Wednesday, October 18th

Local

People don't join law enforcement for the awards and accolades, but it's always nice to be recognized for hard work especially when that recognition comes from the governor.

Recently Governor Walker recognized state troopers from around the state for their commendable service in the line of duty.

Local state trooper Carl Rowan, out of Black River Falls, received a Lifesaving Award for a July 4 incident.

"I was really quite humbled to be recognized," Rowan said.

On that day Rowan responded to a rest area along Interstate 94 in Jackson County for a report of a person having a seizure.

He was directed to an unresponsive female lying in the sleeper berth of a semi unit.

The following is part of a series featuring the results of student research on water quality in the Red Cedar Watershed:

For my research done over summer 2017, we analyzed the Minnesota Phosphorus-Free Lawn Fertilizer Law’s effects on surface water quality. Essentially, we set out to determine if Minnesota’s statewide law had produced its intended effect of reducing phosphorus content in surface waters like lakes, rivers, streams.

We wanted to find out whether a policy of the Minnesota law’s caliber should be implemented in the state of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin state legislature enacted a similar statewide policy in 2010. But the Wisconsin law pales in comparison to the stringency of the Minnesota law. For example, it is still possible to purchase phosphorus fertilizer in Wisconsin, the sale of which has been completely eliminated in Minnesota.

Consider this scenario: It’s 2 a.m. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” as the official theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, which is being held Oct. 8-14.

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds, which is why NFPA is focusing on creating and executing fire escape plans so when a fire does happen, it doesn't end in tragedy.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials are considering allowing hunters to kill elk before the state's two herds reach a minimum size, saying it would bring in money and the herds could still be managed responsibly.

Over the last three years, the agency has been importing animals from Kentucky to bolster a herd in Ashland County and establish a second herd in Jackson County with the ultimate goal of one day establishing a hunting season. DNR administrative rules in place since 2003 prohibit elk hunting until the Clam Lake herd grows to at least 200 elk and the Jackson County herd grows to 150 animals. Once a season is approved, permits would be limited to 5 percent of the total population.

DNR spokesman Sawyer Briel said Monday that there are 180 to 185 elk in the Clam Lake herd and 60 to 65 in the Jackson County herd.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials are considering allowing hunters to kill elk before the state's two herds reach a minimum size, saying it would bring in money and the herds could still be managed responsibly.

Over the last three years, the agency has been importing animals from Kentucky to bolster a herd in Ashland County and establish a second herd in Jackson County with the ultimate goal of one day establishing a hunting season. DNR administrative rules in place since 2003 prohibit elk hunting until the Clam Lake herd grows to at least 200 elk and the Jackson County herd grows to 150 animals. Once a season is approved, permits would be limited to 5 percent of the total population.

As of July, the Clam Lake herd had about 165 elk and the Jackson County herd had about 60 elk.