Stories tagged: "wausau"


Firefighting foam is a common source of PFAS pollution. (Shutterstock)
Natural Resources Board Blocks Effort to Tighten Allowable PFAS Levels

Decision comes despite recommendation by state agencies to tighten standards for chemicals that pose health risks.

Communities across Wisconsin have discovered high levels of PFAS contamination in their water supplies. (Photo by Julian Emerson)
Wausau Finds Dangerous Chemicals in All City Water Wells

Wausau is just the latest Wisconsin city to detect elevated levels of PFAS in its water source.

Matiullah Matie, a 40-year-old who man who, along with his family, is among the first Afghan refugees to be resettled in Wausau, was arrested in connection with a sexual assault investigation. (Photo by Julian Emerson)
After Afghan Refugee Arrested in Wausau, Resettlement Leaders Stress It Doesn’t Represent All

“This doesn’t define all Afghan refugees any more than other crimes characterize residents from any other background,” mayor says.

Alyson Leahy, assistant director of the Wausau River District that works with business owners in that city, said some small businesses have altered their business models, such as increasing online sales, to remain financially viable during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Julian Emerson)
Nearly Two Years Into Pandemic, Some Small Businesses Still Struggling

Many entrepreneurs say they continue to face challenges amid continuing COVID-19 infections, a labor shortage, and supply chain disruptions.

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.

This old part of a water main is among many being replaced in Eau Claire as part of an effort to get rid of water lines containing lead. (Photo by Julian Emerson)
Wisconsin Has 176,000 Lead Pipes. The Infrastructure Bill Will Help Take Them Out.

The bipartisan infrastructure legislation that Biden recently signed includes $15 billion to replace lead pipes across the country.