2019 Wisconsin girls basketball all-state team
2019 ASSOCIATED PRESS GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-STATE TEAM
Player of the Year: Shemera Williams, 5-9, sr., Milwaukee Academy of Science
Organic farmers look ahead at Wisconsin conference
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Farmers from across the country recently gathered in Wisconsin to envision the future of the organic farming industry.
Report: Spring flooding may hit southwest Wisconsin
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Flood-prone areas of southwestern Wisconsin could see high waters this spring, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service in La Crosse.
Coulee Region Humane Society rescues awakened bats
ONALASKA, Wis. (AP) — It's best to let sleeping bats lie in winter.
When bats prematurely wake from their hibernation and leave their haunts — as some did after polar vortex conditions gave way to 40 degree temperatures — they may die. But it's not the cold that kills them, it's the extra activity.
Many schools take the day off as snow accumulates
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Most Wisconsin counties are under a winter storm warning as heavy snow accumulates in the Badger State.
Seven to 12 inches of snow is expected as plows try to keep up with the fresh snow Tuesday. Schools across the state are taking the day off, including the districts of La Crosse, Wausau, Madison and Waukesha.
The National Weather Service says wind gusts of up to 30 mph are reducing visibility and creating dangerous travel conditions for commuters who decide to venture out.
UW regents OK graduate tuition increases at 8 schools
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System regents Friday approved raising graduate tuition at eight schools and out-of-state undergraduate tuition at six schools.
Resident graduate tuition will increase at Eau Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Parkside, Stevens Point, Stout and Whitewater. Green Bay will see the biggest increase, from $7,793 to $7,996. The smallest increase will come at La Crosse, which requested an $84 increase to $8,651.
UW System schools to raise graduate tuition
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin regents are poised to raise graduate tuition at eight schools.
Plans call for raising resident graduate tuition at Eau Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Parkside, Stevens Point, Stout and Whitewater. Green Bay would see the biggest increase, from $7,793 to $7,996.
Nonresident graduation tuition would go up at Eau Claire, Green Bay, Oshkosh, Parkside, Stevens Point, Stout and Whitewater. Green Bay would see the largest jump, from $17,106 to $17,551.
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Baldwin-Woodville 69, Ellsworth 67
Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 63, Viroqua 38
Hayward 55, Ladysmith 28
Hillsboro 64, Royall 59
Kettle Moraine 59, Waukesha South 25
Kickapoo 72, La Farge 42
La Crosse Central 83, Aquinas 29
Mauston 80, Black River Falls 42
West Salem 78, Luther 63
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Abundant Life Christian/St. Ambrose vs. Williams Bay, ppd.
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Beaver Dam 54, Watertown 45
Black Hawk 75, Belmont 46
Caledonia, Minn. 85, Mineral Point 57
Cambridge 62, Deerfield 49
Cashton 64, Seneca 57
Catholic Memorial 77, University School of Milwaukee 60
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La Crosse boy a globally prominent crochet prodigy at age 11
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — When the UPS man came knocking with a dolley piled high with packages, Jennifer Larson immediately knew they were for her youngest son. And that the boxes would be filled not with toys, or clothes, but yarn. Skein after skein of yarn.
Shopko announces closure of 6 more stores in Wisconsin
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Shopko has announced the closure of six more stores in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin-based retailer announced late last year that it was closing 39 stores in 19 states by the end of February.
A La Crosse family survives the California Camp Fire
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — When Christine Poje's children woke her up the morning of Nov. 8 to see the sunrise, she thought the red sky might portend rain. Red sky in the morning, sailor's warning.
School choir director admits to sexually assaulting students
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A man who served as a choir director for the La Crosse School District has admitted to sexually assaulting students.
Thirty-four-year-old Dustin Bagstad on Monday pleaded guilty to five counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child in a plea deal under which prosecutors will dismiss 14 other charges.
The criminal complaint says Bagstad committed sex crimes against two students between 2010 and 2017. One victim told authorities she had been assaulted dozens of times.
Wisconsin event offers mentorship through archery
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Ray Howell was on the streets at a young age, fleeing one foster home after another, in and out of juvenile detention. It was a man named Tom who changed his life, and, decades later, led him to the Kicking Bear Foundation.
Balanced 17th-ranked Arizona State women top K-State, 65-51
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Sophia Elenga scored 12 points, three players scored 10 each and No. 17 Arizona State showed its depth and balance, defeating Kansas State 65-51 Sunday in the Battle by the Bluff on the Wisconsin-La Crosse campus Sunday.
Reili Richardson, Robbi Ryan and Kianna Ibis each scored 10 for the Sun Devils (8-2), who pushed their win streak to six games. Arizona State's losses were by a combined eight points to No. 3 Baylor and No. 4 Louisville.
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Baldwin-Woodville 50, Barron 31
Belleville 68, Dodgeville 64
Big Foot 56, Williams Bay 35
Blair-Taylor 67, Hillsboro 50
Brookfield Central 72, La Crosse Central 49
DeForest 69, Reedsburg Area 63
Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran 65, Sheboygan Christian 45
Evers, Barnes to go on statewide budget listening tour
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. -elect Tony Evers and incoming Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes will go on a statewide budget listening tour starting this week.
The "Building the People's Budget" tour kicks off Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Green Bay. Other stops are planned Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Wausau, and Tuesday, Dec. 18, in La Crosse before the tour ends Wednesday, Dec. 19, in Milwaukee.
La Crosse school staffers help student bullied for hygiene
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — La Crosse middle school staff members have come to the aid of a truant teenage boy being bullied over hygiene.
School staffers met with the 14-year-old young man's mother to discuss the student missing over 20 of days of school this semester, according to the La Crosse Tribune .
