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A water patrol will search the Mississippi River near Red Wing, Minn., on Wednesday to look for clues about a baby girl whose body was found there March 27. Goodhue County sheriff's officers will canvass the Buffalo Slough, North Lake, and Sturgeon Lake for evidence. The girl's identity has not been determined and officials say she might have been in the water for several months. She's the third infant since 1999 to be found dead in the river at Red Wing. Flood waters have receded to the point where investigators can see the shorelines using small-shallow boats.
The crowds were smaller than a year ago, but thousands still took to the streets of Wisconsin's largest cities Tuesday to demand immigration reform. Madison police said about 500 attended a State Capitol rally while organizers said their events attracted up to 3,500. In Milwaukee, a crowd up to 20 people wide stretched for over a mile.
Those challenging three stem cell patents at University of Wisconsin-Madison say an unrelated U.S. Supreme Court ruling helps their cause. On Monday, the justices said Teleflex was not entitled to a patent on a car brake it developed because it came from two earlier patents, and it was an obvious move to combine them. Two groups in California and New York said the same logic applies to James Thomson, UW-Madison scientist.
A task force on the future of Wisconsin farming has recommended 88 steps to keep agriculture going strong. One proposal would create a statewide, appointed school board to serve as an advocate for K-12 education. The panel also wants changes in the state school funding formula, to help rural schools burdened by smaller enrollments and higher busing costs. They also suggest a documented worker program. It would help the growing number of Mexican farm workers adjust to our overall culture. The project group is called the Future of Farming and Rural Life in Wisconsin.
Another 200 Wisconsin troops are being called to Iraq. About 30 members of the National Guard's 332nd Rear Operations Center in Berlin will report June 17 for their second tour of duty. They'll train at Fort Hood in Texas for two months before they take charge of a forward operating base in Iraq. They'll be there until next summer. Meanwhile, Troop E of the Guard's 105th Calvary unit in Antigo and Merrill report June 1. They'll train at Camp Shelby, Miss., before heading overseas to provide security for convoys. Their mission is due to end next May.
The group that wants to open an ethanol plant in Sparta says it will go back to square one. They'll file a second request with the Common Council to get a permit for the plant instead of fighting a lawsuit which challenged the procedures in granting the first permit. The Coulee Area Renewable Energy group says it would be cheaper and faster to reapply.
It was pitch dark and only 28 degrees at 5:30 a.m. Saturday when Keith Bennett took up his annual post at the Cylon marsh to listen for and count sandhill cranes. In a two-hour period, the River Falls resident traveled to five different one-square-mile sites looking and listening for cranes in the Cylon Wildlife Area, which is about three miles northeast of Deer Park. Elsewhere Saturday morning in St.
Bernard LeRoy Francis, age 70 of New Richmond, died March 4, 2007 at the St. Croix Health Center in New Richmond. He was born the son of Harold and Marguerite Francis in Clear Lake, Wis. on June 12, 1936. He married Beola Fuller on May 4, 1957. He was a mechanic for some years, then became a truck driver. Bernard was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Marty Johnson.
Burnell J. Holman, age 73, of Baldwin died on Friday, Feb. 9, 2007 at his home. A funeral service will be Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hammond. A visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 p.m. before the service at the church. The interment will be in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Baldwin.
One Minnesota man was killed while another was arrested on a homicide charge as the result of a one-vehicle rollover crash in Hudson early New Year's Day. The Wisconsin State Patrol says that John Denesen, 26, North Branch, died when the Ford pickup he was riding in struck a curb while traveling eastbound on Coulee Road. State Patrol officials say that the accident occurred at around 3:45 a.m. Monday. Denesen was partially ejected from the pickup and died as a result of his injuries. The accident occurred at 905 Coulee Road, between 11th Street and Lincoln Lane.