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 -- Milwaukee is getting ready to host the nation’s governors this week. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and local tourist officials expect a ton of national media coverage from the annual meeting of the National Governors Association. It runs from Friday through Sunday at the Wisconsin Center convention hall in downtown Milwaukee. Walker says he hopes the buzz will encourage other groups to hold their conventions in the city. Franklyn Gimbel, who heads the Wisconsin Center district board, said the 1998 national governors’ meeting was the first event to be held in the facility.
It’s been three-and-a-half years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow corporations and unions to spend money on political campaigns.
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Six of Wisconsin’s eight U.S. House members voted to end the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ phone records and e-mails. That effort fell short, when the House voted 217-to-205 Wednesday to spare the massive surveillance project. Janesville Republican Paul Ryan and La Crosse Democrat Ron Kind were the only Wisconsin members voting to preserve the NSA program.
MADISON -- A state Assembly Republican plans to introduce a bill next month to repeal the 2009 law which forces schools to drop Indian team names if they’re found to be discriminatory. Rep. Steve Nass of Whitewater has talked before about repealing the law. His policy adviser Mike Mikalsen admits it would be an “uphill struggle” to get lawmakers to go along.
MADISON -- For the second year in a row, Wisconsin farmers are being allowed to harvest hay and graze cattle on state-owned properties. Gov.
MADISON -- A federal judge was to hear arguments Wednesday on his decision to temporarily block Wisconsin’s latest abortion law. William Conley of Madison will decide whether to keep the law on hold, until he issues a final ruling on a lawsuit from Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services.
MADISON -- Five dead birds in Wisconsin have tested positive for the West Nile virus. Wisconsin has not had any human cases of the mosquito-borne illness this summer – but officials say bird-and-horse deaths provide a warning for people to take precautions. The Wood County Health Department confirmed the state’s latest case Monday. West Nile was diagnosed in a dead blue jay in the southern part of Wood County around Wisconsin Rapids. Health experts say 80 percent of those infected with West Nile virus do not get sick. The disease can be deadly, though.
SPOONER -- Portions of five western Wisconsin trout streams would be reclassified based on their habitat and ability to support natural trout reproduction, under a Department of Natural Resources proposal that is currently open for public comment. Four of the streams would be reclassified from class 2 to class 1 trout streams, and a fifth would be reclassified as a warm-water forage fish stream, according to Marty Engel, Department of Natural Resources Senior Fisheries Biologist, Baldwin. “The four streams being reclassified as class 1 stream because fisheries surveys have shown they contain
WASHINGTON D.C. -- All five Wisconsin Republicans voted yes, and all three Democrats voted no as the House took food stamps out of the farm bill and then approved a five-year package of farm programs Thursday. Majority Republicans removed food stamps from the farm package on a near-party line vote of 216-to-208.
North central Wisconsin had one tornado, and maybe more Tuesday afternoon. The National Weather Service said a twister kept going on-and-off the ground near Deerbrook in Langlade County around 4 p.m. Authorities said it landed in fields and woods, with no damage except for tree debris. The same storm might have caused tornado damage an hour earlier to the west in Lincoln County. Trees and power lines went down near Irma and Gleason. Later, funnel clouds were spotted around 6 p.m. near Red-granite in Waushara County, and Lake Poygan in Winnebago County.