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St. Croix County public safety referendum April 2 passes with 54 percent of the vote

By Editor | April 9, 2024

By LeAnn R.Ralph HUDSON  — A referendum question on the April 2 election ballot asking voters whether they want to increase St. Croix County’s property tax levy by $896,000 each year going forward passed with 54 percent of the vote.  Among a total of 19,259 votes cast, 10,402 people voted in favor of the referendum…

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Wisconsin DNR: Tainter Lake an excellent fishery with fewer carp than people think

By Editor | April 9, 2024

By LeAnn R. Ralph MENOMONIE  — As the result of a fish survey conducted in 2022 on Tainter Lake, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has determined that the lake is an excellent fishery with not very many carp. Kasey Yallaly, a senior fisheries biologist with the DNR based out of the Baldwin DNR office,…

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DATCP reminds farmers, check runoff risk prior to spreading manure

By Editor | April 9, 2024

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is reminding farmers and manure applicators to check the runoff risk advisory forecast before spreading manure on fields. This tool helps determine the potential for manure runoff from a field depending on weather conditions and soil temperature. The runoff risk advisory forecast…

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Be bear aware: take steps now to avoid potential conflicts with black bears this spring

By Editor | April 9, 2024

MADISON, Wis. – As the weather warms and people across the state begin spending more time outside, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages the public to be bear aware and take steps to prevent potential conflicts with black bears this spring. Every spring, black bears emerge from their dens in search of food…

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Give blood or platelets with the Red Cross

By Editor | April 9, 2024

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — During National Volunteer Month in April, the American Red Cross asks donors to help protect the blood supply by making and keeping blood or platelet donation appointments in the weeks ahead. Donors of all blood types – especially type O blood donors and those giving platelets – are needed now to…

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Dunn County transfer station would need DNR inspection for contamination before being sold

By Editor | April 9, 2024

By LeAnn R.Ralph MENOMONIE —  The former Dunn County transfer station for solid waste and recycling on state Highway 29 west of Menomonie would have to be inspected by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for contamination before the property could be sold.  The DNR would conduct a Phase 2 inspection of the property to…

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Incumbents elected to Colfax and Elk Mound school boards and village boards

By Editor | April 9, 2024

By LeAnn R. Ralph COLFAX  —  Incumbents were re-elected April 2 to their positions on the Colfax Village Board, the Colfax Board of Education and the Elk Mound Village Board as well as two incumbents and one newcomer elected to the Elk Mound Board of Education.  All of the candidates were unopposed for their positions…

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2 statewide referendum questions approved April 2 with more than 50 percent of the vote

By Editor | April 9, 2024

By LeAnn R.Ralph COLFAX  — Two statewide referendum questions on the April 2 ballot were approved with more than 50 percent of the vote to change the Wisconsin Constitution regarding election funding and election workers. Question 1 was related to election funding and was approved with 638,018 yes votes (54 percent) to 534,126 no votes…

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Four incumbent Dunn County Board supervisors replaced by challengers

By Editor | April 9, 2024

By LeAnn R.Ralph MENOMONIE   — Of the 29 supervisory districts on the Dunn County Board, 13 districts had two candidates for the April 2 election, and four incumbent supervisors were replaced by challengers. Districts 2, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 21, 24, 25 and 28 all had two candidates.  Incumbent for…

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Several townships express concern about ADUs in Residential-1 zoning districts

By Editor | April 2, 2024

By LeAnn R. Ralph Editor’s Note: LeAnn R. Ralph serves as chair of the Town of Otter Creek.  MENOMONIE — Several townships in Dunn County have expressed concern about Accessory Dwelling Units in Residential-1 zoning districts.  The Dunn County Planning, Resources and Development Committee held a public hearing March 20 on the proposed zoning ordinance…

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