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For the second time in 13 years, a federal judge said no Dec. 17 to letting Chippewa Indians hunt deer at night in much of northern Wisconsin. Judge Barbara Crabb said the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission overstepped its boundaries when it created a special night-time deer hunt. It was supposed to start the Monday night after Thanksgiving in the ceded territories where Chippewa have exercised hunting-and-fishing treaty rights for centuries. But the hunt never got started, because the state DNR filed suit to prevent it.
A northwest Wisconsin man wants $4 million in damages after he was wrongly accused of molesting a child. Paul Burritt filed a civil suit against the Polk County Sheriff's Department and investigator Lisa Ditlefsen. Burritt, 61, claims that the investigator had a "reckless or intentional disregard" of the facts, when she arrested him last December for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old girl he was carrying in a van for kids with special needs. The girl later recanted her story and said the alleged abuse never took place.
Thousands of Wisconsinites wore Aaron Rodgers' shirts to celebrate the 12-12-12 date that won't happen again for 100 years, but an infant in Waukesha took things one step further. Teagan George Hoeffler entered the world on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:12 p-m yesterday. His mother Holli insists it was not planned. She said it was the baby who had the plan to quote, "hit that cool day." Teagan was due Dec. 12, and doctors were going to induce her labor on Friday, Dec. 14. But the labor pains started around 3 a.m., and Holli went to Waukesha Memorial Hospital.
It's no accident that a new clock outside of Green Bay's Lambeau Field is always 15 minutes fast. The clock faces Lombardi Avenue and shows what is commonly known as "Lombardi Time." Legendary Packers' coach Vince Lombardi expected his players to be 15 minutes early for practices and meetings, one of the nuances that helped the Packers win numerous NFL championships and the first two Super Bowls. The clock's been up since July, and the Packers said nothing about it until now. Some people called the team's offices to report that something was amiss outside 1265 Lombardi Avenue.
It was not all that long ago when Wisconsin's only heroin deaths were in the Milwaukee urban area. But Marathon County - where Wausau is located - has had three confirmed deaths this year from overdoses of heroin, and lab results are pending in a fourth case. County medical examiner John Larson said there were also three heroin deaths in 2011. He could only remember two other such deaths in 26 years.
Those real comfortable jeans will be a thing of the past next year for public school teachers in Janesville. The school board has voted 5-to-2 to adopt a new dress code for instructors, beginning next July. Under the new rules, teachers can no longer wear shorts, jeans, jogging suits, or flip-flops to class. Provocative and ragged clothes are also out - as well as anything in which undergarments can be seen. The new policy calls for business-casual clothing such as collared shirts, sweaters, and casual slacks. Women can wear dresses, skirts, blouses, and dress sandals.
The number of Wisconsinites hospitalized by the flu is now up to 33, seven more cases that state officials reported Monday, Dec. 3. At least four Wisconsin residents have died from the virus as the nation continues its deadliest start to the flu season since the late 1970s. Health officials encourage everyone to get immunized, especially pregnant women. State epidemiologist Tom Haupt said four pregnant women were hospitalized after they failed to get flu shots. That compares to nine for all of last winter.
Governor Scott Walker said Thursday, Dec. 6, that his next state budget package will include 25 more full-time nurses at the state Veterans Home in Waupaca County, as well as 58 certified nursing assistants. The Veterans' Affairs Department asked for the additional staffers, after the unions complained about being overworked due to chronic staffing shortages. Union leaders said they fear that a stressed employee will make a tragic error affecting the older veterans who get nursing care.
After more than three years of trying, the White House said Friday, Dec. 7 that the Badger State is one of five that will share the $133 million of a competitive education grant to expand early learning programs and improve their quality. Governor Scott Walker's office said Wisconsin would get $22.7 million over a four-year period as part of the Education Department's "Race to the Top" program. Walker's office said the funding would improve the Young-Star rating system for child care centers, which will help parents of high-risk youngsters find the right care for their kids.