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The interior of the Wisconsin state Capitol dome in Madison. (Photo by Christina Lieffring)
Wisconsin Republicans Offer Lots of COVID-19 Bills, but None Provide Actual Relief

Proposals would end face mask safeguards, micromanage vaccine distribution, and leave unchecked the coronavirus spread affecting prison inmates and guards.

Masks on a table
Wisconsin GOP Unleashes Newest Assault on Safeguards as US Sees 4,000 COVID-19 Deaths Per Day

Despite a continued decline in coronavirus infections here, the resolution would kill face mask requirements.

The 114-year-old barn at Ela Orchard was a familiar sight every autumn for apple lovers across southeast Wisconisn.
Historic Barn Lost to Fire at a Landmark Racine Co. Orchard

Novelist Jane Hamilton and husband Bob Willard are weighing rebuilding options for Ela Orchard.

Members of the Senate voted Tuesday, Jan. 12, to pass the COVID-19 relief bill. (Photo by Christina Lieffring)
Assembly GOP Remains Obstacle to COVID Relief as Evers and Senate Republicans Reach Deal

Speaker Robin Vos says Senate chose to “cave to the governor’s demands” instead of adopting his Assembly’s version of the bill.

Marshfield Clinic Health System medical personnel treat a critically ill COVID-19 patient after the patient was flown to Marshfield Clinic's Eau Claire hospital. COVID-19 relief bills do not include hazard pay or sick pay for healthcare workers but do include liability protections for entities from COVID-19 lawsuits. (Photo courtesy of Marshfield Clinic Health System-Eau Claire)
Senate Plans to Pass a COVID-19 Bill, Just Not the One Rushed Through the Assembly

But relief would still be held hostage unless Evers accepts a big legal favor for businesses that don’t protect workers and customers.

The now-closed offices of the Washburn County Register which is ending publication after 131 years of serving Shell Lake, Wis.
Death of a Wisconsin Newspaper. Again.

This time it’s in Shell Lake where community accomplishments will go unrecognized and local government won’t have a watchdog.

75 State Street Madison Businesses Damaged During Saturday Night Riots
75 State Street Madison Businesses Damaged During Saturday Night Riots

Hundreds respond to call to clean up Sunday morning. Curfew in place again Sunday night.