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14 November 2017 News


A Milwaukee man is seriously injured in a rollover crash in Fond du Lac County. It happened shortly after 7pm Sunday on USH 151 north of County WH, in the township of Taycheedah. The Sheriff Office says vehicle was southbound when the driver lost control, crossed the center line and struck a driveway embankment. The vehicle then went airborne for approximately 135 feet and rolled several times. The driver had to be extricated from the vehicle and was flown by Flight for Life helicopter to Theda Clark Medical Center with serious injuries. The male subject was wearing his seat belt and alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office.

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Two people are seriously injured in a head on collision in Fond du Lac County. The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office says Sara Mertes of Waldo fell asleep at the wheel and crossed the center line on Highway 45 north of Gatzke Lane in the town of Auburn striking a northbound vehicle head-on. The driver of the northbound vehicle Anthony Vander Grinten from Fond du Lac was seriously injured. Mertes was flown by helicopter to Froedtert Hospital with serious injuries. Vander Grinten was transported by Campbellsport Ambulance to St. Agnes Hospital with serious injuries. Alcohol is not considered to be a factor in the crash. The crash took place Saturday afternoon.

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Gov. Scott Walker signs a bill that eliminates a minimum age requirement to hunt in Wisconsin. The bill allows a person of any age to participate in a mentored hunt. The law had previously required a child to be at least 10-years-old to participate in a mentored hunt. Walker signed the bill Saturday, exactly one week before the state’s gun deer hunting season kicks off. Wisconsin becomes the 35th state to have no minimum hunting age. The bill also permits hunters and mentors to have more than one weapon between them. Opponents had argued that lowering the minimum hunting age was unsafe, while backers say parents should be empowered to decide when their children are ready to hunt.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs a bill setting up an open season on groundhogs. The governor signed the measure on Saturday. The bill removes groundhogs from the state’s protected species list and calls on the Department of Natural Resources to establish a year-round hunting and trapping season with no bag limits. Supporters argue groundhogs, also known as woodchucks or whistle pigs, are plentiful and that their burrowing destroys gardens and undermines building foundations, sidewalks and roads. The Alliance for Animals, the Humane Society of the United States and Midwest Environmental Advocates all have registered in opposition. A hunting start date has not yet been chosen.

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