MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources board plans to consider permanent regulations governing bow- and hand-fishing seasons for catfish.
The regulations impose no statewide size limit but establish a daily bag limit of one flathead catfish and five channel catfish.
The hand-fishing season would run from June 1 to August 31. The bow-fishing season would run concurrent with the rough fish bow-fishing season. That season runs continuously across the southern two-thirds of the state. The DNR board is expected vote on the framework June 26 in Barneveld.
Then-Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill in April 2018 that permits taking catfish by bow, crossbow or by hand. The board adopted emergency rules in October implementing the seasons. The permanent regulations mirror those rules.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — St. Paul’s Cherokee Regional Park reopened recently after a $342 thousand overhaul. Designers tried to make the new playground challenging and different, but the city is hearing it may be a bit too out of the box.
The 24-foot tall sky tower is the focal point of the newly redone park.
“It’s good exercise and good adventuring,” said Jim Ingemunson, who lives near the park.
“There was a real desire to have something unique and challenging,” said Alice Messer, Manager of Design and Construction for St. Paul Parks and Recreation
What some call a healthy challenge, others call a hazard.
“I guess there’s some parents that are thinking this has been a really scary frightening thing for 5-year-olds,” parent Nikki Putnam said.
“We have heard some negative comments,” Messer said. “And I’ll be honest– its hard, and we’re surprised.”
Messer says some community members expressed concerns about safety of the sky tower, lack of community input, and limited options for all ages.
“People felt like the age range from four to eight maybe wasn’t accommodated for,” she said.
To address those concerns, the city is looking at modifying the existing equipment– maybe adding a slide to the second tier of the sky tower– but that would have to come from private funding dollars.
Messer admits the large budget didn’t go as far as designers hoped, forcing cuts on landscaping and seating options.
“The bids came in too high, so we had to go back and redesign it,” Messer said.
When visiting the park, plenty of older children can be seen enjoying the sky tower. Ten-year-old Talia Saum was one of them.
“It’s really fun for older kids to do,” she said.
But it was a bit advanced for her 2-year-old cousin.
“It was tricky because he kept on falling through,” Talia said.
At this park, the sky is the limit– so you have to know how far your own little ones can go.
“Doesn’t hurt to be scared once in a while a little bit and to do something you’re not used to doing,” Ingemunson said.
The cost of the project also included things like bike racks, a bench swing and a new basketball court in the area surrounding the playground. Officials with Parks and Rec tell us they have already had one meeting with concerned families.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In a quiet Golden Valley neighborhood, there’s a lot of talk among neighbors.
“We’ve been in communication via email just trying to be more aware of the situation,” Lisa Carlson said.
A home burglary on the block is one of several in Golden Valley, Roseville and Minnetrista.
In one of the incidents, stolen vehicles were used to get away. They’re all part of a bigger crime spree that’s gone on for weeks now.
“We’ve never seen anything so geographically spread out through the metro area from cities of Roseveille, Eagan, all the way out to Big Lake, Monticello and Independence,” Sgt. Rick Denneson with West Hennepin Public Safety said.
Denneson said officials have been handing out crime alerts and telling residents to be on alert.
The break-ins have been happening primarily between midnight and 4 a.m., and the suspects have been taking things like credit cards, electronics, and sometimes, guns.
“The people have been in their residence where people have been sleeping overnight and the fear is there is going to be a confrontation between a homeowner and the suspects inside,” Denneson said.
On top of locking your doors, Denneson said it’s a good idea to have security cameras and to leave your lights on outside at night.
“We have a security system. I think having more signs out, having a neighborhood watch would be beneficial,” Denneson said.
In all of the incidents from over the weekend, police say the suspects gained access to a home or vehicle through unlocked doors. It’s a reminder to double check that you’ve locked up before you go to bed at night.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Multiple people in northwestern Kandiyohi County reported their vehicles were broken into and items inside were stolen, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office says. The thief or thieves stole keys, checkbooks, tools and other items from cars at Norway Lake residences, the office says.
Officers ask people to lock their vehicle doors, remove any valuable items from their cars, and contact police with any suspicious activity around the area.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved a $4.2 billion budget for the 2020 fiscal year on Wednesday, the university said. The budget increases Twin Cities undergraduate tuition by 2%, or $156 per year for resident students.
Resident undergraduate students at the Crookston, Morris and Rochester campuses will see a tuition increase of 1.5%, or $182 per year, the university said. The budget also provides a 2.25% salary pool for merit-based increases for faculty and staff.
The university says the Board previously approved a 10% nonresident/non-reciprocity tuition increase for Twin Cities students in December. Currently enrolled nonresident students will not see an increase of more than 5.5%.
The university says the budget is a 2.8% increase from the previous fiscal year.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A driver is in critical condition after his pickup truck collided head-on with a semi tractor-trailer in Lent Township Wednesday morning, the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office said. Fire department crews removed unresponsive 38-year-old David Benjamin Joseph of North Branch from his pickup truck, and he was flown to Regions Hospital, officers say.
The crash happened around 6:30 a.m. near 31788 Forest Blvd, north of Stacy.
The sheriff’s office says the semi tractor-trailer driver, 47-year-old Brent Lee Petersen of Harris, did not appear to be injured. Drugs or alcohol may have been a contributing factor in this crash, and the sheriff’s office and state patrol are investigating.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — University of Minnesota professor Aaron Doering was sentenced Wednesday in Hennepin County Court for domestic assault by strangulation. The 47-year-old pleaded guilty in April to strangulating his girlfriend last December.
Aaron Doering (credit: Hennepin County Jail)
Doering was sentenced to 185 days in the Hennepin County Workhouse, five of which he has already served. He will be on supervised probation for two years. His conviction was deemed a gross misdemeanor.
According to a criminal complaint, Doering was drinking heavily with his girlfriend on December 26, 2018. The woman called police to the Minneapolis apartment they shared, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said.
The complaint stated the two were arguing when Doering grabbed the victim by her hair, dragged her, hit her and strangled her. She was unable to breathe and thought she was losing consciousness, the woman told police.
Doering will not be allowed to consume alcohol or use controlled substances, have any contact with the victim, or be within three blocks of the victim’s apartment without a police escort.
Doering must complete domestic abuse counseling and treatment, undergo psychiatric evaluation and treatment, and will be subject to random testing. He also has to take prescribed medications as directed, supply a DNA sample, and never use or possess firearms or weapons.
If he does not successfully complete the probation terms and length, Doering could serve 180 additional days as work release.