Author: Warren Bluhm

Where Cows and Deer Outnumber People In Wisconsin

By Malia Jones UW Applied Population Laboratory Dairy is the pride of Wisconsin, and one of the main contributors to its agricultural economy and cultural identity. The central role of the dairy industry, and the type of land uses it requires, represent one way to think about Wisconsin’s rural identity. Hunting is another point of pride across Wisconsin. Every autumn with the state’s main deer hunts, many Wisconsinites’ interest in this activity hinge on another type of rural land use: forests and other uncultivated spaces. Given their prominence in Wisconsin’s traditions, where cows and deer can actually be found...

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Christkindlmarkt arrives in Kewaunee

Santa Claus will be in Kewaunee Friday night for the annual Holiday Parade of Lights as the city celebrates Christkindlmarkt 2017. The celebration includes crafts, German food and live music at Lakehaven Hall, 96 Ellis St., and a Christmas Stroll around local businesses Friday through Sunday. As shoppers visit each business in the Stroll, they can receive a stamp from that business on their passport. Collect all stamps and enter to win cash prizes; passports will be available at all participating businesses. The Holiday Lights Parade will make its way through the city, down Ellis Street, beginning at 6:30...

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Department of Revenue finds large CAFOs affect property values

A town of Pierce couple who challenged the assessment of their home across the street from a large concentrated animal feeding operation has won their appeal after taking their case to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, which concluded that farms with more than 4,000 animals adversely affect property values within a mile. Scott and Debbie Kliment own 14.411 acres at N7154 County Road D, according to Kewaunee County land records. They appealed the assessment of their homestead to the town Board of Review in June, saying their property value should be lower because of their proximity to Ebert Dairy...

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Updated Holiday Lights Contest deadlines announced

Dates have been changed to accommodate more decorating time. Registration: Thursday, Dec. 7 Decorations Up: Friday, Dec. 8 Open Voting: Friday, Dec. 8- Saturday, Dec. 16 The chambers of commerce in Kewaunee County on Wednesday announced the above revised deadlines for their Holiday Lights Contest. The rules: All decorations must be ready by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. Property must be in Kewaunee County. The public voting period will last Dec. 8-16. Maps of contestant locations will be online and at any gas station in the County. The categories: Best Residential Retro Themed Best Residential Classic Themed Best...

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Tribe files notice over Back Forty Mine; Wis. Senate lifts mining ban

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin has filed a 60-day notice of its intent to file a federal lawsuit to protect its namesake Menominee River from the effects of the proposed Back Forty Mine project. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Senate voted 19-14 Tuesday to pass a measure lifting the moratorium on sulfide mining in Wisconsin and send the bill to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature. In a news release from Earthjustice, the legal organization that is representing the Menominee tribe said the purpose of the litigation would be “to ensure that the health of the Menominee River and portions...

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