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Wisconsin DNR to close fourth wolf hunt zone

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin officials are poised to close a fourth wolf hunting zone. The Department of Natural Resources plans to close Zone 5, an oval-shaped area in west-central Wisconsin, at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Hunters had killed 14 wolves in that zone as of Sunday, six shy of the zone’s limit. The agency has already More >

GOP accuses Happ of going easy on bomb builder

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republicans are accusing Democratic attorney general hopeful Susan Happ of letting a pipe bomb builder get off scot-free. Happ currently serves as the Jefferson County district attorney. The GOP and allies have been digging through her records looking for cases that they say show she’s lenient on criminals. On Friday the party More >

9 arrested in child sex trafficking sting

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say nine people have been arrested in a child sex trafficking sting in the Eau Claire area. Investigators say they posed as children online looking for sex, or as an adult wanting to traffic a child for sex. Police say the nine were arrested Thursday and Friday. A news More >

6 generations celebrate in Rhinelander

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) – A 100-year-old Rhinelander woman and her family are celebrating a generational milestone. Bea Kofler got acquainted with her great-great-great grandson at her senior living center Sunday where her family had gathered. Kofler says holding nine-day-old Mason Borowski is almost overwhelming, but a great feeling. Kofler grew up in Milwaukee and later moved More >

Early voting begins in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Voters hoping to avoid lines at the polls Election Day can cast their ballots early. Municipal clerks across Wisconsin will accept ballots beginning Monday. Early voting hours generally run from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. weekdays, however local clerks can set their own hours within those perimeters. Early voting ends Oct. More >

Construction workers needed for landmark building

MILWAUKEE (AP) – It will take plenty of construction workers to build Northwestern Mutual’s new 32-story building in downtown Milwaukee. On Monday, a job fair will be held to recruit those workers to build the office tower which is expected to be completed in 2017. Milwaukee Common Council President Michael Murphy says trade groups will be More >

Wisconsin couple sentenced in Iowa meth case

ELKADER, Iowa (AP) – A Wisconsin couple has been sentenced to five years in prison after Clayton County authorities discovered a methamphetamine manufacturing operation at their Iowa home. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports ( ) 34-year-old Jesse Lutz and 32-year-old Shara Lutz previously faced harsher sentences because their 7-year-old son lived in the home. The More >

Historian to retrace Nicolet’s journey

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin historian is set to retrace French explorer Jean Nicolet’s travels this week. Patrick Jung, an associate history professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, will give a presentation on Nicolet on Tuesday at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison. The presentation is part of the museum’s series of noon lectures More >

Wisconsin man bikes to raise pipeline awareness

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) – An 80-year-old Wisconsin man is riding his bicycle across 16 counties in the state to raise awareness about a proposed Enbridge Energy oil pipeline and call for greater transparency around the project. WDIO-TV reports ( ) Bruce Noble is biking through counties where the Canada-based company’s crude oil Pipeline 61 could be More >

Report: Milwaukee officer’s firing was rare step

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A report says a Milwaukee police officer who killed a mentally ill man in a park is apparently the first Milwaukee officer fired as a result of a fatal on-duty shooting in at least 45 years. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports ( that the two officers criminally charged in fatal shootings since 1968 More >