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Group sues to obtain Wisconsin DNR board chairman's texts

Wisconsin DNR

An environmental advocacy group has filed a lawsuit seeking Fred Prehn’s text messages. Prehn is the chair of the state Natural Resources Board.

Midwest Environmental Advocates filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Dane County. The lawsuit demands Prehn turn over texts sent and received about his term on the board.

Prehn's term ended in May and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers appointed Sandra Naas to replace him, which would give Evers appointees control of the board. But Prehn, who was appointed by former Republican Gov. Scott Walker, has refused to step down to make way for Naas.