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VALUE OF AGRICULTURAL LAND
Survey: Wisconsin farmland is worth 10% more than in 2020
MILWAUKEE (AP) – A survey of Midwestern farm bankers found Wisconsin farmland values rose 10% from the same period in 2020. Farm appraiser says rising land values are due to high commodity prices and demand from non-agricultural buyers. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago interviewed 151 bankers in their district, which includes Iowa and parts of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Compared to the third quarter of 2020, bankers reported that land values increased by 18%.
WARMER WATER IN THE GREAT LAKES
The warming of the Great Lakes has a winter domino effect
CHICAGO (AP) – Winter is fast approaching, but experts say the Great Lakes have failed to get the message. The Chicago Tribune reports that the summer and fall evenings did not cool down enough. The surface temperatures of the Great Lakes therefore tend to be above average. This is an example of climate change. Record-breaking or near-record heat waves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York and Illinois created a domino effect. Warmer lake temperatures can produce more lake-effect snow. The snow decreases with the appearance of ice, itself delayed. Ice helps discourage erosion of shorelines. And warmer water temperatures year round can invite invasive species or harmful algal blooms, even in waters as deep as those of the Great Lakes.
Illinois man charged with head-on collision in Wisconsin
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin prosecutors have filed multiple charges against an Illinois man charged with drunk driving and causing a head-on collision last month. The Kenosha News reported on Friday that Jose Medina Dominguez, 32, of Waukegan, had been charged with the offenses of attempting to escape an officer, reckless endangerment and hit and run causing injury as well as obstruction of a misdemeanor and drunk driving for the first time. According to the criminal complaint, police in Pleasant Prairie saw Medina Domnguez run a red light on October 9. When they tried to stop it, it accelerated to 80 mph in a 45 mph zone and eventually crashed into another vehicle. The driver of this vehicle refused to be taken to hospital.
Milwaukee’s Chase Tower sold for $ 34.25 million
MILWAUKEE (AP) – One of the largest office buildings in downtown Milwaukee has been sold. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that a subsidiary of the New York-based RMC Group purchased the 22-story Chase Tower for $ 34.25 million. A Michigan-based subsidiary of Farbman Group sold the building after purchasing it for $ 30.5 million in 2016. The building was constructed in 1962 and was originally known as Marine Plaza. The 477,772 square foot structure has 88,223 square feet of office space available for lease. This equates to a vacancy rate of 18.5%. Chase Bank serves as the primary tenant. The RMC Group purchased the 14-story 330 Kilbourn building in downtown Milwaukee earlier this year for an undisclosed price.
HOMICIDES IN MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee records 175 homicides so far in 2021
MILWAUKEE (AP) – The city of Milwaukee has recorded nearly 200 homicides so far this year. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that as of Tuesday, the city had recorded 175 homicides in 2021. The city recorded 189 homicides last year after recording 98 in 2019. According to the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission, 763 people were injured in shootings this year. November 15, of which 13% are children. Criminologists say COVID-19 is a major factor in the increase in homicides nationwide last year. They say the disease has disrupted education, jobs, social services and the criminal justice system.
Madison cop quits after being caught with woman
MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Wisconsin police lieutenant has resigned after he was recorded engaging in sexual activity with a woman in a police car that belonged to the Madison Police Department. The department announced Lt. Reginald Patterson’s resignation on Wednesday following an investigation into the incident, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. In September, a passerby filmed Patterson with the woman in the back of a police car. It was in the parking lot of a Madison Farm and Fleet store. The department decided to fire Patterson after finding that he had violated the policies of several departments.
Group urges Madison officials to keep homeless camp open
MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – A community group is urging Madison officials to drop plans to close a homeless camp in a city park. City officials have issued notices stating that camping will no longer be permitted in Reindahl Park after December 6 and that all tents, structures and personal effects must be removed from the park by December 9. The municipal authorities want to move people living in the park to shelters and a hotel. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the volunteer group Community Action Against Reindahl Eviction released a statement Wednesday calling on the city to stop the eviction. Member Pearl Foster said the shelters and the hotel did not have enough space for the more than 70 people camping in the park.
SHOOTING AT MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee Police Investigate Three Non-Fatal Shootings
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee Police are investigating three separate shootings that took place Thursday evening and Friday morning. All three victims of the shooting are expected to survive, the Milwaukee Police Department said. The shootings all took place on the north side of town. In the first reported shooting on Thursday, a 19-year-old man was taken to a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the jaw. Later Thursday, a 39-year-old man arrived at a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. In the shooting on Friday morning, a 41-year-old man was shot in the shoulder and was treated at a local hospital.
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