WISCONSIN NEWS ROUNDUP: A cold Monday morning in Green Bay and throughout Wisconsin
Be glad you didn't have Packer tickets for Green Bay this morning. It was 24-below in Titletown, shattering the old record of 10-below for this date in 1943-and-1950. The National Weather Service said the minus-24 was the ninth-coldest temperature ever recorded in Green Bay, and the second-coldest ever for March. In Madison, it got down to a relatively balmy minus-eight this morning -- and that tied the city's record-low for the date set 130 years in 1884. It's supposed to be cold again tonight, but much warmer than this morning in northern Wisconsin -- where the mercury plunged as low as minus-32. Tonight's forecast calls for lows in the single-digits below in the north and above in the south. Up to an-inch of snow is possible in central and northern Wisconsin, as another weak low pressure system moves through. Another weak system is due in tomorrow, and southern areas could get around an inch then.
A pharmacy school student from Waukesha was killed in a drive-by shooting over the weekend in Saint Louis. Police said 20-year-old Nicholas Kapusniak was at a backyard party with a group of friends early Saturday, when somebody in a white sedan fired shots from an alley nearby. Kapusniak was a student at the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy. The head of the school's pharmaceutical fraternity, Jacob Beyer, said there were gangs in the area but he knew of nobody who wanted to hurt Kapusniak. Police said they weren't sure why it happened, either. A one-thousand dollar reward is being offered for information. Kapusniak graduated from Waukesha Catholic Memorial High School in 2011. Beyer said the victim was almost halfway through a six-year pharmaceutical study program -- and he didn't have an enemy in the world.
A man froze to death just outside his home in far northern Wisconsin, and authorities said alcohol might have been a factor. Vilas County sheriff's deputies said 49-year-old Wade Willey of Saint Germain was frozen to the ground just outside his front door Saturday evening. He had been missing for about 17 hours when his body was discovered. Officials said Willey apparently succumbed to the extremely-cold temperatures.
Wisconsin is a big winner at the Oscars. Mequon native John Ridley won an Academy Award last night as the Best Adapted Screenplay for the film "Twelve Years a Slave." It was also named Best Picture. Lupita Nyong'o won the Best Supporting Actress award for that film. "Twelve Years a Slave" was based on the story of Solomon Northup, an African-American who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South before the Civil War. In accepting his Oscar, Ridley gave total credit to Northup, saying quote, "Those are his words ... That is his life." Ridley also thanked his parents, who still live around Milwaukee. "Twelve Years a Slave" had garnered nine Oscar nominations. "Gravity" won the most Academy Awards with seven.
A new mother who spent a week in jail now says she cannot breast-feed her baby, because she was not allowed to pump milk while behind bars. 27-year-old Britney Weber tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette her four-week-old daughter has digestive problems due to her lack of breast-feeding ability. She blames staff members at the Brown County Jail for not letting her pump milk while she was jailed on contempt-of-court charges for a traffic case. The jail lets female inmates express milk when a doctor-or-nurse considers it medically necessary. Sheriff John Gossage said he could not comment on Weber's exact case due to medical privacy laws. But he told the Press-Gazette that people forfeit some of their privileges when they're in jail.
Thousands of people are still making the trip to Wisconsin's Apostle Islands to see the majestic ice caves. The National Park Service said almost 78-thousand people have visited the frozen sea caves between Bayfield and Cornucopia from January 15th through the end of February. That's almost 10 times as many visitors as in 2009, the last time that people could make the necessary two-mile-trek on the Lake Superior shore from Meyers Beach. Five years ago, the Park Service said the ice caves had one of their longest seasons in February and March. About 84-hundred visitors showed up then. Of course, that was before social media and the Internet were able to turn the attraction into a world-renowned phenomenon. Once the topic got hot on Facebook, traditional media like the Wall Street Journal came-a-calling.
A remote Indian tribe in northwest Wisconsin is slowly working to provide a regional high-speed Internet service to its members. The Lac du Flambeau tribe -- headquartered 12 miles northwest of Minocqua -- has completed a feasibility study, and is now working on getting federal money. Tribal education director Joni Theobald says her group is tentatively looking at a fiber-optic system with commercial-sized bandwidth. She said a mapping project has been completed, and the idea is to create a slow roll-out as funds become available. Theobald says they're looking at several funding options, but one has too many strings attached. The project could run into the millions of dollars, but Theobald says it's manageable -- and the high-speed Web service is important to meet educational needs in the Northwoods.
A Coast Guard helicopter that was heading across Lake Michigan made an emergency landing on Door County's Washington Island. Officials said four crew members escaped injury when the chopper had flight control problems yesterday morning, about 30 minutes into the trip. The Coast Guard said the M-H 65-C Dolphin chopper was flying from an air station at Traverse City in lower Michigan to Iron Mountain in the Upper Peninsula. The helicopter was planning to take part in a search-and-rescue mission, but it returned to Traverse City after its Door County landing.
With spring just 17 days away, you might not believe that this is the coldest morning of a brutally-cold winter. It was 32-below in Land O'Lakes at six o'clock -- and minus-30 in Phillips and Tomahawk. It's a saving grace that the winds are either light or non-existent. Camp Douglas has the coldest wind-chill in the state this morning at minus-36. That's a far cry from the minus-55 almost two months ago in far northern Wisconsin. Forecasters say it will remain bitter cold for most of the week -- and it might actually get above freezing on Friday. Much of the far south had up to two-and-a-half inches of new snow early yesterday. Light snow is in the forecast tonight for northern and central Wisconsin. Spotty snow-showers are also expected tomorrow and Thursday in parts of the state.