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MADISON - Wisconsin deer hunters will be able to get extra anterless deer tags starting at noon Aug. 26, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. In addition to the extra anterless tags hunters can also get state park access permits. The tags are available online at www.dnr.state.wi.us ort at automated automated license issuance system outlets.
Unemployment rates in the counties throughout the west-central Wisconsin region remain pretty much steady in July, according to figures released by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. St. Croix County saw an increase from 3.9 percent in June to 4.3 percent in July while Pierce County's went up just .2 percent to 3.7 percent. Pepin County also say a drop from 4.4 percent in June to 4.3 percent in July while Polk County had .5 increase to 5.2 percent. Dunn County saw a .1 percent drop to 4.1 percent while Eau Claire County's rate dropped .2 percent to 4.3 percent.
A road construction project on Hwy. 64 near New Richmond will get under way in mid-September, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The department said the area includes 3.9 miles between 100th and 145th streets just west of New Richmond and includes an overpass at 110th Street, an overpass at County K and a pedestrian underpass. The project starts Sept. 12 and is scheduled to continue until November 2007. To avoid delays, motorists are encouraged to seek information about work zones and detours on the Web at www.dot.wi.gov .
ASHLAND - Almost a year after the murder trial of Hmong hunter Chai Vang, the state's attorney general said Wednesday there hasn't been the racist backlash that some people feared. The stunning killings of six hunters and wounding of two others in the northwoods of Sawyer County almost two years ago by a man from St. Paul generated lots of emotion. Speaking to the Badger State Sheriff's Association in Ashland, Peg Lautenschlager, state attorney general, says that emotion did not transfer into a racial backlash against Hmong people.
Wisconsin Public Radio's "The West Side" will be airing several live Legislative election programs featuring candidates from western Wisconsin. According to Mary Jo Wagner, the show's host, listeners will have a chance to call in and ask the candidates questions. The "West Side" airs on Monday and Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. and can be heard on WRFW 88.7 FM in River Falls and WHWC FM 88.3 in Menomoniee. Wagner says several candidates from the far western region are already on the schedule. These include: Monday, Aug.
Suzanne M. Weiland, whose body was discovered in Star Prairie Township early Sunday, died from multiple stab wounds, according to a preliminary autopsy report completed Monday by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner in St. Paul. Deputies with the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a small home on the Apple River at 1986 93rd St., northeast of Somerset, at 7:20 a.m. Sunday. They had been called by Peter G. Whyte, 49, the 39-year-old Weiland's boyfriend. Whyte reported he had been stabbed and that Weiland was dead, Sheriff Dennis Hillstead said.
Yet another semi-truck carrying an oversized load will be heading through the region tonight escorted by two Wisconsin State Patrol vehicles. The semi will be hauling a dryer for an ethanol plant is scheduled to leave from Waukesha Wednesday morning and head up I-94 to Black River Falls. It is expected to arrive in Black River Falls about 10 p.m. Wednesday night. After a short stay there the rig is expected to continue up I-94 to Elk Mound arriving there between midnight and 1 a.m. on Thursday.
A new survey shows Wisconsin's manufacturers are upgrading equipment and their employees' skills. The increasing efficiency is pumping money into the state's economy and creating new jobs. Wisconsin's economy is 233 million dollars richer thanks to improvements made in the manufacturing sector last year. That's the finding of a new survey by the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The partnership, also known as WMEP, is partially funded by state and federal tax dollars.
MANITOWOC -- The defense and prosecution teams have reached an unusual agreement on the timing and location of Steven Avery's high-profile trial in the rape and murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. But questions still remain about whether certain key evidence and testimony will be allowed at the trial. Judge Patrick Willis has approved a plan to delay Avery's trial until February 5, 2007 and to hold it in Calumet County, with a jury chosen from Manitowoc County where the alleged crime occurred.
BELOIT -- Colleges and universities this fall will welcome millions of freshman students who've only known two U.S. presidents, and for whom the Soviet Union has never existed. Those are just a couple of the items on this year's "Mindset List." Beloit College puts it out in the fall as an example of the cultural world of most 18-year old freshmen. Tom McBride is the list's co-creator, and a Beloit humanities professor.