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Most in his party didn't like the stand he took on a mining bill this year, but Richland Center republican state senator Dale Schultz has been awarded for that stand. The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation has given Schultz and two others the group's Conservationist of the Year Award for sticking by their principles to block a mining bill in the state despite political pressure to do otherwise.
Schultz says he's honored by the award. And the criticism from within his own party? Part of the game of politics, he says.
(AP) The pressure is building on Minnesota legislators as they enter what could be the final week of session. Legislators so far have little to show for their work, but that could change rapidly. A new session for the Minnesota Vikings, borrowing for construction projects and tax changes are the major issues in play heading into Monday's floor sessions. The stadium bill has been the most-watched issue of the session. Gov. Mark Dayton has pushed hard for a $1 billion project on the site of the current Metrodome that would guarantee the Vikings' future in Minnesota for the next 30 years. The proposal has limped through several committees bu hasn't had floor votes yet.
AP- The Dubuque Community School Board has scheduled a special meeting on whether to consider firing Superintendent Larie Godinez. Godinez has led the district since 2009. The meeting is scheduled for Monday night. Board President Craig Beytien says the board will either accept or reject taking the next step toward terminating her contact. Beytien says the board would not make a final decision on Godinez's employment until there has been a hearing before the board or an administrative law judge. Beytien would not discuss the complaints against Godinez other than saying there are no allegations of illegality. Godinez declined to comment to The Associated Press on Monday.
(AP) Wisconsin's recall candidates are due to turn in another round of campaign finance reports. The candidates are required to turn in reports covering their receipts and spending from Jan. 1 through April 23 to the state Government Accountability Board by midnight Monday. The reports will be the last ones before the May 8 primary. The general election is set for June 5. Democrats are trying to oust Gov. Scott Walker and five other Republicans from office as payback for Walker's contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all their union rights.
The body of a missing Onalaska man has been found in the lake where he was last seen just before Easter.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says a boater found the body of Todd Gordon on Sunday morning, not far from where he was believed to have fallen into the water.