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Letter from THE EDITOR

See what the flag stands for.

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Wisconsinite wins national scholarship. (Photo

courtesy of Shana Read, Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.)


State’s co-ops send record number of youth to D.C.



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THE EDITOR What the flag stands for

This month’s letter is from WECN emeritus editor and 2017 Youth Tour chaperone Perry Baird. For more on Dana Kelroy, Editor the Youth Tour, see page 6. History shows that the annual Youth Tour hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) grew out of a suggestion made by then-Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson as he spoke to the 1957 NRECA annual meeting crowd in Chicago. His remark, as quoted by NRECA, suggested electric cooperatives should “send youngsters to the nation’s capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents.” This year marks 60 years since Johnson uttered the suggestion, which led to the Youth Tour’s start in 1964. And this year, for the first time in Wisconsin co-ops’ participation in Youth Tour, our teen delegates got a chance to travel to Baltimore to visit Ft. McHenry and see the place where the U.S. flag’s most iconic historical chapter was written—literally, by Francis Scott Key in his “Star Spangled Banner” anthem. During a ranger talk at the site, the students unfurled a life-sized replica of the flag that had been raised over the fort the morning after the British bombardment in the War of 1812. A few days later, many of the young folks got to see the actual flag, preserved at the American History Museum on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall. If those experiences aren’t fulfilling Johnson’s “see what the flag stands for” suggestion, I don’t know what would.—Perry Baird

August 2017 Vol. 78 No. 2 The Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News (Formerly Wisconsin R.E.C. News) has been published monthly and distributed since July 1940 to members of Wisconsin’s non-profit, consumer-owned rural electric cooperatives. It is available to non-members for $10 per year or $28 for three years. Published by the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association, 222 W. Washington Ave., Ste. 680, Madison, WI 53703. Steve Freese, president & CEO. USPS number: 688-480. Postmaster: please send address changes to Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News, 222 W. Washington Ave., Ste. 680, Madison, WI 53703. Periodicals postage paid at Baraboo, Wis. Send correspondence to Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News, 222 W. Washington Ave., Ste. 680, Madison, WI 53703. Phone (608) 467-4650. Web site: Co-op Members: Please send address changes to your local electric co-op. Contact information can be found on page 18. Steve Freese Dana Kelroy Mary Erickson David Hoopman Ann Bailey Tina Walden Geri Miller

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With U.S. nuclear power plants retiring early for financial reasons, worldwide nuclear plant construction in 2016 reached its highest level in 25 years, according to the London-based World Nuclear Association. At the end of last year 448 reactors were operational worldwide, a net increase of seven compared with the beginning of the year, the association said. Dozens more are on the way, with 61 new reactors under construction, the report said. Four of those are in the United States, where six plants have been retired in the past seven years, according to the report.

Wisconsin delegates to the 2017 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour cluster by their state’s pillar at the World War II Memorial on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall. This year’s June 9–15 event drew more than 1,800 teens from across the country to the nation’s capital and featured a week-long schedule of cooperative workshops, meetings on Capitol Hill, and touring national memorials and historic sites. The 16 students from Wisconsin were sponsored by 10 of the state’s electric co-ops and marked a record number to participate in the annual conference.


Electricity providers would gain freedom to bypass red tape when it impedes clearing vegetation that presents a wildfire hazard on federal lands, under legislation approved 300-118 by the House of Representatives in June. The bill also creates liability protection for power providers whose efforts to clear fire hazards are stalled by federal agencies. In visits to congressional offices this spring,

co-op leaders from Wisconsin and other states raised the issue of months-long delays in obtaining permits for line maintenance work on federal land. In 2003, deficient vegetation management by an Ohio utility—not on federal land—was identified as the cause of a blackout affecting eight states and part of Canada and running up billions of dollars in economic losses.


