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Wis. Dept. of Health Issues Salmonellosis Warning

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is working in coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; local health departments; and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate an outbreak of salmonellosis, an illness caused by Salmonella bacteria. To date, five people with Salmonella Montevideo infection caused by the…

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Two Dead, One Injured In Abbotsford Shooting

Authorities arrested a suspect in a shooting that killed two people and injured another in Abbotsford. Officers responded to a 911 call early Saturday about a shooting in that city. Officers found two people dead in the home. An injured victim was taken to a hospital but is expected to survive. Colby-Abbotsford Police Chief Jason…

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Sault Ste. Marie Locks Closed For Winter

The Soo Locks at Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan officially closed for the winter season last night, bringing an end to a strong 2017 shipping season on the Great Lakes. The closing of the locks allows the US Army Corps of Engineers to perform a variety of maintenance projects on the important shipping channel. The locks…

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Special Election Today In Wis. Tenth Senate District

Today is a Special Election Day in Wisconsin’s Tenth Senate District. Voters will replace Sheila Harsdorf, who was appointed Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Candidates include Republican Adam Jarchow of Balsam lake, Democrat Patty Schachtner of Somerset, and Libertarian Brian Corriea of Wilson. Remember to vote today!

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Gov. Walker Pushes Up Conversion Of Youth Prison System

Amid calls to act more quickly, Governor Scott Walker has changed his stance and now wants lawmakers to pass legislation this year to implement his plan to convert the state’s troubled youth prison into an adult facility and to build smaller facilities for young offenders around the state. The push comes as Assembly Republicans are…

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Wis. Tax Revenue Rose In 2017

State taxes and fees in Wisconsin totaled $18.8-billion in 2017, a 1.7% increase over 2016. The major state taxes are individual and corporate income taxes, sales taxes, the gas tax, and the unemployment insurance payroll tax; major fees include those for vehicle registration and hunting licenses. The individual income tax is Wisconsin’s primary source for…

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Wis. Settles Suit For Wrongful Death Of Prisoner

Wisconsin taxpayers will pay $1-million to settle a lawsuit filed by the estate of a Milwaukee prisoner who died after a guard ignored a warning from the inmate’s cellmate that he was having a seizure. Paramedics found 34-year-old Jeremy Cunningham dead in his cell at the state-run Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility in 2011. Cunningham’s cellmate…

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Wis. Senate Committee Advances Bill To Eliminate State Air Pollution Regulations

A Wisconsin Senate committee voted along party lines Tuesday to advance a bill that would eliminate all of Wisconsin’s state air pollution regulations. Under the proposal, the state Department of Natural Resources would have the option to reintroduce those regulations. All existing federal regulations would continue. At a November public hearing on the bill, Senator…

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Park Falls Paper Lays Off 27% Of Workforce

Flambeau River Papers in Park Falls, Wisconsin was forced to layoff 82 off their 300 employees. The city has a population of about 2,400, and the mill was a center point. The recent layoffs resulted from increasing production costs and decreasing sales. “Paper prices in the commodity grades have really gone down while pulp prices…

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Senate District Ten Candidates Explain Their Positions

The Upper Saint Croix Valley League of Women Voters hosted a forum last night at the Unity School Auditorium in Balsam Lake for the three candidates for State Senate in Wisconsin’s Tenth Senate District.  The three candidates were in attendance; each briefly introduced themselves to the approximately 75 persons in attendance, and then took turns…

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