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Wisconsin News

Scott Walker’s son eyes run for Congress

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's former Republican Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that his 25-year-old son is considering running for an open congressional seat in a suburban Milwaukee district. Walker taped a television interview, tweeted and issued a statement saying that his son, Matt, ...

Marinette County Fair awards listed

WAUSAUKEE, Wis. —The Marinette County Fair awards were presented Aug. 25 at the fairgrounds in Wausaukee. Serving as emcee was Lisa Witak, president of the Marinette County 4-H Association. Two of the newly-crowned 4-H Royalty were present to hand out the awards — Queen Alexandria ...

DNR asked to make CWD changes in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of influential sportsmen wants Wisconsin wildlife officials to teach people more about chronic wasting disease, do more to help deer hunters dispose of carcasses and make testing for the disease easier. Conservation Congress Chairman Larry Bonde made the remarks ...

Many students go unvaccinated

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Health officials say nearly 50,000 children in Wisconsin have vaccination waivers as the school year gets underway, leaving them vulnerable to measles at a time when the number of cases has grown exponentially across the country. The Journal Sentinel says figures from the ...

Wisconsin to discuss lawsuit settlements

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Legislature’s finance committee plan to talk with Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul on Wednesday about settling a handful of lawsuits after negotiations between them broke down last week, although the two sides continue to squabble over ...

Marine biologist from Wisconsin among victims of boat fire

OOSTBURG, Wis. (AP) — Family members say a marine biologist from Wisconsin is among those presumed dead in a fire that swept through a scuba diving boat off the southern California coast. Forty-one-year-old Kristy Finstad, who co-owned Worldwide Diving Adventures, was leading the scuba ...

Count shows Wisconsin wolf population stable

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The gray wolf population in Wisconsin may have stabilized after nearing extinction decades ago, state wildlife officials said. The population ranges from 914 to 978 wolves, according to a count by the state Department of Natural Resources taken from April 2018 to April ...

Construction begins on large-scale solar facility

TWO CREEKS, Wis. — With a dig into the earth and a toss of dirt, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and officials from Wisconsin Public Service and Madison Gas and Electric took the initial steps recently to create the first large-scale solar facility in Wisconsin history. “Wisconsinites deserve ...

Homeless camp in Milwaukee growing

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The growing number of people living in tents in a homeless encampment under an overpass in downtown Milwaukee has local officials concerned. Advocates for the homeless say there are about 50 to 60 people living in the camp under Interstate 794 which has been growing since ...

Cross names interim UWGB chancellor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross has named a temporary UW-Green Bay chancellor. The system announced Thursday that Cross has picked Sheryl Van Gruensven as interim chancellor. Van Gruensven currently serves as UW-Green Bay’s vice chancellor for ...

Wisconsin cases worth millions in limbo due to lame-duck law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than 15 lawsuits that could net the state millions of dollars are in limbo thanks to a dispute between Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul and Republicans who passed a lame-duck law giving them final say over settlements. State Department of Justice officials on ...

Sea lamprey control planned for Lake Michigan tributary

MARINETTE, Wis. — U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel will apply lampricides to the Peshtigo River in Marinette County, Wis., to kill sea lamprey larvae burrowed in the stream bottom. Applications will be conducted on or about Tuesday in accordance with state of Wisconsin permits, ...

Wisconsin bill would set age at 21 to buy tobacco

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan group of Wisconsin lawmakers wants to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco and nicotine products, including vaping products, saying it’s currently too easy for young high school students to get them and that the products are contributing to a public ...

Agency moves to curb CWD among Minnesota’s deer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota is taking a three-pronged approach to curbing the spread of a fatal brain disease among the state’s estimated 1 million wild deer, the state Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday. The agency has taken an aggressive approach to combating chronic wasting ...

Rep. Duffy to resign from Congress

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Rep. Sean Duffy, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who was on the cast of MTV’s “The Real World” before he went into politics, announced Monday he will resign from his Wisconsin congressional seat to spend more time with his family. Duffy, ...

Celebrate salsa at Harmony Arboretum Salsa Night

Harmony, Wis. — The popular Salsa Night is coming back to the Harmony Arboretum. The Extension offices of Marinette and Oconto counties and the Northern Lights Master Gardeners Volunteer Association invite all gardeners and salsa enthusiasts to the Harmony Arboretum Demonstration Gardens on ...

Wisconsin leads nation in family farm bankruptcies

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin continues to top the nation in family farm bankruptcies. The American Farm Bureau Federation says that July 2018 through June 2019, Wisconsin farmers filed 45 Chapter 12 bankruptcies. Data show the total was five fewer than the previous 12-month period but still ...

Health partnership

Florence County Health Department and the Aging and Disability Resource Center partnered to provide adult immunization and first aid information. The participants were provided with personal health “to-go” backpacks to be better prepared for emergencies. The agencies collaborated at meal ...

Bee-lieve it: Rare bee turns up in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A rare bee not seen in Wisconsin in more than a century has turned up in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. U.S. Forest Service scientists found the bee in July while surveying pollinators as part of an inventory of native bees in the Great Lakes region. It’s ...

Wisconsin DNR board to consider rule closing grouse season early

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources board is considering an emergency rule to shorten Wisconsin’s ruffed grouse season to protect the population. Drumming activity declined 34% statewide from 2017 to 2018. Hunters took only 173,347 grouse last year, the lowest ...