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A 17-year-old Ellsworth male was injured early Tuesday after hitting a squad car while driving a stolen vehicle, then leading police on a nine-mile chase. The youth, whose name wasn't being released pending further investigation, faces possible charges of operating while intoxicated, hit and run, fleeing an officer, possession of marijuana and operating a vehicle without owner's consent, according to information from the Dunn County Sheriff's Department. The incident began at 1:45 a.m.
Starting out Wisconsin's next biennial budget will be almost $1.5 billion in the hole, according to figures from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. On top of that sum, the Department of Health and Family Services says it needs an increase of more than $342.9 million to cover rising costs and caseloads in Medicaid, SeniorCare and BadgerCare. That amount is an increase of 5.2 percent from fiscal year 2007, according to DHFS officials. DFHS' total budget request for the next biennial budget is $443 million.
Teacher merit pay is a key element of the education reform plan Republican gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Mark Green, Green Bay, wants to put into place. Green unveiled his plan earlier this week while visiting a high school in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield. Under his plan an Excellence in Education Task Force would be created by executive order with the mandate of developing a statewide performance-based pay system for Wisconsin's teachers.
Two Minnesota women died and one survived following a freak accident at the Stillwater Lift Bridge Sunday afternoon when a car sailed into the water while the deck was up. Two passengers, Phyllis Maitrejean, 73, Stillwater, and her daughter Debra Schmit, 46, Sleepy Eye, Minn., died in the accident. Their bodies were recovered by divers, the Washington county sheriff's department said. The driver, Roxanne Ecker, 53, Sleepy Eye, also a daughter of Maitrejean and sister to Schmit, was retrieved by boaters and taken to the Stillwater hospital.
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning in Nebraska for a 23-year-old Lincoln-area woman, critically injured in a rollover accident Sept. 10 on Hwy. 63, a few miles northeast of Hager City in Pierce County. Danielle R. Jakub died Thursday, Sept. 14 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, four days after she was admitted. Jakub had been in Wisconsin visiting a boyfriend that weekend and was returning to her job as a sales representative with Progressive Farmer, according to a representative at Gass Haney Funeral Home in Columbus.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources began collecting deer heads in St. Croix and Pierce counties over the weekend to be tested for chronic wasting disease. DNR biologists are relatively confident the fatal, transmittable disease won't be found in deer here in the first instance of local testing for the disease. But without the testing, there's no way to know for sure.
MADISON - With the goal of promoting Wisconsin's hunting heritage to a younger generation state wildlife officials said that there will be a two-day youth deer hunt this year. During the youth deer hunt only youngsters ages 12 to 15 accompanied by an adult hunter may hunt. Previously the state's youth deer hunt ran one day. Officials say the hunt allows youths to learn to hunt in a more relaxed atmosphere than when fields and forests are filled with other deer hunters.
MADISON - This weekend hunters across the state will be climbing into their tree stand to get their first deer of the season. Unfortunately, if this year is like others a good number of those hunters are going to wind up falling out of their stand causing injury or even death. "Research shows that one out of three hunters who hunt off the ground will fall from a tree stand sometime during his or her hunting lifetime," says Tim Lawhern, hunter education administrator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Tree stands are popular among Wisconsin hunters -- especially among those w
The Republican and Democratic candidates for governor will square off tonight (Friday) in a live-televised debate from 7 - 8 p.m. Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle and U.S. Rep. Mark Green, R-Green Bay, will focus on taxes and the economy during the debate which will be held in Waukesha. The debate will be aired locally on Wisconsin Public Television. A live Web stream will also be available on WPT's Wisconsin Vote Web site at www.wisconsin.vote.org It will also be aired on Wisconsin Public Radio WRFW FM 88.7 River Falls and WHWC FM 88.3 Menomonie and Eau Claire.
Prospects for job hunters from the Twin Cities east to Eau Claire look very positive during the next quarter of the year, according to a report released this week by the Milwaukee-based Manpower employment firm. In the Twin Cities area, 36 percent of companies interviewed by Manpower plan to hire more employees from October thru December, according to Michele Lindberg of Manpower's Twin Cities office. Lindberg added that 11 percent of the employers expect layoffs while 50 percent expect to maintain current staffing levels and the remaining 3 percent are unsure.