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Frac sand mines credited for rising, dropping property values
 
Frac sand mines credited for rising, dropping property values

Frac sand mines credited for rising, dropping property values

Accessible sand can bring a windfall for some landowners. Others worry that proximity to sand mines is bringing down the value of their homes. And in some communities, a safety net of sorts is emerging.

With frac sand boom in full swing, study to guide mine reclamation

With frac sand boom in full swing, study to guide mine reclamation

February 05, 2014

Mining companies, Chippewa County and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls are teaming up on a $232,000, five-year study probing how the vast tracts of Wisconsin used for nonmetallic mining — including for frac sand — can best be reclaimed.

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Economy, Environment, Frac sand 0 Comments

Sex offender awaits second chance

Sex offender awaits second chance

February 04, 2014

Eric, 39, has been locked up for more than half his life. He finished his criminal sentence and was committed to the state as a sexually violent person in 2002. He has been confined more than twice as long as his original sentence and is now held for the future risk he poses, not for past crimes.

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Inside the walls of Sand Ridge: ‘We have a huge challenge here’

Inside the walls of Sand Ridge: ‘We have a huge challenge here’

February 03, 2014

From the outside, Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center looks like a maximum security prison. Inside, more than 300 men live there, committed there by juries and judges throughout the state as "sexually violent persons." The challenge, for staff, is to treat and reintegrate them into communities.

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Photos: Inside Sand Ridge, where the sexually violent are treated

Photos: Inside Sand Ridge, where the sexually violent are treated

February 02, 2014

Center reporter Nora Hertel and Wisconsin Public Radio reporter Gilman Halsted were the first journalists since 2007 to tour Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center, the Mauston facility that houses sex offenders who have been committed to the state.

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Government, Justice & Safety 1 Comment

Project: Rethinking Sex Offenders

Project: Rethinking Sex Offenders

February 02, 2014

Stories, photos, audio and data from a three-day series examining Wisconsin’s changing methods of dealing with sexually violent persons.

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Government, Health & Welfare, Justice & Safety 0 Comments

Wisconsin freeing more sex offenders from mental lockup

Wisconsin freeing more sex offenders from mental lockup

February 02, 2014

Wisconsin officials have nearly quadrupled the number of offenders released from state custody after they were committed as sexually violent persons. The risks to residents are reasonable, officials say, because the state’s treatment programs are working and new data suggest these offenders are less likely to reoffend than previously thought.

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Government, Health & Welfare, Justice & Safety 1 Comment

State pays scofflaws over hound deaths

State pays scofflaws over hound deaths

January 05, 2014

From 2004-2013, the DNR’s wolf depredation program approved nearly $390,000 in payments for lost hunting dogs. The deaths typically occur when hounds with electronic tracking collars are released to hunt or pursue other animals, especially bears.

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Environment, Government 10 Comments

Neighbors diverge on health care

Neighbors diverge on health care

December 23, 2013

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

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Government, Health & Welfare, Poverty 4 Comments

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