Karen Edson's activity stream

  • Resources

    The goal of WGN's Resources page is to provide a place where the network can share what has and has not worked.  This to minimize wasting effort by  "reinventing the wheel" and to share innovative ways to impact our communities.

    Included are:





    We will also share information and links to information resources that members of the WGN Task Force have found valuable and are offered here for your use.






    PRICE COUNTY     County Government Website   UW-Extension Website  Election Results  

    Price.pngClick on map at left to go to Wikipedia article on Price County. (For all links, click on X in tab of NEW window that opens to return to this page.)




    ENVIRONMENTAL INTEREST: Chequamegon National Forest (part); Timms Hill (highest listed point in Wisconsin) 

    ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS: Northwoods Land Trust; Price County Lakes Association; Price County Waterways Association; 

    PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL GROUPS: Democratic Party of Price County

    MEDIA:  Radio- WCQM FM 98.3, WHBM FM 90.3, WPFP AM 980 (Park Falls);


    Cities: Park Falls; Phillips (county seat)

    Villages: Catawba; Kennan; Prentice

    Towns: Catawba; Eisenstein; Elk; Emery; Fifield; Flambeau; Georgetown; Hackett; Harmony; Hill; Kennan; Knox; Lake; Ogema; Prentice; Spirit; Worcester

    Unincorporated communities: Cranberry Lake; Clifford (partial); Brantwood; Dover; Fifield; Lugerville;  Pennington; Spirit; Worcester  



  • 2017 Breakouts

    Session 1 
    Speakers Discuss the Way Forward:
    John Nichols, Kathleen Vinehout, Katherine Cramer
    Communicating Values through Letter Writing: Bill Dagnon & Scott Wittkopf
    The Grassroots Resistance - Council of Communities; A Collaborative Approach to Weighted Direct Democracy: Eric Upchurch
    Barnstorm: Building Grassroots Power in Rural America: Sarah Lloyd
    Responding to Climate Change in the Upper Midwest: Brian Zimmerman
    The Global Ecological Collapse Happening Now & the Way Forward, Revisited: Michael Ippolito   also https://youtu.be/c1vcDyZbzjs
    Election Integrity; Lessons Learned From the Recount: Karen McKim, Damian Christianson
    Why Run for the County Board & Why Many Don’t: Tom Kriegl

    Session 2  
    Feedback From Candidates (2016):
    Jesse Bennett, Dimitri Martin, Sarah Lloyd, Christine Welcher, Jeff Wright, George Ferriter
    Above and Beyond the Politics of Resentment: How Best to Respond to Mad Times: Mike McCabe, Dr. Katherine Cramer, Scott Wittkopf    
    The Grassroots Resistance - Beyond Bernie: Max Love, Peter Rickman, John Stanley, Bob Crego
    Listening to Each Other and Taking Action (First breakout; The Concept): Sarah Shatz
    Change the World with a Co-Pilot - Why You Need a Campaign Manager: Damian Christianson
    Facing The Crisis of Our Age!  "The Great Turning!": Rebecca Kemble, Christa Bruhn, Michael Ippolito, Art & Dawn Shegonee
    What’s a Woman Worth; The Impact of Gender on Retirement income: Joyce Luedke, Kathleen Marsh, Kay Johnson
    Grassroots Organizing Workshop: Charles Uphoff  

    Session 3  
    The Fight for Public Education:
    Professor Julie Mead   
    Empowering Rural Progressives Through Regional Organizing: Nate Timm, Matt Schauenburg, Susan Jelly, Mike Gallagher
    The Grassroots Resistance - Uniting Groups, Direct Action, & Political Action: David Williams, Max Love, Peter Rickman, Eric Upchurch, John Stanley  
    Applying the Skills of Listening to Each Other (Second Breakout; A Practice Session): Sarah Shatz
    Expanding the Progressive Voice Through Low Power Radio: Part 1  and Part 2: Mike Crute, Dominic Salvia, Bob Park, Mark Helpsmeet   
    Beyond Borrowed Time: Michael Ippolito
    United to Amend: the Movement to Reclaim our Republic is Growing - and You are Part of it: George Penn
    Progressive values - why are they so important, what are they, and how do we communicate them?: Scott Wittkopf  
    "Our Revolution"
    - David Newby / Mary Kay Baum / Peter Rickman / John Stanley   





    MARCH 23, 2019

    Wisconsin Heights High School 
    Mazomanie, WI



    10th Annual Mazomanie Grassroots Festival: 2018

    Wausau Grassroots Festival: 2017      

    9th Annual Mazomanie Grassroots Festival2017

    8th Annual Mazomanie Grassroots Festival2016

    7th Annual Mazomanie Grassroots Festival2014

    Example of previous Festival breakouts  

  • Great handouts on voter ID for Wisconsin!

  • I signed up to volunteer for WisconsinGrassrootsNetwork. Join me!

    Help Save Local Control

    Thanks for your interest in helping save local government in Wisconsin!

    We will ask you about your willingness to do some basic tasks.

    NONE of these will involve a fulltime commitment and we do NOT ask for your money, not now, NOT EVER!

