State News

Forrest Co. Deputy Shoots Man Who Pointed Gun

Authorities said a sheriff’s deputy in northern Wisconsin shot and killed a man who pointed a shotgun at him. According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Forrest County deputy was on patrol Thursday morning when he ran a records check on a disabled vehicle. The check found the driver was wanted on felony warrants…

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Propane Shortage Eleicits Emergency Declaration By Gov. Walker

Governor Scott Walker on Friday signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Wisconsin, in response to propane shortages and increased wait times to obtain propane. These challenges are due, in large part, to the below-normal temperatures experienced across the Midwest and a shortage of drivers. Governor Walker’s order exempts drivers in the…

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Teenagers Jailed In Wisc. Rapids Home Invasion

Two teenagers have been jailed in the December 19th home invasion and robbery that left a 51-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man hospitalized with a gunshot wound. Pedro Gonzales, age 18, and Jorge Ochoa Junior, age 17, appeared before a judge Tuesday for a probable cause hearing and bond was set at $50,000 cash for each. Alissa…

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Two Frac Sand Companies To Merge

Two of the nation’s foremost producers of frac sand have announced a merger that will create a massive new mining company with operations in Wisconsin. Connecticut-based Unimin and Ohio-based Fairmount Santrol have agreed to a merger that will lead to the creation of a publicly traded company that has yet to be named. Fairmount Santrol’s…

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Osceola Village Board Member Resigns

Rod Turner resigned from the Osceola Village Board earlier this month in response to a formal complaint, filed with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, that Turner was serving as a Village Board Trustee illegally, in violation of the state residency requirement for village board members. Though Turner owns a residence in Osceola, he actually lives…

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108 Graduate From Wis. Nat’l Guard Challenge Program

Gratitude resonated in Mauston High School’s auditorium as 108 cadets graduated from the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy in a graduation ceremony on December 16th. The cadets completed the 22-week residential phase of the Challenge Academy program where they lived full-time at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. They now enter the post-residential phase of the program where…

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Bear Killed That Attacked 3 Men In Northern Minnesota

A bear attacked three people in two separate, but nearby, incidents yesterday in Lake County, Minnesota. All three people survived, though two had to be hospitalized. Shortly before 11am Tuesday, the Minnesota DNR said a bear attacked two carpenters working at a cabin near McDougal Lake. The bear charged the first worker and, when the…

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Sepp Appointed EPA Administrator For Our Region

Former state Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp has been appointed to be regional administrator for a US Environmental Protection Agency office that includes Wisconsin. The appointment, made by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, was announced Tuesday. Stepp will oversee environmental protection laws and regulations for EPA’s Region 5, which includes Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio,…

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DNR Confirms Cougar Sightings In Douglas County

The Wisconsin DNR confirmed four photos of a large cat in Douglas County in mid-November are in fact photos of a cougar. Two of the photos were captured on the same day on two different properties about two and a half miles apart near Foxboro. Three days later, two more pictures were taken on separate…

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