State News

Home Repair Scammers Warning From Lincoln Co. Sheriff

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department released a public warning about men acting as contractors and offering quick home repairs or preventive maintenance for a small amount of cash.  This has occurred in Lincoln and Marathon County recently.  The scammers normally charge the homeowner much more than the quoted price, the workmanship or materials are usually…

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DNR Seeks Public Comment On Water Quality Changes

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has invited the public to provide feedback by September 20th on two proposed rule revisions related to assessing the health of lakes and streams in Wisconsin.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on two proposals that would update Wisconsin Administrative Code.  These rules describe how…

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Superior Silica Sands In Bankruptcy

Emerge Energy Services, which owns eight frac sand mining and processing facilities in Wisconsin under subsidiary Superior Silica Sands, has filed for Chapter Eleven bankruptcy protections in federal court.  Emerge Energy filed for bankruptcy Monday, though one mine and two processing facilities are still in operation.  The filings list more than $338-million in debt from…

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Wis. Income Tax Cut Estimate Adjusted Down

The Wisconsin legislature’s fiscal analysts are revising the average income tax cut Wisconsinites will see for 2020.  The Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimated in June that tax cuts in the state budget, coupled with another bill that cuts taxes using revenue from online sales, would result in an average tax reduction of $91 in 2019 and…

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UW Fees & Room And Board Prices Increased

The University of Wisconsin System regents voted to increase student fees and room-and-board costs for the upcoming school year. The regents approved the increases unanimously on Thursday as part of the system’s 2019-20 operational budget.  Under the plan, student fees will increase an average of $36 across the system.  UW-Madison students will face a $170…

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Utility Customers To Receive Refund

Refunds are in store for customers of Wisconsin’s four largest for-profit utilities: Alliant, Madison Gas and Electric, WPS and Xcel.  Ratepayers are due more than $25-million because of low energy prices in 2018.  The Public Service Commission sets rates one to two years in advance based on fixed expenses and an estimate cost of fuel. …

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Four Candidates To Replace Judge Harrington

Four people have applied to be the Washburn County Circuit Court judge when Judge Gene Harrington retires on August second after nearly 22 years on the bench.  Governor Tony Evers will appoint a new judge to serve until July 31, 2020.  Whoever is elected in the spring election will then begin a six-year term.  The…

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Wolves Kill Sheep

A central Wisconsin farm lost the majority of its livestock in an attack by a pack of wolves.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture said 13 sheep were killed on a farm in the Wood County Town of Hansen.  The dead sheep were discovered Monday.  An investigator determined they were killed by wolves.  Only one sheep…

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Wis. Supreme Court Disciplines Former Judge

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has barred a former Fox Crossing municipal judge from serving on the bench for three years after his clerk accused him of harassment.  Prosecutors charged Leonard Kachinsky with felony stalking in July 2018.  The state Supreme Court suspended him after he was arrested.  A jury acquitted him in December and he…

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Aluminum Cookware Manufacturer Closed Manitowoc Plant

An aluminum cookware company has closed its Manitowoc plant, eliminating 145 jobs.  Tramontina USA Incorporated said it is looking for a company to buy the shuttered Wisconsin facility.  Tramontina cites increasing production costs, higher tariffs and consolidation as factors in the closing.  The Sugar Land, Texas-based company also will cut its workforce in Texas by…

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