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PALMYRA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says corn prices have reached ten-year highs, which should be a boon to farmers across the Midwest. But some agricultural advocates are cautious about the news. Season average prices for corn are between $2.25 and $2.65 per bushel, a range not seen since 1996. Analysts say recent drought conditions and increased demand for corn-based ethanol are two key factors.
GREEN BAY -- Georgia-Pacific is backing off a proposal to dump contaminated river sediment in a landfill it owns in Green Bay. The company says local opposition led to the decision. But cleanup of the Fox River remains on schedule and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the PCBs will have to go somewhere. Georgia-Pacific is one of seven paper companies that must pay to remove PCBs from the river.
Targeting working adults, specifically those with degrees from one of Wisconsin's technical colleges, the University of Wisconsin-Stout plans to offer a new degree program in information and communication technologies. Campus officials say the new degree should be available in the spring 2007 term. "The apparel and communication technologies department is excited to help the university strengthen our relationship to the Wisconsin Technical College System in creating more opportunities for Wisconsin residents to complete a four-year degree," said Len Bogner, assistant professor of apparel and
The Democrat challenger for secretary of state says Wisconsin's current system of regulating elections is wrong because it does not answer to voters. Scot Ross will run against fellow Democrat and incumbent Doug La Follette who was first elected to the post in 1974. A Pittsburgh, Pa.-native, Ross says he believes the secretary of state should be responsible for election oversight in the state and not the State Elections Board.
A Minnesota man has been charged with felony theft in connection with a Baldwin business venture. Christopher James Whidby, 31, 8107 Boulder Ridge Rd., Woodbury, posted a $5,000 signature bond during an initial appearance Wednesday on one felony count of theft by false representation. The criminal complaint said that between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2004, Whidby set up shop as W. Holdings and Investments in Baldwin.
We've been here before. But this time things might end differently. When members of a stakeholders' group for a proposed St. Croix River crossing meet for the last time on Monday, they'll have tread much of the same ground covered in more than a decade of failed approval processes. However, many members are coming away feeling that this time the rancor of the past could be behind them.
Restoring and expanding military pay state tax deductions is just one of the items Mark Green has said he wants to do to help give back to Wisconsin veterans. Green, who is the Republican candidate for governor, says that prior to 1985 the first $1,000 of military pay was deductible from state income taxes. He now wants to restore the exemption and raise it to $5,000. "The commitment and dedication our brave veterans have shown to our country, to our state and to our way of life must never be forgotten," said Green. He also wants to expand a state health care aid grant to more needy vetera
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.
The Great Lakes shipping industry is stepping forward to find a way to kill invasive species hitchhiking from foreign ports in the ballast water of ocean ships. Ports from all Great Lakes states and provinces have signed on. The goal is to find a way to stop things like zebra mussels or round gobeys or other exotic fish and plants from clogging up Great Lakes waterways. The shipping industry and port cities, relying on multi-million dollar trade from overseas have been stung by proposals from states to ban foreign ships that don't have zero discharge from their ballast water.
SHEBOYGAN -- Next month, world-class eaters will be converging on Sheboygan to compete in the Johnsonville Brat-Eating World Championship. Sports cable giant ESPN will even produce its first-ever one hour special on the event. Cory Bouck, the brand manager of fresh brats for Johnsonville, says this year's competition may be the best yet because of several well-known competitors. He says last year there was only one "real marquee name:" a woman named Sonya Thomas, also known as the black widow.