State News

Wolves To Be Moved To Isle Royale

The National Park Service announced final approval Thursday of a plan to capture 20 to 30 mainland gray wolves over three to five years and transport them to Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior, where the predator species that has roamed the remote wilderness for about 70 years is on the brink of disappearing.…

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Application Fees Waived At Two-Year Wis. Schools

The University of Wisconsin System is waiving application fees to its two-year schools for the fall semester. System President Ray Cross told regents during a meeting Thursday at UW-Milwaukee that the move is designed to reassure students who may be uncertain about applying to a two-year school as the system merges those campuses with its…

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Central Wis. Flight Delayed By Argument Over Seat

A flight from the Central Wisconsin Airport to Minneapolis was delayed after three people got into an argument over a seat, according to airport Director of Operations and Management, Jim Olson. Officials said the Delta crew determined the flight could not continue and returned the plane to the gate. The three persons were removed, interviewed…

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Wis. Awarded $160-Million Federal Grant

The State of Wisconsin will receive about $160-million in federal grant money to complete the expansion of Interstate-94 south of Milwaukee; that is about $86-million less than the state requested last year. The governor’s office announced the grant award Wednesday. Governor Walker said he isn’t concerned the federal money came in below the state’s request.…

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Minn. Phone Crisis Hotline To Shut Down June 30

Crisis Connection, Minnesota’s telephone crisis hotline, will shut down June 30th after a bill that included its continued funding was vetoed last month. Canvas Health, the Oakdale-based non-profit agency that operates the hotline, requested nearly $1-million from the state this year for long-term sustainable funding, but that request was a casualty of Minnesota Governor Mark…

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Rice Lake Man Accused Of Sexual Assaults On Young Girls

A Rice Lake man is charged with sexually assaulting two girls in Chippewa County. The criminal complaint said both girls told investigators that Richard Williams, age 39, assaulted them at a property in Tilden. One of the victims was eight years old when she says his assaults happened several times during the summer of 2010.…

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Salmonellae From Ruby’s Pantry Chicken

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Minnesota Department Agriculture, and local health departments are investigating at least four cases of salmonellosis affecting three Wisconsin residents and one Minnesota resident. All four of the patients received frozen breaded chicken products at…

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Study Finds Ships Move Non-native Species Into Lake Superior

A new study on ballast water discharge has found Great Lakes ships are moving non-native species from the lower lakes to western Lake Superior. Study authors said the research provides clear evidence of the transport of organisms through the ballast water tanks of ships, while the shipping industry contends more research is needed to better…

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Two Wanted In Dunn Co. Arrested In Rice Lake

On Thursday, May 31st, at 9:57am a Barron County Sheriff’s deputy spotted a suspect vehicle near the Dollar General in Rice Lake that was wanted for the high speed chase with two suspects from a shooting in Dunn County. A female exited the vehicle and entered the store and the male stayed in the car.…

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Minneapolis High School Closed Today Due To Threat

There will be no school today at Washburn High School in Minneapolis as police and administrators investigate a threat that was reported late Thursday. School officials learned of the threat from a report made at the school. School district officials did not disclose the nature of the threat, but spokesman Dirk Tedmon said classes were…

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