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A Rural School District’s Pandemic Priorities
A Rural School District’s Pandemic Priorities

Education

A Rural School District’s Pandemic Priorities

Claire Martin, interim district administrator for Lakeland Union School District in Minocqua, describes how it's approaching the Delta wave of COVID-19 as students and staff return to classrooms.

September 10, 2021

Noon Wednesday: Uncharted Waters for Lake Superior
Noon Wednesday: Uncharted Waters for Lake Superior

Policy

Noon Wednesday: Uncharted Waters for Lake Superior

A proposal in Bayfield County to bottle and sell water from the Lake Superior watershed taking advantage of a loophole tests the mettle of the Great Lakes Compact, which regulates certain water diversions among eight states. Professor Dave Strifling, director of the Water Law and Policy Initiative at the Marquette Law School, explains legal and environmental ramifications of the proposal.

September 8, 2021

A sign for Lakeland STAR School/Academy on an exterior brick wall
A sign for Lakeland STAR School/Academy on an exterior brick wall

Education

Republicans Voted To Give This Minocqua School Extra Funding, But Evers Said No

Why are Republicans in the Legislature repeatedly adding a budget line for Lakeland STAR, a charter school focusing on children with autism, and why is the governor repeatedly cutting this funding even as he advocates more state support for public education?

July 19, 2021

Aerial photo of fireworks over water
Aerial photo of fireworks over water

Economy

A Tourism Boom Has Wisconsin’s Northern Destinations Scrambling to Keep Up

Businesses in busy summer communities like Minocqua, Bayfield and Door County are racing to serve more customers while also struggling with maintaining enough employees as travel swells in the wake of the pandemic.

July 2, 2021

Northland Pines Home of the Eagles banner in high school hallway
Northland Pines Home of the Eagles banner in high school hallway

Coronavirus

Masking and Other Protocols Helped Keep Wisconsin Kids in the Classroom

Rules put in place to cut transmission of COVID-19 kept the common cold and seasonal flu at a minimum during a unique pandemic school year.

May 20, 2021

Noon Wednesday: ‘A Community For All’
Noon Wednesday: ‘A Community For All’

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: ‘A Community For All’

Residents in a north central Wisconsin community have become divided on passing a resolution proclaiming Marathon County “A Community For All.” Marathon County Board Supervisor and Wausau attorney William Harris explains why consensus cannot be found in this yearlong debate.

May 19, 2021

Stack of lumber in focus in foreground with stacks of lumber and timber in blurred background
Stack of lumber in focus in foreground with stacks of lumber and timber in blurred background

WisContext

What’s Pushing Record Lumber Prices and Who in Wisconsin Is Benefiting?

The coronavirus pandemic has fueled a home construction boom around the nation, but loggers and builders want to know where the profits are flowing as demand for wood products spikes.

May 6, 2021

Bumper stickers reading I got me COVID-19 vaccine #SavingLives shared by the Clark County Health Department
Bumper stickers reading I got me COVID-19 vaccine #SavingLives shared by the Clark County Health Department

WisContext

Where Is Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Lagging — And Why?

With universal eligibility starting April 5, the pace of coronavirus shots is speeding up everywhere in the state, but rates have been stubbornly lower in Clark, Rusk and Taylor counties.

March 30, 2021

A captive wolf stands in a forest clearing.
A captive wolf stands in a forest clearing.

Environment

‘Extreme Disappointment’: Ojibwe Treaty Rights Group Decries Wolf Hunt Process

Planning for the February 2021 wolf hunt was rushed following a court order, and the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission charges the Wisconsin DNR with neglecting tribal obligations.

March 18, 2021

Illustration of outline Wisconsin with connect the dots networks.
Illustration of outline Wisconsin with connect the dots networks.

Education

The Pandemic Pushes New Appeals for Rural Broadband Investment Across Wisconsin

State and local efforts to expand equitable internet access across the state grow in priority as both education and the economy moved more online in the wake of the coronavirus.

March 5, 2021

Tammy Baldwin
Tammy Baldwin

Here and Now 2020

Baldwin Talks Economy During Virtual Biden Event in Superior

The virtual townhall was one of two the Biden campaign held in the state Monday, now a more common sight as campaigns engage voters digitally amid the pandemic.

August 10, 2020

The Verso paper mill is among the largest employers in Wisconsin Rapids. The Ohio-based company announced June 9, 2020 that it would idle mills in Wisconsin Rapids and Duluth, Minnesota, laying off 1,000 workers. (Courtesy: Rob Mentzer / WPR)
The Verso paper mill is among the largest employers in Wisconsin Rapids. The Ohio-based company announced June 9, 2020 that it would idle mills in Wisconsin Rapids and Duluth, Minnesota, laying off 1,000 workers. (Courtesy: Rob Mentzer / WPR)

Economy

Paper Mill in Wisconsin Rapids Will Idle, Layoff 900

The company announced the move due to reduced demand in paper products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 10, 2020

Adjusting to Commerce Amid Pandemic
Adjusting to Commerce Amid Pandemic

Economy

Adjusting to Commerce Amid Pandemic

After Memorial Day weekend and with the unofficial start to summer, Exec. Dir. of the Minocqua Chamber of Commerce Krystal Westfahl discusses what businesses are doing to keep customers safe and how the area is adjusting to changes in economic activity amid coronavirus concerns.

