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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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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On the heels of last week's global climate summit, elected officials in Wisconsin are looking to see how a changing federal tone can help the state. They say their areas can play a role, too.

President Joe Biden is pledging to cut U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions in half by 2030. The administration also stresses a boost in clean-energy jobs as part of the effort.

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This week, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources began gathering public input on a new gray wolf management plan following the controversy over February's court-ordered wolf hunt.

  There's a renewed push for gun-control measures in Wisconsin and at the federal level, with President Joe Biden's executive actions this week.

Advocates of the plans say longstanding opposition remains, but the focus on different aspects of the gun debate might receive greater support.

Biden's announcement follows several mass shootings in the U.S. His executive orders range from restrictions on homemade firearms known as "ghost guns," to investments in community violence-intervention programs.

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In Wisconsin, more women are taking over farms and owning farm land - but they're not seeing the same outreach as men to help them learn best practices, including conservation. A new program aims to close that gap.

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Wisconsin is one of many states where proposals have surfaced to restrict voting through new election policies. Voters' rights groups say lawmakers should be going in the opposite direction, by expanding access - including for people in county jails.

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Wisconsin Republicans have proposed a host of changes to absentee voting following last year's election, but they'll face a veto threat from the governor as well as pushback from voting-rights advocates.

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Wisconsin's debate over the next state budget is far from over, but the spending plan outlined by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has strong support from advocates of older residents.

Helen Marks Dicks, state issues advocacy director for AARP Wisconsin, said her group was encouraged to see provisions like a tax credit for family caregivers as well as $200 million to enhance broadband internet access.

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