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The final evidence of an extremely snowy winter has just now disappeared in northwest Wisconsin. The Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce ran a contest in which folks were invited to guess when the final remnants of snow would melt away.
Gov. Scott Walker's main election opponent is trying to clear up a critical comment she made last week about the proposed Gogebic Taconite iron ore mine. Democrat Mary Burke told Wisconsin Public Radio she would look at every tool she'd have in considering whether to stop the project with the goal of protecting natural resources. Yesterday Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki said Burke never indicated that she wants to "put the brakes" on the proposed $1.5 billion mine in Ashland and Iron counties.
A funnel cloud was spotted north of Wausau last evening. It didn't touch down, but it still marked the fourth day in the last five in which Wisconsin had at least some type of tornadic activity. The National Weather Service reported no storm damage where last night's twister was spotted, and the Wisconsin Public Service utility reported no power outages in the Wausau area this morning. The same cannot be said for southeast Wisconsin where almost 5,400 We Energies are still in the dark after high winds on Monday.
Families of three Wisconsin victims in a 2006 traffic crash linked to General Motors' faulty ignition switches have yet to decide whether to take a company settlement. Ken Rimer says the families will meet with their lawyer tomorrow after GM announced a compensation fund Monday. Natasha Weigel, 18, and Amy Rademacher, 15, were killed when their car stalled, veered off a road and slammed into trees in rural St. Croix County.
Gov. Scott Walker says a prosecutor's statement yesterday helps set the record straight about his denials of involvement in the latest John Doe allegations. Randall Crocker, an attorney for prosecutor Francis Schmitz, said Schmitz never meant to imply that the governor broke campaign laws in an alleged plot to coordinate GOP recall campaigns through a dozen outside conservative groups.
A western Wisconsin man has been indicted in federal court in Madison, accused of stealing more than $50,000 in stamp proceeds while working at the Menomonie post office. A federal indictment has been handed down against Robert Colaizy of Menomonie. WQOW TV of Eau Claire said Colaizy allegedly falsified records about his stamp inventories in an effort to hide the theft. --------- Man arrested after road crew finds bodies in suitcases A 52-year-old West Allis man was arrested yesterday in connection with two bodies found in suitcases along a roadside ne
Wisconsin's Republican U.S. senator says it should be up to the states to decide social issues like same-sex marriage. Ron Johnson went on the CNBC "Squawk Box" show Monday to continue pushing his focus on economic issues. When the subject was changed to social matters, Johnson said he would not get in the way of same-sex marriages if the voters decide they want them. He added that he's a "traditional" man who personally believes in one-man, one-woman marriage.
Thousands of western Wisconsin commuters are finding other ways to get to work in the Twin Cities this morning. The Stillwater Lift Bridge will be closed indefinitely after a new flood warning was posted on the St. Croix River on the border between Wisconsin and Minnesota. It's not an elevated bridge. Minnesota's Department of Transportation says both directions will be closed until further notice even though the St. Croix was almost a foot and a half below its flood stage as of late last night. The National Weather Service says the St.
Gov. Scott Walker went on national TV this morning to continue his denials of wrongdoing after 250 court documents were released yesterday afternoon. In the documents John Doe prosecutors wrote that Walker was at the center of a “criminal scheme” connected with his 2012 recall election and those of GOP state senators. In a news conference, a statement and tweets, Walker said two federal and state judges had not bought the prosecutors' arguments.
A flash-flood watch continues until tomorrow morning in west and southwest Wisconsin. Flood warnings are in effect on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien and Buffalo County, the Yellow River at Babcock, the Rock River at Waupun, the Trempealeau River at Dodge and the Black River at Galesville. A flood warning on the Sheboygan River was canceled overnight Two to four more inches of rain fell in Grant County since late last night, closing streets in Muscoda. The southern third of Wisconsin has had more than two days of severe weather.