FARGO, N.D. (AP) — State transportation officials say snowplows are being pulled from highways in eastern North Dakota as a blizzard sweeps through the area. The North Dakota Department of Transportation says the plows are pulled Thursday evening. The plows are expected to resume operations early Friday. The National Weather Service reports a foot of snow has fallen in Fargo. In western Minnesota, Ada got 11 inches while Mahnomen reports 8 inches. In north-central South Dakota, Eureka reports just over 10 inches.
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin-based retail chain Shopko Stores has announced more store closings as the company tries to emerge from bankruptcy. Shopko said this week it plans to close an additional 139 Shopko and Shopko Hometown stores. That brings the list of closings to 251 stores, about two-thirds of the company’s retail locations. Shopko filed for bankruptcy protection in January.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s fee to give speeches as part of a national speakers group starts at $15,000. Worldwide Speakers Group announced Thursday that Walker would be joining the company that also arranges engagements for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. Topics Walker says he can speak to include “Insights on the current political (and future) landscape in America,” “Crisis management” and “The power of faith in times of crisis.”
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he is open to negotiating with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers over how to pay for an income tax cut both sides want. Republicans and Evers disagree over how to pay for it. The Republican version taps a budget surplus and is scheduled to be debated Tuesday in the Assembly.