Tag: Wisconsin

What We Know About Jake Thomas Patterson, the Man Accused of Kidnapping Jayme Closs

Jake Thomas Patterson. (Barron County Sheriff’s Department via AP) His teachers barely remember him, his neighbors didn’t know he was there, and he appears to have had little to no online presence. By virtually all accounts, Jake Thomas Patterson—the 21-year-old police say killed 13-year-old Jayme Closs’s parents in rural Wisconsin, kidnapped her, and held her […]

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For Sheriff Who Led Search for Jayme Closs, No Sweeter Words Than ‘We Got Her’

CHICAGO — When Jayme Closs, 13, appeared along a rural Wisconsin road on Thursday, she ended an 88-day search by hundreds of investigators. Chris Fitzgerald, the sheriff of Barron County, Wis. — where Jayme’s parents were found dead in their home on the night that Jayme disappeared — was at the helm of that desperate […]

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Students in Rural America Ask, ‘What Is a University Without a History Major?’

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Chancellor Bernie Patterson’s message to his campus was blunt: To remain solvent and relevant, his 125-year-old university needed to reinvent itself. Some longstanding liberal arts degrees, including those in history, French and German, would be eliminated. Career-focused programs would become a key investment. Tenured faculty members could lose their jobs. The […]

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Jayme Closs, Missing Wisconsin Girl, Is Found; Man Is Accused in Abduction

GORDON, Wis. — A 21-year-old man was being held in the disappearance of a teenager, Jayme Closs, who had vanished from her rural Wisconsin home on the same fall night that her parents were found fatally shot there. Jake T. Patterson, 21, was being held pending formal charges of murder and kidnapping, the authorities announced […]

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Breakdown of biggest VC raises in Midwestern states in 2018

As the new year gets underway, 2018’s fundraising numbers are rolling in, allowing us to get a snapshot of how the Midwest’s top startups fared. It was a good year for the Midwest, which we define here as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Here is a list of each Midwest state’s top VC […]

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Jayme Closs, Missing After Parents’ Deaths, Is Found Alive in Wisconsin, Authorities Say

A teenage girl who went missing from the house where her parents were killed has been found, the authorities said on Thursday night, three months after her disappearance rattled a small town in Wisconsin and prompted a large-scale manhunt. A suspect has been taken into custody. Jayme Closs, 13, was found on Thursday evening by […]

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As Big Retailers Seek to Cut Their Tax Bills, Towns Bear the Brunt

WAUWATOSA, Wis. — With astonishing range and rapidity, big-box retailers and corporate giants are using an aggressive legal tactic to shrink their property tax bills, a strategy that is costing local governments and school districts around the country hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue. These businesses — many of them brick-and-mortar stores like […]

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Woman Finds Drunk Guy Sleeping in Her Dog’s Bed, Is Surprisingly Chill About It

It happens to the best of us: You’re out having a few drinks with friends, and then a few becomes a few too many, and suddenly you’re dragging your body out of bed at 11 AM with a debilitating hangover and reckoning with a string of shitfaced Amazon Prime purchases. But there are the sloppy […]

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A Power Grab? Politics as Usual? Michigan’s Governor Will Decide

LANSING, Mich. — On both sides of Lake Michigan this month, Republican-dominated legislatures pushed forward measures aimed at hamstringing Democrats who will take over their statehouses in January. On the Wisconsin side, Gov. Scott Walker shrugged at accusations of dirty politics and partisan overreach and signed them into law. In Michigan, all eyes are on […]

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Wisconsin Power Struggle Appears Bound for Court, Long Favorable to Republicans

Wisconsin’s judiciary, officially nonpartisan, has been marred in recent years by political intrigue, divisive elections and even accusations of one judge placing another in a chokehold. Now it may be what decides the fate of the outgoing governor’s new laws to limit the power of his successor. “There will be a challenge, no doubt,” Gov. […]

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Scott Walker, With Legacy in Mind, to Act on Bills Stripping Power From Successor

FOX CROSSING, Wis. — Scott Walker, rejected by Wisconsin voters in his quest for a third term as governor, has spent recent days trying to define how his eight years in office are remembered. He posted 21 tweets in 25 minutes, each starting with “OUR LEGACY” and listing an accomplishment. Facing angry accusations on Facebook, […]

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Two Companies Finally Speak Up

This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday. First, if you doubt that Republicans are becoming more willing to defy President Trump, consider the Senate’s vote on the crisis in Yemen yesterday. Senators don’t normally rein in a president’s war powers. Wisconsin fallout. […]

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The Democrats’ Best Response to Republican Power Grabs

In Michigan and Wisconsin, lame duck Republican-majority legislatures are enacting laws to limit the powers of incoming Democratic governors. Two years ago in North Carolina, the same happened. These moves are particularly striking examples of recent aggressive Republican procedural hardball. Whatever the right rules are for the separation of powers, they should apply to both […]

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Behind G.O.P. Power Play in Midwest: Fear of Losing a Gerrymandered Advantage

LANSING, Mich. — When Michigan Republicans began moving legislation last week to limit the power of newly elected Democratic officials, some liberal activists shouted “shame!” through the Capitol rotunda while others trailed legislators with boom microphones, live-streaming their interactions online to make them uncomfortable. But if many on the left see a power grab underway […]

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The Corporate Donors Behind a Republican Power Grab

Walgreens portrays itself as the friendly neighborhood drugstore. It gives flu shots to children, helps communities after storms, donates to charity — and makes feel-good advertisements trumpeting its various good deeds. But Walgreens also has a tougher side, one you won’t see in those ads. To protect a tax break, the company has allied itself […]

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The High Cost of Shattering Democratic Norms

The Wisconsin Assembly speaker, Robin Vos, a Republican, said the quiet part out loud this week when he told reporters that it was a blatant power grab for his lame duck chamber to pass legislation that weakens the incoming Democratic governor, Tony Evers. “We did have an election,” Mr. Vos said on Tuesday. “Whether everyone […]

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Behind the Scenes in Wisconsin: A Republican Power Play, Months in the Making

MADISON, Wis. — Last spring, after Wisconsin Democrats seized a state legislative seat long held by Republicans and sent a liberal justice to the State Supreme Court, Republicans began to worry. Gov. Scott Walker, preparing to seek a third term, warned his fellow Republicans on Twitter of the “risk of a blue wave” and publicly […]

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