Help save our homes and wildlife!


Please help us to save our homes and wildlife from a blasting quarry!




I have never asked anyone for anything in my life, but I never anticipated this could happen to us, our whole lives work, our safety, and everything we love is being wiped out in a single land decision and we are fighting for our rights, our health, our homes, and our very lives. I am giving you as much information as I can physically get out, it is so painful. 

We desparately need help to keep up the legal fight to save our home, our neighbors homes, and save the habitat of our wonderful natural wildlife. We have spent over $84,000 dollars, and have already suffered tens of thousands of dollars in damages trying to fight this by ourselves. Our neighbors have spent over $14,000 as well. We need help to fund as much as $40,000 more. in legal action to beat this horrible quarry.

WE WON THE COURT APPEAL ON AUG. 30 2016, As you all know, for two and a half years we fought the quarry and were in turn vandalized, slandered, boycotted and threatened because we dared to stand up and fight for our rights as citizens under the constitution. The judge found in our favor for the reasons that it was against our constitutional rights of due process, the record of evidence was irreversibly corrupted by officials whose job it was to maintain and preserve it, and that the quarry was completely against the zoning standards that are REQUIRED to be met.


We have a good chance to do that
, but we are a small group that includes elderly, disabled, and low income families that had little but their beloved homes for shelter, comfort, and for security for their retirements. Now we can't even use those homes to borrow against to save them, they are so diminished in value by this quarry plan.

If we cannot fund this fight, we will lose everything, our homes will be worthless, and we will be trapped in those unsalable homes subjected to blasting, crushing rock, breathing dust clouds that cover everything, and hundreds of diesel trucks a day pumping deadly fumes into our homes, into the woods where the animals live, and into our barns where our horses will be now shut inside because of the extreme danger to them of being outside while this quarry is active.

12 hours a day, and 8 hours on Saturdays, starting at 6 a.m., right next to our homes, and draining into the protected wetlands of Albion, that is our water supply and the pristine home of  eagles, otters, bobcats, owls, and migratory birds that inspired the great naturist Thure Kumlien and the author Sterling North!

My husband Dean and I bought our barely habitable historic home on the Albion Prairie in 1986 with the dream of saving this beautiful old home and raising a family there. We grew up in the city and saved for 10 years to be able to buy it. It wasn't even in mortgageable condition. it took four hours to fill the bath tub with rusty water, and the banister hung loose from the stairs. In the lower right hand corner of this photo that shows our house as it was before this all started, is the photo we took the day we moved in, our friends thought it was ugly, but well, we thought it was beautiful, we were seeing it as it could be. 
And look at what was behind the house!

This field is where they are trying to put a stinking, polluting, blasting, quarry.  The quarry area they want is the size of seventy nine NFL football fields, just three hundred feet from our home!

We spent every extra penny and every extra minute restoring the house and barns to make it a home, but we were never blessed with the family we had planned for to fill it. For the next decade we spent everything else we had trying fertility treatments and searching adoption options to no success. The heartbreak was indescribable, but we made our family of our wonderful animals, and we cared for all our elderly kin, that filled the hole in our hearts.

During this time, we both had major life changing health issues, and we took vast amounts of our time from our careers to care for family. Things were very hard at times, but we still had our home, our sanctuary where the beauty of what we had worked and sacrificed so hard for was all around us. it embraced us, it made us feel as if something we had done had mattered.  that even if we left no children of our own, someday happy children would fill this wonderful home again because of what we did to save it.

"The Farm", as we all call it, is our hearts, it is where our best and last memories of the loved ones we've lost will live forever. I only just need to step out the door to see my parents again; my father on the chaise under the big tree napping, covered in the barn cats that loved him so much, or my mother with her walker in the barn still feeding carrots to my old black mare. All the years of struggle, sickness, and going without to help others just disappear into the beautiful memories of the good times we had with our family here that were made possible by that struggle.  I hear their laughter again in every squeak of a hinge, and my fathers voice in every creak of the floor in this old house.

Now we have no one but each other, and our lifetime is getting short, but we planned to be here, at "The Farm" together until our last dying breath, enjoying the peace, and the beauty, and the nature. We were looking forward to retiring, we only had one real vacation in 28 years. We considered the rest of our lives in our home we loved so was to be the vacation we were saving for. We planned on working our little retirement antiques and flower business side by side so we could stay here. Taking in animals that no body wanted as we always have. Just to have what time we have left with our animal family. Was that too much to ask?

