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The sky will remain mostly cloudy this morning and throughout the day. Temperatures are cool but comfortable this morning in the 30’s for most of the area. Highs will top out near average this afternoon, around 40 degrees.

Cooler air will be returning to the state over the next few days as an upper trough develops and slides down out of Canada. This will also lead to much more cloud cover than we’ve been used to, as our stretch of sunny days comes to an end. A large area of high pressure system will be anchored well to our north in Canada today, while a fairly large storm is located over the Central Plains. This system will be moving due east, staying well south of our area, but we will be in between these features, leading to an easterly breeze. The day will come with more clouds than sun, and it will be cooler, with highs closer to 40. This dry easterly flow will continue at night and through Tuesday, while a bit of moisture tries to move into our area from the west. A trough will extend from the system well to the south, keeping clouds around on Tuesday. Though the flow will be dry, we may be able to squeeze out at least a few snow flakes through the day, so there is a chance for some flurries as we welcome the official start to spring. Tuesday will also be chilly, with highs only in the mid 30’s.


For a St. Patrick’s Day weekend, it was fairly quiet for Rusk County authorities. Just before 7 PM Friday, a male subject walked into the LEC to report a theft complaint. According to the report, the subject advised Rusk County authorities that he believes some items were stolen from his garage located at Willow Lane Trailer Court on Highway 27, Ladysmith. The case is under investigation.

Saturday night at about 9:30 PM, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on County Highway D near County Highway E, Holcombe. After an investigation, the driver had a field sobriety test. The subject had a PBT of .11 and was taken into custody. The subject was transported to the Rusk County jail.

A Ladysmith Officer at 11 AM Saturday responded to Rusk Haven Apartments on Lindoo Avenue and met with the property manager who reported that someone intentionally expelled a fire extinguisher inside the commons area of the apartment complex. The Officer observed a fine powder over the entire interior of the commons area. According to the report, a tenant located the fire extinguisher that was used outside near the dumpster. The Officer followed up with the tenant and confirmed that he heard adults outside his apartment which is adjacent to the commons area. He heard the adults but stated it was after 7 PM Friday night. The City Officer will do a follow up to check surveillance video from the Rusk Haven apartments.

Just before 1 AM Sunday morning, according to the City Police log, a City Officer responded to a location on Fritz Avenue West, Ladysmith. After an investigation, the Officer arrested Corey M. Kennedy, 33 for Disorderly Conduct and False Imprisonment, both Domestic Related. Kennedy was taken to the Rusk County jail.

Sunday evening at 7:40 PM, according to the City Police Log, at a residence on West 9th Street South Ladysmith, Tyler Carrion was cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. No other information was available.

LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (WEAU) — Sen. Terry Moulton announced Monday that he is officially announcing his retirement from the State Senate.

Also on Monday, Rep. Kathy Bernier announced that she would be running for Moulton’s seat. Bernier made the announcement at the Lake Hallie Town Hall Monday morning.

In a press release sent on Monday, Moulton made the following statement on his retirement:

“Today I am officially announcing that I will not seek a third term in the senate and will be retiring from the legislature when my current term ends in December. When I began my campaign for the senate, eight years ago this month, my goals were to work for smaller government, reduced tax burden, and a better climate for jobs in Wisconsin. We have accomplished all this and more. Income and property taxes are lower, more people are working than ever before, and unemployment is at a 17 year low.


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We have been enjoying a stretch of sunny weather this week and we have more nice weather on the way that will carry into the weekend. Though we will be warming up just a bit, the overall pattern continues to be a cool one, with another temperature drop forecast by early next week. Until then, a stretch of 40 degree weather is ours to enjoy.

A center of high pressure dominating our weather pattern will begin to weaken as it pushes east in Canada. This will allow winds to become more easterly for us, while more sunshine will be around all day. Temperatures will again return to average with highs around 40. We look to again drop down into the teens at night, but a milder day will then develop on Saturday.

This final weekend of winter will give us an early spring preview for a change, as temperatures rise above average. The weather will remain quiet in the Upper Midwest, after a wave of low pressure slides from the Plains down well to our south. This is looking to stay even a bit further south now than just the last few days, with no local impacts. Both Saturday and Sunday will be nice days to enjoy a bit of time outside with highs well in the 40’s, along with more sunshine. We could see some clouds begin to arrive on Sunday, but at this time it still looks like a nice day.


