Saturday, August 10, 2019

Boys' clubs: Township government in Wisconsin (Dane County edition)


Of the 134 elected officials in Dane County's 33 townships, 87% are men.



Population loss in North Dakota: Steele County


It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. 

Source:  Wikipedia (Steele County, Finley)


Finley is the county seat of Steele County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.


Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 25.6% - Steele County
  • 28.9% - North Dakota
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 24.1% - Steele County
  • 15.3% - North Dakota
  • 15.6% - U.S.

Trump's America
Source:  Wikipedia
3rd-party candidates received 19.6% of vote in 1992, 9.7% of vote in 1996, 10% in 2016
(George Wallace received 4.3% of the vote in 1968)

Finley Public Library (open 5.5 hours per week)

Other North Dakota posts:
Divide County/Crosby.  (7/23/2019)
Golden Valley County/Beach.  (7/24/2019)
Billings County/Medora.  (7/24/2019)
Slope County/Amidon.   (7/25/2019)
Adams County/Hettinger.  (7/25/2019)
Hettinger County/Mott.  (7/26/2019)
Dunn County/Manning.  (7/26/2019)
Burke County/Bowbells.  (7/28/2019)
Ranville County/Mohall.  (7/29/2019)
OIiver County/Center.  (7/30/2019)
Grant County/Carson.  (8/1/2019)
Emmons County/Linton.  (8/1/2019)
Sheridan County/McClusky.  (8/3/2019)
McHenry County/Towner.  (8/3/2019)
Bottineau County/Bottineau.  (8/4/2019)
Pierce County/Rugby.  (8/4/2019)
Wells County/Fessenden.  (8/5/2019)
Kidder County/Steele.  (8/5/2019)
Logan County/Napoleon.  (8/6/2019)
McIntosh County/Ashley.  (8/6/2019)
Dickey County/Ellendale.  (8/7/2019)
LaMoure County/LaMoure.  (8/7/2019)
Eddy County/New Rockford.  (8/8/2019)
Towner County/Cando.  (8/8/2019)
Cavalier County/Langdon.  (8/9/2019)
Nelson County/Lakota.  (8/9/2019)
Griggs County/Cooperstown.  (8/10/2019)

Other population loss series:

Population loss in North Dakota: Griggs County


It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. 

Source:  Wikipedia (Griggs County, Cooperstown)


Cooperstown is the county seat of Griggs County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 22.6% - Griggs County
  • 28.9% - North Dakota
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 30.2% - Griggs County
  • 15.3% - North Dakota
  • 15.6% - U.S.

The last time Griggs County voted Democratic was 1976.  Trump won 67% of the vote in 2016.

Griggs County Library, Cooperstown
Other North Dakota posts:
Divide County/Crosby.  (7/23/2019)
Golden Valley County/Beach.  (7/24/2019)
Billings County/Medora.  (7/24/2019)
Slope County/Amidon.   (7/25/2019)
Adams County/Hettinger.  (7/25/2019)
Hettinger County/Mott.  (7/26/2019)
Dunn County/Manning.  (7/26/2019)
Burke County/Bowbells.  (7/28/2019)
Ranville County/Mohall.  (7/29/2019)
OIiver County/Center.  (7/30/2019)
Grant County/Carson.  (8/1/2019)
Emmons County/Linton.  (8/1/2019)
Sheridan County/McClusky.  (8/3/2019)
McHenry County/Towner.  (8/3/2019)
Bottineau County/Bottineau.  (8/4/2019)
Pierce County/Rugby.  (8/4/2019)
Wells County/Fessenden.  (8/5/2019)
Kidder County/Steele.  (8/5/2019)
Logan County/Napoleon.  (8/6/2019)
McIntosh County/Ashley.  (8/6/2019)
Dickey County/Ellendale.  (8/7/2019)
LaMoure County/LaMoure.  (8/7/2019)
Eddy County/New Rockford.  (8/8/2019)
Towner County/Cando.  (8/8/2019)
Cavalier County/Langdon.  (8/9/2019)
Nelson County/Lakota.  (8/9/2019)

Other population loss series:

Friday, August 9, 2019

UPDATE. Exact Sciences Colorguard processing lab August site visit



Photos by Retiring Guy

Looking across the open space of the campus toward Schroeder Road

Full speed ahead at Exact Sciences: Building, hiring, developing new products.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 6/17/2019)

Exact plans to open its second Cologuard processing lab this month — a 113,000-square-foot clinical lab and 56,000-square-foot warehouse off Schroeder Road that eventually will raise the company’s processing capacity to 7 million samples a year.

7/7/2019 update starts here.

Photo and video by Retiring Guy




6/28/2019 update starts here.

From across the Beltline (compare February 2019)

Exact Sciences reports revenue jumped nearly 80% for the first quarter.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 5/1/2019)
More than 100,000 people a month, on average, are being screened for colorectal cancer using Cologuard, the Madison company that makes the diagnostic test disclosed Tuesday. “Cologuard is changing how Americans get screened for colorectal cancer,” said Exact Sciences Corp. CEO and chairman Kevin Conroy.
Exact Sciences starts scouting for a third lab site, CEO Kevin Conroy says.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 5/4/2019)
Conroy said the third site would be used for the company’s future products, all of which are still in research and development. 
Company spokesman Scott Larrivee later declined to say what potential sites are under consideration or how quickly Exact wants to act on a third lab. Neither the city of Madison nor the Madison Region Economic Partnership is working with Exact on the project at this time.

