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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.
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
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.
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.
Peter Whyte, 49, 1986 93rd St., northeast of Somerset, was served with a warrant late Friday afternoon for first-degree intentional homicide in the death of his girlfriend, Suzanne Weiland, 39, according to St. Croix County Sheriff Dennis Hillstead. Deputies with the sheriff's office were dispatched to the small home on the Apple River at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. Whyte reported he had been stabbed and that Weiland was dead, Hillstead said. Weiland died from multiple stab wounds, according to a preliminary autopsy report completed Monday by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner in St.
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.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS --The city of Wisconsin Rapids could get a much-needed economic shot in the arm from a proposed new ethanol plant. Mary Jo Carson, Wisconsin Rapids mayor, has been contacted by Third Coast Biofuels, a Wisconsin based company, which says the city is one of several locations that has everything that's needed for an ethanol plant.
Closer public scrutiny of the operation of the St. Croix Falls hydroelectric dam is the result of a lawsuit filed and settled on the same day. The lawsuit was filed on Aug. 7 by the River Alliance of Wisconsin against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources over a new memorandum of understanding between the DNR and Xcel Energy.