Wisconsin Green Beret killed in Afghanistan

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) — The Green Beret who was killed by an explosive in Afghanistan this week was raised in the Milwaukee area. The Defense Department says Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Thompson died Tuesday in the southern province of Helmand. Thompson’s family lives in Brookfield where he graduated from high school in 2006. His wife, Rachel Thompson, More >

Not guilty pleas entered on behalf of man accused of dragging dog with a vehicle

CRANDON, Wis. (AP) — A judge has entered not-guilty pleas on behalf of a northeastern Wisconsin man accused of dragging his dog with a vehicle. Seventy-five-year-old James Merschdorf of Wabeno stood mute at his first court appearance Wednesday. Merschdorf faces misdemeanor charges of mistreating animals and intentionally leading an animal from a car. WAOW-TV reports no trial More >

Routine patrol finds baby alone in bar parking lot, father charged

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Sun Prairie man has been ordered to have no unsupervised contact with his infant daughter after he was accused of leaving her in the car while he visited a tavern. A Town of Madison police officer discovered the 4-month-old girl in the parking lot of Pitcher’s Pub last weekend and broke More >

2016 Fall Town & Village Workshops

The UW-Extension Local Government Center is coordinating several workshops designed for new and experienced town and village board members, clerks and treasurers that include presentations on legislative updates, connecting with the public on over tough issues, bidding basics, dos and don’ts of closed sessions and much more. The workshops will be in September in different More >

Mauston PD Warns Residents About Library Scam

From the Mauston Police Department: Recently area residents have received phone calls from someone claiming to be from the Library. The caller states the resident needs to provide them with money for a late book. The Library communicates by mail not through phone calls. If you have any questions please contact the Mauston Police Department, More >

Donations Sought for Downtown Tomah Low-Income Veterans Housing

The Veterans Assistance Foundation, Inc. is searching for community partners to help renovate the 11 apartments on the second floor above the “G.I. Need That” veterans resale store and the “Cup ‘O Joe” coffee shop and community center located at 1118 Superior Avenue, Tomah, WI.  The 11 apartments will house low-income area veterans.  Currently, support More >

New Lisbon Approves Expected Tax Levy at Annual School District Meeting

The New Lisbon School District held its annual meeting on Monday. School Board Treasurer Jeff Neitzel reported the Fund 10 balance beginning 2015-2016 year at $1,556,931 and ending fund balance remaining the same. The voters then approved the expected tax levy at $3,632,334, as was recommended in the school district’s budget for the 2016-2017 school More >

Man accused of setting restaurant fire after luring children

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — An 18-year-old man is accused of luring four children under age 10 into an apartment above a vacant Green Bay restaurant, assaulting two of them and setting the building on fire. Jesus Castilloveitia-Quinton is facing five criminal charges, including child abuse and arson. WBAY-TV ( ) reports Castilloveitia-Quinton told police the More >

Medical examiner: 2-year-old dies after fall from window

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office says a 2-year-old has died after falling from a window at a Milwaukee home. Authorities released no other details on how the child died Tuesday afternoon. Neighbor Barbara Gates says the boy’s family was searching for him when they realized he was stuck in the window. Another neighbor, More >

Wisconsin ACT scores drop below national average

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s average score on the ACT college entrance exam dropped below the national average in the first year that all graduating seniors took the test. Wisconsin’s average 20.5 score is below the national average of 20.8. The state score is down 1.7 points from last year when 73 percent of seniors took More >