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Honor Flight is a documentary about four living World War II veterans and a Midwest community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime. Volunteers race against the clock to fly thousands of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial constructed for them in 2005, nearly 60 years after their epic struggle. The trips are called "Honor Flights" and for the veterans, who are in their late 80s and early 90s. It's often the first time they've been thanked and the last trip of their lives. The 24-hour journey is full of surprises that deeply move all who are involved.
Four anti-smoking groups say a surcharge on health insurance is the wrong way to try and get those hooked on cigarettes to quit smoking. Governor Scott Walker's budget would require state employees to sign affidavits promising that they don't smoke or get hit with a $50-dollar-a-month surcharge on their health plans. Against the fee are Smoke-Free Wisconsin, the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. They say there's very little evidence to prove that financial penalties or incentives cause smokers to quit.
As state senators debate a proposed northern Wisconsin mine, a new report says an Indian tribe that fears pollution from the mine has other water-quality problems of its own. The federal EPA says the Bad River tribe near Ashland has had dozens of water quality violations at its sewage treatment plant. The conservative Media Trackers' group first reported on excess E-coli and phosphorus in the Bad River sewage plant - and it pointed to signs of possible fecal contamination and the harming of aquatic animals.
Guido is back. The seven-foot costume of the famous Italian racing sausage, one of seven sausage characters that race during Brewers' games, was stolen from a festival in Cedarburg 12 days ago. Around 8 p.m. Feb. 28, two men plopped the costume onto a bar at TJ Ryan's in Cedarburg. They then fled quickly, and bartender Jen Mahony called police. When they're not racing, the characters make numerous public appearances. Guido's costume is owned by the Klement's sausage company and is $3,000. Several food companies offered rewards for the return of Guido.
Don't be surprised if there's an effort to raise Wisconsin's ultra-low fine of $10 for not wearing a seat belt. Assembly Democrat Penny Bernard Schaber of Appleton said she would look into the idea, after Gannett's Wisconsin daily newspapers found that the state's annual "Click It Or Ticket" campaign is not working. Last year, the DOT spent around $300,000 to get Packers' star Donald Driver to encourage us to buckle up. But it didn't help, as officials said the compliance rate for Wisconsin seat-belt use held about steady at 79%. More folks did buckle up in 2010 than the year before.
Wisconsinites are being asked to share their ideas for carrying out the "Deer Czar's" recommendations. The DNR will hold seven public meetings at UW Stevens Point to get input from hunters and others interested in how the state's deer herd should be managed. They'll be asked to suggest ways to adopt 62 proposals made by James Kroll and his team of deer researchers. The first meeting is set for Saturday, March 9.
I have ancestors who came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 17th century, so I'm always on the lookout for books, movies or plays about that fabled place. My interest lies in artistic recreations of a time long past, creations like Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter," Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," and movies like "Plymouth Adventure," where, to my dismay, I learned that Gov.
I have ancestors who came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the seventeenth century, so I'm always on the lookout for books, movies or plays about that fabled place. My interest lies in artistic recreations of a time long past, creations like Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter," Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," and movies like "Plymouth Adventure," where to my dismay I learned that Governor William Bradford's wife almost had an affair with the Mayflower's captain.
Inspirational speaker Tasha Schuh of Ellsworth will be addressing the St. Croix Valley Girls 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Citizens State Bank, 375 Stageline Road, Hudson. She will speak about how her life went from budding actress to struggling quadriplegic with just one step. Her story After showcasing her talent as the lead in the Ellsworth High School's production of Grease, Tasha began to dream of a career in the theater.
Remember Teagan Marti? She's the girl who's finally walking again after she fell 100 feet from a ride at Extreme World at Wisconsin Dells three years ago. Teagan is now 15 and recently received help from actor Charlie Sheen. He donated $10,000 yesterday for a therapy dog to help Teagan with her rehab. Lucia Wilgus, who lives in Eau Claire and became friends with the Marti family after Teagan's accident, got the wheels rolling on this one. She's been raising funds for a therapy dog.