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Rayovac helps fire department

The Rayovac Fennimore plant donates (104) 9-volt batteries to Prairie du Chien fire department

Proof Spring is here - only still in disguise

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Mike Sandstrom, of Mt. Zion, WI, sent these pictures to give us a little relief from the hard news.

UW-Richland Smart Farm holds Smartfest

Richland Center, WI - UW-Richland Smart Farm is holding a Smartfest, Saturday, May 3, 2014.  Highlights include:
   * Pottery firing in a kiln with Eduardo Villanueva at 10:30 a.m.
   * Busy Bees Presentation with Sue Sharp at noon!
   * 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Geocaching
   * Tours:
      + Learn about the forest with Mike Finlay at 10:00 a.m.!
      + Discover wildflowers with Cavid Kopitzke at 11:30 a.m.!
      + Walk in the woods with Duane Simonson at 12:30 p.m.!
UW-Richland Smart Farm, 24970 Smart Lane, Richland Center, WI.  If you have any questions, please call: Wayne Morgenthaler, Office: 608-647-6186 or Time Fortun: Cell: 608-606-1320.

Man stabbed by woman while on late night stroll

McGregor, IA - April 14, 2014 - Although details are sketchy because officials have not released information about this incident, Midwest News feels confident, after talking with a creditable witness who saw part of this event, and several others who had hearsay information, to at least present the following.
   On Saturday night, sometime after 10:30 p.m. a man and a woman who had been to a tavern in McGregor, walked to Kwik Trip.  On leaving Kwik Trip they walked south toward the hotel.  Before they got that far the woman stabbed the man four times.
  The man was able to make it across the street to his car.  The woman fled before police arrived.  More details to follow.

The first case of CWD in Iowa deer confirmed

Des Moines, Iowa - March 9, 2014 - The deer was reported as harvested in Allamakee County during the first shotgun season in early December. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is currently working to obtain as much information as possible about the infected deer to implement its CWD response plan.
   “We have been testing for CWD in Iowa’s deer herd for more than a decade and are optimistic, given the extensive data we have collected, that we have caught this early,” said Chuck Gipp, DNR director.
   “The next step will be to focus our monitoring efforts in the area where the animal was harvested and work closely with local landowners and hunters to gather more information.” said Gipp.
   CWD is a neurological disease affecting primarily deer and elk. It is caused by an abnormal protein, called a prion that attacks the brains of infected animals, causing them to lose weight, display abnormal behavior and lose bodily functions. Signs include excessive salivation, thirst and urination, loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, listlessness and drooping ears and head. The only reliable test for CWD requires testing of lymph nodes or brain material.
   There is currently no evidence that humans can contract CWD by eating venison. However, the National Institute of Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that hunters do not eat the brain, eyeballs or spinal cord of deer and that hunters wear protective gloves while field dressing game and boning out meat for consumption.
   Prior to the positive detection in Iowa, CWD had been detected in every bordering state.
“With CWD in all the states around us, we have understood the possibility of a positive detection in the wild deer herd for some time” said Gipp.
   Since 2002, the DNR has collected more than 650 samples of deer from within a five-mile radius of where the deer is believed to have been harvested.


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