State News

Pine City MN Conservation Officer Died In Line Of Duty

A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer died in the line of duty following an incident Friday, April 19, on Cross Lake in Pine City, Minnesota.  Conservation Officer Eugene Wynn, who patrolled the Pine City station, and a deputy with the Pine County Sheriff Office, were responding to a report of a possible body…

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Monroe Co. Barn Damaged In Fire

A barn was badly damaged after a fire in Monroe County.  The fire occured at a farm between Sparta and Tomah around 5am Sunday morning.  Officials said the property owners woke up after hearing a small explosion outside.  The Sparta Area Fire District and Sheriff deputies arrived on scene to a barn fully engulfed in…

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Chanz Green On Ashland’s Dumping Of Sewage Into Lake Superior

Chanz Green, the former Assistant Director of Public Works in Amery, is in the news today.  He’s now the Utilities Manager up in Ashland, Wisconsin and that city is dealing with a chronic problem: its outdated sewer system is unable to keep up with the rain, which forces sewage to be dumped into Lake Superior. …

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Wis. SeniorCare Granted Ten Year Extension

Wisconsin’s popular prescription drug program for senior citizens has been granted approval to continue operating for at least another decade.  SeniorCare is available to people age 65 and older.  About 50,000 people are on the program.  It costs $30 per year but makes prescription drugs available for between $5 and $15 with no gaps in…

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Wis. Supreme Court Decides Against City Of Whitehall

The Wisconsin State Supreme Court rejected the city of Whitehall’s attempt to annex land for a sand mine.  The Whitehall city council in 2015 approved annexing about 1,250 acres from the Town of Lincoln. Whitehall Sand and Rail LLC had selected the land for a sand mine.  The Town of Lincoln challenged the petition for…

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Dane Co. Led Wis. Population Growth In 2018

New U.S. Census Bureau figures show Dane County led the state of Wisconsin in population growth in 2018.  Dane County added 5,584 people, accounting for a quarter of the state’s growth last year.  Overall, Wisconsin gained about 21,500 residents to remain the 20th most populous state. Waukesha County was second in population gain with about…

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Gov. Evers Creates Task Force To Investigate Payroll Fraud

Governor Tony Evers is creating a task force to investigate ways to crack down on businesses that misclassify workers and conduct payroll fraud.  Evers signed an executive order Monday at a training site for carpenters in Madison creating the task force. Audits conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development between 2016 and 2019 found…

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17-year-old Accused Of Murdering His Grandparents

Alexander Kraus, age 17, was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the deaths of his grandparents, 74-year-old Dennis Kraus and 73-year-old Letha Kraus.  Their murder occurred Sunday at their home in Grand Chute, in eastern Wisconsin.  Each charge carries a life sentence.  The complaint stated that the plans for the killings…

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Twice As Many Deer With Chronic Wasting Disease

There were 1,060 white-tailed deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin during the 2018 surveillance year, which was the twelve months ending March 31, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  This compares to 597 that tested positive during the 2017 surveillance year; however state wildlife heath officials say the number…

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