State News

Minn. Appeals Court Reversed Enbridge Line 3 Approval

The Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed a decision by Minnesota utility regulators who had approved the environmental impact statement for Enbridge Energy’s Line Three pipeline.  The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday the environmental impact statement is inadequate because it doesn’t address the possibility of an oil spill into the Lake Superior watershed. The state…

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Shopko Bankruptcy Plan Rejected By Judge

A federal judge has rejected Shopko’s bankruptcy plan.  US Bankruptcy Court Judge Thomas Saladino applauded the efforts of Shopko officials, creditors, attorneys and consultants to bring the matter to a close.  But, Saladino refused to approve the plan this week because it would have barred creditors from pursuing legal claims against Shopko.  McKesson Corporation, a…

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14-Year Old Girl Drowned After Canoe Tipped

The Wisconsin State Patrol reported that a 14-year-old girl drowned after a canoe she was in capsized.  The girl was among eight people canoeing on the Yahara River Saturday when several of the canoes capsized at about 2:50pm.  A trooper who responded to the call for help swam to the girl and her brother, who…

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June 2018 Railroad Crash Due Caused By Engineer

A recently released investigation report of a collision of two Canadian National trains near Weirgor, 33 miles south of Hayward, on June 16, 2018, identified the most likely cause as “failure to comply” with signal indicators by one of the engineers.  This means an engineer was being told by signal lights to slow the movement…

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Somerset Woman Posted Bond In Death Crash On Hwy. 64

Christina Marie Wiederin, charged with first-degree reckless homicide and two different counts of homicide by use of a vehicle in the crash that killed a 21-year-old Somerset woman, posted $10,000 cash bond the day after her initial appearance in court on Wednesday May 22, according to court records.  Wiederin, age 31 of Somerset, was charged…

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Wis. Grape Growers Developing Wine Tourism

A Michigan State University study estimated that 1.78-million visits were made to Wisconsin’s winery tasting rooms in 2015, bringing in nearly $50-million in wine tourism.  The study’s author, Dan McCole, is an associate professor of tourism and sustainability at Michigan State University.  McCole found that most people don’t visit Wisconsin’s wineries to learn about wine,…

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Flags At Half-Staff Friday In Memory Of Maj. Gen. Matera

Governor Tony Evers has ordered the US and Wisconsin flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings today, Friday, May 24th, in memory of Major General Raymond Matera , who died at the age of 94. Matera served as the Adjutant General for the State of Wisconsin from 1979 to 1989, overseeing the…

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Feds Indict 5 For Forced Labor & Human Trafficking In Wis.

Federal prosecutors indicted five people accused of forcing 14 Mexican immigrants to work in farms in Wisconsin “by means of serious harm and threats of serious harm.”  A grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday said the defendants got agriculture work visas under the pretense the immigrants would work in Georgia.  Instead, prosecutors said, the defendants brought…

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Attempted Arrest Leaves One Dead In Ashland

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating an officer-involved death in the city of Ashland that occurred on Wednesday afternoon, May 22nd.  A U.S. Marshals-led task force operating in the Western District of Wisconsin, which included local law enforcement agencies, attempted to apprehend a male subject with a warrant at a…

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LaCrosse High School Team Invention To Help Amputees

A group of students and a teacher at Logan High School in LaCrosse have finished a unique invention.  Members of the Logan InvenTeam showcased their prosthetic limb energy management system prototype.  The Logan InvenTeam was awarded nearly $10,000 through a Lemelson-MIT grant.  The group has been working on creating a prosthetic limb energy management system. …

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