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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.
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.