MADISON - Hunters would be allowed to kill only six bull elk in 2020 under a proposal the state Department of Natural Resources board is set to consider next week.
The DNR has been working to repopulate the state with elk for years. The department has established two herds, one in northern Wisconsin and another in central Wisconsin.
The northern herd is much larger than the central herd, and it's projected to grow to 300 animals this year. The central herd is expected to grow to about 100 animals.
The agency has run an elk hunting season in northern Wisconsin for the past two years as that herd has grown. Last year, hunters were allowed to kill up to 10 bulls. State hunters were allowed to take five and Chippewa tribal hunters were allowed to take five, according to treaty rights. The DNR has received more than 16,000 applications for a 2020 elk permit. The department selects permit winners through a lottery.
DNR Big Game Ecologist Kevin Wallenfang wrote in a memo to the board that the harvest should be limited this year to six bulls. State hunters would be allowed to kill three and Chippewa hunters would be allowed to take three.
Wallenfang wrote that fewer mature bulls in the herd could hurt breeding and stunt interest in hunting and recreational viewing.
The board is scheduled to vote on the new limits during a meeting Wednesday in Madison.
MINNEAPOLIS - The white Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd's neck as he begged for air was arrested Friday and charged with murder, as authorities imposed overnight curfews to try to stem violent protests over police killings of African Americans that have spread from Minneapolis to cities across the country.
Protesters smashed windows at CNN headquarters in Atlanta, torched a police car and struck officers with bottles. Large demonstrations in New York, Houston, Washington, D.C., and other cities ranged from people peacefully blocking roads to clashing with police.
MADISON, WI - Gov. Tony Evers today announced $75 million in assistance for small businesses as part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's We're All In initiative, a comprehensive effort to celebrate and help Wisconsin's small businesses get back on their feet and support best practices to keep businesses, consumers, employees and communities safe.
Funded largely by federal dollars received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, this initiative will provide direct assistance to small businesses most impacted by the duration and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These $2,500 cash grants will assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages, and inventory. Businesses will be able to apply for grant assistance in early June.
MADISON - The National Guard as a whole is made up of many multi-faceted individuals, coming from many different backgrounds and offering many different types of skillsets where training and knowledge gained inside and outside of their military careers are often brought to enhance the fight.
News of the arrest came moments after Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz acknowledged the "abject failure" of the response to the protests and called for swift justice for officers involved. Walz said the state would take over the response to the violence and that it's time to show respect and dignity to those who are suffering.
The former Minneapolis police officer shown on video putting his knee on the neck of George Floyd has been arrested, according to Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington.
Derek Chauvin, who was fired on Monday along with three other officers involved in the detainment of Floyd, was taken into custody Friday.
Video showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for at least eight minutes on Monday night. The police department initially said Floyd "physically resisted" the officers and that he died after "suffering medical distress."
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