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Gov. Scott Walker has invited Harley-Davidson riders from China to attend the company's 110th anniversary in Milwaukee during the Labor Day weekend. But the question is whether they could find a place to stay. The Journal Sentinel says hotel rooms are already scarce, and homeowners are placing ads to rent part of their humble abodes. Some arrangements are far from cheap.
Although some 450 runners from the state were registered for Monday's ill-fated Boston Marathon, none are believe to have been injured in the two bomb blasts that will forever mar the national event. Meanwhile, a pair of Wisconsin intelligence centers are helping out with the investigation into the bombings, according to Gov. Scott Walker. The Statewide Information Center in Madison and the Southeastern Wisconsin Threat Analysis unit are both working with local and federal homeland security officials in Boston.
Organizers are seeking participants in the St. Croix County Fair's Battle of the Bands. The Battle is Friday evening, July 19, at the St. Croix County Fairgrounds in Glenwood City. Bands will have 20-30 minutes to set-up, perform, and take down. Time slots will be determined by the number of entries received. To enter, a contract must be signed, and mailed with the $30 entry fee to Heather Clark, 2302 Hwy. 46, Deer Park, WI 54007, and postmarked by June 15. Entries will be still accepted until July 15 with a late entry fee of $35 if there is still room available.
Just over six-thousand electric customers in Wisconsin were without power early Monday morning after another round of snow and freezing rain hit the Badger State. The Wisconsin Public Service utility reported 3,800 customers out at 4 a.m. in the Minocqua area. We Energies had 1,900 homes and businesses out near Milwaukee, and Wisconsin Power & Light reported 200 customers out in Rock County. Bayfield had the most snow Sunday with 4.5 inches. Some places like Amherst had 3 inches of snow which then changed to freezing rain.
MADISON -- A bill that would make it illegal to sell a person's food-stamp benefits was endorsed Thursday by a state Assembly committee - and it's up for a vote Friday by a Senate panel. Assembly Republican Samantha Kerkman of Powers Lake is the bill's main sponsor.
Three American presidents lead off this week's roster of books: Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. You could fill libraries with what has already been written by these guys, but leave it to the scholars -- they can always find a niche that's unfilled. Such is the case of Jeffrey Frank's "Ike and Dick" (Simon & Schuster, $30). You have to wonder how these two incredibly diverse personalities got along when they held sway. Subtitled "Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage," this new book gives lots of answers.
Wisconsin utilities made a lot of progress Wednesday in restoring electricity but about 8,500 customers were still in the dark this morning, after a second day of heavy rains, sleet, ice and light snow. Places with freezing rain are being hit the hardest. Wisconsin Power-and-Light had 5,100 customers out as of 6:30 a.m. Thursday and about a thousand remain disconnected in the Fond du Lac area. We Energies had 3,300 customers out, mostly in the Oshkosh region.
Aaron Schaffhausen, who pleaded guilty to killing his three daughters last July, told the judge this morning that he will not testify in court. The prosecution will now begin to present its case in the trial, which is to determine whether Schaffhausen was legally sane at the time of the killings. Yesterday the defense called its last witness, a clinical psychologist who maintained Schaffhausen was not mentally competent. Schaffhausen, 35, has pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted arson in the July 10, 2012 slayings of Amara, age 11; S
The navigation season is finally underway on the Mississippi River along western Wisconsin and Minnesota. Patrick Moes of the Army Corps of Engineers said a boat that was towing a dozen barges passed through Lock & Dam 2 on Monday night, just west of Prescott. He said Lake Pepin is always the final part of the channel to open - and the tow was breaking through 12 to 16-inches of ice on Monday. The tow dropped off the 12 barges at St.
MADISON -- It's getting to be crunch time for thousands of Wisconsinites who have not yet filed their income tax returns.