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94 year old WWII vet evicted from subsidized housing

  • Blog Post by: Karen Lundegaard
  • November 21, 2012 - 10:55 AM

Has the World War II veteran squirreled away money in a safe deposit box while living in a subsidized apartment?

 
That’s what Wisconsin officials fear and have used as their justification for evicting 94 year old Ken Nyreen from his Port Wing apartment.
 
Bayfield County Housing Authorities had sheriff’s deputies evict Nyreen earlier this month after six months of trying to get him to disclose all of his assets, including the contents of his safe-deposit box. If that had contained a lot of money, it would have made him ineligible for public assistance.
 
“These are taxpayers’ dollars that we are stewards of,” Carrie Linder, the county’s aging unit supervisor told Wisconsin Public Radio.
 
Nyreen, who’s slept on a local tavern floor as well as stayed with an elderly widow friend, is hoping the Veterans Administration takes care of him. The former B-17 bomber crew chief refused to tell the radio station the contents of the box as well, saying it’s nobody else’s business.
 
Here’s the full report.
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The latest example of those serving and protecting us becoming a danger: A Belle Plaine police officer was arrested early Tuesday for driving while intoxicated and at speeds of 96 miles per hour.
 
A breath test indicated a blood alcohol concentration of .17 --more than twice the legal limit.
 
Officer Bryan Michael Pasek was arrested and booked into the Scott County jail for third-degree DWI, a gross misdemeanor, the Belle Plaine Herald reports.
 
In 2003 Pasek was charged with a gross misdemeanor DWI, which was later reduced to a misdemeanor, the paper reported.
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Sounds like something funky’s in the water. Health officials are investigating an outbreak that sickened more than 50 people at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato last week in two separate incidents.
 
A Minnesota Department of Health spokesman say the outbreak appears to be a norovirus. The virus is spread through contact with fecal matter.
 
More than 50 people were sickened after a Greater Mankato Growth event a week ago, attended by more than 460 people, the Associated Press reports. The health department also has received reports of people who contracted the illness after attending a civic center event for veterans last Wednesday.
 
Norovirus causes vomiting, nausea or diarrhea. The virus is usually not considered serious and most people recover in one or two days.
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