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Thank you, all, for your generous support and your willingness to trust us with your stories! Your testimonies not only reveal the deep sense of community prevalent here in Wisconsin, but also how public policy directly affects quality-of-life issues.
Finally, there is one updated interview you should check out! Former teacher, Stephanie Kline, “WI Teacher Resigns Citing Stress, Health Care, Uncertainty”, provided us with a surprising update. It seems her gamble may have paid off.
Although Kline misses her students, she writes “Life is good.”
That’s a good place for us to pause for now too. So, from everybody here at WIvoices.org, Thank you.
UPDATE: Election Results
According to the Glenwood City website, the unofficial results of the December 17, 2013 recall election are as follows:
John Larson (incumbent) - 183
Ken Peterson (challenger) - 140
City Council Races:
Nancy Hover (incumbent) – 163
Barb Standaert (challenger) – 160
David Graese ( incumbent) – 162
Chris Schone (challenger) – 160
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism reported that besides Glenwood City, authorities “were not aware of any other recall efforts in Wisconsin over frac sand mining.” In these unofficial results, the incumbents have held onto their seats in this contentious recall battle.
Four days from now, on December 17, citizens in Glenwood City will finally be able to voice their opinion on the fate of their small Wisconsin community which has been grappling with frac sand issues for the last couple of years.
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HEARINGS TODAY in WI Supreme Court challenging the Domestic Partnership law.
On September 20, a local citizen bustled into a Glenwood City restaurant and announced, “We’re recalling 3 local officials.”
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.
UPDATED 9/25/13: citizen generated video of September 16, 2013 Glenwood City Council meeting HERE.
Original Post 9/17/13:
Over persistent opposition from citizens, on Monday night the Glenwood City council went into a closed-session meeting with representatives of Texas frac sand company Vista Sand.
Before entering into a private meeting on September 16, people were given an opportunity to address the council. Numerous citizens asked the city council if they had received a request to annex from Vista Sand. “Absolute silence” was the response, reported local citizen Charlotte Heimer. “They just sat there.”
Many citizens feel they were left without representation at the closed-session meeting. The Glenwood City council, widely viewed as “disconnected” with the community on sand issues, was represented by Terry Dunst of Bakke Norman in New Richmond. Vista Sand was represented by Anders Helquist of Weld, Riley Prenn, Ricci, Eau Claire.
“Who is in there speaking for us?” asked one resident angrily.
In the most subdued city council meeting in months, Glenwood area residents in western Wisconsin anxiously awaited to hear the action that would be taken by council members in response to their petition on frac sand mining.
It turns out they will have to continue to wait.
The council tabled the referendum discussion and did not schedule that discussion for any future meetings. Instead, the council scheduled a closed-session meeting with Texas company Vista Sand the following Monday.