State News

Small Plane Ends Up On Its Nose During Reedsburg Landing

Reedsburg police say the 65-year-old pilot of a small plane lost control while landing Saturday afternoon and the aircraft ended up standing on its nose.  The pilot’s name hasn’t been released.  He wasn’t injured and the damage to the Cessna 180 was said to be minor.  The Federal Aviation Administration is handling the investigation.

De Soto Man Injured in Vernon County Crash

On Monday afternoon, April 22, 2019 at 1:42 PM, the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting a single-vehicle crash on County Road UU, rural De Soto, WI in the town of Wheatland, just east of “Victory.”  The operator, David Scott Holm, age 56, of rural De Soto, WI was traveling southeast on More >

Wisconsin Among The States With Highest Decline In Higher Education Funding

Wisconsin has reduced its funding of higher education by more than eight percent over a five-year period ending in 2018.  That means its funding decline is so significant, only Mississippi, Oklahoma and West Virginia have fallen more rapidly.  The national trend shows a 15-percent increase in state spending during the same time period.  The national More >

Man Injured in Motorcycle Accident in Vernon County

On April 19th, 2019, at approximately 5:46 PM a single motorcycle accident occurred on State Highway 162, just east of County Road O, in the township of Bergen.  William J. Hellerud, age 52, was operating a motorcycle eastbound on Highway 162 and lost control due to a piece of wood in the roadway. The motorcycle More >

Marshfield Man Injured in ATV Accident in Vernon County

A Marshfield man was injured in an ATV accident in Vernon County on April 20th.  Aaron Telin was operating his ATV westbound on Irish Ridge Road when the crash occurred.  Telin reports the shoulder was soft and caused the ATV to roll into the ditch.  The ATV rolled and landed on Telin.  Telin was not More >

Census Shows Number Of Women In Agriculture Growing

The U-S Department of Agriculture reports the number of women in that field is growing in Wisconsin.  About 35-percent of all Wisconsin farmers were women as of 2017.  Many of the 40-thousand women counted in the Agriculture Census hold leadership roles.  A change in how farm data is collected plays a role in those statistics, More >

Senator Johnson Wants To Toughen Standard For Asylum Seekers

U-S Senator Ron Johnson says he’s working to toughen the standard for asylum seekers who show up at this country’s southern border.  The Wisconsin Republican says he’d like to see a requirement of a “more than probable chance” they will experience violence or persecution if they return to their home countries.  Right now, if people More >

Wisconsin SeniorCare Program Extended For 10 Years

The federal government has notified the state of Wisconsin its SeniorCare program has been extended for 10 years.  SeniorCare makes prescription drugs available to people 65 and older for between five-and-10 dollars, with no gaps in coverage.  Users pay 30-dollars-a-year.  Members of both parties say the program is a success 17 years after it was More >

DNR Head Questions Why Baiting And Feeding Of Deer Is Allowed

The head of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says someone thinks it is more important to allow baiting and feeding of deer than it is to try to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease.  D-N-R Secretary Preston Cole questions why the practice is still allowed in Wisconsin while the disease is still spreading.  More >

Prosecutor Wanted A Year, Truck Driver Got 60 Days For Fatal Crash

The Columbia County prosecutor wanted a year, but a truck driver who caused a fatal crash was sentenced to 60 days in jail Monday.  Forty-two-year-old Patrick Craft had been accused of texting while driving when he blew through a stop sign and his semi slammed into a van.  Driver Christine Novak suffered fatal injuries in More >