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MADISON - The 2006 Wisconsin black bear hunting season opens Sept. 6 with 4,370 successful applicants heading to the woods with a harvest permit in their pocket. More than 73,000 applied for the closely regulated hunt, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Hunters registered 2,645 bears in 2005.
MADISON - The hook and line sturgeon season will open on Sept. 2 and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says anglers looking to take sturgeons will need a harvest tag. "The harvest tag is required only if you're planning to harvest a sturgeon and you must have the tag before you fish," says Mike Staggs, Wisconsin's fisheries director. "You don't need a harvest tag if you only plan to catch and release." This year harvest tags cost $20 for Wisconsin residents and $50 for non-residents. Previously harvest tags were free.
In addition to becoming Wisconsin's next governor, Republican Mark Green says he also wants to be Wisconsin's chief jobs officer. Green rolled out a sweeping jobs creation program which he says will be put into place if he's elected in November. He says one of the primary goals of his program is to keep college graduates in the state by providing better, higher-paying jobs. He's calling the new program "Keep Our Kids in Wisconsin." "The top age group leaving Wisconsin are 20-to-29 year-olds," said Green. "As governor, I'll work to keep these young people in Wisconsin.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS -- It's been almost three months since a Wisconsin Rapids woman vanished without a trace, and the people who knew Deidre Harm are redoubling their efforts to find her. On June 10th, Deidre Harm, 21, left her infant daughter with a babysitter and accompanied an acquaintance to a Wisconsin Rapids tavern. She left alone and hasn't been seen since.
West central Wisconsin now has its first operational ethanol plant. Western Wisconsin Renewable Energy Cooperative officially opened its plant, Tuesday -- almost a month ahead of schedule. The plant is located between Boyceville and Wheeler in Dunn County. "We are officially accepting our first semi-truck of corn today," said Ray Dreger, WWREC's secretary and treasurer. Even before the ribbon was cut and the first ceremonial truckload of corn from the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association was unloaded, trucks around western Wisconsin were arriving to drop off corn.
More Wisconsinites are living in poverty and those who have jobs are earning less than in 2003. A report released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the average annual household median income dropped from $48,181 in the 2003/04 period to $45,956 in the 2004/05 period.
Officials from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection say Wisconsinites should re-register their telephone number with the state's No Call list if they want to keep telemarketers at bay. "People should renew annually on the state's No Call list," said Glenn Loyd, a DATCP spokesman. He added that while registration on the list is good for two years, it is a good practice to re-register annually on a specific date - like a birthday or a holiday. "People can re-register online: https://nocall.wisconsin.gov or just call 1-866-966-2255," Loyd said. Wisconsin's No
Cpl. Kenneth Cross proposed to his wife, Heidi, after two weeks of dating. He enlisted in the U.S. Army without discussing it first with his parents. Cross, 21, was a man who knew what he wanted in life and made it happen. Cross was killed Sunday in a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq, according to his parents, Michael and Elizabeth Cross of Parkland, just east of Superior. Based in Fort Lewis, Wash., he had been in the Middle East for two months, stationed in both Kuwait and Baghdad. A driver of a Stryker tank, he was trained in frontline combat duties.
This summer's high temperatures and drought toasted crops throughout a good portion of the state including western Wisconsin. Now farmers will be able to get some help. On Friday the U.S. Department of Agriculture named 19 counties in the western and northwestern parts of the state disaster areas because of the drought, which means farmers will be eligible for low-interests loans. Most of the counties in the west central region were included in the disaster area declaration including: St. Croix, Pierce, Pepin, Polk, Dunn, Eau Claire and Chippewa.
Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle is calling for a 90 percent reduction of mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants in the state. To achieve that goal he has ordered the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to come up with a plan that includes both rules and incentives. "Mercury is a real threat not only to our rivers and lakes but also to the health of our citizens.