CARE PACKAGES FOR TROOPS
Wisconsin woman sends care packages to troops overseas
(Information from: WITI-TV, http://www.fox6now.com)
HARTFORD, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman who began sending care packages to her two sons deployed in the Middle East is now doing the same for hundreds of troops overseas in time for Christmas.
Hartford resident Leann Boudwine says the soldiers she sends packages to “are like my kids.” After first sending packages to her sons, she sent a few more for the soldiers with whom they served.
WITI-TV reports that eventually that list grew into the hundreds when Boudwine collected names of soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines all over the world. The care packages include snacks, soap, and boxed mac-and-cheese.
Family, friends, businesses and veterans’ groups have begun to help her. She says her nonprofit “Support the Troops” will have shipped 14,000 packages by early next year.
Police investigate Green Bay man for fatal hit-and-run
(Information from: Press-Gazette Media, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com)
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) — Police say they’re investigating a 38-year-old Green Bay man for the death of a man found in a ditch after officers responded to a report of a hit-and-run involving a car and a deer.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports police in Ashwaubenon arrested the man to be investigated for homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. He is being held at the Brown County Jail.
Police say the crash happened around 12 a.m. Saturday.
Authorities have not released the name of the suspect or the deceased.
River watchers already wary about 2020 spring flooding
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After a year that has seen some of the worst flooding ever in parts of the Midwest, concern is already rising that the spring of 2020 may bring more high water to places that still haven’t fully recovered.
Flooding ravaged much of the Missouri and Mississippi River basins earlier this year, reaching record levels in many places. Eight months later, parts of the Missouri River are above flood stage at a time of the year when river levels traditionally run low. Conditions are only slightly better on the Mississippi River.
High river levels aren’t the only worry. National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs cites two other factors: Soil is extremely saturated in several upper Midwestern states, and the long-range forecast offers a strong possibility of a wetter-than-normal winter.
Trump impeachment drive has parallels to Wisconsin recall
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats’ drive to impeach President Donald Trump has a parallel in Wisconsin, where angry liberals took aim at Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2012 after he eviscerated public employee unions.
Their recall attempt energized partisans on both sides. But it ultimately backfired, failing to persuade moderates to oust Walker from office early, and Walker won reelection in 2014.
Walker and others who were around during the recall are seeing similarities with impeachment as well as warning signs for Democrats in a battleground state Trump narrowly won in 2016.
Walker says Democrats risk ignoring issues that regular voters care about to appease their base.
Mike Tate led the Wisconsin Democratic Party during the recall. He says it’s no surprise that impeachment is divisive in Wisconsin, given the sharp partisan divide there.
FATAL FIRE-BEAVER DAM
Woman dies, man injured, in Beaver Dam house fire
BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) — A woman in her 80s has died and a man in his 90s was injured in a house fire in Beaver Dam.
The fire was reported after 10 p.m. Thursday, and the initial call said victims were trapped in the basement. Fire Chief Alan Mannel says Dodge County Deputies arrived to the house to find heavy smoke and fire on the first floor.
The woman was pulled from the home by a deputy, but she later died at the hospital. The man was able to get out of the house on his own, and was also taken to a hospital where he was being treated for injuries that are not life-threatening.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by the sheriff’s office and the state fire marshal.
Big obstacles remain before Chicago gets long-awaited casino
CHICAGO (AP) — Even though Illinois lawmakers have finally approved a Chicago casino, the city faces major obstacles before anyone can place bets.
One of the biggest issues is trying to make it more profitable.
A feasibility study says the tax and fee structure for a Chicago casino is the highest in the nation and will make it difficult for a developer to profit. Lawmakers adjourned their veto session this month without addressing the issue. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says they’ll try again in January.
The city also must find a location that’ll draw crowds and will face competition from surrounding states.
Chicago’s casino was approved as part of a massive statewide gambling expansion that includes five other casinos in Chicago’s south suburbs, Waukegan, Danville, Rockford and southern Illinois.
Wintry weather back in the Dakotas after Thanksgiving break
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Travelers across the Dakotas and Minnesota braced for a return of wintery weather this weekend, with up to 2 feet of snow expected in the Black Hills.
The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning remained in effect in counties across the Great Plains from central Montana to northern Wisconsin. Freezing drizzle is expected to turn into heavy snow on Friday night. Winds as high as 60 mph may whip across the region, blowing snow and reducing visibility.
Hospitals in western South Dakota prepared to care for patients if the storm causes power outages. The South Dakota Highway Patrol reported one fatal accident on an icy road and posted photos on social media of cars that had careened off roads. Travelers are being asked to stay off the roads.
ASSAULT VICTIM DIES
Wisconsin man’s sentencing for Iowa slaying delayed
NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) — The sentencing of a Wisconsin man found guilty of manslaughter in Iowa has been delayed a week.
Nineteen-year-old Dalton Adam, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, was convicted Nov. 4 of voluntary manslaughter. He’d been charged with first-degree murder, but the jury convicted him of the lesser crime.
Winneshiek County court records say Adam’s sentencing was set for Tuesday but has been rescheduled for Tuesday next week.
He and his friend Jacob Seelinger were charged after the July 2018 attack on 46-year-old David Hansen outside Hansen’s home in Decorah. Seelinger’s been convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to up to 50 years in prison.