State News

Former St. Paul priest charged in Wisconsin case

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) – A former Minnesota priest incarcerated for molesting two boys from his St. Paul parish is facing new charges in Wisconsin. Curtis Wehmeyer is accused of having sexual contact with a teenager while the boy was unconscious in Chippewa County. A criminal complaint says the boy told investigators that Wehmeyer gave More >

Wisconsin would join electric car tax trend

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on electric and hybrid vehicles if the proposed $50 annual charge put forward by the Department of Transportation becomes law. The proposal must win approval in the Legislature and be signed by Gov. Scott Walker before becoming law. The new fee would More >

Experts voice concern over Fox River proposal

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Some experts are concerned that a plan to allow boats to bypass a lock on the Fox River will further the spread of invasive species. The Fox River Navigational System Authority has proposed a $3.8 million transfer station that will remove invasive species that attach to boats and allow them to move around More >

24-year-old Rice Lake man looks toward Legislature

RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) – A 24-year-old who served on the Rice Lake City Council and as mayor when he was only a teen is now joining the Wisconsin Legislature. Romaine Quinn says he believes his age is an advantage because he can relate to younger voters in ways many others cannot. He says he can More >

MATC to build $15.6M culinary training center

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Madison Area Technical College is adding a $15.6 million culinary training center at its campus in Truax to serve students seeking degrees and food lovers who want to improve their cooking skills. The Wisconsin State Journal ( ) reports leftover funds from the school’s $133.7 million referendum will be used to More >

Victims of Fond du Lac Co. crash identified

FOND du LAC, Wis. (AP) – The victims of a fatal rollover crash in Fond du Lac County have been identified. Sheriff’s officials say Brandon Mans and Ari Ebling-Hopf died when the driver lost control on a curve in the Town of Forest and rolled over in a farm field Sunday. Both were 19 and from More >

Human remains found in rubble of tree stand fire

MEDFORD, Wis. (AP) – Taylor County sheriff’s officials say human remains have been found in the rubble of a tree stand fire. The sheriff’s department was notified about a missing person after a 52-year-old Medford man failed to meet two others to go hunting. Medford police officers and sheriff’s deputies began a search for the More >

2 people killed in Manitowoc Co. identified

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) – Manitowoc County sheriff’s officials have identified the victims of a weekend highway crash. Authorities say 21-year-old Andrew Preston, of Whitelaw, and 23-year-old Casey Schamburek, of Reedsville, died when their vehicle left county Highway K in the Town of Maple Grove early Saturday and struck a tree. WOMT radio reports both victims More >

DNR reminds hunters caps must be 50 percent orange

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources is reminding gun deer hunters their caps must be at least 50 percent blaze orange. A 1980 state law requires that hunters’ hats must be half blaze orange. The DNR says wardens sometimes come across hunters with caps that don’t meet the requirement and others with More >

Not guilty plea in death of toddler

WAUPACA, Wis. (AP) – A Waupaca man has pleaded not guilty to causing the death of his 2-year-old stepson. Twenty-eight-year-old Joseph Jackson is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the boy’s death. A criminal complaint says Jackson told investigators he held the boy face down on a bed to try to get the boy to More >