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4/23/2014
Man Injured in Rollover Crash
An Augusta man was hurt in a rollover crash this morning. The Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department says the 20-year-old driver was on Highway 12 at County Highway R just west of Augusta when his vehicle rolled over a little before 5:30 this morning. Deputies say the man was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was brought to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
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4/23/2014
Congressman to Hold EC Listening Session
U.S. Representative. Ron Kind will hold a listening session in Eau Claire Thursday. The La Crosse Democrat says The listening sessions are a great opportunity to keep in touch with people across the Third Congressional District The congressman will be at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Davies Center in the Woodland Theater on the 3rd Floor from 10:30 until 11:30am.
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4/23/2014
Woman Drowned After Car Crash
A woman whose body was found in a western Wisconsin lake died from drowning.  That's what a medical examiner in Saint Paul said yesterday about 38-year-old Kristelle Wolle of Baldwin.  Saint Croix County sheriff's deputies were called to a traffic crash early Sunday near Hammond.  They found the car with nobody in it.  Rescuers then searched the area and found Wolle's body in Pine Lake.  Her blood alcohol level was point-21, more than two-and-a-half times the legal limit for drunk driving.
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4/22/2014
Thawing Eau Claire Residents May Now Turn Off Water
The City of Eau Claire Water Utility says Eau Claire customers can join the list of those turning off that pencil-lead thin stream of water, meant to prevent freezing. The utility says frost in the ground should no longer be an issue -- and that turning off the water shouldn't mean you can't turn it back on. As is the case in many cities, Eau Claire Water says it'll adjust bills--based on historical usage--for those it asked to leave the water on. A release says the city sustained 14 water main breaks, and 485 losses in water service, since Jan. 1, 2014.
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4/22/2014
Late-running winter hard on migratory birds
The delayed end to a long and cold winter could cause problems for birds migrating back to Wisconsin. Dept. of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz says many are returning North, to look for nesting spots, and are finding: winter is still hanging around.Holtz says putting out bird food can help them survive until summer arrives. He says suet blocks are important for insect-eating birds like woodpeckers and chickadees.
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4/22/2014
Harley-Davidson Posts Better-Than-Expected Profit
Harley-Davidson is posting a better-than-expected profit for the first quarter of 2014.  The Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker is reporting net income of nearly $266 million, due to strong sales growth outside the North American market.  Its sales were up more than 10 percent, to $1.73 billion for the quarter.
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4/22/2014
Army Corps Reopens Three Minneapolis Locks To Recreational Boats
(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has re-opened its three Minneapolis locks to recreational traffic again.  They were closed April 11, due to increased flows on the Upper Mississippi River.  Army Corps Spokesman George Stringham is reminding boaters that they share the river with commercial tows, and to keep an eye out for them because they can't stop as quickly as other traffic.  Stringham says boaters need to use caution because river currents are still high.  The navigation season opened April 16, this year, which is second-latest ever on the Upper Mississippi.
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4/22/2014
ESPN: NBA Can Buy Bucks If No Arena Plan Develops
(Milwaukee, WI)  --  A new report says the NBA has the option to purchase the Milwaukee Bucks if a new arena deal isn't reached in the next three-and-a-half years.  ESPN reports the team has until Nov. 2017 to have construction underway on a new arena, to replace the Bradley Center, to avoid the league's buying the club back for $575 million.The team was sold last week by former Sen. Herb Kohl, to Wesley Edens and Mark Lasry, for $550 million.  Kohl pledged $100 million toward a new arena, as did the new owners.  
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4/22/2014
Lake Altoona Water Level to Rise
The Eau Claire County Parks and Forest Department says it's going to raise Lake Altoona to its summer elevation, starting May 5th. The department says ice-off conditions now exist on the lake. You've got through the fourth of May to make improvements before Altoona's waters start to rise. County says levels will be back to a summer elevation of about 802 feet within a couple days from the 5th.
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4/22/2014
Severe Weather Spotter Training Tonight
This is severe weather awareness week in Wisconsin. A training event in Eau Claire tonight will allow citizens to become emergency officials' local "eyes on the storm." Eau Claire County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Hurley says the annual "Skywarn Storm Spotter" training teaches what to look for in a severe weather situation, how to stay safe while storm spotting, and how to report the information to the National Weather Service. Hurley says around 40 to 60 people attend the free training session each year, and the eyewitness information they gather during storms helps supplement the information available from radar. That helps the National Weather Service make determinations about tornadic activity, hail, high winds, and other severe weather. There's no charge for the training, which starts at 7 tonight at Saving Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire's East Ridge Center at the corner of Fairfax Street and Highland Avenue.
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4/22/2014
Fewer Lakes to Have 1-Walleye Limits
The state D-N-R is reducing the number of lakes in northern Wisconsin where sport anglers can take only one walleye per day.  Yesterday, the agency imposed the limit on 173 lakes where Chippewa Indians use their centuries-old treaty rights to spear walleye before the general fishing season begins.  Last year, the D-N-R imposed the limit on 197 lakes -- almost 25 fewer than this year, even though the Chippewas planned to take a record number of walleye this spring.  The tribal quota is 63-thousand, six-percent more than the previous record in 2010.  The late spring was cited as one reason, along with the fact that Indians have less access to a popular lake in neighboring Minnesota.  However, the tribes generally take only about half their quotas -- so the limits for sport anglers are normally raised after that.  Spearfishing created tensions in the 1980's after a federal judge reaffirmed the Chippewa treaty rights.  Tensions rekindled last year after the state created a new wolf hunt and relaxed environmental standards for mining.  The D-N-R says a new walleye stocking program should create less tensions now.  However, Assembly Tourism Committee chair Dean Kaufert is still concerned about anglers staying home in the ...
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