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Canadian company moves ahead on exploratory drilling in WI

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – Armed with an exploratory license, a Canadian mining company appears to be moving ahead with plans to drill for gold and copper in north-central Wisconsin. GreenLight Metals, of Toronto, has also filed technical reports with Canadian authorities that say the Reef and Bend deposits in Taylor and Marathon counties have “economic interest” that warrant further exploration. The company says the Bend deposit, located within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Taylor County, contains 4 million tons of mostly copper and gold. The Reef deposit, which is roughly 12 miles east of Wausau in Marathon County, contains around 454,000 tons of gold reserves. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spokesman Ben Callan said the company needs more approvals before it begins drilling.


Two killed when vehicle crashes into building in Dane County

TOWN OF ALBION, Wis. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials say speed and alcohol appear to be factors in a Dane County crash that killed two people. Authorities say the crash happened in the Town of Albion about 9:30 pm Sunday. The driver lost control of the vehicle which left the road and struck a building. Both people in the vehicle were ejected and were pronounced dead at the scene. The names of the victims have not been released.


Police investigating quadruple shooting in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Police are investigating a quadruple shooting in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Police Department say the shooting occurred early Sunday morning. Someone opened fire during an argument at a party. Rounds struck a 28-year-old woman, a 28-year-old man and a 23-year-old man. All three suffered non-life-threatening wounds. A 24-year-old man also was hit. He sustained life-threatening injuries and was listed in critical condition. Police say they’re searching for unknown suspects.


Man accused of stealing $ 1,400 worth of liquor from store

UAE CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) – An Eau Claire man has been charged with stealing $ 1,400 worth of liquor from a grocery store over three days. The Leader-Telegram reports 50-year-old Michael White was charged Friday with two counts of retail theft. According to the criminal complaint, White walked out of Festival Foods on Feb. 18 with 10 bottles of cognac and four bottles of vodka in his cart without paying for them. The complaint says he returned to the store on Feb. 21 and walked out with seven bottles of cognac and five bottles of tequila in his cart, again without paying. This time a security guard stopped him in the parking lot. White gave the guard the cart and drove off.


Traveling beer gardens return to Milwaukee parks

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Mobile beer gardens will be back in Milwaukee parks starting in May. Two fire trucks serving beer, brats, hot dogs and pretzels will start making their rounds on May 11 in Juneau Park and on May 25 in Froemming Park. WDJT-TV reports the trucks will visit 10 parks before Labor Day. Milwaukee County Parks Director Guy Smith says that in 2021 the trucks served 55,000 pints of beer, 2,000 root beer floats, 7,700 brats and hot dogs and 4,500 pretzels. All revenue goes toward improving the parks.


Waukesha sets up City Hall memorial to parade crash victims

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – City officials in Waukesha have created a memorial within City Hall to the six people who were killed when an SUV plowed through a Christmas parade last November. WTMJ-AM reports that city officials hung paintings of the six people by artist Joanne Bowring on the wall in City Hall. A commission plans to meet March 31 to discuss a permanent memorial. Prosecutors have accused Darrell Brooks Jr. of driving his SUV through the parade, killing the six people and injuring dozens more. He faces more than 70 charges, including six homicide counts. Any potential motive remains unclear.


Wisconsin wildlife rehab facility raising 3 bear cubs

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) – A wildlife rehabilitation facility is raising three newborn bear cubs after their mother died during a research project. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that researchers tranquilized the mother bear and an older cub in their den in February so they could replace batteries on a radio collar. The mother bear apparently died after the cub rolled onto her head di lei. The researchers contacted Wild Instincts, a wildlife rehabilitation facility in Rhinelander, to take the three newborns with two and a half hours. The facility’s wildlife rehabilitation director, Mark Naniot, says the cubs are doing well. He called the mother bear’s death “an accident.”


Defiant priest removed from ministry to speak in Beloit

THE CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – A defiant priest who was removed from his ministry in La Crosse last year is set to speak in Beloit this summer. The La Crosse Tribune reports the Rev. James Altman will speak at the Coalition for Canceled Priests’ one-year anniversary event in Beloit in June. Bishop William Patrick Callahan removed Altman from his ministry at St. James the Less in La Crosse in July after Altman made a series of contentious remarks, including declaring that Catholics can’t be Democrats, anyone who supports Democrats will burn in hell and pandemic- related restrictions on church gatherings were “Nazi-esque controls.”

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