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BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI

May 15, 2019

AP-Wisconsin stories for May 18 and May 20. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact 414-225-3580.

For use Saturday, May 18, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-WISCONSIN MUSEUM

MADISON, Wis. _ After two decades of planning, the vision for a new $120 million, 100,000-square-foot Wisconsin Historical Society museum Downtown is taking shape, fueled by an unprecedented outreach effort to communities across the state, American Indian tribes and generations of Wisconsinites. The Historical Society has one of the nation’s largest collections of North American historical assets and operates 12 museums and sites. But its flagship museum has been housed in the 42,000-square-foot former Wolff Kubly hardware store building since 1984. The museum, which draws 77,000 visitors annually, including 23,000 school children, is woefully inadequate. By Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1779 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-BAR-CIRCUS ARTIFACTS

DURAND, Wis. _ In 2015, Ron Berger opened a window into the early history of Durand when he cut a hole in the wall separating the family business from the property next door to accommodate an expansion. Berger unearthed a 9-foot-high by 55-foot-long, multi-sheet, full-color paper lithograph circus poster advertising the Great Anglo-American Circus and Menagerie performing in Durand on Aug. 17, 1885. By Eric Lindquist, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1599 words, photos.

For use Monday, May 20, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-REDUCING JAIL RECIDIVISM

MADISON, Wis. _ The Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy is one piece of the recidivism puzzle that members of a joint task force between the National Association of Counties and the National Sheriffs’ Association hope to address. Under this policy, inmates admitted to jail are ineligible for Medicaid, known as BadgerCare in Wisconsin. Dane County is being hailed as a model for how to best provide medical and mental health treatment and transition inmates from jail back into the community. By Abigail Becker, The Capital Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1035 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-SOLAR DEVELOPMENT WORRIES

DARIEN, Wis. _ For 28 years, Roger Millard, 67, has lived in a quaint, two-story home about 3 miles northwest of the village of Darien in Walworth County. Farmland surrounds Millard’s 2-acre property, and the fields have been planted in commodity crops for decades. But he fears a planned solar farm could surround his home, turning it into an oasis in a “solar desert.” As markets for commodities soften, more local landowners are considering a different source of income: leasing their fields for solar development. By Nate Jackson, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1441 words, photos.

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