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Erik Gunn

Erik Gunn

Deputy Editor Erik Gunn reports and writes on work and the economy, health policy and related subjects, for the Wisconsin Examiner. He spent 24 years as a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine, Isthmus, The Progressive, BNA Inc., and other publications, winning awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, beat coverage, business writing, and commentary. An East Coast native, he previously covered labor for The Milwaukee Journal after reporting for newspapers in upstate New York and northern Illinois. He's a graduate of Beloit College (English Comp.) and the Columbia School of Journalism. Off hours he is the Examiner's resident Springsteen and Jackson Browne fanboy and model railroad nerd.

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State’s pandemic school aid gets federal OK — along with a rewrite order

By: - December 7, 2021

The federal government is ordering Wisconsin to rewrite part of its education pandemic relief plan that cuts out schools that went online for more than half of the 2020-21 school year because of COVID-19. At stake is about $77 million in federal aid to address learning loss due to the pandemic. The U.S. Department of […]

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Omicron reaches Wisconsin, state health agency reports

By: - December 6, 2021

Less than a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first drew attention to the omicron variant of the virus responsible for COVID-19, the first cases connected to Wisconsin have surfaced, according to the state health department. On Saturday, the Department of Health Services (DHS) reported that a Milwaukee County resident has […]

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Evers vetoes tax break on tuition that apprentices pay to outside groups

By: - December 6, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed a tuition tax break for apprentices who have to pay for classes that are provided outside of recognized trade schools. The legislation, SB-125, duplicates existing tax benefits, Evers stated in his veto message, “while leaving out important partners in Wisconsin’s apprenticeship system.” The governor took the action on Friday. The proposed tax […]

Report: Costs keep millions from filling needed prescriptions

By: - December 6, 2021

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the cost of prescription drugs led nearly 13 million Americans to forgo medications that they had been prescribed, according to a new report. Uninsured adults were the hardest hit, found the study, produced by the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. The report says that 9.5% of people who were uninsured […]

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Delta surge continues with omicron on deck

By: - December 3, 2021

With thousands of new COVID-19 cases reported daily in Wisconsin and hospitals continuing to reaching capacity, the pandemic has continued to surge back in the state, hospital and health officials said Thursday. In Wisconsin’s west and northwest, as well as in the Fox Valley, intensive care unit beds are full, according to the Wisconsin Hospital […]

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‘I don’t believe it was a dead end’

By: - December 2, 2021

Second of two parts On the same day that the Wisconsin Assembly overwhelmingly approved a $15 million loan guarantee that officials in Park Falls hoped would save the city’s historic paper mill, a Wisconsin state senator pronounced the legislation all but dead. Language completely unrelated to the bill but tacked on in the second part […]

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ICU beds fill up as officials watch for coronavirus omicron variant

By: - December 1, 2021

With the continued resurgence of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, still driven by the delta variant of the virus, hospital intensive care units are full in the state’s western and northwestern regions, the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) reported Tuesday. “We are in the middle of a delta wave with record cases and record hospitalizations in Wisconsin for […]

Struggling to save the Park Falls paper mill

By: - November 30, 2021

First of two parts Over three days in the middle of November, online auctioneers sold off bits and pieces of the paper mill that for a century has anchored the city of Park Falls in northern Wisconsin. The auction began just days after the Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill to steer a $15 million loan […]

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Retailers continue to cancel Thanksgiving Day shopping hours

By: - November 25, 2021

Remember Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving? A decade or so ago it seemed like retail’s next big thing. This year — thanks to more than the COVID-19 pandemic — the practice appears to be firmly on the way out. “I don’t expect it to ever go back to where it was three or four years ago,” […]

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Wisconsin takes cranberry snacks away from the tax man

By: - November 25, 2021

Are you celebrating Thanksgiving by tossing Craisins in your salad?  If so, the state Department of Revenue (DOR) and the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association want you to know that, for the first time ever, they’re tax-free. Until this year, Craisins — or any other brand of sweetened, dried cranberries in addition to those bearing […]

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Pandemic remains active as the holidays begin

By: - November 24, 2021

On the eve of Thanksgiving 2021, COVID-19 remains rampant in Wisconsin and most of the country. It was supposed to be different, with not just one but three vaccines introduced early this year. But the slow movement of vaccine uptake, despite the expansion of groups eligible for the shot, made room for the much more […]

Park Falls paper mill gets sold in parts

By: - November 23, 2021

Since early summer the community of Park Falls has been hoping for a boost from the state of Wisconsin that would enable the city’s shuttered paper mill to hang on, find new owners and reopen. Last week the door closed on that option as machinery and equipment from the Park Falls Pulp & Paper plant […]