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- What started out as a unique program for kids, turned into something the whole community can enjoy. CRANDON Jennifer Crawford owns Jennifer Sue's Cupcakery in Crandon. Crawford doesn't just sell unique cupcakes, she started teaching kids how to decorate them, too.
- Didion Milling Company in Cambria received 19 safety citations for its explosion in May. CAMBRIA The fatal plant explosion killed five workers and injured 12 others. Didion plans on challenging some of the citations. The Occupational Safety and Heath Administration issued the citations for safety violations and proposed a $1.8 million dollar fine. The company's appeal could take up to a year.
- Hemp advocates say Wisconsin's marketplace must get up to speed now that hemp production has been legalized in the state. EAST TROY, WIS. The Janesville Gazette reports that farmers will have to learn how to grow hemp, obtain seeds, modify farm equipment and build hemp processing plants.
- In ten days, the nation's truckers will be forced to use technology even more. BRUCE CROSSING, MICH. For years, drivers have used a pen and paper to track their hours on the road and hours taking federally-mandated rest. On December 18, truckers will be forced to use ELDs, or Electronic Logging Devices, to keep track of their days. It's a new law one local trucker calls "baloney." Marty DeHaan, an independent trucker based in Mass City, Mich., has driven more than 3 million miles in his 26-year career.
- "I think [the Rhinelander library is] integral to a community, especially [to] our children," said Lee Gilbertson, who says he visits the library almost every other day. RHINELANDER "There's so much that happens here that this really is the heart and the living room of a community," said Library Director Virginia Roberts. Right now, the library is struggling with a near $18,000 budget gap for 2018. The reasons for the discrepancy are complicated.
- The World Championship Snowmobile Track in Eagle River started preparing the ice this week. EAGLE RIVER It's not a job made for the faint of heart. "Oh sometimes coming around the corners gets a little hairy at night or 2:00 in the morning," said ice maker Brit Broman. Broman makes the ice track smooth and strong for the World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River. "I like doing it. [It's] something to do in the winter time," said Broman. Even though Broman has to fight slipping around on the ice, he likes the adrenaline boost he gets from it. "Most of the time, everything goes pretty well," said Broman.
- After you decorate the Christmas tree, you'll want to keep an eye on it for the rest of the holiday season. RHINELANDER The biggest mistake people make is keeping the lights on for an extended period of time. You should always be home if they're on, but turn them off when you go to sleep. Natural trees should be watered regularly to avoid dry needles. Check for frayed wires and broken bulbs.