Northwest Wisconsin News Center

Taking The "W" Out Of Wisconsin

posted by Ryan Quinn

A suggestion by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce to remove “America’s Dairyland” from Wisconsin license plates is getting pushback from the dairy industry.  

Professional Dairy Producers Executive Director Shelly Meyer says taking ‘America’s Dairyland’ off of the Wisconsin license plate is about as logical as taking the ‘W’ off of Wisconsin. 

WMC president Kurt Bauer suggested the change during an event in Madison Monday, where he made the case that having something like the state’s motto of “Forward” on plates would be a better reflection of the diversity that’s actually present in the state’s economy.  

Meyer says Bauer’s suggestion fails to recognize that Wisconsin’s farmers produce a raw product that is manufactured and sold all over the world and has has a $43 billion impact on the state’s economy creating tens of thousands of jobs.

Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Board Approves Deal With Enbridge

posted by Ryan Quinn

The Tribal Governing Board of the Lac Courte Oreilles have approved a deal with Enbridge Energy Partners that will give the energy company the right-of-way for two existing pipelines that cross 3.5 miles of the LCO reservation.  

Since 1968, Enbridge has operated a pipeline through the easement, adding a second line in 1998. 

The current 50-year easement for the two pipelines expires in 2018 and under the previous agreement Enbridge never had to make any payments to the tribe.  

Under the new 25-year agreement approved yesterday by the tribal governing board, Enbridge will make an initial payment of $3.6 million dollars to the tribe followed by another payment of $3.6 million dollars in 2018 and 2019. 

For the remainder of the term, Enbridge will pay approximately $2.2 million each year for an estimated total of $70.8 million. 

Two Semis Crash On 53, Reducing Traffic To One Lane

posted by Ryan Quinn

A crash involving two semi-trucks closed part of Highway 53 yesterday morning near Haugen. 

The crash happened just before 8AM at the intersection of Hwy 53 and 27th Avenue, about 1 mile south of the Haugen exit. 

No serious injuries were reported, but traffic was reduced to one-lane in both directions while state and county officials cleaned up the accident site and removed the vehicles.

Polk Co. Sheriff's Dept. Investigating Weekend Crash

posted Oct 17, 2017, 5:56 AM by Ryan Quinn

Investigators are still looking at the circumstances of a weekend car crash that killed a rural Balsam Lake woman in Polk County.  

The accident happened Saturday at 530pm when a truck traveling East on Highway 8 collided with a car at the intersection with 170th St.  

The driver of the car, 38-year old Aundreia Schadow was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the pickup truck and a passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries. 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident.

Wisconsin Saw A 13 Percent Jump In STIs

posted Oct 16, 2017, 5:40 AM by Ryan Quinn

Wisconsin saw a jump of about 13 percent in reported chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis cases in 2016, according to an annual report from the state Department of Health Services. 

Chlamydia was especially prominent, making up more than three-quarters of the roughly 33,000 cases reported last year. Southeast Wisconsin, which includes Milwaukee, had the most number of reported cases — 19,259 — compared to other regions in the state. 

Man Run Over By Menomonie Police Remains In Rochester Hospital

posted Oct 16, 2017, 5:38 AM by Ryan Quinn

The man hit by a Memonomie police squad car remains in a Rochester hospital.  

According to police, the man was lying in the roadway on Wilson Street in Menomonie when a he was struck by the squad car just after 1AM Sunday.  

The man was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hosptial in Rochester with life-threatening injuries.  

The Dunn County sheriff’s department and the State Patrol are investigating the accident.

Faculty Members at UW Two Year Colleges Raise Concerns About Merger

posted Oct 16, 2017, 5:35 AM by Ryan Quinn

Faculty members at the University of Wisconsin two-year colleges are voicing concerns about the planned merger with the state's four-year schools.  

In a letter sent to the UW Board of Regents, UW Colleges faculty representatives said they wanted UW Colleges to continue their tradition of open admission and affordability. 

UW System President Ray Cross announced the merger Wednesday to combat declining enrollment at the two-year schools and keep them open. 

 If implemented, the proposal would consolidate 2-year programs at UW-Barron County with the 4-year program at UW-Eau Claire.

Environmentalists and Tribal Officials Urging Repubs To Drop Bill

posted Oct 16, 2017, 5:33 AM by Ryan Quinn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Environmentalists and tribal officials are urging Wisconsin Republicans to drop a bill that would lift the state's nearly 20-year-old moratorium on copper nickel mining.

The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Wisconsin Trout Unlimited and Menominee Nation say lifting the moratorium would lead to pollution and ruin the state for generations. 

The bill's chief sponsors, Sen. Tom Tiffany and Rep. Rob Hutton, say lifting the moratorium would attract mining companies to northern Wisconsin and jump-start the region's economy. 

The Senate Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry Committee approved the bill last week.

Wisconsin Health Insurance Companies Increase Premiums

posted Oct 16, 2017, 5:31 AM by Ryan Quinn

Wisconsin health insurance companies assumed there would be no more subsidies for plans sold through the federal exchange, which led to a projected 36 percent increase for the average premiums.

State insurance officials announced the premium increase Thursday, just hours before President Donald Trump said he was immediately ending the federal subsidies. 

Deputy Insurance Commissioner J.P. Wieske said Friday that Trump's announcement does not change the 36 percent increase projection the state made. 

However, he says if the subsidies remain, it could mean that policy holders would see a refund or lower costs in 2019.

Telemark Deal Closer To Being Sealed

posted Oct 13, 2017, 6:46 AM by Ryan Quinn

The former Telemark Resort is one step closer to being purchased and redeveloped.  

This week, a study and feasibility analysis was presented to the town of Cable and Bayfield County. 

The study, which would help potential buyer HK Hospitality LLC purchase the property, confirmed the project's potential that Telemark redevelopment would increase economic development in the region. 

In order for the project to move ahead, the Wisconsin state legislature will now need to declare the area a Tax Increment Financing District, paving the way for investors to self-fund the last portion of the project. 

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