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. 

Wisconsin Group: Time To Peel Off Band-Aid, Discuss Race Openly

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MADISON, Wis. -- Demands for systemic change in the U.S. grow louder by the day following the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man in Minneapolis.

Activists say white populations need to listen, but also take action in their own lives. Those demanding change say in states such as Wisconsin, which is 83% white, it might be uncomfortable for some to openly discuss racial issues.

As WI Economy Reopens, Isolation Concerns Persist for Seniors

May 29, 2020
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MILWAUKEE - Whether by court decisions or expiring stay-at-home orders, Wisconsin residents are seeing more business restrictions ease as the pandemic continues.

A leading nonprofit group hopes that, as people leave their homes more frequently, they don't forget about older loved ones and neighbors.

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MADISON, Wis. -- Religious activism often is associated with divisive topics such as abortion, but some church leaders in Wisconsin are calling on Congress to take more action for those affected by the pandemic.

Some of the stimulus money set aside by federal lawmakers has gone to churches impacted by the economic downturn. Yet in Wisconsin, there's been a push by some faith leaders for Congress to ensure that any more stimulus funding not necessarily go to churches, but for people still struggling to get by.

Conservation Touted as WI Farmers Push Through Tough Times

May 19, 2020
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FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- Wisconsin farmers aren't immune to changing weather patterns affecting the Midwest. That's why those who are adopting conservation practices hope other farmers follow suit.

Despite Court Ruling, Some WI Cities Enforce Stay-At-Home

May 15, 2020
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MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin's stay-at-home order for the pandemic was due to run through late May, until the state Supreme Court ended it much sooner. However, that isn't stopping local and county governments from carrying out their own orders.

Top GOP lawmakers had challenged the order from the Democratic governor, and the Republican-leaning high court declared it unconstitutional this week.

Report: WI Budget Fallout Could Harm Lower-Income Schools

May 8, 2020
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MILWAUKEE -- If Wisconsin policymakers freeze or cut education spending amid the coronavirus budget fallout, lower-income districts might shoulder more of the burden, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum.

The nonpartisan research group says as the governor and state lawmakers grapple with the economic mess created by the pandemic, it's hard to imagine that education spending will escape the impact.

Farmers Union Cites Concerns Over Executive Order on Meat Plant

May 4, 2020
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MADISON, Wis. -- At least 20 meat processing plants have closed temporarily across the country, including one in Wisconsin, following the spread of COVID-19 cases at these facilities. And some say President Donald Trump was too quick to sign an order to keep all plants open during the crisis.

WI Residents Urged to Check Nursing Home Safety Protocols

Apr 28, 2020
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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin health officials say there have been more than 400 coronavirus cases in group housing facilities, including nursing homes, with at least 79 deaths. That has prompted calls for people to contact long term care facilities and check on the safety of loved ones.

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MADISON, Wis. -- Another protest against Wisconsin's "stay-at-home" order is scheduled for Friday. Similar events have been held across the country, and a sociologist says while the politics behind them raise questions, punitive measures aren't safe.

In recent days, demonstrations were held in Brookfield and at the State Capitol by those who say Gov. Tony Evers' extension of a stay-at-home order through late-May is government overreach during the pandemic.

Farmers Want USDA to Buy Unused Products During Crisis

Apr 17, 2020
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MADISON, Wis. -- Some Wisconsin farmers are faced with the prospect of dumping their products amid a steep drop in demand during the pandemic. That's prompting calls for action from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure that food isn't wasted and that farmers can get some financial help.

Wisconsin Grocery Workers Seek Classification as Essential

Apr 15, 2020
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MADISON, Wis. -- Grocery workers in Wisconsin remain on the front lines, helping people stock up during the coronavirus pandemic. But despite showing up to work every day, a trade group says these workers are doing so without a key recognition from the state.

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MILWAUKEE -- In a handful of states, including Wisconsin, racial data is being used as part of tracking of COVID-19 cases. The information shows the pandemic is ravaging black communities in places such as Milwaukee.

Health officials say black residents make up almost half of the nearly 1,500 cases so far in Milwaukee County, and more than 70% of all deaths related to the virus.

Pandemic Underscores Wisconsin's Broadband Woes

Apr 3, 2020
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MADISON, Wis. - Like other states, Wisconsin is trying to function during the pandemic with workers and students connecting online in their homes. But there are fears that a lack of broadband access will leave rural residents behind.

According to the tracking firm BroadbandNow, Wisconsin has consistently ranked near the bottom among states in providing high-speed internet to all areas. And the Federal Communications Commission says 28% of rural Wisconsin has no broadband access.

Health Experts on COVID-19: Stay Informed, But Avoid the Stress

Mar 26, 2020
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WAUKESHA, Wis. -- Wisconsin residents are being urged to follow the advice of health experts and practice social isolation while keeping up on the latest news about COVID-19. But some providers say there are certain pitfalls to avoid -- including letting the troubling stream of news about the coronavirus create too much anxiety.

Concerns Grow Over Coronavirus Impact on Front-Line Workers

Mar 17, 2020
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MILWAUKEE - While the public shields itself from the new coronavirus, many front-line workers don't have the luxury of taking isolation measures.

These workers in Wisconsin are asking the federal government to provide more assistance. The front-line workers include the service industry as well as health care.

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