Reporter for the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team, which serves the state's 10 Gannett daily papers. I specialize in open records, data-based reporting and crime, though I've written about pretty much everything over the years.
Appleton Post-Crescent WIS-Wisconsin Public Salaries Section
There is no ‘backlog’ of untested rape kits in Wisconsin. Thousands of rape kits collected in Wisconsin in recent decades are now scheduled to be tested as officials seek to identify serial rapists or find leads on unsolved crimes. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has agreed the work needs to be done, but he has repeatedly contested the description in news reports that the untested kits comprise a "backlog." He argues the term unfairly casts his agency in a negative light.
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OGDENSBURG – In a community of fewer than 200 people where the village president cuts the grass, $500,000 for a new dam was more than the residents of Ogdensburg could handle. The project was projected to cost about seven times the annual budget in the Waupaca County village, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wasn’t budging on the need to replace a dam that was held together with “bubble gum and twine,” in the words of Bill Sturtevant, state dam safety engineer.