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Ex-Wisconsin DOT secretary criticizes Walker over roads

(Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former Wisconsin transportation secretary is criticizing Gov. Scott Walker for suggesting the state could save money by declining to add lanes when it rebuilds roads.

Republican Mark Gottlieb says Walker has been “increasingly inaccurate” in describing Wisconsin’s highway system.

Walker contends people may drive less in the future. But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Gottlieb notes traffic has been increasing since the 2008 recession.

Walker campaign spokesman Austin Altenburg blamed former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle for shifting money from roads to schools. The funds Doyle and lawmakers transferred out of the transportation fund have since been paid back.

Gottlieb served as Walker’s transportation secretary from 2011 to 2017. He’s is the third former top aide to Walker to speak out against the Republican governor in recent months.



2 killed in motorcycle crash with farm tractor in Wisconsin

TAYCHEEDAH, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead after their motorcycle crashed into a farm tractor in east-central Wisconsin.

The crash happened about 6:30 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 151 in Taycheedah. According to the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office, the motorcycle was trying to pass the tractor and the tractor started turning into a field.

The crash ejected the 49-year-old Chilton man who was driving the motorcycle and his 47-year-old female passenger, also from Chilton.

The Fond du Lac Reporter says Carl Serwe died at the scene. His passenger, Darci Lu Atkins, was airlifted to a Neenah medical center, where she died Sunday. The tractor driver was not hurt.

The sheriff’s office says speed and unsafe passing were factors in the crash.


Wisconsin school district bans classroom treats

(Information from: Post-Crescent Media,

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin school district’s decision to ban shared snacks in the classroom has received mixed responses from parents and students.

The Post Crescent reports that Appleton Area School District’s new rule puts an end to shared birthday treats and classroom potlucks. Parents and students are instead encouraged to share non-food items or plan an activity for class to celebrate events.

District officials cited nutrition, equity and safety issues with food as the main reasons for the policy change.

Mikki Duran leads the district’s health and human performance program. Duran says the new rule will teach about healthy eating early.

Parent Erin Rogers wrote on the district’s Facebook page that she was disappointed in the decision. But parent Michelle Anderson posted that she supports the change.



Eau Claire School District looks for new revenue sources

(Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio,

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin school district is looking for new ways to raise revenue, such as naming rights or a virtual charter school.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Eau Claire Area School District disclosed this spring that it’s facing a $5.8 million deficit, despite a 2016 referendum that gave the district $87.9 million to fund teacher pay raises and additional staff.

School Board President Joe Luginbill says officials have already lobbied lawmakers for more aid, asked taxpayers for referendums and made budget cuts.

He says officials are now looking for new ways to raise money. Options include licensing and selling educational materials made in-house, creating virtual charter schools, creating adult education courses or partnering with banks on things like naming rights.

Luginbill says the district’s large size gives it leverage in finding new revenue streams.



Body parts found in river identified as missing sailor

(Information from: Post-Bulletin,

WABASHA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say remains found in the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota in July have been identified as those of a missing Wisconsin sailor.

According to the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said DNA tests of the remains found July 14 near West Newton confirmed they are those of 61-year-old David Sheridan of Pepin, Wisconsin.

Sheridan was last seen in April on his sailboat on Lake Pepin. His boat was found unoccupied, with the motor running, the next day.

In July, a leg was found near West Newton. On Aug. 18, two boys found a torso and an attached leg with a boot on the Minnesota side of the river.

The Post Bulletin reports results of DNA testing on those remains have not been released.




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