Van Hollen: Gay marriage isn’t a fundamental right

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause doesn’t cover sexual orientation the same way it does gender discrimination and there’s no fundamental right for gay couples to marry. Van Hollen made his arguments in a brief filed Wednesday with a federal appeals court in Chicago. He is asking More >

Walker, Burke still tied in new Marquette poll

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows Gov. Scott Walker in a dead heat with Democratic challenger Mary Burke. The poll released Wednesday showed Walker with 46 percent among registered voters, compared with 45 percent for Burke. That is within the poll’s 3.5 percent margin of error. Among likely voters, Burke leads More >

Sara Lee recalls smoked sausage over allergen

NEW LONDON, Wis. (AP) – Sara Lee Food service in New London, Wisconsin, is recalling 41 tons of smoked sausage due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the product was made with an ingredient called hydrolyzed soy protein, a known allergen that wasn’t listed on the label. The product is More >

Federal declaration requested for winter damage

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker is asking the federal government to help eight Wisconsin counties recover from infrastructure damage caused by the severe winter weather. Walker has requested a federal disaster declaration to help pay for about $11 million in damage to broken water mains and frozen water towers due to the extreme More >

Appeals court asks unnamed parties for information

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal appeals court is asking two unnamed parties related to an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign and other conservative groups to explain why they are entitled to remain anonymous. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday asked the unnamed parties to address that in briefs due More >

Women say restaurateur drugged them, took photos

CEDARBURG, Wis. (AP) – A man who owns an Ozaukee County restaurant is being investigated anew on allegations that he drugged women’s drinks, took nude photos of the women and sexually assaulted at least one person. Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities raided the man’s Wauwatosa home and Cedarburg restaurant. A search warrant filed Monday More >

Recent Births at Mile Bluff Medical Center

Recent Births at Mile Bluff Medical Center, Mauston, include the following:              Melanie Guski and Jared Sorenson of Elroy are the parents of a baby girl, Jaimee Marie Kathleen Sorenson, born July 13 at Mile Bluff Medical Center in Mauston.  She weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20 ½ More >

Wisconsin Vehicular Homicide Convict Remains Free

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) – A 28-year-old Wisconsin Dells man convicted of vehicular homicide has been spared jail time. The Baraboo News Republic reports ( ) a judge ruled Casey Wright guilty but not mentally responsible for the death of Lisa Mikec. He will remain free, but must receive treatment for mental illness. In a sentencing hearing Tuesday, More >

OWI Citation for an Illinois Man

An Illinois man was cited for operating a motor boat while intoxicated. Last Saturday, Juneau county authorities stopped a boat on the Castle Rock Flowage because of a boating violation of letting passengers riding on the back of the rear gunwale.  When an officer approached the driver of the boat, 28-year-old Aaron Scheibe, he could More >

Nominations Sought For Juneau County FSA Committee

The Juneau County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is looking to expand the pool of candidates that will run for the three-year terms on the farmer-elected County Office Committee.  Anyone who is a landowner, operator, tenant, or share- cropper on a farm is eligible to complete a nomination form and be on the slate of nominees.  More >