Wisconsin News

Explosion rocks Wisconsin refinery, forcing evacuations

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — An explosion rocked a refinery in northwestern Wisconsin on Thursday, injuring at least 11 people, forcing the evacuation of homes, schools and a hospital, and sending a plume of noxious smoke into the air. Authorities said a tank containing crude oil or asphalt ...

Presentations Friday at Marinette

MARINETTE, Wis. — More than 50 University of Wisconsin-Marinette students will showcase their knowledge and creative talents during the university’s 2018 Undergraduate Research & Performance Conference on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free ...

Wisconsin DNR approves 4 air permits for Foxconn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources approved four air permits Tuesday for the Foxconn Technology Group campus in the southeast corner of the state, despite objections that the massive plant will increase smog emissions. Foxconn is preparing to build a $10 ...

Juvenile in custody

PESHTIGO, Wis. — A juvenile was taken into custody and housed in a juvenile facility after the Peshtigo Police Department said it received information Sunday about a threat that a student was going to “shoot up” Peshtigo High School. Charges will be referred to the Marinette County ...

Body of unidentified woman to be exhumed in Waupun

WAUPUN, Wis. (AP) — The remains of an unidentified woman found in a frozen creek in Fond du Lac County nearly 10 years ago will be exhumed this week at a cemetery in Waupun. Sheriff’s officials say forensic anthropologists will examine the remains of “Jane Doe” using techniques that ...

Workshop on farms, water set for Friday

WAUSAUKEE, Wis. — Manure is well known as one of nature’s most perfect fertilizers and is an essential component of all livestock farms’ nutrient management planning. However, there are potential drawbacks to utilizing manure in certain situations. The Marinette County Consolidated ...

Arena roof collapses

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) — Snow has crashed through part of the roof of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena near Green Bay. A spokesman for PMI Entertainment Group says snow first slid down Friday night off the arena’s dome through the roof of the ticket area. Hours later, another large ...

Wisconsin inmate escapes

TOWN OF DOVER, Wis. (AP) — Racine County sheriff’s officials are looking for a Green Bay woman who escaped from the Ellsworth Correctional Facility and apparently stole a pickup truck near the prison. Authorities say 36-year-old Christine Abel turned up missing during a head count ...

Democrats see Wisconsin as proving ground for party revival

PARDEEVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Margo Miller thanked her hosts, covered herself in a blue plastic poncho and headed back into the driving sleet Saturday morning, with more doors to knock on in this rural subdivision but with another new volunteer’s name on her clipboard. Miller and about 50 ...

Republican field grows in race to replace Ryan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican field is growing in the race to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan. Kevin Adam Steen, an applications engineer who’s never run for office before, announced Thursday he is running. Also in the race is Jeremy Ryan, a liberal known as a prominent protester in ...

Garden conference a success

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Spring Garden Conference, sponsored by Northern Lights Master Gardeners (NLMGA) and the UW Extension-Marinette was another success. More than 150 registrants participated in the 13 sessions and four workshops held throughout the day at the UW-Marinette campus. All ...

Niagara students compete in Tech Challenge

NIAGARA, Wis. — Niagara had a strong showing at the 2018 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Tech Challenge, bringing home four gold medals. Jared Linsmeyer and Casey Antonissen competed in welding. Linsmeyer won gold and Antonissen won a STAR First, which included a $1,000 ...

Walker seeks federal waiver for reinsurance program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker's administration filed a request with the federal government seeking a waiver that would allow Wisconsin to offer a $200 million reinsurance program designed to lower premiums and attract more providers to the private marketplace. Walker told reporters ...

Two charged after suspected meth lab found in Eagle River

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — A joint investigation conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office led to the discovery of a meth lab in Eagle River on March 30. Two individuals have been charged with multiple ...

SSI members must enroll in HMO

FLORENCE, Wis. — In order to provide high quality care for adult Wisconsin Medicaid members, certain Supplemental Security Income (SSI) members must enroll in an HMO of the member’s choice, according to Jen Steber, director, Florence County Human Services. Members who do not choose an ...

Storm sets snow records

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Records fell as an April snowstorm blanketed the Upper Midwest. In Wisconsin, the storm ranks as the all-time second largest snowstorm in Green Bay at 23.5 inches and a record April total of more than 35 inches there, the National Weather Service said. The 14.9 inches ...

Wisconsin struggling to find enough attorneys

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's low compensation rate for private attorneys has contributed to the shortage of lawyers willing to represent people who can't afford a private attorney, according to state officials. The state Public Defender's Office has assigned about 40 percent of its ...

Coal dust worries heard

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) — Residents in southeast Wisconsin are concerned about how their health is being affected by black coal dust from a nearby power plant. It takes about 12,000 tons of coal to power We Energies' Oak Creek plant every day, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. The coal arrives ...

Spring storm moves east after blanketing central US in snow

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota residents slogged through a mid-April storm Sunday that dumped 2 feet of snow on parts of the Upper Midwest, coated roads with ice and battered areas farther south with powerful winds and tornadoes before plowing toward the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S. The ...

Ship to be christened today

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Navy is ready to christen a combat ship that will become the nation’s fourth military vessel named the USS Indianapolis. The wife of U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, Jill Donnelly, is scheduled to christen the ship during today’s ceremony at a Marinette, ...