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The smell of charcoals burning, the sound of Wisconsin beef sizzling and the sight of perfect grill marks are truly hard to beat. As the sun sets later and later and the temperature rises higher and higher, grilling season has officially made its arrival. Whether cooking on gas or charcoal, …

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Wisconsin has fresh hope for an eventual “return to normal” with the most-recently issued emergency order to combat the coronavirus pandemic, but the “new normal” may temporarily look a little different.

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At the end of April each year, we get to celebrate two holidays that are focused on environmental conservation. On April 22 of each year, we celebrate Earth Day, aimed at focusing on conservation efforts founded in part by Wisconsin’s own senator (and also former governor) Gaylord Nelson. On…

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As a representative on the Monona City Council, I view it as my responsibility to help ensure Monona is a great place to live, work, and play for all its residents, businesses and visitors. This also applies to the amazing employees who keep Monona moving.

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Facing an economic downturn of stunning speed and unknown length, the state of Wisconsin’s finances is much stronger now than at the onset of the last recession in 2007, according to a new report from the independent, nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum.

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Two summers ago, in a desperate and embarrassing election year ploy, then-Gov. Scott Walker declared the Milwaukee Zoo Interchange highway project finished “on time and on budget,” even though the project was not actually finished and wasn’t even expected to be finished until 2023.

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For generations, farmers have been caring for the land, the water, and their environmental resources. While many traditions run deep in the farming community, innovation and ingenuity are the keys to success in agriculture. Today, farmers across our state are leading the way when it comes to…

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Despite the short daylight hours and the chill in the weather, farmers throughout the state of Wisconsin are still hard at work.

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Just shy of two years ago, this column explored the heightened importance of open government when public health is at risk. Multiple examples showed the government was not sharing timely information with the public, or even other branches of government, on issues such as clean drinking water…

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In recent months, our country has been captivated by the impeachment process and its upcoming Senate trial. Every news channel, every talk radio station and every newspaper spent time extensively covering contentious hearings in the House of Representatives–and for good reason. This process …

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The holiday season is here, and a new year is just around the corner. As we prepare to enter 2020, many are preparing to meet new goals and to focus on new priorities.

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You can walk into city hall asking to see records without ever having to give your name. You can mail or email an open records request to any public entity without giving any indication of who you are.

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A report from the Environmental Integrity Project shows that from 2008-18 Wisconsin cut funding for environmental protections more than any other state in the nation – with almost all the cuts occurring from 2011-2018.

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Wisconsin’s tradition of government transparency rests on the state’s open records and open meetings laws. They declare that nearly every government document is open to public inspection, and nearly every meeting of groups formed to do governmental work must be open to the public.

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Chuck and I had dinner this weekend with a couple of old Monona hands. Giles and Lori Santyr used to live on Tonyawatha; their kids went to the same day care ours did.

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Outcomes in states that have legalized medical marijuana contradict at least some points made by both advocates and opponents of the move in Wisconsin, according to a new report from the independent, nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum.

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“For God’s sake, Tommy, whatever you do, find a cure.” That was my brother Eddie’s final request before he died of pancreatic cancer. The disease has also taken my brother Artie and my best friend Ervin. It kills roughly 45,000 Americans annually.

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Early in his administration, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers was asked to produce a letter he’d gotten from departing Gov. Scott Walker, during the transition. He initially refused, claiming it was a “purely personal” communication outside of the reach of the state’s open records law.

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As our economy and the housing market continue to recover, and as October kicks off as Careers in Construction Month, home builders across the country are seeking skilled workers – such as carpenters, framers and roofers – to help them build the American Dream.