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Promoting feed beets in Wisconsin Submitted: 10/21/2014

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BRYANT - Only one farm in all of Wisconsin grows sugar beets.

Rine Ridge Farms is northeast of Antigo, in Bryant. The farm hopes more farmers will catch on to alternative dairy feed.

"They're 80% digestible where corn is usually only around 40% digestible. They're high in sugar they're 20% sugar," said Dan Rine of Rine Ridge Farms.

Beets are easy to grow in our neck of the woods.

"The climate is great to grow these beets. They don't really need water, they grow real well here," explained Rine.

Rine wants other farmers to consider growing beets. He invited them to watch the harvest process.

"We are willing to grow more, but I need some farmers to come on board and make sure I got a home for my product," said Rine.

Harvesting beets starts with trimming off the leaves. Beets are then pulled from the ground and tossed into a truck to be cleaned. As soon as the beets leave the field they're taken to an assembly line process.

After being washed, rocks are separated from the beets. Then the beets are crushed and put into silage for cows.

The farm will harvest 4 acres of beets this year at about 25 to 27 tons to the acre.

"I'm hoping if it goes, I can see it working and freeing up some land for other farmers to grow other products. Maybe they cut back on their corn, they can grow some beets of their own, and maybe they can be growing some alternative crop instead of growing just corn solely for their dairy," said Rine.

Sugar beets just might be the future fuel for Wisconsin's dairy cows.


Story By: Hayley Tenpas

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 LOCAL NEWS
Humane societies see influx of kittens Submitted: 10/21/2014

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NORTHWOODS - We know fall for pumpkins, football, and falling leaves but it's also known for kittens.

Shelters in northcentral Wisconsin refer to both fall and spring as "kitten season."

The Oneida County Humane Society has already found homes for 30 kittens just in the last month. Right now the adoption center has 25 kittens.

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Merrill's old DNR Ranger Station will become brew pub Submitted: 10/21/2014

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MERRILL - The old DNR ranger station in Merrill will become a brew pub.

The city of Merrill sold the building to a company that plans on opening up the pub within the next year. The company plans on eventually becoming a microbrewery.

The building was built in 1940. The DNR opened up a new ranger station in a different spot in Merrill a few years ago.

"When the ranger station rebuilt this building was turned back to the city and we've used it for a couple of years now since we've had it for the park and recreations summer program," says Merrill City Administrator David Johnson. "We decided to sell the property when there was an interest shown in turning it into a business."

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Rennes Health and Rehab Center to expandSubmitted: 10/21/2014

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RHINELANDER - The Rennes Health and Rehab Center in Rhinelander will add an extra 10,000 square feet to its facility.

The center hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday. It offers rehabilitative and skilled nursing services.

Right now the facility has 72 beds.

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Nicolet's College Visit Night gives people more information about schoolSubmitted: 10/21/2014

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RHINELANDER - People who want to learn more about going to school at Nicolet College can go to College Visit Night. College Visit Night will be held from 5-7pm on Tuesday.

The event will give people an idea of what programs the college offers. It's taking place at the University Transfer Center.

There will be admissions information, campus tours and financial aid information.

"We open this opportunity up for students to come in and make an informed choice about their educational path. We work with non-traditional students coming in, high school students, parents, support whoever wants to come and see what we're all about at Nicolet," says Nicolet College Career Coach Kelly Anunson.

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 REGIONAL NEWS
Thousands of Walker-related emails releasedSubmitted: 10/21/2014

MADISON - Thousands of emails prosecutors collected during the first secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's former aides and associates when he was county executive have been released.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele's office on Tuesday made public the nearly 16,000 emails and attachments that prosecutors seized from county and personal computers.

The investigation ended in 2013 with six of Walker's aides and associates convicted on charges ranging from theft to misconduct in office.

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Help for bat could hurt timber industrySubmitted: 10/21/2014

GREEN BAY - The northern long-eared bat needs help.

Efforts are being made to find ways to help the bat, while not hurting the timber industry. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed protections for the bats, including adding it to the endangered species list.

Bats have been dying by the millions since the deadly white-nose syndrome was found in 2006.

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Home sales hold steady in WisconsinSubmitted: 10/21/2014

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin's housing prices climbed slightly in September as the level of home sales remained about the same compared to a year ago.

The latest figures from the Wisconsin Realtors Association show housing prices rose about 3 percent. The median price of a home rose from about $144,000 to nearly $149,000.

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Man dies in tractor rolloverSubmitted: 10/20/2014

TOWN OF WILTON - A 66-year-old Kendall man is dead after a tractor accident in Monroe County.

Sheriff Peter Quirin says the accident happened Sunday evening on a farm in the Town of Wilton.

The driver of the tractor was compacting silage when the tractor rolled over, killing him.

The sheriff's office identifies the victim as Gale Burkhalter.

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