Michael Lenehan

The state Public Service Commission delivered a “sock in the gut” to residents and conservationists opposed to building the ATC line through the Driftless Area. But the fight isn’t over yet. Read more

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David Michael Miller

For decades, utility companies have mostly gotten what they want from the state’s Public Service Commission. But opponents to a massive powerline proposed through the scenic Driftless Area are feeling something unusual — hope. Read more

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Between 2005 and 2016, $5.14 billion worth of electric transmission line projects were built or approved in Wisconsin. Opponents say the lines are not needed, are too expensive, and there’s a better way. Read more

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Carissa Dixon

The sun is assaulting the outdoor stage at American Players Theatre. It's a Friday afternoon late in May, the third week of rehearsal for the company's production of "Much Ado About Nothing". Read more


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    Photos by Michael Lenehan

    Marilyn Pedretti has been fighting electric transmission lines going in near her home in La Crosse County. “They’ve whacked off trees—they just destroy the land that’s in their way. It’s like this huge raping of the soil.”