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Fined for Harvesting Ginseng

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in News

(5/14/14) A western Wisconsin man has been fined over 27-hundred dollars, for illegally harvesting ginseng.

  Forty-three-year-old Timothy Kampa of Independence pleaded no contest last month to eight criminal charges, and two dozen others were dropped in a plea deal.  Trempealeau County prosecutors accused him of things like harvesting ginseng out of season -- and not getting permission to harvest the root on private land.  Beside the fine, Trempealeau County Circuit Judge John Damon told Kampa to pay back one-thousand dollars to landowners who lost ginseng to him -- and he won't get back about ten-thousand dollars worth of dry ginseng that D-N-R wardens seized from him.

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