Author: Warren Bluhm

State Natural Resources Board delays manure rules update

The state Natural Resources Board (NRB) has postponed discussion of new restrictions of manure spreading over sensitive karst topography. The revisions to state administrative rule NR 151 – adding language regulating manure spreading on shallow soils over fragile karst bedrock such as the land over much of northern Kewaunee and Door counties – were on the board’s agenda for Wednesday, Dec. 13, but DNR representatives contacted Kewaunee County officials this week to say the review was pushed back to the board’s January meeting. During the monthly meeting of the Land & Water Conservation Committee, Kewaunty County Conservationist Davina Bonness...

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A blast of winter predicted for Wednesday

The National Weather Service says up to a half-foot of snow could fall on Kewaunee, Door and Manitowoc counties by late Wednesday afternoon, as a clipper-type low pressure system is expected to drop over the state late Tuesday night into Wednesday. NWS forecasters issued a winter weather advisory for those three counties from 4 a.m. through 9 p.m. Wednesday. “Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Wednesday,” the advisory said. “Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are expected.” Drivers should be prepared for reduced visibilities at times, the NWS said: “Roads will become snow-covered and hazardous.” A winter...

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More voices call for Kewaunee County dairy herd expansion moratorium

The Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee plans to put discussion of a dairy herd expansion moratorium on the agenda for its regular January meeting. A majority of the speakers at a Nov. 28 public hearing Tuesday pleaded with the state Department of Natural Resources not to allow further expansion of dairy herds in Kewaunee County as it prepares to certify Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permits for five concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The concern was over groundwater pollution and well contamination, especially in the northern part of the county after recent scientific confirmation that spreading...

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Three County Board supervisors not running for re-election so far

At least three members of the Kewaunee County Board have decided not to run for re-election in the spring. Supervisors Larry Kirchman, Dennis Cravillion and Linda Sinkula have submitted declarations of non-candidacy. Incumbents have until 5 p.m. Dec. 22 to let the public know if they have decided not to seek another term. Twelve of the 20 supervisors have stated their intentions to run again, and as of Monday four had not confirmed a decision either way: Christopher Rasmussen, Ron Paider, John Pagel and Virginia Haske. Four newcomers have begun the process of getting on the ballot. Frank Madzarevic...

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