May 29, 2020

Hodag
Hodag

Economy

Hodag Music Festival Canceled After Public Outcry

The reduced capacity would have brought as many as 16,000 people to the area, before event organizers cancelled the country music festival.

May 28, 2020

National Guard Assists at Polls/Tiffany Wins 7th Cong. Seat
National Guard Assists at Polls/Tiffany Wins 7th Cong. Seat

Elections

National Guard Assists at Polls/Tiffany Wins 7th Cong. Seat

The Wisconsin National Guard was activated again to work polling places in Tuesday's 7th Congressional Dist. special election. About 160 Guard members helped serve the 700 municipalities. They worked in civilian clothes performing the same duties as other poll workers. Republican Tom Tiffany defeated Democrat Tricia Zunker in the 7th Congressional District. It spans 26 Northern Wisconsin counties.

May 15, 2020

Tom Tiffany
Tom Tiffany

Elections

Tiffany Wins Special Election

Republican Tom Tiffany wins the special election to replace Sean Duffy in the state's 7th Congressional District.

May 13, 2020

Candidates Vie for Open 7th Congressional Dist. Seat
Candidates Vie for Open 7th Congressional Dist. Seat

Elections

Candidates Vie for Open 7th Congressional Dist. Seat

Candidates Tom Tiffany (R) and Tricia Zunker (D) vie for an open seat in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District to replace the retired Sean Duffy.

May 7, 2020

Three Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers and Airmen and one local medical professional help facilitate mobile testing in Buffalo County, Wis., May 1, 2020. Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers and Airmen provide COVID-19 testing alongside county Emergency Management and County Health Officials in support of the Department of Health Services request in Buffalo County, Wisconsin.  (Courtesy: Spc. Emma Anderson / Wisconsin National Guard)
Three Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers and Airmen and one local medical professional help facilitate mobile testing in Buffalo County, Wis., May 1, 2020. Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers and Airmen provide COVID-19 testing alongside county Emergency Management and County Health Officials in support of the Department of Health Services request in Buffalo County, Wisconsin.  (Courtesy: Spc. Emma Anderson / Wisconsin National Guard)

Health

Community Testing Begins in Northwestern Wisconsin

National Guard deployed to support county and tribal health efforts.

May 4, 2020

Tribes Combat Opioid Crisis
Tribes Combat Opioid Crisis

Health

Tribes Combat Opioid Crisis

Coverage of the 2020 State of the Tribes address. Then a discussion with the President of the Stockbridge Munsee Band of the Mohican Shannon Holsey on her work with all-Nations youth addiction treatment facility that is on a schedule to be constructed in Marathon County next year.

February 21, 2020

Election results from the 7th CD Republican primary.
Election results from the 7th CD Republican primary.

Politics

Map: Tiffany and Zunker Win Congressional Primaries

State Sen. Tom Tiffany will face Ho-Chunk Supreme Court Justice Tricia Zunker on May 12. They defeated Jason Church and Lawrence Dale in the Republican and Democratic primaries respectively.

February 19, 2020

Candidates Rally for Support in 7th Congressional District
Candidates Rally for Support in 7th Congressional District

Elections

Candidates Rally for Support in 7th Congressional District

A report by Here & Now Reporter Zac Schultz breaks down the primary race for the state’s 7th Congressional District. The seat was previously held by Sean Duffy. Now, four candidates are vying for the large district in Northern Wisconsin, including two Democrats and three Republicans. (Videography by Ethan Freel)

February 15, 2020

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe.
Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe.

Politics

Elections Commission: No Competing Ballots in April Election

The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted unanimously to send only one ballot to a majority of absentee voters in the April general election.  To comply with federal law, overseas voters will still receive two ballots in April, but most absentee voters will only receive a single ballot with all races.

February 12, 2020

Search and rescue vehicle.
Search and rescue vehicle.

Environment

Update: Search and Rescue Volunteers’ Sacrifice

There is a new example of the sacrifice search and rescue volunteers make when they donate their time to finding lost strangers. In January, Here & Now reported on Pat Sanchez who runs the Sawyer County search and rescue (SAR) team. The Sawyer County SAR team is well-known around the ...

February 10, 2020

Different Ballots for Upcoming Elections Cause Confusion
Different Ballots for Upcoming Elections Cause Confusion

Politics

Different Ballots for Upcoming Elections Cause Confusion

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is issuing and managing “A” and “B” ballots for upcoming elections. City of Superior Clerk Terri Kalan provides clarity on the difference between two separate absentee ballots being sent to voters in the 7th Congressional District.

February 10, 2020

Lack of Search And Rescue Resources Leave State Vulnerable
Lack of Search And Rescue Resources Leave State Vulnerable

Social Issues

Lack of Search And Rescue Resources Leave State Vulnerable

Despite the gaps in coverage, volunteers across Wisconsin remain the backbone of search and rescue operations. Although search and rescue volunteers are trained as professionals, many counties don’t have enough resources to pay them as such.

