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Wisconsin’s Rural Folk Art Culture is Cast in Concrete

Red barns and dairy cows aren’t the only distinctively Wisconsin features dotting the state’s rural landscape. There are also the occasional clusters of concrete sculptures, typically embedded with shards of glass, pieces of porcelain, shiny little stones, seashells, and other odds and ends that sparkle in the sun. Many of these unique concrete collections have

Youth Tour: Building Back Strong

The summer of 2020 was set to be a banner year: The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour was about to break a record with electric cooperatives from 45 states sponsoring teens to attend the annual gathering in Washington, D.C. During what many call the “trip of a lifetime,” delegates visit America’s most

Stepping Back

Some of life’s events shake you to your core. A little over a month ago, I experienced one of those events. After feeling unwell most of Father’s Day, I went to the emergency room and was admitted for the night, with more testing planned for the following day. The results of those, and subsequent tests,

Pierce Pepin Imagination Library Turns One

It’s a big deal when your baby turns one. You’ve spent the first year nurturing and watching as your baby starts to develop. You take pride in every new achievement. We feel the same about our Imagination Library. We started exploring the possibility of bringing Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Pierce and Pepin Counties in

Stay One Step Ahead of the Utility Scammers

In 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received 5.7 million incident reports in the consumer marketplace. About half of those were identified as fraud and a quarter as identity theft. Those statistics don’t tabulate utility fraud specifically, but the Better Business Bureau says it receives about 1,000 complaints of utility scams each year. Let’s look

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Youth Leadership Congress Returns More than 60 electric cooperative teens attended the three-day Youth Leadership Congress (YLC) at UW-Stout July 12–14. This was the first in-person event since 2019, and the first time YLC has been held at UW-Stout. YLC members participated in activities aimed at building leadership skills, including a session on “breakthrough leadership”