Wisconsin News

Solar energy project divides rural SW Wisconsin county

DODGEVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Residents in a rural Wisconsin county are split over a Chicago developer’s plan to work with two Wisconsin utilities to build a solar farm that would include more than 1 million solar panels. The Badger Hollow Solar Farm proposed by Invenergy would cover 2,700 acres ...

States trying to stop invasive evergreen-eating bug

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota and Wisconsin agriculture officials are trying to block the spread of an invasive evergreen tree-eating insect after it was found in holiday decorations sold at retailers in both states. Wisconsin inspectors found the critter called elongate hemlock scale on ...

Anglers rescued

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Crews have rescued two fishermen stranded on an ice chunk in northeastern Wisconsin. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office was called early Sunday to Volk’s Landing. The fishermen were on a chunk of ice about 300 yards from the landing in the Bay of Green Bay. The ...

Fatal house fire in Langlade County

TOWN OF ELCHO, Wis. (AP) — Human remains were found inside a Langlade County house where a fire was reported Sunday morning, authorities said. The cause of the fire in the town of Elcho is under investigation, according to the Langlade County Sheriff’s Department. Foul play is not ...

Tony Evers to announce more cabinet secretaries

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers is planning to announce more cabinet appointments. Evers has scheduled a noon news conference in Madison to announce his latest round of appointments. The governor-elect appointed his first cabinet members last week, including Craig ...

Town doesn’t have to take care of possible cemetery

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court says a southwestern Wisconsin town doesn’t have to take care of land a group contends is a cemetery. At issue is a one-acre parcel that abuts Wildcat Mountain State Park. A group of people believe their relatives are buried there, although no ...

Wisconsin struggles with child care worker shortage

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Low wages and a lack of benefits are making it difficult for child care centers in Wisconsin to attract and retain workers, particularly in rural areas, according to state child care experts. Jodi Widuch is the executive director of The Parenting Place, a La ...

Police: Naked man tears down neighbor’s holiday decorations

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Investigators say a 61-year-old Wisconsin man was arrested for tearing down a neighbor’s Christmas decorations while drunk and naked. The Green Bay Gazette reports that Gregory Brannigan faces misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer. A ...

Crews find prized lumber in gutted warehouses

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin material design company is reclaiming 19th century timber from gutted warehouses in Racine that a company official says it like finding “a needle in a haystack.” Urban Evolutions co-owner Jeff Janson says he’s found the wooden equivalent of a hidden ...

Snyder, Walker sign lame-duck bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan enacted last-minute limits on Democratic power Friday, with outgoing GOP governors in both Upper Midwest states signing measures protecting their priorities before leaving office in less than a month. Democrats derided the moves as ...

Wisconsin outbids Arkansas to retain Kimberly-Clark

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Economic development officials in Arkansas say the state tried to entice Kimberly-Clark Corp. to keep its Conway plant open but couldn’t compete with the incentives being offered by Wisconsin. The company announced Thursday that it would keep open a facility in Fox ...

Wisconsin’s Walker signs sweeping lame-duck GOP bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping package of Republican legislation Friday that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, brushing aside complaints that he is enabling a brazen power grab and ignoring the will of ...

Holiday concert planned to benefit the Niagara Senior Center

Niagara, Wis. — The Niagara Area Business Association (NABA) and Spine Pain Diagnostics Associates are sponsoring a free piano concert to benefit the Niagara Senior Center this holiday season. The concert starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21 at the Niagara High School Auditorium. Niagara ...

Comet named after Wisconsin astronomer to pass by Earth

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A comet named after a Wisconsin astronomer will soon streak past Earth and be the brightest comet of the year. Comet 46P/Wirtanen will fly by Earth in the next week, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported . It will be one of the closest comet flybys since the 1950s, but ...

Number of abortions rises slightly in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report shows the number of abortions performed in Wisconsin rose slightly last year. The state Department of Health Services released its annual report on induced abortions Tuesday. The report shows 5,818 abortions were performed in the state in 2017, close to a ...

Man arrested after going on the lam again

MUKWONAGO, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man who spent more than two weeks on the run earlier this year after a domestic disturbance has been arrested after going on the lam again. Forty-three-year-old Jonathan Pogreba was arrested without incident Tuesday by Mukwonago police on outstanding ...

5 people, 2 dogs rescued from burning home in Ashwaubenon

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) — Firefighters rescued five people and a dog from a burning house in Ashwaubenon. Passers-by reported the blaze Tuesday morning. A public safety officer who responded kicked down the door to check for people inside but was turned back by heavy smoke. Better-equipped ...

Burglars stealing guns from Fond du Lac County homes

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Burglars targeting unlocked homes in Fond du Lac County have gotten away with 17 handguns, shotguns and rifles in the past two months. The sheriff’s office says there have been five documented daytime break-ins during that time-span, and the thieves even left cash ...

GOP legislation eases corporate tax break rules

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Companies seeking tax credits from Wisconsin’s troubled job-creation agency would face less scrutiny under a provision Republicans included in a package of lame-duck legislation designed to weaken newly elected Democrats. The measure awaiting GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s ...

Temporary closure of boat launches

Marinette, Wis. — Two boat launches on the Menominee River will be temporarily closed for safety and security purposes for the launching of the LCS-19 on Saturday. The affected launches are Boom Landing in Marinette and River Park (Mystery Ship) ramp in Menominee. Other boat launches ...