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New Richmond was well represented at the White House on Tuesday. John Doar, a New Richmond native, was among 13 recipients of this year's Presidential Medals of Freedom presented by President Barack Obama.
A New Richmond native is among a list of 13 recipients who will soon receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. In a press release from the White House on April 26, John Doar along with other notable American heros (including Bob Dylan, Madeleine Albright, Toni Morrison and John Glenn) were announced as this year's honorees. The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the U.S., to world peace, or to cultural or other specific public or private
Jim Swanson, a Democrat, will announce his candidacy for the 29th District seat in the Wisconsin Assembly Thursday. The 29th District is currently represented by Republican John Murtha, Baldwin. All seats in the Assembly will be open for election Nov. 6. According to a press advisory, there will be formal announcements of Swanson's candidacy at Point Comfort (Butch's Bay) Park in Menomonie at 10 a.m. and in New Richmond at Jet's Coffee Bistro, 244 S.
MADISON -- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m., Friday at Stillwater's Lowell Park, Walker's office announced just after 8 a.m. today. The event is open only to credentialed members of the press, said Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie. Walker will apparently travel north from LaCrosse following a 10:30 a.m. bill-signing ceremony at Grandad Bluff Park and a 1 p.m. graduation ceremony for new State Patrol troopers at the Stoney Creek Inn at Onalaska. Check back for coverage of Walker's visit later today.
BALDWIN - Where there is smoke, there is fire, but out in the fields and meadows, this is not always a bad thing. As the flames race across the field, the fire consumes dead vegetation, invasive species and other harmful plants, leaving a mineral rich coating of ash on soil that is newly exposed to the sun's energy. This will spur the growth of hardy native plants, creating wildlife habitat while making it more difficult for invasive species to gain ground. The key is to make sure the fire stops before it crosses property boundaries.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 339-80 on Thursday morning to exempt the proposed new St. Croix River Crossing project from the restrictions of the Federal Wild & Scenic Riverway Act. The action paves the way for eventual construction of a new four-lane bridge over the St. Croix River at Stillwater, Minn. and Houlton, Wis. The new span will replace the 80-year-old Stillwater lift bridge, which has been deemed obsolete and functionally inadequate for years. The one remaining step in the federal process is a signature from President Barack Obama. According to U.S. Rep.
Somerset High School will be the location for the WIAA Division 2 team wrestling sectionals tonight (Tuesday). Amery will battle Ellsworth at 6 p.m. in the first regional semifinal, followed by the match between Rice Lake and Neillsville-Greenwood-Loyal. The sectional championship will be wrestled at 8 p.m., between the winner of the two semifinal matches.
Two Somerset sisters face up to 40 years in jail for allegedly sexually torturing a teenage male with a pair of pliers and forcing him to drink urine. Valerie Bartkey, 24, and Amanda Johnson, 17, of Somerset have been charged with second-degree sexual assault by force and misdemeanor counts of battery and damage to property. Johnson is also charged with a misdemeanor count of intimidating a victim. They face up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the sexual assault felony. The 18-year-old man told police the assault took place on Oct. 1, 2011 in Somerset.
Former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk announced this morning that she will run for governor in a recall election against Gov. Scott Walker. Falk made the announcement in an email message to supporters. "One million Wisconsinites signed recall petitions in an unprecedented and inspiring show of solidarity and determination: Things are not working here and we must, we can, and we will do better," Falk wrote. She won election four times as county executive in Dane County.
MADISON - Among more than 600,000 hunters who headed afield Saturday morning for Wisconsin's annual gun-deer opener, more than one in six were successful by Sunday evening. A preliminary call-in tally showed hunters registered 112,581 deer over the two day period. "As I listened to deer hunters over the opening weekend, there is a lot of excitement about the changes implemented this year; particularly the fact that hunters are no longer required to harvest an antlerless deer before harvesting their first buck in the CWD zone," said DNR Executive Assistant Scott Gunderson.