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Circuit Court Judge backs no-wake zone for Wolf River

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has upheld an ordinance designed to improve the safety of boaters and swimmers on a popular stretch of the Wolf River.

Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Hart Key on Wednesday upheld a slow no-wake zone for areas of the river on weekends and holidays.

The Town of Wolf River passed the ordinance last year covering a stretch of the river near Fremont amid concerns that large speed boats create wakes that cause accidents for smaller ones and endanger swimmers and vacationers.

The Tri-County Powerboat Alliance filed a lawsuit arguing the ordinance went too far and was unfair to powerboat owners. The group said that imposing a speed limit was a better alternative.

Key upheld an earlier ruling that the ordinance is valid.

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