Wednesday April 20th “Status of the American Economy” by John Waelti

John Waelti

Status of the American Economy

By  John Waelti, Economist and Monroe Times columnist

Wednesday April 26th 4pm


John Waelti’s brings his extensive economic knowledge to discuss the present economic state from the Great Recession to now.  He will cover key indicators, recovery, existing economic recovery, thoughts about future trends and more.

Waelti was born and raised on a dairy farm in Monroe, was on the Agricultural Economics Faculty of University of Minnesota (1967-1990), taking leave to serve as Economic Advisor to Assistant Secretary of the Army in Washington DC.  He also served as a visiting professor to University of Nairobi, Kenya, and as head of the Department of Agricultural Economics in New Mexico State University and Sultan Qaboos University in Oman.


Thur April 20th 7pm ….. Life in Lafayette: The Pecatonica Pride Watershed Association

Come celebrate Earth Day and  hear more about the Pecatonica Pride Watershed Association, a collaboration of community groups, farmers, fishers, landowners and river lovers pulling together to improve and promote the Pecatonica River and its trout streams between Blanchardville and Argyle, WI.

Note that this program is at CENTRAL 52 CAFE ,  300 E Milwaukee St, Argyle, WI 53504west of rockton illinois

Indian Trail Marker Trees- April 4th 4pm

A discussion on

Indian Trail Marker Trees

Tuesday April 4th  4pm  @ the Argyle Public Library

indian trail marker trees

Richard Dieter has spent the last  60 years researching Lewis & Clark, early mountain men and subsequent pioneers.   By accident in 2014 while researching the 30 murders in Richland County history, he stumbled onto an Indian trail marker tree.  He has located 15 Indian trail marker trees in the following years.

Since then he has been on radio stations, published articles and given talks in southwest Wisconsin on this subject. He has worked with Professor Evan Larson of UW Platteville in having them aged thru tree ring boring.   He has also worked with David Greentree of the Ho-chunk Nation on this project in an attempt to revive the tradition of how, why and type trees were formed.

Dieter spent his childhood and high school years farming in the Ithaca area. He now splits his time between South Elgin, Il and Richland County .

Dieter welcomes any information about further sites of these vanishing  markers.

Monday Makerspace: Scrapbooking

The Argyle Public Library announces its latest Monday Makerspace: Scrapbooking.  This program will be offered each Monday from 2-8pm through April 17th on a drop-in basis.

scrapbookingThe kit provides paper edger scissors, a portable trimmer, paper craft punches, 30 wooden stamps and stamp pads.  Patrons may bring in their own photos, memorabilia and paper specific to their desired scrapbook size.

A makerspace (also called a “hackerspace” or “fadlab”) is a collaborative work space inside a school or a library for making, learning, exploring and sharing using high-tech or low-tech tools.  The space is open to kids, adults, entrepreneurs and explores and offers a variety of equipment.  The maker mindset is creating something out of nothing and exploring one’s own interests.  These spaces were also created in response to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) development.

Libraries have always been a meeting place for people and thoughts: makerspaces are just one more way libraries are evolving to meet the needs of 21st century world.

Thursday March 16th 7pm @ Central 52 Life in Lafayette: Pharm Aloe


“Life in Lafayette” is a speaker series sponsored by the Argyle Public Library, highlighting important community members. Note that this program takes place at Central 52 /300 E Milwaukee St, Argyle, WI 53504.

The program works to ignite conversations about business owners, farmers, artists, entrepreneurs and thinkers who live and work in Lafayette County. We seek views of community members both who have been in the driftless region for generations and community members who are recent transplants.  The discussions will be open-forum and welcome audience dialog.


Born in Woodford, WI during the Great Depression, Keith spent his early years in Lafayette County. Health-minded his whole life, he completed his chemistry degree with a football scholarship. Throughout his career, Keith has started several businesses and lived throughout the United States. In 1969 he came across the healing properties of the Aloe Vera plant, and has been passionately working with Aloe Vera ever since. Coming full circle, in 1994 Keith returned to Woodford, WI where he has been operating his business, Pharm-Aloe, for over two decades.