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Builders of a controversial Northwestern Wisconsin high voltage power transmission line don't have an automatic right to build new utilities on old easements, a judge has ruled. Douglas County Circuit Court Judge George Glonek said Friday Wisconsin Public Service Corp., a private entity that's building the 345-kilovolt Arrowhead-Weston power line, must negotiate new right-of-way agreements through private property. Glonek based his decision on a 1975 Wisconsin statute that grants landowners stronger protections when faced with the construction of new high-voltage power lines.
MERRILL --The city of Merrill said goodbye Monday to the second hometown soldier killed in Iraq this year. The small city of Merrill has now lost two young men to the war in Iraq: specialist Grant Dampier and now, 20- year old Sgt. Ryan Jopek. Neal Strobel, Merrill's police chief, says it's tough on their friends and tough on the city.
A cattle farmer in northern Wisconsin says he hopes the federal government appeals a ruling that halted lethal control of problem wolves in the state. Two years ago, four wolves killed about six cattle on Bill Anderson's farm in rural Bayfield County. He says federal wildlife agents working in coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources came and caught the wolves and put them to death.
A software glitch caused an error in the reporting of the number students requiring remedial math at the University of Wisconsin Stout. Stout officials say instead of the 54.6 percent figure released in the recent Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance report the correct figure is just 8.2 percent. In a release Stout officials say that the university regularly submits records to UW System for storage in a data warehouse, from which the originally reported statistic was drawn.
After being tangled in a lengthy debate and the threat of a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice, the State Elections Board is now clarifying what voters will need when they go to the polls this fall. The SEB says that voters who register on Election Day, but arrive at the polling place without their driver's license number may vote on a provisional ballot. That ballot will then be held aside until the voter provides the number to the elections clerk. The SEB says that voters who use a provisional ballot have until 4 p.m.
The Wisconsin State Patrol is adding some power under the hood. In addition to the familiar Ford Crown Victoria cruisers the force will be adding Dodge Chargers and seven Dodge Magnums to their fleet. Three new Chargers, all with V-6 engines, are ready for delivery to troopers at the Eau Claire, Fond du Lac and Tomah posts. In a couple of months four more Chargers all with V-8 Hemi engines will be added. These new cars are heading to the posts at Wausau, Waukesha, Eau Claire and DeForest posts. "The new vehicles provide excellent acceleration, handling and safety features," said Lt.
Surging gas prices and an aging freeway system in need of expansion are two reasons why the West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition believes the time is now to plan for high speed passenger rail service. The group is made up of business leaders from the Chippewa Valley area and they will in Hudson on August 16 at 7:30 a.m. in the Hudson City Hall. "We want to get business leaders from Hudson, Baldwin, Roberts and Hammond to come to the meeting and see what we have to offer," said Ray Willoughby, the group's co-chair.
PARK FALLS -- The city of Park Falls held a celebration Monday because the community's biggest employer was back in business, and 300 local workers were back on the job. Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, looked out at the hundreds of people assembled in front of the headquarters of Flambeau River Papers and directed their attention to a smokestack.
Another big semi-truck carrying a dryer for an ethanol plant will be making its way through the region Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol the big rig will be leaving Waukesha between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Tuesday and heading north on I-94. This time however, the truck won't be heading through Hudson. Instead the truck will leave I-94 at Highway 29 in Elk Mound. State Patrol officials expect this to happen at approximately 1 a.m. Wednesday.
A transformer serving much of the UW-River Falls campus failed late Friday afternoon prompting a chain of events that sent people to the hospital for exposure to toxic fumes and left campus staff scrambling to minimize discomfort for the visiting Kansas City Chiefs. River Falls Municipal Utilities brought in a replacement transformer from Beloit, Wis.. Full power was restored about 3 pm., Saturday -- more than 24 hours after the initial outage.