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Wisconsin lawmaker’s daughter charged in opioid death

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The daughter of a Wisconsin legislator was formally charged Thursday with causing the overdose death of a pregnant woman. Cassandra Nygren, 28, of Green Bay was charged in Brown County court with two felony counts of reckless homicide – one by delivering drugs and another involving the death of an More >

Wisconsin unemployment rate ticks up in September

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate ticked up in September, increasing from 3.4 percent to 3.5 percent. The state Department of Workforce Development reported the employment information on Thursday. It remains below the national unemployment rate of 4.2 percent. The state gained 5,900 private sector jobs between August and September. Workforce Development Secretary Ray More >

Bill would make animal sex in Wisconsin a felony

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It would be a felony to have sex with an animal in Wisconsin under a bill circulating in the Legislature. Under current law, having sex with an animal is a misdemeanor. Republican state Rep. Andre Jacque, of De Pere, circulated a bill Thursday to increase the penalty. He referenced a case More >

Wisconsin prison head says more space needed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The head of Wisconsin’s prison system is telling lawmakers that additional capacity is needed to deal with an aging and growing inmate population. Department of Corrections Secretary Jon Litscher tells a Senate committee Thursday that since he took over in March 2016 the inmate population has increased by 700, or 35 More >

Lt. Governor Kleefisch Recognizes Rest Area Maintenance Workers, 30-year Anniversary of Rest Area Maintenance Program

During a visit to Rest Area 10 near Mauston Thursday, Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch recognized workers associated with the state’s 30-year-old Rest Area Maintenance (RAM) program.  Since 1987, the RAM program has provided employment opportunities to workers with disabilities who enhance public safety and the state’s tourism industry by handling maintenance duties at Wisconsin’s More >

Elm Street Railroad Crossing Closes for Repairs

Beginning this afternoon, the Elm Street Railroad Crossing in the City of Mauston will be closed for repairs. According to the City of Mauston, it is anticipated that the crossing will be reopening Saturday.

Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train Schedule Released; Stops in the Area

All aboard! The Canadian Pacific Railroad’s Holiday Train is gearing up for its 19th annual journey from Canada into the United States, and it will be coming through the area again. The Holiday train will pass through Wisconsin Dells (3:00pm-3:30pm), Mauston (4:25pm-4:55pm), Tomah (5:35pm-6:05pm), Sparta (7:00pm-7:30pm), and La Crosse (9:00pm-9:30pm) on Monday, December 4. The More >

No Injuries in Truck vs. Cow Accident

No injuries were reported in a vehicle versus cow accident Wednesday evening in Vernon County. Sheriff John B. Spears said 53-year-old Andrew D. Segel of rural LaFarge was operating a pickup truck eastbound on State Highway 82 in the Town of Stark when he struck a cow in the road. The animal owner was later More >

Driver Identified in Fatal Crash, Other Driver Faces OWI Charge

Authorities have released the name of a Hillsboro man who died in a head-on collision in Iowa County last Friday. A eastbound red sedan, driven by 53-year-old Kelly Johnsrud of Muscoda deviated into the westbound lane of traffic and struck an oncoming pickup truck, driven by 38-year-old Kevin Kaltenberg. Court records show that Johnsrud had More >

Search for missing boater now a recovery mission

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say the search for a missing boater in a Waukesha County lake is now a recovery mission. First responders went to Upper Nashotah Lake Wednesday afternoon after someone reported distress calls coming from the water near Seminary Ridge in Delafield. Officers found a capsized sailboat with no one in sight. WTMJ-TV reports More >