Wisconsin high-school seniors pull off epic fake-crash prank

Here’s a pretty epic high-school senior prank: A car crashed into the side of the school building just outside the principal’s office, bricks strewn everywhere and a gaping black hole. Except none of it is real. It happened in Cumberland, Wis., a small town in northwest Wisconsin about 90 miles from Minneapolis. There, seniors at […]

When Fake Communists Took Over a Wisconsin Town

Early one fine May morning, five security guards approached the house of Ralph Kronenwetter, the mayor of Mosinee, Wisconsin. “Come out with your hands on your head!” Chief Commissar Joseph Kornfeder yelled. The mayor stumbled out the front door in his pajamas and bathrobe and surrendered. The commissar and the guards weren’t the only ones […]

Wisconsin woman accused of driving with child on minivan roof

A mom in Ozaukee, Wis., north of Milwaukee, has been charged with child endangerment after police say she had her 9-year-old son ride atop her minivan to hold down a plastic pool she was transporting. According to court documents, Amber Schmunk, 28, was trying to get the pool home in Saukville, Wis., but it wouldn’t […]

A Wisconsin bill proposes letting people ban themselves from buying guns

Joe Raedle/Getty Images Legislation set to be introduced in Wisconsin would let residents ban themselves from purchasing new guns for up to two decades. The aim of the voluntary “no-buy list” would be to cut firearm suicides, which remain stubbornly high in rural states. Under the measure, anyone who wants to prohibit him- or herself from legally owning a […]

Wisconsin lawmakers vote to pay Foxconn $3 billion to get new factory

Enlarge / House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, greets Terry Gou, president and chief executive officer of Foxconn, before President Donald Trump announces the first US assembly plant for electronics giant Foxconn, in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (credit: Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) […]

iPhone-maker Foxconn to build flat-screen display factory in Wisconsin

Enlarge / The OLED-toting Google Pixel (left) next to the iPhone 7 Plus’ LCD panel. (credit: Ron Amadeo) Foxconn, one of the electronics manufacturers that makes Apple’s iPhones, revealed plans today to build a factory in Wisconsin to produce flat-screen displays. Foxconn’s total investment in the Wisconsin factory amounts to $ 10 billion, more than the […]

Building a startup in Wisconsin, the lowest-ranked startup state

GUEST: Last month, The Kauffman Institute released its annual Index of Startup Activity, which analyzes entrepreneurship across the country. The report assigns every state a Startup Activity Index number based on the rate of new entrepreneurs, their opportunity share, and startup density. California, home to Silicon Valley ranks, of course, at #1, while booming Texas […]

iPhone manufacturer Foxconn is considering building a factory in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — A Taiwanese company that assembles Apple’s iPhones and other electronics is considering building a plant in Wisconsin that could employ thousands of people. A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations who was not authorized to speak publicly confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the state is in talks with […]

Wisconsin ‘Campus Free Speech Act’ risks stifling free speech, critics say

Wisconsin legislation to protect free speech on college campuses would force the state’s university system to discipline students who disrupt speakers. Opponents warn that the bill will silence those who protest harmful speakers. Wisconsin state Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) introduced the “Campus Free Speech Act” last month to “ensure that free speech is not only […]