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Obituaries give life to community papers

The grim reaper who has swung his scythe at community newspapers may turn out to be their savior. The end-of-life accounts are providing an unexpected source of revenues, which helps to offset the loss of newspaper advertising and subscription revenue. Paid obituaries are flourishing at papers large and small. Back in the day when I broke in ...

Cross exit opens door for UW transformation

Ray Cross is retiring after tough five years at the helm of the sprawling University of Wisconsin System (UWS). He had to contend with major challenges that were working against happy times in the president’s office, including: • Declining numbers of 18-year-olds with successive high school graduating classes and therefore declining enrollments at most of the 26 ...

Massive birds decline can be reversed

Shawn Graff has spent his life in preservation and conservation – first of historic Wisconsin mansions and museums, then of precious lands in the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan watersheds. His latest cause is to reverse a major decline in woodland and grassland birds across America. He likes challenges, and as Midwest Director of the American ...

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