Wisconsin

Arts & Culture
6:35 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Novelist Drills for Critical Thinking in Sand Fracking Debate in New Book

"The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County" by Jerry Apps is available i bookstores now.
Credit Boswell Books

Environmental issues have stirred up many emotions throughout the years. Global warming, rainforest preservation, and oil drilling, to name a few.

One issue in particular has effected Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota: sand fracking, a method of drilling for natural gas.

Those who are in favor of the method are in favor of the jobs it creates and the access to a natural resource. Those who are against the method do not support what it does to the natural landscape.

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Arts & Culture
5:11 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Photog Captures 'Tough Kind of Beauty' in Daily Life on Wisconsin Farm

Gordy Lamberty hands make this tough kind of beauty possible.
Craig Schreiner

Sometimes during the hustle and bustle of the city life, people need to escape. Some escape to the country roads of Wisconsin, looking for that serenity.

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Arts & Culture
6:38 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Awash with Regret, Characters Try to Surmount "Beautiful Ruins"

Jess Walter's latest story begins at a hotel in Italy opened by a Wisconsin car salesman and English teacher.
Credit Harper Perennial

There is a review of Jess Walter’s latest book, that describes the author as “ a big-hearted man who excels at writing about other big-hearted, if broken, men.” Walter would plead guilty as charged.

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Economy & Business
3:53 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Commentary: Wisconsin's "Insular Smugness" Doesn't Foster Growth

Where are you from?  Ask that to the next person you meet on the street in Milwaukee, and they’ll probably look at you funny.  So, instead, take our word for it – the answer is probably someplace local.

Writer and Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank says where we are from says a great deal about where we are going:

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Economy & Business
12:41 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

With Golden Guernsey's Bankruptcy, Is Wisconsin Losing Its Dairy Dominance?

A dairy policy analyst explains what impact the closure of the Golden Guernsey plant will have on Wisconsin's dairy industry.

Many school systems in the Milwaukee area had to scramble last week to find a new milk supplier and 100 workers are looking for jobs after the sudden closure of the Golden Guernsey dairy plant. The 83-year-old milk producer went on to announce that it is filing for bankruptcy protection.

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Regional
12:32 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

A Letter from Milwaukee to Wisconsin

Milwaukee writes a letter to Wisconsin
Credit a.drian, flickr

Whether you are a native Wisconsinite or newcomer, it’s hard not to notice that the relationship between Milwaukee and the rest of the state can be a bit frosty. All relationships go through their ups and downs, but the tension between these two has been especially apparent in the last couple of years. So when talking things out seems to get nowhere, sometimes the only thing to do is sit down and write a letter, as Lake Effect essayist Alex Runner discovered. Runner is an award-winning essayist who lives in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood.

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