Weekend recap: Scientists and tribesmen combine research on decline of wild rice
Local populations of wild rice in Wisconsin have been in decline for years.
To get to the root of the decline, scientists and tribesmen teamed up to conduct research.
Joe Graveen is a Wild Rice Technician with the Flambeau Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. He says WXPR that wild rice is the reason the Ojibwe tribes came to the Great Lakes region. He noted that in 2020, around 60 pounds of rice had been collected, half as much as what had been collected two years earlier.
Crystal Ng is a researcher at the University of Minnesota. She said her goal was to study water levels in wild rice areas.
“Maybe it’s the water levels that interact with the nutrients and the sediment,” she said. “How will that change when the infrastructure changes? How will this change with climate change and the evolution of the forests around the wild rice lakes? “
Such questions are things scientists hadn’t given much thought to before teaming up with tribal members like Graveen.
Wisconsin DHS: COVID-19 Weekly Recap
The seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin is 2,227 Friday. That number has seen a significant jump over the past week – the average was 1,510 cases on September 11.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has confirmed a total of 7,827 deaths from the disease.
Nearly 53 percent of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated – 83.2 percent of people aged 65 and over and 39.3 percent of children aged 12 to 15.
Bird’s-eye views this fall
Some of Wisconsin’s best fall views come from above – the ones you might not be able to see on a regular hike.
This Milwaukee Journal Sentinel preview mentions the best viewpoints in the Northwoods, Door County, Great River Road, and the southeast region of the state.
NEW Top Dog 2022 Registration open
For the second year in a row, Top Dog will hold a charity dog contest to raise funds for children and pets in northeastern Wisconsin.
There are two rounds of the competition – a local, followed by a championship. In the local round, six animal shelters in the area will feature dogs.
Entries for the competition opened on Friday. The contest runs from September 18 to October 16.
Of website: “Is your dog the cutest, cuddest, goofiest and coolest dog in the world?” If you answered yes, you will love the NEW Top Dog! , this contest is every dog (and beer!) lover’s dream! “
Municipalities navigate in “Dark Store Loophole”
Wisconsin communities are encouraged by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities to challenge big box retailers – like Lowe’s or Walmart – who use the strategy known as the “escape dark store”.
These big box retailers are filing lawsuits challenging their property assessments across Wisconsin, many of which are seeking reimbursement of hundreds of thousands of dollars in property taxes.
But recently, three state municipalities won lawsuits against big box retailers, stressing that businesses cannot argue that their retail space could be converted to other types of facilities.
Big box retailers like Lowe’s have said there may be other more valuable uses for properties and therefore things like income and activity shouldn’t be a factor. , stores claim that only vacant properties that have recently been sold should factor into their store values, ”reports the Green Bay Press Gazette.“ … The judges sided with experts from municipalities who have said the properties were best used as they are now, as home improvement stores. Lowe’s expert valued the building as if it was vacant and its best use was redevelopment, disregarding the construction costs for other uses.
Zebras spotted in northeastern Wisconsin
On Tuesday, officers from the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office met a pair of zebras near Seymour.
(That’s right, zebras).
“They were in the distance, as I got closer they looked like horses, and I walked up and I was talking to somebody on my helmet and I was like ‘I think I see zebras’ and they were like, ‘No way’, I’m like ‘No, they’re zebras,’ “said David Haupt, who saw the zebras at the corner of County Highway G and Maass Rd.
Sheriff’s office officials say the zebras belong to nearby neighbors, who quickly picked them up.
Madison Man pleads guilty to entering the U.S. Capitol on January 6
A man in the Madison area had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in connection with the January 6 riot at the United States Capitol.
Brandon Nelson, 29, appeared by video conference in U.S. District Court in Washington, DC on Wednesday for marching, demonstrating or picketing at a Capitol building. He faces six months in federal prison.
Prosecutors said Nelson traveled from Madison with Abram Markofski, a member of the La Crosse Army National Guard, to attend the rally. Wisconsin State Journal says the two agree pay $ 500 in restitution for damage to the Capitol, estimated at nearly $ 1.5 million.
UN “So Far Off Track” Greenhouse Emissions Target
In 2015, the United Nations signed the Paris Agreement, in which each country must submit its greenhouse gas reduction plans and progress. Under the deal, the goal is to keep average global temperatures above 3.8 degrees Fahrenheit, reports NPR.
However, a report released Friday by the UN shows that countries are making the opposite of progress towards this goal. Greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be 16% higher in 2030 than they were in 2010.
“It’s a sobering summary,” said Rachel Cleetus, policy director for the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “We are so far from where we need to be.”
Editor’s Note: The Associated Press contributed to this report.