By Dee J. Hall and Riley Vetterkind Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism DANE — On a recent cool, summer evening in the rolling hills just outside Madison, the lofty pole barn of Ripp’s Dairy Valley farm briefly transformed into a town hall meeting. As twilight descended, a crowd of more than 60 farmers, public officials, […]
DURAND — In the driveway of a two-story house on a dairy farm in western Wisconsin, five men focus on a unique construction project. Using a drill, hammer and nails, plywood and rope, they work together in the afternoon sun to erect a structure that resembles a makeshift corral in the bed of a Honda pickup.