The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at 2:11 AM this (Friday) morning received a call reporting a 1 car rollover on Old 14 Road near Highway 8, Glen Flora. According to the police log, the subject was conscious and the patient was able to get to the side of the road mostly under his own power. Life Link was contacted but after a short time was to disregard. Rusk County deputies, Ladysmith ambulance, and the Hawkins Fire Department was called to the scene. The caller advised that the patient started speaking Spanish when the caller asked his name. After a short time EMS advised no transport of the the patient that the subject refused transport from the Ladysmith ambulance. A Rusk County deputy escorted the patient to the RCMH Emergency room for an intoxicated evaluation and medical clearance. After an investigation the subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Thursday afternoon at about 1:25 PM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant. A female subject from Probation and Parole reported they would like a male subject picked up on a Probation warrant. According to the report, the subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail without incident.

Rusk County authorities Thursday night at about 11:15, received a miscellaneous complaint. According to the report, a Rusk County deputy responded to a location on Main Street near Elm Street, Hawkins. A male subject was taken into custody for a bond violation and transported to the Rusk County jail.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — A suspect has been arrested in connection to an armed robbery at an Eau Claire-area gas station.

The Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested a male subject on Thursday, March 15th after their investigation into the armed robbery at the Holiday Gas station in the Town of Union early Monday morning.

After the male was arrested, a search warrant was conducted at his home in rural Eau Claire County, where investigators found other evidence linking him to the robbery.

Investigators believe the male acted alone, and they are not looking for any other suspects. His name is not being released at this time.

Investigators are still looking for the suspect of an Eau Claire-area armed robbery.

Sheriff Ron Cramer, with the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office, says a man, about 6 feet tall, caring a backpack and wearing dark clothing and a stocking mask, robbed the Holiday gas station on Truax Monday morning around 4:30 a.m.

According to Cramer, the man showed a gun during the robbery and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Cramer says the man ran off on foot, towards Menards.

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March is half way done and we are now just days away from the official start to spring! The new season officially kicks off on Tuesday. Through the second half of the month we really see our temperatures warming. We started out this first month of meteorological spring with highs on average at 34 and lows at 15. Now at the mid point, we are usually seeing highs at 41 and lows at 21. By the end of the month highs should be nearing 50 with overnight lows closer to 30. Mother Nature will be giving us a preview of more “spring-like” weather this weekend just in time for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Sunshine continues today as yet another cell of high pressure takes hold. This one coming in from the north, and it will keep our weather tranquil into this next weekend. Initially it will bring some chillier air into the state from Canada, and we will feel that through today as highs fall back into the 30’s. The high will remain to our north and northeast into Friday, while slowly weakening. The work week will finish up with more sunshine while highs return to the lower 40’s. A storm system is forecast to slide from the Plains and to our south by later Friday and into Saturday, and though we may see a few high clouds from this system, it will likely have no impact on the Chippewa Valley. There may be a little rain and wet snow that grazes some of our southern counties Friday night but chances will be even higher further south, which would exit by early Saturday.


At 1:00 AM this (Thursday) morning, Ladysmith Police responded to RCMH for a report of Eric Michael Wikaryasz trying to leave and would like an officer. While a City Officer spoke with Wikaryasz, the Officer smelled the odor of intoxicants coming from Wikaryasz. City Police were advised that Wikaryasz had multiple open bonds that state that he is not to consume alcohol. Police arrested him for misdemeanor bail jumping. Wikaryasz was transported to the Rusk County jail.

Local heroes were recognized Wednesday morning. The Northwest Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross held its annual Heroes Breakfast to celebrate selfless acts of courage and kindness. The event was held at the Florian Gardens in Eau Claire and seven heroes from six counties were represented. Military Hero, Health Care Hero, from the Heart Hero, and Hero of a lifetime were among the represented categories. The Hero of a Lifetime was presented to Sherry Wallace of Rusk County. An emergency medical technician, Wallace used her training during an active shooter investigation in Rusk County. She also provided coffee, food and support to all affected.

MADISON – Governor Walker visited schools in Rib Lake and Gillett today to highlight the positive effect that increased Sparsity Aid will have on Wisconsin’s rural school districts. Earlier this week, Governor Walker signed Assembly Bill 835 into law which provides additional aid to rural school districts. This investment comes on top of the historic $11.5 billion investment for K-12 education included in the state budget.

