MADISON - Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp wants to reorganize the department as a way to address problems in the department's regulation of water pollution.
DNR officials said Wednesday at a Natural Resources Board meeting that short staffing and lax documentation led to many of the issues outlined in the Legislative Audit Bureau's report released in early June.
The audit found that the DNR hasn't been following its own policies or meeting its goals for policing pollution from large livestock farms and wastewater treatment plants.
Instead of asking for more funding, the department first plans to use a "core work analysis" it has been conducting to move staff and money to the areas that need it most, such as water quality management.
OSHKOSH - Authorities have arrested two boat operators on suspicion of operating while intoxicated after their boats collided on Lake Butte des Morts in Oshkosh.
The crash happened around 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office says a 26-foot Glastron boat with six people aboard was having mechanical problems and was traveling slowly toward Rainbow Park when it was struck by a 17-foot Lund boat heading in the same direction with two people aboard.
Three people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries.
The damaged boats were still merged together from the impact when they were towed to shore.
The Team Wireless Verizon dealer hosted it's second annual "Backpacks 4 Kids" event at over 50 locations.
Parents and students were allowed to stop by on Saturday and pick out their own backpacks with over $40 worth of school supplies, all from donations in the community.
The Antigo branch was able to supply 56 bags for local students.
"I know that for myself I've had donations anywhere between a dollar and $20," said Assistant Store Manager, Leah Anderson, "$4 a donation provided one backpack so, $20 a donation is five backpacks for our local community."
This year's event brought in over $80,000 worth of school supplies.
After the Governor's decision, Mel's Trading Post made it clear; wear a mask or wait outside.
"Employee and customers, use a mask," said owner, Mitch Mode, "If people don't want a mask we can serve them at the front or curbside service."
But for Mel's, having customers wear a mask is nothing new.
"We've used masks, today is just another day of doing masks. Quite honestly, doing pretty well and people are pretty comfortable with it," Mode said.
In other places, however, masks may not see practical, such as, Papillon's Cafe.
"I don't think it's affected us at all. You've got all the retail stores that require masks now, so it's just a part of life right now," said employee Becky Dittel.
However, the restaurant is still encouraging their patrons to wear face coverings, they just want customers to be smart about it.
"Our owner suggested that you wear your mask in, order your food, then your food comes out, of course, take your mask down and eat, then put your mask back up."
For some businesses, staying safe and comfortable is a top priority. Masks or not.
"We're not going to deviate from what we think is the best practice for employees," Mode added, "if people don't want to wear masks we'll try to accommodate them at the door. We do that because we think it makes sense."
MADISON - Wisconsin Senate Republicans "stand ready" to strike down the statewide mask mandate that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers announced on Thursday, the GOP Senate leader said Friday.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald stopped short of promising that the Senate would vote to kill the order, which is slated to take effect on Saturday. Fitzgerald, a candidate for Congress who faces a GOP primary on Aug. 11, also did not indicate when the Senate might convene.
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