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Tommy Bartlett Show

The coronavirus pandemic has forced an iconic Wisconsin Dells-area water ski show to shut down forever.

Tom Diehl, president and co-owner of the Tommy Bartlett Show, said Wednesday that the show can't recover from the revenue loss this summer and will have to close down permanently after 69 years in business.

The show didn't operate at all this summer due to the pandemic and Diehl says it couldn't recover from the loss of revenue or risk investing in the summer of 2021 because of the uncertainty the pandemic has created.

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A Merrill man with a history in state politics has been charged in federal court with fraud and with storing and disposing of hazardous electronic waste without a permit.

The charges against Kevin Shibilski were announced Thursday. Shibilski served in the state Senate from 1995 to 2002 and was briefly the state tourism secretary in 2003.

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Wisconsin health officials confirmed an additional 567 cases of the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 81,760. 

There were no new deaths reported in the state. A total of 1,168 people have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Officials say that nearly 89%, or 72,478, of people who had COVID-19 in Wisconsin have recovered, while 8,096 people have active cases of the virus.

Here are the county totals according to the state Department of Health:

Oneida County: 230

Vilas County: 128

Forest County: 107

The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.

"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.

A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.

Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.

Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.

The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Boeing hailed Friday's vote, which proponents said solidifies the aerospace giant's presence in the Seattle area.

"Tonight, Washington state secured its future as the aerospace capital of the world," Inslee declared.

Paul Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.

Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.

A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.

"We ... are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news," the statement said.

Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three had laid the foundation of the current understanding of asset prices.

While it's hard to predict whether stock or bond prices will go up or down in the short term, it's possible to foresee movements over periods of three years or longer, the academy said.

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