DURAND — In the driveway of a two-story house on a dairy farm in western Wisconsin, five men focus on a unique construction project. Using a drill, hammer and nails, plywood and rope, they work together in the afternoon sun to erect a structure that resembles a makeshift corral in the bed of a Honda pickup.
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By Dee J. Hall and Riley Vetterkind Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism DANE — On a recent cool, summer evening in the rolling hills just outside Madison, the lofty pole barn of Ripp’s Dairy Valley farm briefly transformed into a town hall meeting. As twilight descended, a crowd of more than 60 farmers, public officials, […]
Along a desolate country road in northeastern Wisconsin, Manuel Estrada speeds toward work in his rumbling silver Ford SUV. He’s running late for his predawn shift. And he’s worried.
His boss is counting on him; she’s been down a worker for a month. More than 400 Holstein cows stand blinking, waiting to be milked. His family needs the paycheck from his $11.50-per-hour job.
And Estrada, 30, hopes the police aren’t waiting for him, too.
Note: This report is part of the series titled “Voting Wars – Rights | Power | Privilege,” produced by the Carnegie-Knight News21 initiative, a national investigative reporting project by top college journalism students across the country. The project is led by two award-winning professional journalists – former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie, Jr., and Jacqueline Petchel, former investigative editor at […]
By Zack Katz For the CVPost You might not yet know this modestly sized band of altruists who are steadily pushing for progressive reform throughout the Chippewa Valley, but chances are you’ve encountered their influence in some capacity. Joining Our Neighbors Advancing Hope, or JONAH, is a collection of self-described “task forces” comprised of individuals […]