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BAYFIELD - Lake trout populations continue to stage a strong recovery on Lake Superior even as their cousins in the other Great Lakes struggle. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials admit that the catch rates for lake trout during the DNR's spring 2006 surveys were not quite the gangbusters rate recorded during the earliest years of the 21st century, but they are among the highest since the annual surveys began in 1968. DNR officials do note that the important thing is that the survey's continue to show the population is heading in the right direction.
MADISON - This year the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be offering up 90,600 wild turkey permits for the upcoming fall season and hunters have until Aug. 1 to apply for them. DNR officials say that this is an increase in permits compared to last fall when 85,400 permits were available. The $3 application can be purchased: over the Internet through the DNR Web site: www.dnr.state.wi.us or at any DNR Service Center at automated license issuance system sales locations. Hunters can also call toll-free 1-877-WI LICENSE (1-877-945-4236).
An 18-year-old Plum City man was airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul early Tuesday morning following an all terrain vehicle accident. Officials from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department say the accident occurred at approximately 1:40 a.m. when Dustin Borst was allegedly driving an ATV illegally on 370th Avenue near 220th Street, about four miles northeast of Plum City. After hitting a mailbox, Dorts was thrown from the ATV. He was then taken by a private vehicle to his home on 150th Street and 911 was called.
A majority of folks in far western Wisconsin overwhelmingly believe that the state should actively develop and promote alternative fuels. In fact 86 percent think state support for alternative fuels is a good idea compared to just 14 percent opposed. Bringing back the death penalty in the state is also supported by a majority of residents in the area with 59 percent in support of the death penalty and 41 percent opposed. These are some of the results from the annual poll done by Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls who represents the 10th State Senate District.
MADISON - A total of 775 permits will be available for the fall 2006 Wisconsin sharp-tailed grouse hunting season, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The hunt is set to run Oct. 14 -Nov. 5. DNR officials say four management units will be open for this fall's season, up from three units last year. For management purposes, sharp-tailed grouse management units use the same boundaries and designations as deer management units (DMU).
Secretary of State candidate Scott Ross will make a campaign stop at the Coachman Supper Club in Baldwin at the St. Croix County Democratic Party meeting Thursday, July 13, at 7 p.m. Ross is running against 28-year incumbent Douglas LaFollette. Ross said he is campaigning to return the secretary of state position back to its watchdog roots of overseeing the election process. He pledges he will make sure everyone who has the right to vote gets to vote. He recently won a straw poll at the Democratic convention in La Crosse.
The Elections Board will reconsider its decision to let people register to vote using the last four digits of their Social Security numbers. The Board voted earlier this year to offer the option to people who don't bring their drivers' licenses to the polls. The policy has come under fire from Republican lawmakers who say it violates federal law. The U.S.
Nicholas S. Dzubay, died Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Knapp Haven Nursing Home in Chetek following a short illness. He was 84. He was born Sept. 26, 1926, the youngest of eight children. He left high school before graduation in 1944 to join the Army. He served with the military police in Germany and England during the liberation and was honorably discharged. After farming for a time, he enrolled at River Falls Teachers College in 1947. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1953.
Leona A. Vasfaret, age 68, of Hammond, died peacefully Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond. Funeral services for Leona will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Peace Lutheran Church in Baldwin. Burial will be in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. Friday at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin as well as one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday. Memorials preferred.