Genealogy research and the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birth are on the mid-month schedule at the L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire. “Find Your Roots in Naturalization Records,” a program designed for people interested in researching the beginning of their family roots in America, is scheduled for 6 p.m. on […]
The local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will celebrate its 50th anniversary Thursday evening with hors d’oeuvres and cake at its annual membership meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the downstairs social hall at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 421 S. Farwell St. Members and friends are invited to share […]
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.
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.
Editor’s Note: More than 800 people gathered in Madison last week to meet with state legislators under the auspices of WISDOM, a statewide organization dedicated to linking Wisconsin communities to work for justice. An Eau Claire contingent from JONAH made the trip and one of its members provided the following commentary from her personal perspective, […]