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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 02/27/2015
- Keeping young, bright people in the Northwoods is a challenge, like it is for much of the rest of the state. Find out how WEDC hopes to help with that problem.

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WAUSAU - Students in Wausau will be able to go to school online next school year.

The Wausau School District is working on a virtual school program. The program, named Wausau Area Virtual Education, is for sixth through 12th graders.

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RHINELANDER - Electricity costs a lot of money, especially when you're not used to paying for it.

The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry moved into a new location in October. In the old building, the pantry didn't have to pay for utilities. Now they do.

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WAUSAU - Students from China could come to Wausau to go to school next year. The Wausau School District is working with the UW system to start a new exchange program.


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LANGLADE COUNTY - With these frigid temperatures, it seems like summer is far away. But one local group is already planning for the summer months.


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TOMAHAWK - Sometimes it feels like you've had a rough day. But as the old saying goes, someone out there is having a tougher day than you. We caught up with a Tomahawk woman who lost her house in a fire and is also battling cancer. Some Tomahawk kids told us how she's able to keep a smile on her face and bring cheer to others.

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NORTHERN WISCONSIN - Deer councils in Northern Wisconsin want to see more deer. Harsh winters have decreased local deer population and harvest levels. Leaders in the Northwoods hope local changes with deer population management goals will help.

A 2012 state deer report set up local deer advisory councils. They now recommend whether to increase, maintain, or decrease deer population.

The Natural Resources Board voted and approved council plans for deer populations throughout the entire state. For northern Wisconsin counties, that means plans to increase the population.

"The biggest tool we have to manage deer populations is to increase or decrease the number of antlerless deer that are taken by hunters," said Antigo's DNR Area Wildlife Supervisor Chuck McCullough. "If we want the population to grow, we take fewer antlerless deer by hunting."

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MADISON - Republican leaders of the Wisconsin state Assembly promised last year that a right-to-work bill would not come up this session.

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