Mike Moen

Mike Moen is the Morning Edition producer and serves as a staff reporter for WNIJ.  Every morning, he works with Dan Klefstad to bring listeners the latest Illinois news.  He also works with the rest of the news staff on developing and producing in-depth stories.  Mike is a Minnesota native who likes movies, history, and baseball. When most people hear his last name, they assume he is 100-percent Scandinavian.  But, believe it or not, he is mostly German. 

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Wisconsin is at the center of a lawsuit targeting federal debt relief for farmers of color.

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Wisconsin policymakers are looking to provide more aid to towns and cities faced with contamination cleanup of so-called "forever chemicals," but opponents say it comes with a stipulation which could hurt municipalities struggling with toxins.

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In Wisconsin, if a 17-year-old is arrested, they're automatically treated as an adult defendant. There's been a push to "Raise the Age," so these teens can go through the juvenile justice system instead, and supporters say a new report added to that urgency.

New WI Study Suggests Even Greater Wolf Population Loss

Jul 9, 2021
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Another Wisconsin wolf hunt is on the horizon, with Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials trying to balance concerns from wildlife protection groups and those who support them, but a new population study has added a layer of skepticism about the sustainability of the hunts.

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 New findings have been issued in the effort to get more Wisconsin counties to improve voting access in their jail systems. Advocates say the results are promising, but they're concerned too many people still aren't getting a chance to cast their ballots.

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Before the pandemic, Wisconsin was mostly faring well in providing positive outcomes for children, but an annual wellbeing report said it appears the crisis disrupted progress, with racial disparities still a major concern.

The latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks the state 10th overall in the U.S. when measuring key indicators, which is similar to the previous report.

  

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Public-school advocates say they're alarmed about the education spending levels being floated in the Wisconsin Legislature - and one nonpartisan group says badly needed COVID-relief funds are at risk.

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As Wisconsin leaders wrangle over the redrawing of political maps, the fate of boundaries for local government seats hangs in the balance. Watchdogs said decisions made now could hurt voters ahead of next year's spring elections.

Redistricting, conducted once a decade after each census, commands heavy attention for its effect on legislative and Congressional maps, but lines also need to be updated for county and municipal seats.

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Lawmakers in Congress have reintroduced a bill they say would ensure access to safe abortions across the country. The move comes as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a Mississippi law that's viewed as a major threat to its 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision.

The Women's Health Protection Act would allow for abortions in every state to happen without restrictions that aren't medically necessary. Sen. Tammy Baldwin - D-Wis. - is leading efforts to gather support for the bill in the upper-chamber.

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- In Wisconsin and across the country, there's been a spike in domestic-violence reports during the pandemic.

Since lockdowns have eased now, advocates for survivors say policymakers should look toward providing more avenues to escape dangerous situations.

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Opposition to wolf hunts in Wisconsin is becoming more visible, and not only in public hearings or on social media. Drivers might soon notice how some hunters feel about wolves.

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A year ago, scheduling a dental appointment might have been the furthest thing from people's minds as the pandemic unfolded. But with many residents and providers now vaccinated, Wisconsin residents are urged to get caught up on care.

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  A volunteer-driven effort to patrol and clean up three primary rivers in Milwaukee hopes to inspire similar movements across the state.

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Unsecured guns are among the top contributors to the nation's gun violence, so a coalition of public officials and law enforcement is putting out the call to create new safety technology.

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A number of elected leaders in Wisconsin have publicly supported the latest climate plans from the Biden administration, and a state lawmaker from the central region hopes it can boost training for clean-energy jobs while protecting agriculture.

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