MADISON — The story, as a reporter heard it, was that a Dane County farmer told friends last year he was voting for Hillary Clinton for president because he believed her husband, Bill Clinton, would step in in the event of a crisis. It causes Sheila Harsdorf to explode with laughter. The 61-year-old dairy farmer from River Falls, who made history in November when Gov. Scott Walker named her the first woman to lead the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, long
WASHINGTON — The director of the FBI cast new doubt on the White House’s version of when officials learned of a key aide’s history of domestic violence allegations, saying Tuesday that the bureau completed its security check on Rob Porter, President Donald Trump’s staff secretary, last summer. The issue of who in the White House knew when about the allegations has festered for a week, a longer lifespan than many Trump White House controversies. Officials have offered
5 years ago — 2013 Culver’s restaurant owner Gary Theelke is named the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce 2012 Distinguished Citizen. 10 years ago — 2008 At least 54 people are killed and hundreds injured by dozens of tornadoes that plow across Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. 20 years ago — 1998 Amid the Monica Lewinsky scandal, President Bill Clinton vows he won’t resign. 35 years ago — 1983 State Democrats mull a plan
LOS ANGELES— Comic strip artist Mort Walker, a World War II veteran who satirized the Army and tickled millions of newspaper readers with the antics of the lazy private “Beetle Bailey,” died Saturday. He was 94. Walker died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, said Greg Walker, his eldest son and a collaborator. His father’s advanced age was the cause of death, he said. Walker began publishing cartoons at age 11 and was involved with more than a half-dozen comic
WASHINGTON — Beset by poor poll numbers and the grind of the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump will look to reset his term with his first State of the Union address, arguing that his tax cut and economic policies will benefit all Americans. The theme of his Tuesday night address to Congress and the country is “Building a safe, strong and proud America,” and the president is looking to showcase accomplishments of his first year while setting the tone for the second.
5 years ago — 2013 Survey volunteers count 140 golden eagles in bluffs across western Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa and northern Illinois. 10 years ago — 2008 Most taxpayers can expect a $600 to $1,200 rebate from the federal government under a deal announced by congressional leaders and President George W. Bush. 20 years ago — 1998 Iraqi newspapers say President Bill Clinton may attack Iraq to divert attention from his sex scandal. 35 years ago —
5 years ago — 2013 The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire seeks sponsors for around a dozen giant hand sculptures in a fundraising effort. 10 years ago — 2008 Packers fans are subdued after a 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Giants in the NFC championship game. 20 years ago — 1998 President Bill Clinton is “outraged” by charges he had a sexual relationship with a former White House intern. 35 years ago — 1983 To promote milk sales, Plum City
5 years ago — 2013 “Dear Abby” columnist Pauline Friedman Phillips, who lived in Eau Claire for more than a decade, dies at the age of 94 in Minneapolis. 10 years ago — 2008 More than 1,100 people rally at the state Capitol in support of a bill that would keep virtual charter schools open in Wisconsin. 20 years ago — 1998 President Bill Clinton testifies in Paula Jones’ sexual harassment lawsuit against him. 35 years ago — 1983 A Milwaukee