Economic development board will see full Foxconn contract

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The head of Wisconsin’s economic development agency says the full board will be allowed to review a proposed $3 billion contract with Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group before voting on it. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s board is due to vote on the contract Wednesday. In a letter on Friday, agency […]

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Wisconsin food company investing in solar electricity

LA FARGE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin food company is planning to invest in solar electricity aimed at increasing the state’s solar capacity and reducing electric bills for rural customers. La Farge-based Cooperative Organic Valley has partnered with solar developer OneEnergy Renewables and the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group on the project, the La Crosse […]

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Personalized maps offer the gift of place

If you’ve got avid travelers on your gift list this year, or just armchair ones, consider getting them a custom map. Maps of favorite places might commemorate special trips or experiences, and can appeal to any age or gender. Map Your Travels, in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, has some options. One of its maps shows […]

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Book World to close all stores in 7 states

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Book World says it’s closing all of its 45 stores in seven states, citing a shift in consumer preference to online shopping. The company’s senior vice president Mark Dupont says 325 employees will lose their jobs as a result. Book World plans to begin liquidation sales on Thursday. Dupont says the […]

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Sargento Foods expanding in Wisconsin

HILBERT, Wis. (AP) — Sargento Foods is expanding in eastern Wisconsin for the fourth time in the past decade. The company is adding 40,000 square feet and 150 jobs to its Hilbert location, WLUK-TV reported . The Hilbert location currently employs about 300 people. The company is expanding to meet the growing demand for natural […]

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Corn harvest brings average yields

By HILLARY GAVAN Senior staff writer After a late and wet planting the corn crop is about average with the harvest in full swing this week. Thanks to warm weather this week and a late frost, the corn crop was able to reach full maturity, according to Rock County UW-Extension Agent Nick Baker. Despite the […]

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Conservationists urge lawmakers to drop mining bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Environmentalists and tribal officials are urging Wisconsin Republicans to drop a bill that would lift the state’s nearly 20-year-old moratorium on sulfide mining. The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Wisconsin Trout Unlimited and Menominee Nation Chairman Gary Besaw held a news conference in the state Capitol ahead of a hearing on […]

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Wisconsin board to discuss Foxconn contract in private

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s job-creation agency is set to meet behind closed doors next week to continue discussions on a contract with Foxconn Technology Group. The company wants to build a flat-screen manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant. Walker signed a $3 billion incentives package for the company last month. The Wisconsin […]

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Advocates, legislators push to legalize hemp in Wisconsin

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — An advocacy group and two state lawmakers are trying to legalize hemp production in Wisconsin, decades after it was outlawed. Rep. Dave Considine, D-Baraboo, and Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, are circulating bills that would regulate industrial hemp in the state. Hemp has plastic and fiber components that can be used to […]

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Retired Wisconsin friar makes own casket

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Retired Capuchin Friar Robert Udulutsch spent the better part of a year making his own casket out of scrap wood, corrugated cardboard, brown wrapping paper and glue. He’s proud of how the environmentally friendly casket turned out and considers it a work of art, but he’s not eager to lie inside. […]

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