Wisconsin News

Four killed in kayaking accident

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) — Three children and their father died when their kayak capsized near a Wisconsin island in Lake Superior, authorities said Friday. The Ashland County Sheriff's Office said the children's mother was the only survivor of the accident. The two girls and one boy ranged in ...

Pepper workshop at Harmony Arboretum

Harmony, Wis. — The pepper family is known for its flavor, which can vary from rather sweet to the blast furnace side of hot and spicy. One way gardeners and home cooks can learn more about both the growing of peppers and the variations within their culinary opportunities is by attending ...

US ports fear tariffs could cut ship traffic, jobs

Ports and ground terminals in nearly every state handle goods that are now or will likely soon be covered by import tariffs. Port executives worry that this could mean a slowdown in shipping that would have ripple effects on truckers and others whose jobs depend on trade. The Associated Press ...

Wisconsin braces for weekend thunderstorms

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Water-logged southern Wisconsin braced Friday for yet another bout of severe weather over the Labor Day weekend, the latest in a seemingly endless stream of punishing storms and floods. The National Weather Service predicted that the Madison area would get up to 2 ...

Business man sentenced to 14 years in scrap scheme

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a businessman to more than a decade in prison for scheming to bilk a Fond du Lac firm out of $14 million. Fond du Lac County Circuit Judge Robert Wirtz on Wednesday sentenced Sterling Kienbaum of Oshkosh to 11 years in prison and three years of ...

UW-Oshkosh must pay $15 million debts

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge says the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh must pay $15 million to cover the debts of the school's private foundation arising from a financial scandal involving five building projects. The Oshkosh Northwestern reports that Judge Susan Kelley ruled ...

Ex-Wisconsin inmate sues over shackles during childbirth

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A former Milwaukee County Jail inmate has filed a federal lawsuit claiming she was forced to wear shackles during childbirth at a hospital. Sandra Robles’ lawsuit alleges the chain between her feet was so short that she couldn’t reach the stirrups during labor in ...

Wisconsin steam train

The Lumberjack Steam Train will make a Fall Festival run Saturday to the Camp 5 Complex in Laona, Wis., leaving the depot on U.S. 8 just west of Laona at 11 a.m. and every hour until the last run at 2 p.m. The vintage 1916 Vulcan steam engine also will be on the rails Sept. 22 and Sept. 29.

Amberg Historical Society lists weekend times, meeting dates

AMBERG, Wis. — The Amberg Historical Society announces that the museum visitor season for the coming to an end. However they will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Oct. 6, they will conduct another of their “Quarry Walks” and, for the first ...

Great Lakes to seek cruise ships

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — A coalition of government and business groups is kicking off a campaign to attract cruise ships to the Great Lakes. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other officials are scheduled to attend an announcement of the "Cruise the Great Lakes" initiative Thursday on ...

Foxconn, companies to create fund

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group will partner with three major Midwestern companies to create a $100 million fund to help launch technology startups around the world, the companies announced Tuesday. The Taiwanese electronics giant, Advocate Aurora Health, Johnson Controls and ...

Possible tornadoes leave trail of damage in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An 11-year-old boy nearly lost his life in a waterlogged drainage ditch in eastern Wisconsin but was pulled to safety by an eagle-eyed firefighter who spotted his finger poking through a manhole cover, officials said, following another round of storms that pounded Wisconsin ...

Walker, Evers spar over cost of health insurance

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker accused Democratic rival Tony Evers of getting his "facts wrong" Tuesday in his first television ad of the general election, a spot that hinges on a comparison of health insurance costs in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Walker issued a series of tweets ...

Missouri to get Wisconsin grouse

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials plan to relocate 300 ruffed grouse to Missouri. The Department of Natural Resources plans to move about 100 birds annually over the next three years to east-central Missouri's River Hills region. DNR officials say ruffed grouse are native ...

Demand rises for Wisconsin’s silica sand

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Domestic oil exploration drilling is expected to cause “extreme” demand for frack sand in western Wisconsin in coming years, according to a new report. The IHS Markit report indicated that the value of proppant sand, used to keep open cracks in rock formations deep ...

Flooding closes interstate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Another drenching storm has dumped more than 7 inches of rain on parts of Ozaukee and Washington counties. The storm downed trees and caused flooding that closed Interstate 43 in Ozaukee County Monday morning. Several vehicles were stranded in high water on I-43 near ...

Wisconsin dairy farmers could benefit from new federal program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new federal crop insurance program may help Wisconsin dairy farmers protect against low milk prices. The American Farm Bureau Federation and its insurance company recently announced the Dairy Revenue Protection program, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. The program, ...

More Wisconsin flooding could force hundreds to flee

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in Wisconsin’s water-logged capital city warned residents Friday that they may need to head for higher ground to escape another round of flooding as more storms headed toward the area. Madison and the rest of surrounding Dane County are struggling to ...

Feds link illnesses to salads

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal health officials say they’ve confirmed more than 500 cases of people who became sick with an intestinal illness after eating McDonald’s salads. The illnesses reported earlier this year are linked to the cyclospora parasite, which can cause diarrhea, intestinal ...

Names released in ATV fatal

MARINETTE, Wis. — Authorities have released the name of the 87-year-old man found dead under his all-terrain vehicle Tuesday evening in the town of Silver Cliff, Wis. Dennis I. Kitchenmaster was found on his property on Old J Road, according to a news release from the Marinette County ...