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Wisconsin unemployment rate lowest since 1999

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is the lowest since 1999. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that the unemployment rate of 3.2 percent in November was down 0.2 percentage points from October. The national unemployment rate in November was 4.1 percent. The state rate is the lowest it’s been since November More >

Former Wisconsin prosecutor gets jail time in sex case

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) — A former Jackson County district attorney accused of posting bonds for women and paying for their drugs in exchange for sexual favors has been sentenced to 25 days in jail. The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports that 64-year-old James C. Ritland was sentenced Wednesday. He’s been a lawyer in Black River Falls More >

Wisconsin police chief resigns amid misconduct allegations

OWEN, Wis. (AP) — A central Wisconsin police chief accused of abusing his power and misusing public resources has resigned. Owen Mayor Charles Milliren confirmed that Andrew Schade submitted his resignation on Wednesday. The Owen City Council had ordered an investigation into Schade after suspecting that he had failed to enforce city, county and state More >

Inmate Found Dead in Adams County Jail

An inmate has died in the Adams County Jail. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office said in a release that 35-year-old David E. Lasko of Wisconsin Dells was found by jail staff in his cell in the morning of December 16 and was unresponsive. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy has been More >

Slender Man Defendant Will Be In Mental Hospital For 25 Years

(Waukesha, WI)  —  A Waukesha County Circuit Judge has sentenced one of the two so-called “Slender Man” defendants to a mental hospital for 25 years. Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser lured a classmate to a wooded area near Milwaukee three years ago and Geyser stabbed her 19 times. Payton Leutner survived. Weier had pleaded guilty More >

Mauston School Board Approves Provision of Supplemental Compensation for 2017-2018

The Mauston School Board approved the collective bargaining agreement between the Mauston School District and the Mauston Education Association (MEA) and a provision of supplemental compensation for the 2017-2018 contract year to eligible employees at its meeting Monday night. The provision would bring employees who had their salaries frozen in the past up to where More >

Mailbox Vandalism Incident in Vernon County

There was a series of mailbox vandalism in Vernon County Tuesday night. Vernon County officials say the areas of reported damage are County Road SS, County Road T, Lone Oak Lane, Walnut Lane, Ridgeview Lane, Lyster Road, Green Acres Road, Cowden Road, and Old Highway 14. These roads are in the areas of Westby, Viroqua, More >

One Party Sentenced in 2015 Tomah Hotel Murder

One of two people involved in the murder of a man in a Tomah hotel room in 2015 will spend the next 13 years behind bars. Monroe County Judge Todd Zielger sentenced 23-year-old Sebastian Martinez Wednesday afternoon. Martinez pled no contest in May to charges of armed robbery with the use of force and aiding More >

New Lisbon Mayor Announces “Mayor’s Choice” for Christmas Decorations

New Lisbon Mayor Lloyd Chase has announced his “Mayor’s Choice” picks for Christmas decorations. “Mayor’s Choice” for overall decorations goes to the Cheery 4-H Club for their first year of decorations in Riverside Park. There are 15 displays by businesses and organizations in the community. The “Mayor’s Choice” for best use of lights goes to More >

Marquis Energy-Wisconsin donates $25,000 to the Village of Necedah

NECEDAH, WI – Marquis Energy Wisconsin LLC made a $25,000 donation to the Village of Necedah to give back to the citizens in the town and improve the city for years to come. “Our company is fortunate to be located in Necedah, WI, with great logistics, government and townspeople,” says Mark Marquis, CEO. “We hope More >