- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015
Proposed hog megafarm causes stir in northern Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A proposed hog “megafarm” in northern Wisconsin is raising concerns among some residents that millions of gallons of pig manure will eventually wash off the land and pollute Lake Superior.

An Iowa business plans to produce thousands of pigs annually a few miles from Ashland and the shore of Chequamegon Bay. If plans are approved by state and federal regulators, the $17.7 million farm would be the largest hog farm in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1NohAoPhttp://bit.ly/1NohAoP ) reported.

The Bayfield County farm, which the owners are calling Badgerwood, also would become the largest concentrated animal feeding operation, or CAFO, in far northern Wisconsin, according to state officials.

There are currently no such operations in the Lake Superior basin. That could change if Badgerwood gets the go-ahead. An existing dairy farm in Iron County also has grown to the point that Department of Natural Resources officials say it, too, will qualify as such a facility.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will review the project because of the size of the farm and concerns raised by Wisconsin American Indian tribes. The state DNR is expected to announce this week whether to require a lengthy environmental impact statement.

“What I want to know is why do they want to come here?” asked Mary Dougherty of Bayfield, who has been active in opposing the project.

Opponents are concerned about odors and the threat of water pollution from the 6.8 million gallons of liquid manure that will be spread annually on more than 800 acres in the White River and Fish Creek watersheds, which flow into Lake Superior.

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President Obama to travel to La Crosse for economic event

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - President Barack Obama is coming to Wisconsin this week.

The White House confirmed the visit Saturday night, saying only that Obama will visit the La Crosse area Thursday “for an event on the economy.” Additional details are expected to be released later this week.

The La Crosse Tribune (http://bit.ly/1FIEPn8http://bit.ly/1FIEPn8 ) reports it is Obama’s first visit to La Crosse since being elected president and the city’s first presidential appearance in more than a decade.

Obama last was in La Crosse on Oct. 1, 2008, during his first presidential campaign. He spoke to an estimated 15,000 people gathered on the streets outside the La Crosse Center.

This will be the first time a sitting president has been in La Crosse since 2004, when George W. Bush made two campaign appearances.

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Information from: La Crosse Tribune, http://www.lacrossetribune.comhttp://www.lacrossetribune.com

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TV actor Dustin Diamond wants delay in bar stabbing sentence

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) - Former “Saved by the Bell” actor Dustin Diamond is asking a judge to delay his sentence for a Christmas Day stabbing in a Wisconsin bar.

Diamond, who played Screech on the popular 1990s TV show, was supposed to report to jail Sunday to begin serving a four-month sentence.

But Diamond’s attorney has filed a motion to put the sentence on hold until a potential appeal is filed. If no appeal is filed, Diamond wants to be allowed to leave the state to play comedy gigs he has booked.

Diamond’s attorney, Thomas Alberti, tells The Associated Press that the 38-year-old actor is “resolved to serve his sentence and get this behind him.”

Diamond was convicted earlier this month on two misdemeanor counts. A hearing on the motion is set for Thursday.

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1 man dead, 1 injured after being pulled from park lagoon

MILWAUKEE (AP) - One man is dead and another injured after they were pulled from a lagoon in a Milwaukee park.

The Milwaukee Fire Department says two men in their 50s were found underwater at Kosciuszko (kuh-SHOOZ’-koh) Park lagoon about 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

Officials say one man died at the scene while the other man was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

According to the fire department, three police officers and two residents jumped in the water to help the men.

Authorities are investigating how the two men ended up in the water. WISN-TV (http://bit.ly/1JgQZsqhttp://bit.ly/1JgQZsq ) reports police have not released the men’s names.

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Information from: WISN-TV, http://www.wisn.comhttp://www.wisn.com

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