UW regents OK raises for 10 of 13 chancellors
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Christmas came early for nearly a dozen University of Wisconsin System chancellors.
Regents OK 3 percent pay hikes for UW System employees
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Regents have approved a plan to increase pay for employees of the University of Wisconsin System by 3 percent each of the next two fiscal years.
The Board of Regents unanimously approved the pay plan at a meeting in La Crosse Thursday. Regents also backed an identical pay plan for UW-Madison.
Wisconsin employers look to build child care solutions
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Employers in western Wisconsin hope improving access to child care in rural communities will help build the local workforce.
Seniors try their hand at speed dating at UW-La Crosse
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Elvis and Sinatra sang songs about love.
Couples played with their coffee cups, exchanging shy smiles.
And for a moment, the third floor of UW-La Crosse's Student Union resembled some forgotten cafe, a picture cut out of the past, hung up in the present.
U of Wisconsin head chides chancellor over porn star invite
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System's president reprimanded the La Crosse campus' chancellor for inviting porn star Nina Hartley to speak on campus, questioning his judgment and warning him that he may not receive a raise next month.
UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow invited Hartley to speak on campus on Nov. 1 during Free Speech Week. He paid the 59-year-old actress $5,000 from his discretionary fund for the 90-minute appearance.
Kwik Trip recalls parfaits with trace tree nuts
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip Inc. is recalling some parfaits because they may contain undeclared traces of cashews or almonds.
Kwik Trip said Tuesday the convenience store chain is recalling Kitchen Cravings Strawberry and Mixed Berry Parfaits in an 8.25-ounce cup. The La Crosse-based company says consumers who are allergic to cashews or almonds may risk allergic reactions if they eat the product.
Wisconsin Democrats Pocan, Kind undecided on backing Pelosi
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two of Wisconsin's three Democrats in the U.S. House aren't saying yet whether they will back Nancy Pelosi as speaker, even as 16 maverick Democrats released a letter Monday saying they wanted "new leadership."
Rep. Mark Pocan, of Black Earth, told reporters Monday that "odds are" Pelosi, a California congresswoman, would be elected as leader, but he wanted to wait until he could meet privately with her to announce whether he will back her.
Chancellor sorry for media storm over porn star visit
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is apologizing for the attention he generated by inviting a porn star to speak on campus.
Chancellor Joe Gow invited adult film actress Nina Hartley to appear on campus on Nov. 1. She spoke about female empowerment, sexual consent and how porn is a safe, consensual fantasy. The university paid her $5,000 out of student fees.
Habitat for Humanity program aims to help Wisconsin veterans
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A new initiative from Habitat for Humanity has kicked off in western Wisconsin to encourage volunteerism and ultimately provide housing assistance for veterans.
The new Habitat for Heroes initiative began in La Crosse this week in honor of Veterans Day, The La Crosse Tribune reported .
UW-La Crosse pays porn star for lecture
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse quietly paid a pornographic movie star to deliver a lecture to students.
Wisconsin counties seek additional funds for child care
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin counties are seeking more state funding to address the rising number of child protection cases, which figures show is linked to an increase in drug abuse.
Seven counties, including Douglas and La Crosse, have passed resolutions seeking an additional $30 million in state funding under the 2019-21 budget, Wisconsin Public Radio reported.
Minnesota regulators back gas-fired power plant in Wisconsin
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators have approved a proposal for a natural gas-fired power plant in Superior, Wisconsin, despite objections from customers and clean-energy groups.
The Public Utilities Commission voted 3-2 Monday to approve Minnesota Power's participation in the joint venture with Dairyland Power Cooperative. Wisconsin regulators must also approve the plan.
Duck hunter drowns in kayak accident in western Wisconsin
TOWN OF BANGOR, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a 68-year-old man who apparently drowned in a kayaking accident while duck hunting in western Wisconsin.
The La Crosse County Sheriff's Office identifies the victim as Jim Schuster.
Authorities say Schuster and his 34-year-old hunting partner were duck hunting while kayaking in the La Crosse River near Bangor on Sunday. Jim Schuster's kayak became entangled in a tree, causing the kayak to tip and submerge him.
Wisconsin officials look to address water contamination
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Officials in Wisconsin are considering how to respond to growing concerns over nitrate contamination in private wells.
Trump approves flooding disaster declaration for Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a federal disaster declaration related to flooding and storms across Wisconsin in August and September.
The declaration announced Thursday by the White House makes individuals and businesses in the affected counties eligible for federal disaster assistance. The covered counties are Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk and Vernon.
NRA campaign ad mispronounces name of Walker opponent Evers
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The National Rifle Association mispronounces the name of Gov. Scott Walker's Democratic opponent in its first ad of the campaign .
Walker faces state superintendent Tony Evers Nov. 6. His last name rhymes with weavers. In the ad, the narrator repeatedly refers to him as Tony EH'-vers.
Mother honors late son by biking the Mississippi River Trail
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — It was during the 10 days her son went missing from the river's edge that Melissa Melnick made a promise.
Her eldest son, Chris Stanley, was just weeks from a post-graduation bike ride to the Gulf Coast when he was swept into the Mississippi River on April 25, 2017. Anxiously awaiting a call, a knock on the door — anything — Melnick vowed to either ride alongside Chris in celebration or on her own in his memory.
Remains of La Crosse WWII sailor identified
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Defense says the remains of a Wisconsin serviceman killed during World War II have been identified.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed the remains of Navy Seaman 1st Class George Naegle, of La Crosse, from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. He was among the unidentified military personnel buried in 46 plots in the cemetery, known as the Punchbowl.