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WKEB Local News Archives for 2014-03

Bees Buzz Big Dog


  We all know the saying, "busy as a bee".  But there's more truth to that statement than you might at first believe.  Honeybees not only produce honey...commercial honeybees pollinate about $15 billion worth of agricultural products each year.  But the bees have been in decline for more than a decade due to habitat loss and pesticide use.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture hopes to help honeybees by giving $3 million to farmers and ranchers in the Upper Midwest to improve pastures.  The USDA hopes to help the bees by encouraging farmers in those states to plant alfalfa, clover and other plants that feed both bees and livestock.  Local beekeeper Steve Suchomel recently paid a visit on K99's Russ Gowey..............

 

K99's Russ Gowey w/Steve Suchomel Part 1

 

 

K99's Russ Gowey w/Steve Suchomel Part 2

 

 

K99's Russ Gowey w/Steve Suchomel  Part 3

 

 

K99's Russ Gowey w/Steve Suchomel  Part 4

 

Mighty Molly Meets the Big Dog


  Local author, Shirley M. Gebert, is celebrating the nationwide release of her new interactive children's book, "Mighty Molly".  "Mighty Molly" is author Shirley Gebert's third book in The World of Sounds series, which utilizes auditory bombardment to assist in speech development.  Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide or from the publisher at tatepublishing.com/bookstore.   Recently, author Shirley M. Gebert visited with K99's Russ Gowey............................................

 

K99's Russ Goweyw/Shirley Gebert

 

K99 Catches Up With the Stetsonville Fire Department


  Greg Brunner is the assistant fire chief with the Stetsonville Area Volunteer Fire Department.  He also serves as the president of the village of Stetsonville.  Recently, Greg Brunner stopped by the K99 Radio studios in Medford and gave K99's Russ Gowey an update on the Stetsonville Volunteer Fire Department including their state ISO rating and fund raising activities.  They also discussed future plans for the stretch of Highway 13 that runs through the village...................

 

K99's Russ Gowey w/Greg Brunner

 

Medford Driver Upside Down


Medford Driver Upside Down

 

Tuesday morning (March 18) just before 11 o’clock,  a driver on Perkins Street in Medford told police that a silver car was coming at him head-on before the car hit the frozen snowbanks and flipped over, coming to rest on its roof.  Medford police, E.M.S., Medford Ambulance and the Medford Area Fire Department responded.  The accident report indicated that Leroy Brost was driving a silver Monte Carlo when it flipped onto its roof on Perkins Street near Tee Hi Place.  In the upside down car, Leroy Brost said he couldn’t breathe, so the seatbelt was cut and Mr. Brost was able to crawl out of the broken window.  No other vehicles were involved.  Leroy Brost was taken by ambulance.

Manure Pit Permit


  If you’re going to close a manure pit, you need a permit.  That was the theme of a meeting of the Taylor County Land Conservation committee today (Monday).  The owner of a mink ranch in the town of Goodrich was called to task for attempting to close a dairy manure pit without obtaining the proper permits.  County conservationist Ashly Steinke received a complaint on Thursday March 13th.    When Steinke visited the site he instructed the contractor to remove the manure laden snow from the field and put it back into the pit and repair the berm of the pit.  Approximately 50 of the pit was restored and a new berm was built with soil.  The field runs off into Mink Creek which is a tributary of the Rib River.  It was estimated that between 50 and 100,000 gallons of manure had been released from the pit. 

  Scott Mildebrand asked if any of the material had made it to the creek and Steinke indicated he didn’t know.  A spill specialist from the Rhinelander DNR is expected to visit the site this week. 

  The new owner of the farm, Jorn Mogenson told the committee that he knew that permits were needed to build a new pit.  But he thought the pit had been emptied and was not aware a permit was needed to close a manure pit.  Steve Weise, the operator of the backhoe told the committee that the water in the pit didn’t come over the top of his bucket.  He said “I thought it was empty”. 

  A neighbor who’s a town supervisor, indicated the previous owner was poor at agitating the pit; that it hadn’t been pumped, and that Mogenson was lying.
  Committee chair Dave Krug stopped the confrontation.  Joanne Smith indicated that whether you’re digging up a septic or a manure pit, regulations state you need a permit.
  The committee voted to issue a citation to Jorn Mogenson for failing to obtain a permit prior to closing a manure pit.  He must pay $100 per day until a site closing plan is accepted by county conservationist Ashly Steinke.   It was noted that the department is in the process of rewriting the language of manure pit management.  Ray Soper felt it may be appropriate to include penalties for deliberate acts.  While the county has levied a daily fine until the remediation plan is approved, the DNR’s investigation into the matter will continue until the snow thaws, or as one supervisor indicated maybe until July!

Local Maple Syrup Producers Hope For Sticky Sweet Success


  According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wisconsin's 2013 maple syrup production set a new record high of 265,00 gallons.  This was the highest amount since NASS began keeping track in 1992.   Local maple syrup producers are hoping the 2014 season will be as successful as 2013.  In the summer, it's Nelson's Berry Farm.  But in the spring, it's High Stump Sugarbush of Westboro.   Owners Ryan Nelson and Duane Sherfield recently stopped by the K99 Studios in Medford and discussed all things maple syrup with K99's Russ Gowey.....

 

K99's Russ Gowey w/Ryan Nelson & Duane Sherfield

PART 1

 

 

K99's Russ Gowey w/Ryan Nelson & Duane Sherfield

PART 2

 

 

K99's Russ Gowey w/Ryan Nelson & Duane Sherfield

PART 3

 

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