Wisconsin DNR plans to swap land with Walker donor

Published: Jul. 18, 2016 at 2:44 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Natural Resources plans to give one of Gov. Scott Walker's key donors a lakefront parcel in a land swap.

The agency had planned to sell Elizabeth Uihlein 1.75 acres along Rest Lake in Manitowish Waters last year for $275,000.

The land would create lake access for her condominium complex. Uihlein and her husband donated nearly $3 million to two federal committees that helped Walker's presidential bid last year, sparking complaints of favoritism. The DNR's board decided to postpone the transaction.

Now the agency says the Uihleins are working buy 42.7 private acres within the Northland Highland State Forest boundaries. DNR officials say the couple plans to give the DNR that land in exchange for the Rest Lake parcel.

The board will consider the deal Aug. 3

Copyright 2016: Associated Press