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Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking removal of DNR chairman

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Wisconsin Natural Resources Board

A Wisconsin judge has rejected a lawsuit seeking to remove the state Department of Natural Resources policy board’s leader from his post even though his term has ended. Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn on Friday ruled against Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul in the lawsuit he brought seeking an order forcing Fred Prehn off the board. Prehn is a Wausau dentist appointed by former Gov. Scott Walker in 2015. Prehn has refused to step down since his term expired May 1, denying Gov. Tony Evers’ appointee Sandra Naas a seat and maintaining a 4-3 majority for Republican appointees.