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Fritz Erickson fired as president at Northern Michigan U.

Sep. 24, 2021 20:02 PM EDT

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — The president of Northern Michigan University was fired Friday with nearly two years left on his contract. NMU's governing board voted 8-0 to dismiss Fritz Erickson, who had led the Upper Peninsula school since July 2014. ...

Enrollment at UW System schools drops 1%

Sep. 22, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Enrollment at University of Wisconsin System schools dropped 1% this fall compared with a year ago when it was down 2%, the university reported Wednesday based on preliminary figures. Enrollment was up 6% at the flagship Madison campus, an increase...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Sep. 22, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. September 19, 2021. Editorial: Sentence doesn’t feel like justice It’s hard to know exactly how to feel about the sentencing of John Stender last week. He wasn’t behind the wheel on Nov. 3, 2018, when Colten Treu...

Tommy Thompson on water skiing: 'I know you think I'm nuts'

Sep. 21, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tommy Thompson said people may think he was “nuts" for water skiing at age 79, but the interim University of Wisconsin president said Tuesday he got on the skis earlier this month to “give it to the old college try” before summer ends. ...

Officials: Nearly all UW System classes delivered in person

Sep. 21, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Nearly all of the classes being taught currently on University of Wisconsin campuses are in person, bouncing back from last year when nearly all went remote as COVID-19 spread across the state, interim UW System President Tommy Thompson said on Tuesday. ...

Vaccination rates vary widely on UW-System campuses

Sep. 20, 2021 08:50 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin officials say student vaccination rates for COVID-19 vary widely among the system's campuses. At the Madison campus, 91% of students are fully vaccinated, the highest number among the system's universities. The lowest number...

Tommy Thompson has surgery after water-skiing accident

Sep. 16, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tommy Thompson, the longest-serving governor in Wisconsin history and current interim president of the University of Wisconsin System, had surgery Thursday following a water-skiing accident. “On my way in to surgery this morning,” the...

Nearly 70% of state executive branch workers vaccinated

Sep. 13, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Almost 70% of state executive branch workers have received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Tony Evers' administration said Monday. More than 30,000 people work in executive branch jobs across Wisconsin. Evers' administration said that so...

Police: 45 people ejected, 32 arrested during Badgers game

Sep. 12, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin police say 45 people were ejected and 32 people were arrested during the football game between the Badgers and Eastern Michigan on Saturday night. Police say 30 of the 32 citations were issued to UW students. The list...

3 sisters from Racine climb one of world's highest mountains

Sep. 11, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Elizabeth DeKraay Dunlap never wants to see an energy drink or energy bar again. “They’re just disgusting,” she said. Elizabeth, along with her two sisters, Carolyn DeKraay Dickens and Sarah DeKraay, had to drink an...