WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: Profits up last quarter at Oshkosh Corp.
OSHKOSH - The Oshkosh Corporation made more money than expected in its last quarter.
Sales have been slipping at the famous military-vehicle maker, with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan becoming a distant memory. But during its most recent quarter, Oshkosh reported strong sales of its aerial equipment for the construction industry. That offset a drop in military vehicle sales. As a result, Oshkosh netted $54.9 million dollars from October-through-December, up almost nine-million from the same quarter a year ago. Earnings totalled 63-cents a share, up from 51-cents the previous year. Total revenues still dropped by over 12-percent, to a little more than one-and-a-half billion dollars. Sales and earnings were both higher than what outside analysts from Thomson Reuters had expected. Oshkosh out-performed its projections by 30-cents a share. The firm also raised its full-year earnings goal by 25-to-30-cents a share.
A man killed after he drove into a ditch, walked away, and was struck by an oncoming vehicle was identified today as 42-year-old Jonathan Woodbury of Adell. The mishaps occurred early last evening on Highway 57 near Adell in Sheboygan County. The driver who struck Woodbury was not hurt.
A man failed to convince a state appeals court today that Milwaukee Police acted illegally when they arrested him for drug offenses. The First District Appellate Court upheld the conviction of 32-year-old Gary Scull. Police were acting on a tip when they went to Scull's north side Milwaukee house with a drug-sniffing dog in 2010. A detective walked the dog around the home -- and the dog discovered evidence at the front door. Officers returned with a search warrant and found drugs and paraphernalia in the home. Scull was later convicted for cocaine possession and maintaining a drug house. He contended that police searched his home without a warrant. The appellate judges agreed today that the resulting warrant was not valid -- but they still upheld the conviction, insisting that police believed in good faith that their search was constitutional. Therefore, the court said it was proper to use the drug evidence against Scull.
No matter how you slice it, it's still downright frigid in Wisconsin today. The National Weather Service said the state's coldest actual temperature this morning was 33-below at Black River Falls. It was minus-30 at nearby Sparta. Wind-chill factors got as low as minus-48 in Antigo and Rhinelander, 47-below at Clam Lake in Ashland County, and minus-46 at Black River Falls and Cumberland. Temperatures just before the lunch hour ranged from zero at Middleton to 13-below at Medford. Wind chills were in the minus-20's-and-30's for the most part. The Weather Service still has wind-chill warnings and advisories out for the entire state through mid-day tomorrow. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes that Milwaukee is colder today than the northern Arctic coast of Alaska. That should change tomorrow, when southwesterly winds are due in, and highs are expected to jump above zero into the teens. Milwaukee expects a high of 26 on Thursday.
It can't be THAT cold! That's what students at Concordia University in Mequon are saying, as some keep showing up for class in shorts and flip-flops. Instead of braving the elements between buildings, students-and-staff members walk around in a four-mile network of underground hallways and tunnels across the campus. Concordia spokesman Craig McCarthy says it's warm enough for at least some people to zip around the private university campus in shorts. Some of the tunnels were dug when the School Sisters of Notre Dame owned the property along Lake Michigan, before Concordia bought it 32 years ago. McCarthy said the school has expanded the underground network with the new buildings that were added. That includes Concordia's new pharmacy school, which opened in 2011.