State News

Barron County father arrested in child’s death

HAUGEN, Wis. (AP) — Barron County sheriff’s investigators are recommending reckless homicide charges against the father of a 3-month-old child who died last July. The 31-year-old man is being held in the Barron County Jail while the district attorney reviews the case. First responders were called to a home in Haugen on a report of More >

Kwik Trip plans $300 million capital investment

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Kwik Trip is planning to make a $300 million capital investment to support its convenience store chain. Plans by the La Crosse-based retailer include a $113 million bakery plant, expanding its dairy manufacturing facility, kitchen operations and transportation fleet. The investment is expected to create more than 300 jobs in More >

Court: Gannett not liable for newspaper carrier’s driving

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court says media giant Gannett isn’t responsible for injuries one of its carriers allegedly caused in a traffic accident. According to court documents, Gannett carrier Mark Reisen was delivering papers in Manitowoc County on Thanksgiving Day in 2014 when his truck crashed into a vehicle, injuring Maranda Lafrombois. More >

Teacher on paid leave following social media posts

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) — An Ashland elementary school teacher has been suspended because of a social media post about the fatal shooting of a Native American student by a sheriff’s deputy. Ashland Superintendent Keith Hilts says the posts by Ojibwe language instructor Sandra Gokee were defamatory and inflammatory. KBJR-TV reports the superintendent says Gokee’s messages have created More >

Republicans say Democratic governor could block Foxconn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers are raising concerns that a Democratic governor could jeopardize a recently signed $3 billion deal with Foxconn Technology Group. Chairmen of the Legislature’s jobs and economic development committees on Tuesday said in a statement that electing a Democrat as governor puts the Foxconn contract at risk. Democratic candidates More >

Democratic lawmakers tour Wisconsin juvenile prisons

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Two Democratic members of the Wisconsin Assembly have toured the state’s troubled juvenile prison. Democratic Minority Leader Gordon Hintz and Rep. David Bowen toured the Lincoln Hills prison north of Wausau on Monday. WAOW-TV reports that they also met privately with a group of current and former workers there. The tour comes amid More >

Contractor hurt when Wisconsin house being built explodes

LODI, Wis. (AP) — A contractor was injured when a new home under construction exploded in southern Wisconsin. A 911 caller reported to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office that the home had exploded just before 10 a.m. Tuesday. The odor of LP gas was detected about two hours earlier. The house was ventilated, and a More >

Score fluctuations mar latest Wisconsin school report card

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Unusually high fluctuations in scores for more than 150 Wisconsin schools and two dozen districts threw into question their school report card results released Tuesday. The scores of 162 schools and 24 districts were flagged for parents, teachers, community members and others who look them up. It is unclear whether the More >

Oshkosh man pleads guilty to providing drugs in fatal OD

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say an Oshkosh man has pleaded guilty to providing drugs to a woman who died of an overdose. Eastern Wisconsin U.S. Attorney Gregory Haanstad says 40-year-old Anthony Chaplin pleaded guilty Monday to distributing fentanyl and methamphetamine resulting in death. In his guilty plea, Chaplin admitted that he sold More >

Wausau man charged with fatally shooting friend

TOMAHAWK, Wis. (AP) — Court records say a Wausau man hatched a plan to kill his friend during his lunch break the day of the deadly shooting in Tomahawk. Thirty-two-year-old Eric Moen is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of 52-year-old Charles Ramp at the victim’s home Thursday evening. WAOW-TV ( ) reports police More >