PARK FALLS - The thousands of lakes in the Northwoods make it a popular place for seaplane pilots.
But there's no place set aside to park, repair, or refuel the planes in the area.
Park Falls could to become that Northwoods hub this year.
Mike Drover, who runs Phillips-based Long Lake Aviation wants to build a seaplane base where the Park Falls Municipal Airport meets the Flambeau River.
There's nothing like it between Duluth and Shawano "even though we've got millions of lakes and everything around here, and lots of different destinations," Drover said.
If the City Council agrees to the plan and the FAA and DNR grant the needed permits, construction could start this spring on a Flambeau River backwater.
"[It will be] a place for parking seaplanes out here, and docking them, and a ramp for putting them in and out, and eventually, we'll have a fueling facility out here, too," Drover said.
The economic development group in the city, Park Falls Area Community Development, strongly supports the project. It expects to draw more visitors, and maybe even a seaplane festival, once the base is in operation.
MADISON, WIS. (AP) - Madison officials say Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents violated city policy by detaining at least six immigrants without letting police know ahead of time.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says the department has a working relationship with ICE, but the federal agency did not follow protocol. Koval says ICE has agreed to call the assistant police chief before making arrests in Madison. This time the agency called the Dane County Communications Center.
Koval says the arrests were made at separate workplaces and are not considered to be part of a raid. He says the community is in "hyper-warp distress mode."
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says ICE told city officials the people arrested are believed to have committed serious crimes, but he does not know the specifics of the investigation.
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