Steve Dzubay has been publisher at the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star Observer from 1995-2016. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He previously worked as a reporter-photographer at small daily newspapers in Minnesota and is past editor of the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.
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MILWAUKEE -- Gov. Scott Walker and his main election challenger were both in contact with President Obama before his speech in Wisconsin Thursday. Neither the Republican Walker nor Democrat Mary Burke was planning to be on hand when Obama speaks about job training and his economic agenda at a General Electric plant in Waukesha. The governor said he had to chair a meeting of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Board in Madison Thursday. Burke said she had campaign stops scheduled in northwest Wisconsin.
None of Wisconsin's 424 school districts were closed Wednesday, even though students had to trudge through wind-chill factors in the minus-teens-and-20's. Schools in Algoma, Kewaunee, Luxemburg-Casco, and the Menominee Tribal district had two-hour delays -- but other schools around the state didn't even have that. Most schools were closed Monday and Tuesday after being closed for two days earlier this month due to the bitter cold. School officials are adjusting their calendars, to make sure they get their state-required 180 days of class time in.
GLENWOOD CITY -- It took just two emergency meetings within hours of the Jan.
Members and occasional users of range and trap facilities offered by the Hudson Rod, Gun and Archery Club are watching some big improvements unfold, made possible by their dues and a $49,000 matching grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Some earth-moving linked to create safer shooting lanes has already been completed. Some 110 concrete cubes -- two feet wide and high and six feet long -- have been stacked to create an impermeable barrier along the north side of the ten-lane pistol range.
While many in Wisconsin scraped and shoveled five to nine inches of snow on Sunday, folks in the far north are dealing with considerably more. The National Weather Service said Ashland had received 23 inches of snow as of 6:30 a.m., Monday including five inches overnight. Brule in Douglas County got half of its 12 inches overnight. Bayfield picked up more than eight inches by 6:30, and it was still coming down. Five-to nine inches fell Sunday in much of Wisconsin's southeast quarter.
A motorist who collided with a St.
WAUSAU -- Up to 30 long-term residents lost their homes in a weekend fire at the Wausau Days Inn, located north of the fairgrounds on the city's northwest side. Officials said Sunday that the blaze started in a plumbing-and-electrical space between two rooms at the Days Inn on Wausau's west side. Investigators are still trying to find out why. The fire began just after 8 p.m., Saturday.
Early harvest figures released by the Wisconsin DNR Tuesday afternoon indicate gun-deer hunters overcame the cold weather on the opener and killed nearly as many does as in 2012 but the buck harvest was down 14 percent in St. Croix- and 18 percent in Pierce County. Pierce County's totals were 1405 bucks in 2013 versus 1708 last year, and 2,600 does versus 2,512 last year. In St.
Hundreds-of-thousands of deer hunters will hit the woods in Wisconsin Saturday, starting a nine-day gun season that poses a number of challenges. First, it's a later season than usual -- and the DNR's Kevin Wallenfang says it could mean less rutting activity. He says many areas as fairly wet, and that could limit hunters' access.
The public is invited to attend a demonstration at 9 a.m., Saturday at the Hudson Rod, Gun & Archery Club that illustrates the risk of lead contamination from conventional bullets. Warden Paul Sickman said the department will present a short talk on the potential harmful effects of lead and how lead bullets can contaminate a hunter's meat harvest. The demonstration will then move to the range, where members of the public will be invited to fire a lead bullet into a device which captures fragments in water-filled, plastic jugs.