Editor's Note: This article is part four of a Wisconsin Public Radio News series on long-term unemployment (part one, part two and part three).
By Glen Moberg
The closure of paper mills in the Wisconsin River Valley has created a long term unemployment crisis as communities and workers struggle to adapt to new economic realities.
On a cold February morning, Wausau Paper's old Brokaw mill stands like a silent sentinel over the old company town. The once-bustling streets are empty. About 450 people lost their jobs here, leaving the old mill and the town that was built around it hollow shells of what used to be....
...The old mills are victims of new realities both here and abroad, according to Dave Eckmann, economic development specialist at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.