Mississippi Power and its parent Southern Company at the end of June halted lignite gasification activities at their Kemper County plant. However, they continue producing electricity from natural gas pending a decision from the Mississippi Public Service Commission on recovery of the facility’s multi-billion-dollar cost overruns. Days earlier and pushing for settlement on cost-recovery plans, commissioners said the utilities should abandon the delayplagued coal gasification and carbon capture aspect of the project. 6

In its 2014 issuance of performance standards capping carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants, the Environmental Protection Agency claimed the Kemper plant proved carbon capture had met a Clean Air Act requirement that prescribed control technologies be “adequately demonstrated.” But the Kemper facility, with a cost estimate of $2.8 billion and an actual price exceeding $7 billion, has generated power from natural gas since 2014 and never achieved sustained, commercial operation using lignite-based synthetic gas as fuel.


A campaign that began roughly a year ago to revive retail electric restructuring in Wisconsin appears to have been finally put aside. Major industrial electricity users hoping to acquire bargaining power with their incumbent utilities received a chilly response from the legislature and Public Service Commission (PSC) last summer and early this year. The PSC indicated it preferred creative ratemaking to help manufacturers control energy costs, rather than to revisit the deregulation experiment Wisconsin abandoned almost two decades ago. In June, the PSC approved an experimental pilot program called the “DayAhead Market Pricing Rider,” allowing Wisconsin Power and Light to offer industrial customers opportunities to shift load in response to power market signals. The Wisconsin Paper Council and Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group (WIEG) greeted the tariff approval with enthusiasm, saying they “applaud” the PSC action. Todd Stuart, WIEG executive director, said his members “appreciate WP&L’s efforts to move quickly on innovative real-time pricing options that provide manufacturers with additional rate choices and an ability to have more control in managing their costs”—the core issue in last year’s effort to try again on restructuring.

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As a new federal RUS Electric Program Loan Level History budget works its way through Congress, your statewide electric co-op association will engage with our legislators to help shape the document that lands on the president’s desk. For rural America, the budget President Trump proposed to Congress is a mixed bag of spending and policy priorities. Start with the FY 15 Enacted FY 16 Enacted FY 17 Enacted FY 18 Requested $5.0 billion $5.5 billion $5.5 billion $5.5 billion parts that are very positive from our Cooperatives utilize RUS loans to finance affordable, reliable electric service point of view. The to approximately 42 million people. These loans are repaid with interest to the president’s budget U.S. Treasury and actually contribute to reducing the national debt. maintains a $5.5 billion Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Electric Loan Program. REDLG program have enabled job creation and business Many electric cooperatives utilize growth, revitalizing rural communities. Your statewide orthese funds to improve service ganization will work to restore this $85 million budget item Steve Freese to some 42 million Americans, so electric cooperatives can continue fostering development President and CEO and a special point of pride is the projects in their member-owners’ hometowns. well-earned reputation of electric co-ops as a good credit Other budget cuts affecting rural America include the risk. RUS loans are among the few federal budget items Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program, High Cost that actually generate positive returns to the U.S. Treasury. Energy Grant Program, Rural Energy Savings Program, This year alone, more than $300 million dollars in co-op and the Rural Energy for America Program. Each plays an loan repayments will help chip away at the federal deficit. important role, and we will work with our members of ConThe Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association will be gress to restore them. fully supporting this budget provision. In the context of the enormous federal budget, you may The president’s budget also provides $26.9 million for be struck by the comparatively modest sums involved. One the Broadband Loan Program which this organization supreason America’s electric cooperatives have been successful ports, recognizing the transformation that occurs in rural in defending these programs over the years is that they don’t communities when infrastructure is modernized. Whether ask for a lot, and they deliver positive results for the taxpayit’s a new road, water and sewer lines, or broadband availers’ investments. ability, any of these make a community more competitive In that regard, the proposed creation of a new Rural to attract or retain business; the community becomes a Economic Infrastructure Grant Program might benefit from better place for its citizens to live. co-op input. The proposal would consolidate the Community In some other areas in the budget proposal, rural AmerConnect Broadband Grant Program, the Distance Learning ica doesn’t do as well. Rural development takes it on the and Telemedicine Grant Program, Section 504 Housing chin. The budget would eliminate funding for programs Repair Program, and Community Facilities Grant Program. important to communities served by electric cooperatives, The federal government’s only broadband grant program such as the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant would be combined with three others, and co-ops want to be (REDLG) program. sure there’s a clear understanding of what the new program The REDLG program allows electric co-ops to locally actually funds. administer financing for development projects in the We have our work cut out for us making certain our fedcommunities they serve. In many rural communities the eral lawmakers understand the impact of these issues on ruelectric cooperative is the only entity taking on this role ral communities. Fortunately, your co-ops have built strong because the critical mass just doesn’t exist outside the relationships, and we have lawmakers who are willing to co-op. Here in Wisconsin, co-ops working through the work with us on these important issues.

