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February 10, 2020

Report: Population Decline In Wisconsin's Rural Counties Is Getting Worse

Red barn in snow
Wisconsin's rural areas are losing population, and it's a trend that's likely to worsen over the next decade. A new report from the research firm Forward Analytics finds population losses in two-thirds of the state's rural counties. Read more »

Oconto Unified School District Becomes Latest In Wisconsin To Close For Illness

School nurse with signs on how to stay healthy
Staff members at the Oconto Unified School District spent Friday morning disinfecting school buildings while students were kept home. The district canceled classes Friday and Monday after more than 30 percent of elementary school students were absent last week due to illness.  Read more »

Counting Wisconsin: What You Should Know About The 2020 Census

A man looks at information about the census on Oct. 28, 2019 at Journey House
While the census is still a couple of months away, here’s what you need to know about it — and what it means for Wisconsin and the nation. Read more »

What 'Normal' Weather Is Will Change

Lake Mendota with ice and open water
The National Weather Service will recalculate a 30-year average of weather patterns from 1991 to 2020. The weather service does this every decade and will start next year.    Read more »

Wisconsin, International Cheese Makers Compete As Consumer Demand For Specialty Dairy Grows

swiss cheese
A record number of cheesemakers will compete in the 2020 World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison this March. Read more »

UW System Approves Tuition Increases, Construction Cost Overruns

Van Hise Hall
Two construction projects at the University of Wisconsin-Madison got $33 million in extra budget wiggle room, and some graduate students and out-of-state undergrads will have to pay more in tuition next fall after the UW System Board of Regents meeting on Friday. Read more »
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