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Feb 18 Primary Info! Attend Upcoming Events in Dodgeville,
Mineral Point, Fennimore! And so much more!

Spring Primary: Tuesday, February 18, 7am-8pm
Are you registered? Click here!
Find your polling place here!
Preview your ballot here!

Spring Primary: Following are items that may be on your ballot. To preview your ballot click here: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/previewmyballot.

Looking Ahead: Presidential Preference Primary - April 7, 2020
Polls open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.- Offices to be elected:

  • Presidential Preference Vote
  • Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Court of Appeals Judge District 4: Rachel A. Graham
  • Iowa County Board Members (see Districts here)
  • Lafayette County Board Members
  • Various local mayor, alderman, village and town boards
  • Various School Boards - e.g. Dodgeville School Board - W. of Hwy 23 and Member at Large

New Library Referendum on the Spring Primary Ballot on
Tuesday, February 18 | 7am-8pm
Find your polling place
See renderings of the proposed new library, including floor plans, aerial renderings, and architectural drawings of the exterior from many angles. Contact Library Director Vickie Stengel, [email protected], 608-935-3728 or visit dodgevillelibrary.com/library-building-project/ for more info.
ALSO, check out the dedicated Facebook page about the New Library Referendum.

Soil Health & Diversity: Keeping Farms Economically and Ecologically Sustainable
Saturday, February 22  |  1-4pm
Lenz Conference Center, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

Scott Mericka - Grass Dairy LLC, is a pasture-based rotational grazing dairy in rural Dodgeville. The farm grows a diverse perennial pasture for 200 cows whose milk supplies the farmstead cheese maker Uplands Cheese Company. Milk balances in the shoulder seasons are marketed through Rolling Hills Dairy Producers Coop.
Mike Miles - A Catholic Worker for 45 years and family farmer at Anathoth Community Farm outside of Luck, Wisconsin. For twelve years he has been a practitioner of regenerative agriculture as one of the best solutions to climate chaos. His YouTube channel (Anathoth Community Farm) approaches 500,000 visits and he maintains several Facebook pages on agricultural issues.
More info: Dave & Donna Swanson, [email protected]

This event was made possible by a grant from FOOD, FAITH AND FARMING NETWORK
SPONSORS FOR THIS EVENT INCLUDE: Grant County Rural Stewardship - Southwest Wisconsin Technical College - Wisconsin Farmers Union - Grant County Farm Bureau - Organic Valley Crawford Stewardship Project - Valley Stewardship Network
(farm photos by Lynn Grooms/Agri-View)
State Senator Marklein's Listening Session on Feb. 10
Road Concerns and Funding Suggestions Shared by Residents
(click for Marklein's comments on road funding)
More than 25 people attended a listening session hosted by Wisconsin Sen. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green, at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore.  The condition of the state’s highways has been identified as among the bottom-third in the country, and local officials say town and county roads are deteriorating.  Iowa County Supervisor Mark Storti expressed disappointment that Wisconsin lawmakers authorized a $10 vehicle registration fee increase in the 2019-21 biennium budget but rejected efforts to raise the state’s gas tax to finance local road projects. Gov. Tony Evers proposed an 8-cent gas tax increase before the budget was approved last year and policy that would automatically adjust the tax with inflation. Attendees drew attention to an anticipated $450 million state budget surplus, which lawmakers have considered funneling into a tax break.  But some in the audience indicated they would rather see the funds invested in local road repair, housing rehabilitation grants or mental health initiatives. Read Bennet Goldstein's full article here.
Photos by Dave Kettering
Water Quality Issues Panel Discussion Held February 4
Dennis Frame, former director of Discovery Farms, moderated a panel of legislators - several from SW Wisconsin - on water quality issues at Wisconsin Farm Bureau Ag Day at the Capitol on Feb. 4.  Read full coverage by Wisconsin State Farmer here. (Photo: Carol Spaeth-Bauer)

Wisconsin Farmers Union Iowa-Grant Spring Meeting
Saturday, March 7  | 12:00pm-1:30pm
SW Technical College, 1800 Bronson Boulevard, Fennimore, WI 
Rex Smith, WFU member and SW Tech Dining Services Manager, will speak about his role at SW Tech and utilizing local growers to provide food for students and faculty. Rex will then lead a tour of SW Tech's Growtainer, which is a shipping container that's been converted into controlled environment for growing a wide range of horticultural, floriculture and agricultural products in all environments and climates. Contact Michelle Godez with any questions - [email protected]

Immigration: An American Story
Now through March 12 | Free
Verona Public Library
500 Silent St., Verona, Wisconsin 53593

This traveling exhibition presents documents, maps, and images to tell select stories of those who came to America, some by coercion and others by choice in search of a better future for themselves and later generations. The exhibition will be on view at the Verona Public Library from now - March 12, 2020.
Immigration: An American Story is a national traveling exhibition developed by the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History.

drinking liberallyDriftless Area Drinking Liberally Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, February 19, 5:30-8pm | Free
Duke's Brew Pub
105 E. Chapel Street, Dodgeville

Drop in at Duke’s Brew Pub anytime between 5:30 and 8pm to join the Drinking Liberally group. Part of a national movement, it’s a political and social organization where self-identified liberals and progressives gather in local hot spots to socialize, talk politics and drink responsibly!  For information contact Jubie Simonson at [email protected] or Michelle Godez at [email protected].  

Postcard Groups Gather Weekly Join the group nearest you - for conversation, fun, friendship, and political action.

CONGRATULATIONS Dodgeville/Mineral Point Postcard Group on your 3rd Anniversary! A festive atmosphere with colorful balloons and tasty snacks and a wonderful postcard poster.  What a surprise and satisfaction at the total number of postcards last year:  2718.
       Peals of laughter above the babble of many simultaneous  conversations, but somehow at the end, amid the jumble of papers on the table, 48 written postcards.  Topics covered were as diverse as the concerns of the thirteen in attendance.
       In a moment of quiet, Christine and Myra reported on their visit to Rep. Todd Novak's office.  Novak's aide, Ben, took their questions and recognized Myra's name! He also mentioned Bob,  whose cards are after all quite memorable, and Resha.  Ben assured them that he reads every postcard.  Encouragement to keep writing in our fourth year! 

       This Postcard Group meets every Wednesday at 9:30am in coffee shops in Dodgeville and Mineral Point. Contact Judy Stieber for info at
[email protected]. Join the fun February 19 at Cafe 43 in Mineral Point.
(Kathie and Judy, photographer and technical assistant)

Other Events

OUR GRASSROOTS CITIZENS SUSTAIN IOWA COUNTY group works at the local, state and national levels on climate change and environment issues. To get involved, contact Chuck Tennessen at [email protected]

Let your voice be heard

Postcard Groups Gather Weekly  Join the group nearest you - for conversation, fun, friendship, and political action.
Dodgeville/Mineral Point:
Every Wednesday at 9:30am in various coffee shops in Dodgeville and Mineral Point. Contact Judy Stieber at  for location.

The “Mazo Muddlers” meet Mondays at 10am at Base Camp Café, 18 Brodhead in Mazomanie. Contact: [email protected]

Every Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:30am upstairs at the Driftless Market, 95 W. Main Street, Platteville. Contact: [email protected] or 608-330-3027


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