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Early voting sets midterm record in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Early voting totals for Tuesday’s election have set a new record for midterms in Wisconsin, topping 2014 levels. The Wisconsin Elections Commission reported Wednesday that nearly 378,000 absentee ballots have been cast to date. That exceeds the 2014 total when just ...

Our Town Florence: Ribbon cutting held at Florence High School

Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo The School District of Florence County and the greater Florence County community recently held a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the new middle/high school addition and renovation. From left, in the high school gymnasium are Ben Niehaus, district ...

Our Town Florence: Florence middle school student gains wrestling titles

FLORENCE, Wis. — What was Caitlyn Kelley’s summer like? Wrestling, wrestling and more wrestling. The Florence Middle School eighth-grader recently completed her first full freestyle season and is now preparing for folkstyle season. She competed individually and as part of the ...

Our Town Florence: Chainey House Bakery has new owner

FLORENCE, Wis. — It started, she said, making birthday cakes for her children — the oldest now 20 — and playing around in he kitchen with frosting and a piping bag. Soon, people began requesting cakes for special events, cupcakes for the office or parties, cookies trays for the ...

Our Town Florence: New stairs at Keyes Peak

The Florence County Forestry and Parks Department applied for a Wisconsin Outdoor Recreation Aids Grant and was awarded $49,000. “Basically it’s a cost share, so they pay for the materials and it was our labor that put them in,” said Mary Podnar, business manager for the Keyes Peak ...

Our Town Florence: Gangsters in Wisconsin program at library

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County Library hosts a presentation titled Gangsters of Wisconsin by Chad Lewis at 10 a.m. Saturday. Lewis is a researcher, author and lecturer of the strange and unusual. His background is psychology and he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees ...

Our Town Florence: Christmas in Florence set

Florence, Wis. — The ninth annual Christmas in Florence will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the high school gym and cafeteria. The event, hosted by the chamber of commerce, features more than 70 vendors in the gym offering a large variety of unique hand-made arts and ...

Ryan says Trump can’t end birthright citizenship

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that "obviously" President Donald Trump couldn't end the constitutional right of birthright citizenship with an executive order, while saying he agrees with the president that "unchecked illegal immigration" needs to be ...

Minnesota regulators back power plant in Wisconsin

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators have approved a proposal for a natural gas-fired power plant in Superior, Wisconsin, despite objections from customers and clean-energy groups. The Public Utilities Commission voted 3-2 Monday to approve Minnesota Power’s participation in the ...

Court limits insurer’s payout in wildfire

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court is limiting an insurance company’s payout in a massive northwestern Wisconsin wildfire. Logging equipment owned by Ray Duerr Logging LLC sparked the Germann Road Fire in Douglas County in May 2013. The fire consumed about 7,442 acres, destroyed ...

Man charged with burglarizing home where two killed

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a man with burglarizing a Wisconsin home where a couple was killed and their 13-year-old daughter went missing, but authorities say he’s not a suspect in the case. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says 32-year-old Kyle Jaenke-Annis was ...

Wisconsin has addiction hotline

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin has launched a new addition help line as the state sees hundreds of people annually die of fatal drug overdoses. The Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline began operating earlier this month, Wisconsin Public Radio reported . More than 820 people in the state ...

Rallies planned in Wisconsin ahead of election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The final push for early voting is on across Wisconsin, and high-profile surrogates are expected to rally with candidates for governor, the U.S. Senate and other offices ahead of the election just eight days away. Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers was ...

Wisconsin farmers concerned that mold could hurt profits

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wet weather this year has delayed Wisconsin's grain harvest and caused widespread mold problems in farm fields, according to agriculture experts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects Wisconsin farmers to harvest a record amount of soybeans this year, but farmers ...

Walker, challenger Evers hold final debate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers sparred over a host of hot-button topics during their second and final debate Friday with the election just more than a week away. Here's a look at the major takeaways from the debate at the ...

Obama aims to boost Wisconsin, Michigan turnout

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Former President Barack Obama has appearances in Wisconsin and Michigan on today aimed at boosting turnout to aid Democrats, including black voters. Low turnout in Milwaukee by African-Americans proved costly for Hillary Clinton in 2016 when she narrowly lost Wisconsin. One ...

Investigators press for break in missing Wisconsin girl case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The search for a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl whose parents were killed enters its 12th day Friday and investigators still haven't said if they have clues as to what was behind the attack and suspected abduction. They have followed up on more than 1,700 tips and the FBI has ...

Trump decries violence but calls on media to end ‘hostility’

MOSINEE, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump decried the threat of political violence and called on the media to end its “hostility” hours after authorities intercepted bombs sent to a news network and prominent Democrats who have been the targets of some of his sharpest barbs. Trump’s ...

Sheriff feels ‘outpouring of support’ in missing girl case

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin sheriff thanked volunteer searchers who helped canvass the area surrounding the home of a 13-year-old girl who is believed to have been abducted and whose parents were killed. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a Facebook post Tuesday that ...

Authorities expand ground search for missing Wisconsin girl

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The search for a missing 13-year-old Wisconsin girl whose parents were killed in the family’s home was expanded Tuesday, with as many as 2,000 volunteers expected to take part in a grid search of the area. The new ground search for Jayme Closs comes several days after ...