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Wisconsin state forest renamed after former Gov. Tony Earl

MISHICOT, Wis. — A Wisconsin state forest in Peshtigo has been renamed after former Gov. Tony Earl.

The state Department of Natural Resources voted Wednesday to make the name change recognizing the former Democratic governor.

The Peshtigo River State Forest will now be known as Governor Earl Peshtigo State Forest.

Earl served as governor from 1983 through 1986. He was also a DNR secretary in the 1970s and served in the state Assembly.

The Peshtigo River State Forest was established in 2001 in Marinette and Oconto counties. It features more than 25 miles of river, 3,200 acres of water and 9,200 acres of forest.

The 83-year-old Earl remains involved as a member of Common Cause Wisconsin, a nonpartisan government watchdog group.

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