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Workers feel most valued when their managers trust them

Workers feel most valued when their managers trust them

Beth Daley , Editor of The Conversation October 17, 2021

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Professional workers are more likely to value their own work and feel it contributes to their team’s success when...

WNA Community Newspaper Forum to explore community connections, engagement

WNA Community Newspaper Forum to explore community connections, engagement

Julia Hunter , Contributor October 17, 2021

Running a community newspaper comes with its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. During the WNA Community Newspaper Forum, speakers will offer best practices and resources for creating community...

FAFSA numbers plummet in Wisconsin during pandemic

FAFSA numbers plummet in Wisconsin during pandemic

Wisconsin Policy Forum, Contributor October 10, 2021

The percentage of Wisconsin high school seniors completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) plummeted during the pandemic, which likely signals a concerning trend for college enrollment. The...

It won’t take this combine long to finish picking the remaining corn in this field

Harvest time means busy time

Chris Hardie, Contributor October 10, 2021

It’s harvest time in the country, with farmers busy in the fields at all hours of the day collecting the annual crops. The warm and dry fall has created ideal harvest conditions so far across...

This sycamore growing on the Hardie farm is a survivor.

Hardie sycamore is a hardy survivor

Chris Hardie, Contributor October 3, 2021

Fall is the time of year when we enjoy the different trees and the range of colors they display as the leaves start to change. Maples, birch, elm, ash, hickory, walnut, poplar and oaks account for...

Back in business? Road to recovery for Wisconsin’s restaurant and bar industry

Back in business? Road to recovery for Wisconsin’s restaurant and bar industry

Wisconsin Policy Forum, Contributor October 3, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for restaurants and bars in Wisconsin. Due in part to support provided through federal relief funds, employment in this industry has recovered...

Warm fall day sparks memories of cinnamon

Warm fall day sparks memories of cinnamon

Chris Hardie, Contributor September 26, 2021

Memories are strange things at times because you never know what triggers recollections from the aging gray matter. It’s been years — decades, really — since I thought of the times on the...

Gableman defends elections probe in video

Gableman defends elections probe in video

WisPolitics.com, WNA Writer September 26, 2021

The taxpayer-funded elections probe led by former conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman has been under fire for weeks. Now Gableman is defending the probe via video. He says...

The sudden signs of summers end

The sudden signs of summer’s end

Chris Hardie, Contributor September 23, 2021

And suddenly, summer is over. The astronomical beginning of fall will be at 2:21 p.m. Central Daylight Time on Wednesday, Sept. 22, when the sun crosses the equator and we have equal amounts of...

Alcohol tax revenues surge during pandemic

Alcohol tax revenues surge during pandemic

Wisconsin Policy Forum, WNA Writer September 19, 2021

State excise tax revenues from the sale of alcoholic beverages rose nearly 17% in the 2021 fiscal year, an annual increase that tops any seen in nearly five decades in Wisconsin. While...

Nazir Al-Mujaahid, top, and his sons, from bottom left: Shu’aib, 9, Sayfullah, 3, Suraqah, 6, and Naser, 10, are seen outside of their Milwaukee rental home on July 8, 2021. Shu’aib and Sayfullah have tested positive for high levels of lead, a neurotoxin that damages the brain and nervous system, particularly in young children. The family suspects the lead pipe that carries water into their home is to blame.

Milwaukeeans call for speedier lead pipeline removal to cut childhood poisoning

Diana Butsko, Wisconsin Watch September 12, 2021

Sitting in his North Side Milwaukee rental house, Nazir Al-Mujaahid spoke matter-of-factly about the challenges his son Shu’aib faces, while the quiet 9-year-old lingered in another room. Shu’aib excels...

Attorneys Victor Forberger and Paul Kinne speak at a press conference announcing a class-action lawsuit challenging a Wisconsin law that bars people receiving federal disability assistance from qualifying for state unemployment benefits on Sept. 7 in Madison.

People with disabilities sue to overturn Wisconsin law denying them unemployment benefits

Mario Koran, Wisconsin Watch / WPR September 12, 2021

Tracy Long of Fond du Lac County is no stranger to Wisconsin’s unemployment system. With 30 years of experience in manufacturing, she’s been subject to the ebbs and flows of the industry. Long says...

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