A Dane County man has been killed in Afghanistan. The Pentagon said 23-year-old Dan Johnson of Cottage Grove was conducting explosive ordnance disposal operations on Tuesday near Kandahar when an improvised explosive device went off.
Johnson was taken to a hospital where he died. Another airman was hurt, but will survive. Johnson's family moved to Cottage Grove in 1997. He graduated from Monona Grove High School in 2005, where the principal said Johnson was a good student and competed in football, swimming, and track. He also wrote for the school newspaper, was the photo editor of the yearbook, and starred in a one-act play. Johnson was a senior airman in the 30th Engineering Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force base in California. He joined the military in 2006, and he served in Iraq last year.
A Burlington man missing since early Sunday was found alive yesterday, close to where his SUV had crashed in a cornfield. Burlington Town Police Chief Mike Sevick said 22-year-old Greg Kozinski was lying outside his vehicle when he was found - and he was conscious and alert. Sevick was flown to a Milwaukee area hospital where he was in satisfactory condition at last word. The extent of his injuries was not immediately released. Police said no one had heard from Kozinski after he talked to his girlfriend on the phone about one o'clock Sunday morning. His family was out of town during the weekend, and they didn't tell authorities he was missing until Monday. The chief did not know when the crash occurred, and it was not known if he ever walked away from the crash scene and came back. If he stayed there, he would have survived night-time temperatures as low as 28 degrees. Racine County sheriff's deputies said Kozinski's SUV appeared to lose control on a curve before going into the cornfield. Officers are not sure if he had been drinking.
Vice President Joe Biden will be in Madison this morning to help raise money for Tom Barrett's Democratic campaign for governor. A 250-dollar-a-plate breakfast is planned at Monona Terrace near the State Capitol.
A suspicious package was found last night outside the place. But the Dane County Bomb Squad determined that the package was not dangerous. A passer-by found a plastic tube outside Monona Terrace in downtown Madison about 7:25 last night. Police closed off a two-block radius for about two hours, until it was determined that the tube was safe. Biden was scheduled to speak at Monona Terrace at a fund-raising breakfast for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett.
A legal advocacy group says honest child care providers are losing their livelihoods, because the state Legislature was too vague when it cracked down on fraud last year. Legal Action of Wisconsin says it has several lawsuits pending throughout the state. The latest said Alma Brown of Milwaukee wrongly lost her child care license because she inadvertently failed to report income from a Christmas-time job when she applied for food stamps in the 1980's. According to the lawsuit, the state knew about the conviction when it granted her a child care license in the '90's. Last year, the state cracked down on care providers who stole over $20-million in the Wisconsin Shares program by claiming to care for low-income children they didn't have. As part of that law, anyone convicted of laws related to the receiving of public funds loses their child care license. But the Legal Action group says the new law never defined fraudulent activity - and Brown's conviction did not involve an intent to defraud the food stamp program. State officials say they're doing what the new law says - and part of their mission is to be good stewards of tax dollars. Jill Kastner of the Legal Action group says a dozen other providers have voluntarily given up their child care licenses so they don't get revoked. If that happens, Kastner says it would be harder for those people to get licensed for other jobs like nursing assistants.
Wisconsin seniors are expected to have fewer choices next year for their Medicare Part-"D" prescription drug plans. And they'll be more expensive, too. A national analysis says Part-"D" premiums will rise by 10-percent on average. Dean Health of Madison is dropping its Medicare prescription plan, forcing about 12-thousand seniors to look elsewhere for their coverage. And experts say other plans will fall by the wayside because the federal government wants to avoid duplications. Julie Short of the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups says her Elder Law Center is getting 70-to-100 calls a day from seniors asking what to do. Short says seniors should consider all their options during their annual enrollment for Part-"D" benefits, which begins in mid-November. People can compare different plans on Medicare's Web site. You'll find it at Medicare-Dot-Gov.