Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rick Barrett

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Recent articles by Rick:

UAW strike at John Deere sends thousands of workers to the picket lines, but not in Horicon

The strike, the first in 32 years, covers 14 Deere plants including seven in Iowa, four in Illinois, and one each in Kansas, Colorado and Georgia. → Read More

Citing a shortage of plastic bottles, Kwik Trip temporarily reduces some flavored milk choices

Citing a shortage of plastic bottles, Kwik Trip temporarily reduces flavored milk choices in small bottles → Read More

Fiserv is adding 2,000 jobs in a New Jersey office expansion

Fiserv adding 2,000 jobs in New Jersey offices expansion → Read More

A Shorewood couple is 'infuriated' over getting COVID after a Spectrum technician visits their home

The Schiros had been careful not to get COVID, and were vaccinated, but were still sickened by the virus. They blamed it on a Spectrum service call to their residence. → Read More

Frustrated rural telecom customers file complaints over internet service, but agencies lack oversight

Rural internet customers unhappy with their service providers have few options for filing complaints and seeing improvements → Read More

From $40 T-shirts to a $700 engraved golf club bag, Ryder Cup Shops is a golfer's mall

Ryder Cup Shops, a golfer's shopping mall, will be open to the general public this weekend → Read More

Wisconsin companies are hiring. Here are a few, and what you need to know

Wisconsin companies have thousands of job openings, many with high starting wages, benefits and bonuses. → Read More

Expect one of the coldest winters in years, Farmer's Almanac says

Expect one of the coldest winters in many years, Farmer's Almanac says → Read More

Pockets of growth, but many parts of rural Wisconsin continue to lose people

Pockets of growth, but rural Wisconsin continues to lose people → Read More

Numerous tech developers are looking for a game-changer to bridge the digital divide

"People in the cities just don't have a concept of how disconnected rural America is," said a software engineer who lives in Eagle River. → Read More

Consumer Reports wants to know about your internet speed and how much it costs

Consumer Reports will analyze the cost, quality and speeds users are getting to understand why people pay different rates for the same service. → Read More

Massive government spending hasn't solved the rural Wisconsin internet problem

Billions in government grants have been wasted on rural internet speeds not even half the FCC definition of broadband. → Read More

Gov. Evers' broadband task force says everyone should have access to high-speed internet

Wisconsin ranks 36th among states for broadband access in rural areas, with nearly 22% of the rural population left as unserved or underserved. → Read More

In Kentucky's 'Silicon Holler' and Wisconsin's Northwoods, high-speed internet is creating jobs, and changing lives

Studies have shown that broadband creates jobs, boosts entrepreneurship, raises property values and creates taxpayers who contribute to the common good. → Read More

Electricity transformed rural America nearly a century ago. Now, millions of people on farms and in small towns desperately need broadband.

The true scope of the broadband access problem is unknown because federal data is widely known to underestimate coverage gaps. → Read More

Wisconsin rural broadband getting $100 million boost from federal program

Wisconsin rural broadband to get $100 million boost from federal program → Read More

'This isn't the way I wanted it to end': Dairy farm shuts down after 148 years

About $8 million in debt, the farm's equipment is going up for auction and the land will be listed for sale with a real estate firm. → Read More

Harley-Davidson posts a quarterly loss $96 million; reveals turnaround plan

Harley-Davidson posts a quarterly loss and reveals its turnaround plan → Read More

New generation of Wisconsin dairy farmers look for a future that keeps them on the land, following their passion

They're questioning whether they should keep going when the next round of hard times, which never seems far away, could force them out of business. → Read More

Evers pitches $200 million in broadband spending, subsidies for consumers

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers pitches $200 million in broadband spending and $40 million for consumer subsidies aimed at the digital divide. → Read More