- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015
Report: DNR agrees to sell lake frontage to Walker donor

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A major donor to Gov. Scott Walker plans to buy 1.75 acres of prime lakefront property in northern Wisconsin from the state Department of Natural Resources, a newspaper reported, an agreement a former agency executive called a worrisome precedent.

The deal calls for the DNR to sell Elizabeth Uihlein - who owns an adjacent 11-unit condominium complex without lake access - 765 feet of frontage on Rest Lake in the Town of Manitowish Waters for $275,000, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1ipy8mihttps://bit.ly/1ipy8mi ) reported.

Uihlein and her husband, Richard, have donated nearly $3 million to Walker - now a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination - in recent years, the newspaper said.

Elizabeth Uihlein is a significant property owner in Manitowish Waters and is noted for her philanthropy, including paying much of the cost of a pavilion in the community’s Rest Lake Park. A town official said that project will cost more than $1 million.

But she has faced criticism for some activities and currently is under orders from Vilas County to replant trees at her condo complex after a worker she hired clear-cut foliage this summer on a portion of the property closest to the DNR land.

A DNR spokesman declined to comment to the newspaper on details of the transaction until it comes before the Natural Resources Board on Wednesday.

But a conservation group official said he will urge the board to reject it.

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Plane crashes in east-central Wisconsin; no one hurt

SHIOCTON, Wis. (AP) - Authorities are investigating an airplane crash in east-central Wisconsin.

The Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department was called late Saturday about the crash just north of the Shiocton Airport.

Post-Crescent Media (https://post.cr/1YrnkVJ) reports the plane was flying to the airport when it turned over and crashed into a cornfield. No injuries were reported.

The sheriff’s department has not released how many people were in the airplane.

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Information from: Post-Crescent Media, https://www.postcrescent.comhttps://www.postcrescent.com

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Police arrest man suspected in killing of woman in Oshkosh

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) - Oshkosh police have arrested a 30-year-old man suspected in the killing of a woman in an apartment.

Police say the man was arrested without incident just before noon Sunday. A 911 caller had reported the man was walking in an area of Oshkosh.

The man was wanted in the killing of a 42-year-old woman that was reported early Sunday.

Police were called on a report of gunshots just after 1 a.m. Officers found the woman dead in an upper apartment.

The name of the victim was not released.

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Bills target retirement age, benefits for state workers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin state employees would have to work two more years before they could qualify for early retirement, and their pensions would be calculated differently, under a pair of bills being circulated by Republicans in the Legislature.

One proposal, by Sen. Duey Stroebel of Saukville, would raise the minimum retirement age for most state workers from 55 to 57. For police and firefighters, it would rise from 50 to 52. Stroebel’s other measure would use a state worker’s highest five years of salary, rather than three, to set their pension payout.

Neither would affect people currently near retirement age. The higher retirement age requirement would only apply to workers younger than 40, and the pension calculation would not take effect for five years.

Most members of the Wisconsin Retirement System - including state and local government employees and teachers - have to work until they are 65 to receive full benefits, but they can retire at age 55 with reduced pensions.

Both bills, which are opposed by unions representing state workers, were introduced in the last session but didn’t even receive a hearing in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Stroebel circulated them again last week for co-sponsors with a Sept. 25 deadline.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has not yet reviewed the proposals, spokeswoman Myranda Tanck said when asked if the bills would have a better shot at passing this session.

Opponents are already hearing rumblings from workers and retirees even though the bills haven’t even been officially introduced yet.

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