State News

Ruling On Selling Home-Baked Goods Expected By May 31

A judge in southwest Wisconsin plans to issue a ruling by May 31st on a legal challenge to Wisconsin’s ban on selling home baked foods without licenses. The Institute for Justice helped Dela Ends, Kriss Marion, and Lisa Kivirist in a lawsuit against the ban. Lafayette County Circuit Judge Duane Jorgenson heard arguments in the…

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Most Dairy Farms Found Milk Buyers

A dairy group said most of Wisconsin’s 58 dairy farms desperately looking for new milk buyers before a Monday deadline have found them. The Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative said Thursday that the group believes most farmers dropped by Grassland Dairy earlier this month found new buyers. Grassland notified the farms it’d stop buying their…

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Wis. Unemployment Lowest in 17 Years

Employment and unemployment estimates for Wisconsin cities and counties have been released and show the lowest unemployment rates in the state in 17 years. The state as a whole was reported to be at 3.4 percent unemployment in March. The labor participation rate is at 68 percent. The unemployment rate declined in 71 of 72…

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Hennepin Co. MN Violent Crime Up

Violent crime in Hennepin County Minnesota rose three percent in the first three months of 2017 when compared to the same time period a year ago, according to a report from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday. Violent crime is defined as homicide, rape, business robbery, person-to-person robbery and aggravated assault. The first quarter of…

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Selling Cookies Gets Day IN Court

Three Wisconsin women are going to court in their quest to sell their homemade baked goods to the public. Wisconsin and New Jersey are the only states that ban the sale of cookies, muffins and other homemade bakery to the public. Wisconsin requires sellers to get a license, which requires renting or building a commercial…

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Measles Outbreak

A measles outbreak is occurring in nearby Hennepin County, Minnesota. The victims are children who have not been vaccinated and the number of cases has risen to twenty, with more expected. Measles is a highly infectious virus that is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus can live for up to two…

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Missing Boater Found Safe

The man reported missing on the Saint Croix River was found safe, authorities announced yesterday. The Washington County Minnesota Sheriff’s Office identified the man as 36-year-old Jason Elgersma of Minneapolis, who contacted authorities through a lawyer. A passenger on the boat, identified Monday as 35-year-old Kristin Erickson, also of Minneapolis, made it to shore after…

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Shipyard & OSHA Settle After Worker Death

Fraser Shipyards of Superior will pay a fine and make safety improvements in a settlement reached with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA issued a $12,548 citation to the Superior shipyard last month after employee Joe Burch was severely burned on the job during the winter. Fraser issued a release Monday, saying the…

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Officials Search St. Croix River For Man After Boating Accident

The Washington County Minnesota Sheriff’s Office is searching the Saint Croix River for a man who went missing when the boat he was in crashed near Bayport. The boat accident occurred shortly before 3am Sunday. After the crash, the boat took on water and was partially submerged. A woman on board made it to shore,…

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Gov. Walker Open To Raising Fees For Transportation Budget

Governor Scott Walker said he remains opposed to raising the state’s gas tax to pay for road improvements, but he did not rule out raising fees to cut into Wisconsin’s nearly $1-billion transportation deficit in an interview about the state budget Thursday afternoon. With Republican lawmakers scrapping Governor Walker’s transportation budget and starting from scratch,…

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