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Here’s how big solar energy has become in the United States: A total solar eclipse coming August 21 has utilities planning to prevent power outages when the moon blocks the sun for two minutes and 40 seconds over the middle of North America. You needn’t worry about losing electricity—your local electric cooperative knows what’s coming. But the long-forecast astronomical event shows how, rather suddenly, renewable energy is making a serious difference as solar and wind power elbow their way into roles traditionally occupied by electricity generated from fuels like coal, natural gas, and uranium. “Electric Industry Generation, Capacity and Market Outlook,” a new report from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), describes those changes and what they mean for electric co-ops and their member-owners. “The (U.S. Department of Energy’s) Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that by 2018, non-hydroelectric renewables will be about 10 percent of the generation mix, which is a really big deal,” says Lauren Khair, an NRECA regional economic analyst and an author of the report. “Back in 2008, just to give you an idea, the share of non-hydro renewables was around 3 percent.” But the rapid rise is only half the story. Wind and solar generate electricity differently than coal-fired and nuclear “baseload” generation that can run continuously for— literally—months at a time or longer. And that has utilities making changes in an increasingly complicated system of generation and transmission. 10

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Rising consumer demand is a strong driver of growth in renewable energy, and Wisconsin’s electric cooperatives have moved more aggressively than other power providers to supply the renewables their members request. Government policies are another big reason for expansion of renewable energy. Solar and wind power grew rapidly in response to federal tax credits in 2012, slowed when credits were expected to be discontinued, and accelerated again when they were extended. These subsidies even affect the time of year when renewable projects are built. As NRECA’s report states, “Most renewable projects are completed in the fourth quarter of the year, due in part to the

An elusive goal

Policymakers often claim to support an “all-ofthe-above” strategy employing diverse electric generation technologies to achieve reliability, affordability, and emission reduction. But a 2015 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) claimed that by 2050–55, the United States could be powered by100 percent renewable energy, at “low cost.” “No natural gas, biofuels, nuclear power, or stationary batteries are needed,” the authors said. This June, a new PNAS paper dismissed the 2015 effort as “a poorly executed exploration of an interesting hypothesis.” The new paper identified “significant shortcomings” in the earlier one, citing “implausible and inadequately supported assumptions” such as “a cost of capital that is one-third to one-half lower than that used in practice in the real world.” The authors favor attempting to regulate Earth’s climate, but recognize that like every energy technology, renewables have their own challenges. Specifically, “Wind and solar are variable energy sources, and some way must be found to address the issue of how to provide energy if their immediate output cannot continuously meet instantaneous demand.” They conclude that “the weight of the evidence suggests that a broad portfolio of energy options will help facilitate an affordable transition to a near-zero emission energy system.” The end of gas and nuclear isn’t coming soon.

