Wisconsin News

Flynn says fellow Democrats can’t win against Walker

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Down in the polls with the election just days away, gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn went after fellow Democrats on Thursday, saying they have a “snowball’s chance in hell” of defeating Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. Flynn is one of eight Democrats ...

Crivitz group receives grant to reconstruct historic Hergan barn

CRIVITZ, Wis. — The Crivitz-Stephenson Historical Society has received $5,000 from the Community-Wide Fund held at the M&M Area Community Foundation for a new project they are initiating. The society is reconstructing the historic 1909 Hergan barn, originally located on one of the ...

Wisconsin farmland value steady as cropland prices drop

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Department of Agriculture data figures show the value of farm real estate is up slightly in Wisconsin this year, but the value of cropland is down. Farm real estate includes the value of land and buildings, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. The department’s ...

Walker wants new Fox Valley interchange named for Mike Ellis

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker plans to ask the state Legislature to name a newly expanded interchange in the Fox Valley in honor of former state Sen. Mike Ellis. A memorial service for the long-time legislator is being held Tuesday in Neenah, the Post Crescent reported. Ellis died ...

Police look for suspect in radio station shooting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A shooting that wounded a disc jockey at a Wisconsin radio station appears to have been a targeted attack against a specific individual, police said Monday. Sunday’s shooting at WORT-FM in Madison wasn’t a random attack or an act of violence targeting the media, ...

Mill rescue lacks votes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican co-chair of the Legislature's budget committee said Monday there are not enough votes in the Senate to pass a tax break bill designed to keep open a pair of Kimberly-Clark Corp. plants in northeast Wisconsin, saving more than 600 jobs. Kimberly-Clark, which ...

Man convicted in attempted homicide of unborn child

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of spiking his pregnant girlfriend’s drink with an abortion-inducing drug has been convicted of attempted first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child. Forty-five-year-old Manishkumar Patel faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in ...

Wisconsin man contracts rare blood infection from dog

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man was preparing for additional surgeries after having part of his legs and forearms amputated because of a dog lick that led to a rare blood infection, his wife said Thursday. Greg Manteufel, 48, has been hospitalized since late June, when he went to a ...

Agency: Refinery fire caused by blast debris hitting tank

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — A raging refinery fire that forced the temporary evacuation of homes in the coastal Wisconsin city of Superior in April was caused by an explosion that sent debris hurtling into an asphalt storage tank, a federal agency said Thursday. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board ...

Commission picks new administrator

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Ethics Commission has selected a Florida attorney as its new leader. The commission announced Thursday it has appointed Daniel Carlton Jr. as interim administrator. He’ll serve out the remainder of a four-year term that expires in mid-2019. He’ll make ...

Harmony Arboretum Prairie Walk set

Marinette, Wis. — Late summer is the time when prairie flowers bloom and grasses turn golden, a wonderful time to spend an evening in the prairie. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Harmony Arboretum Prairie on Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. to learn more about this unique habitat ...

Wisconsin DNR to reinstate park rangers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is changing course on a state parks law enforcement policy that’s less than a year old. The agency has decided it will once again use credentialed park rangers to perform law enforcement functions at parks and other state ...

Fake weed blamed in death

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin health officials report the first death in the state linked to a recent surge in people using synthetic marijuana. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Wednesday confirmed a death in Milwaukee County related to the use of synthetic marijuana, often ...

‘The Wall That Heals’ Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica coming to Crivitz

CRIVITZ, Wis. — The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., will be on display at Crivitz Community Veterans Park from Aug. 30 through Sept. 2. The Wall lists more than 58,000 names of those killed and another 1,500 service members ...

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board to meet in Green Bay

MADISON, Wis. — A request to approve an emergency order for proposed rules related to deer carcass transportation, deer farm fencing and chronic wasting disease, plus requests to approve scope statements for developing rules related to off-highway motorcycles and to establish an early closure ...

Harley-Davidson rebels with an electric motorcycle

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Smaller bikes, electric engines and urban storefronts: Harley-Davidson, we hardly knew you. The Milwaukee-based company, facing dwindling sales in its home market, said Monday it hopes to broaden its appeal and invigorate sales with new products, which next year will ...

Wisconsin sales tax holiday about to begin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s five-day sales tax holiday is about to begin. Shoppers won’t have to pay sales taxes on clothing, computers and school supplies Wednesday through Sunday. The holiday comes with plenty of strings attached. Each item of clothing must cost less than $75 ...

Health waiver approved for Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The federal government has granted Republican Gov. Scott Walker's request to offer a reinsurance program designed to lower premium rates for most people in the individual market in 2019. The federal waiver will allow Wisconsin to offer a $200 million reinsurance program ...

Solar group buys increase in northern Wisconsin

SHELL LAKE, Wis. (AP) — A nonprofit organization in northern Wisconsin is making progress in its plans to expand renewable energy in the region. At least 75 people have signed contracts with Cheq Bay Renewables to install solar panels on homes and businesses, Wisconsin Public Radio ...

Tribe, Wisconsin counties partner on drug epidemic

LAC DU FLAMBEAU, Wis. (AP) — The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is partnering with three northern Wisconsin counties to fight the regional drug epidemic. The tribe will work with Iron, Oneida and Vilas counties to try to find solutions to heroin, methamphetamine and ...