Nora G. Hertel


Nora G. Hertel

On Wednesdays, Juan Gonzalez sets up a lone farm stand in front of the public health clinic on Park Street and passes out subsidized vegetables to women and their young children. His produce fuels a grant-supported collaboration between the Spring Rose Growers Cooperative, where he's a founding member, and Public Health Madison and Dane County. more

Aug 19, 2014 12:08 AM FOOD & DRINK


Nora G. Hertel

It's not a great time for tobacco retailers. A five-year-old federal tax increase has had a significant impact on national tobacco use, as found in a report by the Government Accountability Office. And some Madison-area businesses are feeling the pinch. more

Aug 11, 2014 9:17 PM News

His first wife flung a chair at him, breaking a window. In return, CJ Doxtater straddled and punched her. It was only when his second wife left him that Doxtater, an Oneida tribal member, began his long journey from an addict and abuser to an advocate fighting the kind of violence that plagued his own marriages. more

Aug 29, 2013 2:00 PM News


Susan Day

About 570 spectators gathered at Breese Stevens Field on Mother's Day to watch Madison's new professional Ultimate team, the Madison Radicals, battle Chicago opponents the Windy City Wildfire for first place in the American Ultimate Disc League. more

May 23, 2013 2:00 PM Sports


Nora G. Hertel

Tensions were high on Thursday at the Joint Audit Committee hearing about an audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) that uncovered six violations of law. more

May 10, 2013 5:42 PM News

Zach Brandon, president of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, sees Wisconsin's historic entrepreneurial spirit lagging in recent decades. Despite a legacy with businesses such as Harley Davidson, Briggs & Stratton, and Kohler, Wisconsin has fallen behind other states in job growth and new business start-ups, he says. more

May 8, 2013 1:58 AM News

It's a given that lawmakers in the minority party are frozen out of leadership positions on legislative committees, powerful or otherwise. It's the chairperson, after all, who holds the power to advance or kill legislation. So it's no surprise that Democrats, who have been the minority party in both the state Senate and state Assembly since 2010, when Republican Gov. Scott Walker also took office, chair no committees. more

Apr 18, 2013 2:00 PM News

Lower taxes and less government red tape often top the wish lists for business groups. But the newly formed Wisconsin Business Alliance has different priorities. Keeping public education strong is one of them. "Our education system actually affects our ability to hire the best folks," says John Besmer, creative director and co-owner of Planet Propaganda, a design and advertising firm. more

Apr 16, 2013 11:37 AM News


Nora G. Hertel

Flutes probably aren't the first thing that come to mind when discussing hip-hop, but Sam Hartley knew he could change the conversation. The UW-Madison sophomore brought extra rhythm and bass to his performance at the Wisconsin Flute Festival on Satu more

Apr 7, 2013 7:14 PM MUSIC

Scott Thornton looked downtrodden at the election watch party for his campaign against three-term incumbent Marsha Rummel in Madison's District 6 aldermanic race. At about 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, an hour and a half after the polls closed, Thornton left a dozen supporters at One Barrel Brewing Company. He walked a few blocks down Atwood Avenue to the Harmony Bar, where he conceded to Rummel. more

Apr 3, 2013 4:42 AM News

Transportation advocates are concerned that one sentence buried in Gov. Scott Walker's 2013-15 budget will spell trouble for public transit systems across the state. The governor is recommending that, starting in mid-2014, funding for public transit come out of the general fund rather than the transportation fund. Gary Goyke, legislative director for the Wisconsin Urban and Rural Transit Association, says the shift will put public transit in "competition with all other needs in the general fund" and likely mean a loss of funding for urban transit systems. more

Mar 11, 2013 9:23 PM News

Throughout Thursday's daylong debate on the Wisconsin mining bill (AB1/SB1), Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) was the only Democratic representative to vote against every alternative bill offered by lawmakers in her own party. "I'm grateful to my Democratic colleagues who made many efforts to make this irresponsible bill less harmful," said Taylor in a statement. more

Mar 8, 2013 8:06 PM News

In a basement room of the Neighborhood House Community Center, a small board of directors squared off with neighborhood residents in late January. As board members struggled to work through their agenda, stragglers interrupted the proceedings to raise concerns about the future of the center. The constant pounding of Japanese drums from another room added to the tension. more

Feb 28, 2013 3:00 PM News


Nora G. Hertel

Journalists are usually the ones reporting the news. But several testified Wednesday at a public hearing against a bill allowing government agencies to charge new fees for public records requests. "I feel a little bit uncomfortable today," acknowledged Michael Juley, an editor with the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel", to members of the Assembly Committee on Government Operations and State Licensing. more

Feb 27, 2013 11:52 PM News


Office of the Governor Scott Walker

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker began and ended his budget address Tuesday night with his vision of the American dream, one based on smaller government. "Our focus is simple -- more prosperity, better performance and true independence," said Walker. more

Feb 21, 2013 4:52 PM News


Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe

Republicans may be fast-tracking mining legislation, but legal challenges are expected soon after signing. Litigation is so anticipated, in fact, that the bill includes a fiscal note from the Department of Justice requiring that funds be set aside to defend against "legal challenges," as well as to prosecute "law violations" related to mining. more

Feb 4, 2013 9:37 PM News

A print of "Wisconsin" hangs in Rep. Melissa Sargent's new office. The letters L-O-V-E are superimposed on the statue that sits on top of the state Capitol building. The freshman Democrat from Madison bought the artwork last February from Craig Grabhorn, who was active in the protests that erupted after Gov. Scott Walker proposed stripping bargaining rights from most public employees. She told herself at the time she'd display it in her Capitol office if she succeeded in her campaign for state Assembly. more

Jan 31, 2013 3:00 PM News


Nora G. Hertel

Shirl LaBarre looked exasperated and upset on Wednesday when she sat down to testify at the joint public hearing on the mining bill backed by Republicans that was reintroduced January 18. LaBarre and her friend, Jim Miller, drove from Sawyer County on Tuesday night to testify in favor of the bill, which is not to be confused with an alternative version offered by Sen. Tim Cullen (D-Janesville). more

Jan 24, 2013 8:43 PM News


Nora G. Hertel

Gov. Scott Walker received several standing ovations during his third State of the State address, but when the volume in the Assembly chambers fell, the chants and songs of a few dozen protesters could be heard on the other side. In his first State of the State since beating back a divisive recall challenge last June, Walker focused on former and future efforts to boost economic development, add jobs and reform state government. more

Jan 16, 2013 4:16 PM News


Narayan Mahon

You can't miss the orangutans. Photos, drawings and large handprints of the great apes are everywhere in the office belonging to Ronda Schwetz, who became Henry Vilas Zoo's director in June. Schwetz became enamored of orangutans about seven years ago, while serving as the primate curator at the Denver Zoo. There she met Robin, an orangutan whose calm energy stood in contrast to the more volatile gorillas, and who reminded her of her twin toddlers. more

Jan 3, 2013 3:00 PM People