MADISON - A member of the state Department of Natural Resources' board wants the agency to revisit its ginseng regulations in light of a deal Foxconn Technology Group struck with the Wisconsin Ginseng Council.
The Taiwanese electronics company wants to build a massive plant in Mount Pleasant. The company's CEO, Terry Gou, signed a letter of intent with the ginseng council in July to help central Wisconsin ginseng growers get products to more Asian-Pacific markets
DNR Warden Eric Grudzinski told the agency's board Wednesday that the state's ginseng poaching regulations were developed 40 years ago and fines are less than what a pound of ginseng is worth today.
Board member Fred Prehn told DNR officials he wants suggestions on tougher regulations, saying the Foxconn deal is going to raise awareness of ginseng's value.
CRANDON - Leaders in four Northwoods counties hope a $38,633 grant will bring in almost 10 times that much money to the area. Forest, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas counties got a Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism Wednesday.
The counties will use the money to promote the natural resources, history, recreation, and local cultural sites along the Nicolet Wolf River Scenic Byway.The byway runs 145 miles through the four counties.
TOWN OF PELICAN - Twisted metal and side-curtain air bags gave a pretty good sense of how bad a crash was Wednesday afternoon, but the Town of Pelican's deputy fire chief already knew he needed to work quickly.
"Time is of the essence," Norm Peterson said.
Peterson's department got the 911 page of a two-car crash on Highway 8 and River Bend Road, about two miles east of Rhinelander, around 12:30 p.m. The cars both ended up in the ditch on the north side of Highway 8, out of traffic. Police reduced traffic to one lane while medics treated the injured, but cars were able to still get through in both directions.
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