State News

Two Construction Workers Rescue Woman Under Attack In Madison

Two construction workers rushed to the aid of a 20-year-old Madison woman who was being sexually assaulted in downtown Madison around lunch time Tuesday, police said.  Kevin Kieren, age 32 with no permanent address, was charged Wednesday with fourth-degree sexual assault, lewd and lascivious behavior and disorderly conduct.  A repeater provision was added to all…

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NE Wis. Gas Explosion Destroys House, Injures Two

Two people were injured when a neighboring house exploded in eastern Wisconsin.  The Calumet County sheriff’s office said the two women who were hurt were in one of two other homes that were damaged when the house exploded in Harrison about 8am Wednesday.  No one was home at the house that exploded.  The women were…

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Explosion At Ethanol Plant In Monroe This Morning

The Monroe, Wisconsin Police Department is responding to a possible explosion at the Badger State Ethanol plant in Monroe.  The initial report came in at 5:53 this morning.  Officials said no injuries have been reported at this time. Some damage to the plant has been reported, but the extent isn’t known.  The street is blocked…

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Another Wis. Case of Poisoned Synthetic Cannabinoids

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced yesterday that Racine County now has a confirmed case of severe bleeding linked to synthetic cannabinoids tainted with rat poison.  There are now 67 confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 16 probable cases.  Other counties with confirmed cases are Dane, Fond du Lac, Milwaukee, Outagamie, and Rock.  These cases…

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Historic First: Wis. Village Absorbed Another

The Village of Maine has officially absorbed the Village of Brokaw, ending years of uncertainty for the tiny village north of Wausau with a now-shut down paper mill.  As of Monday, Brokaw no longer exists, and Village of Maine leaders said the merger is the first time that has ever happened in Wisconsin. Problems in…

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Northwest Communications Receives Broadband Grant

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission and Governor Scott Walker announced broadband grant awards totaling $7-million.  The funds were distributed among 37 communities.  Somerset Telephone Company in Saint Croix County, doing business as Northwest Communications, received $63,000.  The funding goes toward extending fiber to the town of Somerset, providing potential access for 185 homes.  The Somerset…

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October Is The Time To Plant Milkweed

The monarch butterfly population has dropped more than 80-percent in the past 20 years, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  Experts said this is due to habitat, such as milkweed, disappearing.  The DNR said helping to increase the population is as simple as planting some milkweed in your own yard. You can buy…

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Wis. Investment Board Has New Exec. Director

The Wisconsin state investment board, which is charged with managing nearly $118-billion in assets, including pension funds for current and retired state workers, has a new leader.  David Villa was named Monday as the new executive director of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board.  He has served as the chief investment officer of the investment…

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Test Scores Of Wis. Students Hold Steady

Student test results in Wisconsin held steady last year, with some gains in mathematics but little progress in narrowing the achievement gap.  The state Department of Public Instruction released the results today.  The results show that the average ACT score for 11th graders was 19.7, down slightly from 20 the previous year. Students in grades…

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FEMA Teams Still Assessing Flood Damage

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials continue to tour areas in Wisconsin that were hit by flooding and tornadoes in August.  Five FEMA teams are assessing damage to public infrastructure and homes in order to determine whether Wisconsin qualifies for federal disaster aid.  FEMA spokeswoman Pam Saulsby said the assistance process can be lengthy but the…

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