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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers is proposing that counties in Wisconsin be allowed to ask voters to raise the sales tax to pay for local services such as police and fire protection and road repairs. He first unveiled a proposal to change how local governments are funded in his State of the State […]

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers have ordered an audit of a Wisconsin agency that has taken weeks to issue professional licenses, causing lengthy delays for thousands of workers across the state. The Department of Safety and Professional Services oversees licensing for hundreds of occupations including doctors, nurses, accountants, construction, and trade workers among others. […]

NORTHERN WISCONSIN – Some lawmakers in Wisconsin are pushing for a lifetime fishing license: a one-time purchase that would allow Wisconsin residents to fish on the water and the ice.  The cost would be $577.50 which equals about 30 years’ worth of fishing.  The proposal comes as Wisconsin is seeing fewer anglers, especially among kids […]

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Biden administration plans changes in federal regulations to encourage voluntary conservation projects on private land, partly by shielding owners from punishment if their actions kill or harm small numbers of imperiled species. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to be released Wednesday outlines steps to issue permits for […]

UPPER PENINSULA, Mich. – Aspirus Health’s Upper Peninsula hospitals are trying their hand at sustainable gardening with the introduction of vertical hydroponic gardens. These new gardens are part of Aspirus Health’s systemwide environmental sustainability initiative.  The four hydroponic gardens recently added across the Upper Peninsula region join others established throughout the Aspirus system over the […]

EAGLE RIVER – This snowmobile season is one of the deadliest in Vilas County. Vilas County is struggling with one of the deadliest weeks of the season, with nine snowmobile deaths in the state, five of which occurred in the county. The most recent crash claimed the lives of two people. The deputy chief of […]

IRON MOUNTAIN / WAKEFIELD – A 24-year-old Wisconsin man is in jail following a high-speed chase in Iron Mountain Monday morning. The Iron Mountain Police Department say an officer tried to conduct a traffic stop when the driver of the pickup truck, fled the scene and a pursued began. As the pursuit came to an […]

LAC DU FLAMBEAU, Wis. (AP) — Roads have been blocked on a northern Wisconsin Indian Reservation due to a dispute involving homeowners and the tribe. Leaders of the Lac du Flambeau tribe set up barricades on Jan. 30 after negotiations with property title companies broke down. The tribe says the roads were illegally built on […]

UPPER MICHIGAN – Snowmobilers in Michigan will not need to worry about permits or registration this weekend. The Michigan DNR is debuting its first Free Snowmobiling Weekend from February 11 to 12. Regular permit and registration enforcement will resume on February 13. This will be the only Free Snowmobiling Weekend until next year.

MINOCQUA – Lakeland High Administrator Suspension Not Student Related. Although the suspension is not student related, Lakeland Union High School has placed its technology director on administrative leave. The Lakeland Times reports Trevor Raskie’s school email states he has been placed on leave pending administrative review. District Administrator Bob Smudde said the matter has been […]