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It's Spring (Primary) Time in Wisconsin!

It's Fat Tuesday! Oh, and it's also the Spring Primary.  The primary is not quite as fun, but it's still a very worthwhile 10 minute stop at the Waunakee Village Center.  In Waunakee, there's only one race on the ballot.  It's the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Village Board election (and many others) takes place on April 6, 2021. Last month, I ran across this article from WEAU TV that gives a very quick view of the candidates for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, along with links to each of their campaign web sites: After reviewing the numerous candidates, I chose to vote for Sheila Briggs .  My reasoning was simple: Sheila is local.   Granted, she's from DeForest - one of Waunakee's biggest rivals - but also a school district that is very similar to Waunakee (although we all know Waunakee still has the better football
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Blasting in the village (Part 1)

There has been a lot of discussion about the blasting currently occuring on the Heritage Hills property, and potentially happening as part of the Quincy Ridge quarry expansion.  Since there is litigation happening in relation to the quarry, I will limit my comments here to expectations and experiences with regard to the Heritage Hills blasting. On Wednesday, February 3, I spent a portion of my morning with DJ Dolphin from Olson Explosives at the Veridian Homes Heritage Hills neighborhood.  DJ was happy to show me around, explain the process and tools, and share data about previous blasts from the seismographs.  A few hours later, I joined him near the water tower (about 1,100 ft from the blast center) to experience one myself.   Based on descriptions I had read from those residing nearby, I was expecting a thump to the chest, or a shake in my feet, or at the very least, a loud noise.  I got none of those.  Had I been driving by at that exact moment, well, I simply would have been drivi