Political ads have trended toward the warm and fuzzy lately, but a Wisconsin judge, running for the state Supreme Court, is having none of it, while at the same time reminding people in Minnesota that elections for judges can be illuminating, interesting, and deal with significant issues without soiling the candidate.
MPR News Reflections and observations on the news
A newspaper in Japan is reporting that Foxconn is suspending work on its $10 billion plant in Wisconsin, a day after news broke the company isn’t going to provide manufacturing jobs, but will make the facility a research and engineering facility instead. Read more →
Hustisford, Wis. starts each year with the toilet bowl, a chance for people to throw cheap rolls of toilet paper at each other. Read more →
We’re not particularly surprised that a Wisconsin company has given a gun to each employee for Christmas. Because, after all, what says ‘Merry Christmas’ more than a gun? Read more →
Over in Hayward, Wis., a judge has had just about enough of a justice system that is based on extending constitutional rights depending on the income of people. And that’s what the crisis in the public defender system creates. Read more →
Barry Levenson, a Massachusetts native, developed a love affair with mustard, and then a Wisconsin mustard museum, thanks to Bill Buckner’s inability to pick up a baseball in the 1986 World Series. Yes, it’s complicated. Read more →
Waylon Klitzman was just looking to honor a beloved teacher whose 4-year-old niece was battling a rare form of cancer. He did not expect his effort would become “Waylon’s $10,000 Pig” and draw the attention of the Washington Post. Read more →
While we weren’t looking, Minnesota eclipsed Wisconsin last month in total jobs, continuing a decade-long trend of economic dominance over the Badger State. Read more →
You have to love the resilience and creativity of farmers who figured out that people would pay a premium to to do yoga poses with goats.
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When I saw there were state rankings of pet obesity, I was ready to go all Indignant Minnesotan. Surely, we had the fittest pets, or at least fitter than Wisconsin. But facts are stubborn things. Read more →
A Wisconsin creamery has found a butter loophole in the law that will allow the creamy goodness to be sold in the Dairy State. Read more →
Can Bob Dylan really be claimed as ‘one of us’ if he once penned a tribute song to Wisconsin? Read more →
If an Associated Press story today is any indication, some voters in rural Wisconsin are getting tired of hearing about immigration and walls on the border of Mexico.
To find out about America, Politico senior writer Michael Kruse headed for the banks of the Mississippi River in Wisconsin. Pepin County — Stockholm, Pepin, Durand etc. — voted for a Democrat in every election since 1972.
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A voting rights group, using audio it recorded from several DMV offices in rural areas of Wisconsin, says people in the state are being given incorrect information when they try to get an ID to vote in next month’s election. Read more →