timing of qualifications for federal, state or local tax incentives.” Projections for renewable energy show strong growth until 2020, then a leveling for several years as tax credits phase out. State governments also stimulate growth, with laws mandating renewables as a percentage of energy use, known as Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). Washington, D.C., and 29 states have adopted various mandatory standards. Several other states have set voluntary targets. In 2005, Wisconsin enacted an RPS requiring all power providers to source at least 10 percent of their electricity sales from renewables by 2015. All providers achieved the standard. Wisconsin’s electric cooperatives met and surpassed the standard years ahead of the deadline. Improved technology and lower prices also push renewable growth. The NRECA report says, “States have been able to meet or surpass these [Renewable Portfolio] Standards, in part because of declining costs of solar and wind … utility-scale solar costs for crystalline panels dropped 85 percent and utility-scale wind costs dropped 66 percent in the last seven years.”

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Large-scale wind and solar installations tend to sit in wide-open spaces, so the electricity needs new transmission lines to reach where people live. Moreover, transmission systems increasingly need to accommodate generation that occurs only when the wind blows or sun shines. “The increase in variable generation to the wholesale market has led to increasing concerns about transmission congestion,” says the NRECA report. Citing an estimate from Edison Electric Institute that investor-owned utilities plan to spend $22 billion this year on transmission projects, the report notes another speed bump to renewable energy development: “As transmission projects become more difficult to site due to environmental concerns, land availability, local opposition and other constraints, planners will need to find innovative

Did you know? By 2018, non-hydro renewable energy sources will make up 10% of the generation mix that produces electricity. Compare that to 3% in 2008! Source: Energy Information Administration. *National data.

ways to meet these challenges.” The lesson: Even though some energy choices enjoy widespread public enthusiasm, building the necessary infrastructure is never easy to do. Paul Wesslund writes on cooperative issues for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the service arm of the nation’s 900-plus electric cooperatives. WECA’s Dave Hoopman contributed to this report.

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Otto was sponsored by Price Electric Cooperative to attend the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association (WECA) Youth Leadership Congress in 2013. That experience led to additional involvement in WECA and NRECA youth programs, including the Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. Eligibility for the English scholarship requires Youth Tour participation. Her award is $10,000. Four other finalists in the competition received $1,000 awards. Price Electric President and CEO William L. Caynor Sr. said he was “very excited that Tessa, a member of our cooperative family, has won this prestigious award,” adding, “It’s very gratifying to see one of our cooperative Youth Tour participants continue to distinguish herself in such a meaningful way.”

NRECA Board PresYouth Your and ident Phil Carson said Youth Leadership Otto “demonstrated a Council, and has sincere appreciation assisted with both for the principles that again this year. guide electric coopShe attends eratives to power the University of and empower Wisconsin–Oshkosh millions of Amerwhere she is majoring ican families and in business managebusinesses.” ment with a marketing Otto o “I’m looking n 2014 emphasis. NRECA forward to great Youth The scholarship is Tour. things in her future,” named for the former 10Carson said. term Oklahoma congressOtto was elected to the WECA Youth man who served as CEO of the electric Board during the 2013 Youth Leadership cooperatives’ national organization Congress at UW–River Falls. The folfrom 1994 until his retirement in 2013. lowing year she took part in the NRECA Tessa’s video submission can be viewed Youth Tour, represented Wisconsin on by going to the NRECA Youth Leadership Council —Dave Hoopman and Dana Kelroy in 2014 and 2015, returned for the 2016

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town north of Hwy. 8 in the woods of Wisconsin. I was able to grow up milking cows, raising pigs, riding my horse, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, making hay, and maybe least enjoyable, picking lots of rock. But I am a strong believer that my upbringing is what provided me with such a strong work ethic. In school I work as one of the select seven students who serve as Titan Gold Corps Ambassadors. To put it simply, we are student “faces” for the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh. We give tours, communicate with prospective students, operate a professional Facebook profile, and recruit prospective students. I was accepted to my school’s college of business the same day that I was awarded the scholarship, so I am excited to be starting those classes in the fall. I plan on getting involved in the Student Managed Endowment Fund. This fund is an account managed by a select group of students used on the stock market. I am hoping that this group will assist me in trading my stocks more efficiently in the future by giving me the skills and knowledge to be successful in the market.

