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The difficult and dangerous cleanup of chemicals from the Red Cedar River at Menomonie continued Thursday with cleanup crews making significant progress, the state Department of Natural Resources reports. Underwater video shows fish swimming above the debris field at the bottom of the river, an indication that cold temperatures are dampening the toxicity of the commercial fertilizer that spilled into the river during a tragic semi-trailer truck crash 10 days ago. On March 5, during a snowstorm, a Dashman's Transport truck carrying 23,800 pounds of fertilizer in 40-pound bags skidded off I-94
State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) knew she was on the hot seat when she showed up at Osceola High School on March 7. School officials and teachers from across western Wisconsin had invited local legislators to a regional gathering to voice their displeasure with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recently released budget proposal.
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin voted 2-1 on Thursday, Feb. 14, to deny an application of Highland Wind Farm, LLC, for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct a 102.5 megawatt (MW) wind electric facility in the Towns of Forest and Cylon in St.
You'd be better off in Wisconsin, says a western Wisconsin legislator in an open letter addressed yesterday to Minnesota businesses. Rep. Erik Severson (R-Osceola), who represents part of St. Croix County, says Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal shows Minnesota's businesses are more welcome in Wisconsin. "I believe it is important to outline the options for businesses in Minnesota by letting them know that here in Wisconsin we value job creators," said Severson. "Gov.
Gov. Scott Walker is expected to fly into the New Richmond Regional Airport this afternoon as part of a tour to introduce the new CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Association. The appointment of Reed Hall was announced at news conferences earlier this week. The New Richmond event will be 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. today (Thursday) at Griggs Aviation, 625 W.
Wednesday's snowstorm dumped up to 9.5 inches in places that forecasters predicted would be the hardest hit. Coloma and Reedsburg, at 9.5 inches, had the biggest totals that were reported overnight. Neenah got nine inches as did Iola, Viroqua and Portage. Eight to nine inches fell in southwest and central Wisconsin, and the Fox Valley. Madison set a new snow record for the date with 5.3 inches, over an inch more than the previous record from 1947. Beaver Dam got more snow than expected, almost 7.5 inches. Other parts of southeast Wisconsin got 1 to 5.
At least one death in Wisconsin was blamed on Sunday's snow and ice storm. Authorities said a woman was killed and another person was injured in a three-vehicle crash near Boyceville in Dunn County in the northwest part of the state. Sheriff's deputies said an eastbound car sideswiped an oncoming pickup truck. The car then slid and was hit by a second oncoming pickup. A passenger in that vehicle was killed upon impact. The car driver was taken to an Eau Claire hospital with undisclosed injuries. The victims' names were not immediately released.
Gogebic Taconite said Wednesday that it would return to Wisconsin and build an iron ore mine near Hurley if legislators would relax the state's regulations on mining. The company left the state last spring after the Senate voted down a package that set a deadline to approve a state permit, eased environmental restrictions and banned certain legal challenges. Last week, majority Republicans in both houses offered a similar package - plus the relaxing of wetland requirements - in the name of creating jobs. Gogebic Taconite lobbyist Bob Seitz said many of those jobs would be filled by Wisconsi
Area artists and culinary experts are encouraged to get involved in the eighth annual St. Croix Art & Culinary Show, sponsored by the Rotary Club of New Richmond. This year's gathering is set for 5-8 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at R&D Banquet Hall in New Richmond. The event features artists displaying and demonstrating their skills.