Foundation Says Crop Damage Not Enough to Justify Crane Hunt
Not surprisingly, the Baraboo-based International Crane Foundation hasn't gone all in on a sandhill crane hunting season in Wisconsin. But maybe not for the reasons you might think. A season for the big birds has been proposed by a lawmaker from Oconomowoc. Partly as a way to stem crop damage that the cranes inflict on Wisconsin farmers. But Jeb Barzen, from the Crane Foundation, says that's not a good reason
Barzen says you'd have to kill half the cranes in Wisconsin during the fall to minimize crop damage in the spring. He says there's better techniques to keep cranes from crops that farmers are already having success with.
Drake Fire Started In Couch
Investigators have no 'smoking gun' to pin on any individual for starting the Drake Hall fire at U-W-L...
But they do have a smoking couch. Campus police and the city fire department are certain that the January 29th fire began in a basement couch, so there had to be human involvement somehow. The blaze began around 4:30 in the morning, which lets out most Drake residents as suspects, since the majority were asleep in their rooms.
Campus police chief Scott Rohde says students have been very cooperative and revealing about what they were doing the day of the fire. But it seems nobody has confessed yet to setting a flame. A reward of $2000 is being offered for tips that solve the case.
Obama In Badgerland Tomorrow
(AP) Republican Gov. Scott Walker plans to greet President Barack Obama in Milwaukee on Wednesday and accompany him on a visit to Master Lock. Walker's spokesman Chris Schrimpf confirmed Tuesday that Walker will meet the president at the tarmac and join him on the company visit. Walker has been attempting to tie the effort to recall him from office with Obama's re-election plans and hopes of winning Wisconsin like he did in 2008. Walker has been telling supporters that a victory for him in a recall would be a ``devastating blow'' for Obama's chances at re-election. In a speech to conservatives Friday in Washington, Walker also criticized Obama for comments the president made last year during the uproar over Walker's proposal limiting collective bargaining rights for public workers.
3 In State Won't Run Again
(AP) Three Republican legislators say they won't seek re-election to the state Assembly this fall. Reps. Dan Meyer of Eagle River, Richard Spanbauer of Oshkosh and Michelle Litjens of Vinland say they're done. Meyer has served in the Assembly since 2000. He says 12 years is a good term limit to impose on himself. Spanbauer has served since 2008. He told the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper he's tired of lawmakers who care more about politics than people. Litjens was elected in 2010. She says she has helped turn the state around and now wants to spend more time with her family. The current legislative session has been one of the ugliest in recent history. Protesters angry over Gov. Scott Walker's contentious collective bargaining law have spent the past year harassing GOP lawmakers.
Exports Up In Wisconsin
(AP) Wisconsin exported a record $2.8 billion in agricultural goods last year. The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says that's an 18 percent increase over the previous year. The state's top agricultural exports include wheat, corn and barley. Its top markets are Canada, Mexico, South Korea, China and Japan. Wisconsin ranks 16th among states in agricultural exports.