VIROQUA, Wis. (AP) — Farmers are questioning whether growing hemp for grain will ever be profitable in Wisconsin, but say there could be a future in hemp fiber and CBD products. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that summer rains last year ruined about 20 Wisconsin farmers’ chances of producing salable hemp grain. Agronomist Bryan Parr says Wisconsin’s climate might work better for growing hemp fiber and hemp for CBD products. But those markets need to grow.
PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha suburb is a finalist for what some might call a magical sporting event: the Midwest Regional Championship of quidditch. Papillion is vying with La Crosse, Wisconsin, for the honor. This form of quidditch is a ground-bound adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s creation in the “Harry Potter” book series, where players from the magic school take to the sky on broomsticks.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say a 20-year-old man accidentally shot himself when he believed he was about to get robbed. Authorities say the man was walking in a residential area on the north side of the city at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday when he saw two people walking toward him. Police say that’s when the man pulled out a gun and accidentally shot himself. The man was taken to a hospital to be treated and police say the gunshot wound is not life threatening.
DETROIT (AP) — Environmental advocates are raising awareness about the dangers of balloons for wildlife in the Great Lakes and elsewhere. The Detroit Free Press reports that volunteers for the Alliance for the Great Lakes picked up more than 18,000 balloons, balloon pieces or balloon strings along Great Lakes shorelines from 2016 to 2018. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist in Virginia says necropsies commonly reveal tangled balloon ribbons in the guts of birds and marine animals.
What says summer more than warm temperatures and mostly sunny skies? Not much!