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Co-ops salute our military and seek to hire more vets.


Stay up-to-date on industry happenings.




It’s turkey time.



There’s no such thing as a bad day in the woods.



Wisconsin structures have potential hydro capacity.

Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River (Wisconsin) Structures with Estimated Potential Generation Capacity


Holiday happenings are popping up around the state.

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Identify the energy hogs in your home.


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THE EDITOR Vote on November 8

For the past few months, we’ve been profiling the Co-ops Vote initiative, a non-partisan, nationwide program designed to promote civic engagement and voter participation in electric co-op country. The initiative arms co-op members with information on the voter registration process, information on the candidates, and explanations of key issues affecting rural America. Electric co-ops are not-for-profit energy providers that are owned by the members they serve. They provide energy for 75 percent of our nation’s landmass. They are a strong foundation in their communities and their consumers are making their voices heard this election on issues that matter most to them, such as affordable electricity, broadband internet access, and job opportunities for veterans. By participating in the Co-ops Vote program and taking the pledge at to make electric co-op issues a priority this November, consumers are sending a resounding message that candidates will need to put our concerns front and center in order to earn our vote. With millions of electric co-op members speaking out with one voice, we are already having a major impact in making our top issues part of the national conversation. Visit, research the candidates, understand the issues, and please get to the polls on November 8. Dana Kelroy, Editor

November 2016 Vol. 77 No. 5 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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The Federated Youth Foundation (FYF) is soliciting applications for the second annual Charles Van Sickle Scholarship, to be awarded this winter. Named for eminent Wisconsin co-op attorney and lobbyist Charles Van Sickle, who passed away in 2012, the $2,000 scholarship is available to law or pre-law students who are Wisconsin residents and have an interest in cooperative law, though it’s not necessary they be attending a Wisconsin school. The FYF is a nonprofit charitable organization formed to channel unclaimed cooperative funds into educational or community service activities. Scholarship details and application materials can be obtained by contacting FYF in care of Ethan Giebel at the Cooperative Network offices, 1 South Pinckney Street, Suite 810, Madison, WI 53703. To be considered, applications must be received at the FYF office no later than Thursday, December 1.


The final eastern segment of the CapX2020 transmission project connecting Wisconsin with South Dakota was officially completed September 26. The 156-mile, 345-kilovolt Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse line is owned jointly by Dairyland Power Cooperative, WPPI Energy, Xcel Energy, the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, and Rochester Public Utilities. CapX2020 (Capacity Expansion Needed by 2020) includes more than 700 miles of new transmission line mainly crossing Minnesota, with a primary mission of transporting Great Plains wind energy to eastern utility systems. Eleven utilities have been participants in the project. Xcel Energy and the Waukeshabased American Transmission Company are at work on the joint “BadgerCoulee” project to link the eastern end of the CapX2020 lines with a substation outside Madison.


STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP, MANAGEMENT, AND CIRCULATION 1. PUBLICATION TITLE: Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News 2. PUBLICATION NUMBER: 688-480 3. FILING DATE: 9/28/16 4. ISSUE FREQUENCY: Monthly 5. NUMBER OF ISSUES PUBLISHED ANNUALLY: 12 6. ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION PRICE: $10 7. COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS OF KNOWN OFFICE OF PUBLICATION: 222 W. Washington Ave., Ste. 680, Madison, Dane County, WI 53703-2719; CONTACT PERSON: Dana Kelroy; TELEPHONE: 608-467-4645 8. COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS OF HEADQUARTERS OR GENERAL BUSINESS OFFICE OF PUBLISHER: 222 W. Washington Ave., Ste. 680, Madison, Dane County, WI 53703-2719 9. PUBLISHER: Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association, 222 W. Washington Ave., Ste. 680, Madison, WI 53703-2719 EDITOR: Dana Kelroy, 222 W. Washington Ave., Ste. 680, Madison, Dane County, WI 53703-2719 10. OWNER: Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association, 222 W. Washington Ave., Ste. 680, Madison, WI 53703-2719 11. KNOWN BONDHOLDERS, MORTGAGEES, AND OTHER SECURITY HOLDERS OWNING OR HOLDING 1 PERCENT OR MORE OF TOTAL AMOUNT OF BONDS, MORTGAGES, OR OTHER SECURITIES: None 12. FOR COMPLETION BY NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AUTHORIZED TO MAIL AT NONPROFIT RATES The purpose, function, and nonprofit status of this organization and the exempt status for Federal Income Tax purposes (✓) HAVE NOT CHANGED DURING PRECEDING 12 MONTHS 13. PUBLICATION NAME: Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News 14. ISSUE DATE FOR CIRCULATION DATA BELOW: 9/16 15. EXTENT AND NATURE OF CIRCULATION

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Growing market penetration by renewable energy sources is making demand response (DR) programs increasingly important to balancing the electric grid and could drive a doubling of DR business enterprises within a few years, according to a mid-September Wall Street Journal special report. The report looked at a Washington state pilot project that created a nonprofit aggregator with the ability to remove a collective 35 megawatts of demand from the grid on 10 minutes’ notice. The objective was to maintain balance on the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) grid, where the intermittent availability of about 6,000 megawatts of wind capacity can tax the ability of the BPA’s hydropower plants to respond. The aggregator reported 85 requests to reduce demand during the one-year pilot project and said it succeeded in meeting the request within the 10-minute window on 81 occasions. The Northwest Power and Conservation Coucil, established by the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington to plan for regional power needs, said up to 600 megawatts of DR capability will be needed within the next six years to accommodate intermittent renewable generation.


