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A suspicious death on the Red Cliff Indian Reservation was under investigation by Red Cliff Police and the Bayfield County Sheriff's Department this morning. "It certainly appears to be a homicide at this point," said Bayfield County Sheriff Robert Follis. He said the victim was a Red Cliff man, but deferred other questions to the tribal police department. Calls to the department were not returned as of Daily Telegram press time.
An experimental vaccine in mice has raised the possibility that it could be put into deer feed someday thus stopping the spread of chronic wasting disease. Researchers in New York tested an oral vaccine designed to ward off prions that are believed to cause CWD. And they found no prion disease in mice which had high levels of antibodies. Dr. Richard Olds of the Medical College of Wisconsin said the degree of protection was impressive. Researchers are now working on a vaccine for deer and elk.
A bill to include cell phones and small businesses on the state's do-not-call list has taken a step forward in Madison. A Senate committee voted 3-2 this week to endorse a measure that could almost triple the phone numbers telemarketers would have to stay away from. Right now, the no-call list includes 1.1 million home phones on landlines. But Senate Democrat Jon Erpenbach says many folks only have cell phones these days and the telemarketers are eating up their minutes. Also, there are more violators. So the bill wratches up the penalties from $100 per violation to a maximum of $10,000.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Sitting in for Dave Wood today is his wife, Dr. Ruth Wood, an English teacher at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. I'm a teacher of international and multicultural literature, so when Coffee House Press sent three intriguing new books by Asian-American writers, I asked to be a guest columnist. This is a great array: A novel by Japanese-born Yuko Taniguchi, a short story collection by Chinese-born Wang Ping, and a poetry collection by Sun Yung Shin, a Korean adoptee. My favorite of the three is Wang Ping's story collection, "The Last Communist Virgin" ($14.95).
Stella Everson, 87, of Spring Valley, died Monday, April 16, 2007, at the Spring Valley Health Care Center. She is survived by her daughter, Marlys (Larry) Anderson of Cottage Grove, Minn.; granddaughters: Lori (Dan) O'Donovan of Oakdale, Minn., Julie (Mike) Rist of Woodbury, Minn., and Tracy (Brian) Klinga of Cottage Grove; seven great-grandchildren; stepdaughters: Bonny (Steve) Ducklow of Amery, Linda (Dan) Hinkel of Grantsburg, and Robin (Ray) Lohmeier of Somerset; six step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandchild; and other relatives and friends. Visita
If you're fascinated by post-Edwardian society of the Roaring '20s, if you like Evelyn Waugh, if you enjoy the high jinks of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves. If P.G. Wodehouse is your cup of tea laced with gin, of Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey is your idea of a gentleman detective, then you'll probably like "The Bee's Kiss," by Barbara Cleverly (Delta, $13 paper). Cleverly, a recipient of the Golden Dagger Award for fiction, sets her sights on Great Britain eight years after World War I. It was time for the Beautiful People to kick up their heels.
Stella Everson, age 87 of Spring Valley, Wis., died Monday, April 16, 2007 at the Spring Valley Health Care Center. Visitation will be on Thursday, April 19 from 5-8 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley. Funeral service is Friday, April 20 at 11 a.m. at Rush River Lutheran Church, rural River Falls. Burial will be in Martell Lutheran Cemetery. Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley, is handling arrangements.
Although Wisconsin taxpayers will need to have their taxes filed by April 17, they won't be done paying for those taxes until May 2. According to the Tax Foundation, Wisconsin taxpayers will have to work until that day in order to pay their share of state and local taxes, which includes property taxes. They call the day "tax freedom day." According to the group's recently released annual report, Wisconsin ranks 7th in the nation in its tax burden. Meanwhile Minnesota ranks 11th, while Iowa ranks 18th and Illinois ranks 22.
Last year, Allegra Goodman made a splash with her fourth novel, which I missed by a country mile. Fortunately it's now out in a snazzy paperback edition "Intuition," (Dial Press, $13.95) so I can get another crack at it. "Intuition" is a rare mixture of science and passion, a love story set in a lab populated by a publicity-hungry oncologist, a talented research scientist and a post-doctoral fellowship recipient. Books like this don't come off the presses with much regularity, so it's difficult to scare up comparisons.
Mabel Leona Young, 94 of Prescott, died Friday, March 30, 2007 at her home. Funeral services for Mabel will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 4 at the River Falls United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, River Falls, Wis. Friends and family may call at the Cashman - Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, River Falls, on Tuesday, April 3 from 5-7 p.m., and for one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday. Cashman - Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, River Falls, assisting the family with arrangements.