Archive | September 2010

Your Right to Know: Ask candidates about openness

A state Supreme Court decision rendered prosecutors’ files exempt from disclosure to the public, but past attorneys general have chosen to keep them open anyway. With fall elections approaching, it is a good time to ask candidates what they would reveal – or not reveal – if and when they are in office.

Wisconsin InfoLink: Another way to go back in time

Serials librarian Ron Larson introduces us to an archive of newspapers, most of which are out of print.

State orders for-profit college to halt enrollments

A for-profit college that is providing online classes without approval in Wisconsin was ordered Thursday by state regulators to immediately stop enrolling students in the state or face possible fines of up to $500 a day.

Dells employee housing in short supply; problems plague some establishments
Dells employee housing in short supply; problems plague some establishments

For the estimated 2,000 college students who come from abroad each year to fill the labor gap in the Dells, finding housing is far from guaranteed. Motel owner Chris Swart believes local officials should adopt regulations to improve housing for temporary workers in the Dells.

Some foreign workers find frustration in Wisconsin Dells

Each year, thousands of foreign students flock to the Dells with special visas to work in its tourism industry. But there are holes in the program: The work isn’t always guaranteed, students have little recourse for mistreatment, housing can be substandard, and getting around in the Dells can be downright dangerous.

Russian student’s death highlights lack of public transit in the Dells
Russian student’s death highlights lack of public transit in the Dells

Since the area has no public transit besides taxi, many of estimated 2,000 international students who come to work in the Dells each summer ride bicycles to get around. Of the 21 bicycle-vehicle crashes reported in Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton since 2008, police reports indicate 19 involved international student riders.

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