BOULDER JUNCTION - Vilas County drivers will have to wait at least another year for County Highway M to be reconstructed.
The Highway Department had planned to repair and partially rebuild the road, which runs through Boulder Junction.
"The Highway M projected was budgeted for 2012, but when the bids came back, they were approximately $200,000 more than our budget. So being fiscally responsible, we decided not to move forward with that project for now," says Vilas County Finance Director Jason Hilger.
But Highway M still needs fixing, and the project is not dead yet.
"It's still very much a priority, and we're working on our 2013 and 2014 budgets. The Highway Commissioner is also working on a long-range infrastructure plan, so this project will go back on the table for a future year," says Hilger.
Meanwhile, the other, smaller highway projects around Vilas County have enough money to continue.
EAGLE RIVER - The initiative will help to rebound what's thought of as a suffering walleye population by adding hundreds of thousands of the fish to Wisconsin lakes.
The project could improve fishing for the state's most popular game fish and tourism in the state. George Langely, a local fishing guide at Eagle Sports bait shop in Eagle River, says walleye fishing isn't what it used to be.
"The walleye population has pretty much suffered in the last twenty years and it's really nice to see Madison recognizing that and taking some steps to do something about it. It will take a while but it's a great start."
DNR raises bag limits on hundreds of northern Wisconsin lakes
MADISON - Wildlife officials have increased daily walleye bag limits for anglers as Wisconsin Chippewa spearfishing winds down.
The state Department of Natural Resources has raised limits on 423 lakes in the ceded territory, a swath of northern Wisconsin the tribes gave to the government more than a century ago. The rules include a five-walleye limit on 289 lakes, a four-walleye limit on three lakes, and a three-walleye limit on 131 lakes.
MADISON - Expect to see plenty of traffic out on the roads this Memorial Day weekend. But if there's a silver lining, traffic may be down slightly.
AAA estimates 627,000 people are expected to travel by road in Wisconsin this weekend. That's down about 1.6 percent from last year. One reason could be gas prices.
Statewide, they're averaging $3.93 a gallon.
That's 33 cents more than a month ago and 21 cents higher than last year. AAA says gas prices are higher here than the national average of $3.65 because several refineries in the Upper Midwest have been closed for maintenance.
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