State News

Fatal Falls Among Wisconsin’s Elderly Population Numerous

Wisconsin leads the nation in a dubious category — the number of fatal falls among its elderly residents.  The Wisconsin Department of Health Services points to a growing elderly population, lifestyle hazards and better reporting of incidents for the nearly 14-hundred people over 65 who accidentally fell to their death in the most recent year.  More >

Ceremony Celebrates Wisconsin’s Ratification Of The 19th Amendment

A Monday ceremony at the Wisconsin Capitol celebrated the 100th anniversary of the state’s ratification of the 19th Amendment.  Wisconsin was the first state to vote to give women the right to vote.  It took more than a year to get the 36 states needed to ratify it, opening the doors at polling places to More >

Conservative Group Calls Out Republican Lawmakers For Per-Mile Fee

Normally, they’re on the same page.  The conservative group Americans for Prosperity in Wisconsin is calling out Republican lawmakers for a proposal to raise revenue for roads.  Group spokesman Eric Bott says the per-mile fee on drivers is basically a tax.  Republicans rejected the governor’s idea of hiking the Wisconsin fuel tax.  The per-mile fee More >

Shopko Workers Seek Promised Severance Payments

A group of Shopko workers has signed a letter asking for the severance payments they were originally promised when the company filed for bankruptcy.  A federal judge approved the retailer’s plan to phase out its operations last week and that sets things up for the remaining stores to close by the end of the month.  More >

State Budget Work Could Be Wrapped Up This Week

There’s still work to be done, but the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee could complete work on the two-year Wisconsin state budget this week.  The spending plan would then advance to the state Assembly and Senate.  The committee still has to put the finishing touches on possible tax cuts and how much money to dedicate to More >

New Transportation Plan Could Mean Bigger Fees On Wisconsin Drivers

The final version of a state transportation plan would give the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee the authority to add millions of dollars in fees.  All leaders in Wisconsin state government are trying to come up with new ways to pay for road construction and maintenance.  The Republican plan passed by the committee last week could More >

Property Crime Rate Growing In La Crosse

The property crime rate in La Crosse is growing rapidly over the last 10 years.  One online report ranks the western Wisconsin city 24th in the nation for the rapid increase — up 14 percent between 2008 and 2017.  La Crosse police say many times the offender is looking for quick money to pay for More >

Tractor Thief Arrested in Vernon County

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the arrest of Daniel P. Sandvick age 55 of rural Desoto on burglary and obstructing an officer charges.   On May 17, 2019 the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office received a report of some farm equipment taken from a farm on Gardner road in Vernon County.   On May More >

Kickapoo School Threat Suspect Apprehended Suspended

On the evening of June 4th, the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Kickapoo Area School District regarding a threats letter that was found that afternoon in a classroom. The School identified a person of interest.  Vernon County Sheriff Deputies were at the school prior to the start of school on June More >

Evers Says He Will Veto 4 Abortion Bills Passed By Lawmakers

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has promised to veto the four abortion-related bills passed by the state Senate Wednesday.  Republican backers don’t have the votes they need to override if he does.  One bill touches on the rare times a baby is born alive during an abortion attempt.  Democrats like Evers say existing laws already cover More >