Steve Dzubay has been publisher at the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star Observer from 1995-2016. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He previously worked as a reporter-photographer at small daily newspapers in Minnesota and is past editor of the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.
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Wisconsin has about 60 bridges which are listed in a national directory as both "fracture critical" and "structurally-deficient," according to an Associated Press review of the latest National Bridge Inventory. State officials say 10 of the 60 bridges in the report have been fixed. Eighteen others are scheduled for repairs between now and 2017. Three others are closed. Most of the bridges are in rural areas, but a couple are in downtown Milwaukee. "Fracture critical" means that a bridge could collapse if a component like a load-bearing girder fails.
APPLETON -- An incident in Appleton last weekend has triggered another national debate over gun rights. Two men openly carried AR-15 rifles and handguns as they headed to a farmer's market. Police said they briefly detained the two men -- both in their 20's -- and let them go after they determined they were carrying their weapons legally. The men's encounter with police has stirred up debate on the Internet, and Wisconsin's pro-and-anti-gun forces weighed in with remarks to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Nik Clark of the gun rights' group Wisconsin Carry says police need to follow up on g
A Twin Cities woman was arrested Monday evening following a bank robbery in Menomonie and is expected to soon be charged with robbing First State Bank & Trust in Hudson as well as banks in Menomonie and Minnesota, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported Wednesday. The woman was arrested sometime after she allegedly robbed the Menomonie bank late Monday. Kyle Loven, a spokesman for the FBI in Minneapolis, confirmed Wednesday morning that a female suspect is jailed in Minnesota, although he would not say where. Loven said facets of the investigation and charges are still being "pieced togethe
MERRILL -- A $1 million bond has been ordered for a northern Wisconsin man accused of shooting and wounding a Taylor County sheriff's deputy during a standoff.
MERRILL -- A 27-year-old gunman shot-and-wounded a Taylor County sheriff's deputy and fled, prompting a three-hour manhunt that ended with his arrest. The situation began early Sunday evening, when authorities were told that a man wanted for violating a court injunction was hiding at a home near Westboro, a town of 600 people northwest of Wausau, is located on Hwy. 13 between Medford and Phillips. A stand-off took place, and officials say it ended a short time later when the gunman shot and wounded the deputy.
MADISON -- A politically connected group will not get a state grant to encourage more Wisconsinites to go hunting and fishing. Gov. Scott Walker Thursday night canceled the $500,000 grant awarded eight days ago to the United Sportsmen Foundation.
MADISON -- Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly were expected to elect a new majority leader Wednesday. Representatives Bill Kramer of Waukesha and Dean Knudson of Hudson hope to replace Scott Suder of Abbotsford. He officially stepped down Tuesday, after Governor Scott Walker made him a division administrator in the state’s utility-regulating Public Service Commission. The majority leader’s post is the second-most powerful in the Assembly, behind the speaker. Kramer is leaving his post as the Assembly’s Speaker pro tem to seek a higher leadership position.
MADISON -- Petitions with over 1,200 signatures were presented Monday, urging Wisconsin’s largest business group not to try and repeal the state’s Family Medical Leave Act. The law gives employees the right to be away from their jobs for up to six consecutive weeks to tend to various family matters like child-birth or a sick spouse. Former Governor Tommy Thompson signed the act 25 years ago on Women’s Equality Day.
This year’s Wisconsin high school graduates tied with Iowa for the nation’s second-highest score on the ACT or American College Testing entrance exam. Neighboring Minnesota had the top score among states where more than half of all students took the ACT. The top three states had identical rankings a year ago. Minnesota students averaged 23 of a possible 36. Wisconsin averaged 22.1 -- same as a year ago, which was the lowest since 1996. One reason for the lower average is that more youngsters are taking the ACT exam even if they don’t plan to go to college.
Senator advocates curbs on employer creeping into Facebook, other social media; abortion rate falls again; 14 more state stories MADISON -- A state senator says employers snooping into personal Facebook accounts is not a big problem in Wisconsin – but there’s still a need to regulate it. West Bend Republican Glenn Grothman is one of the main sponsors of a bill to prohibit the practice, except when employers need to investigate improper transmissions of confidential data.