Wisconsin News

Lawsuit seeks to block Back Forty mine

MENOMINEE, Mich. (AP) — A group is suing two federal agencies as part of an effort to block a proposed mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula near the Wisconsin line. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River names the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ...

Democrats decry ‘shenanigans’ in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic state lawmakers say a Republican effort to curtail the power of incoming Gov. Tony Evers may be illegal, is “embarrassing” and amounts to “political shenanigans.” State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, of Middleton, and Rep. Chris Taylor, of Madison, told ...

Prison assault investigated

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Correctional Institution was locked down after an inmate assaulted a staff member. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections says the assault happened Friday morning. The employee was injured and is receiving medical care. The Corrections Department ...

Conservationists hope Evers will re-energize DNR

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservationists and outdoors enthusiasts hope Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers will re-energize Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources after years of cuts under Republican Scott Walker, counting on him to return the agency to a science-based footing and get ...

Republicans discuss curbing Evers’ power

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Senate were meeting privately Thursday to discuss ways to scale back the powers of incoming Democratic Gov. Tony Evers as he worked on assembling his transition team. Republican legislative leaders have not said exactly what they ...

LaFave wins second state House term

Iron Mountain’s Beau LaFave secured a second two-year term Tuesday in the state House as District 108 representative. The Republican easily bested his Democratic rival, Bob Romps of Escanaba, by a vote of 21,914 to 13,691 with 100 percent of the precincts reporting. The district represents ...

Evers unseats Walker as Wisconsin governor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrat Tony Evers ousted Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the state’s closest governor’s race in more than half a century, denying the polarizing Republican and one-time presidential candidate a third term and succeeding where his party had failed in three previous ...

Wisconsin Sen. Baldwin cruises to second term

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin cruised to a re-election win over Republican Leah Vukmir after successfully making the race about health care and her support for guaranteeing insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Baldwin, one of the ...

Wisconsin DNR: Bear kill down in 2018

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials say hunters killed fewer black bears this year. The Department of Natural Resources says preliminary registration numbers show hunters killed 3,685 bears during the 2018 season, down 11 percent from 4,136 in 2017. DNR officials say the ...

New scholarship established for UW-Green Bay students

GREEN BAY, Wis. — High school students in Marinette or Oconto County who plan to attend UW-Green Bay have a new scholarship opportunity. The Virgil and Lorraine (Panske) Thomson Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been established by family members of Virgil and Lorraine (Panske) Thomson, ...

Ground search for missing Wisconsin girl scaled back

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin authorities are scaling back their ground search for a missing 13-year-old girl whose parents were shot dead, saying Wednesday that their investigation into Jayme Closs’ abduction is entering a new phase. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a ...

US rejects Wisconsin’s drug testing for Medicaid

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday rejected a plan from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to require drug screening and testing for adults on Medicaid with no dependent children, but approved a wide array of other get-tough changes to the program. Walker, ...

Early voting sets midterm record in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Early voting totals for Tuesday’s election have set a new record for midterms in Wisconsin, topping 2014 levels. The Wisconsin Elections Commission reported Wednesday that nearly 378,000 absentee ballots have been cast to date. That exceeds the 2014 total when just ...

Our Town Florence: Ribbon cutting held at Florence High School

Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo The School District of Florence County and the greater Florence County community recently held a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the new middle/high school addition and renovation. From left, in the high school gymnasium are Ben Niehaus, district ...

Our Town Florence: Florence middle school student gains wrestling titles

FLORENCE, Wis. — What was Caitlyn Kelley’s summer like? Wrestling, wrestling and more wrestling. The Florence Middle School eighth-grader recently completed her first full freestyle season and is now preparing for folkstyle season. She competed individually and as part of the ...

Our Town Florence: Chainey House Bakery has new owner

FLORENCE, Wis. — It started, she said, making birthday cakes for her children — the oldest now 20 — and playing around in he kitchen with frosting and a piping bag. Soon, people began requesting cakes for special events, cupcakes for the office or parties, cookies trays for the ...

Our Town Florence: New stairs at Keyes Peak

The Florence County Forestry and Parks Department applied for a Wisconsin Outdoor Recreation Aids Grant and was awarded $49,000. “Basically it’s a cost share, so they pay for the materials and it was our labor that put them in,” said Mary Podnar, business manager for the Keyes Peak ...

Our Town Florence: Gangsters in Wisconsin program at library

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County Library hosts a presentation titled Gangsters of Wisconsin by Chad Lewis at 10 a.m. Saturday. Lewis is a researcher, author and lecturer of the strange and unusual. His background is psychology and he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees ...

Our Town Florence: Christmas in Florence set

Florence, Wis. — The ninth annual Christmas in Florence will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the high school gym and cafeteria. The event, hosted by the chamber of commerce, features more than 70 vendors in the gym offering a large variety of unique hand-made arts and ...