5/10/2019 update starts here.

From Schroeder Road
Photos by Retiring Guy

From the end of the Forward Drive cul-de-sac

From across the Beltline



February 2019 update starts here.

View from the north side of the Beltline
Photos and video by Retiring Guy




View from Schroeder Road

On Forward Drive

On Rayovac Drive


12/16/2018 update starts here.

Photo by Retiring Guy

12/6/2018 update starts here.

View of construction taking place along the Beltline




10/17/2018 update starts here.

1st 2 photos taken on Schroeder Road
Photos and video by Retiring Guy

 Construction entrance at Rayovac Drive




8/8/2018 update starts here.

From Rayovac Drive looking east

From Schroeder Road looking north

From the end of the Forward Drive cul-de-sac





6/24/2018 update, " Exact Sciences construction progress as seen from 3 vantage points", starts here.

From Schroeder Road to where Forward Drive dead-ends at the Beltline

Photos by Retiring Guy



Exact Sciences' construction projects top $300 million.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 4/28/2018)
The Madison company is putting an addition onto its Cologuard processing lab on Badger Road and is building a new lab, offices and parking at the former site of Spectrum Brands headquarters, just off Schroeder Road. 
It also is expanding facilities at two of the three buildings the company occupies in University Research Park, spokesman J.P. Fielder said.


5/6/2018 update, Exact Sciences construction progress as seen from Schroeder Road", starts here.

All photos by Retiring Guy


On Forward Drive, halfway between the Beltline and Schroeder Road


4/11/2018 update starts here.




3/15/2018 update starts here.



Stopped the 1st video too soon.  Didn't realize there was some demolition going on just ahead.



1/3/2018 update starts here.


Video by Retiring Guy

Exact Sciences unveils more building plans at former Spectrum Brands site.  (Madison.com, 12/23/2017)
Exact is submitting plans to the city to construct a 77,000-square-foot addition onto the existing four-story office building at 1 Exact Lane, formerly 601 Rayovac Drive. The offices used to house the headquarters for consumer products company Spectrum Brands, now in Middleton. 
Exact bought the property in November and is updating the structure, which sat vacant for four years. Exact already has moved several hundred of its call center and administrative employees there. 

Source:  Potter Lawson


Original 11/8/2017 post, "You'll soon see an Exact Science facility from the Beltline", starts here.

 Or from Rayovac Drive, as I filmed it.



Exact Sciences chooses former Spectrum Brands site in Madison for new lab. (Wisconsin State Journal, 11/7/2017)
Exact will build a second laboratory at the site to process its Cologuard DNA-based stool test to screen for colorectal cancer, as the Wisconsin State Journal reported in October. 
The new lab will create 250 jobs “over time,” Exact CEO Kevin Conroy said in an interview.
The company also is remodeling the four-story office building at 601 Rayovac Drive that had housed Spectrum Brands’ headquarters, and it will tear down the aging, adjacent building, at 630 Forward Drive, that had served as Spectrum Brands’ research and development center. A parking ramp will go up in its place.

Source of rendering:  Madison.com

Normandy Square Senior Apartments UPDATE: August construction site visit


Photos by Retiring Guy



7/23/2019 update starts here.

Photos and video by Retiring Guy





2 bedrooms/2 baths floor plan



6/28/2019 update starts here.



1 bedroom unit floor plan



5/30/2019 update starts here



5/10/2019 update
starts here.


From South Yellowstone Drive and Normandy Lane
Photos by Retiring Guy

From South Yellowstone Drive between Normandy Lane and Odana Road

From the Market Square access road


2/22/2019 update, "Market Square UPDATE.  Whoa!  Look what's happened here since Retiring Guy's last visit", starts here.

Apartment building construction fills most of the parking lot previously used by Market Square Theater's' customers.

Photos by Retiring Guy

People who move here will have easy access to second-run movies.


Parking spaces are available just west of the building but about a quarter of them are being used for snow storage.


5/16/2018 update, "No barriers at parking lot, but the space is for sale for 'Aparments'", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Parking lot being sold to unnamed third party.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 4/24/2018)
The decision gives Market Square LLC a clearer way ahead for the sale of the parking lot to a developer who plans to build an $11 million, 58-unit affordable senior apartment building on the spot that has been in the works since 2016.


Original 4/18/2018 post, " Parking lot being sold to unnamed third party", starts here.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Legal dispute over parking lot could doom Market Square movie theaters, lawsuit states.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 4/16/2018)
According to a lawsuit filed Friday in Dane County Circuit Court, a company that owns the parking lot closest to the theater, where patrons of the budget multiplex customarily park, has told the owners of the Market Square shopping center the parking lot is being sold and that moviegoers don’t have a right to park there. 
The company has informed shopping center owner Market Square Associates LLC and Silver Cinemas, which operates the second-run movie theater, that barricades will go up on May 1 to keep movie patrons from using the 151-space parking lot, which is located immediately outside the movie theater’s doors.

I haven't visited the utilitarian Market Square movie theaters in years, mainly because there are so few movies my wife and I care to see nowadays.  And we prefer the lounge-ready comfort, though certainly not the endless stream of commercials, at first-run theaters.  We've already seen 3 of the movieplex's current offerings:  The Post, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.