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Senior Reporter — Wisconsin State Journal
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A reporter at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, WI. Interested in the curiosities, flaws and follies in life.

Election 2015: Sun Prairie School Board

Election 2015: River Valley School Board — Incumbent Herman Kaldenberg faces challenger Frederic Iausly for the Area 7 three-year spot on the River Valley School Board in the April 7 election. (I) indicates incumbent.

Gov. Scott Walker proposes shutting down state insurance coverage for cities, schools, others — School districts and local governments would need to turn to private insurers or start their own fund if the Legislature adopts a provision in Gov. Scott Walker's budget doing away with a state-managed property insurance program.

SOS: Why are there piles of salt on the road? — Rob Podell's car lost traction on a Cottage Grove street on the way to work Tuesday morning. "I almost spun out, not on ice, not on snow, but on the completely insane amount of road salt put down," wrote Podell.

State agency: Consumer complaints up ten percent in 2014, ID theft, propane and telecommunications lead the way — Impostors to the right, confusion to the left and consumers were stuck in the middle once again as the state's main consumer protection unit tagged a 10 percent increase in complaints in 2014. In the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's annual list of the top 10 complaint categories, the usual suspects of telemarketing and landlord complaints crowd the top.

State tax officials responding to tax fraud threat — Wisconsin's taxing authority was on "high alert" Friday in response to a report that income tax software giant Intuit briefly stopped filing state income tax returns through its TurboTax software. "Based on reports from other states regarding possible identity fraud, the Department of Revenue is taking additional precautions to review income tax returns by adding to the scope of existing identity protection programs," the department announced.

SOS: No, you did not win the sweepstakes — There is no indication that the 91-year-old Madison woman who wrote 85 checks to Publishers Clearing House over 85 weeks since 2012 was unhappy with the company, though she did not win a sweepstakes. Her writing is on each receipt, where she carefully recorded in a clear hand, writing the date of the check, the check number, the amount of the check and the note: "Pd.

SOS: Why did my pain treatment bill keep changing after I already paid, in cash? — Cheryl Rawlings was in pain last May when she went to the Advanced Pain Management office on Schroeder Court in Madison. After treatment, the pain returned and so did the bills she thought she had paid. She knew her insurance company would not cover what she needed, so she was ready to pay on the spot.

Wisconsin: Wright buildings nominated for UNESCO World Heritage list — By George HesselbergWisconsin State Journal Posted: 01/30/2015 12:01:00 AM CST Updated: 01/30/2015 09:53:07 PM CST As for representing "a masterpiece of human creative genius," there's the Sydney Opera House, and then there's that cute little two-bedroom ranch at 441 Toepfer Ave., just a block west of Glenway Golf Course in Madison, Wis.

Madison, Spring Green Wright buildings nominated to UNESCO World Heritage List — As for representing "a masterpiece of human creative genius," there's the Sydney Opera House, and then there's that cute little two-bedroom ranch at 441 Toepfer Avenue, just a block west of the Glenway Golf Course. Built in 1936-37, that 1,552 square foot flat-roofed house, known as the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House, is designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the father of modern architecture.
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Mar 06, 2015

Right To Work passed? I thought they were going to ban performing elephants.

Feb 19, 2015

Postpone that haircut. Every follicle needs to be available for warming duty in these temperatures.

Jan 30, 2015

Expect a legion of UW public relations types earning their wages in coming weeks.

Jan 14, 2015

RT @MollyBeckWSJ: Rep. Sinicki asks Scott Jensen of American Federation for Children if he would support applying open records laws to voucher schools. No.

Jan 14, 2015

Madison named 8th "coziest" city. Another public relations company intern earns a personalized coffee cup.

Jan 08, 2015

Madison, where we're not happy until we are told we are.

Jan 07, 2015

Gayle Viney tip 2: More dogs get lost in winter than summer. Can't smell. ID tags and microchips, please. #wiwx

Jan 07, 2015

Tip from Humane Society info maven Gayle Viney: Bang on the car hood before starting your car engine, there might be a cat in there. #wiwx

Jan 02, 2015

First newsroom call of 2015 for me: Yelling man about a wrong address. Loud yelling.

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