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Woodchucks would no longer be a protected species in Wisconsin under a bill that's being drafted by a state Assembly Republican. De Pere Representative Andre Jacque proposes a hunting season for woodchucks that would run from March through December. Hunters and trappers could take unlimited numbers of the creatures. UW Madison professor emeritus Scott Craven said woodchucks were protected for decades because they got scarce - and they were needed to keep digging burrows and provide much-needed shelter for other animals. Now, woodchucks are fairly common.
Douglas and Renée Sigwarth of Troy Township, were awarded the unique distinction of creating a permanent blown glass installation for the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) in West Bend. The installation consists of 180 blown glass spheres arranged into three 18-foot structures suspended from the building's north facing "La Pointe." The Sigwarths installed their piece, "Interconnection," in the newly completed building last December. The Sigwarths were commissioned by the James and Karen Hyde Foundation to create a large scale piece that would be a permanent fixture in the new location for MOWA.
When I was a kid in a small Wisconsin grade school, one of my favorite subjects was Wisconsin history, taught to me by my sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Lily Reich. One of our texts was a book called "Men Who Made Wisconsin" or something like that. The book contained brief profiles of famous folks from Badgerland. I remember that one of these folks was the fellow who bred the famous silver mink, which was the greatest mink ever known (with my apologies to PETA). Another famous Wisconsinite was Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers.
A state appeals court ruled today that a suburban Milwaukee couple and a police officer can proceed with a joint lawsuit filed against a railroad after a 2009 train crash. With a 2-1 vote, the First District Appellate Court in Milwaukee overturned a circuit court ruling that said the suit was not allowed due to federal railroad laws. Monica Ensley-Partenfelder was on her way to Elm Grove's Memorial Day parade when her van stopped on railroad tracks in heavy traffic.
A Pewaukee couple and their teenage son will pay a total of $2,700 in fines for hosting a youth party that resulted in three alcohol-related traffic deaths. Scott and Charlene Wetzel and their 18-year-old son Jason were initially given 26 citations by Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel. A judge accepted a plea deal in which Charlene accepted four citations, and the two male defendants accepted one ticket. The DA said the fines send a strong message that it's not acceptable for adults to provide alcohol to other people's children.
Looking for fresh ideas in new home building, home remodeling and improvement, home decorating, design, and landscaping? With over 60 vendors at the upcoming St. Croix Valley Home Builders Association Home, Remodeling & Garden show you'll be able to gather a multitude of ideas to help you create your dream home--from the ground up or by re-inventing the home you're in! Find everything you need under one roof at the Hudson Sports & Civic Center on Hanley Road in Hudson. The show will be open to the public on Friday, March 22, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m.
The two candidates for state public school superintendent disagree on whether schools need more tax dollars. Incumbent Tony Evers and state Assembly Republican Don Pridemore debated the funding issue and others this week at a meeting in Madison of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards. Evers, who's seeking his second four-year term, says the schools' state-mandated revenue limits should rise by $225 dollars per student over the next two years.
A 66-year-old Oak Creek woman called 911 saying her children had gotten angry about what she brought them home for dinner. According to the Journal Sentinel's "Community Now" Web site, the children got into a food fight the previous evening. Their mother wanted a police officer to come over and tell the children to eat what she gives them. She told officers she brought pizza home, but her kids were upset because she didn't get bread-sticks. The mother said she has health problems, and doesn't need the hassle of arguing about dinner.
Clean-up crews have been working continuously to avoid environmental damage from a truck crash 10 days ago near Menomonie. Two Minneapolis men were killed when a semi-truck owned by a Michigan firm slid on snowy I-94, and plunged into the Red Cedar River. Nobody knew at that time what the truck had been carrying, which was 24,000 pounds of bagged fertilizer. The trucking firm's insurance company has hired a cleanup contractor. Divers and boat crews have been working since last weekend to find and remove the fertilizer.
Arthur Phillips, a Minnesota native and author of the new novel, "The Tragedy of Arthur," a New York Times Notable Book selection, will be in River Falls at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18, to discuss his new book and the creative writing process. Phillips will appear on the UWRF campus for this free event at the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. He is the author of "Prague: A Novel," and "The Egyptologist." The Washington Post has declared that Phillips is "one of the best writers in America." His appearance at UWRF is sponsored by Valley Reads, a program of ArtReach St.