“Wisconsin students are our state’s future leaders and they deserve an education that will prepare them for a bright future,” said Governor Walker. “We are committed to making sure that every student has access to a quality education, regardless of their ZIP code. This additional state funding will help ensure our rural schools can put the necessary resources into their classrooms to inspire student success. And, on top of this, we provided a $200 per pupil increase for every student in every school this year and a $204 increase for every student in every school next year. We are getting positive things done for the people of Wisconsin.”

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate’s top Democrat is tearing apart Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s new school safety legislation.

Walker released the bills Thursday. They focus on enhancing school safety but impose no restrictions on guns.

Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling issued a news release accusing Walker of ignoring student pleas for gun control. She said the legislation does nothing to improve background checks or keep domestic abusers from obtaining guns. She said failing to address gun control will only lead to more tragedy.

Walker ordered the Legislature to convene in special session to take up the bills. The Senate is expected to vote on the package Tuesday. The Assembly is expected to take them up sometime next week.

Republicans control both chambers, making passage all but certain.

(Medford, WI)  —  A Medford woman is scheduled to appear in Taylor County Court April 3rd to face charges she stole from the restaurant where she worked.  Forty-two-year-old Jaime Johnson is accused of voiding sales, then pocketing the cash starting in 2015.  Over the next three years, investigators say she stole about 64-thousand dollars.  She’s also accused of destroying data which would have revealed her scheme.  Johnson was fired after the company started looking into the unusual number of voided transactions.  She is charged with two felonies.

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We are almost half way through March already and closing in on the final official days of winter and a feeling of spring will certainly be in the air in the next few days. The stretch of dry weather continues and although March is right about average so far for snowfall (just 0.2″ above normal), our monthly precipitation total is slightly below average (-0.15″). For the entire snowfall year and just in 2018 we are above average for snowfall and total precipitation. It will be interesting to see what the second half of the month and start to spring have in store!

A large high pressure system is sitting over the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest, and will continue to influence our weather. In the upper levels of the atmosphere the flow continues to be from the north and northwest, which has prevented us from warming up much in recent days. In fact, we typically see our first 50 degree day of the year right around the 10th of March, but we’ve only even reached 40 just 3 times so far this month. We look to add another today with temperatures creeping closer to the 50° mark around Eau Claire this weekend.


Just after 8 PM Tuesday night, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant at a location on Highway 73, Glen Flora. According to the report, a Rusk County deputy advised he was in contact with the female subject. The subject was wanted out of Chippewa County. The County deputy transported the female subject to the Rusk/Chippewa County line on Highway 27 for transfer to Chippewa County.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office did a follow up Tuesday night shortly after 10 PM, at a residence on Bass Lake Road, Ladysmith. Two Rusk County deputies responded to the scene. According to the report, a deputy had one subject in Custody. The second deputy had another subject in custody and both were transported to the Rusk County jail.

Ladysmith Police at 2:15 PM Tuesday, investigated a possible scam/fraud complaint. According to the report, a City Officer met with a male subject who stated that he received a voicemail from a number which showed to be from Pannama City, Florida. The message advised it was the IRS and that he was named in four allegations and that he would be taken into custody by the local law enforcement. Ladysmith Police did some research and found the phone number to be an active scam/fraud. No other information was available.

Rusk County Development and the Rusk County Farm Bureau will be hosting a seminar on the return of Hemp to Wisconsin, and the opportunity to grow Industrial Hemp. The seminar will be held on Saturday, March 24th, from 10 AM to Noon at the Ladysmith High School Auditorium. The session is open to anyone and is free of charge. I t will be held in conjunction with the Rusk County Farm, Home, Sport and Garden Show also being held at the Ladysmith High School. With Prior changes at the Federal level and now within the State of Wisconsin, the opportunity exists to farm industrial henp on a Pilot Project basis. Licenses to grow hemp will be issued this year in Wisconsin.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — (WEAU) A woman has been arrested after a domestic incident in Eau Claire.

Police say they received a tip call early Wednesday morning about an incident on Imperial Circle that led to a large police response. When officers arrived, they arrested a female suspect at the scene. Police have not released her name, but say a male victim was involved.

