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About $64 million worth of plastics are being buried in Wisconsin landfills each year, when they could be recycled instead, according to a new study commissioned by the state DNR. The agency says it will run a pilot project this spring to expand the recycling of flexible film packaging. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says it would be a "win-win" for both the state's economy and the environment. That's because the expanded recycling would create more jobs and new opportunities for small-to-medium-sized plastics' recyclers.
Among the many who volunteered at the Annual American Legion and Shrine Gun Show in New Richmond this past weekend were Rod Rommel, left, and Bob Kastens, right, who were busy selling tickets for a gun raffle. The three-day show was well attended.
Authorities found a woman unconscious Feb. 2 in an ice-fishing shanty on Lake Winnebago and ordered an autopsy, which found she died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Sara Meyer, 30, of Chilton, and a 37-year-old man were found passed out in the shanty. The man survived and remains in an Appleton hospital, with no word about his condition. Authorities do not suspect foul play, but sheriff's deputies continue to investigate the deaths. They also urge anglers to be careful when heating their shanties and make sure the small enclosures are well ventilated inside.
For the third time in two years, Wisconsin officials have fined Kraft Foods for selling meat packages out of its Oscar Mayer division that weigh less than what their labels say. Consumer protection officials said Kraft's Oscar Mayer division will pay $14,000 after state inspectors found nine soft packages of ham that were short of the 20 ounces they claimed to weigh. The items were found last summer at Walmarts in Beloit, Dodgeville, Plover, Watertown, Waukesha, and Wisconsin Rapids - and a Racine Piggly Wiggly store.
The Wisconsin-based group Freedom From Religion is suing a florist in Rhode Island Supreme Court. The group wanted to send the flowers to Jessica Ahlquist for standing up against a prayer banner and having it removed at her public school. Freedom From Religion wants flowers and an apology, alleging discrimination. It argues the florist broke Rhode Island state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of religion. The lawsuit says Plowman responded to the flower order with a note, saying she wouldn't deliver to the teenager.
Kiap-TU-Wish chapter member and Hudson resident Kent Johnson was recently awarded the Wisconsin Trout Unlimited "Jeffrey Carlson Volunteer Award" at the WITU state council banquet.
NEW RICHMOND -- With construction on the new First Lutheran Church site almost finished, FLC staff and volunteers have announced plans for a Feb. 8-10 moving sale. The sale will be held in the basement of the current church at 258 North Third Street. Among the many quality items listed for sale, shoppers will find pianos, sheet music, child care goods, tools, antiques, kitchen supplies, holiday decor and everyday knick knacks. Most items will be available for a free-will offering unless priced. Hours for the sale are noon-4 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
After a week of cold and windy weather it's a joy to go outside without freezing my face. We are not made for hibernating in winter. We are made for walking. Recent reports about the adverse health effects of sitting make me want to get off my duff and hike around, even though I enjoy reading a good book by the fire while the wind and snow howl through the trees outside. Fortunately, we have plenty of beautiful places to hike around here. The snow has been crusty enough to walk on since the January thaw a few weeks ago. Hiking in winter is invigorating.
UW-River Falls is hosting the fourth annual Bowls for Hope event from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the Riverview Ballroom, University Center. Each year, UWRF works with the community to raise funds through Bowls for Hope for a worthy organization that makes a difference in the St. Croix Valley. Proceeds this year will benefit the Free Clinic of Pierce and St.