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Federal officials joined Congressman Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) in Eau Claire and Stevens Point yesterday to answer people's questions about Obamacare. Around 500,000 Wisconsinites will be required to enroll for private coverage through the government's purchasing exchanges starting next month. Kind says over 90% of us won't have to do a thing.
The University of Wisconsin’s policy-setting body wants to rebuild its relationship with state legislators. The Board of Regents plans to meet Thursday with lawmakers from both parties, Sen. Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls.
More heavy thunderstorms rumbled through northern Wisconsin late Thursday and last night. The National Weather Service said lightning struck an electric regulator in Manitowish Waters, and it started a house on fire. Trees fell in Shawano, Lincoln and Marathon counties. Around four inches of rain fell in Rhinelander and Monico in Oneida County.
PRESCOTT -- Herdie Baisden, owner of Maiden Rock Apples, Winery and Cidery in Stockholm said he was intrigued by the concept of a 12-foot pie when an oversized pie tin, split into eight man-sized wedges, came up for sale. A year later, the 12-foot apple pie is about to become a reality.
A 37-year-old Grantsburg man died in a single-vehicle accident outside Danbury early Sunday morning. The victim was identified Monday morning as Michael L. Dahlberg. The accident apparently occurred at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
Far northwest Wisconsin is getting pounded with torrential rains. The National Weather Service said 2-4 inches fell in parts of Washburn, Sawyer and Price counties by 4:45 a.m. and up 2.5 more inches of rain were possible by mid-morning.
Ryan Braun has finally admitted taking banned substances during his MVP season of 2011 when he led the Milwaukee Brewers on a deep playoff run in which they almost made the World Series. Braun was one of 14 players suspended last month for allegedly buying performance-enhancing drugs from the now-closed Biogenesis clinic in Miami.
MADISON -- Before the politicians spoke up, the state Department of Transportation studied the idea of raising the speed limit to 70 mph on Wisconsin four-lanes. The agency said all four rural interstates – 94, 90, 43 and 39 – have lower crash rates than other four-lanes. So DOT officials said those four would be the likely candidates for the higher speed limit, along with Hwy. 41 which is in the process of being improved to interstate standards. The agency did not recommend raising the current 65 mph speed limit on the Hwy.
With higher temperatures outside, the cycle of UW-River Falls’ “corpse flower” sped up, and the plant reached bloom stage last night. (See live video.) But the bloom is expected to last only a few hours
HUDSON -- A “sheriff’s sale” auction for the Schaffhausen house in River Falls where three sisters were killed by their father drew not a single bidder Tuesday morning, Aug. 13, at the St. Croix County Government Center. That means the property will be retained by Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union of St. Paul, which held the mortgage for the property at 2790 Morningside Ave. Affinity Plus set the opening bid at $189,261. The auction was overseen by St. Croix County Sheriff St. Jason Sykora.