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If you go fishing, leave the lead at home. That request comes from wildlife enthusiasts who partially blame lead-sinkers for the poisoning deaths of trumpeter swans, geese, and other birds. They say it's something to keep in mind as the fishing season opens Saturday on Wisconsin's inland waters. The lead problem was highlighted in March, when a man in West Bend found a sick bald eagle in his yard and rehabilitation workers said it might have been caused by lead poisoning.
Fishermen heading to northern Wisconsin may want to pack cold lunches this weekend. The Wisconsin DNR Wednesday issued emergency burning restrictions for seven counties starting Thursday. The counties include: Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Burnett, Washburn and Sawyer counties Burning permits had already been suspended, but now ATV use on state trails and smoking outdoors are also prohibited. And campfires will only be allowed in designated areas with added precautions.
Alcohol and excessive speed led to the deaths of three men killed April 21 on Winter Street under the overpass for Highway 53, according to Superior Police Capt. Chad La Lor. The driver was identified today by police as Burgess "Jeb" Houska, 20, of Duluth. At the time of the crash, his blood alcohol concentration was reported at 0.26, more than three times the legal limit, La Lor said. The passengers were David Allen Drain, 21, of Duluth and Joshua Jones, 22, of Barnum. All three men died as a result of blunt force injury consistent with a crash.
Until now, the Brewers had not swept a three-game series from Saint Louis at home since Milwaukee was in the American League and the two were playing their first Inter-league series ever in June of 1997. The Brewers completed the identical feat yesterday afternoon with a 4-0 win over the Cardinals at Miller Park. Chris Capuano lasted just three innings after he bruised his right calf on a hard grounder by Aaron Miles. The left-hander is expected to make his next start on Monday. Carlos Villanueva gave up two hits over the next four innings to get the win. He's 2-0.
Republicans howled Wednesday when the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted to stop denying food stamps to deadbeat parents and to the unemployed who refuse to get job training. Gov. Jim Doyle proposed both measures in his new state budget and the finance panel refused to drop them on 8-8 party-line votes. Charity Eleson of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families says feeding the poor is the humane thing to do. But Rep. Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, says deadbeat parents will laugh all the way to the grocery store. Rep.
Brendan Dassey's lawyer says his client will probably appeal his conviction in the slaying of Teresa Halbach. But a final decision won't be made until after Dassey is sentenced on Aug. 6, and after the state public defender's office gives him a new attorney to handle the appeal. Mark Fremgen of Oshkosh represented Dassey, 17, in his trial last month.
You would assume that losing is bad for business, but the waiting list just keeps growing for Green Bay Packer season tickets. The list now has almost 74,000 and only 156 tickets become available each year. Ticket supervisor Carol Edwin says Packer fans have placed their unborn children on the list and will then call back when they know the names. Regular season games at Lambeau Field have been sold out since 1960. The last time the team sold any individual tickets was on Jan. 4, 2004 when over 13,000 seats were available for a first-round playoff contest against Seattle.
John Edwards got some of his biggest support in Wisconsin when he ran for president three years ago. And some top Democrats in the state joined together Wednesday to endorse the former North Carolina senator in his 2008 bid. Dave Cieslewicz, Madison mayor, says he appreciates Edwards laying out his policy stands so early and that he repudiated his Senate vote in 2002 in favor of the Iraq war. The mayor also said he respected Edwards' focus on poverty. In 2004, he struck a chord among Wisconsin's middle class when he talked of the widening income gap and his so-called Two Americas.
The final quarantine was lifted Wednesday in Clark County's swine herds. That's after pseudo-rabies failed to turn up within five miles of where the disease was found late last month on a farm near Loyal. That discovery came a few days after pseudo-rabies was confirmed in a herd with 300 pigs near Greenwood. No other cases were found near that farm, either. About 330 animals on both farms were killed last Friday. The cases were the first in Wisconsin since 1998, and the first in the nation since 2003. Pseudo-rabies can be spread to other animals beside pigs but it has no effect on humans.
An agreement to be signed on Thursday will tie four of the region's public colleges and universities together to help grow business in both the St. Croix and Chippewa Valley regions. The agreement is called "Educational Partnership for Regional Development" and will allow the schools to work together to help businesses in the region. "Those of us in the St. Croix and Chippewa valleys have known for quite some time that we are committed in our collaboration to develop the 'IQ Corridor' that spans I-94," said Don Betz, University of Wisconsin-River Falls chancellor.