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The Great Lakes shipping industry is stepping forward to find a way to kill invasive species hitchhiking from foreign ports in the ballast water of ocean ships. Ports from all Great Lakes states and provinces have signed on. The goal is to find a way to stop things like zebra mussels or round gobeys or other exotic fish and plants from clogging up Great Lakes waterways. The shipping industry and port cities, relying on multi-million dollar trade from overseas have been stung by proposals from states to ban foreign ships that don't have zero discharge from their ballast water.
SHEBOYGAN -- Next month, world-class eaters will be converging on Sheboygan to compete in the Johnsonville Brat-Eating World Championship. Sports cable giant ESPN will even produce its first-ever one hour special on the event. Cory Bouck, the brand manager of fresh brats for Johnsonville, says this year's competition may be the best yet because of several well-known competitors. He says last year there was only one "real marquee name:" a woman named Sonya Thomas, also known as the black widow.
An alarming 53 million Americans claimed to be victims of fraud and identity theft last year, racking up an annual bill of $570 million in Wisconsin alone. In response, Gov. Jim Doyle has directed state officials to take action. That action is both informational and local. State Department of Financial Institutions Cabinet Secretary Lorrie Keating Heinemann was at the Riverview Manor apartment complex in River Falls last Thursday to discuss the topic with residents.
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.
A New Richmond man has been convicted of possession of child pornography. Lawrence Wayne Mattison, 60, 1498 County GG, pleaded no contest to one count of possession of child pornography on July 6. Judge Edward F. Vlack ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set a sentencing hearing for Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. Additional charges of exposing genitals and sexual assault of a child were dismissed, but will be read into the record for purposes of restitution. The criminal complaint said sheriff's deputies responded to a child sex assault complaint on Feb.
Harold Nicholas "Jack" Gootee, age 89, of Elmwood, Wis., died on Jan. 27, 2010, at the Heritage Nursing Home in Elmwood. Services will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin. A memorial gathering will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a prayer service starting at 11:30 a.m.. The service will conclude with military honors performed by the Baldwin American Legion - Cave Dahl Post #240. Services are in the care of the O'Connell Family Funeral Home and Countryside Crematory - Baldwin.
Logan M. Jacobson, age 19 of Spring Valley, died Thursday, Aug. 26 as a result of an automobile accident in Spring Lake Township. Memorial services for Logan will be Sunday, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Rev. Andrew Hinwood and Rev. Peter D. Friberg officiating and with private burial at a later date in the Spring Lake Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 4-8 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and also one hour prior to the service on Sunday. Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley is handling arrangements.
Jerry Lee Zimmer, age 64, of Bay City, Wis., passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 1, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He was born the eighth child to Lambert J. and Matilda M. (Hildeman) Zimmer on Dec. 11, 1944, in Fairmont, Minn. He would graduate from high school there in 1962 and then enlist in the US Navy, serving from 1962-65. On March 11, 1963, he was united in marriage to Connie Sue Hansen in Fairmont. They would be blessed with four children: Deb, Jerri Lynn, Scott, and Todd.