Thursday, February 21st

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I-90/94 at state Highway 23(Photo11: 511 Wisconsin)

All eastbound lanes of I-90/94 were closed Sunday morning and afternoon while authorities tried to recover a tractor-trailer that was submerged in Mirror Lake, according to a news release from the state Department of Transportation.

Authorities found a damaged guardrail on I-90/94 just north of the Mirror Lake bridge in Sauk County around 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning, the release said. Wheel tracks followed off the right into Mirror Lake where the tactor-trailer unit was submerged, according to DOT.

Emergency response crews were working to recover the unit and its occupants. The release said, "there are no signs of life and it is a recovery effort."

All I-90/94 eastbound lanes were closed in order to pull the semi out of the water. Cars were being rerouted off I-90/94, to take state Highway 23 to state Highway 12 and then back onto I-90/94. Crews estimated the closure would last around five hours, the release said.

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Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas greets students individually as he talks and listens to students at MATC's downtown campus, Friday, February 15, 2019. He said he hopes to learn more about the role of technical colleges in communities and gain a better perspective on what it's like to live in, work in, learn in, grow up in and raise a family in the Milwaukee.(Photo11: Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Welcome to Wisconsin, the new Iowa.

Fourteen months before Wisconsin's 2020 presidential primary, Democrats are already descending on the state to pick up support ahead of what could be a drawn-out battle for the nomination.

On Friday, Beto O'Rourke of Texas met with students in Milwaukee and was headed to Madison, fueling speculation about a potential run for president. He is expected to make a decision by the end of the month.

And on Saturday morning, Minnesota U.S. Sen.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin expressed worries this week in a letter to the top officer of Johnson Controls International about the company’s “delayed response” to contamination of groundwater in Marinette in northeastern Wisconsin.

Heat vapors rise during hands-on fire training at Tyco Fire Product's training facility in Marinette in 2007. The company is currently assessing the extent of contamination from its firefighting foam.(Photo11: USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis)

On Wednesday, Baldwin sent a letter to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer George Oliver and asked why a unit of the company knew of contamination on its property in 2013, yet residents were not notified of potential water contamination until 2017, as the Journal Sentinel reported Feb. 4. 

“Without such notification, residents could not reasonably have had knowledge of the contamination and could do nothing to protect themselves from exposure,” Baldwin wrote.

The senator’s office provided a copy of the letter to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

MADISON - A legislative aide left his Capitol job this week after his boss expressed anger over him using her Twitter account to criticize Colin Kaepernick during a tense floor debate about Black History Month.

Barbara Dittrich(Photo11: Submitted)

As lawmakers argued about whether to recognize the National Football League quarterback on Tuesday, Rep. Barbara Dittrich's Twitter account weighed in on the issue. 

"Colin Kapernick wore socks depicting police as pigs. Flags are flying at half-staff for a murdered policeman. Are you kidding me????" her account tweeted.

The tweet, which misspelled Kaepernick's name and referred to the recent shooting of Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner, was soon deleted. 

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Afterward, Dittrich disavowed the tweet and said she had not posted it or authorized it. Dittrich, an Oconomowoc Republican, said her aide Keith Best had access to her account and she would discipline him if she determined he had posted the tweet.