Officers were initially told the suspect had gone into other apartments, but later determined that wasn’t the case. Although the incident didn’t turn out to be as serious as originally thought, police say they always take situations like this one very seriously.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he would welcome a special legislative session to address school safety.

Gov. Scott Walker is working with Republican lawmakers on a package of bills to address school safety. The state Assembly ended its regular two-year session last month. The state Senate is expected to convene once more, on March 20.

Walker has come out against arming teachers but hasn’t said what he’s specifically preparing. His spokeswoman Amy Hasenberg said the governor plans to release the bills before then.

Vos issued a news release Tuesday saying he would welcome Walker calling the Assembly back in a special session to address school safety. He said he wants to every Wisconsin parent to feel confident that their child is safe at school.

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The quiet stretch of weather that has been with us for nearly a week will continue as temperatures finally rise back to average tomorrow.

High pressure covers the area from the Northern Plains down to Texas, keeping us on the east side with chilly northerly flow. The wind direction will make it feel chilly again today, with a big trough to our east and a ridge to our west. Temperatures will struggle to warm up much with more breezes from the north and northwest. The day will be partly to mostly sunny with highs just above freezing but it will still feel colder with the breeze.

The ridge will then slide to our south on Wednesday, as a front drops down from the north. This front will arrive during the day with a few clouds and a wind shift from southwest to northwest into the afternoon. We will be able to warm up a bit as this system arrives, along with some sunshine and more breezes, highs will be in the low 40’s. Behind this front, another high pressure system in Canada. This initially looked like it would remain weak and slide east, not south into the state, however it now appears this high will be stronger, bringing more cool air our way for the end of the work week. Both Thursday and Friday will be nice days with sunshine, while highs are expected to be right around 40, which is average. We should then have a better chance to warm a bit more into the weekend with winds becoming more westerly.


Ladysmith Police at 6:15 PM Monday, responded to a residence on East 2nd Street South after officers were advised that Kevin N. Ramsey, had an active Probation Warrant. Upon arriving at the residence, Ramsey’s mother, allowed the City Police into the residence to arrest Ramsey. He was taken into custody without incident and then was transported to the Rusk County jail.

At about 9:40 PM Monday, Ladysmith Police responded to an address on Lindoo Avenue for a burglary complaint. According to a report, a large amount of tools, motors and copper taken from garage approximately 1 to 2 weeks ago. The case is under investigation.

Home repair funds are available for Rusk and area counties. Housing rehabilitation funds are available to qualifying homeowners to assist in repairs such as roofing, siding, wells, septics, heating, electrical, windows, doors, sewer and water laterals, and handicapped accessibility modifications. Funds are in the form of a zero percent interest, deferred payment loan, secured by a mortgage. The property must be titled in the owner’s name, property taxes current, and the property insured. Landlords with qualifying rental units can access zero percent interest loans amortized up to 10 years. Applicants must fall at or below certain income limits based on household size.

The Northwest Regional Planning Commission, based in Spooner, is administering the program which represents the counties of Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, and Washburn. For more information and an application, contact Ashtin Gronning at 715-635-2179.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Plans to bolster election security in Wisconsin include training nearly 2,000 local clerks on how to protect passwords and avoid other computer hacking attempts.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is working with cyber-security specialists from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a two-week risk-assessment test in May or June to identify vulnerabilities.

The commission was meeting Tuesday to discuss its security plan. It comes after federal officials said Wisconsin was targeted by the Russians for hacking in the 2016 election. State officials have said the hacking attempts were unsuccessful and no voter data was compromised.

One of the security challenges Wisconsin election officials have identified is finding the best way to train the 1,853 municipal clerks who run elections. Plans include online tutorials and having counties serve as regional training hubs.


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A few cool days to kick off the work week, but as we head into the mid part of March temperatures will rise above average as a milder stretch is forecast to develop. Having said this, it doesn’t look to be as mild as the thinking in recent days. A cooler push from the north may end up winning out again, but we should at least be able to enjoy a stretch of days near or just a bit above average.

For the next few days it will remain chilly though, as the upper flow is from the north. A deep upper trough has been anchored over the Northeast U.S. in recent days, and though this has weakened, it will get a resurgence from more jet stream energy coming out of Canada. We will be on the western edge of this through Tuesday, keeping us on the chillier side. Monday will feature more clouds than sun with northwest breezes. Like Sunday, highs will again be in the mid 30’s but it will feel colder with the wind. The coldest air should be around our area on Tuesday with a mix of sunshine and clouds and highs only around freezing.


