Wisconsin News

DNR proposes buck-only restrictions in just one county

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials want to impose buck-only restrictions in only one county this fall, a sign the state’s northern herd has regenerated. The Department of Natural Resources will ask its board May 23 to approve a plan that would make Iron County the only ...

Farm bureau plans to meet with Justice Department on CBD

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation officials plan to meet with the state Justice Department to discuss the agency’s stance that hemp farmers can’t produce CBD oil. Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill in November allowing farmers to grow industrial hemp. Farm bureau ...

Northern Lights Master Gardeners plant sale set

MARINETTE, Wis. — The annual Spring Plant Sale by Northern Lights Master Gardeners will take place on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at Harmony Arboretum. The plant sale will feature a wide selection of plants grown and donated by master gardener volunteers. This year’s offerings ...

National correction officer week observed

MARINETTE, Wis. — Marinette County Sheriff Jerome Sauve wants to remind citizens that the first week of May is National Correction Officers Week to honor the work of correctional officers and correctional personnel nationwide. It is an opportunity to thank those who serve and protect the ...

Ray Szmanda, TV pitchman for Menards stores, dies at 91

ANTIGO, Wis. (AP) — The enthusiastic television pitchman who told viewers they could “save big money” at Wisconsin-based home improvement chain Menards has died. Ray Szmanda was 91. Szmanda’s son, Charles Szmanda, says his father died Sunday in home hospice care in Antigo, Wisconsin, ...

Thielke at Niagara library

NIAGARA, Wis. — Tom Thielke will present a program at the Niagara Public Library on May 2 at 6:30 p.m. and will talk about the history of Lakewood. Thielke is the author of the book,” A History of Lakewood, Wisconsin: Small Town Success in the Northwoods.” “Join us for an ...

Woman dies in Wisconsin crash after chase

ANTIGO, Wis. (AP) — A woman is dead and her passenger injured after a car being chased by police rolled in north-central Wisconsin. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department was pursuing a Chevrolet Monte Carlo going 91 mph in a 55-mph zone. The ...

Tourist spending in Wisconsin up more than 3 percent in 2017

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tourist spending in Wisconsin in 2017 rose more than 3 percent from the previous year, to $12.7 billion. Gov. Scott Walker says the travel and hospitality industry is booming, and that tourism continues to be “crucial” to the state economy. Milwaukee County led ...

Florence graduate receives Officer of the Year Award

FLORENCE, Wis. — Nate Steber, a 2009 graduate of Florence High School and full-time police officer with the Two Rivers Police Department, received the distinguished 2017 Officer of the Year Award at an April 7 banquet in Two Rivers, Wis. Steber was nominated by his peers for his dedication, ...

Wisconsin sees increase in applications for industrial hemp

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin has received hundreds of applications to grow industrial hemp months after the state legalized production. The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has received about 340 applications over the past two months, WLUK-TV reported. ...

Wisconsin governor proposes tougher CWD rules

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker directed state agencies Wednesday to develop emergency regulations requiring captive deer farms to upgrade fencing and restricting deer movement in an effort to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease, saying it’s time to get more aggressive in the ...

Florence historical society lists events for summer

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County Historical Society has been getting ready for the upcoming season to open on June 9. The historical society has announced some of its upcoming scheduled events. On Wednesday, Debbie DeMuri will be presenting a “Footprints of Florence County” Power ...

Spring Wildflower Walk at Harmony Arboretum

MARINETTE, Wis. — The guided Spring Wildflower Walk will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, in the Harmony Hardwoods Memorial Forest. Although they are usually small and subtle, the variety and beauty of wildflowers is worth exploring — participants may see such species as ...

Use of medical helicopters draws scrutiny after crash

The safety of helicopter ambulances is under scrutiny after three crew members were killed in a crash in a wooded area of northern Wisconsin this week. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, and the cause of the crash Thursday is not yet known. However, the conditions — ...

Watersmeet man among victims

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities have identified the pilot and two crew members who died when a medical helicopter crashed in northern Wisconsin. The crash claimed the lives of the 34-year-old pilot, Rico Caruso, of Hazelhurst, Wis.; 43-year-old Gregory Rosenthal, of Mosinee, Wis.; and ...

N.E.W. band plays Sunday

MARINETTE, Wis. — The Spring Concert presented by the Northeastern Wisconsin (N.E.W.) Concert Band will be Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the W.J. Jones Auditorium at Marinette High School, 2135 Pierce Ave. This is the concert band's 25th season, and the concert will be under the direction of ...

Authorities identify 3 victims in medical helicopter crash

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities have identified the pilot and two crew members who died when a medical helicopter crashed in northern Wisconsin. USA Today Network-Wisconsin reports that the crash claimed the lives of the 34-year-old pilot, Rico Caruso, of Hazelhurst; 43-year-old Gregory ...

Three killed in medical helicopter crash

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A medical helicopter crashed in wooded, rough terrain in northern Wisconsin, killing all three people on board, authorities said Friday. Search and rescue crews found the wreckage of the Ascension Health Spirit helicopter early Friday near the small town of Hazelhurst, ...

Refinery blast shakes Superior

An evacuation order was lifted early Friday in northwest Wisconsin where a refinery plant explosion injured at least 11 people and sent billowing plumes of black smoke into the air. Superior Mayor Jim Paine said all indications are that the refinery site is now safe and stable, and that the ...

Smoke poses health risk

An explosion and asphalt fire at a Wisconsin oil refinery on Thursday sent huge plumes of smoke into the air that pollution experts said almost certainly contained large amounts of toxins, posing a serious health risk to those living downwind. Asphalt is a petroleum product that when burned ...