State won’t investigate failure of theme park ride

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (AP) — The state won’t investigate the failure of a ride at a Wisconsin Dells theme park. Earlier this month, a large cable snapped on the Catapult ride just seconds before it was supposed to launch two people into the air at Mount Olympus Water and Theme Park. The state Department of More >

Media advocates: Law doesn’t need changes for body cameras

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Media advocates are arguing that Wisconsin’s open records law doesn’t need a substantial rewrite to address police body camera videos. A panel addressed the issue during a state Department of Justice summit examining whether the law needs to be updated to reflect changes in technology. Attorney General Brad Schimel began the More >

Ex-secretary criticizes Wisconsin agency’s reorganization

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former leader of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the agency’s new reorganization plan won’t fix its problems. On Tuesday, the agency launched a reorganization to divide protection for water quality between two divisions and leave other environmental protection programs in a “business support” division. George Meyer is the More >

Fatal Accident in Adams County

One person is dead after a single vehicle accident in Adams County Tuesday afternoon. Sheriff Sam Wollin said the accident occurred on 2nd Avenue about .3 miles south of County Highway I in the Town of Jackson. Investigation revealed 29-year-old Jason Brenning of Oxford was southbound on 2nd Avenue when the vehicle he was driving More >

Mauston Common Council Approves Roosevelt Street Repairs

The Mauston Common Council approved going ahead with Roosevelt Street repairs. The council approved a contract with D.L. Gasser Construction in the amount of $33,865 at its meeting on Tuesday night. The project would mill off existing asphalt as needed for a two inch overlay and clean up so when Shopko opens it will all More >

Sauk County Authorities Locate Missing Juvenile

Tips and social media helped Sauk County authorities find a runaway girl in another state. The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office said in a release, 16-year-old Sauk County girl was reported as a runaway July 21. The girl had run away with her 19-year-old boyfriend Cody L. Fry. A child abuse injunction prohibited Fry from having More >

Western Offers Welding Skills Institute in Mauston

Western Technical College is offering a Welding Skills Institute as part of the manufacturing career pathway options available at the college. The institute is a 14-week intensive program, which provides basic skills in Gas Tungsten Arc welding, blueprint reading, and math. Four credits are transferable into the welding technical diploma program. The institute will be More >

City, county votes on Bucks arena expected in coming weeks

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The plan for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena now shifts to the local level. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett expects the Common Council to vote on its portion of the funding plan by early September. The city is asked to contribute $47 million by providing a parking structure and tax incremental financing. More >

White House Christmas tree from NE Wisconsin

OCONTO, Wis. (AP) — A tree from northeast Wisconsin will take center stage at the White House for the 2016 holiday season. Whispering Pines Tree Farm in Oconto says it has won the National Christmas Tree Association’s competition. That means a tree from Whispering Pines will be on display in the Blue Room of the More >

Investigators cite FAA lack of guidance in midair collision

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Aviation investigators say a lack of guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration and improper training were significant factors in the midair collision of two skydiving planes over northwestern Wisconsin about two years ago. The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded its investigation into the November 2013 collision over Superior. All nine More >