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Donations sought for Shop With a Cop event

FLORENCE, Wis. — The relationship between children and law enforcement is a very important part of building strong communities. The Shop With a Cop event, which annually takes about 35 children from Florence and Dickinson counties out for dinner and holiday shopping for their families, is ...

Chamber wants vendors for Christmas in Florence

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County Chamber of Commerce is taking arts, crafts and product vendor applications for the 10th annual Christmas in Florence event set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Florence High School. Last year, more than 900 shoppers attended this free event, ...

UW System President Cross plans to retire

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced Friday he is retiring after more than five years on the job and more than 40 years in higher education. Cross, 71, said he will formally step down after a search committee finds his replacement. That process ...

Candy Corn count contest at Niagara Library

NIAGARA, Wis. — The public is invited to stop by the Niagara Public Library and enter the “How-Many-Candy-Corns” contest to win a prize. Submit one entry per visit through Tuesday. The winner to be announced Wednesday, National Candy Corn Day. They’ll also have candy corn books, ...

Wisconsin poll shows voters split over Trump impeachment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin voters are narrowly divided over whether to hold impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump, with a slim majority against removing him from office, a new statewide poll released Wednesday showed. The Marquette University Law School poll comes after ...

Pence pushes trade deal in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says during a stop in Wisconsin that pressure should be put on Democrats to pass a new trade pact. Pence spoke Wednesday to employees and others at shipping and packaging materials distributor Uline in Pleasant Prairie, a company owned by ...

Third man dies from explosion

TOWN OF GRANT, Wis. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say a third person has died in an explosion that happened last month at a Shawano County farm. WLUK-TV reports 62-year-old Daniel Young died Thursday at a hospital in Madison. Four men were injured Sept. 23 while working on a project for ...

Wisconsin governor calls special session on gun control

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday called the Legislature into a special session next month to take up a pair of gun control measures that its Republican leaders have been unwilling to debate, accusing them of telling those who support the measures to "go to ...

VP Pence to visit Marinette on Wednesday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will make two stops in Wisconsin during his rescheduled trip to the state. Pence will speak at shipbuilder Fincantieri Marine Group in Marinette on Wednesday. Later that day, the vice president will visit shipping and packaging materials ...

Wisconsin high court to hear lame-duck case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats and their allies will make one last attempt to block their Republican rivals’ contentious lame-duck laws today during oral arguments before the state Supreme Court in a union lawsuit challenging the provisions. Things look bleak for the party after ...

Vendors sought for Christmas in Florence

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County Chamber of Commerce is taking arts, crafts and product vendor applications for the 10th annual Christmas in Florence event set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Florence High School. Last year, more than 900 shoppers attended this free ...

Election dates set for Duffy’s seat

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The special election to fill the northern Wisconsin congressional seat that was held until recently by Republican Rep. Sean Duffy will take place May 12 and the primary will happen Feb. 18, Gov. Tony Evers said Friday. The decision, which was to be made official on ...

University of Wisconsin enrollment drops 2.6%

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Enrollment at the University of Wisconsin dropped 2.6% percent compared to last year. Preliminary enrollment for the 2019 academic year announced by the university Thursday was just over 167,000 students. That is down from nearly 4,500 students from last ...

Evers creates climate change task force for Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has created a task force to develop strategies to deal with climate change in the state. Evers announced formation of the new group Thursday at the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee. Evers tasked the group to come up with recommendations to ...

Wisconsin boy tells of escape

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy told authorities that a man who lives with him and his mother strapped him to a chair in the basement of their northeastern Wisconsin home, but that he escaped and sought help from strangers. The boy told police he finally escaped on Saturday, Oct. 5, ...

Survey: Quarter of women at UW-Madison sexually assaulted

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than a quarter of University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate women who responded to a survey said they have been sexually assaulted since they entered college, the school said Tuesday. UW-Madison participated in the Association of American Universities survey ...

Wisconsin jury awards $450,000 in Sandy Hook defamation case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A jury in Wisconsin has awarded $450,000 to the father of a boy killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting after he filed a defamation lawsuit against conspiracy theorist writers who claimed the massacre never happened. A Dane County jury on Tuesday decided the ...

Wausau school board president runs for Congress

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The president of the Wausau School Board who is also a justice on the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court is running for Congress as a Democrat. Tricia Zunker is launching her campaign today. She would become the first Native American member of Congress from Wisconsin should ...

Some states honoring indigenous people, not Columbus

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A handful of states are celebrating their first Indigenous Peoples Day today as part of a trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus. From Minnesota to Vermont, at least five states and Washington, D.C., have done away with Columbus Day celebrations ...

Emergency plan activated amid fall snowstorm

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday activated the state’s emergency plan due to what he called a crippling snowstorm that closed major highways and had farmers and ranchers bracing for huge crop and livestock losses. “The extraordinary intensity of this early ...