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Heavy snow, freezing rain and icy conditions could make travel challenging in parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota.

The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued a winter storm warning for an area stretching from Mankato, Minnesota to Hayward, Wisconsin where 4 to 7 inches of snow is expected to accumulate later Tuesday through Wednesday.

The weather service said higher snow totals are possible in isolated areas.

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Wildlife advocates and environmental groups are challenging the removal of federal protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. Two coalitions of groups have filed notice that they intend to sue the Trump administration in federal court unless protections are restored.

The Interior Department last week ended longstanding federal safeguards for gray wolves in the Lower 48 states. That put states and tribes in charge of overseeing the predators and opens the door to more hunting.

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U.S. voters went to the polls starkly divided on how they see President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, with a surprising twist.

In places where the virus is most rampant now, Trump enjoyed enormous support.

An Associated Press analysis reveals that in 376 counties with the highest number of new cases per capita, the overwhelming majority went for Trump, a rate above other less severely hit areas.

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Wisconsin’s chief health officer quit Thursday as COVID-19 continues to run rampant across the state.

State Health Officer and DHS Interim Division of Public Health Administrator Stephanie Smiley announced her resignation effective Nov. 11 in a letter to local health departments.

She wrote that her work has been difficult and she has accepted a position outside state service so she can focus on her own health.

The DHS reported an additional 5,922 confirmed cases Thursday, just 17 cases shy of the daily case record of 5,935 set Wednesday.

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Wisconsin Democrats have beaten back Republicans' bid for a legislative supermajority, preserving Gov. Tony Evers' veto powers in the upcoming session.

Republicans needed to flip three seats in the Assembly and three in the Senate in Tuesday's elections to achieve a two-thirds majority in each chamber.

That would give them enough votes to override any Evers veto, allowing them to advance their agenda at will.

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court is refusing to consider whether to reinstate Gov. Tony Evers' order limiting the size of public indoor gatherings. Evers' administration issued the order in early October, sparking a lawsuit from the Tavern League of Wisconsin. 

A Barron County judge upheld the mandate, spurring an appeal from Pro-Life Wisconsin and a bar in Amery.

The 3rd District Court of Appeals blocked the order on Oct. 23 while it considers the case.

  Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump in battleground Wisconsin, securing the state’s 10 electoral votes and reclaiming a key part of the blue wall that slipped away from Democrats four years ago.

The Associated Press called Wisconsin for Biden after election officials in the state said all outstanding ballots had been counted, save for a few hundred in one township and an expected small number of provisional ballots.

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Meals at Michigan restaurants came with a new side dish Monday: What’s your name and phone number? The latest order kicked in from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s health department.

Restaurants must be able to contact customers if there’s a virus case linked to the business.

The Michigan Restaurants & Lodging Association insists COVID-19 transmission doesn’t occur much at restaurants.

The group predicts job losses and more financial strife. Michigan’s coronavirus cases have risen significantly, setting a new daily high Saturday at nearly 3,800.

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The Trump administration has removed gray wolves in most of the U.S. from the endangered species list.

Thursday’s action ends longstanding federal safeguards for the predators in the Lower 48 states, except for a small population of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest.

The announcement just days ahead of the election could allow hunting of the animals to resume in Great Lakes states -- a battleground region in the presidential race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Wisconsin environmental regulators have approved an emergency rule restricting the use of firefighting foam in an effort to control pollution from PFAS chemicals.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the Department of Natural Resources' policy board approved the rules on a 5-2 vote Wednesday.

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The United States Supreme Court is siding with Republicans to prevent Wisconsin from counting mailed ballots that are received after Election Day.

In a 5-3 order, the justices on Monday refused to reinstate a lower court order that called for mailed ballots to be counted if they are received up to six days after the election.

A federal appeals court had already put that order on hold. The three liberal justices dissented from the order issued just before the Senate started voting on Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination.

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Wisconsin environmental officials want to dramatically increase regulatory costs for mining in the state.

The Department of Natural Resources is developing new administrative rules that would increase regulatory fees and costs for nonferrous mining operations by nearly $502,000 per project.

The rules also would create a list of areas unsuitable for mining, including places with endangered species, unique geological features, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, national and state parks and wildlife refuges.

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Voters across Wisconsin are lining up to cast their ballots on the first day of early in-person voting in the presidential battleground state.

Tuesday is the first day in an 11-day window ending on Nov. 1 in which voters can cast their ballots in person before Election Day.

Locations and times to vote varied across the state, but lines were reported shortly after polls opened in Milwaukee and Neenah, about 80 miles to the northwest.

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A Wisconsin judge has reimposed an order from Gov. Tony Evers’ administration limiting the number of people who can gather in bars, restaurants and other indoor places to 25% of capacity.

The capacity limits order was issued Oct. 6 in the face of surging coronavirus cases in Wisconsin. But a judge blocked the order Oct. 14 after Tavern League of Wisconsin challenged it, arguing the order amounts to a “defacto closure” order for the bars and restaurants it represents.

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Update: A Wisconsin judge has temporarily blocked an order from Gov. Tony Evers’ administration limiting the number of people who can gather in bars, restaurants and other indoor places. The Tavern League of Wisconsin sued on Tuesday.

Sawyer County Circuit Judge John Yackel on Wednesday blocked the order and set a court date for Monday. The Democratic governor's order, issued last week, limited the number of customers in any indoor establishment to 25% of capacity. The Tavern League argued that the order amounted to “defacto closure.”

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