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University of Wisconsin researchers study bats, mosquitoesSubmitted: 05/28/2018
MADISON - A recently published study by University of Wisconsin researchers found the bats they studied ate 17 different types of mosquitoes, including nine that are potential carriers of the West Nile Virus.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that researchers studied two species of bats; the little brown bat and the big brown bat.

Researchers analyzed the bats' fecal material from samples collected at more than 20 Wisconsin sites in 2014.


Amy Wray is the study's author and a UW-Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology PhD student. She says the study found that bats eat a lot of mosquitoes in the spring. Bats are more likely to eat mosquitoes that breed multiple times a year.

Wray says researchers still want to learn how much of a bat's diet is mosquitoes.

Story By: Newswatch 12 News Team

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WOODRUFF - Many people participate in certain traditions for Memorial Day weekend to honor fallen veterans. The Lake Tomahawk American Legion Post starts the weekend off by having a Poppy sale. This year the sale was held at the Ace Hardware in Woodruff.

After World War One Poppies flourished in Europe. The flower has since been adopted as the official flower of the American Legion.

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MINOCQUA - A program quickly expanding in the Northwoods strives to help people recovering from substance abuse. Recovery Corps is an AmeriCorps program offered by Marshfield Clinic. 

The program trains and uses recovery coaches to help out those affected by a substance abuse disorder. 

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RHINELANDER - Mel's Trading Post in Rhinelander hosted it annual demo day to give people a chance to experience different types of boards and boats without dropping a dime.

Mel's owner Mitch Mode said it's a great way to share a Northwoods passion with people who have never been out on something like that.

"We all paddle at the store. We know what paddling is about. It's fun to get a beginner on the board or a boat for the first time to see the excitement and get the feedback," said Mode.

But not everyone out Sunday was new.

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When Eric Hable came home to his apartment complex on Thomas and Tenth Street in Wausau he was shocked to find the hallway into his unit saturated in smoke.

"I just went around knocking on everyone's doors saying get out, get out, get out. I grabbed the fire extinguishers and tried putting it out but there was just too much smoke," said Hable.

Around 12:30 Sunday afternoon, the ten unit apartment complex caught on fire.

"All ten units are occupied. [But I don't know] the number of tenants," said Wausau Fire Battalion Chief Allan Antolik.

Wausau Fire Battalion Chief Allan Antolik says crews put out the fire in just 20 to 30 minutes.

"We had the fire out fairly quickly, it was a large fire and this is a big building," said Antolik.

Though the fire was put out quickly, in the moments before firefighters arrived Hable had to be a hero.

"I tried to do as much as possible," said Hable.

A woman was trapped on the third floor and Hable helped her escape.
"I told her jump and she jumped and I tried catching her and she went through my hands and she hit the pavement with her head," said Hable.

That woman was later taken away on an ambulance. Hable said without his help, she might have died inside the apartment.

"That girl's face just keeps running through my mind," said Hable.

As a former member of the National Guard, he says the things he learned while serving helped him Sunday.

"You just don't leave anyone behind," said Hable.

The woman who jumped and another person are the only reported injures from the fire.

Antolik says the fire is still under investigation and that the complex is now considered unlivable.


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Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.

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