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John Kraft, former St. Croix County Republican Party chair, has been approved as a poll worker in Hudson despite his violent rhetoric. A City Council member who objected to his appointment was forced to apologize. (Screenshot via River Channel/YouTube)
Ex-GOP Official Who Told People to ‘Prepare for War’ Will Be a Hudson Election Worker

The pushback against a city council member who objected shows GOP's efforts to exert control over all aspects of elections.

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Matiullah Matie speaks with Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg at Central Wisconsin Airport after Matie and his family arrived there Dec. 29. Matie's family is one of two Afghan refugee families who have resettled in Wausau. (Photo courtesy of Margaret Pagoria)
How Wausau Leaders Aim to Give Afghan Refugees ‘a New Beginning’

The central Wisconsin city’s first Afghan refugees arrived in late December, with as many as 85 set to be settled there.

Matiullah Matie fled his native Afghanistan in August after his work with Americans there endangered his life when the Taliban took control of that nation. Matie and his family are one of two Afghan refugee families to have settled in Wausau so far. That number is expected to grow in upcoming weeks. (Photo by Julian Emerson)
‘My Family Is Safe’: Wausau Begins Resettling Afghan Refugees

Matiullah Matie and his family have made it to Wausau after a perilous escape from the Taliban.

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Oshkosh Is Fixing Harmful Depictions in Its Chief Oshkosh Statue

The city of Oshkosh is adding new plaques explaining why its statue of its namesake, Chief Oshkosh, falls short.

Alex Hanesakda channels his upbringing as a Laotian refugee into his work at SapSap, his Laotian fusion restaurant in Mount Pleasant. He aims to use his food to educate people on the history of Laos and its culture, and raise money to help remove undetonated explosives dropped in Laos in the 1960s and '70s. (Photo by Jonathon Sadowski)
Meet SapSap, a Racine-Area Laotian Restaurant With a Cause

The Asian fusion restaurant in Racine County serves up meals with the goal of educating people about Laos' history and culture.

Beloit’s ABC Supply Stadium is being heralded by local and state government officials as proof that polluted properties can not only be redeveloped, but also turned pillars of the community. (Photo by JT Cestkowski)
Brownfield to Baseball: Beloit Hopes Ballpark Will Revitalize Downtown

A new baseball stadium shows how communities can reclaim polluted land to create new experiences.