State News

Star Prairie Residents Injured In Pepin Co. Motorcycle Crash

Two Star Prairie residents were injured after a motorcycle lost control on a curve in Pepin County just before 2pm Saturday on County Highway N at the intersection of Plum Valley Road. The Pepin County Sheriff’s Department said the motorcycle driver, Neal Baker and his passenger Bonnie Baker, both of Star Prairie, lost control while…

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Man Killed When His ATV Hit Bear

Sheriff’s deputies said an all-terrain vehicle driver is dead after hitting a bear in Lincoln County. Authorities said the 51-year-old man was operating an ATV on a county road near Tomahawk Thursday about 7:30pm. The ATV rolled and the man was thrown from the vehicle after he hit the bear. The man was taken to…

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Bills To Address Alzheimer Care Introduced

Several proposals targeting Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia are being circulated in the Wisconsin Legislature, the latest attempt to improve care both for patients and family members. The bills are the outgrowth of a task force created in 2015 to address Alzheimer’s, which is the sixth leading cause of death in Wisconsin.   One bill would…

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Wis. DPI Announced State Aid To School Districts

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has announced the amount of state aid each public school district will receive from the 2017-2018 state budget. The Amery School District will receive over $8.8-million, a three-percent increase over the previous year. The Clayton School District will receive $2.7-million, a decrease of just over three-percent. The Clear Lake…

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$5.4 Million In Questionable UW Transactions Reported

A report released yesterday showed about $5.4-million in questionable transactions between University of Wisconsin System schools and their private foundations between 2010 and 2017. The system began reviewing transactions between schools and foundations in January after accusing former UW-Oshkosh officials of illegally transferring $11.3-million to the school’s foundation to cover construction projects. According to the…

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UW Regents Change Hiring Policies

The University Of Wisconsin System Board Of Regents adopted sweeping changes to hiring policies for the system’s top positions. The move was made Thursday during a meeting held at UW-Stout in Menomonie. Under the plan, job descriptions for system president, chancellors and vice chancellors must encourage non-academic applicants to apply in an attempt to attract…

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Wis. DNR Sells Acreage To Pay Down Debt

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has sold about 40 percent of the roughly ten thousand acres it put up for sale. The agency has been marketing land to pay down its significant debt in the state’s stewardship program. The 2013-2015 state budget directed the DNR to put up for sale less than one percent…

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Body Cam Limits Considered In Hearing Today

Most police body camera video footage would be withheld from the public in Wisconsin under a bill up for a hearing in the Assembly’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee today. Supporters said they’re trying to establish reasonable statewide standards for when body camera video is made public, while being sensitive to privacy concerns. But…

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FoxConn Site In Racine Co. Announced

Taiwanese technology manufacturer Foxconn announced Wednesday that it will locate its new sprawling manufacturing complex in the village of Mount Pleasant in Racine County. County and village officials have been in talks with Foxconn for months and a real estate firm has been talking with homeowners in Mount Pleasant about options to buy their land…

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Wis. DOT Abandons Widening Of I-94 In Milw.

Governor Scott Walker has abandoned the reconstruction and widening of Interstate 94 in Milwaukee between the Marquette and Zoo interchanges. Walker’s Department of Transportation Secretary Dave Ross asked the federal government in a September 29th letter to rescind its authorization of the project. The project was expected to cost $1-billion or more, but Walker did…

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