Amid hints of a 2017 attempt in the Wisconsin Legislature to revive electric utility restructuring, fallout from California’s disastrous experiment— legislated in the 1990s and imploded by 2001—continues raining down. A three-judge panel of U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled this fall that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission acted properly in ordering energy suppliers to refund $200 million to the State of California to make amends for market manipulations that took place some 16 years ago. The $200 million is the tip of the iceberg: Funds recovered so far by the state from multiple energy suppliers found to have manipulated wholesale power markets in 2000 and 2001 total some $7.5 billion.

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rom the time their first lines were energized, Wisconsin’s electric cooperatives have enjoyed a strong relationship with the United States armed forces. Within four years of the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association’s founding in 1936, rural electrification was involved from top to bottom in rearming the United States military. Expansion of farm production was part of the larger defense program. The county agents administering federal agricultural programs told farmers to plant fence row to fence row in the spring of 1941 and raise all the grain, meat, and dairy products Steve Freese President and CEO they could. The United States Department of Agriculture enlisted farm families across America in all-out war production through Food for Freedom. Increasing farm production meant greater demand for electricity, so Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association member cooperatives stepped up to meet the demand. Jackson and Oakdale Electric Cooperatives had to deal with a lot more than increased demand from farmers. In the summer of 1940, the U.S. Army conducted maneuvers that brought 65,000 Army and National Guard soldiers to Fort McCoy, and the two neighboring cooperatives extended service to the camps that housed them. Even today Wisconsin’s electric cooperatives serve military installations including National Guard facilities, Coast Guard communication towers, and a bombing range, to mention just a few.


Serve Our Co-ops; Serve our Country

Earlier this year I wrote about America’s electric cooperatives beginning a new chapter in their long history of support for the military with the launch of Serve Our Co-ops; Serve Our Country, a nationwide initiative to honor and hire military veterans and their spouses. The program was developed to help electric cooperatives address a generational turnover in their workforce. Over the next five years, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association estimates electric co-ops will need to hire approximately 15,000 new employees to succeed retiring baby boomers.


Those new workers will fill roles in every department, from lineworkers climbing poles to member service representatives answering questions to engineering and IT experts designing and managing a smarter electric grid. In addition to the technical skills these jobs require, electric cooperative employees must be hard-working, disciplined, loyal, safety-conscious, and team-oriented— qualities that are common among military veterans. On May 13, 1938, Congress made the 11th of November a holiday—Armistice Day—a day dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be celebrated thereafter. Armistice Day marked the anniversary of the end of World War I 20 years earlier, when major hostilities were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, as the Armistice with Germany took effect. Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954 Congress amended the Act by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. It is our chance as individuals to say thank you to the men and women who have kept America strong and free. Serve Our Co-ops; Serve our Country is another way America’s electric cooperatives are showing concern for community while building a next-generation workforce that will deliver the exceptional service co-op members expect and deserve. It’s also a way of saying thank you to returning veterans this Veterans Day. I just want to say thank you to all the men and women who have served their country, and a very special thank you to all those citizen soldiers who are still serving today. Here in Wisconsin, veterans can learn about their benefits and other information from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs at

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Big Pharma execs stand to lose billions as doctors and their patients abandon drugs like Nexium® and Prilosec®. Drug free remedy could put Big Pharma out of the digestion business. By David Waxman Seattle Washington: Drug company execs are nervous. That’s because the greatest health advance in decades has hit the streets. And analysts expect it to put a huge crimp in “Big Pharma” profits. So what’s all the fuss about? It’s about a new ingredient that’s changing the lives of people who use it. Some call it “the greatest discovery since penicillin”! And others call it “a miracle!” The name of the product is the AloeCure. It’s not a drug. It’s something completely different. And the product is available to anyone who wants it, at a reasonable price. But demands may force future prices to rise.

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Company spokesperson, Dr. Liza Leal, a leading integrative health specialist out of Texas recommends Aloecure before she decides to prescribe any digestion drug. Especially after the FDA’s stem warning about long-term use of drugs classified as proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec®, Nexium®, and Prevacid®. In a nutshell, the FDA statement warned people should avoid taking these digestion drugs for longer than three 14-day treatment periods because there is an increased risk of bone fractures. Many people take them daily and for decades. Dr. Leal should know. Many patients come to her with bone and joint complaints and she does everything she can to help them. One way for digestion sufferers to help avoid possible risk of tragic joint and bone problems caused by overuse of digestion drugs is to take the AloeCure. The secret to AloeCure’s “health adjusting” formula is scientifically tested Acemannan, a polysaccharide extracted from Aloe Vera. But not the same aloe vera that mom used to apply to your cuts, scrapes and burns. This is a perfect strain of aloe that is organically grown in special Asian soil under very strict conditions. AloeCure is so powerful it begins to benefit your health the instant you take it. It soothes intestinal discomfort and you can avoid

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According to a leading aloe research scientist, the amazing Aloe plant has a powerful antiinflammatory effect. Aloe Vera calms the fire in your belly like it does the sunburn on your skin and in many ways helps heal damaged cells. Inflammation is your body’s first reaction to damage. So whether it’s damage that is physical, bacterial, chemical or auto-immune, the natural plant helps soothe inflammation - rapidly reducing redness, heat and swelling.

