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PARK FALLS -- A bankrupt paper mill in northern Wisconsin will be re-opened, providing some 600 jobs for millworkers and loggers. A Delaware bankruptcy court approved a bid by Johnson Timber Company of Hayward to buy the shuttered Park Falls mill for about $18 million. Park Falls Mayor Tom Ratzlaff says it's great news and a great day for not only Park Falls but also for northern Wisconsin. Johnson Timber President Butch Johnson says all 300 millworkers laid off in March will be re-hired.
MADISON -- About 80 members of the Wisconsin National Guard head for the Mexican border Thursday. They'll be joining "Operation Jumpstart," President Bush's new initiative to curtail illegal immigration. At a briefing at the Guard headquarters in Madison, Brigadier General Kerry Denson told the volunteers it's not clear yet exactly what their role will be in supporting border patrol operations. Some members of this new border deployment group have already spent time on the border. Army Spec.
Gov. Jim Doyle visited Hudson Wednesday afternoon to promote his initiative to improve access to affordable health insurance for businesses and individuals. Speaking at City Hall to a group of about 25 business owners, health care and insurance providers, and community leaders, Doyle said the goal of his Healthy Wisconsin initiative is to reduce health insurance premiums by as much as 30 percent for businesses and cut in half the number of state residents without health insurance by 2010.
MADISON - The State Assembly has decided not to vote on a measure calling for the dismissal of a controversial University of Wisconsin instructor. Rep. Steven Nash, R-Whitewater, had threatened to use the Legislature's brief return to Madison to push a vote on firing instructor Kevin Barrett. Barrett has taken heat for his contention that the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. He was recently cleared by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Provost to go ahead with his course this fall on Islamic culture.
University of Wisconsin-Stout has hired a winning coach to start up its women's golf team this fall. Kris Schoonover will lead the new Blue Devil squad and she'll be an instructor in the school's new Golf Enterprise Management major. Schoonover started a women's golf team from scratch in 1996 at UW Oshkosh. She went to be a two-time WIAC and NCAA regional coach of the year and was a co-national coach of the year three years ago in Division III. Schoonover has been out of coaching since 2003, but she looks forward to developing the new program at Stout.
Herm Edwards will make his first trip to River Falls this year as the new Kansas City Chiefs head coach. Practice for the Chiefs is expected to begin at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on July 28 from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. at the Ramer Field Sports Complex, according to UW-RF officials.
A New Richmond man has been convicted of possession of child pornography. Lawrence Wayne Mattison, 60, 1498 County GG, pleaded no contest to one count of possession of child pornography on July 6. Judge Edward F. Vlack ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set a sentencing hearing for Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. Additional charges of exposing genitals and sexual assault of a child were dismissed, but will be read into the record for purposes of restitution. The criminal complaint said sheriff's deputies responded to a child sex assault complaint on Feb.
MILWAUKEE - Pres. Bush says Wisconsin needs a tax-cutter and Iraq War supporter like U.S. Rep. Mark Green as governor. The President spoke in Milwaukee last Tuesday night at an event that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Green's gubernatorial campaign. On Tuesday afternoon, the President toured a shoe manufacturer in Port Washington whose CEO says tax cuts over the last few years have benefited his firm.
It looks like U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Menomonee Falls, gets a pass in this year's election. That's because state Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, has decided not to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Herb Kohl. His decision leaves the state GOP without a big name candidate to run against Kohl this November. "I regret to announce that I will not be running against Sen. Herb Kohl this fall. I continue to believe that Sen.
The loss of a major sponsorship has brought about the restructuring of the Special Olympics Wisconsin. Kelly Kloepping, director of marketing and communications for the organization, says eight positions have been eliminated from offices around the state. These losses come in the face of an estimated $300,000 deficit for this year. She says the shortfall stems primarily from the end of ShopKo's Charity Golf Classic. Kloepping says these losses will not affect the services offered by Special Olympics.