gram was a vehicle for me to become not only point one moment in a great youth particular. I will share a leader, but also very fond memory, howworked me ever. I remember back into a business in 2014 on my Youth professional setTour we had a very ting where I was talented singer. While fortunate enough standing in front of the to learn at an early Washington Monuage how to best ment waiting to go up articulate myself she sang “Traveling in an appropriate Soldier” acapella and Otto with matter. On all of NRECA CEO the waiting crowds Jim Mathe these trips (July was son, July 2 went silent for her. 017. my 8th trip through It was a very moving the NRECA), I have experience. When someone asks me the been able to practice interactions, write best part of this program I consistently and give speeches, and even felt like I (and cliché I know) say the people, and have perfected something as simple as a the friendships that I have made along fi rm handshake. The skills that I needed the way. Laughing until you cry seems to possess for this program allowed me to be a daily occurrence when I am with to jumpstart myself ahead of my my NRECA folks, but we could maybe peers by beginning this attribute this to sleep deprivation creatbusiness profesing America’s next great leaders. Well WECN: Do you sional lifestyle worth it. foresee a career back when I was 15 years old attendin co-ops in your WECN: What does this scholaring my first Youth future? Leadership Congress ship mean to you? in 2013 at UW-River Tessa: After all Tessa: This scholarship for me means Falls. the generosity I more opportunities because it takes have seen with away a substantial financial load that NRECA, I WECN: Is there anyI would have needed to pay out of my can’t imagine ress. own pocket. Now that I have an extra thing else you’d like ip Cong h not exploring s r e d Lea fund to work with, I can focus more st Youth r the idea of fi r the co-op community e h ft) at and consider internships across the Otto (le working for them post gradto know about you? nation, study-abroad trips, and voluntary uation. Taking the importance of rural leadership roles on my campus. It will Tessa: Hello, co-op comelectrification to the national and global ultimately make my college experience munity! As you can see in my video, I level all united as one is a concept that more enjoyable because I am not spendhighlight most of my real interests and I would be proud to stand behind with ing time stressing about coming up with passions. But I will still list a few here. the people I have met during my journey money to fund my education. I am from Kennan, Wisconsin, a small with America’s electric co-ops.


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Breakfast Lasagna 4 cups corn flakes 2 cups minced watermelon 2 cups fresh blueberries or sliced strawberries 2 cups vanilla yogurt

Place 1/3 of the corn flakes in an even layer in the bottom of an 8x8-inch serving dish. Mix together the watermelon, blueberries, and yogurt and spoon half of it over the corn flake layer evenly. Sprinkle another layer of the corn flakes over the yogurt and then layer the remaining yogurt over that. Sprinkle the remaining corn flakes evenly over the top.

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2 thick slices of bread (your choice), toasted 2 Tbsp pesto sauce 2 slices cheddar cheese 1–2/3 inch thick slice seedless watermelon (about the same size as the bread) 2 thin slices tomato 4 slices cooked crisp bacon 2 butter lettuce leaves

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Crust 2 cups flour 3/4 cup powdered sugar 1 cup butter, softened Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together and press into a 9x13-inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Filling 4 eggs, beaten 2 cups sugar 1/4 cup flour 1/2 tsp salt 4 cups rhubarb, chopped Combine eggs, sugar, flour, and salt. Fold in rhubarb. Pour on top of crust. Bake for 40–55 minutes or until set and edges start to brown. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

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f you head to Washington Island at the end of the month, you’ll be lucky to find yourself at Death’s Door. And that is good luck that we’re talking about. Heaven is waiting for you here, especially if you’re a barbecue lover. Over the weekend of August 25 and 26, several thousand people are expected to take the brief ferry ride across the strait to Washington Island for the sixth annual Death’s Door BBQ. As the numbers suggest, this is no ordinary backyard barbecue party. Death’s Door is a serious barbecue competition, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS). Some of the best barbecue chefs in the country will be competing at this year’s event, producing mouth-watering meats for some substantial prize money and a whole lot of pride. Fortunately for the spectators, many of these renowned chefs will also be producing for visitor consumption.


