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La Crosse Man Accused Of Raping Disabled Women

A 40-year-old La Crosse man is accused of raping a woman with cognitive disabilities.  Karl Stoy is being held in the La Crosse County Jail after the incident last week.  Stoy has admitted the sex act.  The woman told investigators she wanted to have sex with him, but her care providers say her disability makes More >

Blueberry Harvesting Season Starts In NE Wisconsin

Blueberry producers are hoping for a big crop in northeastern Wisconsin.  This has been a challenging growing season for the crop.  Blizzard Evelyn deposited 33 inches of snow one farm near Navarino in Shawano County.  The weather went from extremely cold, causing some die-off issues, to extreme heat on Memorial Day.  Blueberry picking is expected More >

No Plastic Straw” Movement Good For Specialty Paper Mills

Business is picking up for Expera Specialty Solutions in Kaukauna.  With chains like Starbucks and McDonalds moving away from plastic straws, specialty paper mills are answering the challenge.  A spokesperson for Expera says people actually used paper straws before they used plastic ones.  Communities which ban plastic bags and bottles are also beneficial.  Expera has More >

Explosion Kills Firefighter, Injures At Least 14 Others in Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie police say the Tuesday evening explosion in the city’s downtown area killed one firefighter, critically injured another and destroyed several buildings.  The first explosion was reported shortly after 7:00 P-M.  The most recent update lists 15 people injured, including the dead firefighter and a second firefighter in critical condition.  A search-and-rescue operation turned More >

Spring Frost Blamed For Cranberry, Tart Cherry Production Drops

A fruit crop specialist with the University of Wisconsin Extension says declines in the state’s 2017 cranberry and tart cherry harvest can be blamed on a spring frost.  Amaya Atucha says the weather was at the heart of a 12 percent decline in cranberry production and a 17 percent decline in Wisconsin’s tart cherry production More >

Wisconsin Soybean Farmers About To Lose More Money To Tariff Battle

One of the main U-S crops affected by new foreign tariffs will be soybeans.  China retaliated against tariffs imposed by the Trump administration with its own tariffs on 34-billion dollars’ worth of American products.  Wisconsin soybean farmers face more losses in a market already putting many of them out of business.  Low prices for dairy More >

Rapids Police Look For Armed Robbers

Wisconsin Rapids police are looking for two armed robbers who stuck up a Little Caesar’s Pizza restaurant Sunday morning.  An employee tells police two men walked in at about 11:15 A-M, with one of them showing a handgun and demanding money.  They ran away from the location with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Police say More >

Protesters March Outside Dodge County Jail

Protesters outside the Dodge County Jail over the weekend said they are trying very hard to change immigration laws.  The group from Madison was in Juneau to rally against the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.  The Dodge County facility has a contract with ICE to serve as a detention facility.  The weekend protesters say More >

Madison Police Investigate Video Showing Falling TV Narrowly Missing Woman

Madison police want to know more about an incident posted on Instagram.  Two videos show a falling television narrowly missing a woman who was walking by.  The T-V had been thrown from an upper-floor balcony and it shattered when it hit the concrete below.  Police think the incident happened at a fraternity last weekend.  The More >

Driver Involved In Accident Initially Tells Police He Was Just Jogging By

A 19-year-old driver ran from the scene of a single-car accident on Madison’s east side Tuesday night.  He initially told investigating officers he had been jogging in the area and wasn’t involved in the accident.  Police say he lost control of his car, over-corrected to avoid another vehicle, hit the shoulder of the road and More >