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Several high-profile items in the proposed state budget will be up for committee endorsements Tuesday. The Joint Finance panel is expected to decide whether childless adults on food stamps should lose their benefits if they don't spend 20 hours a week searching and training for new jobs.
GORDON -- The Department of Natural Resources has established a hotline which residents potentially impacted by the Germann Road Fire in Douglas County can call to learn about the status of their homes and property. The phone number, 715-376-4185, will connect residents directly to Incident Command where staff are prepared to help update them regarding the status of buildings on their property. Residents wishing to visit their property will need to be escorted.
MADISON -- State laws that are struck down by circuit judges could stay in effect while they're appealed, under a bill that got preliminary approval in the Assembly Tuesday. Democrats used a procedural move to block a final vote until next month. Republicans proposed the bill after they were frustrated that Dane County judges struck down their photo ID requirement for voting, and parts of the Act 10 limits on unions - and they're still not in place while the appellate courts review them. Attorneys for the non-partisan Legislative Council had said it could be unconstitutional for a law to ta
The St. Croix Central School District is mourning the loss of two high school students. According to a statement by high school Principal Glen Webb on the district's website, sophomore Erika Borgstrom, 16, and senior Dakotah Coach, 18, took their own lives in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 14. "They will be missed greatly by all who knew them," the statements reads.
A Houlton woman died in a two-vehicle crash at 2:12 p.m. Monday, May 13, in St. Joseph Township. According to a press release from the St. Croix County Sheriff's office, a 2011 Hyundai Accent, driven by Darlene Breault, 74, of Houlton was leaving the parking lot at 1415 Main St. in Houlton when it was struck by a 2004 Mazda Tribute, driven by Becky Lee Markfort, 27, New Richmond. Both vehicles came to rest on the median cement divider. Breault was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Croix County Medical Examiner's office. This is the fourth fatal accident of 2013 in St.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Supreme Court might announce Monday whether it will take a Wisconsin case, and decide whether a public high school can hold a graduation ceremony in a church. The Los Angeles Times says the justices have been discussing the Elmbrook Church case since March 29 in their weekly private conferences, but they have not reached a decision on whether to come up with a final ruling. If they don't take the case, an appeals court ruling from last July will stand.
A federal lawsuit to stop progress on the new St. Croix River crossing project, brought by construction company C.S. McCrossan, has been thrown out of U.S. District Court. McCrossan was the unsuccessful bidder for approach work to be done on the Minnesota side of the river.
A truck driver from Redgranite was dead at the scene of a crash Wednesday evening near Woodville after his truck drifted off I-94, ran through a fence and came to rest in a field. The State Patrol identified the driver as Robert H. Groskreutz, 57. Redgranite is a town of 2,100 located in Waushara County in south central Wisconsin. The crash was reported at 9:22 p.m. in the Town of Cady, about two miles east of Woodville. The tractor-trailer rig, which had been westbound, stopped about 600 yards off the freeway. The incident remains under investigation, the Patrol said.
Bond was set at $100,000 cash Friday afternoon for a 24-year-old Roberts man charged with setting the fire that caused $1.5 million in damage to the St. Croix Central Elementary School Tuesday. Justin W. Nelson, 46 Frank St., Roberts, was arrested late Thursday afternoon by Roberts police with help from the ATF and several other agencies. He is charged with three felony counts: arson of a building, criminal damage to property and burglary of a building.
EAU CLAIRE -- The kayaker who claimed that two canoeists vanished in the Chippewa River this week made the whole thing up. The 30-year-old Manitowoc man was arrested on a possible charge of obstructing an officer, police reported Thursday. Rescuers spent parts of Tuesday and Wednesday looking for the two non-existent canoeists. That was after the suspect said he saw two men clinging from a capsized canoe, and he tried throwing a rope to save them.