In Rusk County news this past weekend, Friday afternoon at about 3:40, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call reporting a vehicle fire with a hay bale in the back on Homestead Road, Hawkins. The Hawkins Fire Department was called to the scene. They requested an additional tanker for the fire. The Hawkins firemen were on the scene for about 45 minutes.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a vehicle theft complaint just after 1 AM Saturday morning. According to the report, a male subject advised that another male subjects van which was parked at an address on Bass Lake Road, Ladysmith, was gone. The subject had no knowledge that the vehicle was moved and gave no permission to take it. The vehicle is titled to another subject but the complainant purchased it from him. This was a verbal agreement only. The vehicle had to be taken on the afternoon of March 9th. After an investigation, a Rusk County deputy advised that a female subject had taken the plates off the vehicle and put them on a Ford or Mercury Sedan and he believed the vehicle was salvaged. The vehicle was entered as stolen and the case is under investigation.

Saturday afternoon at 1:15 PM, a female reported that another female subject was dropped off at a location on Buff Creek Trail, Bruce. The subject was intoxicated and according to the report, is wanted out of both Barron and Rusk Counties. After an investigation, a Rusk County deputy advised that the female was in custody. A PBT showed .30 and was taken to RCMH for medical clearance. The subject was booked on the Rusk County warrant and a signature bond was signed. A County deputy then transported the female to the Rusk/Barron county line on Highway 8 and turned over to Barron County.

Rusk County authorities served a warrant at a residence on County Highway V, Sheldon late Saturday afternoon. According to the report, a Rusk County deputy was in contact with Julie Winchel who has 2 Rusk County warrants and a Probation and Prole warrant. Winchel was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail. Also a second Rusk County deputy had a second subject in custody and transported the subject to the Rusk County jail. The subject was wanted through the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office.

Ladysmith Police and a Rusk County deputy responded early Friday morning at 2 AM, to a residence on Fritz Avenue West on a report that an individual had entered the residence saying that the police were looking for him and that he had Methamphetamine on his person. After an investigation, Matthew L. Deridder, 28, was identified as the person of interest. Deridder was found to have a glass meth pipe and a small baggy of methamphetamine on his person. He was arrested for Possession of Meth and drug paraphernalia.

Friday morning at 11:30, Ladysmith Police responded to LMHS on a report of a student who had a threat regarding School shootings. Upon arrival it was determined that the student had made comments regarding local school shooting threats, but made no threat. The student allegedly made a comment to a fellow student asking if he wanted to be a school shooter with him. The student was detained and brought to the LEC for evaluation. The student denied making the statements. The student was cited for Disorderly Conduct and Counseled about his behavior.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — (WEAU) Police responded to a report of an armed robbery in Eau Claire.

Multiple officers surrounded the Holiday gas station on Truax Lane, off of North Crossing. Several officers were seen walking into the store with guns drawn. Police tell us crews were called to the gas station around 4:30 a.m. Monday morning for a hold-up alarm, and quickly had the entrance to the store blocked off.

There are few details at this time, as the situation is still on-going.


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We will be finishing up the work week with more sunshine and light winds. Temperatures should be able to rise a few more degrees, leading to us at least climbing back above freezing Friday afternoon. As the high slides to our east, clouds will increase by Saturday morning as a weak low pressure system pushes from the Northern Plains down to the southeast. On this track and with limited moisture, impacts here in Western Wisconsin look minimal. We could see a few flurries develop during the day, otherwise just more clouds than sun with highs in the mid 30’s. Some clouds may linger in the area on Sunday, but otherwise the remainder of the weekend should be dry. Highs on Sunday will approach 40.


Thursday morning at 7:40 AM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office investigated a weapons offense complaint at the Flambeau School District. According to the R.C. Police log and WEAU, District Administrator Erica Schely advised that she received an E-Mail that was forwarded to her from the Guidance Counslor stating that a student was gonna shoot up the school. The E-Mail was reportedly forwarded Wednesday night at 5:43 PM. Rusk County deputies responded to the Flambeau School. A Rusk County deputy advised that he dealt with the same subject Wednesday night. Just after 8 AM Thursday, the deputy was in contact with the subject and he was at his mother’s house and was not going to school Thursday. After an investigation, the juvenile allegedly made comments of shooting the school and himself. All witnesses and the juvenile were interviewed. No creditable threat was made. The comment was allegedly made to get back at ex-girlfriend who just broke up with girlfriend. No other threats were found. Disorderly Conduct charges will be referred.

