Associated Press

DNR spent nearly $10K to host wasting disease summit

The Wisconsin DNR spent nearly $10,000 to bring wildlife officials from around the Midwest to Madison for a conference on chronic wasting disease. The Associated Press obtained receipts through an open records request that show the agency spent $9,567 on the conference, held July 24-25 at the Monona Terrace convention center. Expenses included $3,103 for hotel rooms, $5,963 to use…

Minnesota’s top court to hear Lake Calhoun-Bde Maka Ska case

Hennepin County asked the DNR for the lake name change because Lake Calhoun was named for pro-slavery former Vice President John Calhoun. But some nearby property owners challenged it. (Photo by Brian Peterson)ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Supreme Court will decide whether the state DNR has the authority to change the name of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis to its…

Ducks, stuck, loose: Police rescue 3 ducklings from grate

(Photo by Brian Peterson)NEW YORK — A mother duck and her nine babies were crossing a New York City street when three ducklings fell through a storm grate and had to be retrieved by police. The news site Gothamist reports that the rescue happened Sunday in the bustling Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope. Witness Lynn Harris says the mother duck…