden’s win in Wisconsin’s 3rd

UW-La Crosse political science professor Anthony Chergosky examines Derrick Van Orden's victory over Brad Pfaff for a western Wisconsin U.S. House seat and the rural-urban split in partisan politics.

November 11, 2022

Anthony Chergosky on Pfaff, Van Orden and the 3rd District
Anthony Chergosky on Pfaff, Van Orden and the 3rd District

Elections

Anthony Chergosky on Pfaff, Van Orden and the 3rd District

UW-La Crosse political science professor Anthony Chergosky assesses the race between Brad Pfaff and Derrick Van Orden for Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District seat in the last weeks of the election.

October 21, 2022

Pfaff, Van Orden and Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District
Pfaff, Van Orden and Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District

Elections

Pfaff, Van Orden and Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District

A Republican promoting national political issues and a Democrat focusing on local economic desires are vying in a high-profile 2022 contest for a U.S. House seat in rural, western swaths of the state.

September 9, 2022

Anthony Chergosky on Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District
Anthony Chergosky on Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District

Elections

Anthony Chergosky on Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District

UW-La Crosse political science professor Anthony Chergosky explains why a race between Brad Pfaff and Derrick Van Orden for a western Wisconsin U.S. House seat is in the national political spotlight.

August 12, 2022

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

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