- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015
Walker donor wants OK to anchor floating bog

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A major political donor to Gov. Scott Walker wants state approval to keep a 12-acre floating bog away from his property in northern Wisconsin, according to a published report.

Richard E. Uihlein, CEO of Pleasant Prairie-based Uline Corp., is proposing moving the bog north and fastening it to the lake bed. The plan calls for crews to use barges, a crane and a pile driver to pound large posts through the bog and anchor it to the lake bed, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1KMTy4ihttps://bit.ly/1KMTy4i ) reported.

The scale of the project is outlined in an Aug. 17 memo to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Buffeted by winds, the bog has blocked lake access at Kavanaugh Bay on the Chippewa Flowage on Uihlein’s property for much of the last two summers. This summer, he hired a tugboat that normally operates on the Mississippi River to push it away, but the bog returned.

The proposal is raising objections on a lake long known for big muskies and rugged, wooded shorelines.

“This is the most preposterous idea that I have ever heard,” said Brett McConnell, an environmental specialist in the conservation department of the Lac Courte Oreilles band of Lake Superior Chippewa. “I would hope that every single person affiliated with the flowage would be opposed to this.”

Uihlein’s project would require approval from the DNR; Xcel Energy Inc., a utility company that owns the lake bed; and perhaps the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


UW: Fetal cell line research key to biomedicine advances

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - High in a laboratory overlooking Lake Mendota, University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientist Gail Robertson is looking for the next breakthrough in medical science. If Republican lawmakers will let her, that is.

Robertson and her colleagues are working on research that could one day lead to treatments for irregular heartbeats. Their main tools, they say, are cells derived from aborted fetuses.

Republican legislators want to change that. Earlier this month they introduced a bill that would outlaw research on fetal tissue obtained from elective abortions performed after Jan. 1 of this year.

“We need to treat aborted children as humans, not specimens,” Sen. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville, one of the bill’s chief authors, told the Senate health committee last week.

But researchers like Robertson fear the door will be slammed on medical advances.

“We never know where the next paradigm shift is going to come, so we need all the tools we can get our hands on,” she said. “We need to unleash our efforts, our tools and our intelligence. That’s what drives progress.”

Research using fetal cell lines has been going on since the 1940s. The cell lines - samples of cells from fetal tissues that can reproduce themselves in labs, making them essentially immortal - are essential to research toward medical treatments, said Dr. Bob Golden, UW-Madison’s vice chancellor of medical affairs. The cells are pliable, haven’t formed hard-and-fast properties like adult cells and can replicate themselves quickly. Essentially, they’re a blank slate researchers use to test hypotheses, Golden said.


Authorities: Teen pedestrian struck, killed in Dodge County

LOWELL, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say a 17-year-old boy has been struck and killed by a pickup while walking along a roadway in Dodge County.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says it responded to the crash around 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the township of Lowell. The sheriff’s office says the pickup, driven by a 20-year-old man, was headed north when it struck the teen.

According to the sheriff’s office, the teen was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was being withheld pending notification of his family.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the crash.


Authorities investigate man’s death in Kenosha County

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a death in Kenosha County.

The Kenosha News reports (https://bit.ly/1PHIbhwhttps://bit.ly/1PHIbhw ) the body of a man was found along Highway A in Paris Township about 3 p.m. Saturday.

In a news release, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department says the Wisconsin State Patrol and the City of Kenosha Police Department are assisting in the investigation.

The name of the man was not immediately released. Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth plans a news conference Monday morning.


Information from: Kenosha News, https://www.kenoshanews.comhttps://www.kenoshanews.com

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