MADISON - A Dane County judge has dismissed a law enforcement union lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's 2011 collective bargaining law.
Circuit Judge John Markson ruled Wednesday that the law does not violate union members' rights to free speech and association.
The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association had brought the challenge.
In his 46-page ruling, Markson wrote that the law does not take anything away from workers to which they are constitutionally entitled, and that the state may put limits on the right to collective bargaining.
An attorney for the police union tells the Wisconsin State Journal she had not seen the decision.
The police union argued the law fractured the union into unequal parts.
Gov. Scott Walker's legislation, known as Act 10, effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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