The Wisconsin Idea

Public Money is Pouring Into Broadband Expansion. Will It Go Where It’s Needed Most?
Rural communities in Wisconsin scramble to use tidal wave of public funding.
Peter Cameron
Wisconsin Schools Called Police on Students at Twice the National Rate
School officials refer thousands of children to the police each year. In Wisconsin, children with disabilities or who are Black, Latino or Native bear the brunt of it.
Angelica Euseary, Clare Amari and Robert Chappell
The Momnibus Act Protects Wisconsin’s Black Babies from a Premature Death
The proposed legislation would achieve what “bias” training alone does not.
Kavin Senapathy
Wisconsin Lawmakers Propose $25 Million Package to Help Farmers
The proposed bills would create stronger connections between farmers and local institutions such as schools, hospitals and food banks; increase access to mental health services.
Henry Redman
A Quarter of Rural Wisconsinites Lack Adequate Internet Access
How communities are closing the digital divide.
Anya van Wagtendonk
Communities Near Fort McCoy Work to Welcome Afghan refugees
Residents of the communities surrounding Fort McCoy have been working to welcome the thousands of Afghan refugees who just moved next door.
Henry Redman
A Lead Problem Worse Than Flint's
Hundreds of thousands of lead service lines in Wisconsin are a threat to public health, and communities of color are particularly vulnerable.
Susan Shain
The Problem of ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Marinette, and the Solutions That Could Take as Long
A corporation impedes progress on tracing and removing PFAS contaminants from area water— chemical pollution it caused.
Christina Lieffring
Growing food sovereignty on the shores of Lake Superior
On a small Wisconsin island, members of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and volunteers provide fresh food and restore ancestral connection through gardening.
Kip Dooley
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