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So you’ve been taking proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) for years and you feel just fine. In June of 2015, a major study shows that chronic PPI use increases the risk of heart attack in general population. Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise. New studies show PPI’s are linked to an increased risk of dementia. Cutting edge research shows that the health of your brain is closely linked by the state of healthy bacteria that comes from your gut. The things happening in your belly today might be deciding your risk for any number of brain conditions. Studies have been ongoing since the 1990’s. New studies suggest that taking PPI’s at both low and high dosage also disrupts a healthy human gut!

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A night without sleep really damages your body and continued lost sleep can

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merica’s first renewable electricity source, hydropower, has been providing flexible, low-cost, and low-emission renewable energy for more than 100 years.” So say the opening words of a lengthy paper released this past summer by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). At first glance they might seem to qualify as a present-day rarity: a statement from a government report no one would be likely to dispute. Hopes along those lines will be largely dashed within the next few paragraphs, but the report titled “Hydropower Vision: A New Chapter for America’s 1st Renewable Electricity Source,” does portray a hopeful future for the nation’s hydro resource, even if it’s a future that would come at a hefty price. This isn’t the first agency report in recent years to envision untapped hydropower potential that could furnish the U.S. power grid with additional generation that’s both renewable and reliable. However, it’s probably the first to place primary emphasis not on identifying suitable generation sites, but rather on creating a hydro resource from scratch where none currently exists. Moreover, it’s almost certainly the first major, published report on hydro expansion in which increased reliance on hydropower is not the top priority.

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tions. More than a few times readers of this magazine, interested in clean energy solutions, have asked whether opportunities to add hydroelectric generation are going unexploited. The answer has been that in Wisconsin, the resource is—perhaps surprisingly—limited and the best sites have long since been developed. (There are exceptions to this, as we’ll soon see.) On the other hand, concerted efforts are underway to remove dams, in pursuit of the restoration of free-flowing rivers. The environmental organization American Rivers counts 358 U.S. dams removed since 2010. Most have been small, obsolete, or in a degraded and potentially unsafe condition, and only a relative few were hydroelectric generation facilities. But even as the DOE speaks of vast hydro expansion, other agencies of state and federal government work actively to eliminate existing generation units. In April, the Portland, Oregon-based investor-owned utility PacifiCorp signed an agreement with the Department of the Interior, the Department of Commerce, the states of California and Oregon, and regional tribal governments to decommission and demolish by 2020 four functioning dams on the Klamath River with a combined capacity of 163 megawatts. California Governor Jerry Brown told the audience at an April 12 signing ceremony that “This is a good exercise of humankind correcting some of the mistakes that it’s made in the past.” Soon after, in May of this year, a federal judge or-

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dered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to at least consider breaching four Snake River dams in Oregon with a combined power output of as much as 3,000 megawatts to restore salmon habitat. But perhaps the most striking contradiction is between the DOE’s July report, another, even more optimistic one predating it by four years, and a 2014 energy forecast from a separate branch of the DOE downplaying major hydro expansion because of unfavorable economics. In 2012 the Oak Ridge National Laboratory prepared a study for the DOE identifying 61 gigawatts (61,000,000,000 watts) of hydroelectric power potential on U.S. waterways without existing dams or diversion facilities. That figure, 24 percent larger than the one promoted in the DOE’s July report, contrasts starkly with the DOE’s own Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasting actual development of just two gigawatts of new hydro capacity through 2040. The huge difference, the EIA explained, “represents the significant gap between technical potential on the one hand and economic and operational potential on the other hand,” or as the agency put it more succinctly in the headline of a July 10, 2014, news release, “hydro growth limited by economics, not resources.” Thus, the combination of government and interest-group actions diminishing the number of available hydro generation sites and the economic obstacles that would still confront any project that survived environmental challenges makes the DOE’s claim in “Hydropower Vision” a real eye-opener. The expansive report—more than 600 pages with appendices—asserts that the United States could increase its hydropower capacity by half again as much as is currently in place nationwide. Existing U.S. hydro capacity is 101 gigawatts. The DOE report suggests the figure could grow to 150 gigawatts by 2050. Were that number realized it would surely advance efforts to add emissions-free generation by exploiting a “fuel” source that—like wind and solar—is there for the taking, but unlike wind and solar is available all the time. With closer examination, however,



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a reader finds that the main point of the report is clearly, if only implicitly, not about adding hydropower.

listed in the April 2012 study prepared for the DOE by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). This summer’s report omits those specifics. But the real surprise is that most of the proposed growth would result not primarily from a plan to utilize hydro in its own right, but rather from an assumed massive expansion of wind and solar generation necessitating acquisition of great amounts of new, dispatchable generation capacity for backup. Coincidentally in August, the National Bureau of Economic Research noted a 26-country, two-decade study associating each 0.88 percent increase in non-hydro renewable generation with a 1 percent increase in fast-ramping fossil generation such as natural gas, to meet the need for backup. It could be asked if the July DOE report promotes hydro simply to comport with the current federal preference to avoid fossil fuels that would otherwise backstop intermittent wind. Moreover, the bulk of the expansion—36 of the estimated 49 gigawatts

Renewables Backstopping Renewables Though “Hydropower

Vision: A New Chapter for America’s 1st Renewable Electricity Source” drew considerable attention this summer among energy trade publications, coverage for the most part didn’t probe much beyond the headline-grabbing idea of a 49 percent capacity increase. One reason may be that the report manages to be extensively detailed and at the same time short on specifics. For instance, the first thing Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News looked for was a state-by-state roster of sites for new hydro development or upgrades at existing facilities—the latter being the most readily achievable method of growing capacity because no pristine site is involved. We never found such a list. DOE maps indicate the potential to expand capacity at perhaps four dozen Wisconsin sites, but none is specifically identified. Several existing dams without generation equipment are indicated, unidentified but apparently on the Mississippi River and presumably the same ones