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WISCONSIN FAVORITES “A lot of competitions are strictly contests, held in a park somewhere, but ours is a whole event with live music all day, kids’ games, and lots of food,” said Richard Jepsen, coordinator of the event and a certified barbecue judge himself. “One unique thing we have is that we’ve got about a quarter of the teams that will be selling their meat right at the site. They come up with some pretty interesting concoctions, like a barbecue parfait with mashed potatoes and baked beans in a big cup. Everybody does it a little different.” Jepsen isn’t just speaking from hometown pride when he says Washington Island puts on a great show; he’s judged enough competitions throughout the country to know a good barbecue event when he sees one. Jepsen became a certified judge about 10 years ago after passing the required course in Kansas

City. Just recently, he earned the title of certified master judge, which is attained after judging 30 KCBS-sanctioned contests, cooking with a team, and passing an extra exam. It’s a lot of work, but Jepsen admits it’s not a bad gig for someone who loves barbecue. “I also just recently became a state-certified steak judge, so I get to go around and eat steaks, and that’s pretty nice too,” he chuckled.

Building a BBQ Village

As Jepsen began traveling to various places judging different KCBS-sanctioned competitions, he got to wondering why a similar event couldn’t succeed at Washington Island. Located just beyond the tip of the Door County peninsula, the island offers a unique destination for competitors and spectators who want to make the contest a mini vacation. Washington Island

also has a tight-knit community of about 700 year-round residents who pull together to put on an event of this magnitude. And indeed, the community has embraced the event, with local businesses and organizations working together to make it successful. Death’s Door BBQ is sponsored by the Washington Island Ferry Line and the Washington Island Chamber of Commerce, as well as a number of other local businesses, including Washington Island Electric Cooperative. Washington Island Electric also played a unique role in launching the event by turning the airport grounds into a space suitable for supporting what’s basically a large, temporary campground, filled with modern, fully stocked kitchens. “The barbecue is held at the airport,

Washington Island’s Death’s Door BBQ is one of nearly 300 barbecue competitions nationwide sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, billed as the largest society of barbecue enthusiasts in the world. Trained judges evaluate each team’s barbecue for taste, appearance, and texture. Many of the participating teams also sell samples of their barbecue.

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There’s more to Death’s Door weekend than barbecue. Guests can peruse the Door County products offered by various vendors, and children can decorate pigs for prizes at a children’s tent set up at the Washington Island Art and Nature Center. Regional musical acts Genevieve Heyward and The Blues Disciples will be performing live on Saturday.

which is one of the best places to hold it simply because we have primary lines that run right through those grounds,” explained Robert Cornell, manager of Washington Island Electric. “So we hung a couple of new transformers and upgraded a couple of existing transformers, and we built quite a large number of temporary services in order to power all these rigs.” It takes the co-op crew about two days before the event to set up the temporary services each year, and another full day to break it all down. The efforts have not gone unnoticed; the inaugural Death’s Door BBQ was a resounding success. Cornell said organizers were hoping to attract about 500 to 700 people that first year, but the final count was about 2,500. The first event also got positive reviews from the seasoned chefs and judges, who have seen their share of competitions and therefore appreciate a smooth operation with reliable service. “We’ve had a number of them tell us that we have one of the best set-ups that they’ve had,” Cornell said. “Some of these chefs bring generators with them when they travel to competitions, but they don’t bring them to Washington Island because they know they won’t need them.” Jepsen agreed: “The word is out that we’ve got a great contest. We treat the judges and the cooks well. The whole island gets behind it and the people love it.” The numbers confirm Cornell and Jepsen’s statements, as the event has grown steadily each year. This year, Jepsen said registration for the maximum 42 teams filled completely by early March, with nine other teams on a waiting list. Judging spots are also coveted; Jepsen said 160 people had signed on hoping to judge this year’s Death’s Door BBQ by March. To better accommodate both participants and spectators, organizers expanded this year’s Death’s Door BBQ to two days, with the first day dedicated solely to competition and the second day open to the public. The event is also now the final contest of the Wisconsin Trifecta, a series of three KCBS-sanctioned barbecue competitions, with the others held 26

