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Episode 1 of our podcast, So - That Happened is now live. We're still working through a few technical issues, particularly since some of this podcast was recorded in noisy places. 

In this episode we explore citizen activists in the Chippewa Valley who are making a difference through their actions. I went on a bus trip to Madison with the Wisconsin Conservation Voters as they lobbied with their state Senators to pass legislation to protect water in Wisconsin.  I also spoke to Chris Hambuch-Boyle about her efforts to support our public schools for Public Schools Week along with the Wisconsin Public Education Network.

Podcast is live

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We're starting a podcast. The first episode of So - That Happened just went live. It is not a regular podcast episode, but is more of an introduction. I talk a little about the background of WisCommunity, how we got where we are, and what you can expect in 2020 from the podcast and from the site. You can listen many different ways. There's a play widget on the front page of the site. You can go to our podcast page. At our podcast page you can also leave feedback or audio for us to use in our upcoming episodes. 

We are also being distributed to multiple different podcast services through our main platform, Anchor.fm. It is currently available on Spotify.  The first episode should roll out to the other sites very soon, though it looks like Apple Podcasts is being a little persnickety. 

I want to encourage you to think of this as your podcast in the community, so please send in ideas for what you'd like to hear and how it can improve. 

Coming Attractions

Coming Attractions - 35mm - HD

Life has been full. I've spent some time regrouping, making plans, and trying to forge a path for Wis.Community for 2020. As some of you know, it has been a trying year at Cruiskeen Farm. My partner and wife Lorelei died in August. Our doggie Shadow left shortly before that. As a result, I'm learning to manage the farm here, which I've blissfully left to Lori while we have lived here. I've also taken some time out to get used to living alone. 

Help Us Keep Local News Alive - 3 - Contribute Content

WisCommunity was always intended to be a community platform. Did you know that you can contribute directly to the site from your computer or phone? We would love to have more content from the community.  Adding in content on the site requires. Things you can contribute include:

Help Us Keep Local News Alive - 2 - Become A Paid Member

Producing news costs money. Newspapers around the country are struggling to find ways to fund news-gathering operations and production costs. Our production costs are fairly low, but there still is a need to pay people to do the work, to pay web hosting costs, development costs, and more. 

Local News is Dying. Help Us to Keep It Alive - 1 - Sign up for our Newsletter

Newspapers throughout the country are dying and news deserts are sprouting up. We're trying something new, producing news stories you are not likely to see in-depth elsewhere. Help us to build a new news ecosystem for the Chippewa Valley. We will have a story per day on how you can help us to build this. 

Podcast is Coming - help us build it

WisCommunity will be starting a podcast early in 2020. The podcast will cover bigger issues facing the Chippewa Valley and the state. It will feature interviews with important people in the community, and will cover a different issue every month. The podcast is titled So - That Happened

Thanksgiving Vacation

WisCommunity will be taking a Thanksgiving vacation. Through about Dec. 2 expect to see a slower pace here while the publisher/editor makes a trip to New England. 

So That Happened - 10/29/2019

This is a semi-regular compendium of thoughts, observations, and events from the Chippewa Valley. 

Attending the Google News Initiative conference

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I was notified yesterday that WisCommunity's application to attend the meeting in Chicago has been accepted. Google will be paying accommodation expenses for me to attend the meeting and find out new ideas for monetization of news, and other initiatives that Google is working on for journalists.

Site Changes

You may have noticed that the site has been down off and on for the last couple days.  You may also have noticed this afternoon that it is a good deal faster than it used to be, or at least it appears that way at Chateau Cruiskeen. I've made some rather serious changes to the way the site is run on this server, and I'm hoping that this will fix some long-standing performance issues.

Like Someone Had Branded My Brain

I was driving from the farm to a gig at Best Buy where I was working as a consultant. It was a normal sunny day in The Cities as I tried to swill down enough coffee to wake up as I was listening to NPR, just like normal.

WisCommunity is back

Steve Hanson

As I am sure has been clear, WisCommunity has been very slowly updated for the last few months. Those of you who know me personally have been aware that my wife has had serious health issues over the last nine months. I am sad to have to report that my darling Lorelei died on August 25th at home with me and our daughters.

The perils of a one-man enterprise

Miranda "Bear with .." from S01 E01

As has probably been apparent, posting and maintenance at Wis.Commuity has been more than a little slow lately. It's one of the problems with having what is essentially a one-man operation (not for lack of trying to spread the work through the community). The gist of it is that if I for one reason or another cannot work every day, things suffer. 

Where Have We Been?

You may have noticed that posting here has been sparse lately. I've been on a vacation and have recently returned. You will see things picking back up again over the next few days. I'll have a little to write about from the vacation, notably about Amtrak and where they are going, along with a narrative of taking the Lake Shore Limited, and how that particular train is going.

Commenting Changes on Wiscommunity

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We have made some changes to commenting policy on the site. In the past no comments could be made on the site unless you have previously created an account with us and signed in. For at least the time being, comments can be made by people without accounts, but they will be held for moderation until an editor approves them. We hope this will promote a lively discussion in the community without allowing a free-for-all of spam and other problems.

So That Happened 4/14/2019

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I'll be poking myself in here from time to time with rambling discussions of what is happening at Wis.Community, observations, and things you may or may not find interesting. This may at some point become a podcast. Or not. Bear with me. Call it a blog. Call it the musings of a quickly-aging guy. It's an experiment.

Winter Was Hard

Winter Was Hard

Winter continues to unleash upon us. More stories are coming on about barn collapses, accidents, and more caused by the incredible weather we have been experiencing. Today almost all of the area schools are closed due to water covering the roads, making them impassable. I am at the moment sitting out at the farm and wondering if I will be able to get into town tomorrow for the Red Cedar Watershed Conference.

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