Milwaukee Nonprofit Still Providing Services and Support to Latino Community

Dispatches from Our Own Wisconsin: Al Castro of the United Community Center  Al Castro is the Director of Health Research Programs at the United Community Center, a nonprofit Latino community organization in Milwaukee.  With an extensive …

WIS’19 Collaborator Bakes Cookies for Essential Workers

Adija Greer-Smith, owner of Confectionately Yours at the Sherman Phoenix in Milwaukee, has been making 500 to 600 cookies a week since March to give away to hospitals, dialysis centers, testing labs, funeral homes, and fire departments …

Green Bay’s NEW Water Highlights Essential Services

Dispatches from Our Own Wisconsin: Tricia Garrison of NEW Water  Tricia Garrison is the public affairs and education manager for NEW Water, the brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, that serves Northeast Wisconsin …

WIS’18 Host Discusses Potato Oversupply

Andy Diercks, a fourth-generation farmer and part-owner of Coloma Farms, helps grow 800 acres of potatoes in Central Wisconsin, among other vegetables. In 2018, the Wisconsin Idea Seminar visited Coloma Farms and learned about the …

Bayfield Science Teacher Meets the Same Student Challenges, Only Now on a New Platform

Dispatches from Our Own Wisconsin: Rick Erickson of Bayfield High School Rick Erickson is an award-winning high school teacher at the Bayfield School District where he teaches high school chemistry, physics, and alternative education.  Among his …

Bad River Band Encourages Family Time, Food Independence

Dispatches from Our Own Wisconsin: Dylan Jennings of Bad River Band Dylan Bizhikiins Jennings, an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. He is …

Roxbury Farm Emphasizes Adaptability of Dairy Products

Dispatches from Our Own Wisconsin: Mitch Breunig of Mystic Valley Dairy Mitch Breunig, owner of Mystic Valley Dairy, LLC, in rural Roxbury, near Sauk City, manages eight employees, oversees the breeding and healthcare of the herd, …

Viroqua Restaurant Keeps Positive Attitude About Food, Quality Ingredients

Dispatches from Our Own Wisconsin: Dani Lind of Rooted Spoon Dani Lind, owner and head chef of Rooted Spoon, leverages her local agricultural connections to bring quality ingredients to the small town of Viroqua, Wisconsin. …

Door County Dairy Farm Continues Relationship-Driven Business Despite Supply Chain Challenges

Dispatches from Our Own Wisconsin: Brey Cycle Farms Lauren Brey, along with her husband Jacob, his brother Tony, and sister-in-law Moriah, own and manage a 600-cow farm in Sturgeon Bay. All four graduated from UW-Madison: …

WIS’19 Collaborator Utilizes 3D Printers to Produce Medical Equipment

CREATE Portage County has converted its IDEA Center in Stevens Point, which the Wisconsin Idea Seminar visited in 2019, into a 3D printing facility in order to create high-need medical equipment for local healthcare organizations, …