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Dean Fries can't wait for the grouse opener. While a lot of hunters wait for the leaves to fall, Fries will be out there with his Gordon setters on opening day and the next four days. Ruffed grouse season opens Saturday in Minnesota and Wisconsin. ``Most people really miss the boat,' says Fries, who lives in Culver. ``That's one of the best weekends of the year. You see lots of birds and get lots of points (from dogs).' Birds are usually still clustered in family units early in the season. ``You walk in on points and you can get a brood of five, six, seven birds. That's fun,' Fries says.
Wisconsin Democratic voters rejected incumbent state Attorney General, Peg Lautenschlager and have picked Dane County Executive, Kathleen Falk as their candidate for AG in the November election. Falk will face off against the GOP pick, J.B. Van Hollen, the former U.S. Attorney from western Wisconsin. Van Hollen got 60 percent of the GOP vote in Tuesday's primary against challenger Paul Bucher. In the race for State Secretary, Democratic voters overwhelmingly voted for incumbent Doug La Follette over his challenger Scot Ross.
Election results for all St. Croix County races from Tuesday's statewide primary. Governor Jim Doyle - Democrat (I): 2,268 Mark Green - Republican: 2,091 Nelson Eisman - Wisconsin Green Party: 12 ____________________________________ Lt.
MADISON -- The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing the Veterans Administration claiming the bedside manner of military chaplains violates the separation between church and state. A federal judge has ruled the suit has merit and will continue to trial. Foundation co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor says under the Bush administration, chaplains at some VA hospitals have become more aggressive about offering spiritual counseling.
DULUTH, Minn. -- The U.S. Coast Guard out of Duluth had live ammunition machine gun practice on Lake Superior Tuesday, even though there's another 60 days of public comment left about establishing shooting zones on the Great Lakes. The move is raising the hackles of some Great Lakes mayors. The drill is simple: for about six hours, a Coast Guard vessel fires a machine gun at a target as part of its law enforcement and anti-terrorism role.
A Luck man died Saturday night after being run over by a vehicle near Big Round Lake. Another Luck man is in custody for the death. Authorities say their initial investigation shows that Michael Ellis, 45, died after being struck by a Plymouth Mini-van allegedly driven by Derek Mosay, 20. An autopsy later showed that Ellis had received numerous injuries to his chest, which Polk County authorities believe caused his death. Mosay was arrested on charges of homicide by the intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and operating a vehicle after license revocation.
Wisconsin law enforcement and consumer protection officials are warning of a new identity theft scam. In this one, the scammer poses as a court employee and calls the victim saying they've been selected for jury duty. The caller then asks to verify names and Social Security numbers, and then asks for credit card information. Fines are threatened if the person refuses to provide the information. Another variation has the caller posing as a jury coordinator and saying an arrest warrant has been issued to the person for failure to report for jury duty.
PARK FALLS -- The Department of Natural Resources is warning hunters in eight northern Wisconsin counties to beware of wolf packs killing hunting dogs. Thirteen dogs have been killed by wolf packs in the past two months, up from nine killed a year ago. The counties where warnings to hunters with dogs are posted are Bayfield, Douglas, Marathon, Lincoln, Taylor, Sawyer, Rusk, and Marinette. Adrian Wydeven, a DNR wildlife ecologist in Park Falls, says wolf packs are protecting their pups, so the DNR is helping hunters protect their dogs.
A new college financial aid program targeting eighth graders has been officially launched by Gov. Jim Doyle. At a signing ceremony Wednesday at a Middleton middle school, the Doyle inaugurated the covenant scholars program. The new program has the backing the University of Wisconsin and technical college systems as well as 20 Wisconsin private independent colleges and universities. Doyle told a class of eighth graders at the ceremony if they keep their grades up, the state will make sure there's money to pay their college tuition.
A bi-national plan covering proposed diversions of water from the Great Lakes still needs the approval of state governments. Wisconsin lawmakers and others began debating the proposal on Thursday. Gov. Jim Doyle and the other Great Lakes governors announced last December that they'd agreed to a new proposal to protect against large diversions of water from the Great Lakes Basin. However, none of the eight state legislatures around the Lakes have given their approval yet.