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Nicholas Eckhart

Big Retail Chains Keep Playing Chicken With Their Tax Bills

If a strategy used by a national chain retailer works in one city or state, they’re certain to try it on others. The dark store strategy that has helped retailers in some areas slash their property tax bills by sort-of-but-not-really threatening to close is spreading, and has now reached Wisconsin. [More]

Dodge County Sheriff's Department

Mystery Of Skittles Scattered On Road Destined For Cattle Feed Has Been Solved

Have you been wondering about the backstory behind the Skittles strewn across a highway in Wisconsin a few weeks ago? Skittles-maker Mars said that it was investigating the situation, and now we know the answer: a miscommunication meant that the candy was allegedly sold directly to a farmer. [More]

Dodge County Sheriff's Department

Skittles Scattered Across Highway Were Destined For Cattle Feed: Mars Investigating

Mars Inc. has a number of very distinct businesses under its sizable umbrella, covering everything from its well-known candy brands to pet food to veterinary clinics. But that doesn’t explain why a load of Skittles spilled all over a Wisconsin highway were on their way to become cattle feed. [More]

Ben Schumin

Government Accuses Walmart Of Illegally Firing Worker With Down Syndrome

The federal government has accused Walmart of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by firing an employee with Down Syndrome who could not adjust to having her schedule changed after 15 years on the job. [More]

Nicholas Eckhart

New Lands’ End CEO Will Pack Suitcases, Move To Wisconsin

After less than two years with mismatched CEO Federica Marchionne in charge, Lands’ End gave the former high fashion executive the (sensible, waterproof) boot back in September. [More]

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McDonald’s Serving Deep Fried Cheese Curds In Wisconsin

We hear that Wisconsin is a pretty good place to live if you like cheese, but a new local offering from McDonald’s has made it an even better one. That’s because as a limited-time offering, the fast food chain is selling deep fried cheese curds in its restaurants across the Badger State. [More]

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Of Course People In Wisconsin Are Getting Wedding Cakes Made Entirely Out Of Cheese

Usually, the topic of wedding trends makes me want to stab myself in the eye with a wire hanger dipped in hot tar, but when you introduce cheese into the picture, well, that’s another matter entirely. [More]

(Jennifer Snyder)

Hormel Must Pay Workers For The Time It Takes To Put On, Take Off Uniforms

Over the past several years, companies have come under scrutiny for a variety of practices that some see as wage theft, including not providing reimbursement for uniforms, requiring some work to be performed off the clocks, and mandating employees clock out for a break even if they don’t take one. Today, Wisconsin’s highest court found that Hormel Foods owes hundreds of workers back wages for failing to provide compensation for the time spent putting on and taking off required clothing and equipment.  [More]

Some Jerks Stole $160,000 Worth Of Cheese In Two Separate Thefts In Wisconsin

Some Jerks Stole $160,000 Worth Of Cheese In Two Separate Thefts In Wisconsin

UPDATE: Police have recovered $70,000 worth of that stolen cheese. [More]

Netflix “Making A Murderer” Documentary Inspires Viewers To Seek Justice… Through Yelp

Netflix “Making A Murderer” Documentary Inspires Viewers To Seek Justice… Through Yelp

Netflix recently premiered a 10-part true-crime documentary Making A Murderer, about controversial murder investigation in Wisconsin. Some viewers of the show have been so moved by what they’ve watched that they’re forming virtual picket lines on Yelp and other review sites. [More]

CFPB Launches Monthly Reports To Showcase Financial Difficulties In Specific Areas Of The U.S.

CFPB Launches Monthly Reports To Showcase Financial Difficulties In Specific Areas Of The U.S.

Have you ever wondered if people on the other side of the country run into the same difficulties dealing with financial institutions as you do? Well, wonder no more, as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced today that it will provide a peek into the overall state of consumer complaints in the U.S. and how individuals in certain areas deal with companies providing financial products and services through a new monthly series. First up: Milwaukee, WI, and debt collection. [More]

Patient Faces Bankruptcy After Ambulance Takes Her To Out-Of-Network Hospital

Patient Faces Bankruptcy After Ambulance Takes Her To Out-Of-Network Hospital

Most of us know that it could cost us everything we own if we go to a hospital that isn’t covered by our insurance plan. But what if you’re unconscious and have no say in the matter? That’s the case for a Wisconsin woman who owes $50,000 to a hospital that claims she should just pay up and be happy she’s still alive. [More]

Wisconsin Sues Corinthian Colleges Over Everest’s Job-Placement, Graduation Rate Claims

Wisconsin Sues Corinthian Colleges Over Everest’s Job-Placement, Graduation Rate Claims

Corinthian Colleges, the for-profit educator behind controversial school chains like Everest and WyoTech, is facing yet another lawsuit. This time, it’s from the state of Wisconsin, which alleges that Everest misrepresented important information, like graduation rates and job-placement stats, in order to lure students in. [More]

(Great Beyond)

Let’s All Move To Wisconsin, Land Of Plenty

Full disclosure: I grew up in Wisconsin (as some may have noticed due to frequent mentions of cheese and the almighty Green Bay Packers) but hear me out when I say everyone should just move there: According to a new report, Wisconsin has 2.7 times more bars than grocery stores. [More]

Sigh. FINE, Switzerland. You win... this time. (AP)

Wisconsinites Plunged Into Despair After A Swiss Emmentaler Nabs World’s Best Cheese Title

That headline is not a joke. Do I wish with my cheesiest of Wisconsin born and bred hearts that it was? Yes, because I can only imagine the depths of despair cheeseheads have been plunged into after a team of Swiss cheesemakers swooped in and grabbed the title of World Champion during this year’s competition on sacred dairy ground. Otherwise known as Madison, WI. [More]

McDonald’s Worker Will Have 29 Months Behind Bars To Regret Spitting In Cop’s Snack Wrap

McDonald’s Worker Will Have 29 Months Behind Bars To Regret Spitting In Cop’s Snack Wrap

In case any of you out there were considering depositing some saliva in a customer’s food today (or at any point in the future), remember that it’s not just gross, it’s illegal. And if you’re caught, you’ll lose your job and possibly your freedom. Just ask the former McDonald’s employee who will spend at least two years in jail for adding some secret sauce to a customer’s food. [More]

(Triborough)

Welcome To Wisconsin: Where The Streets Are Literally Flowing With Cheese

As if you needed any more reason to visit Wisconsin (Home of Harley Davidson! Beer! Free snow every winter! People say “please” and “thank you”!), Milwaukee’ Department of Public Works is embarking on a pilot program this winter to figure out if cheese brine can be added to rock salt and applied to the streets. The one problem with this plan? The brine apparently has a distinctive odor. My guess is limburger. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

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Mysterious Rockin’ Grandma Awes Music Store Staff On Drums, Disappears

Mysterious Rockin’ Grandma Awes Music Store Staff On Drums, Disappears

A music store in Wisconsin claims that an elderly woman came into the shop to try a drum set and became an Internet viral video star. Who is she? Where did she learn to play? Will she join my band? All of these questions remain unanswered so far. All we have are two videos of her totally rocking out. [More]