January 3, 2020

Here & Now for November 15, 2019
Here & Now for November 15, 2019

Social Issues

Here & Now for November 15, 2019

On tonight’s show we examine: the state’s diversity efforts with State Rep. Sheila Stubbs; Impeachment Hearings with U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore; freedom of the press questions regarding Lafayette County Board with Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council President Bill Lueders; Developments with the DACA program with Voces De La Frontera's Alejandra Gonzalez; an update on former designee Brad Pfaff.

January 3, 2020

Wisconsin’s Achievement Gap Persists
Wisconsin’s Achievement Gap Persists

Education

Wisconsin’s Achievement Gap Persists

This week The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation's Report Card, released results finding Wisconsin has the widest achievement gap in the country. Scores show the gap between Black and white students increasing in both math and reading.

December 4, 2019

Wisconsin Hunters on Chronic Wasting Disease
Wisconsin Hunters on Chronic Wasting Disease

Agriculture

Wisconsin Hunters on Chronic Wasting Disease

A look at Marquette poll numbers on the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in the state. Four hunters explain differing reasons why some get their deer tested for CWD and the overwhelming reason why most do not. The poll shows that of the people who have heard of CWD, 64% feel it represents a threat to the future of deer hunting in Wisconsin.

December 4, 2019

New Study Says Foxconn Could Depress the State Economy
New Study Says Foxconn Could Depress the State Economy

Economy

New Study Says Foxconn Could Depress the State Economy

According to a new special study by economists at George Mason University in Virginia, Foxconn could depress the state economic activity by tens of billions of dollars over the next 15 years. Michael Farren, a George Mason University researcher, talks about the new study and the economic risks that it reveals.

December 4, 2019

Congressional Elections Heating Up in Wisconsin
Congressional Elections Heating Up in Wisconsin

Politics

Congressional Elections Heating Up in Wisconsin

Two Democrats, Wausau School Board President Tricia Zunker and Businessman Lawrence Dale, join the 7th congressional district race in Northwest Wisconsin. Outside of Milwaukee, a 5th congressional district candidate state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R) receives a major endorsement from former Gov. Tommy Thompson.

October 18, 2019

Proposed Hog CAFO in Burnett County Receives Push Back
Proposed Hog CAFO in Burnett County Receives Push Back

Agriculture

Proposed Hog CAFO in Burnett County Receives Push Back

A proposed concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in Burnett County is receiving push back from locals who say the large farm could have adverse effects on their communities. If approved, the $20 million proposed operation would be a 26,000-head hog facility. WisContext’s Will Cushman also shares insights on laws drafted by the Department of Agriculture to regulate a facility’s odor.

October 18, 2019

The Race for the 7th Congressional District Continues
The Race for the 7th Congressional District Continues

Politics

The Race for the 7th Congressional District Continues

The previously announced dates for the special 7th congressional election in the Northwest Wisconsin district must be changed because of a federal law. The seat held by U.S. Representative Sean Duffy until he resigned in September, is now up for grabs. Three Republican candidates are now in the race: Jason Church, Tom Tiffany, Michael Opela Sr.

October 4, 2019

Candidates Line Up for and Mull Congressional Bids
Candidates Line Up for and Mull Congressional Bids

Politics

Candidates Line Up for and Mull Congressional Bids

Two members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation, the long-serving Jim Sensenbrenner and fourth-term Sean Duffy, announced they are retiring from Congress, and some have already jumped in the race to fill their seats.

September 13, 2019

Sawyer Co. Feels Effect of Floods: “It Comes In Everywhere”
Sawyer Co. Feels Effect of Floods: “It Comes In Everywhere”

Environment

Sawyer Co. Feels Effect of Floods: “It Comes In Everywhere”

While the policy debate over climate change and efforts to mitigate flooding continue at the state and federal level, Here & Now’s Zac Schultz talks to those in Sawyer County who are impacted by washed out roads and water in their basements.

August 16, 2019

Wisconsin Struggles to ‘Pay Teachers What They’re Worth’
Wisconsin Struggles to ‘Pay Teachers What They’re Worth’

Education

Wisconsin Struggles to ‘Pay Teachers What They’re Worth’

With the ongoing teacher shortage in the state, Unified School District of Antigo Superintendent Julie Sprague discusses the challenges she faces in her district. She says “districts have difficulties payer teachers what they’re worth,” and that to make up the shortfall they will have to issue provisional licenses or hire retired teachers.

March 29, 2019

Embattled Youth Prison Faces New Criticism
Embattled Youth Prison Faces New Criticism

Social Issues

Embattled Youth Prison Faces New Criticism

The embattled Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake youth prisons face new criticism after a court-ordered monitor report shows the facility fails to meet the court’s requirements for inmates’ safety. Larry Dupuis, legal director of ACLU Wisconsin whose lawsuit brought on the monitor report, weighs in on the findings.

January 18, 2019

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