State parks to resume hours, bathrooms open next month
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources says state parks will resume normal hours this weekend but visitors won’t have access to bathrooms until next month. Most state parks have been operating with reduced hours and no bathroom access as the state grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. The DNR announced Friday those parks will resume normal hours starting Saturday. Visitors will have limited access to bathrooms beginning June 3.All campsites will remain closed, however. Rock Island State Park is closed for all use, however. Ferry service to the island is suspended due to high lake levels.
DNR board to vote on tighter elk harvest limits
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources board is set to vote on tighter elk harvest limits in 2020. Hunters were allowed to kill up to 10 bulls during the state’s second elk season last year. DNR officials want to reduce the limit to six this year. They say state hunters should be allowed to kill three and Chippewa tribal hunters can take three. They say hunters are targeting older bulls and warn that practice will hurt hunting and elk viewing opportunities if it continues. The board is set to vote on the 2020 limits during a meeting Wednesday in Madison.
JAIL SEXUAL ASSAULTS
Court preserves damage award for 2 inmates assaulted in jail
BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) — The full U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a decision by three of its judges last year that said Polk County was not responsible for the repeated sexual assault of two female jail inmates by a guard. The decision preserves a $4 million damage award for the two women. The full court found the jury had sufficient evidence that the county chose to “stand by idly” while the women were exposed to “an unmistakable risk” of being sexually assaulted. The Journal Sentinel says the former guard, Darryl Christensen, is serving a 30-year prison sentence for the assaults which happened dozens of times between 2011 and 2014.
Report: La Crosse County Jail inmate died of natural causes
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — An investigation finds that a La Crosse County Jail inmate who was found dead in his cell in February died of natural causes. The La Crosse Police Department investigated the death of 57-year-old Jeffrey Nottestad of Hixton. An autopsy was conducted at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office said Friday the autopsy and investigation concluded that Nottestad died of natural causes. No foul play is suspected. Nottestad was being held in the jail on a probation warrant issued by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Jailers and emergency responders were unsuccessful in reviving him.
ELECTION 2020-BIDEN ACCUSER
Biden accuser’s life marred by abuse and financial hardship
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Tara Reade’s accusation of sexual assault against former Vice President Joe Biden has revived difficult questions about how to evaluate allegations of misconduct. It also has thrust Reade’s life story into the 2020 presidential race and, with it, led to scrutiny of a woman with a winding trail of extreme debt, an unfounded claim of educational attainment and questionable business practices. Along the way, some people who dealt with Reade found her duplicitous and deceitful, while others considered her to be a heroic survivor. Biden has denied Reade’s allegation of assault.
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