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or 73 percent of the new capacity—is seen coming not from additions to existing facilities but from new pumped storage hydro to be built between 2030 and 2050 to accommodate grid penetration by wind and solar reaching 45 percent. Pumped storage is the industry term for using generation during hours when more is available than is required by the grid, to pump water uphill into a reservoir and later release it to flow back down and spin the turbines of a generating unit when its power is needed. Jose Zayas, director of the DOE’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, wrote in a July 26 statement accompanying the report that “New pumped-storage hydropower technology can further integrate variable generation resources, such as wind and solar, into the national power grid because of its ability to provide grid flexibility, reliability and reserve capacity.” However, Appendix B of the July report notes that “Unlike the [generation added to non-powered dams or new stream development] resource, no clear process for the identification of the total national resource of pumped storage exists.” Appendix B did say 166 pumped storage projects with a combined capacity of almost 109 gigawatts—more than double the entirety of the report’s projected hydro capacity increase—had applications pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The report noted that because of “a complex set of variables,” the 49 gigawatts of potential growth “should not be interpreted as DOE projections or targets.” Unmentioned is that both pumped storage and conventional hydro can provide the “grid flexibility, reliability and reserve capacity” cited by Mr. Zayas with or without the new intermittent generation the hydro in this case would be built to back up.

Wisconsin Potential If the DOE’s July report is short on specifics, the four-year-old ORNL study is not only loaded with them but also suggests greater development potential. It ranked Wisconsin 15th among the 48 contiguous states for untapped hydro potential, and lists seven Wisconsin sites among its top 100 nationwide. All told, the ORNL study found that 13 existing Wisconsin dams, if generation equipment were added, could produce a combined 313 megawatts, roughly enough power to replace a modest-sized fossil-fueled plant. All but four of the Wisconsin sites are Army Corps of Engineers facilities on the Mississippi between Dubuque, Iowa, and Red Wing, Minnesota. Their estimated generation capacity—again, were equipment installed— ranged from 68.8 megawatts at Lock and Dam 11 (Grant County) down to 22.8 megawatts from Lock and Dam 6 at Trempealeau. No Wisconsin site away from the Mississippi was rated at greater than single-digit (in megawatts) capacity. 12

Nationwide, the ORNL surveyed 54,000 of about 80,000 non-power-generating dams. Illinois and Kentucky were the two top-rated states, each with more than 1,200 megawatts of unused potential. Arkansas placed third, with more than 1,100 megawatts of estimated capacity available for development. Not surprisingly, high-potential facilities tend to be concentrated in the Mississippi, Ohio, and Red River Valleys. Four years ago, the DOE was unreservedly enthusiastic about the ORNL study, characterizing as a “unique national resource” the non-powered dams it identified and noting that the addition of power equipment to existing structures “can often be achieved at lower cost, with less risk, and in a shorter timeframe than development requiring new dam construction.”

Some of the Above? While energy production, a vital interest of every U.S. consumer, undergoes daily scrutiny, a mainstream political position over the past several years has been to favor an “all of the above” approach utilizing renewables, hydro, nuclear, and increasingly sophisticated emission-control technologies applied to more traditional energy sources. The goal is ample supply with consistent reliability and maximum protection against price volatility. But demands for new restrictions on every source of 24-hour reliable generation grow steadily more common. Natural gas has been rapidly supplanting coal in the generation mix, with roughly half coal’s carbon dioxide emissions per unit of energy produced. But the hydraulic fracturing that’s made gas abundant and cheap is targeted for tighter regulation, and minor earthquakes have been attributed to underground disposal of wastewater from drilling. Still to be seen is whether the resulting concerns about induced seismic activity throw a wrench in the works of carbon dioxide capture and underground disposal, the centerpiece of the DOE’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s joint vision of clean coal generation. And now comes hydro. At the beginning of October, researchers at Washington State University published a paper in the journal BioScience saying reservoirs constitute large sources of greenhouse gas emissions, in particular methane, which they say is far more potent than carbon dioxide in trapping the infrared radiation blamed for global warming, the core issue in our unending struggle over energy choices. “Usually thought of as carbon-neutral sources of energy, hydropower dams, while far cleaner than fossil fuel for generating power, nonetheless are sources of carbon pollution,” the Seattle Times reported at the end of September, previewing the BioScience paper. Step by step, “all of the above” glumly plods down the steadily narrowing path to “few of the above.” —Dave Hoopman

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Do you have an

energy hog in

your home?

Dear Pat: I’m trying to make my home

as energy efficient as possible. I recently installed a new heat pump and efficient water heater, and increased the amount of insulation in my home. I also enlisted the help of a home energy auditor, and he didn’t find much in the way of air leakage. However, my energy bills still seem higher than they should be. Can you point out other areas of the home that I might be overlooking? —Raymond

Dear Raymond: It sounds like you

have made some solid investments with your focus on space and water heating, which are usually the major uses of energy in the home. Your energy auditor may be able to provide information about how your home’s energy use compares to similar homes in the area—and if it is substantially higher, what could be causing the problem. Your electric co-op could also be a valuable source of information. Many co-ops have installed smart meters at their members’ homes, which can show detailed hourly energy use. This information can sometimes help pinpoint a large energy user. For example, you may

be using more electricity on weekends, which would be an important clue to discovering what is driving up your energy costs. Armed with whatever clues you can glean from your energy auditor or your co-op, you are better able to search for an energy hog in your home. Are there uses of energy outside your typical living space that are “out of sight, out of mind?” Below are some possible unconventional energy uses that could be adding to your energy bill:

Hot tubs

A spa is a nice amenity to have in your home, but it can significantly contribute to your energy bill. If you have a hot tub or spa that you occasionally use, consider turning it off when it is not in use. If you use your spa frequently, use a cover with a high insulation value to keep the water warm and your electric bill low.

