Articles by Rob Mentzer

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Climate change could rob Wisconsin of its maple syrup, a Northwoods forest ecologist says. According to projections by federal scientists, if carbon emissions aren't cut back, the state will become much less hospitable to the sugar maple, along with a host of other tree species.
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Twelve people have died while snowmobiling in Wisconsin in the 2019-20 season, and the state could be on track for a deadlier winter than its 10-year average.
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Two-thirds of Wisconsin's rural counties lost population between 2010 and 2018, according to a report from Forward Analytics. It's a trend that's likely to get worse in the next decade.
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A Dane County resident who traveled to China contracted the novel coronavirus, health officials confirmed on Feb. 5. The adult patient is the Wisconsin's first confirmed case of the new respiratory illness.
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Ice harvesting is a mostly forgotten trade. But for one day in January, volunteers with central Wisconsin's Historic Point Basse gave it a try.
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Two rural Northwoods school districts will share a chemistry teacher, and they say the blended online learning program could be a model for districts across the state.
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More people are being locked up in Wisconsin, and the increase in inmates in county jails and state prisons is costing taxpayers and straining capacity of corrections facilities in some places.