State News

State, County, and Amery Equalized Valuation Increased

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue released its annual Equalized Value Report.  The report showed that Wisconsin’s total statewide equalized property value as of January 1, 2018, was $549-billion, a four percent increase over the prior year.  Equalized Values are based on data from January 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018.  Wisconsin residential property was valued…

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Lake Superior Algae Bloom Being Researched

Researchers are trying to pinpoint the cause of a recent blue-green algae bloom on Lake Superior. The bloom appears to be the largest one witnessed so far on the lake.  Eyewitness reports have spanned a roughly 50-mile stretch from east of Superior to the Apostle Islands. The first blue-green algae bloom on Lake Superior was…

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Appeals Court Rejects Appeal Against Frac Sand Mine

An appeals court has rejected efforts by a group of landowners to block a proposed frack sand operation in Jackson County.  But the ruling could allow legal challenges based on damages that haven’t yet occurred.  The appeals court ruled last week that Jackson County landowners didn’t provide enough evidence to show they would be harmed…

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Reckless Driver Eludes Two Police Chase Vehicles

A police officer was pulled from a squad car after it rolled over during a failed PIT maneuver while attempting to stop a speeding driver on Sunday morning, according to the Greenfield, Wisconsin Police Department.  The officer, a 10-year veteran of the department, was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  The crash occurred…

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DEA Provides Meth Storage For Law Enforcement

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said Monday that six methamphetamine chemical storage containers will be placed across the state.  The US Drug Enforcement Administration is proving the containers.  Schimel said the containers are aimed at helping reduce the time and money local law enforcement spend on cleaning up meth labs and at making communities safer…

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Wis. Flies Flags At Half-mast For Ellis

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker ordered all US flags, as well as Wisconsin state flags, to be flown at half-staff today out of respect for former state senator Michael Ellis, who died on July 20th.  Ellis was a member of various branches of politics, starting with the Neenah Common Council in 1969.  He then served in…

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UW System Accused Of Age Discrimination

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has alleged the University of Wisconsin System refused to hire a former longtime employee because of her age.  The EEOC filed the lawsuit Monday.  According to the lawsuit, Bambi Butzlaff Voss was 53-years-old and subject to a layoff from her job as a marketing and communications specialist at University…

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First Death In Wis. Due To Synthetic Cannabinoids

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has confirmed a death in Milwaukee County related to the use of synthetic cannabinoids, often called fake weed, K2, and spice.  This is the first confirmed death in Wisconsin linked to the outbreak.  Overall, Wisconsin has seen 45 cases since March of this year, including 37 confirmed cases and…

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Chibardun Coop To Receive $21.4-Million USDA Loan

Wisconsin Rural Development State Director Frank Frassetto announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $97-million in 12 projects to provide or improve rural broadband service in 11 states for 22,000 subscribers.  USDA is making the investments through the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program and the Community Connect Grant Program. In Cameron, Chibardun Telephone…

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Man Severely Injured Crashing Into Fire Truck

A 48-year-old man was airlifted to the hospital after he drove his SUV into a firetruck in Waupaca County Sunday night.  It happened on US Highway Ten in the town of Farmington around 8pm.  The firetruck was driving eastbound with its emergency lights on at the time.  Two firefighters had minor injuries from the crash,…

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