in Appleton and Green Bay. Jepsen explained the top 10 teams that compete in at least two of the three Wisconsin Trifecta events are eligible for additional prize money.

Beyond Barbecue

The competition at this year’s Death’s Door BBQ will include teams from 10 different states, with some of the best professional barbecue chefs in the country among them. However, you don’t have to be a professional to enjoy this event. This is a great place for backyard barbecue enthusiasts to pick up a few tips from the pros. “People can talk to the teams and ask them questions,” Jepsen said. “You can always pick up some tips and different things to try.” In addition to savoring the barbecue samples, visitors can stroll among 20 vendors offering other local products. “We’ve got island and non-island vendors, and a lot of them also sell food,” Jepsen said. “We’ll have kettle corn, Door County ice cream, cream puffs, maple syrup and honey that’s made up here—a lot of different things.” Transportation will be made easy with the BBQ Train, a service that will be made available by the Washington Island Ferry Line for those visitors who choose not to take their cars on the ferry across the strait to the island. The ferries will be journeying back and forth continuously all day, with the BBQ Train providing rides from the ferry dock on Washington Island to the airport every half hour throughout the Death’s Door BBQ festivities. It’s the perfect way to get a taste of Washington Island—a really good taste.—Mary Erickson Death’s Door BBQ will be held at the airport on Washington Island August 25 and 26. Saturday’s festivities are open to the public and begin at 10 a.m. To get there, follow Highway 42/57 north from Sturgeon Bay to the ferry dock at the northern tip of Door County Peninsula. For more information, visit www. or call 920-847-2179.

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1. Ryder meets a goat. Photo submitted by Andrea Graham, a member of Central Wisconsin Electric. 2. Ava plays with Diesel and Daisy. Photo submitted by Ava’s mother, Carly Schueller. Ava’s great-grandparents are members of AdamsColumbia Electric. 3. Abigail and Maggie have been best buds since Abigail was born. Photo sent in by Katie Edinger, a member of Price Electric.



4. Deryck dries his bunny Max after his bath. Photo submitted by Andrea Graham, a member of Central Wisconsin Electric.

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WISCONSIN EVENTS 3 Music in the Park––Prentice. Lionite Park, 6 p.m. 3–6 Flambeau Rama––Park Falls. 5th Street. Live music, food, carnival, arts & crafts, and more. 715-762-2703. 3–6 Taylor Co. Fair––Medford. Fairgrounds, 715-748-3348. 4 Fire Fest––Camp Douglas. Cutler Fire Co., 5–11:30 p.m. Cod fish fry, raffles, beer tent, music by Midlife Crisis Band. 4, 5 Relay for Life––Wautoma. High School Track, 5 p.m.–12 a.m. 4–6 Waterfest Venetian Lights Boat Parade & Family Festival––Mauston. Castle Rock Co. Park. 608-427-2070. 5 Outdoor Skills Day––Horicon. Education and Visitor Center, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Archery, campfire cooking, geocaching, trapping, more! 920-387-7893. 5 Corn and Brat Fest––Herbster. Historic Log Gym, 12–5 p.m. Fresh sweet corn, outdoor vendors. 715-774-3120. 5, 6 Quilt Show––Curtiss. Community Center, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Enjoy viewing quilts, challenge projects, craft sale, raffle buckets, demos. 5, 12, 19, 26 Bingo––Eau Claire. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 7–9:30 p.m. 8 Music in the Park––Neillsville. Schuster Park, 6–9 p.m. 10–13 Junior Fair––Ladysmith. Rusk Co. Fairgrounds. 715-532-2225. 11–13 Book Sale––Oconto Falls. Community Library. 920-846-2673. 11–13 Fall Fest Rummage Sale––Oconto Falls. Various locations. 920-846-2673. 12 Car Show––Oxford. Village Park, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. 12 Pig Roast––Rosholt. Fairgrounds, 3–7 p.m. Pork, turkey, hot dogs, more. 13 Fundraiser––Woodford. Fire Department, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Open pit grilled steak and sweet corn. 608-2149588.


