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Gov. Jim Doyle visited Hudson Wednesday afternoon to promote his initiative to improve access to affordable health insurance for businesses and individuals. Speaking at City Hall to a group of about 25 business owners, health care and insurance providers, and community leaders, Doyle said the goal of his Healthy Wisconsin initiative is to reduce health insurance premiums by as much as 30 percent for businesses and cut in half the number of state residents without health insurance by 2010.
University of Wisconsin-Stout has hired a winning coach to start up its women's golf team this fall. Kris Schoonover will lead the new Blue Devil squad and she'll be an instructor in the school's new Golf Enterprise Management major. Schoonover started a women's golf team from scratch in 1996 at UW Oshkosh. She went to be a two-time WIAC and NCAA regional coach of the year and was a co-national coach of the year three years ago in Division III. Schoonover has been out of coaching since 2003, but she looks forward to developing the new program at Stout.
Herm Edwards will make his first trip to River Falls this year as the new Kansas City Chiefs head coach. Practice for the Chiefs is expected to begin at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on July 28 from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. at the Ramer Field Sports Complex, according to UW-RF officials.
MILWAUKEE - Pres. Bush says Wisconsin needs a tax-cutter and Iraq War supporter like U.S. Rep. Mark Green as governor. The President spoke in Milwaukee last Tuesday night at an event that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Green's gubernatorial campaign. On Tuesday afternoon, the President toured a shoe manufacturer in Port Washington whose CEO says tax cuts over the last few years have benefited his firm.
The loss of a major sponsorship has brought about the restructuring of the Special Olympics Wisconsin. Kelly Kloepping, director of marketing and communications for the organization, says eight positions have been eliminated from offices around the state. These losses come in the face of an estimated $300,000 deficit for this year. She says the shortfall stems primarily from the end of ShopKo's Charity Golf Classic. Kloepping says these losses will not affect the services offered by Special Olympics.
MADISON - This year the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be offering up 90,600 wild turkey permits for the upcoming fall season and hunters have until Aug. 1 to apply for them. DNR officials say that this is an increase in permits compared to last fall when 85,400 permits were available. The $3 application can be purchased: over the Internet through the DNR Web site: www.dnr.state.wi.us or at any DNR Service Center at automated license issuance system sales locations. Hunters can also call toll-free 1-877-WI LICENSE (1-877-945-4236).
BAYFIELD - Lake trout populations continue to stage a strong recovery on Lake Superior even as their cousins in the other Great Lakes struggle. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials admit that the catch rates for lake trout during the DNR's spring 2006 surveys were not quite the gangbusters rate recorded during the earliest years of the 21st century, but they are among the highest since the annual surveys began in 1968. DNR officials do note that the important thing is that the survey's continue to show the population is heading in the right direction.
It looks like U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Menomonee Falls, gets a pass in this year's election. That's because state Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, has decided not to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Herb Kohl. His decision leaves the state GOP without a big name candidate to run against Kohl this November. "I regret to announce that I will not be running against Sen. Herb Kohl this fall. I continue to believe that Sen.
An 18-year-old Plum City man was airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul early Tuesday morning following an all terrain vehicle accident. Officials from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department say the accident occurred at approximately 1:40 a.m. when Dustin Borst was allegedly driving an ATV illegally on 370th Avenue near 220th Street, about four miles northeast of Plum City. After hitting a mailbox, Dorts was thrown from the ATV. He was then taken by a private vehicle to his home on 150th Street and 911 was called.
MADISON - A total of 775 permits will be available for the fall 2006 Wisconsin sharp-tailed grouse hunting season, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The hunt is set to run Oct. 14 -Nov. 5. DNR officials say four management units will be open for this fall's season, up from three units last year. For management purposes, sharp-tailed grouse management units use the same boundaries and designations as deer management units (DMU).