Articles by Rob Ferrett

People often look at alternative transportation as a big city issue. But rural communities in Wisconsin and around the country are facing the challenges of providing mobility to local residents — especially for an aging population.More

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Over the course of three months, a seemingly mundane state personnel matter snowballed into a string of inaction and action across all three branches of government that was unprecedented in Wisconsin's political landscape.More
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When longtime city of Milwaukee Health Commissioner Bevan Baker resigned on Jan. 12, it brought renewed attention to the city's broader struggle to address the problem of lead poisoning.More
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While perceived social and political divides between the urban and rural areas of Wisconsin remains a frequent topic of discussion, gaining a better understanding of the relationships between the two is very influenced by where people work.More
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The opioid crisis is a grave and growing burden on local governments, in one way or another.More
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What would happen if a devastating rainstorm that hits an area and causes damaging floods instead struck somewhere else?More
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The rising popularity of "pizza farms" may seem like just another quaint foodie trend, but there's business sense behind the idea.More
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Fresh water is an increasingly precious necessity around the planet, and Wisconsin has better access to it than most places.More
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An international group of geneticists, epidemiologists and public health researchers based in Australia, France and the U.S. teamed up to study a pathogen after it caused a small but deadly outbreak of illnesses in Wisconsin.More
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Political narratives in the United States often rely on the ideas of "rural" and "urban" as distinct and diametrically opposed places in conflict.More
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A diverse array of potent synthetic drugs are becoming more prominent in the opioid crisis, creating difficulties for medical investigators and public health officials.More