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The state Department of Natural Resources has been looking for a fatal fish disease called VHS for the past month or so, but still hasn't found it since the first time it turned up in Lake Winnebago. The DNR says it hasn't found any other fish infected with the virus in other parts of the state. Officials say if it does turn up in a lake or waterway there's nothing people can do to stop it from spreading to other fish, causing large fish kills.
The Tomah High School mascot is no longer an Indian. Tomah has retired its longtime mascot in a ceremony Saturday. The move comes at the urging of state officials, who had pushed all school districts to drop their Indian-related names. Tomah will now be known as the Timberwolves. They had been the Indians since the 1930s.
The Real ID law created by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., might be falling apart. Two bills are pending in Congress to repeal the two-year-old law. New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Montana and Washington State have refused to go along with the federal mandate to create licenses with a national set of security features and to make sure only legal U.S.
Authorities say a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student from Milton might have gone on a killing spree, had he not been burned in a fire at his parents' house last year. Daniel Kerr, 22, shot Kevin and Edith Kerr to death before he blew up their home in April of 2006. Daniel was injured in the blast, and he died 10 days later. Now, John Conger, Milton police chief, tells the Janesville Gazette Kerr apparently planned to lure officers into the house right after the shootings. After setting the house on fire, Conger said Kerr might have ambushed firefighters as well. The sergeant said
Funeral services will be held today for the latest Wisconsinite killed in Iraq. U.S. Army Sgt. Tyler Kritz, 21, Eagle River, died eight days ago in a roadside bomb explosion. The service begins at noon at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Eagle River. Gov. Jim Doyle has ordered all state and U.S. flags to fly at half staff through sunset at National Guard armories, military bases and related facilities.
Dale E. Johnson Sr., age 70, of Spring Valley, Wis., died peacefully at his home Sunday, June 3, 2007, following a six-year long battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Leukemia. Dale was born on September 20, 1936, the son of Dale H. and Blanche Johnson in Gull Township, Washburn County, Wisconsin. Dale grew up on a farm in Spring Brook, Wisconsin, and attended Hillside Country School and graduated from Spooner High School in 1954. He went on to attend agriculture classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On June 15, 1957, Dale wed Harriette Loch.
Despite getting a one-year reprieve earlier this year, the college tuition-reciprocity agreement between Minnesota and Wisconsin is again heating up. The University of Minnesota Board of Regents is expected to take up whether or not to continue the agreement at their June 27 meeting. U of M officials are not happy with the current agreement because Wisconsin students going to Minnesota colleges pay less tuition than Minnesota students attending Wisconsin schools.
The area already may have seen round one of what may be a very active day weather-wise. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen, Minn., reported that a band of strong storms swept through the region from 2 - 4:30 a.m. Tony Zaleski, a forecaster with the National Weather Service said that hail was reported across Dakota County (Minn.) with Coates getting one and three-quarter-inch hail. In Wisconsin one and a quarter- inch hail was reported in Hammond. "There was more hail out there, it just wasn't seen," Zaleski said. A wind advisory for the area has been issued for the region beginnin
University of Wisconsin senior Demi Omole was pulled Thursday from the NCAA track meet, because he was ruled academically ineligible. No other details were released, but Omole was planning to make his fourth try for a national gold in the 100-meters. He finished third the last two years and fifth as a freshman, making him one of the Badgers' top track athletes in school history. He leaves as a six-time All-American. Also Thursday, UW-senior Chris Solinsky advanced to the finals of the 5,000 meters. Badgers' senior A'Havahla Haynes made it to the final of the 3,000 meter steeple-chase.
All three champions from a year ago are back for the girls' state high school soccer tournament which opens Thursday in Milwaukee. The first day will be devoted solely to Division 1 where the defending champion, Middleton, will play the day's third quarter-final against Whitefish Bay. Eau Claire Memorial will kick things off against Kenosha Bradford. Then it's Waukesha West against De Pere. The last quarter-final features Mequon Homestead and Stevens Point, which has the best record of the group at 23-2. Thursday's winners will play again Thursday night in the semi-finals.