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Mining
11:26 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Leaders Balance Demands as Proposed Frac Sand Mines Queue Up

Trempealeau County is just one sand-rich place where mining drives deep divisions.

Stop in at a town or county meeting in western Wisconsin, and frac sand mining is likely to top the agenda - namely, balancing the demands of a mining operation with concerns of residents.

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Mining
7:36 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

What Makes a Frac Sand Mine Tick

Bluff gives way to frac sand mining.

We continue our exploration of frac sand mining that is sweeping western Wisconsin landscapes.

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Death and Dying
3:59 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

The High Cost of Dying in the 21st Century

Credit By Boris Rasin, via Flickr

It’s no secret that health care in this country costs a lot. That’s especially true at the end of life. A new study indicates a quarter of Medicare recipients exhaust their entire savings and more on out-of-pocket health care expenses during the last five years of their lives.

This goes along with previous numbers that have shown that the last few years of life are the most expensive, medically speaking.

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Civil War
1:29 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Remembering the Initial Emancipation Proclamation

"The first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet," painted by F.B. Carpenter and engraved by A.H. Ritchie
Credit Courtesy of LOC

"That...all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free..." We know those words: they're from the opening lines of the Emancipation Proclamation, which upon being issued by President Abraham Lincoln, went into effect January 1, 1863.

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Mining
7:25 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

One Town Gingerly Steps into Silica Sand Mining

Jill Koenitzer and her dad Oscar Skoug on the family dairy farm in Sioux Creek.

Towns and counties in western Wisconsin are scrambling to keep up with the demand for its silica sand. Some residents celebrate the jobs and commerce the mines bring; others worry about their environment and rural quality of life.

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