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Thousands of western Wisconsin commuters are finding other ways to get to work in the Twin Cities this morning. The Stillwater Lift Bridge will be closed indefinitely after a new flood warning was posted on the St. Croix River on the border between Wisconsin and Minnesota. It's not an elevated bridge. Minnesota's Department of Transportation says both directions will be closed until further notice even though the St. Croix was almost a foot and a half below its flood stage as of late last night. The National Weather Service says the St.
Gov. Scott Walker went on national TV this morning to continue his denials of wrongdoing after 250 court documents were released yesterday afternoon. In the documents John Doe prosecutors wrote that Walker was at the center of a “criminal scheme” connected with his 2012 recall election and those of GOP state senators. In a news conference, a statement and tweets, Walker said two federal and state judges had not bought the prosecutors' arguments.
A flash-flood watch continues until tomorrow morning in west and southwest Wisconsin. Flood warnings are in effect on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien and Buffalo County, the Yellow River at Babcock, the Rock River at Waupun, the Trempealeau River at Dodge and the Black River at Galesville. A flood warning on the Sheboygan River was canceled overnight Two to four more inches of rain fell in Grant County since late last night, closing streets in Muscoda. The southern third of Wisconsin has had more than two days of severe weather.
Just over 3,000 electric customers in the Platteville area are still without power after two tornadoes hit Grant County late Monday night. More than 7,000 customers of the state's five major utilities were still in the dark as of 6:30 a.m. The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes hit Platteville Monday night, injuring 5 people and destroying several buildings. Wisconsin Power and Light, which serves Platteville, had a total of 3,660 customers out.
More damage reports are coming in after high winds and at least one tornado hit southern Wisconsin close to midnight. Just over 30,000 electric customers throughout Wisconsin began this new day without power after high winds, heavy thunderstorms and tornadoes hit the state since yesterday afternoon.
Severe weather is possible in Wisconsin from tonight through at least Wednesday, and the state just might get its first tornado of the year. This is the sixth-latest since 1950 that Wisconsin has not had a twister in a calendar year. The National Weather Service said the latest start to a tornado season was in 1995 when a twister did not touch down until June 28 near La Crosse. This year moved became the sixth-latest at 4 p.m. yesterday (Sunday) when it moved past 1983.
About 400 people attended a forum in Minocqua yesterday on the proposed Gogebic Taconite iron ore mine. They had lots of questions but not a lot of answers. Among other things, folks wanted to know who owns the long stretch of property where the mine would go and what the reclamation process would be like once the minerals are removed. Panelists said it's too early to tell. No one knows what the mine would look like or even its exact boundaries in the Penokee Hills of Ashland and Iron counties.
SHEBOYGAN -- The family of a Sheboygan teenager struck and killed by a city vehicle in 2011 now wants $250,000 in damages. Relatives of Jaime Olivas, 18, have filed a damage claim to be considered by the Common Council Monday evening. If it's rejected, the family can file suit. Olivas was crossing a street away from a crosswalk when he was hit by a Sheboygan public works vehicle. The family said the city was negligent because it mounted a leaf-collection system in a way that obstructed the driver's vision.
The Stevens Point school superintendent has apologized after a teacher gave a graduation gift of cleaning supplies to a student and reportedly told her she'll be “scrubbing toilets.” Alyssa Alvarado's family was offended by a gift bag from Sue Felder, a teacher in the Point high school Life Skills Center. It helps students with cognitive disabilities learn things like cooking, cleaning and housekeeping. Alyssa's mother, Lisa Kingsbury, told WSAU Radio in Wausau she was offended by some of the items in the teacher's gift bag -- like a toilet bowl brush and cleanser.
Authorities report at least four people were killed in separate traffic crashes during the Memorial Day Weekend. Marathon County authorities said Herman Krueger, 81, died at a Wausau hospital after a two-vehicle crash late Saturday afternoon north of Hatley in the town of Norrie. Details were not immediately released, as the mishap remains under investigation. In St. Croix County Charlene Kastens, 79, of Deer Park died after a motorcycle on which she was a passenger veered into a ditch. That happened Saturday on Hwy.