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Heavy rains slow Wisconsin timber harvest

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s logging industry is struggling to harvest wood because of the wet summer, leaving loggers with less money while they wait for work during better weather. The last three months are among the five wettest on record in the state, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information, Wisconsin Public Radio More >

Coast Guard rescues 4 during annual boat race

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued four people from a capsized boat on Lake Michigan during the annual Chicago Yacht Club Race. The Coast Guard says the four were clinging to the vessel’s hull and only two were wearing life jackets when rescued Sunday off the lakeshore community of Fox Point More >

Biologist Researching Growing Rice Commercially in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Marquette University biology professor is researching the possibility of growing rice commercially in Wisconsin, despite the state’s seasonally cold temperatures. Native American tribes have been growing wild rice in Wisconsin for generations, but growing rice commercially is a different challenge, associate professor of biology Michael Schlappi told Wisconsin Public Radio ( More >

Ship Hits Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge in Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A ship has struck a bridge in Green Bay and flattened a small boat. USA Today Network-Wisconsin ( reports that the incident occurred Sunday afternoon. The state Department of Transportation says lanes are blocked on the Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge due to a marine bridge strike. The notification says the More >

Sheriff: Marquette County house explodes, 2 people injured

MONTELLO, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin sheriff says a home in rural Marquette County has exploded, injuring multiple people. Marquette County Sheriff Kim Gaffney tells WISC-TV ( that the incident occurred Sunday morning. Gaffney says deputies found the residents outside with injuries that weren’t life threatening. It wasn’t immediately clear how many people were hurt. More >

Competitors to gather for Lumberjack World Championships

HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) — Competitors are expected to gather in northern Wisconsin for the annual Lumberjack World Championships this week. The gathering in Hayward will showcase more than 20 events for world records in areas such as logrolling, chopping and pole climb. Over 100 competitors are set to vie for more than $50,000 in prize More >

Police Seeking Suspects in Death of Milwaukee Man

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Police say they are seeking suspects in the death of a Milwaukee man. Milwaukee police say the man was killed Saturday outside of a residence on the 3700 block of North 13th Street. Authorities say the man was shot under circumstances that remain under investigation. Police didn’t immediately identify the victim of More >

Kenosha Sheriff’s Office: Officials Working on Flood Effects

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department says emergency management officials are continuing to respond to the effects of last week’s flooding. The department said Sunday that the American Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Salem Grade School. The Red Cross is offering resources including counselors. The county health department has More >

Police: 1 Dead, 1 Injured in Milwaukee Shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Police say a 30-year-old man was killed and a 29-year-old woman was wounded in a shooting on Milwaukee’s northwest side. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reports that the shooting was reported shortly after 6 p.m. Friday. Police say the man died at the scene and the woman was taken to a hospital More >

$7 million civil award to family of woman killed by police

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal jury has awarded the family of a woman killed by two Madison police officers $7 million in damages after finding the officers used unreasonable force. The civil lawsuit against the officers was brought by relatives of 26-year-old Ashley DiPiazza. The Dane County district attorney had previously cleared the officers, More >