Here Come The Carp
In the latest sign that invasive Asian carp are penetrating
waters, a silver carp and a big head carp were netted by commercial
fishermen last week in the Mississippi River near Winona. Tim Schlagenhaft of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The catch represents the farthest upstream discovery yet of the flying
carp, known for leaping from the water when startled. The silver carp,
which was caught March 1st, weighed 8 pounds.
Kondracki Wants To Curb Drug Abuse After Woman's Death
We still don't know the cause of death for a La Crosse woman, whose body was found in a parking lot.
But the possibility of drug involvement has been mentioned by Police Chief Ed Kondracki. He says if the death of 35-year-old Kristen Rodgers is proved to be drug-related, it would be the ninth such death in the city within eight months. Kondracki says the frequency of local drug deaths shows how serious a problem drug abuse has become in the La Crosse area.
Number 12 Has His Own Day.......Soon
The state Senate has passed a resolution naming a day for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The resolution designates Dec. 12, 2012, as Aaron Rodgers Day. Rodgers, who wears No. 12, led the Packers to a Super Bowl victory last year and helped them to a 15-2 record this past season. The New York Giants defeated Green Bay in the playoffs and went on to win the Super Bowl. The Senate passed the resolution Wednesday afternoon. The state Assembly passed the resolution last month.
Cheesehead Honored At Capitol
Wisconsin lawmakers have honored the man who used cheese to create one of the state's most beloved cultural symbols. The state Senate voted unanimously on a joint resolution to honor entrepreneur Ralph Bruno and his hat-making employees at Foamation Inc. in St. Francis.
Bruno created the famous cheesehead hat in 1987 using stuffing from his couch. The hat has become a popular state symbol, frequently worn by fans at Packers games and other sporting events. The resolution also cleared in the Assembly Tuesday after some lawmakers donned the bright yellow foam cheesehead hats in Bruno's honor. Cheesehead hats are sold today in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries.
Building A Dock May Have Gotten Easier
The state Senate has passed a Republican bill that would make it easier for people to build piers and docks on state waters. Right now, the Department of Natural Resources issues either general or individual permits authorizing such an activity. General permits apply statewide to anyone engaging in the activity the permit allows. Individual permits are geared to specific projects in specific areas. The bill would grant the agency the authority to issue general permits for any activity that currently requires an individual permit. The Senate passed the measure 20-13 with no debate. It goes next to the state Assembly.