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(AP) The state Senate is expected to vote this week on a sweeping bill that would make it easier to build on wetlands. The GOP bill makes a host of changes to the Department of Natural Resources' wetland-filling permit process. One of the most contentious calls for developers to submit a mitigation plan with their applications. The plans could range from creating new wetlands to supporting the DNR's wetland restoration work. Right now the DNR places a heavy emphasis on whether applicants can avoid or minimize damage to wetlands. Conservationists fear that mitigation would become the favored approach rather than avoiding damage. The bill's author, Sen. Neal Kedzie, says including a mitigation plan with an application doesn't guarantee a permit. The Senate is poised to take up the bill Tuesday.
(AP) The man behind the Wisconsin indie folk band Bon Iver gave a shout-out to his hometown of Eau Claire during Sunday night's Grammys. Justin Vernon and his band won the competitive and diverse category of best new artist, beating Nicki Minaj, The Band Perry, J. Cole and Skrillex.
Vernon talked about writing for the inherent reward of writing songs, not for trophies. Backstage he said it doesn't mean he wasn't honored and grateful for the award. Vernon said he was nervous and felt like he didn't deserve to be at the Grammys. Bon Iver also won best alternative album.
While the open enrollment school program has gained popularity over its 14 years, some area school districts have taken a multi million dollar hit because of it. That's the case in the Sparta School District. Superintendent, John Hendricks.
The program is open until April 30th.
206 million people watched a pair of eagles on the internet last year....and their stories have been heard worlwide. WIZM'S Dan Deicher has more on the Decorah Eagle Cam.
The eagles gained international attention last year when people watched the hatch and fledge of three eaglets over live streaming video. It is run by the The Raptor Resource Project They have two cameras fixed on their nest, offering a live stream 24 hours a day. Yes I watched it for several hours last year as many did....but not for the reason Bob Anderson gives us.
As millions more get ready for the hatching of more eagles in a couple of weeks.....Anderson says it will continue to be seen in schools...nursing homes....Iphones....and yes...probably by me again.
(AP) Democrats say challenges to thousands of signatures submitted on petitions to recall four incumbent Republican state senators won't stand and the elections will be ordered. State Senate Democratic Committee executive director Zac Kramer said Friday that a cursory review of the challenges filed late Thursday by the senators shows they won't meet the threshold needed to stop the elections. The senators submitted their challenges with the Government Accountability Board. Petition circulators have until Tuesday to make their own counter-arguments. The board has until March 19 to determine if enough signatures were collected to trigger elections. The targeted senators are Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau, Pam Galloway of Wausau, Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls and Van Wanggaard of Racine.