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Former Green Bay Packers lineman Mark Tauscher talks during an interview at the Wisconsin Sports Awards Tuesday April 12, 2016 at Sheboygan Memorial Airport in Sheboygan Falls.(Photo: Gary C. Klein/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Former Green Bay Packer Mark Tauscher says he's not considering a 2018 run for Wisconsin governor.

"It really is humbling that somebody put that out there, and that we got the reaction that we did," Tauscher said Friday on his ESPN radio show with Jason Wilde.

A Facebook page, "Mark Tauscher for WI Governor," was started to push Tauscher into taking on Gov. Scott Walker as a Democrat.

"Scott Walker is not getting past this mountain of a man. Not when the whole state needs protection," wrote Milwaukee Ald. Nik Kovac, a die-hard Packer fan.

The page identifies itself as a "grass-roots effort to encourage Mark to run for Governor of Wisconsin."

"We are not affiliated with Mark Tauscher, yet," it reads.

Tauscher added Friday that he was humbled by the Facebook page, but has no plans to run in 2018 - or 2022.

Green Day singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong performs at the Resch Center on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Ashwaubenon, Wis.(Photo: Adam Wesley/USAT NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Did the rock band Green Day skip playing Milwaukee on their current tour because of the 1995 arrest of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong for indecent exposure?

The band, touring behind its "Revolution Radio" album, could easily have fit a Milwaukee date into its schedule.

Green Day played a sold out show at the Resch Center in Green Bay Thursday night. They were off the night before and tonight, before playing in St. Paul on Saturday.

It's likely they rolled right through Milwaukee en route to the Green Bay gig.

On Tuesday, the band played Champaign, Ill. and, according to Goggle Maps, the most direct route for the five-hour drive to Green Bay would have been up Interstate 43. That would have taken them less than a mile from what's now the Milwaukee Panther Arena, the site of Armstrong's 1995 arrest for indecent exposure.

State and federal authorities said Thursday they have identified new areas of toxic contamination in a section of the Milwaukee River that runs from E. North Ave. to the Estabrook Dam.

The polluted areas were found in the river and along the shoreline in a 4-mile stretch that has become increasingly popular as development had grown and other measures of water quality are showing signs of improvement, according to a 2014 Journal Sentinel series of stories Rivers Reborn.

The finding could lead to a second major toxic cleanup of the river between North Ave. and Lincoln Park to the north. But officials said it is premature to speculate on what will come next. Any cleanup project could face funding difficulties under the Trump administration, which is proposing major cuts in federal environmental programs.

The Milwaukee River basin is one of Lake Michigan's "areas of concern" that signify extensive toxic pollution.

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A cover of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.(Photo: Wisconsin Department of Natural )

Republican and Democratic lawmakers say they are fielding an onslaught of complaints about plans by the Department of Natural Resources to pull the plug on its venerable natural resources magazine.

Legislators on the Joint Finance Committee told DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp Thursday they believed the decision to cease publication of the magazine was short-sighted and takes away an important tool for the agency to communicate to the public.

The DNR is expected to stop publishing the magazine next February. Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine is self-supporting and has a circulation of more than 82,000. Since the announcement, the department has been flooded with new subscription requests. 

Stepp said the decision grew out of an analysis of the DNR's workload and the belief that the agency was able to communicate more effectively online and with use of social media like Facebook and Twitter.

U.S. Marine veteran and businessman Kevin Nicholson considers making a run in GOP primary for U.S. Senate(Photo: Handout photo)

For months, U.S. Marine veteran and businessman Kevin Nicholson has been laying the groundwork to enter the Republican race to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin in 2018.

Even though Nicholson, 39, has courted GOP insiders and appeared at Republican dinners, he has yet to formally enter the race and remains relatively unknown among the wider electorate.

That may be about to change with Thursday's announcement that GOP mega-donor Richard Uihlein has contributed $2 million to Solutions for Wisconsin, a newly formed super PAC that endorsed Nicholson.

The move came just a day after another potential candidate, Nicole Schneider of Green Bay, signaled that she was mulling whether to enter the race. The GOP field has been in flux ever since U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy of Wausau, said last month that he would not join challenge Baldwin.