My mother was from Madison. I spoke in Milwaukee a few times so I know what you’r referring to here. I read a piece this past week about the states most folks are leaving, and Wisconsin is high on the list.
So is Kansas. I would point that the governors of both States and review their politics to see why. People leave for a reason and it’s not always the weather. Foolish, dunning politics and damage to the economy will push a lot of folks away. I may be middle of the road but I know bad politics when I see them.