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Wanda Brown and Phyllis Goldin live in River Falls, WI. The couple discusses the struggles they’ve faced as a same-sex couple for the past 40 years.
HEARINGS TODAY in WI Supreme Court challenging the Domestic Partnership law.
Julie Augesen, Glenwood City mother of twins led the effort to recall City Council members over Frac Sand mining.
Senate Bill 349 “is dangerous and reckless,” says mother Julie Augesen, whose 7-year-old twins attend school near a proposed silica frac sand mine.
Augesen and other citizens around the state of Wisconsin may lose local control of mining sites in their communities. Currently, municipalities may regulate air and water standards appropriate for each location. If this bill passes, that power would transfer to the state, leaving “our hands tied to protect our children” from silica dust and other hazards says Augesen.
On Wednesday, October 9, citizens in Glenwood City, WI presented the city clerk with enough signatures on petitions to trigger three recall elections against local officials for their decisions regarding frac sand mining issues.
But getting here has not been easy.
The atmosphere in Glenwood, much like hundreds of other Wisconsin communities debating the merits of frac sand mining, has boiled over into confrontations.
For instance, on October 1 a Glenwood City man reportedly lit two ends of a recall petition on fire while it was being circulated by a local woman.
Recall petition burned containing 9 valid signatures; Glenwood City, WI, 10/1/13; Photo taken by Julie Augesen from city sidewalk.
Tension is high as Mayor John Larson and city council members Nancy Hover and Dave Graese have been targeted for recalls. The recall group, lead by mothers with children near the proposed frac mine site, claim the stakes for their children are simply too high.
On September 20, a local citizen bustled into a Glenwood City restaurant and announced, “We’re recalling 3 local officials.”
Mother Julie Augesen submitted recall paperwork which targets 3 local officials who “refuse to let us vote” on frac sand mining near her children’s school.
To the collective applause of the small group of diners at The Cafe, Julie Augesen, a mother of 7-year-old twins in Glenwood City school, explained what sparked the upcoming recall attempt.