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Donna Kobs, 55, of New Richmond died Friday, August 4, 2006 at her home. A Celebration of Life will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 10 at Beebe Mortuary in New Richmond. Visitation is from 5-7:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials are preferred.
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents is considering a rule that would speed up the firing of professors convicted of serious crimes. But faculty leaders say they should have more input. In some circumstances, the rules would let chancellors suspend faculty members without pay pending a final decision on whether or not they'll be fired. At a public hearing on the plan, UW-Platteville Professor Ray Spoto said he's bothered that faculty were not given enough say in drawing up the guidelines. He says it infringes on tenure rights.
Fewer freshmen at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls need remedial math and English work than at most other UW System schools, but the trend is not positive. A report released this week by the non-partisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance suggests that because of the increasing need for remedial math and English by freshman at UW schools, the state may be running out of college-ready students.
Declare St. Croix, Polk, and Dunn counties disaster areas because of drought is what Gov. Jim Doyle County is asking the Mike Johanns, U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary to do. Doyle sent a letter to Johanns Wednesday asking that a total of 19 counties in the state be declared disaster areas because local farm officials have reported many crops are beyond help despite recent rains. The other counties include: Adams, Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Dunn, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marquette, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn and Waushara.
Did the State Elections Board violate state law when it directed local election officials to release voter identification numbers to third parties when requested is the question a state elections watchdog group wants answered. The non-partisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign on Monday asked Peg Lautenschlager, the state attorney general, to issue a clarifying opinion on the question.
A fire at about 4:45 Sunday afternoon did an estimated $60,000 damage to a duplex at 602 Sommers St. No. in North Hudson. Fire Chief Jim Frye said the blaze started on a deck behind the home and spread up the wall and into the attic. He said the belongings in the home were saved. The home is owned by Brad Blyton. The unit where the fire started is occupied by Todd and Carrie Blyton. Frye said departments from Lower St. Croix Valley, Roberts (Warren) and St. Joseph assisted at the scene. Departments from River Falls and Bayport provided backup at the Hudson fire station.
Work is scheduled to begin the week of July 30 on a $2.6 million project to improve I-94 in Dunn and St. Croix Counties. But for motorists the good news is that most of the work will be done during the night, according to Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials. Crews will diamond grind 12.4-miles of pavement between Highway 128 near Glenwood City and Highway 25 in Menomonie. This project will remove the faulting in the concrete pavement joints to restore ride quality and extend pavement life. The Interstate will remain open to normal traffic during daytime hours.
Two motorcyclists from Minnesota were airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul after they collided Sunday afternoon just east of Prescott. The accident occurred at about 2:25 p.m. when Larry Stitzelo, 67, Lexington, was riding his motorcycle eastbound on Highway 10. Another motorcycle, driven by Bonnie Faye Sontag, 57, Farmington, was on 620th Avenue trying to turn right on Highway 10 from 620th Avenue. According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, the two motorcycles then made contact.
Universal health care what U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Middleton, is aiming at in the health care reform package he announced Monday in Milwaukee. Feingold says he will introduce the package he calls the "State-Based Health Care Reform Act" in the Senate this week. The program it would authorize a couple of states to launch five-year long pilot projects aimed at providing universal health care for everyone in those states. "With an American-style approach to reform, that gives flexibility to the states and fuels innovation, real health care reform is within reach," Feingold said.
OSHKOSH -- Hundreds of thousands of airplane enthusiasts will descend on Oshkosh this week for the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual fly-in. Big attractions this year include rare vintage warplanes and some of the newest technology that may help return humans to the moon. The skies above Oshkosh will be swarming with planes this week and little Wittman Regional Airport will temporarily take the mantle of "worlds busiest" from O'Hare in Chicago. One of those planes will be a B-1 bomber.