Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was hospitalized for exhaustion after running a 20-kilometer on his 60th birthday. A spokesman says Barrett completed the run at the Pettit National Ice Center, but needed medical treatment for exhaustion. An ambulance transported Barrett to a hospital, where doctors found he suffered from dehydration and overexertion. The mayor was hospitalized overnight and could be released today. Barrett is a regular runner who often participates in community runs… A spokesman adds that yesterday’s run was the furthest he had previously completed, placing third in his age group.
_______________ A special state Assembly committee is scheduled to release a report on recommendations for changes to the Common Core education standards in Wisconsin. The committee, created by Republicans earlier in the year, was formed to study and release possible changes to the voluntary standard. Some Republicans have criticized the standard, claiming it’s too weak and is a step towards nationalized curriculum. Supporters disagree, saying it vastly improves previous standards in Wisconsin and concerns are overblown. The report is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, with a vote scheduled for Thursday.
________________ Tomorrow is the deadline to apply for Wisconsin turkey and bear hunting permits for the upcoming season. The state’s Department of Natural Resources will hold a lottery in the coming month for the two seasons. The rest of the permits will be sold over-the-counter on a first come, first served basis. The regular spring turkey season begins on April 16, with bear season starting on September 3. Applications are available at any license sales location or the department’s website (dnr.wi.gov). There is a three-dollar fee to apply.
___________________ Governor Scott Walker and other dignitaries attended a ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor over the weekend. 56 Wisconsinites were killed during the attack on December 7, 1941, which led to the U-S entering World War II. Governor Walker thanked those who gave their live that day, and the four living survivors who attended yesterday’s ceremony in King. He added that it’s important to teach our children about their sacrifice. Other dignitaries who attended the event include Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos and National Guard Major General Donald Dunbar.
Department of Natural Resources officials will be presenting the results of this year's gun deer hunt tomorrow. Biologists and other officials will be meeting with the Natural Resources Board tomorrow afternoon to go over the results of the hunt and other information. That meeting gets underway at two pm. Early numbers from the season show total harvest down about 7 percent and buck harvest down 15 percent. Last week, spokesman Ed Culhane said the cold temperatures and stinging winds on opening weekend contributed to the lower numbers this year.
The National Weather Service is warning commuters this morning of hazardous road condition, especially in southeast Wisconsin. One N-W-S Sullivan Meteorologist says roads will be icy with packed-down snow. Add the blowing snow and reduced visibility, its best just to take extra time getting to your destination. Some areas in the state report two to four inches of snow, with up to six inches to the north. A winter weather advisory remains in effect for much of the state until six this morning.
A southeast Wisconsin high school student has won the Department of Natural Resources’ annual state park sticker contest. Ursula Reid is a junior at Cedarburg High School, her design featuring a turtle on a blue canvas was the winner from over 200 other entries. The winning design, along with the other submissions, can be viewed at the department’s website at DNR-dot-WI-dot-gov (exact address: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/contests.html
). D-N-R is now accepting submissions for next year’s contest until April 13. The contest is open to public, parochial and private high school students in the state. __________________
Winter storms over the weekend is to blame for two fatal crashes in southeast Wisconsin. The Racine County Sheriff’s Office says one man was killed in a crash on Interstate 94, near the Town of Yorkville. A separate crash in Milwaukee County on Interstate 43 also killed an unidentified person, according to county authorities. In both incidents, police say the roads were covered in snow with ice underneath. Racine County authorities say as of 3:30 yesterday afternoon, there were about 60 crashes reported.