Pump systems

Water pumps often run on electricity and can be found in many areas of your property. • Irrigation: If you have a larger property, you may have an irrigation system. Leaks in your irrigation system can

greatly increase your pump’s electricity use. • Wells: If your home uses well water, you have a well pump that helps bring the water from the well to your home. A malfunctioning well pump may run continuously to try and maintain proper water pressure—this can cause a significant increase in your electricity bill. • Garden fountains: Fountains make a charming addition to your garden, but the pumps that run them use about as much energy as a small lamp. If you have multiple fountains in your garden, look into installing a timer so that the fountains only run part of the day.

Non-living spaces You may have some energy hogs in your garage, outbuilding, or basement. For example: • Do you have a second working, but inefficient, refrigerator or freezer plugged in? Is it in use, or can you consolidate its contents into your kitchen? • Do you have a recreational space in an uninsulated part of your home, like the garage or basement? Using space heaters or portable air conditioners in uninsulated spaces can definitely lead to higher bills. November 2016

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• Do you have a block heater to help warm your vehicle on cold mornings? Plugging in your heater overnight will use far more electricity than needed—use a timer to start the block heater just a few hours before you need your vehicle. Look for energy hogs around your home, and try to limit their use if possible. Find more ways to be energy efficient by contacting your local electric co-op. This column was co-written by Pat Keegan and Amy Wheeless of Collaborative Efficiency. For more information on energy hogs, please visit: www.collaborativeefficiency. com/energytips.

LOWER YOUR WATER HEATING COSTS Water heating accounts for about 18 percent of the energy consumed in your home.

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Turkey Time

Recipes and photos courtesy of the National Turkey Federation.

Turkey Bolognese 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 lb ground turkey breast 1 lb ground turkey thigh 1 cup diced yellow onions 1 cup peeled and diced carrots 4 Tbsp minced fresh garlic 1 cup dry red wine 4 cups canned diced tomatoes 1 cup tomato puree 1 cup chopped black olives 1 lb roasted turkey breast, shredded 1 lb deli-style cooked turkey breast, diced 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil 2 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley 20

Salt and pepper, to taste Cooked spaghetti noodles Freshly grated parmesan cheese In a large pan, sauté the ground turkey breast and thigh in hot olive oil. Drain liquid. Add the onions, carrots, and sauté the vegetables until they are translucent. Add garlic and sauté only until fragrant. Add the wine and reduce by half. Add the tomato products, olives, roasted turkey breast, deli-style turkey breast, and fresh herbs. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for one hour. Season with salt and pepper as necessary. Serve over spaghetti and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

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Sweet Barbecue Turkey Pizza for a Crowd 4–1/2 lbs cooked turkey, shredded 1 qt sweet barbecue sauce 3/4 cup olive oil 36 6-inch prepared baked cheese pizza crusts 2–1/4 cups sweet onion, chopped 2–1/4 cups green bell pepper, seeded and chopped 3 lbs mozzarella cheese, shredded 2 cups parmesan cheese, grated Cornmeal

Preheat oven to 450. Toss shredded turkey with barbecue sauce. Brush 1 teaspoon olive oil on top of each individual pizza crust. Cover with 2 ounces of turkey mixture. Top with 1 teaspoon each chopped onion and green pepper. Sprinkle with 1 ounce of mozzarella. Bake for 6–8 minutes on hot cornmeal-dusted stone/pan. Cook until cheese is melted, and crust is crisp and golden. Remove from oven and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Serves 36.

Cobb Salad with Turkey Cutlets 1–1/2 turkey cutlets, pounded to an even thickness 1/3 cup olive oil 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar 4 oz blue cheese, crumbled and divided 1/2 tsp ground pepper 1 head romaine lettuce, washed, shredded, and chilled 3 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and quartered 1 firm, ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces 3/4 lb ripe tomatoes, diced into 1/2-inch pieces 1/2 cup sweet red onion, finely diced

6 oz turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled 6 Tbsp slivered almonds Heat 1 inch of water in a large skillet to simmering. Add turkey; poach until no longer pink, about 2–3 minutes. Transfer to plate; cool. Cut into 3-1/2x1/4-inch strips. Whisk oil, vinegar, 1 ounce cheese, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Cover and chill. Place lettuce in large bowl. Arrange turkey, eggs, avocado, tomatoes, and onion on lettuce. Sprinkle with bacon, almonds, and remaining blue cheese. Serve with dressing.

Turkey Sausage Hash for a Crowd

4 oz olive oil 8 oz red onions, diced 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced 2 lbs breakfast turkey sausage (casings removed, if necessary) 2 lbs shredded potatoes, cooked 1 lb cooked turkey thigh, torn into small pieces 2 oz chopped fresh thyme 2 oz chopped fresh parsley Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 40 eggs, poached 40 slices whole grain bread, toasted

Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add diced onions and red pepper. Sauté until fragrant and translucent. Add turkey sausage, breaking-up the sausage into small pieces. Cook until all pink disappears. Blend in shredded potatoes and cook until golden brown. Stir in torn turkey thigh pieces and heat thoroughly. Toss in fresh herbs and season to taste. Portion 4 ounces of hash onto each warmed plate and top with poached eggs. Complete with 2 slices of whole grain toast. Serves 20.

