State News

Driver Identified, Woman Found, Autopsy Scheduled

Authorities investigating an incident in which a semi plunged off a bridge and down a cliff into a lake near Wisconsin Dells have recovered a second body and also identified the driver.  Authorities found a damaged guardrail on Interstate 90-94 just north of the Mirror Lake bridge in Sauk County about 7:30am Sunday.  In the…

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Bayfield Man Sentenced To 12 Years For Driving Drunk and killing Motorcyclist

Andrew Peterson, 49 of Bayfield, will serve a 12-year sentence for killing a Cornucopia man in June of 2017.  Court documents show he turned out in front of a motorcycle while driving drunk and killed the motorcylcist .  Peterson was sentenced Tuesday afternoon in Bayfield County Court to six years in state prison, and six…

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Wis. DNR To Buy $4.8-Million Easement in Iron County

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Board is expected to vote next week to purchase an easement on 14,350 acres in Iron County.  The deal calls for the DNR to spend $4.8-million on the easement from Keweenaw Land Association Limited, with $400,000 going into an endowment for road maintenance.  The money would come from the…

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Fallen Milwaukee Officer Laid To Rest On His Birthday

Thousands turned out to honor the memory of a Milwaukee police officer fatally shot while serving a warrant.  The funeral for Officer Matthew Rittner was held Wednesday at Oak Creek Assembly of God Church in suburban Milwaukee on what would have been Rittner’s 36th birthday.  Rittner was killed while serving a search warrant a week…

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Wis. AG Asks Budget For More Crime Lab Analysts

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul is asking Governor Tony Evers for more crime lab analysts in the governor’s executive budget.  A review of Wisconsin crime lab operations that Florida International University’s National Forensic Science Technology Center released in September, found the labs suffer from multiple problems, including poor morale, below-market pay, constant turnover and accepting…

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Wis. Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Gun Liability Case

Wisconsin’s highest court heard oral arguments in a case Thursday that could determine whether a website showing classified ads for guns can be held liable for a deadly shooting by a domestic abuser who could not legally have a firearm.  At issue is whether Armslist LLC can be held legally responsible for a 2012 shooting…

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March FoodShare Benefits Available March 1

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced Friday that funding for March FoodShare benefits is available.  FoodShare members will see their benefits on their QUEST cards, and be able to use them, on March first.  Due to the recent federal government shutdown, February FoodShare benefits were issued early to members, on January 20th.  DHS is…

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4 Killed + 1 Life-Threatening Injuries In Weekend Snowmobile Crashes

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conservation wardens, in partnership with state and locallaw enforcement agencies,are jointly investigating four fatal snowmobile incidents plus an incident with life-threatening injuries that occurred Friday and Saturday in the counties of Calumet, Dunn, Langlade, Iron and Forest.  On Friday afternoon, February eighth, a snowmobile with a single operator collided…

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Winter Storm Watch Here Midnight Tonight And All Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for our area for the 24-hour period beginning at midnight tonight.  Six to ten inches of snow is expected, with the highest amount in the Eau Claire to Ladysmith areas.  Snow could be heavy.  Travel is expected to be difficult and hazardous.

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Flags Lowered For Milwaukee Police Officer Killed In Line Of Duty

Governor Tony Evers ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff in honor of Officer Matthew Rittner, of the Milwaukee Police Department, who died in the line of duty on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019.  The order took effect yesterday and remains in effect until sunset on…

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