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April 7, 2021

US Paying $1M To Settle Case Of Patient Who Died From Exposure To Frigid Temperatures

William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
The United States government will pay $1 million to the family of Vance E. Perry who died in 2017 after being discharged from William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital during bitterly cold temperatures. Read more »

Report: Hundreds Of High-Capacity Wells Are Drawing Down Lake Levels In The Central Sands Region

Crop irrigation
Hundreds of high-capacity wells are significantly lowering water levels in lakes within the Central Sands region, according to findings of a new draft report released by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday.  Read more »

Jill Underly Defeats Deborah Kerr In State Superintendent Election

A woman in a face mask attends a campaign event outside.
Pecatonica Superintendent Jill Underly won the first open race for Wisconsin's top education job in more than a decade, defeating former Brown Deer Superintendent Deborah Kerr Read more »

GOP Lawmakers Press Wisconsin Schools Chief On Federal Relief Funds

The eastern view of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison
Republicans who run the Legislature's budget committee used a forum with Wisconsin's superintendent of schools Tuesday to criticize federal school aid payments during the pandemic, suggesting it could play a role in the education budget they pass later this year. Read more »

DNR Secretary Preston Cole Urges Lawmakers To Fund Efforts To Address PFAS, Buy Public Lands

Preston Cole speaking in La Crosse
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Preston Cole told lawmakers Wednesday that a lack of funding is a threat to identifying and addressing contamination from so-called forever chemicals known as PFAS.  Read more »
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