Longtime Illinois restaurant turned into Route 66 museum

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A building that was once the longtime home to a Springfield restaurant is now a museum celebrating the city’s links to Route 66. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports Gov. Bruce Rauner and state and local officials attended Saturday’s dedication ceremony at the former home of The Mill restaurant, which opened in […]

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Farms’ thirst for water roils Wisconsin’s central sands

TOWN OF OASIS, Wis. (AP) — Cris Van Houten thought he was getting a little bit of paradise when he built his house on Huron Lake in Wisconsin’s central sands region. He could look out from his deck at the blue water and scuba dive in the shallows. Less than 10 years later, he and […]

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Aging farmers in Wisconsin fear nursing care may cost farm

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Aging farmers are growing more concerned about what happens to the family farm once they’re gone. The Wisconsin Farm Center’s economic development consultant, Frank Friar, told Wisconsin Public Radio it has helped develop about 200 transition plans with farmers over the past couple of years. The majority are concerned about what […]

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Sand, golf and hopes for economic boom in central Wisconsin

ROME, Wis. (AP) — The Laurentide Ice Sheet did quite a number on Wisconsin. As it advanced from the north, it created Glacial Lake Wisconsin, at 550,000 acres about four times the size of modern-day Lake Winnebago, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. As the Green Bay lobe of the glacier melted, a massive crack formed […]

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Latest stop for Facebook CEO in US tour is Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s latest stop on his challenge to visit every state in the U.S. is Wisconsin. Zuckerberg visited the Gant family farm in Blanchardville Sunday. He posted photos of himself driving a tractor, feeding a calf and having dinner with the family. Zuckerberg said the fifth-generation Gants raise dairy […]

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Thousands expected for May Day march in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Workers and activists are marking May Day around the world with marches and rallies for better pay and working conditions. In Wisconsin, buses from around the state will deliver participants to Milwaukee for an immigration march sponsored by Voces de la Frontera and other organizations. Voces de la Frontera executive director Christine […]

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Wisconsin judge hears challenge to homemade bakery ban

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A judge in Wisconsin, one of only two states that prohibit the sale of home-baked goods, is considering whether such a ban is unconstitutional. New Jersey is the only other state that bans the sale of home-baked cookies, muffins and other items to the public. Current Wisconsin law requires home bakers to […]

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Facing deadline, most Wisconsin dairy farms find new buyer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A dairy group says most of Wisconsin’s 58 dairy farms desperately looking for new milk buyers before a Monday deadline have found them. The Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative said in a news release Thursday the group believes most farmers dropped by Grassland Dairy earlier this month found new buyers. Grassland […]

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Wisconsin judge hears challenge to homemade bakery ban

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A judge in southern Wisconsin will hear from attorneys for three women who are challenging the state’s ban on selling homemade bakery to the public. Wisconsin and New Jersey are the only states that ban the sale of home-baked cookies, muffins and other items to the public. Lisa Kivirist, Kriss Marion and […]

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Wisconsin dairy farmers face spoiling market, tight deadline

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A handful of Wisconsin dairy farmers whose Canada market evaporated in a trade dispute were weighing offers from new buyers on Tuesday, but others were running out of time before an expiring contract risked putting them out of business. “The milk market is tighter than we expected,” said Daniel Smith, a […]

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