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State Passes Hemp Bill

posted Oct 20, 2017, 5:40 AM by Ryan Quinn

The state Senate's agriculture committee has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow Wisconsin farmers to grow hemp.

The panel voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the proposal. The vote clears the way for a full floor vote in the Senate. 
 
The bill would set up state licenses for farmers looking to grow industrial hemp. 
 
People with drug convictions wouldn't be eligible for the licenses and the plants couldn't contain more than 1 percent THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. 
 
At least 30 states, including Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois, have passed legislation allowing hemp farms. 
 
The Wisconsin bill's supporters say hemp has a wide range of uses and Wisconsin farmers should have the option of growing a profitable crop.

Duffy Hosts Two In-Person Town Halls Today

posted Oct 20, 2017, 5:38 AM by Ryan Quinn

Republican Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy will host two in-person town halls in Wisconsin’s Seventh Congressional District today. 

This morning, Duffy will host a town hall meeting at the Rusk County Library from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.  The other town hall meeting today with Duffy will be in Burnett County at the American Legion at 108 North Oak in Grantsburg, WI
 

Wisconsin Is Home To Award Winning Cows

posted Oct 20, 2017, 5:37 AM by Ryan Quinn

For the second time this year, a Wisconsin cow knocked out another Wisconsin cow as the all-time record holder for milk production in a single year. 

The Holstein Association USA announced that 'Selz-Pralle Aftershock 3918,' a six-year-old bred and owned by Scott Pralle and his wife, Pam Selz-Pralle of Humbird, set a 365-day lactation record of 78,170 pounds of milk, with 3,094 pounds of fat and 2,393 pounds of protein. 

That tops the previous record of 77,480 pounds of milk, set back in January by 'Ever-Green-View My Gold-ET,' owned by the Kestell family of Waldo.

Keeping Kids Safe During Halloween

posted Oct 20, 2017, 5:36 AM by Ryan Quinn

As part of its efforts to keep children safe during Halloween trick-or-treating, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) will be conducting random home visits of registered sex offenders on community supervision during local trick or treating hours.

Each year, DOC establishes Halloween-specific restrictions for registered sex offenders to protect the public. 

These restrictions include:
Having any Halloween decorations, either inside or outside their residence; Handing out candy or participating in trick or treat activities; Wearing a Halloween costume; or Turning on their porch light during trick or treating hours. 

In 2016, DOC Probation and Parole Agents conducted more than 2,100 home visits, taking 29 sex offenders into custody for alleged supervision violations.

Walker Expected To Run For Re-election

posted Oct 19, 2017, 6:01 AM by Ryan Quinn

Republican Governor Scott Walker’s campaign is gearing up for his expected reelection bid, which he says in a fundraising announcement will be officially announced during the first full week of November. 

Walker will be seeking a third four-year term in 2018. 

So far, nine Democrats have declared they plan to seek the party’s nomination to challenge the governor, while several other candidates are still considering whether they will enter the race.

Police Identify Man Who Was Hit By Squad Car

posted Oct 19, 2017, 6:00 AM by Ryan Quinn

Police have identified the man hit by a Menomonie police squad car on Sunday morning.  

Investigators with the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department say 20-year old Brett Schulte from rural Ellsworth was the person lying in the street when the squad car accidently struck him.  Investigators say documentation was obtained that verifies the officer’s description of the event. 

The investigation also found that Schulte had been drinking prior to this event. 

Blood tests were obtained that have been sent to the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene to confirm the presence of alcohol and for a drug screen.


Taking The "W" Out Of Wisconsin

posted Oct 18, 2017, 6:04 AM by Ryan Quinn

A suggestion by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce to remove “America’s Dairyland” from Wisconsin license plates is getting pushback from the dairy industry.  

Professional Dairy Producers Executive Director Shelly Meyer says taking ‘America’s Dairyland’ off of the Wisconsin license plate is about as logical as taking the ‘W’ off of Wisconsin. 

WMC president Kurt Bauer suggested the change during an event in Madison Monday, where he made the case that having something like the state’s motto of “Forward” on plates would be a better reflection of the diversity that’s actually present in the state’s economy.  

Meyer says Bauer’s suggestion fails to recognize that Wisconsin’s farmers produce a raw product that is manufactured and sold all over the world and has has a $43 billion impact on the state’s economy creating tens of thousands of jobs.

Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Board Approves Deal With Enbridge

posted Oct 18, 2017, 6:02 AM by Ryan Quinn

The Tribal Governing Board of the Lac Courte Oreilles have approved a deal with Enbridge Energy Partners that will give the energy company the right-of-way for two existing pipelines that cross 3.5 miles of the LCO reservation.  

Since 1968, Enbridge has operated a pipeline through the easement, adding a second line in 1998. 

The current 50-year easement for the two pipelines expires in 2018 and under the previous agreement Enbridge never had to make any payments to the tribe.  

Under the new 25-year agreement approved yesterday by the tribal governing board, Enbridge will make an initial payment of $3.6 million dollars to the tribe followed by another payment of $3.6 million dollars in 2018 and 2019. 

For the remainder of the term, Enbridge will pay approximately $2.2 million each year for an estimated total of $70.8 million. 

Two Semis Crash On 53, Reducing Traffic To One Lane

posted Oct 18, 2017, 6:00 AM by Ryan Quinn

A crash involving two semi-trucks closed part of Highway 53 yesterday morning near Haugen. 

The crash happened just before 8AM at the intersection of Hwy 53 and 27th Avenue, about 1 mile south of the Haugen exit. 

No serious injuries were reported, but traffic was reduced to one-lane in both directions while state and county officials cleaned up the accident site and removed the vehicles.

Polk Co. Sheriff's Dept. Investigating Weekend Crash

posted Oct 17, 2017, 5:56 AM by Ryan Quinn

Investigators are still looking at the circumstances of a weekend car crash that killed a rural Balsam Lake woman in Polk County.  

The accident happened Saturday at 530pm when a truck traveling East on Highway 8 collided with a car at the intersection with 170th St.  

The driver of the car, 38-year old Aundreia Schadow was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the pickup truck and a passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries. 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident.

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