Wisconsin News

Ohio cheese wins US Championship Cheese Contest

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A cheese from Ohio has captured the top spot at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin. The baby Swiss made by Guggisberg Cheese in Millersburg, Ohio, barely edged out a Gouda made by Marieke Penterman in Thorp, who won the contest in 2013. Penterman was ...

Advocates seek more funding for Great Lakes water quality

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Advocacy groups are lobbying Congress to pump more money into programs to protect Great Lakes water quality. More than 100 representatives of organizations in the region are in Washington, D.C., this week for an annual gathering in support of funding for Great ...

4 charged in fatal shooting of teen in Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Four young men are facing reckless homicide charges in the fatal shooting of a teenager in Green Bay. The four are accused in the death of 18-year-old Federico Abarca. Prosecutors say the Preble High School student was killed during a drug deal and attempted armed ...

Report: US plans to lift protections on wolves

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move certain to re-ignite the legal battle over a predator that’s rebounding in some regions and running into conflicts with farmers and ranchers, an official told The ...

Sun, frost cited in bridge crashes

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The blinding sun may have contributed to a pileup on a Green Bay bridge that involved more than 30 vehicles and sent six people to the hospital. The crash closed all lanes of Interstate 43 on the Leo Frigo bridge for about four hours Tuesday morning. Green Bay ...

Multiple injuries in Green Bay bridge crash with 30 vehicles

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Police say a number of people have been injured in a series of crashes involving 30 vehicles on an interstate bridge in Green Bay. All lanes of Interstate 43 on the Leo Frigo were closed this morning as crews worked to clear the pileup which began shortly before 8 ...

Evers budget has no new move to fight CWD in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ state budget doesn’t propose any new strategies to fight chronic wasting disease despite years of demands from his own party for more action. The budget checks off a long list of other Democratic priorities, including legalizing marijuana. ...

Access unlikely this winter to Apostle Islands famed ice caves

CORNUCOPIA, Wis. (AP) — Despite all the ice on Lake Superior, visitors likely won’t be able to venture out to see the ice caves at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in northern Wisconsin this winter. Park Service officials went out on the lake near Cornucopia on Friday to test the ice. ...

Evers wants to increase gas taxes, undo Walker laws

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gas taxes would increase but the cost to fill up may actually drop, income taxes would be cut for the middle class and most of the laws passed during a lame-duck legislative session that weakened the governor and attorney general would be repealed under Democratic Gov. ...

Forest easement purchase OKd in Wisconsin’s Iron County

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources board has approved spending nearly $5 million to purchase an easement on more than 14,000 acres of northern forest. The deal calls for the DNR to spend $4.8 million to secure the easement on 14,350 acres in Iron County from ...

Evers to unveil first Wisconsin budget to skeptical Republicans

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers releases his first state budget to a skeptical Republican Legislature on Thursday, with many of his proposals likely dead on arrival and others unlikely to pass without significant changes. The plan’s unveiling during a joint meeting of the Legislature ...

Pedestrian killed in Oconto

OCONTO, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Wisconsin have released the name of a 70-year-old man who was struck and killed by a front-end loader. Officials say Ernest Boucher was walking in a street in Oconto on Tuesday afternoon when he was struck by a city-owned loader with a ...

Upper Midwest suffers dangerous cold after weekend blizzard

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dangerous cold once again gripped the Upper Midwest on Monday, following a deadly blizzard that caused multiple pileups, paralyzed highways, and stranded motorists and anglers. A wind child advisory remained in effect for eastern North Dakota and most of the northern half ...

Medicine academy coming to St. Norbert

De PERE, Wis. — The Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay and St. Norbert College are partnering to offer high school students two Summer Academy of Medicine experiences on June 18-21 and June 24-27. During each three-and-a-half-day program, students will explore careers in medicine and the ...

One dead in I-41 pileup in Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In east-central Wisconsin, whiteout conditions led to a chain-reaction pileup Sunday involving 131 vehicles on Interstate 41 in the Neenah area that killed one motorist and injured 71 others. "I've been in the law enforcement business, this is my 27th year," Winnebago ...

Five charged in timber theft

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal authorities say five people have been indicted for allegedly cutting down trees on the Menominee Indian Reservation in order to sell timber to saw mills outside the reservation without consent from the Wisconsin tribe. Conspiracy charges have been filed against ...

Corrections workers accused

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say two women who were former employees of Green Bay Correctional Institution face possible felony charges on allegations they helped smuggle drugs, hand sanitizer and food to inmates in exchange for sex. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office began ...

Speaker: Low odds for Wisconsin governor’s marijuana plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Republican Assembly speaker doesn’t believe Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ proposal to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize small amounts for recreational use will be a success. Speaker Robin Vos put the chances of Evers’ plan passing at 10 ...

Wisconsin Dems file fourth lawsuit over lame-duck law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Democratic Party filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming a lame-duck law Republicans passed to limit Gov. Tony Evers’ powers is meant to retaliate against his supporters in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The party filed the lawsuit in federal court in ...

Fence woman inducted into Packers Fan HOF

GREEN BAY — Amy Nelson will forever take pride in her name being displayed prominently in the Packers Hall of Fame, but so will her entire family. “We always thought Jordy Nelson would be the first Nelson in the Packer Hall of Fame,” said Andy Nelson, Amy’s older brother who nominated ...