Promega files counterclaim in lawsuit filed by shareholders

FITCHBURG, Wis. (AP) — Promega Corp. and its founder are firing back at shareholders who sued the Wisconsin biotechnology company in 2016 for shareholder oppression. The lawsuit filed by shareholders Nathan Brand and Ted Kellner alleges that company founder Bill Linton bullied shareholders in order to keep majority control of the company. The Wisconsin State […]

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Microsoft to help expand rural broadband in 6 states

  FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Microsoft says it will team up with communities in North Dakota, Wisconsin, Virginia, Texas, Wyoming and Washington state in a program broadly aimed at fostering economic growth in rural and smaller metropolitan areas. Company president Brad Smith launched the TechSpark program Thursday in Fargo, a metropolitan area of more than […]

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Buffett’s sheriff son to build $4M Illinois dispatch center

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s son Howard Buffett will build a $4.2 million regional dispatch center south of Decatur in central Illinois. The (Decatur) Herald and Review reports that The Howard G. Buffett Foundation will build the new Central Illinois Regional Dispatch Center. The announcement comes almost a month after Howard Buffett […]

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Mixed emotions in Wisconsin town Foxconn picked for plant

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Residents of the southeastern Wisconsin town where Foxconn Technology Group plans a massive display screen plant greeted the announcement Wednesday with excitement about the possible economic boost and wistfulness about how the community’s changing landscape. Foxconn announced the location of its planned factory after months of negotiations with the company and […]

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For Bucks, new arena is also avenue to sell Milwaukee

  MILWAUKEE (AP) — Construction vehicles and dusty streets surround the Milwaukee Bucks’ new downtown arena that is less than a year away from completion. The state-of-the-art facility will be the Bucks’ home starting in 2018. But in many respects the massive project is more than just about basketball. Team and arena executives want to […]

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Illinois pumpkin crops make healthy return after shortage

MORTON, Ill. (AP) — Agriculture experts say pumpkin crops in central Illinois are still recovering, but improving two years after heavy rain decimated area yields. Jim Ackerman, an agriculture manager at the Nestle-owned Libby’s plant in Morton, said the 2017 crop of pumpkins has improved from last year and is looking a little better than […]

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Wisconsin still leads in organic farming despite competition

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows Wisconsin remains second in the U.S. for the number of organic farms, despite increasing competition from other states. The number of organic farms in Wisconsin increased by 6 percent to almost 1,300 operations between 2015 and 2016, Wisconsin Public Radio reported […]

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Timber Hill Winery, owner find niche in the industry

MILTON, Wis. (AP) — The undersides of Amanda Stefl’s fingernails are stained faint shades of purple and red from the thousands of grapes she’s processed by hand. The owner of Timber Hill Winery, Stefl is a one-woman show, the Janesville Gazette reported . She makes the wine, bottles it and labels it in the company’s […]

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Minnesota company acquiring Webcrafters printing company

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A family-owned printing company with deep roots in Madison is being purchased by a Minnesota firm. CJK Group, of Brainerd, Minnesota, said Monday that it’s acquiring Webcrafters, a company whose origins date back to 1868. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The company, which provides off-set printing, digital printing and […]

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$890,000 to help Illinois businesses export their goods

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is getting an $890,000 federal grant to help small businesses in the state better export their goods. The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s director Sean McCarthy says in a news release that in an increasingly global economy, companies need to look beyond domestic markets. And he says that […]

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