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13–20 Juneau Co. Fair––Mauston. Veteran’s Memorial Park. Exhibits, carnival, rodeo, food, fun! 608-547-2426. 16 Hobo Supper–Shennington. St. Peter’s Church, 4–7 p.m. 17 Chair Affair––Medford. Downtown, 3–8 p.m. Food, wine, beer, music, raffles, prizes, more! 715-748-6611. 17–20 Sawyer Co. Fair––Hayward. Fairgrounds. 18–20 Harvest Days––Radisson. Main Street. Pancake breakfasts, softball tournament, food, live music, DJ dance, truck pull, parade, and fireworks. 19 Car Show & Burnout Contest––Owen. Central Ave, 10 a.m. Admission is free to spectators. $10 vehicle registration. 715-229-9939 to register. 19 Kornfest Fun Run––Holmen. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 8–10 a.m. 19 Vintage Snowmobile Show and Swap Meet–– Oakdale. Snowmobile Trails of Monroe Counties Building, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $5/ sled, spectators free. 608-372-7098. 19 Harvest of Talents Mongolian Barbeque–– Ladysmith. First Church of Christ, 4–7 p.m. Tickets are $12 adults and $7 children ages 5–10. 715-532-7093. 19, 20 Streetfest on the Hill––Tomah. Queen of the Apostles Parish, all day event. Food, music, beer tent, bingo, bouncy house for the kids, music, more! 19, 20 The Wurst Wine Trail Ever––Southwest Wisconsin. Consortium of six wineries that are located within the Upper Mississippi River Valley. 608-929-7692. 20 Picnic––Custer. Sacred Heart Church Picnic. Music, food, games, rummage sale, more! 715-592-4221. 20 Kornfest Breakfast––Holmen. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 7 a.m.–12 p.m. 608-769-2761. 23–27 Crawford Co. Fair––Gays Mills. Fairgrounds. Exhibits, animals, carnival, food, music by Kentucky Head Hunters, demo derby, and tractor pull.

24 Parkfest & Tailgate Cook-Off––Medford. City Park, 5–9 p.m. swimming, food, glow run, music, tailgate cook-off, bounce house, many other kids activities. 25 Gardening Seminar––Rome. Alpine Village Business Park, 9:30–10 a.m. 26 Junior Fair––Fennimore. High School, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. 26 Harvest of Talents Motorcycle Ride–– Ladysmith. First Church of Christ, 10 a.m. 100–mile ride starts at 11 a.m. with meal following. 715-415-3938. 26 Veterans Outreach Day––Medford. Fairgrounds, 12–6 p.m. Welcome home celebration for veterans. 715-748-1488. 26 Truck & Tractor Pull––Baraboo. Sauk Co. Fairgrounds, 7–10 p.m. Adults $10; kids 6–10 $5; kids 5 & under are free. 608434-9928. 26–28 Fall Festival and Golf Outing––Fall Creek. St. Raymond Church, Fri. 4–7 p.m.; Sat. 12–9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. 715-877-3400. 27 Dinner and Bazaar––Willard. Holy Family Church, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Chicken, ham, and all the trimmings; rummage sale; music; more! 27 Summer Fest––Tony. St. Anthony De Padua Parish center, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Charcoal chicken dinner, raffles, paddle game, door prizes. 715-532-3051.

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