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.
One La Crosse council member appears to have dramatically changed his position on how much he gets paid. Last month, councilman John Satory used low council pay as an argument against adding more workload to a council that would have fewer members.
But, this month, Satory has proposed cutting council pay and term length in half. The move appears to be retribution for the council voting to halve the next mayor's salary if voters approve a city administrator in a spring referendum.
A Senate approved bill, passed last month, would limit the ability of public school teachers and staff to seclude or physically restrain students. And though it is not really common in the La Crosse School District, Superintendent, Randy Nelson, says it does happen.
The bill was passed by the Senate on a voice vote and now goes to the Assembly.
(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.
(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.