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Though she wasn’t raised in Wisconsin, my mother eats only real butter – no margarine, and no “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” because she can believe it.

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The COVID-19 pandemic began causing traffic on Wisconsin’s roads to plummet even before the governor’s Safer at Home order was issued on March 24. Traffic counts were dropping in all parts of the state, not just hard-hit areas. The decline has potential implications for public health, the ec…

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Travel has the power to heal and refresh, to reset and rebuild. Each of us likely has a short list of the places we long to visit, as soon and we are able. We hold clear memories of the moments we’ve shared with our favorite people, and the gorgeous scenery that make our most treasured spots…

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This weekend, all over Facebook, pictures of Waunakee community members all sporting Waunakee Strong t-shirts popped up with the hashtag, #inittogether. While we were all social distancing at home or getting our walks in, each took the time to wear the shirt, snap a selfie and post the photo…

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Gov. Tony Evers’ declaration of a public health emergency and subsequent stay-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic set off an unprecedented flurry of lobbying, according to a WisPolitics.com review of records submitted to the state Ethics Commission.

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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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The Forum’s analysis of sectors of Wisconsin’s economy most affected by recent COVID-19 business closures shows the workers most affected include many low-wage earners, and regions most affected include those with economies that rely on tourism.

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Manufacturers in Wisconsin are ramping up their efforts to supply personal protective equipment such as face shields, as well as crucial parts for medical devices used in the pandemic response.

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Perhaps now more than ever, gardening is the one activity that will sustain many not only nutritionally, but emotionally. Thankfully, many garden stores will be open for curbside pickup though calling in orders and picking up the plants unseen will be strange.

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This week, Waunakee teachers and students are making the transition to online learning as schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately in Waunakee, most families have internet access, and the district is doing what it can to assist those without. But Waunakee is in a bette…

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Whenever you see a ballot for the Spring election in Waunakee, you’ll see my name. I’m unopposed in my bid to remain the Municipal Court Judge. I start there to stress that the status of my election is not in doubt. I am not pushing a policy position in an effort to affect my campaign. Like …

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Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. chief Missy Hughes says agency staff are “working through the process” of determining which businesses are essential after a spike in related web traffic contributed to the agency’s site crashing.

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Today’s farmers are continually innovating when it comes to new methods of growing and raising our food supply. Aquaponics, a process which allows producers to raise and grow both a protein and vegetable crop simultaneously, has seen an increase in popularity.

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The rapid rise of online home rental services, such as Airbnb, has brought opportunities for travelers but also challenges for governments seeking to collect taxes on those sales.

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An unusual “reverse-coattail effect” could play out in Wisconsin’s April 7 elections, with hotly contested down-ballot races drawing voters to an increasingly uninteresting Democratic presidential primary, instead of the other way around, observers say.

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Delivering public programs and services with efficiency and effectiveness can be challenging when revenues are limited and costs are ever increasing. But, when faced with these timeless challenges, good governments can find creative solutions to continue providing services at the level desir…

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A proposal to install a large solar farm in the Town of Vienna will entail a long process of approvals before any construction begins, and town residents are understandably concerned. Transforming 2,500 acres of farm fields into native prairie with solar panels will affect dairy operations t…

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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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Wisconsin’s criminal justice system has some of the worst racial disparities in the country. Years of Republican budget cuts and prisons exceeding capacity have created more dangerous situations for correctional officers, inmates, and communities. Yet, Republicans are continuing to pass legi…