Wisconsin News

Energy assistance available for customers as heating season nears

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) reminds customers to check their eligibility for energy assistance as the winter heating season approaches. Applications for energy assistance are now being accepted by the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP). To apply for energy ...

Possible sighting of Wisconsin girl in Miami

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A girl resembling a missing teenager whose parents were found dead in their western Wisconsin home has been spotted at a gas station in south Florida, police said. Authorities have been searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs since around 1 a.m. Monday, when sheriff's ...

Wisconsin voters to weigh closing ‘dark store’ loophole

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin voters will decide in November if lawmakers should close the state’s so-called “dark store” loophole. Voters this fall in 22 Wisconsin counties, cities and villages will consider an advisory referendum that would end the policy, Wisconsin Public Radio ...

Arrest made in fatal fire

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — A man wanted in connection with a house fire that killed a toddler in Menasha has turned himself in to police. A criminal complaint alleges 29-year-old Vernon Williams was drunk and asleep when a 3-year-old, playing with a lighter, started a blanket on fire Sept. 6. ...

Man charged in wife’s 1975 death in Sturgeon Bay

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors charged a Michigan man Thursday with killing his wife 43 years ago in Wisconsin based largely on witnesses saying he seemed unhappy in their marriage, her comments to neighbors that she thought he was going to kill her and other discrepancies in his ...

American Red Cross seeks volunteers in Florence County

FLORENCE, Wis. — The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers in Florence County. Anyone interested is asked to meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Tipler Town Hall. Lee Borofka, volunteer partnership and community outreach representative for American Red ...

Flower program set

NIAGARA, Wis. — Jill Reuss will offer tips on growing perennial flowers at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Niagara Public Library.

Body found in lake identified as man missing since 1996

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. (AP) — A body found in a Waukesha County lake last year has now been identified as a man reported missing in 1996. Town of Oconomowoc police say DNA from a family member was used to identify 31-year-old Thomas Engel. Officials say the conditions of Okauchee Lake, which is ...

Duluth assesses damage from powerful storm

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — City crews are assessing damage along the Lake Superior shoreline in Duluth after powerful winds produced destructive waves. Waves more than a foot high crashed into the shoreline Wednesday, tossing boulders and debris onto the lake walk and flooding nearby streets. The ...

Fall Drug Take Back Day in Florence

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County Health Department and Sheriff’s Office will provide the free collection from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the north entrance of the courthouse near the health department, 501 Lake Ave. Make a difference in your community by safely disposing ...

Businessman charged with defrauding state to plead guilty

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A De Pere businessman charged with defrauding the state’s economic development agency and other investors out of more than $9 million plans to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud. The deal is part of a plea agreement Ronald H. Van Den Heuvel entered into with ...

Vukmir, Baldwin debate

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Republican Leah Vukmir, down in the polls a month before the Nov. 6 election, clashed with Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Monday, in a debate that turned combative at times as they presented starkly different positions on health care, abortion, immigration and a host of ...

No Democrats back incentive

MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says "not one Senate Democrat" will say they support a $100 million tax incentive bill for paper maker Kimberly-Clark before the Nov. 6 election. But Walker said Friday he thinks Democrats will join with Republicans after the election to pass the ...

Walker says he doesn’t have ‘knowledge’ about prison report

MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says he doesn’t “have any knowledge” about whether his administration stopped former Corrections Secretary Ed Wall from seeking an outside review of Wisconsin’s troubled juvenile prisons in 2015. Walker was asked by reporters Friday about the ...

Astronomy night set at Harmony Arboretum

Marinette, Wis. — Have you ever wanted to know more about the night sky? Anne Bartels of the Marinette County Land and Water Conservation Division will share general astronomy information and give a stargazing tour of the night sky from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Monday at the Harmony Arboretum, ...

Walker requests federal help for storm, damage

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is requesting federal disaster help for 18 counties impacted by severe storms and flooding in August and September. Intense storms that began Aug. 17 and lasted several weeks produced flash flooding, led to seven dam failures and caused lakes and ...

Memo: Local levies drive up Wisconsin property taxes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new memo shows property taxes went up $24 on the median-valued home last year thanks largely to locally-driven increases. A Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo prepared for Senate Democratic Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling shows the net tax bill on the median-valued home ...

Halloween Family Fun Fest Oct. 13

Marinette, Wis —The annual Halloween Family Fun Fest will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Harmony Arboretum. Attendees can visit the Children’s Learning Garden at the Harmony Arboretum for a “spooktacularly” good time. There will be crafts, games, pumpkin ...

Harvest Festival set for Saturday

AURORA, Wis. — Food, art and craft lovers are invited to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s ninth annual Woodland Kitchen’s Harvest Festival on Saturday. This autumn celebration features local food artisans from the Woodland Kitchen as well as local arts crafts vendors. This ...

After debate, Wisconsin committee scraps deer carcass movement rule

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s rules committee has voted to scrap regulations banning hunters from moving deer carcasses out of counties affected by chronic wasting disease. The Department of Natural Resources adopted emergency CWD rules in August that require deer farmers to ...