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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has posted its annual Wisconsin fall hunting forecast online. The forecast is available on the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.wi.us The site has information about all hunting categories in the state along with information on the state's deer season, bear populations and waterfowl hunting changes. Among the highlights in the report is the state's deer herd estimate. DNR officials say that this year's Wisconsin's deer herd remains above population goals.
Wisconsin now has its first human case of West Nile Virus this year. State health officials announced their confirmation of the disease Monday. According to the Department of Health and Family Services, a woman in Portage County came down with a fever, aches, nausea, and a rash last June. Blood tests done last week showed the presence of West Nile Virus, passed on by an infected mosquito.
EAU CLAIRE -- Those traveling north in western Wisconsin will find less traffic congestion around Eau Claire starting Monday as the new Highway 53 bypass opens for business. Monday morning, drivers get their first chance to bypass Eau Claire on a new freeway after more than a decade of development. Brent Pickard, communications manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's northwest region, says the current highway has had much more traffic than it was ever designed to handle and has averaged a crash a day over the past ten years.
An autopsy is planned today for a rural-Clayton man killed while sawing a container. The Polk County Sheriff's Department says Charles Juleff, 21, died when he was using a metal cutting saw on the container when it blew up. The accident happened at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday and sheriff's department officials asked the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to help find out the exact cause. An autopsy is being performed Monday.
For now, authorities are treating the death of a woman in Star Prairie Township Sunday as a homicide. Deputies with the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to small home on the Apple River at 1986 93rd St., northeast of Somerset, at 7:20 a.m. They had been called by a man who said he had been stabbed and that his girlfriend was dead, Sheriff Dennis Hillstead said. As the deputies approached the house, they heard a man inside saying he was unable to get up from a chair. They found him in a living room chair with "trauma" to his torso. Deputies then found Suzanne M.
A non-partisan analysis of net property taxes in Wisconsin shows property owners are paying slightly higher rates, but the growth is the smallest it's been in almost ten years. The average Wisconsin homeowner paid two-point-two percent more in property taxes this year than last. That's the conclusion of an analysis by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Association.
Democratic Congressman Ron Kind was in River Falls Aug. 15 to launch his reelection campaign and unveil "A New Direction for America" agenda. His plan focuses on the war in Iraq, the economy, access to higher education, energy independence, health care and pension reform. "Elections are always about tomorrow -- where we're going in the future," Kind said.
When it comes to ACT scores the two states are one and two in the nation with just .1 of a point difference. This year Minnesota students posted a higher average composite score on the college placement test than did their Wisconsin counterparts. The composite score for Minnesota students was 22.3 while Wisconsin was at 22.2. The scores were released yesterday by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction and by ACT which is an independent, non-profit organization which conducts the annual test.
New state laws aimed at reducing the number of illegal methamphetamine labs seem to be working, but they haven't put much of a dent in the sale and use of the highly-addictive drug. New figures on the number of meth labs in the state show a significant drop in the past year.
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents approved a budget Thursday that would increase tuition by an average of 2.5 percent in each of the next two years. The plan aims to grow enrollment throughout the University of Wisconsin System by about 2,000 students. The budget would rely on about 120 million dollars more from taxpayers. Kevin Reilly, UW-System president says the goal is to award more bachelors degrees and hopefully entice graduates to stay here.