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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.
Preliminary autopsy results on the body of a Baldwin woman found in Pine Lake Sunday morning indicates she was heavily intoxicated before she apparently fell into the water and drowned. A press release issued by the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department Tuesday afternoon stated Kristelle M.
The National Weather Service does not expect major flooding on the Mississippi River this spring. But smaller rivers could get the liquid leftovers from the 12.5 inches of snow that fell in far northern Wisconsin a week ago. The Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company of Wausau says flows are higher than normal on the hydroelectric dams it operates along the Wisconsin River. Manager Peter Hanson says anglers will be tempted to take advantage of good fishing near the dams where high waters and flows could make things risky.
Spring is interrupted by winter again this morning in northern Wisconsin. Mason in Bayfield County had nine inches of snow and counting as of 1:30 a.m. Hawthorne in Douglas had 8.5 inches. Ashland and Solon Springs had seven inches as of midnight. Other parts of the north, away from Lake Superior, had 2-4 inches. The National Weather Service says the heaviest snow is supposed to taper off late this morning and early afternoon in the far north. Watches and warnings continue until tomorrow morning in the far northwest, and until 7 p.m. in the northern half of the state.