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Sometimes an author doesn't realize he's got a good thing going and plunges on ahead when he might well have done better had he looked back. Popular Minnesota author Jon Hassler's first adult novel was "Staggerford," which drew rave reviews from the New York Times. Unfortunately Hassler killed off one of his most attractive heroes, Miles Pruitt, at novel's end.
MADISON -With data entry nearly complete, hunter-supplied numbers indicate that 366,747 deer were harvested in Wisconsin for the 2012 seasons, a 5% increase from 2011, according to Department of Natural Resources officials.
A northeast Wisconsin man has been sentenced to six months in prison for breaking federal wildlife laws while operating a business as a bear-hunting guide. John Kellogg, 48, of Gillett was one on four people sentenced after a six-year investigation ended in 2011 with charges filed. Kellogg hired others to buy other people's bear-hunting tags for $1,000 each, and to arrange to have Kellogg paid as a guide for the illegal bear hunting.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. says calling 911 and waiting for help to arrive isn't always the best option. Clarke's voice on a radio ad calls for county residents to defend themselves, saying they should learn to use firearms so they can defend themselves until deputies arrive. He says budget cuts have slowed response times. The president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs' Association says the ad sounds like a call to vigilante action. Clarke appeared on national TV Jan. 28 to defend his message.
A state appeals court says a health-care clinic does not have to pay the cost to raise the child of Austin Mernick and Shelby Nell after the facility mistakenly gave the woman pre-natal vitamins instead of birth-control pills. Omernick and Nell said the West Bend Clinic was solely responsible for the mistake and therefore should pay all of the child's living costs until age 18, as well as pain and suffering Nell had during pregnancy. The Second District Appellate Court in Waukesha said today that the couple can seek the pain-and-suffering damages.
On Saturday, Feb. 23, there will be a kids ice fishing contest at Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake from 2-4 p.m. for children ages 6-12. Bait will be provided by the St. Croix County Sportsman's Alliance. A limited number of fishing poles will be available. Prizes will be awarded for most fish, smallest fish and largest fish. Those participating should meet at the town boat landing located on the south end of Perch Lake.
The Octagon House Museum will be open for guided tours on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the annual Hot Air Affair. Come in from the cold; learn about ballooning history, and the local history of Hudson and its early residents.
UW-River Falls director of athletics Roger Ternes is one of three individuals who will comprise the inaugural class of the William Woods University Athletics Hall of Fame, the Fulton, Mo., school has announced. Ternes, former William Woods University athletic director and the winningest coach in WWU history, will be inducted along with the 1936 Olympic track and field champion Helen Stephens, and Lana Unnewehr-Brooks, all-time leading scorer for the Owls' women's basketball team, at the WWU Hall of Fame's inaugural induction ceremony April 20. Ternes served as athletic director at WWU for 20
The Wisconsin Towns Association wants a moratorium on wind energy farms and voted this week to ask the state not to approve any more wind turbines until further health studies are done. A recent study by Clean Wisconsin and four independent groups found that residents of a home south of Green Bay suffered nausea after a nearby wind farm produced barely-audible sounds from its turbines. The group suggested more health studies. The Towns Association says those studies should be done and solutions should be found.
Wisconsin Assembly leaders say there's no way they'll approve a higher gasoline tax and a new vehicle registration fee that increases according to mileage driven. Those were the two main ideas endorsed Jan. 23 by a bi-partisan commission, which called on motorists to pay an average of $120 more each year to maintain roads and other transportation facilities.