Almond Crusted Turkey Schnitzel with Smoked Cheddar 2–1/2 lbs granny Smith apples, peeled and cored 3 Tbsp light brown sugar 3/4 cup bourbon 2 cups fresh white bread crumbs 1/2 cup slivered blanched almonds, roughly chopped Flour for dredging 3 extra large eggs, beaten 4 5 oz turkey cutlets, sliced thin and gently pounded to an even thickness 1/3 cup clarified butter 4 1 oz slices smoked cheddar cheese Slivered almonds Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Dice apples into 1/2–inch cubes. In a large heavy saucepan combine apples,

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sugar, and bourbon. Cook over medium-low heat; stirring often, for about 20–30 minutes, or until apples are soft. Stir vigorously to mash the apples. The applesauce may be served warm, or cooled completely and refrigerated, tightly covered. Maximum shelf life is 5 days. Mix fresh bread crumbs and chopped almonds together in a shallow container. Place flour and beaten eggs into two additional individual shallow containers. Season each turkey cutlet with salt and pepper, dredge each in the flour, egg wash, and finally the almond-breadcrumb mixture. Heat the clarified butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté cutlets, being careful not to crowd the pan. Cook until the cutlets are brown and carefully turn to cook the other side. Approximately 1–1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer the cutlets to a sheet pan. Top each cutlet with a slice of Cheddar cheese. Bake in oven until the cheese has melted, approximately 5 minutes. Garnish each cutlet with 2 Tablespoons of bourbon applesauce and a sprinkling of sliced almonds. Serve immediately. November 2016


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1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp butter 3 Tbsp flour 2 cups milk 3/4 cup half and half 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 2 tsp barbeque sauce 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp coarsely ground pepper 4 oz aged white cheddar cheese, shredded 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese 1–1/2 cups sweet corn niblets 2 jalapeno peppers, minced (remove the stem and seeds first) 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley 1 lb jumbo elbow macaroni, cooked al dente 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, cubed 8 oz Colby cheese, cubed 1/2 cup cracker crumbs 1/4 cup unseasoned bread crumbs Heat oven to 350 degrees. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large, heavy-bottom pot over medium heat. Whisk flour into the melted butter. Slowly whisk in milk, half and half, mustard, barbeque sauce, salt, and pepper. Stir and bring to a simmer. Cook, whisking constantly for 8–10 minutes. Whisk in white cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese. Stir in corn, peppers, and parsley. Remove from heat. Stir in cooked macaroni, sharp cheddar cheese, and Colby cheese. Spoon into a buttered 9x13inch glass baking pan. Melt remaining butter in a small sauce pan. In a medium bowl, combine all crumbs with butter. Sprinkle over macaroni and cheese. Bake for 40 minutes or until browned. Serves 8–12.


Homemade Mac and Cheese

Swedish Meatballs

8 oz elbow macaroni fully cooked, set aside 2 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp flour 1 tsp mustard powder 1/4 tsp paprika 1–1/2 cups milk 4 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated 3 oz American cheese 2 oz cream cheese

1/2 cup bread crumbs 1 egg 1 onion, diced 1 tsp sugar 2 cups milk 1/2 tsp allspice 1 lb ground round steak 1/2 lb ground pork Butter for browning meatballs 2 Tbsp pan drippings 2 Tbsp flour 1 cup water

Vincent Marik, Mauston

Combine flour and butter, simmer for 3 minutes. Add in milk 1/2 cup at a time, stir until smooth. Add all cheeses at once, stir until smooth. Add macaroni and cook until warm.

Pizza Wichs

Marilyn Lawrence, La Crosse

1 lb ground beef, browned and drained 1/2 lb grated cheese 2 Tbsp tomato soup 2 Tbsp chopped onion 1 small can chopped black olives 1/2 tsp oregano 3/4 tsp garlic salt 1 pkg hamburger buns Mozzarella cheese Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients except the hamburger buns together. Split hamburger buns apart and place halves on a cookie sheet. Spread mixture on hamburger bun halves and add mozzarella cheese. Bake 5–10 minutes.

No-Bake Cookies Darlene Lucht, Loyal

2 cups sugar 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup butter 4 Tbsp cocoa 1/4 tsp salt 3 cups quick oatmeal 1/2 cup peanut butter 1 tsp vanilla Boil sugar, milk, butter, cocoa, and salt for 1 minute. Mix in oatmeal, peanut butter, and vanilla. Drop spoonfuls onto wax paper. Cool and store in refrigerator.

Carol Rusnak, Tomah

Mix bread crumbs, egg, onion, sugar, 1 cup milk, allspice, steak, and pork together in a bowl. Form into balls and place in a pan. Add butter; brown and simmer until done. Immediately after removing meatballs from pan, drain off the drippings, reserving 2 tablespoons. Sprinkle the flour over drippings; cook and stir over medium heat until brown. Gradually stir in milk, whisking with a fork to scrape up all of the meaty bits from the pan, then gradually whisk in the water. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring constantly, until the gravy thickens, about 10 minutes.

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“There’s no such thing as a bad day in the woods” T

hose words form a signature statement of the late Herman Olson, described by one of his sons, Marvin, as “The Aldo Leopold of Portage County.” Herman’s credo is immortalized on a boulder marking the entrance to Steinhaugen, a 270-acre property in Custer filled with woodlands, wetlands, and prairie grasses, and crossed with old logging trails. Turned over to Portage County in 2015 to be maintained as a park/nature preserve, Steinhaugen is available to the public year-round as an ideal site for “silent sports” including hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and fat-tire biking. “We’re excited to unveil our newest property to the public,” Portage County Parks Director Gary Speckmann said, adding that “Steinhaugen is the most diverse, high-quality natural area in Portage County.”