    Become a volunteer

  • This is a scratch pad for the web team

    Hi -

    This is a scratchpad for the web team until we get used to the PM software.

  • Get 2 Work

    Last year at the 6th Annual Festival we learned that how we frame what we say matters.

    This year at the 7th Annual Festival we learned we needed to change our political vocabulary and think in terms of the vertical, not left and right.

     So Let’s

     G e t 2 W o r k

    WGN will start small group discussions online using the Google+. The work from these teams will culminate in a focused breakout session at the 8th Annual Festival. Facilitators proficient in recognizing progressive FRAMING and “NINJA WORDS” will be available to critique the work upon request.

    Familiarity with Google+ Hangouts and Google Documents is useful but not necessary. We will help you "get online" and learn to collaborate. Consider it a bonus for Getting to Work!

    Web: Get2Work (linked to www.wisconsingrassroots.net/get2work.html

     email:         get2work@mail.com

     Join Now!

    Take the survey

  • I signed up to volunteer for WisconsinGrassrootsNetwork. Join me! http://www.wisconsingrassroots.net/volunteer_for_environmental_issues?recruiter_id=1569

    Volunteer for Environmental Issues

    Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Wisconsin Grassroots Network Environmental Action Group!

    We are a small but dedicated group of activists scattered among several grassroots groups across the state who attempt to combine our voices into a statewide effort to be heard above the roar of the corporatist outcry of the mass media.

    We need a variety of people who can work at home to provide research services as well as people in the Dane County area who would be able to show up at the Capitol as needed to provide bodies and voices in support of environmental issues.

    In addition, West Central Wisconsin desperately needs committed and informed environmental support against the continuong assault of landscape removal mining proceding in support of hydraulic fracturing in shale formations to our west, south and east!


    Become a volunteer

  • Messaging Volunteer

    The past thirty years have seen a steady growth in conservative media in the United States and Canada, to the point that "conservative" terminology is now the standard for discussing almost all points of public discourse! Our messaging group attempts to counteract that by preparing and disseminating carefully crafted messages using nontraditional channels in a way that (we hope) get people's attention and jog their minds out of their usual ruts.

    To that end we are looking for some specific skills. You do NOT need ALL of these! Some of you will have a limited set - THAT is OK!!! All are welcome!



    Become a volunteer

  • Sand Trains

    Sand mining in Wisconsin has become a big business since the explosive growth of hydraulic fracturing ("fracing") for oil and gas in other parts of the country and in Canada in the late 1990s.  This process requires the use of a "proppant" to hold open the cracks in the rock created by the pressure of the fracturing fluids so that the trapped fossil fuels can be forced out of the rock and extracted. Wisconsin sand is almost perfect for this purpose.


     DOTTED lines on the map mark sand train routes.

    Sand train mishaps are much less "news worthy" than oil train problems, but they DO happen. Sand trains derail, spilling sand and destroying property along the tracks, the trains kill people, and the spillage from uncovered card is potentially hazardous to your health!

    Here are some sand train mishap links for your review (not exhaustive and it will be added to as we discover more:

    Chetek, WI, January 28, 2013 Frack Sand Train Derails

    19 train cars derail in western Wisconsin  March 18, 2013 between Taylor and Wisconsin Rapids

    More trains lead to more crashes with vehicles in Wisconsin - Chippewa Falls WI January 2013


    Please note that Canada takes frac sand spills more seriously:

    Alberta issues health advisory to residents after frac sand spill  (July 2014)


  • New Page is great – everyone who lives near a railroad track needs to rad this!

  • We now are including RAILROAD ISSUES, both positive and negative, as an environmental issue! Come join us!

  • Worth multiple listens for the song and multiple views for the slideshow!

  • Great work, if I do say so m’self!

  • Reminder – We all do better when we all do better.

  • Why This November ( and the time before) Matters!

    Wisconsin has a significant choice to make between now and November 4, 2014. We can elect to do one of several things: we can sit on our hands, at home and do nothing about our future; we can talk to our friends and convince them to do something with us to change people's minds about the way that the state is going; or we can actively seek out others who may not know us to try to convince them that we need to change the way our state is going. 

    Even if we do not particularly like the person at the head of the Democratic ticket, we MUST work for the Dems DOWN TICKET in November, especially in Senate races! If the Republicans hold the Governorship, the Senate AND the Assembly, with their conservative majority in the state Supreme Court, you can kiss the environment and local control over health and welfare of citizens goodbye. And plan on total corporate control of your and your children's lives for the next four years!

    I, for one, am beginning to like Mary Burke, and I am willing to work for her, as an adjunct to my work for DOWN TICKET Dems. BUT, my focus is on the Assembly and Senate races - not particularly on the governor's race.

    PLEASE WORK WITH MARY for Governor and vote for her in both August November! Remember that there are statewide Democratic partisan primaries on August 12 for Attorney General, GOVERNOR (Mary Burke vs. Brett Hulsey), Lieutenant Governor and State Treasurer and a Dane County Democratic primary for Sheriff.