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MADISON - The first of the fall deer hunting seasons is set to open on Sept. 16 with the start of archery deer hunting. The early archery season runs Sept. 16 through Nov. 16 and the late archery season runs Nov. 27 through Jan. 7, 2007.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Green says the state should set aside $25 million to study a type of stem cell research that won't harm human embryos. His announcement comes after several months of Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle's campaign hammering him on the issue. The funding in Green's plan would be spread out over four years and would go to the Wicell Research Institute, a non-profit organization set up by the University of Wisconsin.
A grant from the National Science Foundation will allow three colleges in west-central Wisconsin to team together to offer nanotechnology courses to students in the region. The $217,795 grant also means that students from the Chippewa Valley Technical College nanotechnology program won't have to travel to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis for their last semester of coursework. The money will be used by UW-Stout, UW-Eau Claire and CVTC to develop curriculum for the nanotech program using resources from the three colleges.
PORT WING - Fishing and smoking fish was about all Eric Johnson wanted to do. Working the Lake Superior waters for herring and trout was what his father did, and it's what his grandfather did. But Johnson, 64, isn't sure it's what his own sons should do. "You don't know what the future is," Johnson said before dawn on a recent August day as he piloted the family's fishing boat toward open water. "I've often debated this," Johnson said, swaying slightly as he stood at the wheel. "Maybe I should have sold everything off and quit.
MADISON - Canada goose and mourning dove are the first of this fall's Wisconsin hunting seasons to open up. Both the early Canada goose and the morning dove seasons open on Sept. 1. The early statewide Canada goose season runs Sept.
STILLWATER, Minn. - Federal agents seized 7 pounds of methamphetamine and arrested eight people late Monday night, when they raided a Stillwater home. "It's a significant arrest," said Thomas E. Kelly, special agent in charge at the Minnesota/St. Paul District Office of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
MADISON - To help protect Wisconsin's Ash trees from the emerald ash borer, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is proposing a permanent rule that would prevent firewood from more than 50 miles away being brought in to state parks and other state properties. Under the proposed rule firewood from out-of-state areas would also be banned even if they are within the 50 mile limit. The "50-mile rule" was approved by the Natural Resources Board in mid-August.
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.
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.
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.