Former Farmland

The Steinhaugen visitors see today—with its towering trees and diverse wildlife—is markedly different from the property Herman and his wife, Beatrice, purchased back in 1966. Back then, the land was the site of a former dairy farm. The overgrown woods and stone fence rows gave evidence of what the land had once been like before it was cleared for pastures and fields, and the Olsons saw its potential as the kind of retirement property they were seeking.


“He and my Mom grew up on farms,” Marvin explained. “They were looking for property. Friends of theirs had bought a farm—more of a hobby farm—and they were kind of thinking in those terms, of getting back to their roots.” Beatrice discovered the land on a trip to nearby Stevens Point, where Herman, a longtime officer with the U.S. Forest Service, was attending a wildlife conference. After purchasing the property and moving into the farmhouse, located on Central Wisconsin Electric Cooperative’s lines, the couple began restoring the land to its natural state. They planted trees and harvested them to improve the timber stand; built up wildlife habitat by planting shrubs and food plots, developing hedgerows, and providing nesting sites; and dredged three ponds for fish and waterfowl. These efforts draw the comparison to noted conservationist Leopold, whose work in transforming an overfarmed patch of land back to its natural state inspired his famous book, “A Sand County Almanac.” “This isn’t too different, conceptually, in terms of taking abandoned farmland and bringing it back, and sharing it with the rest of the world, in perpetuity, hopefully,” Marvin said.

Stone Pile Located as it is at the terminal moraine, where the glacier’s advance stopped and formed a ridge of debris pushed

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forward by the ice, the property is studded with huge rocks that no doubt caused great challenges for those who tried to farm it. These rocks inspired Herman to refer to the property as Steinhaugen, the Norwegian word for “stone pile.” Marvin and his brother, Dick, recalled how their parents loved the land and all the wildlife they lived amongst. Be-


atrice, they said, walked through the woods daily in search of unusual plants. For many years, she recorded the date of the first lilac blooms for the Wisconsin Phenology Society. Herman loved counting deer and enjoyed hunting on the property with friends. He was also passionate about bluebirds,

With its natural diversity, Steinhaugen offers up a variety of beautiful scenery that changes with every season. Center row, left: Dick and Marvin Olson pause at the boulder marking the park’s entrance, on which their father’s signature statement is inscribed. Opposite page: Dick and Marvin take in the view from one of several benches placed throughout the property. November 2016

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The land’s original white pine trees were logged before the property was used for farming. The native white pines are regenerating naturally between the red pines that were later planted here.

they said, devising an improved design for bluebird houses that the Wisconsin Bluebird Restoration Association promoted as the “Herman Olson Design.” For their restoration and conservation efforts, the Olsons collected a bevy of honors and awards from various wildlife and conservation organizations, including Outstanding Conservationist in Central Wisconsin award, presented to Herman in 1980 by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources (UWSP/CNR).

Sharing the Land The Olsons’ influence extends beyond the field of conservation. Herman and Beatrice were also generous with their property, sharing it with friends and church groups for horse riding, hayrides, and hiking. They also shared the land for its educational value, hosting demonstrations for other woodlot owners and offering up the property as an outdoor laboratory for UWSP/CNR students and faculty. Classes held at Steinhaugen include timber measurements and log scaling; tree, wildlife, and soil identification; forest protection; hydrology; and surveying. In 1980, activities at Steinhaugen were formalized with the creation of Steinhaugen, Inc., a family-owned corporation founded by Herman and his three sons: Dick, Marvin, and the late Keith. The corporation’s objective is the management of the land for timber and wildlife production and providing recreational opportunities. As a corporation, Steinhaugen, Inc., has partnered with other organizations in large-scale conservation projects. For example, in 2006, two acres of the Steinhaugen property were 26

designed to be used as an agro-forestry demonstration site, supported and utilized by a partnership of conservation organizations as well as UWSP.

For the Future Part of the Steinhaugen, Inc., mission includes keeping the property intact so future generations can learn from it and appreciate its natural beauty. To fulfill this mission and preserve their parents’ legacy (Beatrice passed away in 1979, and Herman in 2004), the Olson sons transferred 270 acres to Portage County to be preserved as a woodland park for the public to enjoy. “When we turned the property over to the county, part of the stipulation was that it would remain this natural area, with very little disturbance,” Dick said. “So there are no ATVs allowed or that sort of thing. The intent is to have it more as a natural recreation area.” The agreement was marked with a candlelight snowshoe trek in January and a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the park’s official opening in May. Speckmann said several user groups are working out details for “silent sport” activities, so trails are still in development. Once a trail map is finalized, he said it will be posted on the Portage County Parks Department website. Until then, visitors can contact the parks department for more information. But no one has to wait for an official map to enjoy Steinhaugen. The park is available every day, all four seasons. After all, every day is a good day in the woods.—Mary Erickson Steinhaugen is located at 3485 Bentley Road, Custer. For more information about Portage County Parks, visit

