Committee to hold hearing on hemp farming bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A legislative committee is set to consider a bill that would allow farmers to grow industrial hemp in Wisconsin. The Senate agriculture committee was scheduled to hold a public hearing on the Republican measure Tuesday morning. The bill would require anyone who wants to grow hemp to get a state license. […]

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Corn maze pays tribute to last year’s champion Chicago Cubs

SPRING GROVE, Ill. (AP) — This may be the corniest idea yet offered to pay tribute to the Chicago Cubs. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports officials of the Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove have chosen last year’s World Series champs to be the subject for this year’s corn maze. After the Cubs signed […]

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Woman looks to breathe life into small town general store 

By ERICA PENNINGTON Features Editor LEYDEN, Wis.— Blink once, and you’ve officially missed Leyden, a tiny town located on Highway 14 just west of Janesville. Not much remains from its glory days during the railroad boom, but a major anchor of the community is now coming back to life. “This building is from 1898 and […]

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Tradition is strong at Skelly’s pumpkin patch

By ERICA PENNINGTON Features Editor JANESVILLE — Changing leaves have signaled the start of fall, and as such, the rush is on at Skelly’s. Located at 2713 S. Hayner Road, Janesville, Skelly’s Farm Market is a favorite for many families is the Stateline Area year-round for fresh produce. Pumpkin season is an especially popular time […]

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Minnesota lawmakers considering second train to Chicago

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers need to approve $1 million next year for the second phase of a study about adding a second Twin Cities-to-Chicago passenger train with stops in Red Wing and Winona. Legislators already are faced with more than $3 billion in requests for construction projects across Minnesota, the Post Bulletin reported. […]

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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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Students told to master skills now in demand

BY HILLARY GAVAN Senior staff writer BELOIT — While hosting the TV show “Dirty Jobs,” Mike Rowe said he was struck by the fact that success didn’t look like what he thought it would. For example, the show profiled at least 50 millionaires. “It didn’t feature people who were desperate or victims, but people who […]

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