Wisconsin Briefs: Man killed in rotary mower accident

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Man dies in mower accident

Authorities say a western Wisconsin man has died in a rotary mower accident.

The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department says 47-year-old Brady Olson of Ettrick was operating a tractor with a rotary mower attached. A preliminary investigation found the tractor was heading downhill when Olson somehow became entangled between the tractor and the mower.

The accident was reported just before 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. Olson died at the scene.


FFA Alumni tractor pull set

The Campbellsport FFA Alumni will host its 10th annual Tractor Pull beginning at noon on Sept. 10, on the Northwinds grounds, 321 Fond du Lac Avenue, Eden.

Weigh-in for all pulling classes begins at 9 a.m. A pedal tractor pull is slated for 1 p.m. . Admission is free. Bleacher seating is available. Concessions will also be available. No carry-ins.

For more information contact Dave Thompson at 920-533-8957 or 920-960-1957.

Proceeds to support Campbellsport FFA and Campbellsport ag education programs.


Walworth farm creates Culver's maze

Pearce Farms of Walworth, WI is among an elite group of a dozen farms across the country that have teamed up with Culver’s to create a larger-than-life thank you message to farmers.

The mazes sowed over 4 million seeds on more than 100 acres of land to show appreciation for all the hard work farmers do to feed the nation. Pearce's Farm Stand's 12-acre maze is a tribute to American Gothic and can be viewed  from Sept. 8-Oct. 30 at W5740 North Walworth Rd., Walworth, WI.

Since the effort was launched in 2017, 33 "Thank You Farmers" mazes have been grown nationwide in 19 different states. The mazes are just one of the ways Culver's shows charitable support for the future of farming.


Assembly committee to take comments on gun class bill

A legislative committee is set to take public comments on a bill that would allow high schools to offer gun safety courses.

Under the Republican bill, the state superintendent would have to work with the Department of Natural Resources, police or an organization that specializes in firearm safety to develop the curriculum for the course. Schools wouldn't be required to offer the class and live ammunition wouldn't be allowed.

The Assembly Committee on Education is set to hold a public hearing on the bill Thursday morning in the state Capitol.

The Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, the Madison school district and the League of Women Voters all have registered in opposition. The Safari Club and Wisconsin FORCE, a group of gun and firing range owners, have registered in support.


Citizens concerned about pesticide use

Madison officials are turning to chemicals to get rid of weeds but some environmentalists say the city's use of them has gotten out of hand.

The Capital Times reports that city reports show an increase of two controversial herbicide weed killers, glyphosate and 2,4-D.

The city began a major effort to remove invasive plants from parks in 2014, said Charlie Romines, the city's assistant parks superintendent. The chemicals have been used on parks, playing fields, playgrounds, golf courses and sandboxes to prevent weeds from spreading.

The city created a Pesticide Management Advisory Committee in 2003 to write the city's pesticide policy and review the city's use of pesticides. The policy aims to eliminate or reduce pesticide use as much as possible. The city's reports on pesticides also list herbicide use.

The committee was disbanded in 2013 after Dane County health officials said it was too difficult to fill vacancies, but that the chemicals would still be monitored.


New finds of EAB in quarantined counties

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of Emerald Ash Borer disease in five new communities in previously quarantined counties. Communities added since the last update include: Door County -- Village of Ephraim, Town of Union; Douglas County -- Town of Amnicon; and Sheboygan County -- Villages of Adell and Cascade.