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, […]
By Dee J. Hall, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council In an age where major public policies are announced and debated through platforms like Facebook and Twitter, the courts are increasingly barring public officials from limiting people’s access to social media. In late July, a Virginia judge ruled that public officials do not have the right […]
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.
By Andee Erickson, Projects Editor for The Spectator Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Department of Energy, told senators at his January hearing that he would work with states to lay the groundwork for renewable energy, but avoided giving a straight answer to a question on whether or […]
By Dee J. Hall, Managing Editor, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Rula and Abdul walked the narrow aisles of Madison’s Istanbul Market this week, looking for spices and other staples, such as dried jute leaves, that are hard to find in their new country. The Syrian couple arrived in Madison with their daughters, ages 5 and 8, […]