Wisconsin News

Upper Midwest suffers dangerous cold after weekend blizzard

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dangerous cold once again gripped the Upper Midwest on Monday, following a deadly blizzard that caused multiple pileups, paralyzed highways, and stranded motorists and anglers. A wind child advisory remained in effect for eastern North Dakota and most of the northern half ...

Medicine academy coming to St. Norbert

De PERE, Wis. — The Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay and St. Norbert College are partnering to offer high school students two Summer Academy of Medicine experiences on June 18-21 and June 24-27. During each three-and-a-half-day program, students will explore careers in medicine and the ...

One dead in I-41 pileup in Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In east-central Wisconsin, whiteout conditions led to a chain-reaction pileup Sunday involving 131 vehicles on Interstate 41 in the Neenah area that killed one motorist and injured 71 others. "I've been in the law enforcement business, this is my 27th year," Winnebago ...

Five charged in timber theft

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal authorities say five people have been indicted for allegedly cutting down trees on the Menominee Indian Reservation in order to sell timber to saw mills outside the reservation without consent from the Wisconsin tribe. Conspiracy charges have been filed against ...

Corrections workers accused

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say two women who were former employees of Green Bay Correctional Institution face possible felony charges on allegations they helped smuggle drugs, hand sanitizer and food to inmates in exchange for sex. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office began ...

Speaker: Low odds for Wisconsin governor’s marijuana plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Republican Assembly speaker doesn’t believe Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ proposal to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize small amounts for recreational use will be a success. Speaker Robin Vos put the chances of Evers’ plan passing at 10 ...

Wisconsin Dems file fourth lawsuit over lame-duck law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Democratic Party filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming a lame-duck law Republicans passed to limit Gov. Tony Evers’ powers is meant to retaliate against his supporters in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The party filed the lawsuit in federal court in ...

Fence woman inducted into Packers Fan HOF

GREEN BAY — Amy Nelson will forever take pride in her name being displayed prominently in the Packers Hall of Fame, but so will her entire family. “We always thought Jordy Nelson would be the first Nelson in the Packer Hall of Fame,” said Andy Nelson, Amy’s older brother who nominated ...

Wisconsin governor vetoes GOP tax cut bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a GOP income tax cut bill Wednesday in an early showdown with legislative Republicans who had moved to weaken the Democrat’s powers just weeks before he took office. Republicans rushed to pass the bill, the first they introduced this ...

High school ends ‘funny’ awards for cheerleaders

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin high school is ending cheerleading awards given annually to girls with the largest breasts or buttocks — dubbed "Big Booty" and "Big Boobie" — after the American Civil Liberties Union demanded action following repeated complaints from parents and a former ...

DNR to purchase 14K acres in Wisconsin’s Iron County

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State Department of Natural Resources officials plan to ask their board next week for permission to spend nearly $5 million to purchase an easement on 14,350 acres in Iron County. The deal calls for the DNR to spend $4.8 million on the easement from Keweenaw Land ...

Bill would give tax credit to caregivers in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan proposal backed by AARP would create a $1,000 income tax credit for family members in Wisconsin who give care to qualified disabled and elderly people in their homes. The measure was unveiled today after a similar bill died last session. Republican Sen. ...

Report: Evers to propose decriminalizing marijuana

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers will propose decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana in his plan for the next state budget, a newspaper reported Sunday. Evers also will propose legalizing marijuana for medical conditions including cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder and ...

Forest County ranch deer tests positive for CWD

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a story Feb. 11 about a Forest County deer testing positive for chronic wasting disease, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the only registered deer farm in Marinette County, where the animal was born, is Koz Deer Farm. Marinette County actually has nine ...

Evers says gas tax increase likely to be recommended

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers said a task force he created to come up with funding solutions to pay for Wisconsin roads likely will propose a gas tax increase. Evers wouldn’t tell reporters Tuesday how much he expected the group to recommend increasing the tax. It is currently 32.9 ...

High water levels expected in Great Lakes this summer

DETROIT (AP) — Experts are predicting higher-than-normal water levels on the Great Lakes this summer, some of which may set records. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Detroit recently issued its latest six-month forecast for the lakes. Lake Superior is unusually high and by May ...

Five killed in snow crashes

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — Five people have died in weekend snowmobile crashes in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the crashes happened Friday and Saturday in Calumet, Dunn, Langlade, Iron and Forest counties. In western Wisconsin, a 28-year-old rural Boyceville ...

Shopko to close more stores; IR, Kingsford survive cuts

IRON MOUNTAIN — Struggling retailer Shopko will close numerous locations in the Upper Peninsula — but not its Kingsford and Iron River stores — under an updated list released Wednesday. The Green Bay-based company said it will close almost 70 percent of its stores between now and ...

Suspect in teen’s abduction ordered to stand trial

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl and killing her parents waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday, telling his family, “I love you,” moments after he was ordered to stand trial. Jake Patterson, 21, is accused of killing James and ...

Evers, Republicans offer competing tax cut plans

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers signaled Tuesday that he will kill a Republican tax cut plan for the middle class and unveiled his own proposal, setting the stage for stalemate and raising questions about whether any cuts will ultimately materialize. The GOP proposal calls for tapping ...