Changes ease Minnesota family’s worries
Changes ease Minnesota family’s worries

Eleta Pierce has been on and off MinnesotaCare, a program for working low-income people. Beginning Jan. 1, Pierce and her family will be eligible for Medicaid coverage.

Wisconsin family braces for a transition
Wisconsin family braces for a transition

In Lisa Nerenhausen’s house, the consequences of the state of Wisconsin’s approach to the Affordable Care Act are mixed.

States differ widely on costs
States differ widely on costs

It’s called the Affordable Care Act, but it looks as though obtaining health care coverage on the new private exchanges will generally be much more affordable in Minnesota than Wisconsin.

Neighbors diverge on health care
Neighbors diverge on health care

People in Wisconsin and Minnesota living just barely above the poverty line are about to see their health care fortunes change — in opposite directions.

Frac sand mining company faces $200,000 in water, air penalties

Frac sand mining company Preferred Sands of Wisconsin has been ordered to pay $200,000 for stormwater and air permit violations at its facility near Blair, a Trempealeau County city. This is the first civil judgment brought against a frac sand mining company in Wisconsin.

Glenwood City incumbents lead in recall elections sparked by frac sand

The mayor garnered a 43-vote margin Tuesday, while two city council members held onto razor-thin leads in Glenwood City recall elections sparked by controversy over a proposed frac sand mine. Glenwood City Mayor John Larson and city council members Nancy Hover and Dave Graese each faced one challenger in the recall elections, believed to be the first in Wisconsin to be prompted by frac sand mining.

Scott Walker weighs veto of mascot bill

Walker expressed his discomfort with the use of Indian names and mascots: “I think schools need to be more sensitive.”

Walker changes stance, signs bill for workers with disabilities
Walker changes stance, signs bill for workers with disabilities

After reversing his original position, Gov. Scott Walker on Friday signed legislation to request more federal money to help unemployed people with disabilities find jobs faster.

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