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In late May 2019, Wisconsin Watch sent a survey to all 72 county jails asking for information about their incarceration fees.
At least 23 Wisconsin counties assess "pay-to-stay" fees, which charge inmates for room and board for the time they are incarcerated. In addition, there are other fees inmates must pay, depending on the county they are in.
Wisconsin's self-proclaimed moniker as "America's Dairyland" is taking on fresh meaning in the 21st century thanks to a growing market for milk from an animal that bleats rather than moos.
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As groups of siblings sit around a large campfire, they begin to share stories while eating a few snacks. They're starting to make memories that will have to last them until they can see each other again. And for some of them, that could be for a whole year.
As a result of repeated catastrophic flooding, Bayfield County has been proactive in upgrading culverts and bridges and tracking down new sources of funding.
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Mike Valley is perched in his fishing boat, taking in the scene around him. It's idyllic — birds are chirping and small waves gently brush up against the side of the boat.
Farmers grow a whole lot of crops in Wisconsin, but the state's wild places, not to mention its sidewalk cracks, are also home to edible and handy plants for anybody enterprising enough to find and gather them.
The city of Hayward owes its existence to the waters and woods of northern Wisconsin, but the same geography that sparked and sustained the community's growth likewise heralds an emerging menace to its future.
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In the American system of checks and balances, the third branch is key. Made up of the supreme, appellate, circuit and municipal courts — the judicial branch — interprets the laws. But how are those interpreters, or justices, put on the bench?
The issue of too much water in too short a time is contributing to mounting budgetary and, in some cases, existential crises for communities of all sizes around Wisconsin and the United States.