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2-14 Prep Roundup: Chi-Hi girls basketball earns share of eighth straight Big Rivers title with win over Menomonie

MENOMONIE — The Chi-Hi girls basketball team earned a share of its eighth consecutive Big Rivers Conference championship on Thursday with a 62-55 victory over Menomonie. Alexis Zenner and Caelan Givens each scored 18 points for the Cardinals (16-5, 10-1) while Aaliyah McMillan added 11 in the victor


Dunn County to develop plan for east-side campus

MENOMONIE — Dunn County has taken its first step to move county offices from downtown Menomonie to the Community Services Building on the city’s east side. The county Executive Committee gave the green light to county staff Wednesday to develop a campus plan, which will shape the future of county-ow


Wisconsin drug bust leads to 9 arrests

Investigators from the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office carried out several Valentine's Day search warrants, seizing drugs, cash and guns. The bust led to the arrest of nine suspects.


Breathing new life into local buildings

With an undergraduate degree in architecture and a Master of Fine Arts in design from University of Wisconsin-Stout, Dharshana Gopalakrishnan appreciates buildings, especially historic ones.


Illinois Democrats Ask Wisconsin Governor To Review Foxconn Plant Impact

(AP) — Illinois congressional Democrats have asked Wisconsin’s new Democratic governor to re-evaluate the environmental impact of a sprawling plant that Foxconn Technology Group plans to build near the states’ border, saying they are concerned it could exacerbate flooding in Chicago’s northern subur


No new trial for former police chief

MENOMONIE — A former Wheeler police chief sentenced to 14 years in prison for sexually assaulting two teenage boys and exposing them to pornography in 2011 will not get a new trial.


Wisconsin dentist arrested in connection to arson of boat house

A local dentist has been arrested for setting a neighbor's boat house on fire. According to a complaint, John Haag, 55, was arrested on Feb. 2 for arson. The complaint says the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department was called to a boat house fire near Bass Lake in New Richmond, Wisconsin, at about 4


Menomonie schools won't get second officer

MENOMONIE — A proposal to add a second youth services officer for the Menomonie school district will not proceed after the district and city officials disagreed on funding. The district and the city jointly fund one officer to address emergencies and support students and staff during the school year


Police: Woman run over outside EC tavern

A woman was apparently run over by a vehicle early Thursday morning near an Eau Claire tavern, Eau Claire police said. Officers were sent to Southtowne Pub, 4260 Southtowne Drive, at 1:35 a.m. because of a woman who was laying outside.


Wisconsin girl fights off potential abductor with Valentine's candy

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (WITI) - Police in West Allis are investigating after a little girl was grabbed on her way to school Thursday morning. They say a Valentine's Day gift may have saved her life.


AAA Gives 3 Wisconsin Restaurants 4-Diamond Rating

WISCONSIN -- AAA has released its exclusive five-diamond list of restaurants and not a single restaurant in Wisconsin made the cut. The list, released Thursday, includes just 67 restaurants in North America and only three new restaurants were added this year. Three Wisconsin restaurants earned a fou


Sex therapy experts provide safe space for conversation at UW-Stout

Menomonie (WQOW) – Ahead of the romantic holiday, sex therapists wanted to give people a safe space to talk about sex. On Wednesday at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, anyone could take advantage of Sex Speak Sessions, free, one-on-one conversations with certified therapy educators. The conversati


Menomonie man sentenced to prison in child pornography case

A Menomonie man has been sentenced to serve more than 1½ years in prison for having child pornography on a cell phone while on supervision in a child sexual assault case. Joseph A. Johnson, 34, was convicted Monday of possessing child pornography (repeater) in Dunn County, online court records show.


Some Wisconsin Republicans wary of President Trump's emergency declaration

Some Wisconsin congressional Republicans are joining Democrats in criticizing President Trump’s national emergency declaration over border security for setting the country down a potentially troubling path.


Man pleads guilty to kidnapping woman in Minnesota, taking her to Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping a woman he met in downtown Minneapolis and offered to drive home. Prosecutors say 37-year-old Dontay Reese instead drove the woman to Wisconsin in August 2017 and told her he planned to make money by trafficking her. The victim attempted


5 killed in weekend snowmobile crashes in Wisconsin

MENOMONIE, Wis. — Five people have died in weekend snowmobile crashes in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the crashes happened Friday and Saturday in Calumet, Dunn, Langlade, Iron and Forest counties.


Driver in Eau Claire fatal crash sentenced to prison

Eau Claire (WQOW) – The Eau Claire driver who is accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian in a crosswalk will spend time behind bars. In October, Donald Bass Jr. pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.


Man convicted of child sexual assault reaches plea deal

Dunn County (WQOW) – A man convicted by a jury of child sexual assault in December has reached a plea deal in two other assault cases. Ted Lopez was charged in 2016 in two separate cases accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting young boys.


Man faces charges after allegedly punching, kicking officers at Eau Claire hotel

Eau Claire County (WQOW) – A Kenosha man faces charges in Eau Claire County after allegedly punching and kicking two police officers. Daniel Nielsen faces five felony charges including battery to law enforcement, escape and attempting to flee.


Republican Leaders In Wisconsin Refuse To Recognize Colin Kaepernick During Black History Month

Senate GOP lawmakers say the celebrated athlete and activist is "too controversial" to be given a recognition. On Wednesday, Wisconsin Senate Republicans passed a resolution in Honor of Black History Month that failed to mention Milwaukee native Colin Kaepernick.