Now all that is being ripped away from us by two large corporations Crazy Acres Inc. and Yahara Materials, with millions of dollars to spend. We can't even get our government to follow and enforce the laws that were in place to protect us without hiring crushingly expensive legal help to try to force them into enforcement. Our laws are being violated and our rights are not being protected. This could happen to anyone of you if we lay down and let this happen, it is happening to us because others did not fight it before. By helping us you will be helping others and yourself. This is happening everywhere, and the case law that will come of our fight will be used to stop these abuses in your own backyard.

The beautiful little girl in the photo of our campaign is one of our neighbors daughters. they are a young couple just starting out in their dream place, a little horse farm. They just had a new baby, another girl. Their older daughters love to play and ride their horses, now it will never be safe for them to be even near a horse on a sunny afternoon again. Their home will be just 800 feet from an unfenced and open quarry hole with loud sudden sounds and vibrations happening on a constant basis. These innocent children will be shocked awake every morning by blasting horns, explosions, and heavy machinery. These are not farm sounds, these are not noises and movements that thousand pound horses get used to.  They are a fight or flight animal. Even the best trained horse will bolt when it is startled.This could result in the death of a child, and if their parents try to leave, they will be underwater on their mortgage and have to walk away with nothing but a black mark on their credit that will follow them for years.

Our neighbor to the south is 86 years old, recently widowed, and has had heart trouble as a result of the stress of this fight. He has lived in the home he loves and built with his dear wife for 68 years. Now who will buy his lovely home, and his little business shop with a blasting quarry just hundreds of feet away? His security has been wiped out. Doesn't he deserve to live out his life in peace in his home? Well, the Dane County ZLR board and zoning department don't think so, they ignored his pleas and granted a conditional use permit to Yahara Materials that will destroy the rest of his life. 

Another neighbor couple built their retirement dream home with their living room positioned to overlook the wildlife, woods, and wetlands. Carol has been battling breast cancer through all this fight, can you imagine the stress that this has caused her and how dangerous that is to someone fighting for their very life. This will be their view now.

This was passed by our own town board without legal notification that is required to be sent to neighboring property owners! Through grass roots efforts we have managed to unseat three of these supervisors, but we do not have a chairman that will abide by the majority yet or that will follow the requirements of the law and nullify this conditional use permit that was passed without the required regard to others property rights that is written in the zoning standards. We are not a wealthy township, and Crazy Acres Inc. has bought up thousands of acres, torn out the hedge row wildlife habitats and trees, exposing the soil to high winds that at times have blanketed everything that is struggling to hang on. Now they want to run hundreds of trucks a day down a thousand feet of an unpaved road. Making that dust storm a daily occurance. Entering a safety restricted highway with school buses traveling at 55 miles an hour within barely minimum site from a blind curve! Cutting us off from reasonable emergency response in case of fire or accident.

This is what happened in one day last fall with just a handful of those trucks using that road in light wind.  

It coated our home, our animals and their hay, our ornamental floral crop, and our cars.

and it ulcerated and scarred our 5 month old puppies corneas.

How will we be able to stay here breathing this harmful dust all day everyday?It will be in our food, on our clothes in our homes, on our childern, in our eyes, and in our lungs, permanently! We can't even sell our homes to escape it. 

Since we have refused to give up the legal fight against this, we have been vandalised, we have been threatened, and we have been trepassed on to such an extent that I am afraid to be alone on my property anymore, and now we have the added expense of keeping a separate property away from the farm, just be able to have any peace of mind and feel safe while my husband is away on business. We continue the fight, and work 16 hour days to try to fund it by ourselves. We do manual labor, it is killing us, we need your help so desparately. We are afraid we won't make it through this without losing one of us to accident or illness, we have slept so little for the past 33 months, and when we get any escape, we still have to drive to the farm twice a day to care for our animals that we love. 

If you have nothing you can give, we understand, but even a dollar would be so appreciated, and we will do everything we can to get it back to those that help us, or pay forward to help others. We have donated our work and materials to help charitiable organizations all our lives, even when we did not have it to give, and that is one of the great reasons why we cannot help ourselves now.  We have gone without health and dental care to keep this funded. Even if we could get out, we don't want to leave our neighbors who can't. I hope someone will help us now.

Please visit our website to see more of the documented horrible hazards we and our wildlfe will be forced to live with if we can't fund this fight. It is , please call the Dane County Wisconsin politicians that are ignoring the laws and our civil rights and tell them to nullify CUP 2260. 

Please I am begging you to help if you can. Thank you for your time and kind consideration in reading this.

Signe and Dean Johnson


Signe Johnson
Edgerton, WI

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