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Crash reported at US Highway 12/18, County Highway AB; traffic being diverted

MADISON, Wis. — First responders are at the scene of a two-vehicle crash at U.S. Highway 12/18 and County Highway AB on the far southeast side of Madison Friday night. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said the crash was reported around 8 p.m.  Eastbound traffic on Highway 12/18 is closed at Interstate 39/90, according to the Wisconsin Department of...
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Internet router causes house fire in Pardeeville

PARDEEVILLE, Wis. — An internet router covered in papers and clothing caused a fire at a home in Pardeeville Thursday afternoon. In a Facebook post, the village’s fire department said the fire broke out shortly before 4:40 p.m. Thursday. When firefighters got to the scene, they found smoke and flames coming from a window. Crews began battling the flames from...

Nonprofits focusing on literacy, education get $100K grants from Ascendium

MADISON, Wis. — Nonprofit education philanthropy group Ascendium has awarded $100,000 each to two Madison nonprofits focused on literacy and education. The awards went to Literacy Network, which helps adults with reading and language skills, and Operation Fresh Start, which helps people ages 16-24 become self-sufficient by helping them finish school and find jobs. RELATED: Gala celebrates work of Operation...

Technology, logistics make food-scrap composting in Wisconsin a challenge

Until recently, the University of Wisconsin-Madison had a successful program to compost discarded food. Starting in 2009, the university collected food scraps at campus cafeterias to send to the West Madison Agricultural Research Station for composting. In 2018, the university began bringing scraps to an anaerobic biodigester, now owned by Clean Fuel Partners LLC. There, the waste was converted into methane for fuel.

Missouri man pleads guilty in deaths of 2 Wisconsin brothers

A Missouri man has pleaded guilty to killing two brothers from Wisconsin in 2019. Garland Nelson, of Braymer, admitted in court Friday that he killed 24-year-old Justin Diemel and 35-year-old Nicholas Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin, after they came to his farm to collect a debt from a cattle contract. In exchange for his plea to two counts of first-degree murder, several other charges, including abandonment of a corpse, were dropped. Prosecutors said Nelson killed the Diemels in July 2019, burned their bodies and dumped their remains on a manure pile. He was supposed to be raising and selling cattle for the brothers, who came to the farm to collect a $250,000 debt.

How to find your election polling place

MADISON, Wis. — It seems like a simple question, but it’s one you might find second-guessing yourself on — do you know where to vote?. For many people, their polling place may have changed since the last time they voted, whether it was a recent election earlier this year, the 2020 presidential election, or another election in the past.

DNR: Wisconsin wolf population likely now 972 animals

Wisconsin wildlife officials estimate Wisconsin's wolf population currently stands at about 970 animals. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that Department of Natural Resources officials released their latest population estimates at the agency's board meeting on Wednesday. DNR officials said estimates put the population between 812 and 1,193 animals, with 972 the likely best estimate. The numbers indicate a February 2021 hunting season didn't have as much impact on the population as conservationists feared. The DNR estimated roughly 1,100 wolves roamed the state prior to that hunting season.