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Wisconsin roundup: Walker’s father dies after extended illness; more state news stories

Gov. Scott Walker has set aside several campaign events due to the illness and death of his father.

The Rev. Llewellyn Walker died Sunday morning after an extended illness. The elder Walker had served as pastor of a church in Plainfield, Iowa, before moving his family to Delavan in 1977. Weekend events were canceled and it is likely more will be set aside Monday. Service times have not been announced.


DNR not pursuing fine against western Wis. frac-sand mine

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has decided not to cite the operators of a frac sand mine in Whitehall.

The Hi-Crush industrial sand mine released an estimated 10 million gallons of wastewater last May while rescuing a worker trapped in a holding pond. The state isn't pursuing enforcement because the action was a life-saving measure. A contractor driving a bulldozer was trapped in the machine's air-tight cab for more than two hours. The wastewater spilled onto farmland and into a tributary of the Trempealeau River.


Officer-involved shooting under investigation in Superior

Wisconsin DCI agents are investigating a police shooting in Superior that left a suspect wounded.

Police responding to a theft at a local business around 11 a.m. Friday located the 19-year-old suspect about a half mile away. Officers got into a confrontation with the man and he was shot several times. Investigators say the victim was conscious when paramedics transported him to a hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. The officers involved were not injured. No other information is being released at this time.


Volunteers sought for state wolf monitoring program

Wisconsin's wolf monitoring program is looking for volunteers to help track the animals in the winter.

People interested in playing a role in wildlife management are encouraged to sign up for wolf tracking and ecology classes offered around the state. You can learn to identify tracks of medium to large carnivores in Wisconsin and how the DNR monitors the wolf population. Officials say DNR staff and volunteers tracked more than 16,000 miles last winter searching for wolf. There's more information on the Wisconsin DNR website.


Wisconsin hospitals dealing with $1.1B in unpaid bills

More hospital patients are leaving unpaid bills behind after receiving treatment.

A report from the Wisconsin Hospital Association finds a total of $1.1 billion in uncompensated health care services during 2017. That's a 14 percent increase over the previous year. Milwaukee County hospitals represent almost 30 percent of the total unpaid bills. The report didn't offer an explanation for the increase.


1 dead, 1 missing after boat capsizes

Emergency responders recovered one body and spent a good portion of the weekend looking for a second victim after a boat capsized on Lake DuBay.

A witness says he saw the men on the boat surface a few seconds after it went over. He and a second boater raced to the scene, but the victims never came back up. They haven't been identified. One emergency responder with Portage County says the cold temperatures mean the men's bodies would have begun shutting down just minutes after they fell into the water.


St. Norbert students sign petition about sexual assault cases

Staff and faculty at St. Norbert College have presented a letter to the college president expressing concern about the way sexual assault reports are handled by the school.

More than 200 students signed a petition on the same topic, submitting it in April. The documents point out shortcomings in the administration's response while acknowledging positive steps being taken. St. Norbert College President Brian Breuss says direct action has been taken on nearly all of the students' recommendations. He says there will be an external review of the school's policies, with the results made public next spring.


Wis. woman charged with sexually assaulting boy, 15

A 42-year-old woman from Spencer is charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child.

Investigators say Linda Habhegger had sexual contact with the 15-year-old boy on multiple occasions. She told police she didn't think she had done anything wrong. Authorities say the suspected sexually assaults happened at Habhegger's home between July 9 and Sept. 20. If she is convicted on all three felony counts, she could be sentenced to up to 120 years in prison.


Walker touts USMCA deal, Wisconsin’s industry at World Dairy Expo

Gov. Scott Walker is using the World Dairy Expo to tout Wisconsin's industry and the new North American trade agreement.

Organizers are expecting 70,000 visitors to Madison this week for the largest dairy trade show in the world. Walker said "we're proud of the fact that it's hosted right here in America's Dairyland." The dairy industry contributes $43 billion to the state economy annually. Walker called the recent trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada "a big win" for Wisconsin's dairy farmers.


Mom, 22, arrested after death of her child

A 22-year-old Shawano woman faces three felony charges connected to the death of her infant child.

Catherine R. Barker had told a friend her two-month-old son had suffocated in a blanket Sept. 28. Barker said the death was an accident. She had told friends she planned to bury him in the country, saying she would be arrested if she reported his death to authorities.