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The last few days of the work week will feel more typical of mid November with temperatures around 20 degrees below average. An upper trough will be taking hold from the north while a rather strong high pressure system drops out of Canada and into the Plains. This will put us on the front side of this system, leading to west and northwest flow which will bring the colder air into the Upper Midwest. Clouds are likely to hang on through the day though we may see a bit of sunshine at times. Still, it’s not going to be the greatest day to be tackling fall clean up. It will be windy and temperatures will struggle to reach much above 40. This means there will be a noticeable wind chill, making it feel colder. Heading into the night we are likely to see temperatures drop near and below freezing as the winds lighten up and we see at least partial clearing.

Friday should be a little better with a mix of sunshine and clouds and lighter winds. Unfortunately temperature-wise we will again struggle, with highs only in the low 40’s.

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — City crews are assessing damage along the Lake Superior shoreline in Duluth after powerful winds produced destructive waves.

Waves more than a foot high crashed into the shoreline Wednesday, tossing boulders and debris onto the lake walk and flooding nearby streets. The damage comes about a year after an October storm caused an estimated $10 million in damage along the lakefront.

The storm flooded the basements of some businesses near Canal Park and damaged Brighton Beach.

WDIO-TV reports Little Angies and Vikre were among the businesses in Canal Park that closed Wednesday because of flooding. Lake Avenue restaurant owner Mark Swenson says crews were working to pump the water from the basement.

In Wisconsin, the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for northern Ashland County until 11:30 p.m. Thursday.


Wednesday morning just after 9 AM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a female subject that went off of Thornapple Road near Highway 8 into the ditch and struck a tree. A Rusk County deputy, Ladysmith ambulance and the Bruce Fire Department responded to the scene. After an investigation, the driver also went into the ditch North of the accident scene. The first accident scene was also on Thornapple Road. The driver lost control twice and blacked out. The subject was transported by ambulance to Marshfield Medical Center Ladysmith with unknown injuries. A legal blood draw was completed and an OWI charge was pending on lab results. No other information was available.

Just after 12 midnight this (Thursday) morning, a male subject advised the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office of a vehicle rolled over in the ditch on Sawdust Road, Bruce. According to the report, the caller advised that there was no one in or around the vehicle but the radio was on and the door alarm was sounding. Rusk County deputies, Ladysmith ambulance and the Bruce Fire Department responded to the scene. After an investigation, Eau Claire County was contacted for any contact information. No other information was available.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent increase in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. For the average retired worker, it amounts to $39 a month.

After a period of low inflation, the increase for 2019 is the highest in 7 years.

The cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, affects household budgets for about one in five Americans, including Social Security beneficiaries, disabled veterans and federal retirees. That’s about 70 million people, enough to send ripples through the economy.

Automatic inflation protection has been a standard feature of Social Security since 1975. Social Security recipients also gain from compounding because COLAs becomes part of their underlying benefit, the base for future COLA increases.

Nonetheless many retirees and their advocates say the Social Security COLA is too meager and doesn’t reflect higher health care costs for older people. Federal budget hawks take the opposite view, arguing that annual increases should be smaller to reflect consumers’ penny-pinching responses when costs go up.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says health insurance rates for plans sold in the private market under the Affordable Care Act will drop next year by more than 4 percent.

The reduction is attributed to a new reinsurance program Walker signed into law this year that takes effect in 2019. It’s a $200 million program that’s part of Walker’s plan to lower health insurance costs in Wisconsin.

Walker on Thursday said the 4.2 percent reduction estimate was based on based on rate filings received by the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and a report completed by Wakely Consulting Group.

Under the program, the government will provide money to health insurance providers to pay about 50 percent of medical claims costing between $50,000 and $200,000 starting next year.

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