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The state Legislature's Joint Finance Committee has endorsed two major tax increases in Gov. Jim Doyle's state budget. The eight Republicans on the panel were not able to stop the eight Democrats Thursday from voting to double the state transfer fee for home sales. By the same vote, the committee also approved a doubling of the limit on local property tax increases, from 2 percent a year to 4. The home-selling fee would be an extra $300 on a $100,000 property. Republicans say the downturn in the housing market makes this a horrible time to raise the fee.
An experimental vaccine in mice has raised the possibility that it could be put into deer feed someday thus stopping the spread of chronic wasting disease. Researchers in New York tested an oral vaccine designed to ward off prions that are believed to cause CWD. And they found no prion disease in mice which had high levels of antibodies. Dr. Richard Olds of the Medical College of Wisconsin said the degree of protection was impressive. Researchers are now working on a vaccine for deer and elk.
Canoeing, hiking and fly-fishing are the topics of summer workshops and courses offered by the St. Croix River Institute at UW-River Falls. The institute offers courses May through August that provide participants with the chance to experience the beauty of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in an educational setting. The classes are open to the public. Formally established in 2006, the St. Croix River Institute is a collaborative effort between the UW-RF and the National Park Service, which oversees the National Scenic Riverway.
Green Bay's Advisory Committee delayed action Thursday night on a plan to revoke city licenses of businesses that hire illegal immigrants. More than two dozen people testified and only two were in favor. Still, the measure appeared to be heading toward passage when its main sponsor, Paul Fradette, council president, called for further discussion in about two to three weeks. Green Bay's Protection and Welfare Committee will take up the same proposal on Wednesday night. Fradette said he proposed the license revocations to stop what he called "illegal aliens" from moving to Green Bay in the f
A suspicious death on the Red Cliff Indian Reservation was under investigation by Red Cliff Police and the Bayfield County Sheriff's Department this morning. "It certainly appears to be a homicide at this point," said Bayfield County Sheriff Robert Follis. He said the victim was a Red Cliff man, but deferred other questions to the tribal police department. Calls to the department were not returned as of Daily Telegram press time.
654 Glover Rd. PUBLIC HEARING - There will be a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday May 10, 2007 at the Troy Town Hall to hear comments regarding the amendment of the Town of Troy Chapter 171-Lower St. Croix Riverway Zoning ordinance. REGULAR TOWN BOARD MEETING-- will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday May 10, 2007 at the Troy Town Hall. AGENDA: 1. Approve Minutes; 2. Park Board and Plan Commission Reports; 3. Citizen Input; 4. Discuss & consider public hearing comments regarding amendment of the Town of Troy Chapter 171 Lower St. Croix Riverway Zoning Ordinance; 5.
Six area art studios will participate in The Creative Drive 2007 tour Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6. Art featured on the tour includes oil and watercolor paintings, wood furniture, cards, fiber art, chocolates, stoneware, sculptures and pottery. The studios will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stops on the tour include: Stone Soup Gallery, 1025 David St., Hammond; Color Crossing, 201 N.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Sitting in for Dave Wood today is his wife, Dr. Ruth Wood, an English teacher at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. I'm a teacher of international and multicultural literature, so when Coffee House Press sent three intriguing new books by Asian-American writers, I asked to be a guest columnist. This is a great array: A novel by Japanese-born Yuko Taniguchi, a short story collection by Chinese-born Wang Ping, and a poetry collection by Sun Yung Shin, a Korean adoptee. My favorite of the three is Wang Ping's story collection, "The Last Communist Virgin" ($14.95).
After a year of extensive research and planning, the Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties begins offering basic medical care for those lacking the means to pay. The free clinic officially opens its doors at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. Patient registration begins at 5 p.m. The free clinic, a nonprofit organization, is located in Unit 2 of the River Falls Medical Clinic, 1629 E. Division St. For those coming to River Falls, take the Hwy.