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WISCONSIN EVENTS 3 All-You-Can-Eat Chicken Dinner—Eau Claire. Westgate Sportsman Club, 4–8 p.m. 715-832-4548. 5 Holiday Fair—Medford. Community United Church of Christ, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Baked goods, crafts, vendors, bucket raffle, lunch. 715-748-3391. 5 Christmas Walk—Mondovi. Our Savior United Methodist Church, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Home tours, bazaar, bake sale. 715-926-5354. 5 Gnome for Christmas Holiday Bazaar—Brule. Town Hall, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 5 Harvest Fest Craft Fair—Adams. A-F Middle School, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Crafts, bake sale. Scholarship donations or food drive. 608-547-2419. 5 Soup Supper—Jump River. Community Center, 4:30–8 p.m. Chicken noodle, beef, and chili soups. 715-452-5369. 5 Holiday Art and Craft Show—Greenwood. High school, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 715-267-6718. 5, 19 Live Raptor Program—Cable. Natural History Museum, 10:30–11:30 a.m. 715-798-3890. 6 Sometimes on a Sunday—Coon Valley. Norskedalen, 2 p.m. 608-452-3424. 6 America–A Pilgrim’s Prayer A Patriot’s Dream— Phillips. Victory Christian Church, 7 p.m. 6 Chad Pryzybylski and His Polka Rythms— Pound. Equity Hall, 1–5 p.m. . 7 America–A Pilgrim’s Prayer A Patriot’s Dream— Ogema. Baptist Church, 3 p.m. 8 Harvest Dinner—Arkdale. Trinity Lutheran Church, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 4:30–6:30 p.m. Pork loin dinner, bazaar, bake sale, quilt raffle. 608-564-7920. 10 Dinner Lecture: Wood Turtle Conservation— Cable. Rookery Pub, 5:30 p.m. $5 member/$10 non-member. Register by Nov. 8. 715-798-3890. 10 Spaghetti Supper, Raffle, & Bake Sale— Tigerton. Zion Luth. Church, 4–6:30 p.m. 11, 12 Time and Talent Marketplace—Tomah. Peace Lutheran Church, Fri. 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Hand-made items and quilt raffle. 608-343-7322. 11–13 & 18–20 A Small Town Christmas— Tomah. Downtown, Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun. 12–4 p.m. 608-372-2166.


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12 Craft Fest—Tomah. Good Shepherd Lutheran, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Vendors, white elephant items, bake sale, lunch. 608-372-6584.

12 Paws Fur the Holidays—Richland Center. Community Center, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Sweet walk, food stand, silent auction, vendors, animal communication speaker, ice fishing for prizes, dog events. 12 Chili and Potato Soup Supper—Randolph. Historical Society, 4–8 p.m. $8/10 and up, $4/5–9 and under 5 is free. 12 Craft and Treasure Sale—Phillips. Municipal Bldg., 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Crafts, bake sale, and lunch. 715-339-6193. 12 Christmas Bazaar—Holmen. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Homemade lefse, pies, caramels, crafts. 608-526-4424. 12 Galactic Cowboy Orchestra—Hayward. The Park Center, 7:30 p.m. 715-634-4596. 13 Veterans Memorial Fundraiser & Dance— Wauzeka. Century Hall, 10 a.m. 608-875-5857. 13 Honor Flight Breakfast—Phillips. Club 13, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

19 Hunter’s Beef Dinner—Westfield. Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 4–7 p.m. 19 Craft and Vendor Fair—Richland Center. H.S., 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 608-647-8969. 19 Country Fair Highway—Hayward. Spider Lake Church, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Frozen meals, pies, baked goods, crafts, more. 19 Christmas Bazaar—Platteville. St. Mary Church, 8 a.m.–noon. 608-348-9735. 20 Hometown Holiday Fair—Independence. Public School, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Arts, crafts, quilt raffle, lunch. $1. 715-985-2255. 20 Hunter’s Dinner—Cable. Namekagon Community Ctr., 4–7 p.m. 715-794-2140. 23 Gobblepalooza—Tomah. Kelsey’s Class Act, 6–11 p.m. Live music, games, food. 25 Christmas Parade—Osseo. Downtown, 7 p.m. 715-797-9742. 25 Holiday Parade—Tomah. Superior Avenue, 7–8 p.m. 608-372-2166. 25, 26 Holiday Boutique—Willard. There Once Was a Barn, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 715-267-7369.

15 Wild Film Festival—Seeley. Sawmill Saloon, 7–9 p.m. $5 member/$10 nonmember. 715-798-3890.

26 Christmas in Cassville—Cassville. 9 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Home tours, decorating contests, parade, crafts, fireworks. 608-725-5855.

17 Paint Nite Benefit—Nekoosa. Ryan Larson American Legion Post 65. 608-295-5850.

26 A Bit of Yesteryear Christmas—Shullsburg. Tour of homes, Christmas parade, Christmas tree lighting. 608-965-4503.

17 The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra— Hayward. The Park Center, 7 p.m. $35/ advance, $40/door, $5/students (18 and younger). 715-634-4596.

26, 27 Gingerbread Christmas—Mauston. The Boorman House, 1–8 p.m.

18 Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptations— Ashland. Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, 9 a.m.–noon. $15/person. Register by Nov. 11. 715-798-3890. 18 Spaghetti Supper—Arkdale. United In Christ Lutheran Church, 4–7 p.m. 608-339-7178. 18–20 Elf Junior the Musical—Beloit. Head Start. 608-774-4140. 19 Holiday Craft Fair—Montello. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 19 Spaghetti Dinner—Jump River. Community Center, 4:30–8:30 p.m. All you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread, salad bar, desserts, coffee, milk. 715-452-5465.

26, 27 Santa Express—North Freedom. MidContinent Railway; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. 608-522-4261.

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