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A festive atmosphere is planned at the State Capitol today as Wisconsin legislators begin their new session. They'll take their oaths of office at 2 p.m.
GREEN BAY -- A new report confirms the presence of wind-turbine sounds in one of three homes where residents claimed they were forced to leave due to health problems caused by the turbines. The state Public Service Commission partially paid for the study, which was done at the Shirley Wind Farm south of Green Bay. Clean Wisconsin and four independent groups tested audio levels in the three homes, after the residents appeared at a hearing to oppose another project proposed by Highland Wind LLC -- a 41 turbine, 2.5mw wind farm in the Town of Forest -- in eastern St.
A mother wants Baldwin-Woodville High School to review its policy against bullying after her 15-year-old foster daughter was given a noose by a classmate. Sarah Hitzeman told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the African-American freshman girl has dealt with bullying since Day One at the school. The worst incident was reported Dec.
Nationally known vocalist Jearlyn Steele, a regular on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion Show, will be the special musical guest at Bethel Lutheran Church's Highlands campus at the 9:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Jan. 13, along with the Bethel Chorale and Bethel's New Song Band. The service will celebrate the life, ministry and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Willow River Nordic Ski Association will be offering cross country ski lessons for adults on Saturdays, Jan. 5 and 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Nature Center. Skiers must provide their own equipment. Traditional stride (classic) and skate skills will be taught. Cost is $10 per person plus vehicle admission payable to the instructor the day of the class. Funds will go to the Willow River OWLs, the park's Friends group. Lead instructor Wally Milbrath is a lifelong skier with experience in both skiing styles. Sign up at the park office or call (715) 386-5931.
"Majestic Flyway" will be the theme of the 2013 Hudson Hot Air Affair winter festival and hot air balloon rally. The annual event will be Feb.
Theater classes for students in grades 1-6 will be offered on four Saturday mornings, Jan. 19 - Feb. 9, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Masked Fairytale Production for students in grades 1-3 will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. Students will develop a ten-minute performance based on popular fairy tales. On the first day, the actors will each make their own masks for the characters they choose to portray in the story.
A woman jumped from the east-bound side of the Hudson Bridge at approximately 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, and died at the scene. Authorities cleared the scene at about 10 a.m. The St. Croix County Sheriff's Department reported that the victim has been identified as a 48-year-old Molly Crumley of River Falls. Witnesses reported that the woman stopped her vehicle on the eastbound shoulder of the bridge, about 100 yards west of the Wisconsin shoreline, leaving her 11-year-old daughter in the vehicle. The woman then climbed the railing and jumped to her death.
STILLWATER, Minn. -- The new St. Croix River bridge near Hudson - which needed President Obama's approval earlier this year - cannot be built until over 7,000 mussels are moved away. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says divers will dig up both protected and non-protected mussels next spring and move them upstream and out of harm's way. DNR biologist Lisie Kitchel told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that 15 species of mussels will be moved, including three federally protected critters are vital for consuming algae and providing food for other aquatic life on the St.
Have a history buff on your holiday guest list? You won't be disappointed to find all manner of biography and serious history new to bookshelves this winter. For starters, try "Geronimo," by Robert Utley (Yale University Press, $30). Utley a National Parks historian traces the Apache's reputation as it changed from killer and plunderer, to Native American icon, to prisoner of war to what Utley calls our most famous Indian. Writing about Geronimo isn't an easy task thanks to the U.S. War Department's handling of Geronimo's story from his point of view.