State News

Suicide attempts increase at juvenile prison in Wisconsin

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — La Crosse County officials are considering structural changes at the county’s juvenile prison after a spike in suicide attempts. Thirteen juveniles have attempted suicide this year at the center, nearly twice as many as in all of 2016, the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/2pCrAcj) reported. “Absolutely, it’s very concerning,” said Mandy More >

Draft horses get back to work in Wisconsin farms, forests

MEDFORD, Wis. (AP) — Powerful and versatile draft horses are being used in Wisconsin to help a cellphone company upgrade its towers among other jobs in the fields and forests. Draft horses can get in and out of spaces some vehicles can’t because the animals are agile and lightweight compared with trucks or tractors, Milwaukee More >

Barron County puts initial tornado damage estimate at $10M

CHETEK, Wis. (AP) — The Barron County Sheriff’s Department has released initial damage estimates from a tornado that tore through the Chetek area of northwestern Wisconsin last week. The department said Sunday that the storm damaged 231 homes and four commercial properties across the county, though those numbers are likely to change. The storm caused More >

Bench, flower garden dedicated in memory of slain trooper

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A bench and flower garden in memory of a rookie Wisconsin state trooper fatally shot by a bank robbery suspect in 2015 has been dedicated at the spot where he died. The Fond du Lac Reporter (http://fondul.ac/2q7TaJJ ) reports that more than 300 people gathered Saturday near the site More >

Decades-old, iconic deli up for sale in Madison

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An iconic, toy-filled deli is for sale in Madison after being in business for more than four decades. The real estate agent for Ella’s Deli and Ice Cream Parlor told the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/2qwDAcv ) that the owners hope the deli continues to operate as it has for 41 years. More >

Wisconsin woman accused of dragging officer before car chase

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed charges against an 18-year-old Wisconsin woman accused of dragging an officer alongside a car before leading police on a chase. Mariah M. Czappa faces charges of fleeing an officer and endangering public safety for the encounter with Nekoosa police May 14. USA Today Network-Wisconsin reports (http://wrtnews.co/2qFPKSE ) More >

UW considers settling with UW-Oshkosh foundation creditors

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System officials confirm the state is considering a settlement with the creditors of financially-troubled UW-Oshkosh Foundation. The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2qEGNqt ) reports the private foundation doesn’t have enough cash to cover $14.5 million in debt. Regent Michael Grebe says a potential agreement would protect UW System assets if More >

Large Dairy Farm Developers Turn to Wisconsin Supreme Court

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The owners of a proposed large-scale dairy farm in Wood County have asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that blocked the project. Golden Sands Dairy maintains it has rights to use most of its 6,400 acres for growing crops and manure spreading because the land was zoned unrestricted More >

Storms Produce Weak Tornadoes in SE Minnesota, W Wisconsin

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The National Weather Service says storms that swept through southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin on Wednesday included three weak tornadoes but caused no injuries. The weather service office in La Crosse says two EF0 tornadoes with winds of 65 mph touched down in Wabasha County of Minnesota. One left a More >

Madison deploys civilians to shooting scene for first time

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A community response team made up of trained civilians in Madison was sent to its first crime scene this week. The team responded Tuesday to help a man who had been wounded in a shooting. WKOW-TV (http://bit.ly/2qvp32B ) reports that Mayor Paul Soglin said the deployment came after months of discussions More >