The Flambeau School District is also making some changes to school policy. Upon a recommendation by the sheriff’s office, the district says liquids will no longer be able to be brought to school by students in grades 6-12 and verification at the front door will become more stringent. The district says they want parents to use this incident as an opportunity to talk to children about what to do in a situation where they may feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

Thursday afternoon, a Ladysmith Officer responded to the Ace Hardware on a report of a hit and run that occurred on Lake Avenue, Ladysmith. According to the report, the City Officer met with the male complainant who advised that he was backed into by a Red GMC Jimmy/Chevy Blazer. He advised the vehicle turned South and he was unable to get a plate number. The subject’s vehicle had moderate damage to the front bumper and hood. The case is under investigation.

Early this (Friday) morning at about 1:40 AM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that a male and female were at a residence on Fritz Avenue West and they were not allowed to be there. Ladysmith Police and a Rusk County deputy responded to the scene. After an investigation, a City Officer had a male subject detained, and the County deputy had a female subject detained. The male subject, Matthew L. Deridder was arrested for Possession of Meth and Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to the Rusk County jail.

(WQOW) – Two people busted with hundreds of pounds of pot have been indicted on federal charges.

Joel Helding and Valerie Flores were caught near Osseo in January after trying to outrun officers in separate vehicles.

A search of those vehicles turned up nearly 300 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $1.8 million.

If convicted, they face a minimum mandatory federal prison sentence of five years, and a maximum penalty of 40 years.

THORP, Wis. (WAOW) –

With the European Union vowing to tax popular U.S. exports in response to President Trump’s tariff order, Wisconsin cranberry growers are worried about becoming collateral damage.

“We’re very concerned with the tariff and the tariff wars that might be coming down at us,” said Frederick Prehn, the chairman of CranGrow – the world’s second-largest cranberry coop.

The Badger State supplies more than half of the world’s cranberries, so an export tax would be a financial blow to business.

“And we export 85 percent of our crop to the E.U. and Asia,” said Prehn.  “That’s a big number, it’s a huge export crop for us.”

But regardless of how much of a hurdle a trade war would would be, Prehn said he’ll be staying in business.

“And if there’s more tariff’s, we’ll find a way to sell them in other areas of the world,” he said. “It’s not going to put us out of business, it’s just one more obstacle we’ll have to endure, and we will overcome it.”

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sen. Tammy Baldwin is ramping up a re-election campaign aimed at hanging on to a seat in a state that hasn’t been kind to Democrats in recent years.

The Wisconsin senator is a top target for Republicans nationwide. They see her as vulnerable in a state where conservative stalwart Scott Walker has been governor for seven years and Republicans have their biggest legislative majorities in decades.

Baldwin annually ranks as one of the Senate’s more liberal members. Her first TV ads last week played up her work across the aisle — including her buy-America plan that President Donald Trump supports and her work with Republican Sen. John McCain on lowering drug costs.

Republicans say Baldwin is dressing herself up as a moderate when she’s not.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) — The La Crosse-area man, convicted of killing his wife and then staging a fake car crash to make her death look like an accident, has been sentenced.

Todd Kendhammer was sentenced in La Crosse County Court on Friday. Judge Todd Bjerke sentenced Kendhammer to life in prison with a chance to be on parole in 30 years.

Investigators say Kendhammer fatally beat his wife of 25 years, Barbara, in September 2016.

WASHINGTON (AP) — US employers went on a hiring binge last month, adding 313,000 jobs, the most since July 2016, and drawing hundreds of thousands of people into the job market.

The Labor Department says wage gains, meanwhile, fell from the previous month to 2.6 percent year-over-year growth. Strong hourly wage growth had spooked markets in February because it raised the specter of inflation. But January’s figure was revised one-tenth of a point lower to 2.8 percent.

The influx of new workers kept the unemployment rate unchanged at 4.1 percent.

The surge of job gains likely reflects burgeoning confidence among businesses that the Trump administration’s tax cuts will accelerate growth. Consumers are also optimistic, likely because after-tax income grew at the fastest pace in a year last month, aided by the tax cuts.


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