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Wisconsin roundup: Walker says Trump could tone down the rhetoric; thousands remain without power; 10 more state news stories
A bridge coming together
It’s not just the heat: Crops increase humidity
Tuber rescued on Apple River in Somerset
Wisconsin roundup: Hudson area struck by power outages as heat turns up; church admits wrongdoing; seven more state news stories
crime and courts
How has the past affected today’s outdoors heritage?
A good time to be a monster musky
U9 soccer champs in Chaska
Bob Burrows In the Front Row: Here's to days at the ballpark with Dad
Hudson lacrosse to play for state title
VIDEO: St. Croix County Fair opens its gates
St. Croix County Fair: Extreme heat prompts animal check-in process changes
RiverFest celebrates the St. Croix in Hudson
Daybreak Rotary names two essay winners
Sniffing out a winner: Regional K-9 trials to be held in Hudson
arts and entertainment
NAME CHANGE HEARING: Case No. 16-Cv-260, Brian Eggert II
FORECLOSURE: FNC Bank v. Eric J. Frank, et al; Case No. 15-CV-530
PROBATE ORDER: Clark G. Anderson Estate; Case No. 16-PR-48
NOTICE TO CREDITORS: Ethelyn Rose Callahan Estate; Case No. 16PR49
NOTICE TO CREDITORS: Cary J. Halverson Estate: Case No. 16PR45
Carol Johnson, 66
Karen L. Rada, 77
Carol Johnson, 66
Dolores Ellen Boumeester, 81
Frank P. Marino, 74
Our View: Congratulations to the Hudson High class of 2016
Randy's Ramblings: Quitting the circus, or goodbye to show business
Editorial: Courts get it right for newspapers, public
Our View: State still among worst for drunken driving
Day by Day: To everything there is a season, but this has been a touch spring
Real Estate Showcase
July 8, 2016
Report: State prison costs grow five times the rate of school expenses; mixed reviews follow Trump visit with congressional Republicans; 11 more state news stories
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The cost of sending people to prison has gone up five times as fast as the cost of educating children in Wisconsin. The U.S. Education Department said Thursday that the cost of running jails and prisons in the Badger State grew by 351 percent from 1979 through...
July 8, 2016 - 10:04am
Authorities: Malfunction caused bus on I-94 to display 'call police' message
A metro bus headed eastbound on Interstate 94 created a false alarm during Friday's morning rush hour. The bus was seen displaying “call police” on its overhead display, prompting two Washington County sheriff's deputies to respond. The bus was pulled over at 7:42 a.m. just east...
July 8, 2016 - 9:53am
July 7, 2016
Three Wisconsin tornadoes confirmed; a 'Jolly Good' return; State Supreme Court upholds lifetime child care revocation; nine more state news stories
The National Weather Service now says three tornadoes touched down in western Wisconsin during Tuesday night's heavy wind and rainstorms. No injuries were reported, as two of the twisters landed in Buffalo County. An EF-0 tornado with winds of 100 mph destroyed a farm building near...
July 7, 2016 - 8:52am
July 5, 2016
Fatal crash involved 7 survivors from Wisconsin; watchful resident spots alleged arsonist in action; group seeks federal funds to ship logs; 10 more state news stories
NORTH BRANCH-- Seven Wisconsin residents were involved in a three-vehicle crash in eastern Minnesota that killed a pair of motorcyclists. Forty-four-year-old Mark Lindstrom of Pulaski, his wife Katherine, and three of their children ages 10 to 15 all had non-life threatening injuries...
July 5, 2016 - 8:00am
July 1, 2016
Gas prices creep down in time for the Fourth; funds deployed for voter ID awareness; Xcel to hand out refunds to Wis. customers; nine more state news stories
Gasoline prices in Wisconsin are inching down, just as the July Fourth weekend arrives. The automotive group AAA says the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.37 Friday morning -- almost four cents cheaper than last Friday, and 38 cents less than last Independence...
July 1, 2016 - 8:41am
June 30, 2016
Holiday driving to be construction-free; $21M in business tax breaks handed out to 11 people; cheese heist reported -- again; eight more state news stories
MADISON -- Most of the major highway projects in Wisconsin are being put on hold at noon Thursday for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says peak travel times are expected to be from noon to 8 p.m. both Friday and Monday. DOT officials...
June 30, 2016 - 11:39am
June 29, 2016
Milberg trial: Closing arguments begin this afternoon
ELLSWORTH -- Closing arguments in the trial of a Centuria woman accused of using a Facebook messaging app while driving on the day her daughter and two nieces died in a car crash will begin this afternoon after the defense rested its case without calling any witnesses. Pierce County...
News/crime and courts
June 29, 2016 - 1:21pm
June 27, 2016
Hudson teen injured in Clifton accident
TOWN OF CLIFTON -- A two-vehicle accident Sunday night in the town of Clifton sent a Hudson teen to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. Police responded to the intersection of County Road F and 770th Avenue at 7:24 p.m. A 2001 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by 18-year-old Massimo V....
June 27, 2016 - 9:07am
June 26, 2016
Prescott woman dead, Hastings man injured in western Wisconsin motorcycle crash
A woman from Prescott died in a motorcycle crash Saturday in western Wisconsin. A Hastings man who was driving the motorcycle was injured in the crash. Joshua Sykora, a 34-year-old Hastings man, was driving and 38-year-old Brooke Baker of Prescott was his passenger. The vehicle went...
June 26, 2016 - 9:45am
June 24, 2016
Forum Communications to acquire Scuttlebutt magazine
Forum Communications Company, or FCC, has announced that they have entered into an agreement to purchase Scuttlebutt magazine owned by Bromeland Publishing. Scuttlebutt magazine, based in Blue Earth, Minn. is owned by Bob Bromeland. The sale is expected to close on July 8. A letter...
June 24, 2016 - 1:54pm
June 23, 2016
Lawmaker proposes triple business liability for gun incidents; study shows teacher pay down since Act 10; nine more state news stories
MADISON -- Wisconsin businesses that ban concealed weapons would have to pay triple damages for any gun incidents under a bill proposed for next year's session. Assembly Republican Bob Gannon of Slinger says he wants to discourage businesses from banning guns to give people a better...
June 23, 2016 - 8:47am
June 22, 2016
New questions about bias in governor's listening sessions; pot-laced Rice Krispie bars prompt charges; Wisconsin milk production on rise; nine more state news stories
PEPIN -- More than three dozen people stood outside one of Gov. Scott Walker's private listening sessions, wondering if he's getting an unbiased view of what's happening in their community. Reporters and the public have generally been kept out of the nearly 40 listening sessions...
June 22, 2016 - 8:31am
June 18, 2016
Hudson native and Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades has died
Hudson native (and resident) and Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades died Saturday. She was 65 years old. She served...
June 18, 2016 - 4:14pm
June 17, 2016
Helmer Companies selling publications to Forum Communications
Forum Communications Co., or FCC, announced today it is entering into an agreement to purchase the publications and a carrier delivery company owned by Helmer Printing. The deal is scheduled to close Monday, June 27. Helmer Printing is a third-generation, family-owned company based...
June 17, 2016 - 12:02pm
State's jobless rate at 15-year low; pigs, python and wolves make Wisconsin news; eight more state news stories
MADISON -- Wisconsin's unemployment rate is the lowest it's been in 15 years. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that the unemployment rate dropped to from 4.4 percent in April to 4.2 percent in May. That's the lowest it's been since March 2001. The...
June 17, 2016 - 8:48am