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11./21/13 Healthcare Forum: Update on the Affordable Care Act in Wisconsin
Wiseye.org - On November 21, 2013 a meeting on the affordable care act roll-out in Wisconsin took place in the Wisconsin State Capitol. Stakeholders in the health care industry as well as in state government were on hand to discuss the website healthcare.gov as well as discuss how Wisconsin was faring since the launch in November.
11/12/13 Milwaukee Press Club: Behind the Headlines: Innovation & Entrepreneurship
11/21/13 Capitol Roundtable
Wiseye.org - Steve Walters hosted Capitol Roundtable with fellow Capitol correspondents, Scott Bauer, AP; JR Ross, WisPolitics; Mary Spicuzza, Wisconsin State Journal; Bob Hague, Wisconsin Radio Network. The program was taped at the WisconsinEye studio.
Cost of Thanksgiving dinner in Wisconsin
down 50 cents
By The Associated Press Nov. 17, 2013
For the second year in a row, Wisconsin shoppers can expect Thanksgiving dinner to be a little less expensive.
The Wisconsin Farm Bureau says the average price of a traditional Thanksgiving meal this year is $48.40. That's about 50 cents cheaper than it was last year.
It's also a little cheaper than the national average, which is just over $49.
The average price for a 16-pound turkey in Wisconsin is $22.40. That's about 30 cents cheaper than last year. But Wisconsin residents can expect to pay slightly more for items such as milk, rolls and peas.
The bureau calculates the average cost of a dinner for 10, which would include such standards as turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and cranberries.
Gun deer season opens with a chill
By Paul A. Smith of the Journal Sentinel Nov. 23, 2013
Temperatures as low as 5 degrees at sunrise and winds gusting to more than 30 mph made for challenging conditions Saturday, opening day of the 2013 Wisconsin nine-day gun deer season, according to Department of Natural Resources officials.
"The predawn cold and winds made it clear that opening morning was going to test the will of deer hunters today," said Tom Hauge, DNR wildlife management director, who was hunting near Plain in Sauk County. "Even our blind did not offer much shelter."
Kurt Thiede, DNR Land Division administrator, reported "even the squirrels were hunkered down" near his hunting stand in southeast Richland County
On the positive side, northern Wisconsin and pockets elsewhere had snow cover to help hunters see and track deer.
In northwestern Wisconsin, the cold temperatures were made more bearable by light winds and sunshine.
Hunters near McKinley in Polk County counted more than 100 shots in the first two hours of hunting Saturday, more than average. The number of deer registered at Spooner was "on par" with last year, according to a DNR report.
DNR big-game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang was aging deer at a registration station in Conover.
"The morning started out nice in the North Woods," Wallenfang said.
Wallenfang registered 13 bucks by midmorning, including "some nice older bucks, but not big antlers, so it's obvious that winter had an impact on size," he said.
The number of deer killed by hunters and biological information gathered at registration stations help the DNR assess the deer population each year.
Heavy snows in late winter and early spring across the Upper Midwest may have impacted deer populations. Hunters in Minnesota, where the deer season started about two weeks ago, have registered 6% fewer deer this year. The deer kill in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan appears to be down, too, according to reports.
The DNR did not release information Saturday on the hunt of Gov. Scott Walker, who planned to take part in the opener. The agency reported DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp was prevented from hunting due to the ill health of a family member.
The Wisconsin gun deer season runs through next Sunday.
It is followed by a muzzleloader deer hunt from Dec. 2-11 and an antlerless deer hunt Dec. 12-15. In addition, the holiday deer hunt will be held Dec. 24-Jan. 5 in the CWD management zone.
Shooting incidents: The DNR reported four non-fatal shooting incidents through midafternoon. The incidents occurred in Grant, Green Lake, Kewaunee and Monroe counties, said Todd Schaller, DNR recreational safety warden,
Three of the injuries were self-inflicted, which may be related to cold weather, mittens and gloves and having cold fingers, Schaller said.
The free certificate can be ordered by filling out a form on the DNR's website at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/firstdeer.asp.
The offer is only for deer killed in 2013.
If you don't have or want to use email to obtain the certificate, call the DNR at (608) 261-7588 or (608) 261-7589.
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