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December 31, 2020

WPR's Top Stories Of 2020

With another year almost in the books, it's a natural time to reflect on the last 12 months — the ups and downs and ins and outs of our lives, our communities, the country and the world. Read more »

A Year In Photos: Images From Wisconsin's Challenging 2020

blue and red lights fill the night as a lone protester raises their arms in front of large law enforcement vehicles
Starting this summer as Wisconsin Public Radio’s first dedicated photojournalist, I was tasked with capturing a challenging year, to say the least. As I look back on the photos and stories from 2020, I am reminded of how these challenges touched every part of our lives. Read more »

Wisconsin Witnessing Rapid Transition To Solar Energy

Wisconsin is seeing a rapid conversion to solar energy as a growing number of utilities set goals to go carbon neutral by 2050. The investment comes despite challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more »

Hospital Says Employee Deliberately Spoiled 500 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses, Authorities Investigating

A bottle of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is seen on a table
Police and federal authorities are investigating after Advocate Aurora Health system said an employee admitted to deliberately spoiling 500 doses of coronavirus vaccine. Read more »

Wisconsin's Gypsy Moth Population Rebounds

A male gypsy moth
State officials say last year’s more typical winter didn’t have the long stretches of extreme cold that had killed off many egg masses the previous two winters. Read more »

After Pandemic Cancels Competition, Wisconsin Students Try For Another Victory In Wind Energy Challenge

Mauston high school students make adjustments to their turbine
When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down much of the state in mid-March, it shuttered schools, closed libraries and moved many workplaces from office buildings to the scattered homes and apartments of their employees. For a group of physics enthusiasts at Mauston High School, it also took the wind out of their turbines.  Read more »

Wisconsin Cranberry Growers Bring In Smaller Crop Than Expected

cranberry harvest
Like many of the state's industries, Wisconsin cranberry growers have faced ups and downs related to the COVID-19 pandemic this year. But industry leaders say the weather ended up having the biggest impact on the 2020 crop. Read more »
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